Ten Reasons Primitive Baptists Are Not Calvinists

By Elders Michael Gowens and Lonnie Mozingo, Jr.

Preface

 

In the minds of most people, Christianity is divided into two major groups, Arminians (those who advocate the theology of James Arminius) and Calvinists (those who advocate the theology of John Calvin).

 

The distinction between Primitive Baptists and Arminians is so clear few would confuse the two.  However, when people hear Primitive Baptists proclaim the Doctrines of Grace (election, predestination, etc.) they sometimes assume that Primitive Baptists are some branch of the Calvinist family.  The fact is, Primitive Baptists have never been a part of either group, since they and their ancestors have maintained their identity since the days of Christ and the Apostles.

 

This article shows ten basic distinctions between Calvinists and Primitive Baptists.  It is the earnest desire of the authors that upon reading it, the Lord’s people will remember that “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her.” Song of Solomon 6:9

 

 

 

 

1. Baptists are not Protestants:

Calvin, the Protestant Reformer and founder of Presbyterianism, seceded from Roman Catholicism. Baptists derive their existence from Christ and the Apostles, and as such, predate Catholics, and have maintained a separate existence from them even through the Dark Ages. Hence, the name “Primitive” Baptists.

 

St. Matthew 16:16-18 

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

Ephesians 2:20 

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

 

Jude 1:25 

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

 

2. The Means of Grace:

The Reformers continued the Roman Catholic idea that salvation is mediated by the “church”. Though they largely discarded Roman Catholic sacramentalism (i.e. the notion that participation in baptism and the Eucharist are saving acts), they still maintained the same emphasis, namely, that redemption is applied to the individual by external means. In most Calvinistic camps, the “word” is the “means of grace” (media gratiae). Primitive Baptists, on the contrary, insist that the only mediator of saving grace is Christ and that the media of word or ordinances are applicable to discipleship, not sonship.

 

1 Timothy 2:5 

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

 

2 Timothy 1:9-10 

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

 

St. John 6:44-45 

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”

 

 

 

3. Saving Faith:

Calvinism’s primary slogan is “sola fide” — faith alone. The doctrine of “justification by faith alone” is the bedrock of Reformed Theology. By that phrase, they mean that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the act of believing the gospel, not by their works. Primitive Baptists believe that Scripture teaches that the subject of justification has various phases (by grace, by blood, by faith, and by works), some of which do not have eternal implications; hence, the word “alone” is misleading. If we were forced to employ the word “alone”, we would rather speak of “justification by grace alone” or “justification by blood alone”.  We believe that the Calvinist errs by assuming the noun “faith” always means “the act of believing the gospel”. Further, we interpret justification by faith in terms of the assurance of salvation, not the application of redemption.

 

Romans 3:24 

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

 

Romans 5:9 

“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Romans 5:1 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

 

James 2:24

 “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

 

 

 

4. Perseverance:

Calvinism asserts that all the elect will persevere in faith and holiness. If an individual does not persevere, then he proves by his apostasy that he was merely a professor, not a possessor, of eternal life. Primitive Baptists insist that Divine Preservation, rather than human perseverance, is the Biblical emphasis, preservation being the term employed in Scripture to describe the eternal security of God’s people.

 

Jude 1:1-25 

“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of #James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

 

2 Timothy 4:18 

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

St. John 10:27-30 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

 

Romans 8:38-39 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

A child of God may indeed fall from his own steadfastness in the faith, but will not fall from God’s covenant favor. The chastisements upon God’s children in disobedience are parental and remedial [corrective], not punitive. All of God’s people will be preserved for they are “kept by His power”, but they are responsible for “keeping the faith”, “keeping their hearts with all diligence”, and “keeping themselves in the love of God” (that is, behaving in such a way that He will manifest His blessing upon them and that they may adorn rather than reproach the doctrine they believe). Their preservation, not their perseverance, is guaranteed by covenant decree.

 

2 Samuel 23:5 

“Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.”

 

2 Peter 2:7 

“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:”

 

2 Timothy 2:18-19 

“Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

 

Hebrews 12:6-7 

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”

 

Titus 2:10 

“Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”

 

Jude 1:25 

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

 

 

 

5. Double Predestination:

Calvinism, or Reformed Theology, affirms “double predestination”, i.e. the idea that God has decreed the salvation of some through election and the damnation of others through reprobation. This supralapsarian model would inevitably make God the first cause of sin. Primitive Baptists believe that predestination concerns only the salvation of the elect and that the non-elect are simply left in their fallen state, to be punished for their wicked works.

 

Romans 8:29-30 

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

 

Ephesians 1:5,11 

“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

 

St. Matthew 7:23 

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

 

Revelation 20:13-15 

“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 

 

6. Absolute Predestination:

Calvinism espouses the idea that “God has from all eternity past, unchangeably and unalterably fixed whatsoever comes to pass…” Primitive Baptists believe that predestination has reference only to the final destiny of God’s people, not to the events of daily life. Yes, God is a God of providence, but providence and predestination are not synonymous. (Note that the word predestinate appears in its various forms four times in the Bible and always refers to people, not events of time.)

 

See Romans 8:29-30 and Ephesians 1:5,11 in section 5.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:7 

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

 

St. John 8:44

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

 

Jeremiah 19:5 

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:”

 

Jeremiah 7:9-11 

“Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.”

 

Isaiah 5:20 

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”

 

1 John 2:16 

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

 

St. Matthew 12:24-32 

“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

 

 

 

7. Covenant Theology:

Reformed Theology asserts a view known as “Covenant Theology”. This is the view that the Covenant of Grace is administered through covenants made with men in time. It states that under the Law, it was administered by promises, prophecies, sacrifices, and circumcision, and under the Gospel, it is administered by means of the word and sacrament. Primitive Baptists believe that covenants made with men in time reveal, not administer, the Covenant of Redemption. The Law and the Gospel, in other words, are covenants of worship and service. They function as revelations of redemption, not instruments by which the benefits of the everlasting covenant are applied to the individual.

 

Galatians 2:21 

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

 

Galatians 3:19,24 

“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made…[24] Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

Galatians 4:24-26 

“Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”

 

Hebrews 7:19 

“For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”

 

2 Timothy 1:10 

“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

 

 

 

8. Infant Baptism:

As a part of their view of the “covenant family,” some Reformed churches, like John Calvin, practice infant baptism. The sprinkling of infants of a believing parent purportedly “seals the benefits of the covenant” to the child, thus insuring his salvation, until he/she is sufficiently mature to understand and embrace the gospel personally. Primitive Baptists reject the notion that baptism is the NT equivalent of OT circumcision, practicing Believer’s Baptism instead of paedo- or infant baptism, believing that infants are saved in the same way as adults, by grace.

 

St. Matthew 28:19-20  

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

 

Acts 8:12 

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

 

Acts 8:36-37

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

 

St. John 3:8

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

 

 

 

9. Separation of Church/State:

Calvin governed Geneva as a theocracy, confounding the separate roles of Church and State. To defy the church was to be politically seditious. Primitive Baptists have always insisted on a distinction between Church/State.

 

St. John 18:36 

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

 

2 Corinthians 10:4 

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

 

St. Mark 12:17 

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.”

 

Romans 13:7 

“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”

 

 

 

10. Persecution of Detractors:

Calvin’s involvement in the trial and burning of Michael Servetus for heresy on Oct 27, 1553, is incriminating. Though Servetus had asked permission to come to Geneva, Calvin threatened, “If I consent, he will come here, but I will not give my word, for should he come, I will not suffer him to get out alive.” Servetus came anyway, and was burned to death. In contrast to Calvin’s tactics, Primitive Baptists are distinguished for their refusal to persecute detractors. They are known as the sufferers, not the perpetrators, of persecution.

 

St. Matthew 10:16 

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

 

Philippians 2:15 

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”

 

2 Corinthians 11:23-33 

“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me. And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.”

 

1 Peter 4:12-16 

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God on this behalf.”

 

Hebrews 11:35-38

“Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

 

St. Matthew 5:10-12 

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Leaving A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous)

I moved to Austin to escape a unhealthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that disrespected the Most High, by my actions I trampled on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. It’s so easy to pretend on Sundays that I had myself all together but the rest of the week I lived like a heathen and denied Christ by my actions. I knew I had to make a change and asked God for assistance, the assistance came.

Someone told me about sober living homes and I looked them up on the internet. Oxford House is the first thing that came up, I called the place and by God’s grace the first house I called had a vacancy. A week later I went and was interviewed by the house and was accepted. God is good. Of course the house has rules and that’s understandable. No drinking (alcohol) nor drugging is one of the major rules that we must follow. I really enjoy this rule because I know that one slip up can cause me to lose this blessing which was given to me by God. A Christian should show discipline when it comes to obeying the Most High, Christ Jesus died on a Roman cross to forgive us of our sins and set us free from the chains of sin and eternal punishment in a Devil’s Hell. So why continue to live rebellious.

Alcoholics Anonymous was brought to my attention and I was encouraged to start going to meetings. I have known about A.A. for a few years because many years ago when I was on probation and parole my probation/parole officers made me attend meetings and to add insult to injury I was given a card that the “chairperson” would sign at the end of the meeting to prove to my P.O. that I attended the meeting. That however did not last long because once I figured out who had the easiest signature to forge I was gone.

Back to the present.

I started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings here in Austin and must admit that I enjoyed it, at first. I even received my first coin! It’s crimson and celebrates thirty days clean and sober (throughout a period of time one will continue to receive colorful coins as they stay sober). Of course I know that it’s only by the grace of God that I’ve been sober this long, today marks about a month and a half, God is good. I had a sponsor as well and was working the “steps” with him, if I was still in the program I would be on step four. However, A.A. is not of God no matter what any member will try to tell you. A.A. is a antichrist religion that preaches ecumenical, universalist lies. Look into it’s history and you will soon learn about its Jesuit roots, even the founders (William Griffith Wilson and Robert Holbrook Smith) were occult practitioners known to use Ouija boards and having a spirit room. Now A.A. will tell you that it has “Christian roots” and that the “Big Book” is based on the Holy Bible but my question is what does that mean? It means nothing! Does the God of the Bible condone such behavior as using a Ouija board or consulting familiar spirits? No! Necromancy and clairvoyance are condemned and forbidden by the Most High!

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV

[10] There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, [11] Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. [12] For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Alcoholics Anonymous denies Christ Jesus in their actions and teachings.

Sitting in those meetings I heard a lot of blasphemous statements about God, sadly it is encouraged by what is known as the “Big Book“. This book contains the practices, guidelines, and rules of Alcoholics Anonymous. By many of the members the “Big Book” is worshipped and treated as divinely inspired and the meetings are in a sense their worship services. I say that because one of their core beliefs is that one must find a god, this god can be anything! Even a doorknob or person if it can help the drunkard put the bottle down. BLASPHEMY!!! There’s only one GOD and we learn about Him in the Bible which is the only book inspired (by God Himself) in all of creation.

Psalm 86:10 KJV

[10] For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

John 17:3 KJV

[3] And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

According to the members of Alcoholics Anonymous one’s god is the god of their “own understanding” or as the individual has understood it. Nonsense because any belief or understanding of God contrary to the Holy Bible is a heretical/blasphemous belief! Over and over again in these meetings so many false references are made about God and spoken of as if He’s simply the Universe instead of the Creator of it. He’s also often referred to as a female and that again is a blatant blasphemy.

Alcoholics Anonymous also teaches that alcoholism is a disease and that all who suffer from it will never be healed but will always be an alcoholic in recovery, this is a lie from the Devil himself! The Holy Bible never calls an alcoholic “sick”, it calls him a “drunkard” it’s sin not a disease. Also Christ Jesus can and will set us free from anything that can destroy us and alcoholism is one of those things, to say that we’ll always be drunks and in “recovery” is doubting the almighty power of GOD!

John 8:36 KJV

[36] If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Another thing about “having a god of one’s own understanding” is that our view of God goes two ways. It’s either right and biblical or wrong and pagan. There’s only one God and that’s the God of the Bible and if we’re to truly worship Him and have a relationship with Him then it has to be done in spirit and in truth. Christ Jesus is the greatest example of how we’re to live our lives and this includes how we ought to worship the Father especially the Christian individual.

John 4:24 KJV

[24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Many Alcoholics Anonymous members during a meeting continually speak about their “higher power” (which is a false god) by lifting it up in a form of worship yet they curse like sailors! I understand that no one is perfect and we will make mistakes but if I can speak about the Most High and Jesus the Christ and use a ton of profanity without any conviction then there is a major problem. We are to show a very deep respect for a thrice holy God!

Alcoholics Anonymous members also believe in a form of works based salvation, as alcoholics in their doctrine they are taught that they must go out and save other alcoholics. Again, only Christ can accomplish that. Now I understand that people want to help others and may be able to but how can anyone be delivered when the deliverer may not even believe in Christ Jesus but views the Universe or Mother Nature as their “higher power”. This is a vain insanity! Some claim that the program has helped them, yet how can a program like the “twelve steps” help anyone when it teaches another Jesus and that the individual is forever lost in their sin.

Finding a sponsor is encouraged as well and fellowship is great but as a Christian the only fellowship and support we should surround ourselves with is that of a fellow disciple of Christ. We don’t need Alcoholics Anonymous! We don’t need a God hating sponsor! We need the CHURCH!!!

Galatians 6:2 KJV

[2] Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

How can the world bear our burdens or fulfill the law of Christ, it is impossible. Scripture also gives us examples not to cultivate relationships with world and to stay away from it. How can we possibly find fellowship or agreement with an agnostic, antichrist program that hates God!

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV

[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

We’re to get our steps or program from the Holy Bible, nothing else. If the God of the Bible, the only true God, were to be the focus of Alcoholics Anonymous then the “Big Book” would be placed in the trash where it belongs and Holy Bibles would be handed out. Faith in sponsors and the “program” would be exchanged for faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory to Christ Jesus Alone

The image of Trump to many people and yes I am speaking to Christians as well! Many people view him as a type of messiah who will save the world and make everything okay again, failing to realize that he is a fallen human that spreads lies for popularity just like the next man. Some are too conservative for their own good with their silly “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” caps!

I firmly believe that a great amount of Americans accepted Trump as president because they were happy that the last president is gone and a great amount of that amount are happy because of the last president’s skin color. Here’s the reality though, majority of these conservatives would have never voted for Trump if he would have ran against someone like Bush. They too would laugh at him and yell “DUMP TRUMP!”

These same conservatives would have been in the streets acting like children as well if he would have beaten someone else conservative in the presidential race! WAKE UP! There’s nothing he can fix! There’s nothing that he will do better! Crime still exists! Violence still exists! Political lies still exists! 3,000 babies are still being murdered in their mothers womb!

REPENT YOU CHRISTIAN MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORSHIP THIS MAN!!!! We have one Lord and His name is Jesus! Love God and not the world!

Mary, Jesus, And The Ark of The Covenant

A Catholic’s Mary worship will go so far as to replace Jesus with her, for example: calling Mary the Ark of The Covenant. Lets look at Exodus 25 much has been made of the symbolism of the Ark, and every aspect of the Ark points to Jesus. The acacia wood symbolized our Lords humanity. The gold overlay denoted His deity. The Law inside the Ark pictured Jesus with the Law of God in His heart, living in perfect obedience to it. The pot of manna spoke of Jesus as the Bread of Life. Aarons rod prophesied the resurrection by the atoning blood that was sprinkled on it. St. John 20:12 Mary looking into the empty tomb of Jesus, “And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” What Mary saw was the new mercy seat, the perfect mercy seat. Consider again what Mary saw. She witnessed two angels sitting at each end of the slab which had held the broken body of our Lord. That scene points us back to the Ark of the Covenant where two cherubim hovered over its blood splattered mercy seat! There is no more need for the Ark. Jesus has fulfilled all that the Ark stood for. He was deity who took on flesh. He rendered complete obedience to the Law, being made perfect and becoming the source of our salvation Heb 5:8-9. His blood was shed for our sins and His victory is attested by the fact and the power of His resurrection. Just as the Ark was designed to be a symbol of the presence of God in the midst of His people, Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love, care, and presence. He is our Ark. He is our Law. He is our Manna. He is our Budded Rod. And, thank God, He is our Mercy Seat. Jesus has fulfilled all the Ark’s prophetic implications. Jesus is our Ark of safety, peace, and redemption. We have no need for any other Ark, Catholics will follow men like Scott Hahn who has fed them these lies about Mary and have stolen Jesus deity and placed it on a sinner.

Ana-Baptists And Baptists

Anabaptism developed as a radical religious and social movement during the Reformation in 16th century Europe. “Anabaptist” means “re-baptiser” and refers to the movement’s central rejection of infant baptism in favour of a conscious act of adult baptism into the Christian faith.

Anabaptist congregations separated themselves from all forms of state control and avoided contact with society outside their own communities. They rejected both the Roman Catholic Church and the new Reformed Protestant Churches.

The Mennonites, the Amish, the Hutterites and other similar groups originated in Anabaptist congregations. Militant Anabaptist uprisings occurred in Europe, notably at Münster in Germany in 1534, leaving the movement with a reputation for disrupting the established social order.

Anabaptists who fled to England were persecuted during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary I. Anabaptism influenced several nonconformist sects in England and the New World, especially the early Baptists, but the word “Anabaptist” was generally a term of abuse during the Civil War and Commonwealth era, used to denote any potentially subversive religious doctrine.

The English Baptist movement has its origins in a Separatist congregation established at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, around 1606, which was led by John Smyth (c.1550-1612), a former clergyman who had become disillusioned with the Anglican church. Smyth’s followers, along with a small number of sister congregations that had formed in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, were persecuted as dissenters and forced to flee to the Netherlands in 1608.

At Amsterdam, the English Separatists came under the influence of the Mennonites, an Anabaptist sect which claimed to practise a pure form of Christianity similar to that of the early Church. A central Mennonite tenet was that infant baptism was meaningless. A deliberate act of adult baptism was essential for entry into the faith. In 1609, Smyth and his followers baptised themselves and confessed Jesus as Saviour to form what is generally regarded as the first Baptist congregation.

After Smyth’s death in 1611, Thomas Helwys (c.1550-1616) wrote the first English Baptist confession of faith (A Declaration of Faith of Certain English People Remaining at Amsterdam). In 1612, Helwys led his congregation back to London where he established a Baptist church at Spitalfields. Despite their attempts to disassociate themselves from the Mennonites, the early Baptists were persecuted and stigmatised as Anabaptists. Both Helwys and John Murton, who succeeded him as pastor of the Spitalfields congregation, died in gaol, but the Baptist faith grew steadily throughout England and Wales. During the 1630s, the movement split into two groups: the General and Particular Baptists.

“General” Baptists followed the doctrines of Smyth and Helwys. They believed in free will rather than the Calvinist doctrine of predestination taught by the Presbyterians. Baptists laid strong emphasis on individual personal salvation and an acceptance of persecution as an opportunity to testify for Christ. Pastors were elected by the casting of lots. Set prayers and recitations were regarded as a discouragement to true religion and some congregations encouraged prophesying, where members said whatever they believed God had inspired them to say. Travelling General Baptist preachers were regarded as troublemakers by local civil and church authorities throughout the kingdom.

The General Baptists were challenged by the emergence in London of John Spilsbury’s Calvinist

“Particular” Baptist like General Baptists, the Particular Baptists believed in the separation of church and state. Both groups encouraged lay preachers and came to accept total immersion rather than pouring as the preferred method of baptism. However, Particular Baptists practised stricter regulation of their congregation and have since the beginning held to the “Doctrines of Grace” which teaches election and predestination before John Calvin was around. They believed in salvation for a “particular” few, rather than the “general” salvation preached by the General Baptists. The Particular Baptist churches held regular meetings of delegates in London and issued the London Confession in 1644 (not all Particular Baptists hold to this Confession but rather hold to Scripture alone), which declared that men must be allowed to follow their own conscience and understanding. By 1658, the Particular Baptists were organised into four large regional associations covering the whole of England. There was no national meeting, but the London pastors greatly influenced the movement as a whole. Many officers and men of the New Model Army were Particular Baptists, including the regicides Ludlow, Axtell and Hewson. John Bunyan (1628-88), author of The Pilgrim’s Progress and other spiritual works, served in the New Model Army during the final stages of the English Civil War and became a Baptist in 1653.

During the early 1650s, army Baptists flourished in Ireland under the sympathetic administration of the Lord-Deputy Charles Fleetwood. However, the religious radicals were highly critical of the establishment of the Protectorate. In 1655, Fleetwood was replaced as Lord-Deputy by Henry Cromwell, who succeeded in forcing the leading Baptist officers to resign their commissions or to leave Ireland.

Baptist congregations continued to meet after the Restoration, but they were regarded with suspicion by the church authorities. Many congregations prospered in America.

Avoiding Worldly Friendships And Cultivating A Spiritual One With The Most High

When the world hates you remember that it hated Christ Jesus our Lord first. When they no longer want anything to do with you remember that God promised that He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. When they speak ill of you and point out your shortcomings and bring up when you missed the mark point to the cross and remember the grace of God. When the Most High calls us out of darkness sin will never feel the same due to the chastising hand of God which is a blessing because it teaches us that He cares for us. Friends and certain relationships will no longer be the same because light and darkness can not mix, of course this has nothing to do with being self righteous nor should we adopt that attitude because it’s only by God’s sovereign grace that any of us are eternally saved. A true friend is Jesus Christ who willingly gave Himself for us and if we want to be true friends or wonder what a true friend looks like then look to Scripture for guidance and remember Jesus. Dear friends in this life we will make mistakes and miss the mark but why continue to run back to the same dirt that God has pulled us out from? This world is full of iniquity and Satan is the ruler thereof and he wants to destroy us and our testimony in a major way. Being a Christian is not easy and there’s a lot of things and relationships that we have to let go of though it may be painful. Remember that we have Jesus and there’s no relationship more important than the one we ought to have with Him. Any relationship that we have that does not glorify God we have to get rid of. Evangelism is one thing but a full blown relationship is to be avoided. Brethren I have played the hypocrite roll many days and the outcome is never comfortable because I tend to use grace for granted and please people rather than God. Saints of God by the grace of God you have been redeemed and called out of darkness, trust the Holy Ghost for He will lead you in truth. Let us avoid worldly relationships and cultivate the spiritual one that truly matters, the one with Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

1 John 2:15-17 KJV

[15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

‘GOOD FRIDAY’ IS A ROMAN CATHOLIC INVENTION, JESUS WENT TO THE CROSS ON A WEDNESDAY

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40 (KJV)

All over the world this Friday, Christians and Catholics will be observing Good Friday. The Catholic church teaches that Jesus went to the cross on a Friday and rose from the grave on a Sunday morning. It sounds right, and mostly everyone across the board accepts those days and that chronology. Only one problem. It’s completely wrong according to the biblical account of what happened.

The Catholic teaching is based on 1 Corinthians 15:4 which says this:

“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:4 (KJV)

They count Friday as one day, Saturday as the second day and Sunday as the third day. 3 days. Only it’s not 3 days, it’s barely a day and a half according to the Jewish calendar.

Jesus did not rise on Sunday morning, the bible says that He already “was risen” by the time Sunday morning rolled around.

Read it for yourself:

“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.“ Mark 16:9 (KJV)

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.“ – Matthew 28:1,6 (KJV)

In all the gospel accounts, Jesus is already risen on Sunday morning. There is no account of His rising at that time, it has already happened. So if the Roman Catholic timeline is followed, you would have at the most 30 hours of elapsed time. Not even close enough to the “3 days and 3 nights” that Jesus Himself said would transpire.

THE JEWISH DAY STILL STARTS THE WAY IT DID IN GENESIS WHEN GOD CREATED IT

In the first chapter of Genesis, we see God creating our 24 day, made up of 12 hours of “evening”, and 12 hours of “morning. This is exactly how we still chart time here in 2018. But the Bible says that God started the day at 6:00 P.M. Make a mental note of that because when we come back to this point in just a bit, you’re going to need to remember it.

Jesus says in Matthew that His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection would match that of what happened to the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament.

Here it is:

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40 (KJV)

There you have it, the required time mandated by Jesus Himself is 3 full days, and 3 full nights. Jesus was crucified on Wednesday morning, and taken down off the cross before sundown at 6:00 P.M. when Thursday would begin. To us that’s still Wednesday night, but the on the Jewish calendar, 6:00 P.M. starts the next day.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” John 19:31.32 (KJV)

THE TWO SABBATH DAYS

Now please note the phrase “that sabbath day was on a high day”. This is not the regular Saturday sabbath day, it is a special, high sabbath day. What was so special about this “high day”? It was the Passover! This Passover fell on the Thursday and was followed by the days of unleavened bread as found in Leviticus:

“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.“ Leviticus 23:5-7 (KJV)

Now that you see that the Passover was on a Thursday. In the King James Bible, Acts 12:4 uses the word “Easter” instead of the word “Pascha”, which means Passover. Which is precisely what Luke was referring to, the pagan holy day of Easter on that Saturday, and not the Jewish Passover which had already finished. Acts 12:3 says that Peter was taken during the “days of unleavened bread”, right?

“And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)” Acts 12:3 (KJV)

Well, I just showed you that according to the Old Testament, the “days of unleavened bread” came after the Passover. So in Acts 12: 4, Luke rightly records it as being Easter and not the Passover which had already expired. (See how simple it is when you actually believe what you read where you read it?). Now, let’s get back to those 3 days and 3 nights.

HE AROSE!

Remember now, in the week Jesus was crucified there are two sabbath days, not only one. You have the high Sabbath day on Thursday, which was the Passover. And you have the regular Sabbath day which fell on Saturday as they do each week at the end of the week. Mark records it this way:

“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.” Mark 16:1,2 (KJV)

When the ladies brought the spices, it was after the High Sabbath day of Passover. It was not after the regular Sabbath day on Saturday. They brought the spices on Friday. The first day of the week is not Monday, but rather it’s Sunday.

Saturday being the last day of the week, the day God rested from all His labors. So as the two Marys coming to see the body and mourn at sunrise Jesus was not “rising”, but rather had already risen.

“And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 (KJV)

A Quick Review Of The Timeline:

• Jesus crucified on the cross 9:00 A.M Wednesday morning

• Taken down off the cross at sundown

• Buried for 3 nights – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

• Passover, the high Sabbath day on Thursday

• Buried for 3 days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

• The regular Saturday sabbath day

• Jesus rose from the grave Saturday night at 6:00 P.M. – the start of the first day of the week, Sunday

• Tomb is empty before the sun rises on Sunday when people start arriving

Now we have the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy to be ” in the heart of the earth” for “3 days and 3 nights”. The Roman Catholic ‘Good Friday’ timeline is short by nearly two full days, because they fail to see the two Sabbath days that occurred. They only see the one on Saturday. They also fail to understand the Jewish calendar and how their days were set up according to Genesis 1. When you realize that at 6:00 P.M. the current day ends and the new one starts, that changes just about everything.

How can your timeline be right when you don’t even know what time it is?

So while you spend this week observing “Good Friday”, just keep in mind that you’ve already missed the day of His ‘passion’ by two whole days.

That is, if you’re a Bible believer.