Archive for October, 2019

Calvinism Says Salvation Is Unconditonal, But The Scriptures Say …

October 31, 2019

Salvation is Conditional. Want proof? …

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Rom 2:6-9 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who … 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 …

James 5:20 … he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins

Mat 10:22 he that endureth to the end shall be saved

Rev 2:10 be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life

Many, many other like verses could be cited. Conditional Salvation is taught all through the Bible

Preaching What Is Needed versus Preaching What Is REALLY Needed

October 24, 2019

If one has an opportunity to preach at a Baptist church, he might choose to preach on how Belief in Christ is necessary to salvation. That would be needed there since it is the truth (John 3:16), but might not be as needed as preaching on something that demands a change in that audience’s life (like how baptism should be done “for the remission of sins” Acts 2:38). Similarly if one has an opportunity to preach at a church of Christ, he might choose to preach on how Baptism is necessary to salvation. That would be needed there since it is the truth (Mark 16:16), but might not be as needed as preaching on something that demands a change in that audience’s life.

As just one of many examples of what I am talking about, suppose one gets an opportunity to preach at a “conservative” church of Christ where the women are allowed to speak up from their seat to help with the announcements in the assembly. One could choose to preach on Hope there, and that would be needed there since it is the truth (Rom 8:24), but that wouldn’t be preaching on what is really needed there. On the other hand, discussing I Cor 14:34-35 and how verse 35a proves even speaking up in a submissive / non-leading way (like asking a question to learn) is condemned, would be one thing that is really needed at that particular congregation.

See the difference? Preaching truth that demands a change from your audience takes a lot more courage than preaching truth the audience already agrees with and/or is already practicing. The latter will usually get you accolades (Luke 6:26), while the former will usually get you not invited back (II Tim 4:3). But truth that demands a change is what is REALLY needed (Acts 20:26-27,20,31, Ezek 3:18) – in any Bible teaching situation.

One Thing The Spirit Does Separate and Apart From the Word

October 17, 2019

A lot of gospel preachers make the claim that everything the Holy Spirit is said to do in the scriptures, that the word of God is said to do the same thing, so their conclusion is the Holy Spirit only operates through the word today. But this is a false claim.

Romans 8:26-27 reads “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

So the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us “with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The word (the Bible) does NOT do that.

In Spite Of What Paul Thought?

October 10, 2019

In the Birmingham News editorial page several years ago a Ms. Hurst wrote: “I think Baptist leaders need to rethink this issue of women ‘graciously submitting to their husbands.’ As a woman, I will not submit “graciously” or otherwise to any man. These beliefs and teachings are archaic and are the reason we cannot attract people to our church. Jesus … made us all equal – yes, even women, in spite of what Paul thought.”  Did you get that; this so called Christian believes what she believes about the woman’s role “in spite of what Paul” taught.

Obviously some believers think only what Jesus said (what’s in the red letters) matters, but actually all of the Bible was inspired (revealed) by God.  We see this from a number of passages …

John 16:13 reads “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

I Cor 2:13 says “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

And Paul said in I Cor 14:37 “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”

So when Paul taught wives should submit to their husbands, that was actually God speaking …

Eph 5:22-24 teaches exactly that “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

Ms. Hurst also wrote: “What about the issue of women being allowed to be pastors? Almost every other Protestant church lets women be pastors.”

The passages previously quoted would also mean what Paul said forbidding “women preachers” was inspired (revealed) by God …

I Cor 14:34-35 is clear on the issue “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

I Tim 2:11-12 confirms the Bible teaching on this question “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

For some reason, most churches allow women to preach from the pulpit. Why? Do they not recognize the Bible is the guidebook for Christians and congregations to follow (II Tim 3:16-17)?  Don’t you think we ought to worship with a church that still uses the Bible as its guidebook?

The Southern Baptist Church Says Gay Marriages Must Be Terminated But Not Adulterous Marriages

October 3, 2019

Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently wrote in a blog post – “It is not inconsistent for a church to accept divorced and remarried members with ‘mercy and grace’ but require homosexuals to leave their gay lifestyle before joining the congregation.” (http://www.bpnews.net/43583/sbc-not-third-way-on-divorce )

Why is that not inconsistent? Why is it wrong to continue in a homosexual relationship, but not wrong to continue in an adulterous relationship?

Vineyard Church Of Ann Arbor “pastor” Ken Wilson could see the inconsistency, so he took the consistent but wrong position.  Here is his justification for accepting gay marriages in his congregation – “I have proposed a path for these pastors that allows them to embrace people who are gay, lesbian, and transgender and to accept them fully — welcome and wanted — into the company of Jesus. I wrote A Letter To My Congregation when I realized my views had changed and I needed to communicate the intense theological, biblical, pastoral, and spiritual process that I had been through to get to this new place. It began with a burr beneath the saddle of my conscience: why was I willing to let so many divorced and remarried couples know that they are welcome and wanted while refusing that same welcome to gay and lesbian couples? How could I say to the remarried couples, whose second marriage was clearly condemned by the plain meaning of scripture, ‘You are welcome and wanted,’ while saying to the two mothers raising their adopted child together, ‘I love you, but I hate your sin’?”

But Jesus said in Matt 19:9 “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”  That would mean every time a man sleeps with the second wife, he commits adultery. How can a man repent of adultery while planning to continue in such? That’s just “reporting, not repenting.”

Mark 6:17-18 reads “For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.”  This passage is talking about a situation that occurred during Old Testament times, but still illustrates what is required if a couple finds themselves in an adulterous marriage. The text doesn’t just say “It was not lawful for you to marry her”; instead it says “It is not lawful for thee to have her” (Matt 14:4). If it is not lawful for you to have something, don’t you have to give that something up?

Back to the Southern Baptist Church.  Just why have they changed over the last several decades and are now accepting adulterous marriage?  I think this quote from Anthony Dunnavant in the Orange County (California) Register sums up the reason well – “Some conservative groups believe that divorced people who marry another spouse are living in sin.  However, the number of divorces in the United States has led most denominations away from that teaching.”  So the scriptures never justified such a compromise on divorce and remarriage; instead it was the increase in the number of divorces in our land which caused the Southern Baptists to cave in.