Archive for March, 2013

Simple – Confession Comes After Belief, Therefore Salvation Is Not At The Point Of Belief

March 30, 2013

One is not saved until he confesses the Lord Jesus – according to Rom 10:9-10 (“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus … with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”)

Confession with the mouth comes after belief:

· This is obvious, how could someone truthfully confess something they did not already believe?

· The eunuch confessed after he believed – Acts 8:

verse 35 Philip preached unto him Jesus

verse 36 the eunuch obviously believed the preaching about Jesus and baptism, as he said, "what doth hinder me to be baptized?"

verse 37 the eunuch then (after believing) confessed Christ with his mouth

· Also read John 12:42-43 and see that confession obviously comes after belief.

Since salvation cannot come before confession, and since confession comes after belief, then salvation must come after belief. The Baptist proposition that salvation comes at the point of faith is thereby disproved.

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Telling Others They Are Wrong by J.F.Dancer

March 22, 2013

Do you think it is right to tell another person they are wrong in their religious beliefs? Before we answer that let us consider another question – do you think it is right to tell another person they are wrong about anything? Suppose they are driving on the wrong side of the road (you are riding with them in the car). Should you mention to them that they are wrong? Suppose you are in the kitchen and notice the cook about to put poison into the food instead of salt, should you just ignore it?

Now, in both of these cases most (if not all) of us would say we ought to go ahead and tell them a mistake has been made. Why? Because not to tell them would be to allow them to do something that would put both your life and theirs in some danger.

But when we come to religion we want to view things differently. We don’t want to tell anyone they are wrong and we don’t want anyone to suggest that we might be. Why the change in attitude? Is not our soul as important as our life? Are we not as interested in believing and practicing the right thing in religion as we are in driving and in cooking? Does not our religion have a greater effect upon us and our destiny than driving and cooking? I believe it does.

Paul told Timothy to “reprove, rebuke, exhort” (2 Tim. 4:2). To reprove and to rebuke means to tell folks they are wrong. It means to point out wherein people err. And Paul was talking about matters of a religious nature. This was to be done with patience and with teaching of the Bible, but it was to be done! If Timothy was to be a good servant of the Lord there would be times when he would have to say to someone, “YOU ARE WRONG”.

Would they like it? Probably many of them would not. But it had to be done anyhow. Why? For the same reason you would tell the driver they were on the wrong side of the road. It is dangerous to continue going the wrong way – in religion as well as on the highway. This is why people should be of the disposition to consider what another has to say in spiritual matters. We ought not refuse to listen when someone disagrees with us. We ought to listen.

There is only one way to heaven (Jno. 14:6). There is only one power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). There is only one faith (Eph. 4:5). Do you want to please God?

Galatians 3:26-27 Teaches Baptism Is Necessary To Salvation

March 15, 2013

Galatians 3:26-27 reads “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

I’m sure the reader would agree the word "For" that begins Galatians 3:27 means "to introduce the reason" (Liddell and Scott, p.138). Therefore Galatians 3:26-27 shows that the reason "ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus," is that "as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Notice a parallel: For ye Israelites are physically alive by faith in God and his healing power, for as many of you as have looked on the brazen serpent have been healed by God (paraphrase of Numbers 21:9). If looking on the brazen serpent was necessary to being healed in Numbers 21, then why wouldn’t the same type sentence structure prove baptism is necessary to becoming a child of God by faith?

So we see then that our faith must be completed in baptism before it saves us.

Using Our Wealth To Help Others

March 8, 2013

Instead of selfishly using almost all of our financial resources on ourselves, why not help those who are less fortunate?:

• Proverbs 19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.

• Proverbs 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

• Proverbs 28:27 He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.

Mark 16:16 And The Necessity Of Baptism

March 2, 2013

Mark 16:16 reads “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” This verse is structured like the following example sentences where “and” connects two necessary conditions:

● “He that eateth and digesteth his food shall live, but he that doesn’t eat shall die.” Everybody knows that makes both eating and digesting absolutely necessary to live.

● “He that comes to the podium and shakes my hand shall receive $1000, but he that stays in his seat won’t get a dime.” All of us would know exactly what we would have to do in order to get the $1000.

Why not the same when it comes to Mark 16:16 and salvation?

Catholics teach – He that believeth not (an infant) and is baptized shall be saved.

Denominational churches teach – He that believeth and is baptized not shall be saved.

JESUS teaches – He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.

Who are you going to believe?