This false teaching that has corrupted the hearts and minds of men, women and children known as the “sinners’ prayer” is a man-made doctrine that has been taken from scriptural verses and passages out of context.
The Sacred Texts do not teach that through a prayer to Christ Jesus our Lord asking Him to come into your heart and forgive you for your sin’s does not exist. In the New Testament you will not find such a prayer.
In the scriptural reference of Luke 18:9-14, our Lord Jesus was teaching the people about being humble and looking to God and not praising themselves as being righteous and having contempt for others.
In the scriptural reference in Luke 23:39-43, when our Lord Jesus Christ told the thief that he would be with our Lord Jesus Christ that day in paradise because of the repentance and respect that the one thief showed towards God and Jesus.
When our Lord Jesus Christ had told some that their sins were forgiven or salvation has come to their house as written in (Matthew 9:2, Luke 7:47, Luke 19:9) represents not only the faith that they had in God but also their belief in the word of God.
In Luke 18:14, the tax collector was declared freed from his sins by being justified by his words and actions of humility, repentance and reverence for God.
In all these circumstances we also need to understand that all these people were living under the Old Covenant or Old Testament laws and not the New Covenant or New Testament that we live under and have been since our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
As the Scriptures have spoken to us that our Lord Christ Jesus in (Matthew 9:5-8, Matthew 11:27, Matthew 12:6-8, Matthew 12:42, Matthew 28:18, John 3:35, John 17:2, Acts 2:36, Romans 14:9, 1 Corinthians 15:27) has authority on heaven and on earth to forgive sins. He is God with us (Isaiah 8:8-10, Matthew 1:21-23, John 1:1-2, Hebrews 1:8-9).
To receive our Lord Christ Jesus into your into heart only happens at the time when a believer becomes baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Christ Jesus you also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, your sins are washed away, you begin your walk in a newness of life, an appeal to God our Father for a good conscience and God our Father also guards our hearts and minds in our Lord Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-7, Galatians 4:6-7, Colossians 3:14-16, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 3:21).
The "sinners' prayer" is man-made doctrine that has been created from taking the Sacred Texts out of context. These are but just some of the scriptural verses and passages that have been used and taken out of context to support this false teaching of the sinners prayer; (Luke 18:10-14, Acts 2:21, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-13 and Revelation 3:20).
In Luke 18:9-14, the tax collector was ashamed of his sins and humbled himself in prayer to God and because of this he was justified. The Pharisee on the other hand exalted himself and will be humbled.
In Acts 2:21, the context of this scriptural reference has been distorted, the words to “call upon the name of the Lord" means to be baptized in the Lord. The Christian Faith requires repentance of your sins, confession of your belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and being baptized fully immersed into water as written in (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-11, Galatians 3:25-29)
In Acts 16:31, the context of this scriptural reference also has been taken out of context, and distorted by teaching that by “faith only” you can be saved. The Christian Faith requires obedience, and our faith is dead without works (John 3:21, Romans 6:17-18, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:1-11, James 2:14-25, Revelation 3:1-6).
In Romans 10:9-13, this scriptural passage also has been taken out of context and distorted and corrupted by false teaching that by stating faith only saves you as also the same as Acts 2:21 “ call on the name of the Lord you will be saved.” The scriptural passage context includes Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.
In Revelation 3:14-20, the Apostle John is revealing that the Lord is letting the Christian’s in the body at Laodicea that they are being disciplined and they need to have a great desire to repent of their sins, to cleanse themselves from defilement and need to be zealous for good works and to strengthen their faith. The ones that heed His message will be the ones that will be saved.
With this single scriptural verse (Revelation 3:20) the teaching has been taken completely out of context, the false teachers are misleading others saying that “Jesus is knocking at the door of all sinners for them to answer the door by praying to Jesus and asking for forgiveness of their sins and to have Jesus come into their heart and save them”.
The "Sinners Prayer" sadly to say this is not the truth and this is a terrible thing to teach others young or old. The sinner’s prayer will not save you from your sins it is not part of the plan of salvation in the word of God.
This topic is about a false belief that has been spread from generation to generation by false teacher's and people that are unaware of the truth, and they become blind guides of the truth or purposely trying to take from you your soul and the souls of your loved ones for worldly and ungodly desires. This false belief of being born with sin is just but one of the many false teachings that are part of many of these teachings in man-made religions that are being taught and spread to take from you and everyone else that listens to them. This false teaching is strongly associated to being born with inherited sin. Which both has led to sprinkling or pouring of water and sometimes including oil on infants and children that have not sinned and calling it a baptism.
These false beliefs that are taught from men and women have distorted and corrupted the word of God.
In the Sacred Texts in Genesis 3:16-19 addresses the punishment that we have all received from the sin that Adam and Eve committed when they disobeyed the commandment of God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God they brought about physical death for all mankind, the pain of childbearing for women would be multiplied and yet the wife would desire and be ruled by her husband. God cursed the ground because of what they had done, and life became hard and they were told to leave the garden of Eden separated from the presence of God and had lost the paradise that God had created for mankind.
These false teachers teach these beliefs that have caused so many men, women and children to lose their souls. Today so many people still are being led down these same false paths of salvation while some give up to suicide either by self or assisted suicide, some stop believing in seeking God, some becoming atheists, some stray completing from the truth and all of these pass away without receiving salvation.
These have led into many false beliefs and false teachings that surround either praying to the mother of Jesus, praying to the Apostles of our Lord Jesus, praying to men, praying to the dead, praying for the dead, praying to statues, praying to objects, praying rituals, etc…
A question that has been asked over and over by many "are we born with sin" the answer is "No" and we need to spread that truth with the truth.
A child is born with No sin and does not know sin until they are able to choose the difference between the good and evil. This is found both written in both the Old and New Covenants or Testaments.
These next three scriptural passages speak about the truth about the third and fourth generations that hated God and the punishment that came about from their wickedness and every intention of the thoughts of man was continually evil. These scriptural passages have been used to support that sin is inherited.
These scriptural passages do not support that the sin of the father will be passed down to his children, it states that the wickedness of man has brought about the destruction of mankind. The wickedness and evil intentions have caused God to grieve over His creation. If it wasn't for Noah finding favor in God's eyes there would be no mankind, animals, birds and creeping things.
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
6 “‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
7 “‘You shall have no other gods before me.
8 “‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
9 You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
This next scriptural verse tells us that the sins of the father will not be inherited to his children.
16 “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.
This next scriptural passage tells us that those who obey God will receive wonderful blessings. God will show His steadfast love for mankind that obeys His word. God will also bless the fruit of the womb which represents children.
In this passage God speaks of the blessings that He pours on the people that obey His word.
1 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
This next scriptural passage tells us that children are Innocent and Without sin until they choose evil and refuse the good.
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.
This next scriptural verse needs to be addressed to take away a misunderstanding of what King David stated. The meanings are noted after the sections of the verse.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin my mother conceived me.
Looking at this verse; "brought forth in iniquity"
This verse is divided into two absolute truths.
The first part of this scriptural verse tells us truth that King David was born not with sin but into a sinful world.
The second part of the scriptural verse; "In sin my mother conceived me" tells us that his mother like all people are sinners as stated in this next scriptural verse.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This next scriptural passage tells us that children are a blessing and a gift from God, and the man who has a quiver full of them is blessed.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
These next scriptural verses testify again to the truth that children do not inherit the sins of the father and children are not born with sin.
15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.
10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”
This next scriptural passage the Apostle Paul tells us there was a time when he was without sin.
8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
The question that has been asked is what is the “age of accountability" how old does a child need to be and when does a child need to be to be baptized to receive salvation. Looking at the previous scriptural verses of Isaiah 7:15, Ezekiel 18:20and Romans 7:9, you will see that a child must understand when they know they are refusing the good and choosing evil to be considered a sinner and accountable. The child must be able to understand and comprehend morality to be accountable for their sins. Each child is different, and each child is raised differently. You need to look at each child individually.
Looking at these truths, I hope you see that all these false teachings cause children growing up who need guidance and support being led down a path of eternal fire and torment if they are not taught by the truth and or treated with compassion and care.
What more do you need to see before you stop trusting in the doctrines of men and trust only in the inspired written word of God? We all need help, and you need to honestly look at where the truth is being taught and what you must do to save your soul and help save the souls of your loved ones, friends and people that you know and the ones that you will meet.
In James 4:13-17 tells us about how serious we should look at our time here.
Here you will find the truth and where you will find the way of salvation Romans 10:17.
With hope this has shed the light on the darkness of anything associated to a child that is "born with sin" or a "child that inherits sin from their father. In the Sacred Texts a child is born without sin and remain that way until they understand and choose the evil and refuse the good.
"Are We Born Sinners?" Bradley Church of Christ
"Are Children Born With Sin" Apologetics Press
"What is Sin" Church of Christ Articles
"Inherited Sin" Church of Christ Articles
Church of Christ Articles "age of
Apologetics Press “The origin of the Papacy”
Apologetics Press “Is the Papacy a Divine Institution”
Apologetics Press “Is the Pope “Infallible” ?”
Apologetics Press “The Pope, The Papacy and the Bible"
Apologetics Press "infant baptism"
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17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
This section will hopefully shed the light of our marvelous Lord Christ Jesus on this false teaching and false beliefs associated to the place's called Hades, Hell and Purgatory.
Strong's number "G2288"
From Greek "θάνατος"
Derived from G2348 defined as: the death of the body that separation (whether natural or violent) of the soul and the body by which the life on earth is ended with the implied idea of future misery in hell the power of death since the nether world, the abode of the dead, was conceived as being very dark, it is equivalent to the region of thickest darkness i.e. figuratively, a region enveloped in the darkness of ignorance and sin metaph., the loss of that life which alone is worthy of the name, the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell the miserable state of the wicked dead in hell in the widest sense, death comprising all the miseries arising from sin, as well physical death as the loss of a life consecrated to God and blessed in him on earth, to be followed by wretchedness in hell
From Greek "ἅ́δης"
Defined as: Hades, the abode of departed spirits
Usage: Hades, the unseen world.
86 hádēs (from 1 /A "not" and idein/eidō, "see") – properly, the "unseen place," referring to the (invisible) realm in which all the dead reside, i.e. the present dwelling place of all the departed (deceased); Hades. Luke 16:23, Revelation 20:13-14.
Strong's number "H7585"
From Hebrew “ שְׁאוֹל" še’ôl; or שְׁאֹל shol”
Derived from H7592; Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates: — grave, hell, pit.
Strong's number “G5020’
From Greek “ταρταρόω”
Definition: to cast into hell
Usage: I thrust down to Tartarus or Gehenna.
5020 tartaróō – properly, send to Tartarus ("Tartaros"). The NT uses 5020 (tartaróō) for the netherworld – the place of punishment fit only for demons. Later, Tartaros came to represent eternal punishment for wicked people.
"5020 (tartaróō) is a Greek name for the under-world, especially the abode of the damned – hence to cast into hell" (A-S); to send into the subterranean abyss reserved for demons and the dead.
Tartarus is a realm of Hades the place where the angels that sinned have been kept until judgment day then they will be cast into Hell for all eternity.
2 Peter 2:4 Greek translation of the word Hell in this reference is Tartarus. This represents the lowest place in the netherworld within Hades-"Tartarus"
Jude 1:6. The gloomy darkness represents the lowest place in the netherworld within Hades-"Tartarus" held until judgment of the great day.
Strong's number “G1067"
From Greek “γέεννα, ης, ἡ”
Definition: : Gehenna, a valley W. and South of Jer., also a symbolic name for the final place of punishment of the ungodly
Usage: Gehenna, and originally the name of a valley or cavity near Jerusalem, a place underneath the earth, a place of punishment for evil.
1067 géenna (a transliteration of the Hebrew term, Gêhinnōm, "the valley of Hinnom") – Gehenna, i.e. hell (also referred to as the "lake of fire" in Revelation).
Gehenna ("hell"), the place of post-resurrection torment (judgment), refers strictly to the everlasting abode of the unredeemed where they experience divine judgment in their individual resurrection-bodies. Each of the unredeemed receives one at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15), i.e. a body that "matches" their capacity for torment relating to their (unique) judgment.
This false religion distorted and corrupted the inspired word of God on life, death and faith.
Their teaching associated to Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
The Catholic Church gives the name "purgatory" to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely a false teaching and does not consider the truth and the final day of judgement of the ungodly. (CCC 1030–1).
The Catholic church also states the concept of an after-death purification from sin and the consequences of sin is also stated in the New Testament in passages such as 1 Corinthians 3:11–15 and Matthew 5:25–26, Matthew 12:31–32.
The Catholic church also states, as for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come.
From this false teaching we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come which also is of their man-made doctrine.
The written truth is noted:
32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
In Matthew 12:32 our Lord Jesus is basically stating that if you are not forgiven while in this age of your life now, you will not be forgiven in the next age of life (the eternal one). An in-depth explanation of the eternal sin of the Holy Spirit can best be explained as that the Pharisees knew that Lord Jesus was righteous and contrary to this, they said “he has an unclean spirit” they put falsehood for truth, darkness for light, evil for righteousness and closed their eyes and heart to the Lord. Their blasphemy was of a kind that blotted out the hope of heaven, and there can be little doubt that the same type of blind, senseless opposition to the Lord today would have the very same consequences. (Cited from James Coffman bible commentary Matthew 12:31-32).
The catholic religion is a man-made religion and is comprised of man-made doctrines to support their organization. They distort the Sacred Texts to corrupt the truth and corrupt the hearts and minds of men, women and children.
Their man-made doctrine based on their articles associated to the belief of purification associated to purgatory and prayers for the dead is also false.
Their beliefs and teachings are corrupt and distorted from any truth.
This is just but one of many distorted false beliefs that they teach.
"Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them."
The scriptural reference to Job 1:4-5 were Job's desire to offer burnt offerings for his sons and daughters in case they had sinned and cursed God in their hearts. This scriptural passage has nothing to do with praying for the dead.
The scriptural reference of 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 is about the only foundation a person does through preaching and teaching is the word of our Lord Christ Jesus and how the person sows the seeds of the Gospel. If the seeds are received by the hearers, the day will tell of it and the hearers will receive faith and if the hearers do not receive the word because of the preaching or teaching because of error the preachers or teachers work suffers but he himself will still be saved.
11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
The scriptural reference to Matthew 5:25-26 is about going to God in prayer or worship and having done something against your brother or a person in general that would be private and are ignoring it. Our Lord Jesus tells us that we need to reconcile quickly with our brother or person first before being judged for it. In the scriptural reference that is being used has been taken out of context and distorted.
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
The place "Purgatory" by many false religions define it as a state of suffering by the souls of sinner's who are cleansing their sins before going to heaven. They also teach that prayers for them and to them along with visiting their loved one’s graves will help them get to heaven. Which is of course it is a false teaching.
In the Sacred Texts "Hades" is the place where the wicked go awaiting the “day of judgement”. The final destination of the wicked will be a placed called "hell" derived from the Hebrew word "geenna" derived from "gay" which is derived from a root meaning "gorge" and "hinnom" meaning valley, which comes from a place known as the valley of the Son Hinnom where the people murdered their children by fire as an offering to a false god called "molech.”
(Leviticus 18:21, Leviticus 20:1-9, Joshua 15:8, Joshua 15:16, 1 Kings 11:1-14, 2 Kings 23:9-14, 2 Chronicles 28:1-4, 2 Chronicles 33:1-9, Nehemiah 11:25-36, Jeremiah 7:30-34, Jeremiah 19:1-6, Jeremiah 32:30-35)
There is no prayer or prayers that can help anyone after they have passed away as many false religions believe and are falsely teaching others that there is (Psalms 49:14, Psalms 50:22, Luke 16:26, John 3:3, John 3:36, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Hebrews 12:17, James 1:14-15). What kind of person who is aware of the writings in the Sacred Texts instill false hope in the hearts and minds of men, women and children?
These scriptural verses and passages define “hades or hell” as a world or place of punishment and without hope. It is Not a place for purification or cleansing of your sins as false teachers and their false religions teach (Matthew 11:22-24, Matthew 16:18, Luke 10:13-15, Luke 16:22-26, Acts 2:25-28, Acts 2:29-33, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 6:7-8, Revelation 20:12-15).
Accept the free gift of salvation so that when the Lord returns in the clouds to bring the children of God home or when your soul passes from this life into the Haden realm into the place called "Paradise" where you will wait until the day of judgement before you can go home to the new heavens and earth. (Luke 16:19-31, Luke 23:42-43, 2 Corinthians 12:1-6, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 2:7, Revelation 21:1-4).
Apologetics Press "The Eternality of Hell Part 1"
Apologetics Press "The Eternality of Hell Part II"
ucatholic "catechism of the catholic church # 1030-1032"
Catholic answers "the existence of purgatory"
Oceanside Church of Christ “The Hadean Realm”
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This is to reveal the truth as given to us by the inspired word of God that will expose the false beliefs that have created false religions surrounding several key biblical words and scriptural references that have been taken out of context in the Holy Scriptures or Sacred Texts.
This scriptural passage surrounds the false teachings around Matthew 16:15-20 NASB here our Lord Jesus was speaking to the disciple Peter has been distorted and corrupted. This false belief affects the hearts, minds and souls of men, women and children that have placed their trust in these people that teach, preach these false beliefs. These people have become blind guides to all that they teach, preach. All these people are on a path to damnation.
The Sacred Texts will provide the true light on this darkness.
15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
The words are that our Lord Jesus tells Simon Barjona that you are “Peter” establishes his name as Peter and that “upon this rock I will build my church” establishes the foundation “on this rock" to build upon. The words “I will build my church" are future tense and has not been established. The word church defined by the Greek meaning is the body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.
[The English word "church" comes from the Greek word kyriakos, "belonging to the Lord" (kyrios). 1577 /ekklēsía ("church") is the root of the term’s "ecclesiology" and "ecclesiastical."]
The church is the body of faithful baptized believers called out from this world that are the body of Christ.
ekklésia: an assembly, a (religious) congregation
Original Word: ἐκκλησία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (ek-klay-see'-ah)
Definition: an assembly, a (religious) congregation
Usage: an assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers.
1577 ekklēsía(from 1537 /ek, "out from and to" and 2564 /kaléō, "to call") – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.
The church is the Lord's church and He is the head of the body and the body of faithful baptized believers are the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ has been given all authority of the church, heaven and on earth. These truths are written in the Holy Bible or Sacred Texts.
These are but just a few of the scriptural references that state that; Matthew 9:6 NASB, Matthew 10:1 NASB, Matthew 28:18-20 NASB, Mark 1:27 NASB; Mark 2:10 NASB; John 10:18 NASB, John 17.2 NASB; Acts 11:26 NASB, Acts 14:23 NASB; Romans 7:4 NASB, Romans 12:4-5 NASB, Romans 16:16 NASB; 1 Corinthians 6:15 NASB, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 NASB, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 NASB; Ephesians 1:22-23 NASB, Ephesians 2:17-19 NASB, Ephesians 4:1-6 NASB; Colossians 1:18 NASB, Colossians 2:10 NASB, Colossians 3:15 NASB; 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB.
The words that are our Lord Jesus spoke are given to us to hear and act upon as our foundation of the rock; Psalms 118:22 NASB; Isaiah 28:16 NASB; Matthew 7:24-27 NASB, Matthew 21:33-43 NASB; Luke 6:46-49 NASB; Romans 9:30-33 NASB; 1 Corinthians 3:11 NASB; Ephesians 2:20 NASB; 1 Peter 2:3-10 NASB.
The difference in the Greek meanings of the words “Peter" and “Rock" are as follows;
The word “Peter" as defined in the Strong’s Greek Concordance defines the Peter as a stone or boulder.
Petros: "a stone" or "a boulder," Peter, one of the twelve apostles
Original Word: Πέτρος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (pet'-ros)
Definition: "a stone" or "a boulder", Peter, one of the twelve apostles
Usage: Peter, a Greek name meaning rock.
then stands in contrast to 4073 /pétra ("cliff, boulder," Abbott-Smith)
The word “rock” as defined in the Strong’s Greek Concordance defines the rock as a large mass of rock.
petra: a (large mass of) rock
Original Word: πέτρα, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (pet'-ra)
Definition: a (large mass of) rock
Usage: a rock, ledge, cliff, cave, stony ground.
The words that Our Lord Jesus tell Simon Barjona that He will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever he binds on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever he loosed on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
These words “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” represent the ability for the door of the kingdom of heaven could be opened as Peter announced to the Jewish people on day of Pentecost and to the Gentiles first in Caesarea to a man named Cornelius.
The key or keys represent a figure of speech that are used in the manner by the one holding the key or keys that has been given the authority over what the key can or cannot open.
The "bind" and "bound”, “loose" and “loosed" represents what God has authorized in heaven that has been bound or loosed. These references reflect those type references.
The Apostle Peter;
• binds the first Gospel sermon in Acts 2:14 NASB
• unlocks the secret of the Davidic kingdom in Acts 2:31 NASB
• unlocks the secret how people are to enter the kingdom in Acts 2:38 NASB
• unlocks the door of faith to the Gentiles in Acts 10:1 NASB
• unlocks the door to backsliders in Acts 8:13-22 NASB
• expounded the mystery of the new birth in 1 Peter 3:21 NASB
• unlocked the mystery of the new name in 1 Peter 4:16 NASB
• revealed the ultimate fate of the earth in 2 Peter 3:11-13 NASB
This authority was given to all the Apostles and the Lord’s brothers as they were guided by the Holy Spirit as written throughout the Holy Bible or Sacred Texts to teach the doctrine of salvation through faith.
The truth about these false beliefs is that they are distorted and corrupted beliefs that are spread by these false teachers, false prophets, men and women that are blindly guiding people who are not knowledgeable of the truth.
The inspired word of God is the truth. We need to continue to shine the light of our Lord Jesus Christ onto the darkness to help all the ones that have been misled and are lost.
Apologetics Press "this is the law and the prophets"
“Coffman Commentaries on the Bible_Matthew 16"_Studylight.org
Christ For Today “Introducing the Church of Christ” 2nd Quarter 2020 Volume 12., Number 2
“New Testament Commentary-Matthew by H. Leo Boles published by the Gospel Advocate
"Christ for Today-Introducing the Church of Christ" 2nd Quarter 2020 Volume 12., Number 2
“Built Upon Jesus, The Rock”, Kirk Israel, Green Mountain Church of Christ
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The false belief that surrounds salvation from being "born again" without being baptized (fully immersed in water) is another false doctrine created by man-made religions taking scriptural verses and passages out of context and distorting and corrupting them.
The truth as written in the Sacred Texts are noted below.
Our Lord stated in the scriptural passages of (John 3:1-21) our Lord tells us that unless we are born again of water and spirit we cannot enter the kingdom of God. Here our Lord speaks of the baptism (Acts 2:38) that we must do to be born again into our Lord and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This act of obedience (Romans 1:5-6) not only do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we also receive the Spirit of our Lord sent into our hearts by God our Father (Galatians 4:6-7), we are cleansed from our sins and forgiven (Acts 22:16). we have an appeal to God our Father for a good conscience (1 Peter 3:21), we begin a newness of life (Romans 6:1-11), we are to be obedient to the faith (Romans 6:17, Titus 3:1), being faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10), enduring, persevering, hopeful and rejoiceful (Romans 5:1-5).
Our Lord gives us a parable about the wind and a person who becomes born again, as the wind comes and goes so are the ones that are born again. We do not know when or where when someone will be baptized into the Lord (John 3:8).
Our Lord tell us the words in (John 3:16) and that all who believe in the Son of God should not perish but have eternal life.
We need to believe in the words of God and His Son so we can come into the light and do the works that are in God.
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
There are many false teaching's in the world especially when the price is at the highest, your soul and the souls of others are worth more than anything in this world. Therefore, we trust in God and not man.
This false teaching called “salvation by faith or belief only” is a false belief that is distorted, it has been taught by mankind taking several scriptural verses out of context to create a man-made doctrine that offers no forgiveness or salvation.
These following scriptural references have been taken out of context and used to support this false doctrine.
“to confess with mouth and believe in your heart you will be saved.” and “calling on the name of the Lord”.
These scriptural verses and passages were and still are being used to build a foundation of this false doctrine called “salvation by faith or belief only" (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Romans 3:28 RSV, Romans 5:1-2, Romans 10:13, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 3:2, Galatians 3:23-26, Ephesians 2:8-9).
“to confess with mouth and believe in your heart you will be saved.” represents confessing that Jesus is Lord and Christ the Son of the living God. “Calling on the name of the Lord” represents the act of being baptized or have been baptized into the Lord Christ Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:21, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 9:10-19, Acts 10:47-48, Acts 19:5, Romans 10:13-17, 1 Corinthians 1:2-4, 2 Timothy 2:19).
From these next scriptural verses and passages you will see how important it is that we have both faith and works (Matthew 5:16, John 3:21, Acts 9:36, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-6, 2 Thessalonians 1:11, 1 Timothy 2:10, 1 Timothy 5:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:18, Titus 2:7, Titus 2:14, Titus 3:8, Titus 3:14, Hebrews 10:24, Hebrews 11:17, James 2:14-26).
My hope is that through your study of the Sacred Texts the imspired word of God you will see the truth and that this is what you need to hold onto. The word of God will help you to see beyond the darkness that is within the world.
In John 8:12 our Lord Christ Jesus tells us that whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness.
"Coffman Commentaries on the Bible_Zechariah 1"_Studylight.org
Study Light "Zechariah Chapter 1-James burton Coffman"
Apologetics Press “In defense of God's plan of Salvation"
Church of Christ Articles “questioning one’s salvation”
Apologetics Press "the "not" in the devils tale"
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The false teaching known as the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” which is being associated to the Baptism that was on the day of Pentecost to the twelve Apostles, which included Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot because he betrayed our Lord Christ Jesus.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit brought special divine gifts to the Apostles, the gifts of tongues, healing, prophecy, to raise the dead, to cast out demons from people and the ability to pass on the Holy Spirit through the laying on of their hands. These divine gifts ended at the end of the 1st century when the last of the twelve Apostles had died. These divine gifts were no longer needed when the original writings of the New Covenant or New Testament were completed by the inspired writers.
This false teaching has misled people to believe that in some of these false religions people have received divine gifts of being able to speak with a tongue or tongues, to heal others by laying on of their hands, able to pass on the Holy Spirit with laying on of their hands and some have stated they have the ability to prophesize.
These divine gifts were taken out of context from the following scriptures (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 5:12 NASB, Acts 8:17, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:43-46, Acts 19:6, 1 Timothy 4:14, 1 Timothy 5:22, 2 Timothy 1:6).
When the Apostles fulfilled their work and passed away from this life all divine gifts ceased.
In (1 Corinthians 13:8-10) the “perfect” as written in the Sacred Texts represents the inspired written word of God, the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles and Revelation written by the writers of the New Covenant or the New Testament through the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
My hope that this shines the light of our marvelous Lord Christ Jesus on the darkness associated to the "baptism of the Holy Spirit".
"Coffman Commentaries on the Bible_1 Corinthians 13"_Studylight.org
Church of Christ Articles "Holy Spirit Baptism"
Simplybible "Baptism in the Holy Spirit "
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Please read this carefully in Galatians 1:8-9 we are given warnings about people who try to teach a Gospel that is contrary to what we have received from the inspired word of God, they are to be accursed.
In Ephesians 5:11-13 we are told to expose the unfruitful works of darkness. There are people that call themselves Christians around the world asking for help financially and physical help for people they call Persecuted Christian's that have preached the Gospel and told others that all they need to do is ask for Jesus to come into their hearts and believe or follow some other man-made doctrine.
In Matthew 5:9-16 our Lord Christ Jesus tells us that we are blessed to be persecuted for His name. To be persecuted is what is expected for many Christian’s as written in 2 Timothy 3:12. In Romans 12:14 we are told to bless those who persecute us and in Matthew 5:44 we are told to pray for those who persecute us. In Acts 5:40-41 Peter and the apostles were flogged and had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. In 1 Peter 4:12-19 we are told to rejoice and be glad to suffer as a Christian.
In these few scriptural references there are no cries for help for being persecuted this is a blessing to be persecuted for His name. Why would people distort and corrupt this blessing and turn this into a cry for help?
In the Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 7:12 to treat people the same as we would want them to treat us. In Matthew 25:31-46 our Lord Jesus Christ tells us how the difference in treating a Christian that is in need verses not helping a Christian in need. In Galatians 6:9-10 we are told not to lose heart in doing good, we will reap in due time if we do not grow weary or give up. While we have an oppurtunity let us do good to all people especially those in the household of faith.
In James 2:16-17 we are told to help our Christian Brother or Sister that is in need. In James 1:27 we are told to help the orphans and widows in their distress and keep ourselves from being spotted from the world. In Hebrews 13:1-3 we are told to let brotherly love continue, to be hospitable to strangers, to remember the prisoners and the ill-treated that are also in the body.
We are not to have a blind eye to someone in need both in the body of Christ and outside the body of Christ. In Luke 10:29-37 our Lord Jesus Christ tells us about the good Samaritan and what he did for a neighbor.
When we see or hear of people in need we should try to help if it is within our ability, when we see or hear of people that falsely state they are in need of help we are to turn away from that evil, avoid such people and expose them (Ephesians 5:11, 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
"False Teachers; Destructive Heresies-2 Peter 2:1" Christian Courier
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