Burton Coffman quote on “Thoughts Regarding Another Gospel”

THOUGHTS REGARDING ANOTHER GOSPEL

Paul’s times were not unique in producing advocates of “another gospel,” which in reality is “no gospel,” but falsehood.

Some advocate the gospel of salvation by morality, supposing that the only requirement for eternal life is to live respectably before one’s contemporaries. Others advocate the gospel of an infallible church, whereas no church was ever infallible, not even any that were founded, or planted, by the apostles themselves, as detailed in the first chapters of Revelation. Still others preach the gospel of salvation by faith only, notwithstanding the fact that such a so-called gospel is anti-Scriptural, delusive, deceitful and contrary to everything in the New Testament. The great fad of our own times is the gospel of humanism, which deifies man himself, leaves the Son of God completely out of consideration, and equates humanitarian and charitable works with God’s unqualified approval, despite the truth that no present-day humanitarian may lay claim to any better service than that rendered by Cornelius, who was a lost man until he obeyed the gospel.

Contrasting with all such false gospels is the only one true and eternal gospel of Jesus Christ revealed in the New Testament; and if one desires to know what it is and receive its blessings, he must find it here, and having found it: (a) believe the great facts it reveals, (b) obey its commandments, and (c) receive its glorious promises! Amen!

(James Burton Coffman New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, Volume VIII, P. 25-26, Paragraphs 4,5,1, ©1977, A.C.U. Press)

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The Absurdity of “Christians” Denying a Literal Resurrection

They’re out there…the wolves in sheep’s clothing that deny the Bible-based literal interpretation of a bodily resurrection. Their deceptive and destructive appetite even goes so far as to deny Jesus’ resurrection from the grave.

When I think of these sort of “Christians” I am reminded of a retortful rebuke given by Christopher Hitchens (yes, the well-known and noted and quoted late atheist) to a “Unitarian Christian”, who attempted to dodge the age-old derision of skeptics toward the fundamental Christian elements taught in the Bible by saying the she did not believe in a literal interpretation of the scriptures. His response was simply, “I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

That’s not exactly an “out of the mouth of babes” moment, but it would be hard to get any closer to the real thing.

The truly astonishing thing to me isn’t that denominational ladened “Christians” two millennia on this side of the empty tomb deny the resurrection (don’t confuse my lack of astonishment with a lack of disapproval), but rather that Christians two decades on this side of the empty tomb were doing the same thing! Such was the reason that we read, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?…For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-17, 19) And the continuation of such denials to this day is the very reason why 1 Corinthians 15 is as applicable today as the day it was written.

If one desired to see the word absurdity played out in real life, all one has to do is watch a “Christian” try to deny that the Bible teaches a belief in a real resurrection.

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Video Sermon: The Power of God’s Truth

Here’s the lesson by a brother named Eddie Sanders that I mentioned a few weeks back. (Err, scratch that. I’m going to leave the link but that lesson outline was from Monday night; the video is from Tuesday night) It was recorded by some brothers doing some local studio work for GBN.

I’ll let brother Sanders’ lesson speak for itself.

http://churchatcentral.org/video/Road/6-24.wmv

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WHO ARE SAINTS?

With its widespread influence through its practices, teachings, and traditions, Roman Catholicism has tainted the original idea of the word “saint” in the minds of many to the extent that very few in the world would ever think of calling what the Bible describes as a Christian a “saint.”

Notice the following concerning the process by which one may become a “saint” in the Catholic Church. “Canonization is an act or definitive sentence by which the Pope decrees that a servant of God, member of the Catholic Church and already declared blessed, be inscribed in the book of saints and be venerated in the universal Church with the cult given to all saints.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, Pg. 55). In other words, a person could read and study his Bible, obey the gospel through faith, repentance, confession and baptism, and thus be saved from past sins (Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:10), do all he could to please God, die a faithful Christian and go to heaven eternally, but never be recognized as a “saint” because the Pope did not declare it and he never belonged to the Catholic Church. Continue reading

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It’s a sin to teach someone to pray the sinner’s prayer

Other than inserts written inside the front or back page cover of a Bible, the “sinner’s prayer” is completely foreign to the gospel of Christ.

Can you find sinner’s praying in the pages of the New Testament? Sure you can, but you won’t find the “sinner’s prayer” being said. Not one time can a person be found who is told to “pray this prayer” much less any prayer to be saved.

You will find people being told to believe (John 8:24), people being told to repent (Acts 2:38), people being told to confess (Romans 10:10), people being told to get baptized (Acts 22:16) and people being told to live faithfully even if it cost them his or her life (Revelation 2:10), but you can’t find someone being told to pray to be saved!

Is there anything wrong with saying a prayer before or after responding to the gospel call of Christ? You’d be hard pressed to convince me so – but the scriptures themselves have convinced me that it is wrong to tell someone to pray to be saved when they respond to the message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Mark 16:15-16).

The sinner’s prayer is a dangerous stumbling block that can prevent a person with a genuine heart and genuine intentions from coming to the faith that has been once and for all delivered into the world for the saints of God (Jude 3). It clouds the heart. It confuses the mind. It strengthens ignorance.

To those who are teaching that the sinner’s prayer opens the door to the salvation provided by Jesus – stop! You have no right, no authority and no honest reason to be teaching others to the contrary.

To those who have been taught that you were saved by saying one version of a hundred different prayers, take it from someone who was once told to say the same thing as you – read through the book of Acts and through the New Testament epistles and see if anyone ever “prayed” themselves unto salvation.

If faith comes by hearing the word of God, and it does (Romans 10:17), and the word of God says nothing about the sinner’s prayer, then how can the “sinner’s prayer” be anything but a sin that’s being taught by those who do not know or obey the truth of the gospel?

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

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