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WHY DID JESUS SAY: “ANYONE WHO DOES NOT REMAIN IN ME IS THROWN AWAY?”

WHY DID JESUS SAY: “ANYONE WHO DOES NOT REMAIN IN ME IS THROWN AWAY?”

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who who does not remain is thrown away like a branch—and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt”—John 15:5,6 NJB

Using figurative speech, Jesus made very clear that Christians must remain in Jesus, and not leave him. Just to be clear, a Christian could leave and return, like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). But what if a Christian leaves Jesus at some point and does not return to him? Then what? Does that mean that he “was never saved in the first place”, as “eternal security” believers claim? Is “Once Saved, Always Saved” (OSAS) a Biblical teaching? read more

IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

God said to Moses, ‘I am he who is.’ And he said, ‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.”‘ God further said to Moses, ‘You are to tell the Israelites, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time, and thus how I am to be invoked for all generations to come”—Exodus 3:14,15 NJB

Based on Jesus’ saying “I am” at John 8:58, Trinitarians claim that Jesus Christ is the “I am” of Exodus 3:14, and therefore is God Almighty. However, if that were true, the healed blind man would also be God Almighty, because he said “I am” (John 9:9 NAB). read more

WAS JESUS GOD, OR GOD’S SON, IN COURT?

WAS JESUS GOD, OR GOD’S SON, IN COURT?

Like Jesus’ enemies, Trinitarians often assert that Jesus was “claiming to be God” (John 10:33 REB). However, Jesus flatly refuted that false charge by saying, “I am God’s Son” (John 10:36). Like Jesus’ enemies, once again, Trinitarians also falsely assert that Jesus “was claiming equality with God” (John 5:18 REB). Jesus flatly refuted that false charge also, by saying: “In all truth I tell you, by himself the Son can do nothing; he can do only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19 NJB). 

When finally, Jesus was brought before the Jewish Supreme Court, the Sanhedrin, what was the real issue that they were concerned about?

“The high priest said to him, ‘I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God” (Matthew 26:63 NAB). 

This was the real issue. They obviously knew he never ‘claimed to be God’. Notice Jesus’ response:

“The words are yours. But I tell you this: ‘from now on you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of heaven'” (Mt 26:64 REB). read more

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR TRINITARIANS

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR TRINITARIANS

“For us there is only one God, the Father” (1 Corinthians 8:6 NJB)

If the Trinity doctrine is truly Biblical, as Trinitarians claim, then they should not have any problems with answering simple questions about their doctrine, without any resorting to evasion, or denial. Here is the question:
Are both of the following statements true?—YES, or NO

A. For Christians, there is one God, the Triune God.
B. For Christians, there is one God, the Father.

1. If YES, then please explain how the the “one God” of Christians is both a three person being and a one person being.
2. If NO, then please identify which of the two above statements is true.

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.

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