Major Project


Re-write all old sermons. I’ll start today. Many are clunky and bad. All need focus, and “What’s the point?”

Odd dream last night. Started a house church with people I did not know, most of them poor. The one guy who instigated the church was Reformed, and the question came up why we were affiliated with him?

Very odd dream.

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Biblical Salvation


Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21 (KJV)

Today we are awash in wrong teachings about getting someone biblically saved. We have formulas, acronyms, 4 spiritual laws, 5 spiritual laws, 6 spiritual laws, and tactics. This is good – as long as it produces fruit. We need converts, not concerns. We need possessors of Jesus Christ, not merely professors of Christ. We need churches full of wheat, not tares. Sheep, not goats.

“1,2,3 repeat after me” prayers do no good if one has not fully come to a position of repentance. The Gospels speak over and over on the subject. If you convince me with plain words – but I am not yet sorry for my sins, and I have not yet come to an understanding that I am in danger of Hellfire for all eternity – you’re having me pray way too soon.

There should be evidence of a changed life. “joe Sixpack” spends his time outside of work watching tv, and drinking beer, watching things on TV that are sinful. A Hyles-type Baptist comes to the door, knocks, a five minute conversation ensues, and Joe Sixpack finds himself manipulated into a prayer. The “Evangelist” leaves, and Joe sixpack goes back to his beer and his tv. There’s no nagging feeling of, “I shouldn’t be doing this.” There’s no sudden elation of being free of a sinful life – mostly because the issue was not addressed. His life over the next few weeks may show some half-hearted attempts at finding a church – “after all, I’m a Christian now.” That tapers off shortly, his new Bible mostly unopened and seldom read. He goes back to or continues drinking his beer. The guys on his bowling team may joke him from time to time about calling himself a Christian, as they witness the hypocrisy of his being the same as them, but calling himself a Christian. He dies later on… and awakens in Hell, his terrified screams beginning as he realizes that he will burn FOREVER. “But I’m a Christian!” He wails – and realizes that several million other people in Hell are screaming the same thing.

This is not a thing to dismiss lightly. Of the 143,000 people per day that enter Hell, how many of them consider themselves Christians?

This thought should frighten pastors and evangelists. The average Christian may not need to worry about it. but if someone is in the ministry and they aren’t the least bit worried about this – then I wonder if God really has called them to the ministry.

Preaching The gospel requires the Truth about sin

A sinner cannot repent of sin if they are not told about the coming judgment on sin. They have no pressing need to repent of that sin if they are not warned of the penalty for that sin.

A sinner cannot accept Jesus “just as I am.” The time honored Hymn is a little misleading to this generation, who does not have the benefit of the preaching of a John R. Rice to call sin “sin. Nor the eloquent fervor of a Charles Spurgeon. This generation is unique in American history, in that most Americans are as ignorant of the true Gospel as the citizens of any country in the 10/40 window, such as Burma or India.

We have to take the time now, to explain concepts like a righteous and holy God, sin, a coming judgment, and eternal punishment in Hell – before we can get to things like vicarious atonement, propitiation, and salvation.

Our gospel addresses today jump right to vicarious atonement, without stopping to explain why the sinner needs that atonement. Without understanding that need, Evangelist Ray Comfort describes this as a sinner “trying Christianity.” “Well, drugs and alcohol aren’t working out good for me – I’ll try this.”

There is no dedication to it. No commitment. Only a curious, “I’ll try it.”

However, if urgency is added to it, and the sinner becomes aware they are a sinner, and in need of salvation to avoid eternal punishment in a literal hell, with literal flames – and not merely some wistful “eternal separation from God” as Billy Graham describes it – then they will (once convinced of that eventual end) urgently seek God for forgiveness.

Turn or Burn

The Gospels and the Book of Acts both stress repentance. Yet it is missing from almost all Gospel presentations.

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish Luke 13:3 (KJV)

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:5 (KJV)

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 4:17 (KJV)

Jesus spoke several times about Repentance. Jesus also spoke about Hell more than He spoke about Heaven! And yet, Hell and Repentance is missing from most Gospel presentations.

There’s a common saying in Christianity today, something disparaging about “Preachers and hellfire and brimstone sermons.” I notice they rarely say “Pastors” because a Pastor is implied to be educated, but a preacher implies someone with a Southern Accent, the implication of being a redneck – whatever that is – and obviously uneducated.

That’s not an argument against hell and brimstone sermons, it’s more an argument against education, if that is the case. In actuality, education and intelligence has nothing to do with it. Charles Spurgeon spoke on Hell a lot, and his sermons were so eloquent that some of them are unintelligeable to today’s hearers!

Why preach Hell and Brimstone sermons? Because if you don’t, people will not be saved. I guarantee that. Because if you say, “I’m saved!”, I’ll ask you “Saved from what?” Think about that for a bit. Do you have an answer?

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 (KJV)

Blessed Assurance II


For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. Heb 10:1-2 (KJV)

A couple of days ago we examined a simple question, “Was Abraham saved by faith or works?” Which is another way of saying, “My Bible College class was Romans 3-4.”

Now, I’m aware of a peculiar phenomenon, that most people can read the Bible and walk away, not having understood a single thing they read. That’s why we have Pastors and Evangelists. They’re very good (or are required to be) at explaining a topic to you so that you can understand it. That’s why Pastors get very caught up in little things that congregations don’t understand and don’t care. The Pastor is required to study, learn, keep his doctrine strong. etc.

There is a connection between Hebrews and Romans. Very often, when you need to understand Hebrews, find where the same topic is discussed in Romans. And when you don’t understand it in Romans, turn to where its discussed in Hebrews. That’s why books like “Nave’s Topical” and “Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge” come in handy. Along with the Old Schofield King James Bible, despite its problems.

Hebrews here is explaining that, had the Old Testament sacrifices been acceptable, were they capable of taking away sins in and of themselves, they would be needed once and only once. But we see sin offerings commanded daily in the Bible.

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Heb 10:4 (KJV)

There’s the bottom line. The blood of an animal by itself is powerless to take away sins. Now, two days ago we saw that Abraham was saved prior to circumcision, because of his belief that God was able to do all that He had promised. Not only that, but Abraham (and Job) both believed in the Resurrection of the Dead. Abraham knew that if God wanted Abraham to slay his only son Isaac, then God obviously planned to raise Isaac from the dead. It turned out that God wanted Abraham to undertand a valuable prophecy, and learn some very valuable lessons, which could probably provide a pastor about 3 months worth of Sunday Sermons just dealing with this chapter of Genesis.

Faith in God and a strong belief in the ressurection. Both Abraham and Job (short for Jobab, by the way – he was a ruler of a small kingdom, if he was the Jobab of Genesis) expressed a belief in both. And it was counted to them for righteousness.

Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:9-10 (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ completed the sacrificial aspect of the law, through His death and ressurection. The sacrifice of the sinless Lamb of God was effectual for all creation. He completed in His own flesh and blood the sacrifices. Once completed, they no longer are needed. They could finally be done away with forever.

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Heb 10:16-18 (KJV)

If you are forgiven, there is no more need for the offering of sins. We begin to move into several doctrines at once now, ranging from “can I lose my salvation?” to “Is Salvation a one time occurance, or is it a lifetime process?” Hebrews 10:18 answers all at once.

God will remember your sins and iniquities no more. This means that all sins are dealt with at Calvary. If the sin offerings were completed once and for all, then they are completed forever. This means that all sins, past and present, have been completed. If you have been saved, it is forever, because there’s no need for any further sacrifices.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Heb 10:26-27 (KJV)

How do we reconcile these? There seems to be a conflict between verses 116-18 and verses 26 & 27. Notice the wording. If. This is a hypothetical. You can’t have your sins taken away fully, and then lose that. the sins are gone. they no longer exist, and the penalty against them is cancelled. The penalty can only exist if those sins remain. once those sins vanish, they are gone forever. So verse 26 and 27 describe someone who was never saved. The only way you can end up in Hell is a pattern of lifelong denial and rejection. you cannot accept him, accept His sacrifice, and possibly turn away. if you did turn away, you never had truly accepted Him to begin with. it is not possible. That rejection must persist until your death, for you to go to Hell. if you tried being a Christian, rejected it and Jesus later, and then repented and came back… you either were not saved, or in temporary rebellion. Did Peter go to Heaven? He denied Jesus three times – but later died a martyr for Jesus. The “Unforgiveable sin” is lifelong rejection of Jesus, not one time. Peter cursed and blasphemed when they accused him of being a Christian. How did he end up? Heaven or hell? So… if you ever did reject Jesus, don’t panic. Make sure your biblically saved, and it will take care of that.

But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Heb 10:32-33 (KJV)

This verse refutes all Armenianists, by saying “call to remembrance”. It tells those that reject Jesus they can still be saved, still come back. If you could not be saed, then why does the writer of Hebrews tell his listeners to “call to remembrance”? This is to get one to recall the gospel message they had once heard that attracted them to Christianity, so that they might turn and be saved.

Next time we’ll look at Biblical Salvation, and see what it takes to be saved.

Integrity


On the E-Sword module website is a man who is a Campbellite/Church of Christ. He routinely publishes his cult’s writings on the E-Sword module website in the form of modules. No problem. go right ahead and publish your non-biblical hoo-rah.

however, he chooses to add the tag “baptist” to the module, with the express purpose of trying to indoctrinate and proseletyze for his cult. Campbellites are not Baptists. He knows that unwary Baptists will simply click the “Baptist” tag, and that way they can be caught, snagged without warning into reading materials that not only oppose correct biblical doctrine, but also “preach another gospel”, one where one must do works to be saved (Baptism). This places the “Church of (Another) Christ” into the category of being under the curse of Galatians 1, and this author under the Biblical classification of being a wolf in sheeps clothing. A False teacher.

I cannot come to any other conclusion. His very tactics show him to be without integrity. If he was using integrity, he would simply tag the module “Church of Christ” – and stop lying To say it is “Baptist” when it is not, is like saying you are something you are not, or you did something you did not. it is lying.

This is typical of cultish behavior, not Christian. Christians engage in dialogue with christians who go to churches with incorrect doctrine, and try to educate and edify them. they do not lie. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons obscure the truth and lie when proseletyzing. Apparently. so does Church of (False) Christ.

The moderators at the E-Sword forum should warn him to remove the “baptist” tag, and any other dishonest labeling he may be using. If he does not comply, they should warn him once more. If he remains non-compliant or argumentative, then they, according to Romans 16:17 and many other verses on the subject, should promptly ban him, and remove his cultish materials from their server.

Blessed Assurance 1


He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Romans 4:20-22 (KJV)

The more I read the book of Romans, the more impressed I get. Because I spent several years studying Rabbinic writings and the Talmud, I’m very familiar with how Rabbis express themselves.

But two books in the New Testament stand out as thinking more brilliant than any Rabbinic writing. Hebrews and Romans. Paul is writing a very detailed explanation in Romans 3 and 4 – and it goes on for a couple more chapters – to explain the switch from “salvation by works” to “Salvation through faith”. It’s Paul’s contention that the Rabbis – who didn’t really make their appearance until the Maccabean kingdom – had their understanding completely wrong. This may shock some of you, but salvation was never through works. This is what Paul is explaining.

Salvation was by faith. Was Abraham saved by his works, or his Faith? Everyone’s muttering “Faith, faith” and thinking “works, but i’m not going to say it out loud…”. Yes, you could be saved by perfectly keeping all 613 commandments as listed in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Paul will state later that NOBODY could perfectly do that except Jesus Christ. And, when you explain in detail what a person would have to do to perfectly keep the Law, the usual protest you get is, “You’d have to be God to do that!”

Ta-da. You just got an A in Salvation 101 – the realization you cannot save yourself, and only God can save you. You now understand the main lesson of Romans. $15.95, please.

Now, someone who’s actually read the Bible may ask, “Well, what about all those sacrifices in the Bible? You know, cattle and sheep and birds and aardvarks and what have you?” Well, I think you’re confusing Noah’s Ark with Leviticus, but let’s combine the arguments of two books of the Bible. Let’s combine Hebrews and Romans.

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Heb 10:1-6 (KJV)

Explain to me exactly how killing some bull and sprinkling the blood upon the altar, burning perfectly good beef, can take away my sins? I’ll take ANY explanation. Now, the mature Christian will start saying, “It’s a type…” Correct answer. Exactly. The blood and death of the bull is completely powerless. It served two things – it conditioned the person to look towards a future sacrifice – you can find that in Hebrews, by the way. You don’t even have to search, it says it in nice Biblical English! – And somehow, in ways we don’t understand – blood has something in it, its very nature, that blood perhaps calls to blood. The blood of the bull is charged by the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Or perhaps as a type, it calls God to bring to mind that He, before the foundation of the world, willingly offered His Son as the offering for our sins. I think this second view is the more biblical. I’ve heard both, but the second one seems to me more what Paul is explaining.

Let’s say a Christian sins. (“No!”) and it was back in those days. And you brought your offering. And it effected forgiveness because God recalls the sacrifice to Jesus which will happen in the Future. Don’t get weirded out because I’m using past tense and future tense in the same sentence. The Bible does it too. Remember, God stands outside of time. At least that’s how the Bible seems to portray it.

Now, as you can see, we got all caught up in the offerings. Hebrews explains the rationale that the offerings were made every day, and every year the person has to come back and offer the same sacrifices. With Jesus Christ, the offerings were made once and for all. Not just for one person, but for ALL people. All you had to do was accept it.

Now we come back to Romans 4, and you’ll see how it all fits together. Was Abraham saved before he sacrificed the lamb instead of Isaac? Yes. Was he saved before he was circumcised? To Jews, that’s a big question. The answer again is, yes. Abraham was saved because God spoke to Abraham and told him “Go to a land that I will bring you.” And Abraham walked from Iraq, near Mosul… all the way to Israel, down to Egypt, and back to Israel. In Israel, God showed Abraham all the land you see will belong to you. And Abraham believed. He had faith, and believed.

Abraham wanted a son, and didn’t have one. God promised, all this land you see, and all the land you just walked on, will belong to your descendents forever. And Abraham believed. Why? Because he knew God was able to fulfill what He promised.

In that moment – he was saved. When I confront you on the street, or wherever, and show you in the Bible that while we were yet sinners God commendeth his love toward us in that Christ died for us… and you believe that. I tell you Jesus saves. And you believe that. Are you saved then?

When you believe that Jesus WILL save you, that He not only has the power but WILL save you – you are indeed saved. Was that the same way Abraham was saved? Yes. Did Abraham keep kosher? Did he observe the Sabbath? Did he wear a prayer shawl, hang a mezuzah on his door frame, etc? All those other Jewish things? Jews say yes, I don’t know. I doubt it, now.

The issue is that Abraham was saved by believing that God will save him, and do all the things that God had promised. Job was saved by acknowledging that “I know my redeemer liveth, yet in my flesh will I see him.” He knew of the Resurrection of the dead, and believed that he, Job, would be saved.

Isn’t this the same way you’re saved? Believing in Jesus Christ? Believing He will save you? That He has the power, and WILL?

There you go. That’s the lesson of Romans.

Ecumenism II


“The New Evangelicalism advocates TOLERATION of error. It is following the downward path of ACCOMMODATION to error, COOPERATION with error, CONTAMINATION by error, and ultimate CAPITULATION to error!” (Charles Woodbridge, The New Evangelicalism, 1969).

We examined yesterday what is Ecumenism, what is Separation, and what the Bible had to say about it. It was probably a surprise how MUCH the bible has to say about it. I know how surprised I was! all those years, the verses in front of me… and nobody ever taught me on this subject.

The Bible calls for us to continue in the Apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42). although we’ve talked about Church successionism before, we’ll discuss it more later in detail connected with this subject. suffice it to say that (as we showed yesterday) any deviation from the apostles doctrine requires separation.

Roman Catholicism and Protestantism arte not the only issues. We also see a broad movement of Bible denying and increasing worldliness among Christians, fed by modernists who (to put it bluntly) are not saved.

The World has put up a subtle battle, moving modernists and bible deniers into pastorates, Bible colleges, and seminaries. They began questioning the inerrancy of the Bible, the existence of hell. Then as they got bolder, seeing as how the church did nothing, they began questioning the virgin birth. Then they began to deny the godhood of Jesus Christ. And the church did nothing.

The Unitarian church arose, and nobody protested. The Presbyterian church went through a split, over pastors who did not believe in Bible doctrine and who had accepted ordination despite disagreeing with the statement of faith of the denomination. Then the Methodists.

Baptists are not untouched. The Northen Baptist have split and re-split. Southern Baptists had to wrest control back of the convention from modernists and liberals. Yet nobody has cast the liberals and modernists out of the SBC. This MUST be done.

What must be done to save the SBC?

  1. Adopt a stronger statement of faith. Remove the weaker statements, and replace with more precise ones.
  2. “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man.” Which translation? no mention of 66 books, or 88 books (apocrypha)? no mention of preservation of the Bible. the phrase “true and trustworthy” should be replaced with the clear, unmistakeable “Inerrant”.
  3. Section X needs to have a clear statement on the Rapture, which is completely by-passed in the statement of faith. It speaks only of the Return of Jesus Christ – and no mention of the Rapture or its timing.
  4. Section XIII needs to have a defined statement on the Tithe. “Time, Talents and material possessions” seems to imply anything! While I applaud the “time and talents”, there should be a teaching on the 10% that God is entitled to.
  5. Section XIV is wholly unscriptural, and must be removed, and replaced with a statement on Biblical Separation.
  6. Return to the King James Bible, and an abandonment of all modern mis-translations and perversions..
  7. Require ALL pastors to sign a statemtn affirming their agreement with the new statement of faith – and the immediate requirement of all churches within the SBC to comply with it. Any Pastor that does not agree must resign from the SBC, and any church that wishes to retain a pastor that will not sign must depart from the SBC immediately.
  8. In conjunction with the above, the SBC should politely invite all Calvinist Pastors and teachers to start their own convention. Albert Mohler is incorrect in his belief that Calvinism is a historical concept for Baptists. Baptists have always believed the Bible, and the Bible says, “Whosoever believeth….” You cannot subvert our convention. We politely invite you to create your own. Call it the SBCC! Or CSBC, for Calvinist Southern Baptist Convention. Or SGSBC – sovereign Grace Southern Baptist Convention. Or call it Freddie. Whatever you like. But start your own/
  9. A complete rejection of all Christian Contemporary music from worship services within a year, after educating the congregations as to the perils of that form of music. (There is no denying the fact that all churches that begin adding CCM to their worship style end up changing doctrines, and eventually apostasizing). A simple run-down of history of places like Highland Park Baptist Church and West Coast will awaken congregation to the dangers.in addition, education about the musicians performing this music and their beliefs will help congregations understand.
  10. a ruthless examination of all books sold by Lifeway bookstores will help keep the SBC free of error and controversy. Would we allow books promoting evolution and Hollywood in our bookstore? They’ll be moneymakers too! Then why permit books such as Velvet Elvis which deny the godhood of Jesus Christ, inerrancy of the Bible, and the reality of Hell? Why permit the sales of false Bible translations which promote the same things?
  11. More Godly pastors who is not afraid to be “old fashioned” (meaning, Biblical).

This is the only way to save the SBC. Otherwise, it will be Emerging within ten years.

Ecumenism


11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. 12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13 Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. Josh 23:11-13 (KJV)

It’s another one of those amazing things that makes you wonder. The very thing most churches praise is the very thing that brings them to destruction.

“We must get beyond our denominational differences!” They cry. “There must be no divisions in the body of Christ!”

It sounds WONDERFUL! I agree wholeheartedly!

But let’s first see what the Bible has to say about this. Because I hold reservations on this issue. Not of myself, but as a person who is “not my own” and “bought with a price” I am required to believe, keep and teach to a certain standard.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 1 Tim 1:3 (KJV)

Timothy was required to teach no other doctrine than what Paul had taught him. There was no lee-way, no wiggle room. He couldn’t come up with some novel interpretation. “Re-thinking God” under those guidelines means a deliberate choice to follow another god, an idol “who cannot save”.

“Re-thinking church” under those guidelines means “sitting in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). There is one Body of Christ, given one doctrine, taught in local churches.

This changes everything, then. Calvinism teaches Electionism, which says many are predestined to Hell. Nobody is predestined to Hell, except the office of those who refuse to come to Salvation. If you persist in that refusal until death – you will go to Hell. The number of those choosing that office (Sorry, I’m having to deliberately choose words that will illuminate the meaning of all those passages Calvinists read and get confused on…) numbers at 143,000 people a day on average. In a week, about a million people on average enter into Hell. It’s a staggering thought. They were not predestined to hell… they chose it. I personally was not predestined to be saved. God knew I would accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repent, and accept the salvation of Jesus Christ. God pre-ordained the office of those who would believe. By believing in Jesus Christ to save me and not of my own actions whatsoever, I entered that office, the office of those predestined to salvation.

Calvinism teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Tim 6:13-14 (KJV)

Paul commanded Timothy to keep his doctrine “without spot”. Peter makes reference to being “without spot” in each one of his Epistles. To quote David Cloud, “A spot is a little thing.” So, we see that Calvinists teach a different doctrine.

Roman Catholics cannot be considered Christian. They believe in Jesus Christ – but they practice salvation by works, which is so far removed from Christian doctrine that they cannot truly be considered Christian. They also elevate Church Tradition far above and beyond the Bible that they must be considered a cult. Roman Catholicism should be considered the very opposite of Christianity. Anti-Christianity, if you will.

Armenianists teach that one can lose their salvation. Salvation is a gift of God. It is not ours to lose. Woe is all of us if it were possible to lose it, as Heb. 6:4 points out, because there is no further sacrifice for sins. We are sealed unto the day of redemption, which means we cannot possibly lose our salvation.

Armenianism teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

Presbyterians teach baptismal regeneration. As does Lutherans, Methodists, Church of Christ, Episcopals, Anglicans and almost all other Protestants. The Bible does not show a single infant being baptised ever, only adult believers. And Jewish practice at the time was full body immersion, as commanded by God. So almost every Protestant denomination teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

“What? How can you say that???” Uh… it was easy. I just showed you the minor (well, in some cases extremely major) errors of Protestantism. There’s no argument with what I showed – it was the conclusion I drew, wasn’t it?

But in the light of what the Bible teaches versus what the denominations teach – what other conclusion can you draw?

“Without spot.” “No other doctrine.” This is what the Bible COMMANDS. This is the New Testament, not some command under the law. You cannot dismiss it as Legalism if it is taught in the New Testament.

These commands are given as safeguards, as we see in Joshua 23. The people of Israel ignored this command over and over again, each time getting more mired in idolatry. By the carrying away to Babylon, even the nations around them couldn’t believe Israel & Judah’s exesses.

What does the bible command us, who hold to true Biblical doctrine, to do, concerning Christians who hold to different doctrines?

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:10-11 (KJV)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:11 (KJV)

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Titus 3:9-11 (KJV)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Tim 3:5 (KJV)

 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Eph 5:6-8 (KJV)

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4 (KJV)

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18-19 (KJV)

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16 (KJV)

beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

Ecumenism is friendship with the world. It encourages friendship and co-operation with Rome. The only Co-operation Rome requires is that a). we do not try to save Roman Catholics, so that they can keep their doomed flocks on the road to Hell and under their control and B). we co-operate our way back into Rome’s control, and begin surrendering control back to the Pope. Rome does not want cooperation – They want capitulation. they want you to come back to Rome. The word Ecumenism to them means “Protestants returning to Rome.” Since Baptists were never part of Rome, I have no idea what their opinion of that is. Probably back to the Inquisition, again. No doubt they will be placing Baptists back on the rack, the gallows, and drowning – and burning at the stake as they have always done. Much is made about Islam’s “convert or die” approach – nobody ever mentions Roman Catholicism’s historical approach to this.

With this in mind, should there be divisions within the body of Christ? The answer biblically is no. But those that adhere to other doctrines we practice a form ofChurch Discipline with. We do not fellowship with them until they repent and adhere to true Biblical doctrine. This is called Separation.

We are not dividing the body of Christ – we are separating from those who, by their false doctrines, are the ones who themselves cause divisions in the body of Christ.

So, with this in mind, all Christians are to separate from those who preach and teach false doctrine. That’s what the Bible teaches.

What are you practicing?