Somewhere between episode 3 of “What’s The Big Deal About The KJV?” and this episode 4, I got caught up inthe busy-ness of my jam-packed life and didn’t realize the latest episode had come out! My apologies for not being more on the ball with this.
And, as always, I’ve got some more interesting resources for you to give a look-see at:
- A Creationist’s Defense of the King James Bible – very interesting read!
- Fighting Back! – a handy online reference book for KJV believers.
- 448 Reasons Why I Can’t Trust Any Modern Version by Dr. Ken Matto – a 19-page .pdf file you can download for free and read.
- NIV Bible Test – have some fun with this!
What does Romans 8 mean to a new believer?
Many people, prior to salvation, believe that they must earn or work their way to Heaven. However, the Bible says: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3-4a).
The law couldn’t save us; our works couldn’t save us; so God sent His only begotten Son to live a sinless life and die upon a cross in our place. Because of His sacrifice, we can be saved by trusting in Christ as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as our Savior, the justice of our Holy God is satisfied and “the righteousness of the law… [is] fulfilled in us” (8:4a). We see later in the chapter that God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all” (8:32). Christ died and suffered separation from His Father that we might never have to spend eternity in Hell.
Since there really aren’t any Scriptures that deal with this subject specifically, I’m going to share my opinions on it for the next few minutes.
Yesterday I posted a video about whether or not Christians should participate in Halloween.
My family never “celebrated” Halloween. We weren’t allowed to dress up as creepy goblins and witches. My brother and I weren’t allowed to go trick-or-treating with our friends. We never passed out candy either. When the kids started to walk around the neighborhood to collect their Halloween treasure, we shut all the drapes, closed the blinds, turned off all the lights in the house, and deactivated our motion-sensor porch light. In fact, I carved my first pumpkin when I was 23 (and it was the most awesome ninja turtle you’ve ever seen, I might add).
What does Romans 6 mean to a new believer?
If we look at the ending of the previous chapter we read these words: “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” (Romans 5:20). Chapter 6 starts off with a question: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (6:1).
When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our “old man” (who we were before we were saved) is dead – for Christ died for ALL the sins of man: PAST, present and future. Our sins died with Christ that day! Likewise, just like Christ rose from the dead 3 days later, we are also made alive in Christ and given the power to live the abundant Christian life.
Back in November 2011 I posted “to tithe or not to tithe?” on the blog. It drummed up a pretty good discussion, and even caused a few people at the church I used to attend to get a little self-defensive over the issue.
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:8-10
I was reading a post over at Alise…Write! and found myself almost breaking out in hives over a couple of sentences in her post titled “It Is Good.” (okay, maybe not “breaking out in hives”… but somewhat irritated.)
Overall, her post was actually pretty good. My beef was with the following bolded sentences:
“…these projects point to God. Not to a neat, tidy, polite God, but to a wildly creative being. A God that refuses boxes and boundaries and rules. A God that understands hurt and pain and hope and love; a God that understands what it is to be human.”
The idea that “God…refuses boxes and boundaries and rules” makes it sound like He embraces chaos, disorganization, haphazard efforts. The idea that God is not necessarily a “neat, tidy, polite God” makes it sound like He Who spoke the worlds into existence is a caveman of sorts and not a gentleman.
It has been argued for centuries, this matter of Baptism. Somewhere over the years the Biblical truth surrounding Baptism has been mixed up with church tradition and the teachings of men. What we have today is a mixture of denominations that believe a mixture of things about baptism.
- Some denominations believe that baptism saves people.
- Some denominations believe that baptism is required to complete salvation.
- Some denominations believe it signifies identification with a certain “religious” group.
- Some denominations believe that baptism is simply an act of obedience and testimony after salvation.
So let’s take a look at what the Bible says…
Can someone who has accepted Christ as their personal Savior lose their salvation?
That question can easily be answered by asking another question…
Is God a liar?
If you answered yes to either of those questions then you have very little knowledge of the Scriptures.
The correct answer to both of the above questions is a resounding “no.”
“God is not a man, that he should lie…” – Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
Here’s a few more resources for you to check out:
- King James Bible – my favorite online KJV. it’s simple and easy to navigate.
- “The Answer Book” by Dr. Sam Gipp – read it in it’s entirety here for free.
- A Brief History of the King James Bible – this is an interesting read.
- The King James Bible Defended – a page loaded with articles in defense of the KJV.
- King James Bible Defense Page – more articles in defense of the KJV.
- The King James Bible Defense – ever more articles in defense of the KJV.
If you missed episode 1 of “What’s the Big Deal About the KJV?,” click HERE to watch it.
I wanted to provide you with a few other resources to read at your convenience. I really do think this issue is big and I want to be faithful in defending why I believe what I believe. I just don’t have the time, the skills, or the knowledge to write it all out for you myself. That is why I’m taking advantage of all the other great people out there that have taken their time and devoted it to this subject matter.
- Purified Seven Times – an online book written by Cody Watters
- The King James Bible Page – a blog of all things KJV
- The New King James Bible Counterfeit – an in-depth study of what’s wrong with the NKJV
- Bible Version Comparison – a list of 300 verses that modern version have changed
- Bible Verses Removed – a list of verses that have been removed from modern versions