Abortion Is MURDER!

*It’s a dilemma people are facing: can you be pro-choice and a Christian? Isn’t the Bible clear on life? It is, and it’s clear about a lot of other things too, but that doesn’t keep people from living the way that they please—without regard for the King and His Kingdom, and it’s principles for life. Jesus said it of the religious people of his day, but His words sound a lot like the American church of today: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8). It’s sad that we live in a time where life is not valued. We’ve traded convenience instead of commitment, and its evidence is shown no greater than in our families. When the Dallas-based pastor of The Village Church, Matt Chandler stood up to speak on the issue of abortion, I had no idea his words would be so moving or so powerful.
Read more at http://conservativevideos.com/pastor-is-asked-is-abortion-murder-his-response-gave-me-chills/

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God Bless

Brian Mason

* From Qpolitical:

What Does “Born Again” Mean? One Hint…It Is Not Reincarnation.

The correct Biblical definition of “Born Again” is found in the Book of John 3: 3-10 (HCSB) from the mouth of Jesus:

3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.
10 “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?”Jesus replied.

The New Testament was translated from the Greek Septuagint and it was written “born from above” and is defined as being regeneration when one becomes a Christian, no longer dead in his sins, no longer spiritually blind and made into a new creature.

Now what “Born Again” does not mean;

The Roman Catholic belief: It means that a transformation occurs when they are water baptized and all their sins are removed and the Grace of God is infused into them.

The Jehovah’s Witness belief: There are only 144000 followers that are born again be with Christ in heaven.

The Mormon belief: Baptism is necessary or they can’t be born again. Being born again, arrives through the “Spirit of God” as a result of ordinances.

Seventh Day Adventists belief: You must be water baptized, a works for salvation position.

The Baha’I belief: Being born again is a “spiritual state” by power coming from the manifestation of God (www.planetbahai.org).

The Eastern Reincarnation belief: (Wikipedia) Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.

There are some real issues that throw huge road blocks into this belief for instance, if we are all being recycled (reincarnated)then where are all the babies coming from? As of writing this article there is 7,104,015,836 humans on planet earth (www.geohive.com) Reincarnation states there is no creator God, so where are all these new souls coming from? And where did the first humans originate?

Also something to ponder is; how could any progress in bettering yourself be made without a clear understanding of the past cause of your suffering?

There are many more problems posed by the fictional tale of reincarnation, but I will address them in a separate article.

The Christian belief in NO reincarnation is found in Hebrews 9: 27(HCSB),

27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment

Also Matthew 25: 46(HCSB),

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

We die ONCE and there is judgment, pretty clear huh?

God Bless
Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Baptism

*The practice of sprinkling with, pouring on or immersing in water as an act of Christian initiation and obedience to Christ’s own command. Baptism as a Christian ordinance or sacrament is nearly universal in application throughout the Christian church, although there is great diversity in whether it is applied solely to those who consciously exercise faith in Christ (believer’s baptism) or whether it is also to be extended to the infants of Christian parents (infant baptism, or pedobaptism).

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 18

Today’s theological term “Baptism” is highly argued from the standpoint of the necessity of baptism for salvation, whether or not infants should be baptized or even the actual physical action such as “total immersion” or “sprinkling of water”. I personally do not believe in infant baptism however I do not see any Biblical basis to exclude the “sprinkling of water”to baptize.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is It By Faith or Baptism That Christians Are Saved?

It seems to be a debate that just keeps circling around in Christian Debate. Is it “Faith” or is it “Baptism” that Christians are saved? Let’s define the two words; “Faith” is a Biblical word that refers to intellectual belief, or to a commitment of relational trust.“Baptism” is a Christian ordinance or sacrament using total immersion of the body in water. It is basically a ceremony or covenantal sign.

Biblically we see that regeneration is by faith;

Romans 5: 1-2 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

After regeneration we get baptized as an outward sign of the cleansing of a person’s sin. The blood of Christ washing the soul!

Acts 22: 16, 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation. It is the faith in Christ. It is a sign of a united church, and is a sign of the Covenant of Grace given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 6: 4, 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

We must be careful to not add baptism as a requirement for salvation as it is a “works”. Baptism is a circumcision of the flesh as a sign of the circumcision of the heart!

Col 2: 11-12 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Maybe “Purgatory” Will Go The Way Of “Limbo”?

Check this out….

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.

In a long-awaited document, the Church’s International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an “unduly restrictive view of salvation.”

The 41-page document was published on Friday by Origins, the documentary service of the U.S.-based Catholic News Service, which is part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope Benedict, himself a top theologian who before his election in 2005 expressed doubts about limbo, authorized the publication of the document, called “The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized.”

The verdict that limbo could now rest in peace had been expected for years. The document was seen as most likely the final word since limbo was never part of Church doctrine, even though it was taught to Catholics well into the 20th century.

“The conclusion of this study is that there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in revelation,” it said.
“There are reasons to hope that God will save these infants precisely because it was not possible (to baptize them).”

The Church teaches that baptism removes original sin which stains all souls since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.

The preceding news article was from http://www.religionnewsblog.com April 21, 2007. I have to ponder the following thought; Will the Pope also remove the Dogma of Purgatory sometime soon? As reported above he expressed “Doubts on Limbo” why would he not remove the Dogma of Purgatory? Just as there is no Biblical scripture mentioning “Limbo” why not include Purgatory as that has no Biblical basis either?

Purgatory also implies that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin. And there is also the implication that justification is not by faith alone! What a slap in the face of God!

Notice also the emphasis on Baptism? Romans 11:6 reads: 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Water Baptism is not a requirement for Salvation as the Roman Catholics Believe. The scripture clearly states that we are not saved by rituals or works but we are saved by the blood on the cross, as Jesus died for sinners!

God Bless!

Brian Mason

The Holy Bible vs. The Roman Catholic Church. Round One.

If you have been following this blog, you will notice that I have been very hard on the Roman Catholic Church. I am for many reasons. I am compelled as I see so many good people that cannot get above the legalism and straight out heresies that the RCC serves to them! This is a Salvation issue, nothing trivial!

So for discussion purposes I will lay out several falsehoods of the RCC and then what the Holy Bible aka “The Word of God” has to say about them. These are direct from the RCC that must be obeyed by the Church. I give you this scripture before embarking on our trip through the Catholic jungle.

2 Thess 2: 10-12, 10 “and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

1) Catholic’s usage of “Father” as a salutation: Matthew 23: 9, “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
This is a direct violation of the Word of God.

2) The act of Pouring Water for Baptism (not total immersion): Romans 6: 4, 4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Hmmm…

3) Catholics appoint Saints: 1 Cor 1:2, 2 ” 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours:”
ALL Christians are Saints.

4) Catholics Observance of Special Days: Gal 4: 9-11, “9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d]? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”
Pretty clear…and lastly but not all…

5) The importance of Clerical Dress by Catholics: Matthew 23: 4-5, “4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long;”
Enough here to chew on I am guessing?

These are just a few of the conflicts and contradictions of God’s word to be found in the massive ornate building’s, traditions and RCC doctrines. I hope if you are a Catholic you will at least think about these points, and God’s word.

God Bless!

Brian Mason