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ONE IN CHRIST MEANS NO DIVISION

A house divided cannot stand. This was Christ’s answer to those who accused Him of casting out demons because He was a servant of Satan. The same can be said of Christ’s Church. Division within the body of Christ will only lead to the power of darkness attacking us from within. “10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV) “49 Then John answered and said, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’ 50 But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is for us.’ ” Luke 9: 49- 50 (NKJV) Does this mean that rules and regulations made by man will in anyway ‘get you to heaven? Of course not! Does that mean that those who are ‘members’ of those groups or ‘congregations’ believe in Christ any less. No it does not. There may be a difference in opinions concerning the reasons for some man-made rules, or ceremonies, etc. But that does not mean that those who believe in God’s Word, believe that Christ is the Son of God and that they are saved by His blood shed for the remission of our sins, are any less children of God than we believe we are. It also does not mean that we condone those who take the Word of God and twist it to mean something it does not, nor those who pervert the teachings of Christ for their own importance or worldly concerns, or members of the Body of Christ. They are division which Satan attempts to use for his own purposes. They may feel they are ‘the elect’ of God, but they have been deceived and do nothing but cause conflict and dissention within the body! We must all stand on the whole Word of God. We must stand on the gospel of Christ and His message to the world. He is the only true way to God and His forgiveness, grace and mercy. UNITED WE STAND – WE STAND ON THE WORD OF GOD!

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  1. DISHONESTY IS NOT A THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE BY STEVE FINNELL

    To dishonestly misinterpret Acts 2:38 is not an act of theological virtue, it is a sin committed.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (King James Version)

    Many interpret the “for” to mean you are baptized because your sins have already been forgiven. Note: Most Baptists believe that to be true.

    For does not men “because of.” If “for” means “because of,” why is there no translation that translates it that way?

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (New International Version. Copyright 1973)

    Many say that baptized so that your sins may be forgiven is incorrect and that water immersion is actually done as a testimony of faith.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said, “Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.(Contemporary English Version)

    Most “faith only believers” assert that sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit is given the very minute of belief in Jesus Christ.

    Neither dishonesty nor willful theological ignorance is a virtue.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of you sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    Most Baptist believe you are baptized in order to become a member of the Baptist Church. They do not believe baptism is in order to the remission of sins nor to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 2:38 Peter told them, “You must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you may have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The New Testament in Modern English By J.B. Phillips)

    Most “faith alone believers” contend that the “ands” in Acts 2:38 are not conjunctions, therefore repentance is not connected to baptism and baptism is not connected to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit nor to having sins forgiven.

    Dishonest interpretation of Scripture nor willful ignorance is a theological virtue.

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