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Does 1 John 5:13 Prove “Once Saved, Always Saved”?

Does 1 John 5:13 Prove “Once Saved, Always Saved”?

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13 NASB)

It is asserted by the proponents of the “Once Saved, Always Saved” doctrine that 1 John 5:13, among other scriptures, proves this belief to be Scriptural. As is very typical of all false doctrines, this scripture is taken out of context, and used in a way that John never intended.

John’s referencing statement, “These things I have written to you” refers to John’s entire letter. Up to this point in his letter, John has written 96 out of 105 verses, and verse 13 begins John’s conclusion and summary of the letter. John, in this letter, makes at least 18 statements of conditions that must be met so that a Christian “may know that [he/she] has eternal life”. John’s statement at 1 John 5:13 assumes the Christian has met all of God’s standards to be in the right relationship with the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ, and will continue to meet God’s standards. Therefore, the Christian can be content in his assurance of God’s love and ultimate reward for him/her. read more

WHO SHOULD WE WORSHIP?

WHO SHOULD WE WORSHIP?

“The true worshippers will worship the Father”—John 4:23

Jesus very clearly and unmistakably said that we should “worship the Father”. Trinitarians often claim “we should worship the Trinity” as their Athanasian Creed says. Most often they talk about worshipping Jesus, and sometimes they even claim to worship the Holy Spirit. But the Bible is crystal clear on this subject. This is not a gray area. There are no accurately translated scriptures that either direct us to, or have anyone worshipping Jesus, as you often hear. Jesus said in prayer that his “Father” is “the only true God” (John 17:1,3). read more

CORONAVIRUS PROVES THAT “FAITH HEALERS” ARE FAKES

CORONAVIRUS PROVES THAT “FAITH HEALERS” ARE FAKES

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, accurately predicted that many would claim that they had done many “miracles”, including divine healings, when he said:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!'”—-Matthew 7:21-23 NIV

Some Christians have been claiming to perform these healing miracles all through the ages, ever since genuine healings were actually performed, as recorded in God’s written word, the Bible. Even though some “false teachers”, “in their greed”, have recently claimed they could “heal” people so that they won’t even get the Coronavirus, so as to “exploit you with counterfeit stories” (2 Peter 2:1-3 NIV), there is zero evidence that they are effective with any of their claims.

Therefore, the Coronavirus Pandemic stands as a powerful witness against these modern-day “faith-healing” charlatans. For more information directly related to this issue, please see the following articles on this website:

Articles about Healing:

    “Healing Miracles—What Does the Bible Say?”

    “Are People Divinely Healed Today?” read more

DURING CORONAVIRUS, HOW ABOUT CELEBRATING EASTER/ THE LORD’S SUPPER/CHRIST’S MEMORIAL?

DURING CORONAVIRUS, HOW ABOUT CELEBRATING EASTER/ THE LORD’S SUPPER/CHRIST’S MEMORIAL?

For the year 2020, most of Christendom has set Easter for April 12th, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have set The Memorial of Christ’s Death for April 7th. These dates are rigidly set and observed, and carry a very huge importance for these groups. Please see and very carefully read the article: “What Is Memorial Day for Christians?” on this blog site to get further details regarding the proper Biblical Celebration of The Lord’s Supper.

Easter, which is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, but is partially based on pagan springtime fertility rites. Christians “must no longer live as the Gentiles do” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV), and not incorporate their practices into their celebrations.

While the Memorial of Christ’s Death is mentioned under the name of the Lord’s Supper in the Bible (1 Corinthians 11:20), the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate it is somewhat contrary to the Biblical model. How? First, they limit the partakers to just a few thousand out of their more than seven million members on earth, with the rest relegated to being merely observers. The Bible, on the other hand, says that “we all share one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:16,17 NIV). Second, the meticulous way the JW’s calculate the date, and prescribe in minute detail how the celebration is to be performed, are not found in the Bible. In this regard, “their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:9 NIV; Mark 7:7 NIV). While it is true that the JW’s draw some of these meticulous details from the passover celebration of the Old Covenant, Biblically it is clear that Christians who are under the New Covenant are not bound by that Law, but “but have been released from the law so that we 

serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (Romans 7:6 NIV). read more

SINCE ALMIGHTY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST ARE BOTH CALLED “SAVIOR”, DOES THAT MEAN JESUS IS ALMIGHTY GOD?

SINCE ALMIGHTY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST ARE BOTH CALLED “SAVIOR”, DOES THAT MEAN JESUS IS ALMIGHTY GOD?

Trinitarians often use the following scripture to “prove” that Jesus is Almighty God:

=&0=&there is no other Saviour but me” (Isaiah 43:11 NJB)

Trinitarians will then point out that Jesus Christ is referred to as “the Savior”  many times in the New Testament. However, this assertion is easily debunked by the Scriptures themselves. One very good example of this scriptural proof is:

“Through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior” (Titus 1:3,4 NIV)

These verses show us very clearly that both Almighty God the Father and Jesus Christ are Saviors. However, while they are both Saviors, they are not equals as Saviors. This relationship is made clear by:

“God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus” (Acts 13:23 NIV)

“To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority” (Jude 25 NASB) read more

To Understand Prophecy, We Must Always Consider the Context

To Understand Prophecy, We Must Always Consider the Context

Jehovah’s Witnesses recently published an article entitled “An Attack Coming From the North” (The Watchtower–Study Edition, April 2020), in which they admit that their prior explanation of the prophecy of Joel 2:7-9 was out of context, and therefore inaccurate. Their new explanation of this prophecy is very similar to what they call “Christendom” has explained for a long time, that is, the Babylonians would invade Judah and Jerusalem from the north and take over. Unfortunately for the JW’s, however, they still hold to their 607 BCE date for the destruction of Jerusalem, since it fits in with their ill-fated 1914 date.

In their explanation, the Witnesses make an astounding statement: “To understand a prophecy correctly, we generally have to consider its context”. “Generally”???—Why would we not always need to “consider its context”? Would there ever be a Bible prophecy that we could take out of context, and come up with an explanation that is correct?—-Absolutely not. It would be like trying to float a ship on dry land.

Then they go on to make another equally astounding statement. “If we focus on only one aspect of the prophecy and ignore the rest, we may draw the wrong conclusion”. “May draw the wrong conclusion”???  This is unbelievable. If we ignore every aspect of a Bible prophecy except one, how could we not draw the wrong conclusion?

At least the JW Organization admits they were wrong about Joel 2:7-9. However, they seem to downplay a vital point about wise decision making. Wise decision makers take into account all relevant facts, not just all but one, before making a final decision. This also applies to understanding Bible prophecy.

Why would they make statements such as these? It appears that it may be to cover up for a number of erroneous prophetic interpretations that they have made, including their most important ones; namely, Matthew 24:45 and 1914.

Jesus gave his great long range prophecy that is recorded in Matthew 24, 25. He concludes this with four parables that exhort each Christian to be faithful, always active and working for Christ and his Kingdom’s interests, all the while without any figuring out when the Master will return, since Jesus admitted he didn’t know that date himself (Matthew 24:36-44).

It is the parable of the faithful and wise servant (Matthew 24:45-51) that the Witness organization has long used out of context to assert that their leaders fulfill this prophecy. The way the JW’s explain it, their leaders, guided by Almighty God, have been dispensing “spiritual food at the proper time since the year 1919”. If that is so, then why have the Witnesses had to change their explanations so many times? When they change their explanation, the former explanation becomes obsolete, or no longer correct.

“God, who cannot lie” (Titus 1:2 NASB) never makes a mistake, “his work is perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NASB). Therefore he doesn’t give out tainted spiritual food. This one fact means that God is not the one ‘guiding the witness leaders’.

The JW’s glossing over this one fact, among others, contributes to the wrong explanation of the parable of the faithful and wise servant, applying to only a few Christians instead of each and every Christian.

DOES REVELATION 1 TEACH THE TRINITY?

DOES REVELATION 1 TEACH THE TRINITY?

Revised 5-30-2020

The very first verse of the Book of Revelation gives us a clue as to the answer:

“The revelation from Jesus Christ, WHICH GOD GAVE HIM to show his servants what must soon take place” (Revelation 1:1 NIV).

If Jesus was Almighty God, as Trinitarians claim, he would not have to be given the Revelation by God, he would already know it.

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead . . . and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5 NIV). read more

Is It True That Jesus Did Not Really Die On the Cross, As Critics Claim?

Is It True That Jesus Did Not Really Die On the Cross, As Critics Claim?

“But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:33,34 NIV).

Some skeptics claim that Jesus somehow survived his crucifixion, and was unknowingly placed alive in the tomb, where he revived, and early on Sunday morning escaped from the tomb alive. This is quite a far-fetched story, but nevertheless, many people believe it. However, when we carefully consider all the known and pertinent facts, such a theory flies in the face of all the evidence. read more

Do the Minor Prophets Support Trinitarian Claims that Jesus Christ is Almighty God?

Do the Minor Prophets Support Trinitarian Claims that Jesus Christ is Almighty God?

The 12 relatively short Bible Books called “the minor prophets”, from Hosea to Malachi make many references to “Yahweh”, but no references to Jesus Christ by name. There is one notable reference to Jesus, in a verse which predicts his birthplace, and mentions something very significant in doing so:

“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2 NRSV).

Matthew 2:1-6 confirms that Micah 5:2 accurately predicts the birthplace of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. But Micah 5:2 also does something else very significant. It says that Jesus had an “origin”, a beginning”, in the distant past. This scriptural fact overturns the key Trinitarian claim that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is eternal. Jesus’ having an “origin” is powerful proof that he is not eternal. This Biblical fact that is Jesus is not eternal is further contrasted with this:

“Are you not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, You will not die” (Habakkuk 1:12 HCSB). 

Not only does this verse explicitly say that “Yahweh”, who is Almighty God, is “eternal”, it goes on further to say that He “will not die”. This stands in stark contrast to Jesus, his Son, who “died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

Another major Trinitarian claim is that Jesus Christ became a “God-man” while on earth, an assertion without any Biblical evidence. It’s just made up.  On earth, Jesus “became flesh” (John 1:14), “fully human in every way” (Hebrews 2:17 NIV), but not a “God-man”. Such a designation is impossible  on the face of it because of what the scriptures say, for example:

“I am God and not a man” (Hosea 11:9 NIV).

How can we be absolutely sure that God cannot be a man?

Jesus said: “God is a spirit” (John 4:23 GWT).

Thus, we have proven that the Minor Prophets have debunked such major Trinitarian claims as:

  1. Jesus is eternal, by two separate proofs
  2. Jesus was a “God-man” on earth
  3. Therefore, Jesus Christ cannot be Almighty God

Is the Trinity Taught in 1 Peter, or Is It Contradicted?

Is the Trinity Taught in 1 Peter, or Is It Contradicted?

Even though 1 Peter opens up with a statement that has been construed as supporting the Trinity doctrine, when carefully examined, the entire book of 1 Peter is actually quite devastating to the Trinity dogma. Yes, some point to the naming of the three who are supposed to be in the Trinity as proof of its existence. for example:
“Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood” (1:2 NIV). The mention of three does not assert their supposed equality, nor the “personhood” of the Spirit, nor their “oneness” of substance. Rather, “God the Father” is shown to be in control with his “foreknowledge”. In fact, only “the Father” is said to have such “foreknowledge”, meaning that he knows things that “Jesus Christ” doesn’t know, which is a very clear indication of their separateness and distinction. The Holy Spirit is always described by “the”, indicating that it is not a person, and therefore cannot know anything. Being “sprinkled with” “Jesus” Christ’s “blood” indicates that he died, which also means that he cannot be Almighty God, since God cannot die ((Habakkuk 1:12).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . he has given us new birth . . . through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1:3 NIV). “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” indicates that “God the Father” is the God of, or over, Jesus Christ, thus denoting his superiority. “The resurrection of Jesus Christ” implies his Father’s superiority because he brought his Son back from death. “Of the dead” implies that Jesus was dead, which means he cannot be God, since God cannot die (Habakkuk 1:12).

“You call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially” (1:17 NIV). The facts that Christians should pray to the Father (Matthew 6:9), and not the Son, and that  the Father is the ultimate judge, not the Son (Hebrews 12:23), are made plain here.

“You were redeemed . . . with the precious blood of Christ” (1:18,19 NIV). Christ’s sacrificial death again is emphasized, reinforcing the fact that he can’t be God, since God cannot die (Habakkuk 1:12). The Bible never says that God died for our sins.

“He was chosen before the creation of the world” (1:20 NIV). Did Christ choose himself? No, not at all! “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him” (2:4 NIV). God the Father did the choosing of Jesus, which proves the Father complete control, and Jesus is very precious to his Father. These thoughts from the scriptures are in direct conflict with the Trinity dogma.

“Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (1:21 NIV). We go through Christ (John 14:6) to believe in God. God brought Jesus back to life and exalted him, and out ultimate faith and hope are in God the Father. All this clearly proves God Almighty’s superiority over his Son, thus devastating the Trinity dogma!

“Offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (2:5 NIV). Our sacrifices are to God through Jesus, which harmonizes with the entire Bible. God is shown as supreme once again, and Jesus mediatorial role is emphasized (1 Timothy 2:5).

“He entrusted himself to the one who judges justly” (2:23 NIV). This definitely shows Jesus’ submission to his Father (Luke 23:46).

“Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” (3:18 NIV). Christ suffered on earth, but God didn’t because he’s a spirit (John 4:24 GWT), and has never been a man (Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9). “Christ died” (1 Corinthians 15:3), which is something that God cannot do (Habakkuk 1:12). ‘God resurrected Jesus’ (Acts 2:32 HCSB), since Jesus could not bring himself back to life.

“After being made alive” (3:19 NIV). This again emphasizes that Christ was “made alive” by being resurrected by Almighty God the Father (Acts 2:32).

“It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand” (1 Peter 3:21,22 NIV). God resurrected the dead Jesus, so God the Father is obviously superior, which is also emphasized by the fact that Jesus “is at God’s right hand”. This is also highlights their separateness.

“So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (4:11 NIV). Jesus role as mediator is again emphasized here. Christians must go through Jesus to get to God (John 14:6). There is no other way to get to God, but clearly the Almighty is the one who is supreme over all, including Christ.

“Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (4:19 NIV). Only God the Father is called by the title “Creator” in the Bible. Jesus never is.

“God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus” (5:10 NLT). This shows that Almighty God is in control, and uses Christ to bring people to him.

We have seen that in each of 1 Peter’s five chapters, God Almighty the Father is shown to be in control, and Jesus is shown to be submissive to him, and under the Father’s control. Jesus has not been eternal, because he died for our sins. The Holy Spirit is clearly shown not to be a person. These facts devastate the Trinity doctrine!

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