Saturday Song: Blues Image, “Ride Captain Ride”

jun16,sailorThis song expresses the longing of people to find a place where they can start anew. “The old country” tends to become corrupt and a miserable place to live. Therefore, people strive to find some unspoiled place where they can escape the bad conditions.

There was a time where a person could do that. The discovery of the Americas led many people to leave their homelands to seek freedom from tyranny. Little did they know that they brought their human natures along with them, causing the same bad results as in their old world.

A band called Blues Image captured that sense of adventure in their 1970 hit, “Ride Captain Ride.” Those 73 sailors came off their ship but found an unresponsive audience. So they sailed away to find a new place where they couldlaugh their lives away and be free once more.

Listen to the song here.

What the people of this world don’t understand is that sin makes this place miserable. We cary this spiritual virus wherever we go and it always ruins any new attempts to start new lives.

But we need not dispair. Jesus provides us a way of escape. We read in Acts 2:38 (KJV)how to be changed from our miserable old ways. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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This is what Jesus told his disciples in John 16:13 (KJV) when he said, “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 show you things to come.”

So no matter how bad things might get around you, having this comforter and the new life Christ gives makes things so much more hopeful

I hope you enjoyed this song. It certainly brings back memories to me, that’s for sure.

I’ll be writing next time how people’s misunderstanding of disabilities drove me away from God for nine years. Stay tuned for that.

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Why Is Modalism Wrong?

jan04, 3 ice cream conesNow that you know what Modalism is, here’s why it’s biblically incorrect. God has revealed himself in three distinct and eternally-existent persons. In many scripture passages, we see all three interacting, an impossible and ridiculous feat if God only was one but revealing himself in three different historical ways.

Modalists take their notions from the King James Version of the Bible. Though it’s a well-respected translation, the translators didn’t have the wealth of scripture fragments which we have today. Consequently, Modalists mistakenly assume that their doctrines are true.

Oneness folks use Acts 2:38 as their major proof text. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'” Thus, they assume only Jesus’ name must be used in baptism.

Modalists also quote all the verses in the Old Testament where God says he’s it andjan04a, 3, orange on black

there’s none else. What those folks forget is that many verses have God and the Son together. Daniel 7:13 (KJV) says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” How could the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man be in the same scene together?

Jesus often referred to himself as the Son of Man. We see that perfectly in Matthew 16:13 (KJV). “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, ‘Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?'”

Furthermore, we see all three mjan04b, 3 wise menembers of the Trinity present at Christ’s baptism. Luke 3:22 (KJV) says, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Unless God used stand-ins, this couldn’t happen with a modalist deity.

I could provide many more explanations and scriptures which prove the utter impossibility of Modalism but I’ll save those for my next book. We must have a proper understanding of the Trinity in order to realize the love between three distinct beings in the Godhead. Otherwise, we would worship a deity who talks to himself and is a narcissist. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Mormonism Vs. the Bible on Baptism

oct03Since I’ve found so many serious errors in the LDS church doctrines, I’m taking another month to examine them. For example, Mormons have a different belief about Baptism than what the Bible teaches. In Doctrine and Covenants section 19:31, and in many other places in their scriptures, it says, “And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea, even the Holy Ghost.”

They base this doctrine on Acts 2:38 which reads, “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”

This remission of sins happens when people repent, giving control of their lives over to Jesus. Baptism is a believer’s first act of obedience and has no bearing on their salvation.

If baptism was part of salvation, what would have happened to the believing thief on the cross? Luke 23:43 (KJV) says, “And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'” How could he be in paradise if being baptized is part of the salvation process?oct03a

And as some Christian denominations believe, Mormons say baptism is part of joining a church. Doctrine and Covenants says in Section 20:37, “And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits,and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.”

Mormons believe they’re the only true church so that means they’re baptized into the only church of Christ. I’ve proven in past posts that their doctrines are aberrant and that they’re the ones who aren’t real Christians. No matter how high-sounding LDS words are, the truth is that they mean different things to those members.

oct03bMore of these interesting facts will be included in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Just as their are “knock-offs” of high end products, the Devil has counterfeit denominations and religions which seem to be Christian but aren’t so. I wish people would take time to examine the “fruits” of these groups and to study the way the Bareans did.

No Salvation in Islam?

aug01If God and Allah are the same person, as some allege, why is there such a contradiction between the Bible and the Qu’ran regarding salvation? It makes no sense to have Christ die for our sins and then nullify what he did on the cross.

Acts 2:38 (KJV) is one of many Bible verses which show that it’s only faith in Christ’s atonement which saves. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”

Neither can we work to earn heaven. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8 (KJV). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Even in the Old Testament, the Lord planned for Christ to be the agent of salvation. Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) reads, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” This came to pass on what we call Palm Sunday.

Acts 4:12 (KJV) reinforces the fact that Christ alone is our saviour. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

aug01aBut the Qu’ran contradicts the Bible by saying in passages such as sura 39:61, “And Allah will save those who maintained righteousness to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, nor will they grieve.”

Sura 5:84-85 also claims, “And why should we not believe in Allah,
and in the truth that has come to us, and hope that our Lord will include us among the righteous people? Allah will reward them for what they say, Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will stay forever. Such is the reward of the righteous.”

Sura 7:56 also says, “And do not corrupt on earth after its reformation, and pray to Him with fear and hope. Allah’s mercy is close to the doers of good.”

aug01bI could include so many more verses and suras showing the stark difference between the God of the Bible and Allah. I’ll save that for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Those who believe our heavenly Father and the harsh-natured Allah are the same entity will be in for a rude awakening on Judgement Day.

What Will Save You from Hell?

Jesus at the last supperHaving written on how to avoid the unforgivable sin, what must we do to be saved from an eternity of agony and separation from God? We must surrender to the rule of Christ in our lives.

The first step is to beg the Lord for his forgiveness. This is called repentance. As Peter said in Acts 2:38 (KJV), “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”

Baptism is an outward display to the world that you have died to your old life and are now following Christ. As Paul pointed out in Romans 6:4 (KJV), “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.”
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The next step is to be witnesses for Christ. This means that we proclaim the good news of salvation to all who will listen to us. This is called by Christians The Great Commission. As Christ told his disciples in Acts 1:8 (KJV), “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

As we live and obey our Lord, we become sanctified. This means that we become set apart so we will be devoted servants to God. In turn, he provides us with what we need to live. As Christ promised in Matthew 6:33 (KJV), “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his  righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
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Salvation is such a vast subject that a single blog post can’t do it proper justice. This is why I’m writing a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Many professors of Christianity have never surrendered their lives to Jesus and will be in deep trouble on the day of judgement.

When Does the Holy Spirit Come Into Us?

feb09Now that we know what the Holy Spirit does, when does he enter a believer? Christians have quarreled over this matter down through the centuries but here’s what the Bible, the final and ultimate authority, says.

Throughout the Old Testament, the Angel of the Lord came upon select individuals. This selective indwelling changed at the first Pentecost feast after Christ’s resurrection.

Some Christians have become fixated on speaking in tongues but that isn’t what Peter urged people to do on that awesome day. Luke wrote in Acts 2:38 (KJV) about the real question, namely what must people do to be forgiven and follow Christ. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”
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But does this happen immediately? Some Christians argue that the infilling of the Holy Spirit comes separately from the surrender we make to Christ’s rule in our lives. They cite Acts 8:15 (KJV) which says, “Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:”

Additionally, the “second blessing” proponents point to Acts 9:17 (KJV) which states, “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.'”

In actual fact, it’s belief which saves people and they receive the Holy Spirit at that time. Look what Luke wrote in Acts 10:44-47 (Bible in Basic English). “While Peter was saying these words, the Holy Spirit came on all those who were hearing the word. And the Jews of the faith, who had come with Peter, were full of wonder, because the Holy Spirit was given to the Gentiles, And they were talking in tongues, and giving glory to God. Then Peter said, ‘Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have?'”
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This is a deep subject and one which I intend to expand upon in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Since so many people teach error regarding the Holy Spirit, I feel compelled to present the Bible truth of the matter. I was a victim of faith preachers and now I want to save naive believers from the fate I suffered.