Saturday Song: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “Quick Change Artist”

I’m sure we’ve all encountered people who will do one thing and then change their actions in the company of others. My brother, Roy is like that. He’ll be so nice and polite in the company of Christians, such as my sister Jentien but once he’s with non Christians, he reverts to his vulgar self.

This song by Canadian band Bachman-Turner Overdrive is about a woman who keeps changing her mind. She’s with one man one minute and then leaves for another the next.

Listen to this song here.

James certainly had something to say about such unstable people. He wrote in James 1:8 (KJV) that, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Our chief duty as Christians is to proclaim the gospel. But how can people believe us if we keep changing our minds and attitudes? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:8 (KJV) that, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

jan19,changing tableAnd as we should be steadfast in our trust in the Lord, so we must pray with total trust in him. James 1:6 (KJV) says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

And Paul summed up steadfastness in prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV). “Pray without ceasing.”

I hope you liked this song and what I wrote. Please comment in the box below if you wish to.

On Monday, I’ll be posting about the difference between believing about and believing in God. It’s important to know why we need to believe in him and in Christ.

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Should we “sprinkle” or “dunk”?

jan17, pope_john_paul_ii_b071flrn_defaultBaptism is one issue which denominations differ about. Some say people should have blessed water sprinkled on their heads but others say people should be plunged under the water in a tank or outdoor body of water.

From what I read in the New Testament, immersion is the prescribed method of baptism. But why should this be so? Because baptism is an outward confession of a person’s commitment to follow Christ.

Paul, explaining why we mustn’t practice sin now that we’re saved, described baptism as being symbolically burried with Christ and rising again through his sacrifice on the cross. In Romans 6: 3 to 6 (BBE), he wrote, “Or are you without the knowledge that all we who had baptism into Christ Jesus, had baptism into his death? We have been placed with him among the dead through baptism into death: so that as Christ came again from the dead by the glory of the Father, we, in the same way, might be living in new life. For, if we have been made like him in his death, we will, in the same way, be like him in his coming to life again; Being conscious that our old man was put to death on the cross with him, so that the body of sin might be put away, and we might no longer be servants to sin.”

Two kinds of baptism were mentioned in the New Testament. The first was a baptism of repentence which John the Baptist preached. The second was the baptism into Christ.

jan17a, baptismIn Acts 19:1 to 4 (BBE), Luke wrote, “And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having gone through the higher country, came to Ephesus, where there were certain disciples: And he said to them, ‘Did you get the Holy Spirit when you had faith?’ And they said to him, ‘No, we have had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit.’ And he said, ‘What sort of baptism did you have?’ And they said, ‘The baptism of John.’ And Paul said, ‘John gave a baptism which goes with a change of heart, saying to the people that they were to have faith in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.'”

I suppose those who believe in sprinkling get this from verses such as Hebrews 9:19 (KJV) which reads, “For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,”

But the whole point of the book of Hebrews is to show the superiority of Christ over the law, angels, and all other things. Hebrews 10:22 (KJV) explains the need to be baptized as well as separated from sin. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Since we are under the new covenant, we need to abide by it and not Israel’s old covenant. Jesus himself initiated this new contract when he gave his disciples bread and wine at the last supper.

jan17b, law0001This is also why believer’s baptism is needed. Infants can’t decide to follow Christ. Neither does christening do anything to secure an offspring’s salvation.

I’ll be pointing out salvation by grace alone, not by ceremonies, in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Since God set the rules, our opinions don’t change a thing.

My Saturday Song post will be about a song by Bachman-Turner Overdrive and individuals who are inconsistent in their conduct.

Why Church Membership Baptism is Wrong

jan14, baptismIn many mainstream churches, people teach that congregants must be baptized into their denomination or the Christian faith. But what does the Bible, the arbiter of our faith, actually teach on this matter? That’s what we must concern ourselves with.

Paul summed up baptism’s universality in one short sentence. Ephesians 4:5 (KJV) says, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”

This shows that no one church has a monopoly on believers’ baptism. Neither does it mean that the baptism in one church is null and void in another, as far as the Lord is concerned.

Look at what Paul wrote 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.”

No church affiliation is mentioned in that verse, or the entire New Testament for that matter. Baptism is a universal practice in Christianity.jan14a, landscape 11

Some people might think that 1 Peter 3:21 (KJV) means that baptism saves us. But that’s not what he was saying. “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

So it’s by Christ’s resurrection that we are saved when we put our trust in him and his work. Being “dunked” in a tank or river doesn’t make us holy but the imputed righteousness from Christ and obeying his voice does.

What must we do in light of all this? Paul answers that in Romans 12:1 (KJV). “I 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.”

And though there were many first-century churches and many good leaders, the Holy Spirit frowns upon factionalism. Look at what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:12 (KJV). “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.” We must all be unified in service to Christ, not to our denominations.

jan14b, lantern on a poleAlso, look at Psalms 133:1 (KJV). “A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Of course the psalmist doesn’t mean the town of Unity, Saskatchewan. đŸ™‚

I plan on writing more about  in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? So much utter nonsense is preached on the subject of baptism that I feel compelled to rebut it all with Scripture.

I’ll be dealing with the method of baptism on Thursday. Some churches “sprinkle” congregants while others “dunk” them. But which method does God’s Word favour?

Saturday Song: Lenny Kravitz, “Let Love Rule”

Are you one who likes music because of its sound? I’m like that. It doesn’t matter to me who creates the kind of music I like. There are no quotas in my music collection. I like what I like.

That’s why I fell in love with the sound of Lenny Kravitz in 1991. It sounded so much like what I grooved to in 1970 that I bought many of his albums.

Listen to “Let Love Rule” here.

We who trust in Christ are encouraged to do this throughout the scriptures. Instead of separating ourselves into cliques, we should fellowship with all the members of our church. As Paul pointed out in Romans 12:9 (KJV), “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

jan12, hearts, cartoonBecause we have the love of Christ dwelling in us, we naturally are kind to others and passionate about worshipping the Lord. As it says in John 3:21 (KJV) “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

So, what’s your opinion on Lenny Kravitz’s music and what I’ve written? Please let me know. But if you’d rather not, have a beautiful weekend anyway.

I’ll be posting on Monday about church membership baptism and why it doesn’t appear in Scripture. Stay tuned for that controvercial post.

The Rejection of Hell Error

jan 10,fireThis is another dangerous doctrine put forth by apostate churches. They teach that only the most reprehensible individuals end up in that place of punishment. Is that really so?

Teachers of this errant doctrine should heed what our Lord warned Nicodemus about in John 3:18 (BBE). “The man who has faith in him (Christ) does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God.”

Neither does misfortune or the lack of it prove one’s righteousness. Look at what Christ said when people asked him about the Jews who were murdered by Pilate’s soldiers as they worshipped in the temple. Luke 13:2-5 (BBE) says, “And he, in answer, said to them, ‘Are you of the opinion that these Galilaeans were worse than all other Galilaeans, because these things were done to them? I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to the same end. Or those eighteen men who were crushed by the fall of the tower of Siloam, were they worse than all the other men living in Jerusalem? I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to an end in the same way'”

But, I suppose some will ask, isn’t God merciful to those who lived unsaved lives? Matthew 10:28 (KJV) makes no exceptions when it comes to God punishing disobedience. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

jan10a,fire stormMany churchgoers assume that they’ll automatically be in heaven when they die. Matthew 23:15 (KJV) shows Christ’s warning to those who were outwardly holy but inwardly wicked. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

Though apostate denominations discount the danger of eternal damnation for not surrendering one’s life to Christ, Jesus made this truth starkly clear in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16:23 KJV) says, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

And if angels who disobeyed God ended up condemned, how much more ought rebellious humanity be damned? Look at what 2 Peter 2:4-9 (BBE) says. “For if God did not have pity for the angels who did evil, but sent them down into hell, to be kept in chains of eternal night till they were judged; And did not have mercy on the world which then was, but only kept safe Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when he let loose the waters over the world of the evil-doers; And sent destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah, burning them up with fire as an example to those whose way of life might in the future be unpleasing to him; And kept safe Lot, the upright man, who was deeply troubled by the unclean life of the evil-doers (Because the soul of that upright man living among them was pained from day to day by seeing and hearing their crimes): The Lord is able to keep the upright safe in the time of testing,” and to keep evil-doers under punishment till the day of judging;”

When Judgement Day comes, these nominal Christians will find themselves on the wrong side of the Lord. Revelation 20:13 (KJV) warns, “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

jan10b, firestormThis will be one of my themes in my upcoming book, You Think You’re Going to Heaven? So many folks assume they’ll be in heaven when they die but they’ll be in for a horrific shock once they pass away. I must warn every complacent churchgoer that they too must be born again.

As for Saturday’s song, it’s one of my favourites. We believers must let agape love rule in our hearts.

The Dualism Error

jan7,coin drawingBelieve it or not, there are people who maintain that God and the Devil are two sides of the same coin, metaphorically speaking. They believe that both entities are eternal but opposite. This is totally wrong for the following reasons.

First of all, Satan is merely a created being. When referring to Judgement Day, Jesus told his disciples what will happen to the Devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41 (KJV) quotes him as saying, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Jude 1:6 (KJV) also speaks of the fate of rebellious angels, including the Devil. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Hebrews 1:4 (KJV) also shows that Christ is no created being but the Son of God. “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Some folks might think that the word “Made” means that he was a created being but it really means that he was appointed by God.

jan7a,jesus and the senturianThe next verse, Hebrews 1:5 (KJV), shows how Christ was never a created being. “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, ‘Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?’ And again, ‘I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?'”(

Since worship is reserved only for God who is eternal, the next verse shows that Jesus shares in the Father’s nature. Hebrews 1:6 (KJV) explains, “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, ‘And let all the angels of God worship him.'”

Revelation 3:5 (KJV) also proves that Jesus was no created being. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

jan7b,judgement diagramAs with all apostates, these people deny biblical truth. I’ll point that out in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Many people claim to be Christians but their actions show that they are just faking it.

On Thursday, I’ll post about churches which teach that God is too nice to send sinners to hell. This is a deadly error which we all must confront.

Beware of Apostates!

jan03,church, ruinThis month, I will examine apostate denominations. Those are the ones who reject the Bible’s authority and read their own meanings into scripture verses. We need to know about the errors they teach and why those doctrines must be avoided.

Apostasy began with Satan’s rebellion in heaven. Revelation 12:4 (KJV)tells how it happened. “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” This verse reflects upon both Satan’s fall and how he sought to destroy Jesus.

Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) also mentions Satan’s fall. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

jan3a,eve and the serpantWe also see how Satan, whose character is that of a snake, got Eve to doubt the Lord. Genesis 3:1 (KJV) says, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, ‘hath God said, “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”‘”

And throughout history, Israel kept wandering away from God’s protective embrace until life grew too painful. One of many apostasies happened just after the Lord rescued the Israelites from Egyptian captivity. As 1 Corinthians 10:7 (KJV) explains, “Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.'”

But we believers can’t smugly assume we’re immune to apostasy. Paul showed in 2 Timothy 1:15 (KJV) that those who ought to have known better left the faith. “This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.”

jan3b,map, actsIt’s sad that entire denominations have become apostates. Even so, the Bible promises that thehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7LjeUX3SUwre’ll be a remnant who will stay true to Christ. I’ll be writing about how to spot such people in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Many churchgoers appear pious but it’s all for show.

As for Saturday’s post, it’s about cities and one city in particular which all believers desire to live in.