What The Bible Says

What The Bible Says

“What The Bible Says - Vol. 2 / No. 24”

What The Bible Says

Vol. II - No. 24 / April 26, 2020

FIVE VIEWS OF MARK 16:16

    Mankind is certainly ingenious when it comes to inventing different views to tip toe around what God's word says. Mark 16:16 is one such passage.

THE METHODISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth not and is baptized shall be saved". One of their cardinal doctrines teaches the practice of infant baptism when the infant is way too young to know what's going on much less to believe anything the Bible teaches concerning sin, repentance, and salvation.

THE ATHEISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth and is baptized shall not be saved". They do not even believe in God to Whom man is accountable for his actions. Since there is no accountability to a God, there can be no such thing as sin and definitely no need for salvation.

THE UNIVERSALISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth not and is baptized not shall be saved". They believe EVERY-BODY will be SAVED and NOBODY will be LOST.

THE BAPTISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth and is not baptized shall be saved". They believe salvation comes at the point of faith and baptism has nothing to do with saving.

JESUS said in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved".

    Now, which view are we going to take on this verse?

 

WHAT MEN HAVE DONE TO HELL

1. Atheists, skeptics and modernists have eradicated it by their “wonderful” powers of “reason”.
2.  “Christian Scientists” have attributed it to improper thinking, the figment of bad imagination, or “malicious animal magnetism”.
3.  Universalists have removed the need of fearing it since they teach that all will be saved anyway.
4.  Unitarians and others have decided that the only real heaven or hell are encountered by men in this life by pleasant or unpleasant experiences.
5.  “Jehovah’s Witnesses” have reduced it to annihilation, eternal non-existence rather than eternal punishment.
6.  Many Protestant denominations have taken away any concern about being lost from millions by their doctrine of “once saved, always saved”.
7.  Catholicism has assured millions that they will not go there because of her sacraments and rituals, and has caused many to be more concerned about an imaginary “purgatory”.
8.  Many have sought to remove the eternal duration and the awful torment of hell by their own concept of God’s love.

    But what the Bible says about hell remains true. You may read about it in: 
Matthew 18:8-9 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.” 
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:” 
Matthew 25:46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” 
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” 
Revelation 14:10-11 “he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 
Revelation 20:10 “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” 
Revelation 20:15 “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
—Bill Crews

 

IS THIS TRUTH?

 

    Ask a denominational preacher if what he preaches is the truth and he will surely say, “YES". Ask him if one must believe the truth in order to be saved and he will no doubt say, “YES". But, ask him if one must believe the particular doctrine which he preaches in order to be saved and he will probably answer, “NO". (Now, make sense out of that!)

THINGS BY WHICH MAN IS SAVED:The Bible teaches man is saved by God (Titus 3:4-5), Love (John 3:16), Mercy (Titus 3:4-5), Grace (Eph 2:9), Christ (Matt 1:21), Blood (1 Pet 1:18-19), the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:11), Gospel (Rom 1:16-17), Faith (Rom 5:1), Repentance (Acts 17:30), Confession (Rom. 10:10), Works of Faith (James 2:24), Baptism (1 Pet 3:21).

    The Bible nowhere teaches men are saved by any one thing only!
 —Richie Thetford

 

SENTENCE SERMONS

Eternity will be a long time to think about what you should have done.
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Trust God’s authority, not man’s majority.
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 If you don’t plan for the future, you probably won’t like what you get.
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Life is short – pray hard and read the Book!
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Too much time is wasted by people telling how busy they are.
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Every man has an equal chance to become better than he presently is.
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Be careful of your thoughts.  They may break 
into words at any time.

 

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