Misunderstood Scripture

One of the most quoted bible scriptures that has been taken out of context. John 3:16. The rest of the pericope is puts it into context:

John 3:16- 21 (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Universalist’s like to glom onto John 3:16 and translate it to say that all are saved, however bible scripture says that not “everyone” is saved!

Matthew 7: 13-14, “13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it”.

Matthew 22: 14, “14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Luke 13: 22-28, “22 And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.

Are you saved?

2 Corinthians 13: 5-8 “5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? 6 But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth”.

Again, are you saved? Of course you must first know what the Christian faith is and what it means for you to enter into that faith. You must know and acknowledge that there is only one God in all existence and that Jesus is God in flesh, you are a sinner, you need to repent of your sins and that the only way to find forgiveness is to trust in Jesus alone, by faith alone, through grace alone. Do not bow down to idols or statues. Salvation is a gift from God and you don’t need to work for it. Jesus did that on the cross already for the believers!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Seventh Day Adventism: Friel Gets It Correct!

Any Thoughts?

Seventh-Day Adventism exposed by Todd Friel on Wretched TV

God Bless

Brian Mason

Responding To The Refugee Crisis: Leading The Way

I have been silent on the refugee crisis for some time now. It is a sensitive matter that requires much prayer and thought. I came across this message written by “Ash”, “Leading The Way’s North American Arabic Follow-up Coordinator”.
Ash sums it up nicely;

“When news broke of refugees fleeing the Middle East and Europe, I struggled with some of the same issues you may have had. I struggled with the fact that many would not be going through any security checks—but at the same time, I wanted to welcome the foreigner. I was concerned that Islamic groups would spread because of open doors to mass immigration. I was concerned that Christians fleeing places like Egypt, Jordan, and Libya would leave their nations virtually church-less.

Like you, in some ways I felt conflicted. But all politics aside, regardless of where you stand on the issue of whether or not to open our nation’s borders, I think there are some more important things we all need to agree on as brothers and sisters in Christ:

We need to be ready. We may not be able to change whether or not thousands of refugees are crossing our borders—but we can be prepared. Is the church ready for a vast new mission field? Are you prepared to be involved in reaching the unreached as they move into the neighborhood?

We need to be motivated by the voice of God, not the voice of fear. I believe God is preparing His church for a revolution against its comfort zone—something beyond what we ever dreamed or imagined. What opportunities might we miss if we live in fear? Let’s replace our fears with prayer for our nation and for those who might cross our borders.

We need to be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves. Several times in Scripture, when God was ordering His nation to fight or to take new land, he also commanded them to welcome the foreigner and be merciful to the widow (see Deuteronomy 10:18-19). We see Jesus demonstrate this Biblical tension with the open-ended answers he often gave to yes-or-no questions. I pray we can all have that kind of discernment so that we can exhibit both wisdom and mercy in responding to our broken world.”

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God Bless

Brian Mason

“Catholic” Does Not Mean “Roman Catholic”

Be certain when defending God’s Word that you keep in mind that there is an air of confusion with the term “Catholic”. By definition “Catholic” refers to and literally means “universal” and theologically means “the entire Christian Church”. As the Roman Catholic Church does not follow proper Christian doctrine it cannot mean the same and cannot even be called Christian for that matter.

God Bless

Brian Mason