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The story of the Titanic has incredibly close parallels to the biblical plan of salvation. Just as the great pleasure ship struck an iceberg and sank, this great world—with all its inhabitants—is slowly sinking into the cold grip of death. As with the Titanic, where only those passengers who believed that they were in impending danger looked to the lifeboats, so only those who believe that they are in mortal danger will look to the Lifeboat of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The great “iceberg” that will take the world to an icy grave is the Moral Law—the Ten Commandments. Here is the evidence that we are sinking: Jesus said that if we look with lust, we commit adultery in our heart. No one who has had sex outside of marriage, or any liar, or any thief will enter heaven. The Bible says that if we hate someone, we are guilty of murder. We fail to put God first. We make a god in our image. We break all the Commandments. If we stay with the “ship,” we will perish on the Day of Judgment, when all of our sins come out as evidence of our guilt. God, however, is rich in mercy and doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. He made a way for us to be saved. Jesus Christ, the One whom the Bible calls the “Captain of our salvation,” gave His life so that we could have a place in the lifeboat. He took our punishment upon Himself, suffering on the cross for us. We broke God’s Law, but He paid our fine. Then He rose from the dead, defeating death. The moment we repent and trust in Him alone for our eternal salvation, God will forgive us and grant us the gift of eternal life. Don’t hesitate. You may wait until it’s too late! It was reported that some of the lifeboats that left the Titanic early were only half full. Many more on board could have been saved, but they refused to believe that the great “unsinkable” ship was sinking. They perished because their faith was misguided. Don’t be like them. Believe the gospel. Repent and trust Jesus Christ today ...and God will never let you down. The Evidence Bible  (May 8, 2009 | post #14)

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Southern Baptist new baptisms slip again in 2008

Water or Money? If you were offered a handful of $1,000 bills or a glass of cool water, which would you choose? The $1,000 bills, of course—anyone in his right mind would. However, if you were crawling through a desert, dying of thirst, and you were offered a glass of water or a handful of $1,000 bills, which would you take? The water, of course—anyone in his right mind would. That’s called “circumstantial priorities.” Your priorities change according to your circumstances. If there were a way to find everlasting life, would you want to know about it? The answer is “yes,” of course—anyone in his right mind would. What the Bible contains may surprise you. The Scriptures speak of riches beyond our wildest dreams—the “riches” of everlasting life—and they are offered in the form of cool, clear water: “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). At the moment, you may not be interested in the offer, but on Judgment Day your circumstances will radically change. Then it will be too late. (The Evidence Bible)  (Apr 25, 2009 | post #2)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

My friend you have found the KEY! The Scriptures speak of "REPENTANCE unto life" (Acts 11:18). We turn from sin to the Savior. This is why Paul preached "REPENTANCE toward God, and FAITH toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21). The first public word Jesus preached was "REPENT” (Matthew 4:17). Jesus said “REPENT and BELIEVE the gospel” (Mark 1:15). John the Baptist began his ministry the same way (Matthew 3:2). Jesus told His hearers that without REPENTANCE they would perish (Luke 13:3). This is also where the Church of Christ has twisted scripture with human wisdom. I have talked with members of the Church of Christ and have read their tracts. This is the PROCESS that is given. 1.Believe 2.Repent 3.Confess 4.Be baptized In scripture REPENTANCE always comes BEFORE faith! That is why Romans 10:10 says that it is with the HEART that man believeth unto righteousness; … The idea that a man can simply acknowledge the gospel mentally without a repentant heart is straight from the pit of hell but when you REVERSE the God given order of repentance and faith you turn salvation into a WORK. In other words you believe and then start working your way to heaven. A Christian does goods works as a RESULT of salvation. See the difference? Ephesians 2:8,9 means exactly what it says. If you stand before God and say “Lord I got baptized, I didn't have any musical instruments in the church, I quit my cussing, I quit getting drunk, I did this and this and this...” how much merit will that get you? Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the WASHING OF REGENERATION, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; When I was 18 years old in 1971 I cried out with a REPENTANT heart “God be merciful to me a sinner and save me for Jesus sake!” It was then that I “passed from death unto life.” Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.eath  (Apr 21, 2009 | post #75)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

AMEN!  (Apr 21, 2009 | post #69)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

I rejoice that you agree with me. AMEN!  (Apr 21, 2009 | post #67)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

That's true. You will also find that repentance is not mentioned in the “Great Commission” in Matthew 28 so does that mean that repentance is not part of that commission? Not all accounts are given in any one Gospel book. Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Luk 24:47 And that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Obviously, just because one writer may not give a complete account, one cannot throw out other scriptures that clearly says that repentance is part of the great commission. Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Baptism is definitely part of the great commission and it is IMPLIED that anyone who has saving faith WILL be baptized. There is another verse very similar in Matthew. Mat 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. Is it not clear that the FLIP SIDE is if he puts away his wife FOR THE CAUSE OF FORNICATION and marries another, he HAS NOT committed adultery? The subordinate clause "except . . " MUST be applied to all parts of the verse. The same rule applies to Mark 16. Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; BUT he that believeth not shall be damned. Once again the exception clause MUST apply to the entire verse. 1.Did Jesus say that he that BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved? 2.Did Jesus say "he that BELIEVETH NOT shall be damned?" 3.You are putting words in the Lord's mouth when you say that a man is damned if he is not baptized. Nowhere in scripture does it say that a man will go to hell if he is not baptized in water.  (Apr 20, 2009 | post #65)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

My friend. The Gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and is defined as the good news of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Would you explain why you believe baptism is part of the Gospel? Thanks.  (Apr 20, 2009 | post #60)

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What is the Gospel of Our Lord Jeus Christ?

You are absolutely correct. Many Calvinists use these verses to condemn infants to hell. Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Sin was introduced to the world through Adam. Death being the result of sin followed. BUT WHY WAS THAT? “For all have sinned.” We are condemned for our OWN sin, no one else's. Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. Paul could not have inherited ORIGINAL SIN because he clearly states that at one point he had been ALIVE WITHOUT the law. He must have been talking about the time when he did not know the law; ie. AS AN INFANT. Adam's sin brought the curse of PHYSICAL death upon all men. Until Paul became aware of the law and his failure to keep it he was not subject to SPIRITUAL death. Paul was ALIVE when he wrote this. Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. By one man's disobedience many were made SINNERS – given a sin nature. At no time does it say we bear the guilt of Adam's sin upon ourselves. Each person will answer “ACCORDING TO THAT HE HATH DONE (2 Cor 5:10. We will answer for our OWN sin. So how about infants? Have whose who died in infancy committed such sins IN THE BODY? No! See 2 Chronicles 25:4 Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. What came upon all men? Adam's sin? No, JUDGMENT came...God's judgment of sin. I realize you are Church of Christ and strongly disagree with your doctrine but when a man is right I'll applaud him.  (Apr 17, 2009 | post #49)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

It comes down to willingness. Imagine witnessing to a person asking "I know God hates my lifestyle, but after I accept Jesus, do I have to give up my fornication, or can I be saved and keep doing it all?" And when the response comes, "Absolutely! Jesus said if ye love me keep my commandments, and honoring our bodies is one of them." And he turns away sorrowful (as the rich young ruler), what does the evangelist say as the sinner departs? "No wait! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!! No, we do what Jesus did, and let him walk off LOST, because he loves his sin, and wants to stay in it. Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Luk 24:47 And that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Law produces repentance (which is not perfect obedience but a change of mind or attitude toward sin and law). The Gospel produces faith. BOTH must occur for a just God to justify a wicked person.  (Apr 16, 2009 | post #55)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

IS A JAMES A TRIBULATIONAL BOOK? The 12 tribes scattered abroad, to whom this Epistle was written, were BEGOTTEN with the WORD (James 1:18); were BELOVED BRETHREN who were the FIRSTFRUITS OF HIS CREATURES (1:18,19); were told that the WORD SAVES THE SOUL – not works (1:21); were shown the FUTILITY of KEEPING the LAW for SALVATION (2:10); were able to cause the DEVIL TO FLEE (4:7 – let the Tribulation saints try this one); were benefactors of GRACE (4:6). Paul IMPLIED works (Luke 24:44). IS HEBREWS A TRIBULATIONAL BOOK? In Hebrews 2:3,4 we have a dispensational UNITY and CONTINUITY concerning the PLAN OF SALVATION, from the gospels to the book of Acts to the book of Hebrews. Moreover, in Hebrews we find ETERNAL SECURITY (7:25); a NEW COVENANT (10:9); the ONE SACRIFICE as opposed to animal sacrifices (10:8-12), JESUS, the Author and Finisher of OUR FAITH (12:2); Jesus, MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT (Heb 12:24); GRACE (13:9); the new covenant SACRIFICE OF PRAISE (13:15). Do you think Paul really expected to be with the Tribulational saints shortly or do you really believe that Paul asked the TRIBULATION SAINTS TO PRAY for him (13:18,23)? IS 1 PETER A TRIBULATIONAL BOOK? Not the greeting of GRACE and multiplied peace (1:2) to these scattered strangers. Notice also that these scattered strangers were BEGOTTEN by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1:3) and redeemed by only the precious BLOOD OF CHRIST (1:18,19); and BORN AGAIN (1:23); trusting in the events of the CROSS (2:24); and standing in the TRUE GRACE of God (5:12). They were capaqble of suffering as CHRISTIANS (4:16); and were in Christ Jesus (5:14) and were eternally secure in anticipation of the last time (1:5); (Cf 1:9,20; 2:9,11; 4:3). Certainly this book will provide comfort to Isrfael in the Tribulation. Need I keep going? Why don't you just cut your “bible” up and make a wallet out of it? Better still. Quit taking every word from Peter Ruckman as gospel truth and start studying the Bible on your own?  (Apr 16, 2009 | post #48)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

You are correct. The main disagreement today is which line of manuscripts are used. 95% of all manuscripts agree with the King James text while the other 5% on which most of the modern translations are based are ASSUMED to be superior to the majority text. I would have no problem with changing some of the Elizabethan language to modern usage but most of the time scholars go well beyond that and insert many readings from that 5% minority that completely changes the meaning of the majority text. The King James has been the standard text for English speaking people for at least a dozen generations and I believe it is dangerous to nilly willy abandon it.  (Apr 16, 2009 | post #44)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

Jam 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Jam 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James never says that works produce salvation, or that faith plus works can save, but that good works always accompany true SAVING FAITH. Just as Isaiah pointed out that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags when it comes to justification BEFORE GOD, that would also include his offering up Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham PROVED his faith just as James says. The apostle Paul says the same thing. Act 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the GENTILES, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works MEET FOR REPENTANCE. When Paul received reports of outright wickedness in the Corinthian church, he didn't say to them I know your aren't living like Christians. You just need to go back to the time you went down to the altar and prayed to see if you were sincere. No. He said “I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not REPENTED of the UNCLEANNESS and FORNICATION and LASCIVIOUSNESS which they have committed. - 2 Cor 12:21 A few verses on down Paul says “ EXAMINE YOURSELVES, whether ye be in the faith; PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be REPROBATES? In Titus 1:16 Paul says concerning the Cretians who were liars, slow bellies (lazy gluttons) and evil beasts he says “ They PROFESS that they know God; but IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work REPROBATE. “ I know many who went down to the “altar” professed their faith in Christ and are just as reprobate as the Cretians were. James is showing the difference between a “DEAD” faith and SAVING faith. Paul says the same thing. 1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have BELIEVED IN VAIN. A man in the New Testament can give a MENTAL ASSENT to the Gospel and go straight to hell just as a man in the Old Testament could keep the sacrifices and do everything OUTWARDLY yet like the Pharisees have a heart full of wickedness and still go to hell.  (Apr 16, 2009 | post #42)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

This isn't a question of rightly dividing the word. It is a question of calling the Apostle Paul a liar when he said plainly in King James English that Abraham and David were saved by faith WITHOUT WORKS. Don't turn REPENTANCE into a work! THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOSPELS AND ACTS 1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, … Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Eph 2:20 And ARE BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE; The Book of Acts is indeed a transitional book; but so are the four Gospels. You can give to the Jew what is the Jew's; to the Greek what is the Greek's; and to the church what is the church's without discarding the whole book! Where else can you find the “wholesome words of the Lord Jesus Christ” but in the Gospels and the beginning of the Book of Acts? Imagine a spiritual building of Ephesians 2:19, 20 without a foundation. Ultradispensationa lism give you that floating building. The law of commandments contained in ordinances (Eph 2:15, 16) was permitted for awhile, alongside the preaching of the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:19) however, it was abolished at the cross as far as God was concerned. The Book of Acts records historically the phasing out of the old economy and the phasing in if the new. In God's mind however, the old economy was finished “at the cross” (Eph 2:15,16). The veil was rent in the Gospels not in the Epistles! Only someone like Dr. Ruckman would try to make Paul contradict James. Works in the Old Testament were “filthy rags” just as they are in the New Testament. God deals with mens HEARTS and that is why many hyper-dispensation alists refuse to preach about REPENTANCE when it comes to salvation. They turn it into a WORK. I remind you that it is with the HEART that man believes unto righteousness and any faith that doesn't affect a man's actions is a lost hypocrite on his way to hell.  (Apr 14, 2009 | post #37)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

I was not exposed to modern translations until after my conversion in 1971. I was in the military when a Bob Jones graduate convinced me that I should use the New American Standard Version promoted by Dr. Custer and others. I used it for some time but noticed that there were numerous verses where there was a complete BLANK with a footnote which said they were not in the best manuscripts or something to that effect. I finally threw it in a dumpster at Parris Island and have used the King James since then. I believe it is a huge mistake for this generation to abandon the King James text which has been the standard text for many generations for the English speaking people since 95% of all manuscripts agree with it. It is beyond me why scholars would ASSUME that the 5% of the manuscripts that disagree with the King James are superior. Having said this I also know that there a many sincere Christians who use modern translations and are just as saved as you may be. Many have never read a King James Bible and God has used them in a great way. I believe you also have a right to argue which line of manuscripts you believe is the correct one and you have a right to promote the Bible you believe has been preserved for English speaking people. You don't have a right to make an ASS (donkey) out of yourself by showing nothing but scorn and ridicule for those who may not agree you. You have no right to condemn and vilify someone because they use the word YOU instead of THEE or DO instead of DOST. I know of one man that rebuked a pastor because he used the word thoroughly instead of throughly in 2 Timothy 3:17. If you are in that camp I have nothing else to say to you. Regards.  (Apr 13, 2009 | post #34)

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Which Bible Is The Word Of God?

Rom 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but NOT BEFORE GOD. Rom 4:3 For WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Rom 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness WITHOUT WORKS, It is one thing to rightly divide the word of God. It is another thing to call God a liar. The Apostle Paul REASONED FROM THE SCRIPTURES. Act 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days REASONED WITH THEM OUT OF THE SCRIPTURES, The Scribes and Pharisees REASONED AMONG THEMSELVES. Luk 20:5 And they REASONED WITH THEMSELVES, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? Mar 11:31 And they REASONED WITH THEMSELVES, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? Mar 8:16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. Mar 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so REASONED WITHIN THEMSELVES, he said unto them, Why REASON YE THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEARTS? Mat 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And THEY REASONED WITH THEMSELVES, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? Mat 16:7 And they REASONED AMONG THEMSELVES, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. -- Col. 2:8  (Apr 13, 2009 | post #31)