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February 27th, 2013
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(CNN)– Justin Bieber's pastor, Judah Smith, says his book 'Jesus Is" challenges people to have a discussion about who Jesus was.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Steve Finnell

    DOES MAN'S SINCERITY INVALIDATE GOD'S WORD?

    If men sincerely believe they know the truth, does that belief render God's word null and void?

    Eve sincerely believed Satan when he told her she could eat from the tree in the middle of the garden and she would not die. (Genesis 3:1-24)

    Did her sincerity keep her from death? No it did not.

    If men sincerely believe that water baptism is not essential for salvation, does that invalidate what Jesus said in Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved..?

    Does man's sincerity nullify the words of Jesus.

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

    Should you trust the sincerity of your own understanding or should you simply trust in the Lord.

    Pride was Satan's downfall. Pride has a tendency to make men believe that their sincerity invalidates the word of God.

    SINCERITY WITHOUT TRUTH CANNOT SAVE ANYONE!

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    November 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  2. Steve Finnell

    YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

    Jesus said you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. What did He mean by that statement?

    John 3:1-3......3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly , I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."(NKJV)

    Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to be born the first time in order to enter the kingdom of God. He said you must be born again!

    Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to exist in order to enter the kingdom of God. Every person alive, exists, how could that be a requirement to enter the kingdom of God? Jesus said he had to be born again.

    Being born of water (amniotic fluid) by natural birth is being born the first time, it is not being born again.

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

    Jesus said you must born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. Remember in John 3:3 Jesus said "You must be born again." Water can mean nothing but water baptism (immersion). Water and the Spirit are both qualifications in order to be born again.

    John 3:5 Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God's kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. (Contemporary English Version)

    John 3:5 Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

    John 3:5 Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth. This new birth is by waterand by the Spirit. No person can enter God's kingdom if he has not been born that way. (Worldwide English New Testament)

    WATER BAPTISM IS A REQUIREMENT TO BE BORN AGAIN.

    (SEE: Acts 2:38, WATER BAPTISM AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT....YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN! )

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    November 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Steve Finnell

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS

    Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation of the Scriptures. What are the causes of faulty hermeneutics? Things that contribute to faulty hermeneutics are proof-texting, lack of prayerful study, pride, exalting men as infallible teachers, man made tradition doctrinal influences, self-imposed ignorance and dishonesty.

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS dictates that Jesus was a sinner!

    Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    Does this prove that Jesus was a sinner? Absolutely not.

    Hebrews 4:14-15 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet is without sin.

    Jesus was not guilty of sin.--PROPER HERMENEUTICS IS THE ANSWER.

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS dictates that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah.

    Matthew 11:14 And if you are willing to except it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.

    Does that Scripture prove that John the Baptist was Elijah reincarnated? No, it does not.

    John 1:19-23 This is the testimony of John....21 They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not."...
    Luke 1:5-17...It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah....

    John the Baptist was not the reincarnation of Elijah.-–PROPER HERMENEUTICS IS THE ANSWER.

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS dictates that Jesus was God the Father.

    Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

    Would this Scripture prove that Jesus is God the Father? No, it would not.

    Mark 13:31-32 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father alone.

    Jesus will not know the end of time until God the Father tells Him. Jesus is not God the Father.

    1 Corinthians 15:20-28....23 who are Christ's at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father.....28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

    Is Jesus God? Yes, Jesus is God, but Jesus is not God the Father.-–PROPER HERMENEUTICS IS THE ANSWER.

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS dictates that men can be saved without being baptized because the thief on the cross was saved without being immersed in water. Can men today be saved without baptism. No, they cannot.

    Luke 23:39-43 ....42 And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom!" 43 And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."

    Was the thief saved? Yes, the thief was saved, however, the thief was saved before the New Covenant was in force. Under the New Covenant men have to be baptized in water in order to have their sins forgiven.

    Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be a death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

    The New Covenant, the New Testament, the New Agreement was only in effect after the death of Jesus. When Jesus was alive He forgave men of their sins for various and sundry reasons; the thief was one of those He forgave.

    The terms of pardon under the New Covenant are :
    FAITH (John 3:16)
    REPENTANCE (Acts 2:38)
    CONFESSION (Romans 10:9-10)
    BAPTISM (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16)

    Can men today be saved like the thief on the cross? No.-PROPER HERMENEUTICS IS THE ANSWER.

    FAULTY HERMENEUTICS=30,000 different denominations and religious groups all claiming the absolute truth? PROPER HERMENEUTICS IS THE ANSWER!

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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    July 31, 2013 at 5:58 am |
  4. Paz Sandy

    Younger lambs are smaller and more tender. Mutton is meat from a sheep over two years old, and has less tender flesh. In general, the darker the colour, the older the animal. Baby lamb meat will be pale pink, while regular lamb is pinkish-red.`^"'

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    May 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  5. Gabrielle Lily

    Tomato ketchup was sold locally by farmers. A man named Jonas Yerks (or Yerkes) is believed to have been the first man to make tomato ketchup a national phenomenon. By 1837, he had produced and distributed the condiment nationally.[7] Shortly thereafter, other companies followed suit. F. & J. Heinz launched their tomato ketchup in 1876.^:.*

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    April 17, 2013 at 12:02 am |
  7. gerald bostock

    sam stone
    i got no major problem with individual faith. i do have a big problem with inbred fvcks blah, blah, blah-ing empty proxy threats of hell

    March 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

    Jesus is .... dead.
    Jesus is ... fictional.
    Jesus is ... an Hispanic baseball player.
    Jesus is ... the 2000 year old construct of bronze age goat herders trying to maintain control over others.

    Yes, Jesus is many things.

    March 25, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • gerald bostock

      Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear
      Jesus is .... dead.
      Jesus is ... fictional.
      Jesus is ... an Hispanic baseball player.
      Jesus is ... the 2000 year old construct of bronze age goat herders trying to maintain control over others.

      Yes, Jesus is many things.

      March 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  9. judy

    God tells us there is nothing new under the sun .He;s heard it allllll before. And believe Him when he says we stand alone when we die. wa are dying. how about lets just be grateful that we as beleivers have a glorious future. for eternity His book has a perfect endng.Give Him your best shot. Hes not impressed. He loved you first.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      Hey Judy – you still hearing voices and thinking it's god? Hmmm – there are mental health clinics that can help you

      March 25, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • gerald bostock

      Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear
      Hey Judy – you still hearing voices and thinking it's god? Hmmm – there are mental health clinics that can help you

      March 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  10. judy

    HE IS I AM..... and you not beleiving in Him doesn't move Him a bit. IT IS FINISHED. and He loves you enough to let you exercise your own free will. That was paid for on the cross as well. you guys are right about the blood.its an eternal stain for His love for you. its forever and ever. God is patient and rich in mercy. He gives us a new beginning every day untill we die. then it really is too late. and thats love too.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:33 am |
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