Archive for April, 2014

Was Jesus Just A Small Case ‘g’ god ?

April 23, 2014

A couple of years ago Doctrine Matters ran a series of eight or ten articles, each one using a separate Bible text to prove Jesus is God (deity). One response to our proof texts is that Jesus is just a small case ‘g’ god in the same sense as the divinely appointed judges in John 10:34-35. Is that argument sound?

First let’s supply a comment from W.E. Vine which helps us to understood why these men in John 10 were called “gods” – “The word is used of divinely appointed judges in Israel, as representing God in His authority … which indicates that God Himself sits in judgment on those whom He has appointed.”

Second, let me ask the question – were these judges “God” in the following senses that Jesus was?:

· Jesus has existed from the beginning of time (he was not created) – Rev 22:13, John 8:58, etc. Were the judges of John 10 like that?

· Jesus created all things – Colossians 1:16, Heb 1:2, John 1:3. Surely no one believes the judges of John 10 helped create the worlds.

· Jesus accepted worship – Matt 8:2,9:18,14:33,15:25,28:9,17, Heb 1:6, but just men are not supposed to do that – Matt 4:10, Acts 10:25-26.

Jesus is said to be God in the same sense the Father is said to be God in John 1:1. Jesus was not just a great man. The Bible teaches he is God Acts 20:28, John 20:28, Isaiah 9:6.

Some More Passages Showing Salvation Is Conditional

April 15, 2014

Calvinism teaches the doctrine of Unconditional Election/Salvation. In the recent past, Doctrine Matters has presented many passages that prove this doctrine false, that is, many passages which show our salvation is conditional. Here are a few more texts with God’s stated conditions:

John 5:29 And shall come forth (from the graves); they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation.

II Chronicles 7:14 If my people … shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him … for he will abundantly pardon.

II Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Conditional Salvation is taught all through the Bible !

The Book Of Romans versus Baptist Doctrine

April 7, 2014

Romans teaches obedience is essential:

1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

2:6-10 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good …

2:13 … but the doers of the law shall be justified.

6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

6:17-18 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin …

10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel …

16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Romans teaches water baptism is necessary to salvation:

6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

If it is replied that Rom 6:3 is talking about Holy Spirit baptism, then it should be pointed out the baptism of Rom 6:3 is a burial, designed to look like the burial and resurrection of Christ (which fits water baptism perfectly but in no way fits Holy Spirit baptism):

6:4-5 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (by the way, 6:4-5 is the primary Baptist proof text that water baptism should be done by immersion, not by sprinkling/pouring)

When Romans teaches salvation is not by works, it is not saying salvation is unconditional. Instead it is either saying salvation is not by the works of the law of Moses (proving the law has changed – Heb 7:12) or that we do not earn our salvation by keeping law – you would have to keep God’s law perfectly your whole life to be owed that:

4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Romans teaches salvation is not at the point of faith or by faith only:

10:9-10 confession is necessary to salvation (and can only be done honestly after faith)

10:13-14 calling on the name of the Lord is necessary to salvation and comes after believing

Romans teaches that people are led to salvation by the scriptures (divine persuasion – II Cor 5:11) not by a mysterious voice:

1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth …

10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans teaches contrary to the inherited Original Sin theory:

5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans teaches against Once Saved Always Saved:

14:15,23 thy brother … for whom Christ died … that doubteth is condemned (by the way, this text also disproves the Calvinistic “Limited Atonement” position that Jesus only died for the saved)

Following Approved Examples In The Book Of Acts

April 4, 2014

A lot of believers say we don’t have to emulate approved New Testament examples, but aren’t they being a little disingenuous – don’t all believers think the following examples should be followed (Phil 4:9, I Cor 11:1)?:

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Acts 8:38 … and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 12:5 … prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God …

Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence

Acts 16:40 … when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them …

Acts 20:20 … I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house …

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Acts 28:8 … Paul … prayed (for) … the … sick …

Acts 14:23 when they had ordained them elders in every church … (if men are qualified I Tim 3:1ff, Tit 1:5ff)

Acts 10:25-26 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man

Acts 19:8 disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized …

Acts 5:42 … they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Acts 13:5 … they preached the word of God …

Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel.

Acts 9:26 … Saul … assayed to join himself to the disciples …

Acts 17:17 Therefore disputed he (Paul) … with the Jews, and with the devout persons …

What does that say then about following the example of eating the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week? – Acts 20:7: And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.