The Apostles’ Creed

 
 
 
This creed came from the early Western church and should be thought of as a summary of the Apostles’ teaching rather than directly attributable to them.  Originally it was essentially a baptismal confession and had several variations.  The form in use today dates from the eighth century.

 

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sin;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.

As a footnote; The word “catholic” in lower case “c” is the universal Christian Church, not the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Is “Once Saved Always Saved” Biblical?

Yes, it is. That means that a Christian once save cannot lose their salvation. And yes that is direct from the pages of the Bible. Here is some scripture that buttresses the position of “once saved”:

Hebrews 13: 5 (NASB)
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

No one will take us out of God’s hand.

1 John 2: 19 (NASB)
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.

Those who are with Him will not be discarded.

If people choose to leave God’s salvation, they “chose” to leave. So if they were in fact regenerated Christians they would not have decided to leave, nor could they leave, thus losing their salvation! There Salvation is the crux of the matter! A regenerate Christian cannot lose their salvation, just put.

Beware this is not permission for the regenerate Christian to sin. Read Romans 6: 1-2 (NASB)

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

The regenerate Christian is a changed person aka “born again”. Read 2 Corinthians 5: 16-17 (NASB)

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

We cannot call Paul a liar, we do if we say that you can lose your salvation.

1 John 2: 3-4 (NASB)
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

As a believer in election/predestination (written about in great detail in the biblical pages) I pray that the Holy Spirit saves those who are not the elect (as we do not ultimately know).

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is There Really A Devil?

Yes, the Devil is real! Some other titles used in the Bible are; Lucifer, Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, Tempter, Thief, Ruler of this world, Roaring Lion, Murderer, Little Horn, Father of lies.The last one I will list is “adversary,” which is translated from the Hebrew meaning “Satan.”

Satan is mentioned primarily in the New Testament. However, he is written about in the Old Testament as well. Read:

1 Chronicles 21: 1 (NASB)

Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.

Satan is written about in the Book of Job and Zechariah. But most of the writings come from the New Testament. I have not even included the Book of Genesis with the temptation of Eve leading to the fall of man.

1 Corinthians 7:5 (NIV)
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Mark 4: 15 (NIV)
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

With movies such as “The Exorcist,” “The Conjuring” some Christians are fearful of the Devil as to demonic possession. However, we as Christians are safe from possession but not demonic oppression. Oppression can come from personal attacks and temptations that are hard to resist. It is not an easy task to resist the Devil, but we must don the “Armour of God” for spiritual protection. Read:

Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Christian rest assured that being resistant we can have victory over the Father of Lies! Read:

James 4: 7 (NIV)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

With the Holy Spirit, we will triumph! Read;

Romans 8: 11 (NIV)

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Christian, do not despair. We are God’s children and time is coming to a close for Satan! He and his minions will be thrown into hell; God has made reservations for them! We have the greatest Daddy anyone could ever have! Read:

1 John 4: 4-6 (NIV)

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Heresy Of The Office Of Pope

The origins of the office of the pope were pagan in its inception. What the Roman Catholic Church wants you to believe is that the apostle Peter was the first “pope,” however scripture refutes this claim. In fact, the theology of the Roman Catholic Church reads that if anyone denies that Peter was the first Bishop of Rome, they shall be accursed!

Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that Peter took on any role of “pope,” in fact, the Gospels do not even show a whisper of any evidence that any of the apostles held any position of primacy! Jesus treated all His disciples the same and demonstrated this by conferring with all of them.

Peter wrote:

1 Peter 5: 1-5 (NASB)

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet aslording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Does that read as if Peter views himself as pope? No, he speaks as a fellow pastor/elder! Look if Peter shows us absolutely no evidence of him being the “Vicar of Christ” and it is nowhere indicated in the writing’s of Paul, why should we trust the Roman Catholic Church of such proclamations of the papacy of Peter?

As for the Roman Catholic term “Vicar of Christ,”” the word “Vicar” is defined as a “substitute.” This is the thought pattern of the RCC as they have stated that Peter is that “substitute” as he is the Lords representation on earth. This is blasphemous as Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit is the “Vicar of Christ,” read John 14: 16 (NASB)

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

Also read John 16: 5-11 (NASB)

5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

I conclude that inlight of evidence of the holy scriptures, the institution of the Papacy has zero credibility.

I pray that the Roman Catholic today, pray for true revelation, and listen to the Word of God in the scriptures. Read: Acts 17: 24-25

24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;

God Bless

Brian Mason

More Problems With Buddhism # 2

Why is it that Buddhists seem (in general) to believe that life is just suffering? How can they explain that there is a significant percentage of the world population who see life as joyful, and full of happiness?

It seems that the worldview of Buddhism is built upon the subjective experiences of Buddha’s personal and direct experiences. The idea that Buddha’s outlook was that life is packed with suffering with no actual value on the person.

Now suppose that an individual sees misfortune and oppression as a positive life experience to gain value and knowledge from life’s difficulties? Hmmmm

Christianity looks at death suffering as a direct result of “The Fall.” The fall was a product of Adam’s rebellion against God.

Genesis 3: 17-19 (NASB)

Then to Adam, He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

Yes we have suffering in the world and why God allows it to still happen could be answered this way; God may use suffering as a way to do good. He uses tribulation to bring about perseverance.

Romans 5: 1-5 (NASB)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

As always please pray for the person ensnared in the “New Age” religion of Buddhism. The Buddha is dead, Jesus Christ conquered death and is living and seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human! Buddha’s philosophy is a deceptive product of Satan to lull people to Hell!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is Christian Science, Christian?

Let’s let the teachings of Christian Science show you that it is not.

It denies the personality of God, that being the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

Sin is only a figment of your imagination, as they call it “the error of the mortal mind.”

It teaches that there is no evil, and the blood on the cross was not necessary for salvation.

The demons cast out by Jesus Christ were only “false beliefs.”

The Holy Spirit is the perfect science.

Life is not material or organic.

God is the Father-Mother.

There is no devil.

Jesus didn’t die.

God is mind.

Christian Science is not “Christian” nor “Science” and should be regarded as a cult! All the above teachings are found in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S& H) by Mary Baker Eddy. Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of Christian Science. She was born Mary Ann Morse Baker in New Hampshire in 1821.

Please pray for the followers of this cult. They do not believe in the use of medicine or doctors and use agents that are called Christian Science Practitioners.

Please pray to God to show them the Way.

John 14: 6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless

Brian Mason