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Does YOUR church teach the scriptures... or TWIST them?

Mainstream Churches
Seventh-Day Adventists
Jehovah's Witnesses
Mainstream Churches?

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
- Mark 16:15 -16

[1, Believe. 2, Be baptized. 3, Be saved. You can't be saved before you're baptized.]

"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. - Acts 2:38

[Compare "for the remission of sins" to the exact same phrase in Matthew 26:28 and you'll see what it means.]

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- 1 Peter 3:21

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? - James 2:19-20

[Wouldn't this apply before one is saved, as well as afterwards?]

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And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified-behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!" 27 John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 "You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.' 29 "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 "He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:26-30

Sadly, your church -- like most churches in the yellow pages! -- is not in the Bible.

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Seventh-Day Adventists?

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. - Colossians 2:13-17

We are no longer under any part of the Law of Moses. (Non-Jews never were!)

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.... - Hebrews 1:1-2

Jesus is God's ultimate prophet. God completed His revelation in the days of Jesus' apostles, and once the written word was completed, there was no more need for living apostles or prophets.

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When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church . -- Matthew 16:13-18

Christ is the
                      chief cornerstone of the church. Peter is NOT.

You are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 3:9-11

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
- 1 Timothy 4:1-3

"But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 "They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 "greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' 8 "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant."
- Matthew 23:5-11

Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations- 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," 22 which all concern things which perish with the using-according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. - Colossians 2:18-23

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. - Matthew 2:11

Note: The magi did NOT worship Mary.

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I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. - Galatians 1:6-9

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. - Jude 1:3

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Jehovah's Witnesses?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. - John 1:1-3

Jesus is God, the Creator.

Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." - John 8:58

Jesus claimed to be eternal. Compare this phrase with Exodus 3, and you'll see that "I AM" is the name of JEHOVAH.

But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. - Hebrews 1:8

The Son is God.

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" - John 20:24-28

Jesus accepted worship while on earth.

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Myths and Made-Up Stuff (Things NOT in the Bible)
Good Bible study - good reading, for that matter - depends on paying attention to the text.
Sometimes things we THINK are there (or expect to be there) simply aren't there.

The "apple" that Adam and Eve ate

(The Bible doesn't tell us what kind of fruit it was.)

"Three" wise men who visited Jesus

(The Bible doesn't say how many there were, only that there were three elements used in the gifts.)

Jesus' birthdate or even, that the church should celebrate His birth.

We remember His death and resurrection and announce His future return in the Lord's Supper every Sunday. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Acts 20:7

Infant baptism

(Read Mark 16:16 to see that believers are to the onces to be baptized.)

"Cleanliness is next to godliness."

(It sounds good to parents, but doesn't come from Scripture.)

Most churches

(If your church is in the Yellow Pages, but not in the Bible pages, you have a problem!)

Salvation by faith only

(That's demon faith -- a dead faith.)

Solomon leading an army into battle

(That's from "Solomon and Sheba" (1959), a sorry excuse to portray an orgy and insultingly imagine faithful people participating. Hollywood does that kind of thing all the time!)

The Sinner's Prayer

(We can't use the man in Luke 18 as an example, for the same reason mentioned concerning the thief on the cross. See The "Question Corner.")

"Be saved and be baptized."

(Read Mark 16:16 for the correct sequence.)

"Every church nowadays is a denomination."

(We CAN return to the New Testament pattern... and some congregations HAVE!!)

"Choose the church of your choice."

(Instead, we should choose the church of GOD'S choice!)

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