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Who Can Be Saved?

Luke 18:18-27

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

1 Corinthians 1:21-28

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

 

Luke 13:22-28

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 

Matthew 7:13-14

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 

 

Jesus made it very clear – and Paul confirmed it….

Relatively speaking, ONLY A FEW

(as opposed to MANY)

will be saved!

 

THE QUESTION REMAINS

Who, then, can be saved?

Jesus said.

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them,
They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

Matthew 21:31

… Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

 

 

Notice the kinds of people to whom Jesus ministered….

“Sick” and “Sinners”

 

  • A woman possessed by 7 demons

Mary Magdalene

Luke 8:1-3

1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 

  • A man so thoroughly demon-possessed that he lived in the tombs

Mark 5 – country of the Gadarenes

 

  • A Sinner Woman

Luke 7

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

 

  • Woman at the Well

John 4 – she had had 5 husbands….

and the one she was living with was not her husband

 

  • An adulterous woman

John 8 – caught in the very act!

… but Jesus said, “neither do I condemn thee…. Go and sin no more!”

 

  • A Publican/Tax-collector with questionable business practices

Luke 19Zacchaeus

… and he was rich….

But he was lost! (v.10 … “come to seek and to save the lost”)

Yet, notice the final outcome:

Jesus said, “This day is salvation come to your house!”

 

  • Social outcasts 10 lepers

Luke 17:12-19

Only one was made whole … because he returned to give Glory to God.

“Your faith has made you whole.”

 

 

The NT Church was born on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2!

We are the Body of Jesus Christ,

And we continue to minister and reach out

To those who are ‘socially undesirable’

just as Jesus did!

 

  • The very ones who crucified Jesus and persecuted the Church, the Body of Christ

Peter preached in Acts 2 addressing the Jews,

the very ones who were guilty of crucifying our Lord

“This same Jesus whom you have crucified….”

When they heard this they were cut in their heart….

What shall we do?

Acts 2:38!

Peter preached to Cornelius (Gentiles) in Acts 10

He was a Roman Centurion,

The very class of people who were literally the ones responsible

for physically nailing Jesus to the cross!

Saul (Acts 9) was persecuting the Church Jesus Christ!

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

1 Timothy 1:13

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Regardless of your past/present condition,

YOU can be saved today!!

-the same way the Jews were in Acts 2

and the Samaritans were in Acts 8

and Saul was in Acts 9

and the Gentiles were in Acts 10

and the Philippians were in Acts 16

and the Ephesians were in Acts 19….

 

Acts 2:38-39

Repent

and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins

and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!

For the Promise

(“you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost”)

Is unto YOU

And YOUR CHILDREN

And ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF

Even AS MANY as the Lord our God shall call!

 

Remember Luke 18:27!

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

You may be facing IMPOSSIBLE challenges in your life….

Addictions

Diseases

Financial ruin

Marital distress

Mental/emotional disorders

But WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

 

1 Cor. 6:9-12

“such WERE some of you”

the unrighteous….
fornicators
idolaters
adulterers
effeminate [sissy men]
abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals]
thieves
covetous
drunkards
revilers
extortioners

 

Wherever you are right now,

If you will reach out to Jesus

He’s reaching out to you!

You can be saved today!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
08/02/2015

 

The Threefold Failure of Trinitarianism

Its Folly, Its Fallacy and Its Futility

 

The Folly…

… trying to better define the Deity than did the Apostles and then believing that this “better definition” is the foundational basis of orthodoxy–thus making rejection of it heterodoxy or heresy.

The fact that Trinitarianism brands itself as THE only correct definition of the nature and essence of God, and yet the Apostles, who were personally commissioned by our Lord Jesus and who were the initial preachers of His Gospel and teachers of His Doctrine, knew nothing of the word much less the concept of the Trinity, has to be the biggest joke ever known to man!

It is the height of absurdity and folly to suggest that any statement, confession, creed or doctrine formulated in post-apostolic times is requisite to NT Salvation. Anyone who believes or states that apostolic teachings contained in the NT are an insufficient basis of Saving Faith, and that post-apostolic teachings and dogmas are necessary to fully express the nature and essence of the Deity, should not expect sane and sober students of the Bible to take them seriously.

Here is FOLLY thrice-confounded! Consider Trinitarianism’s scripturally baseless claims:

 

  • The FATHER is God but is not the SON or the HOLY GHOST;
  • The SON is God but is not the FATHER or the HOLY GHOST;
  • The HOLY GHOST is God but is not the FATHER or the SON.

How can anyone contemplate such intellectual tripe and not perceive it for what it is??? –sheer and utter FOLLY!!!

 

The Fallacy…

…attempting to define God in wholly human terms…. 3 “persons.” God created Man in His image–ONE MAN, ONE PERSON, ONE BODY. Jesus Christ is the “express image of [God’s] person,” or, in other words “the exact representation of God’s substance.” Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us; he was the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father of Isaiah 9:6. Jesus was both fully God and fully Man, the SON of GOD and the SON of MAN.

God is ONE. This theme is repeated throughout the whole of scripture. The SHEMA proclaimed this fact to the OT People of God. The NT never departs from this foundation: there is only ONE GOD, and HE IS ONE in essence.

The plurality of “Elohim”, like the plurality of “Abraham” has reference to domain…. God of all; Father of many. If the plurality of “Elohim” MUST be interpreted such that there are three persons of God, then the laws of logic demand that this same rule of interpretation be applied to “Abraham,” which leads to a logical absurdity; we know, in fact, that Abraham was just as much ONE MAN after his name was changed from Abram as he was before the change! Serious Bible Scholars have known for decades that Trinitarianism has no scriptural support whatsoever in the OT, much less in the one word “Elohim!”

It is a fatal fallacy to interpret the “compound unity” of Echad (Hebrew word for ONE in the SHEMA) to mean THREE! Surely if God were THREE in essence He would have given SHALOSH (three) instead of ECHAD (one) in the SHEMA.

Even demons believe that God is ONE, and they tremble at the thought! The great fallacy of Trinitarianism is saying that God is THREE in essence, when the whole of scripture proclaims Him to be ONE in essence!

 

The Futility…

…adopting the words of Matthew 28:19 as a baptismal formula, instead of using the words spoken by Peter on the Day of Pentecost in Acts2:38. Removing the name of JESUS from the baptismal formula completely takes away the efficacy of the sacrament of Water Baptism! Thus, the whole concept of Trinitarianism, from the Council of Nicea in 325AD until now, has been a complete exercise in futility!

The point of water baptism is to wash away or for the remission of SINS! It is the rite of PURIFICATION for NT Believers. We are only cleansed by the blood of the crucified Savior when we are buried with Him by water baptism–“calling on the name of the Lord”, i.e., invoking the name of Jesus Christ! All other water ceremonies are functionally empty.

Jesus Christ—YESHUA MESSIAH…. The NAME above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come…. The only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Repeating the Trinitarian formula in water baptism is useless…. The NAME of the one being associated with in baptism must be spoken in order for the purpose of baptism to be accomplished.

By invoking the Name of Jesus, the believer being baptized is bound by covenant with Jesus! When the Name of Jesus is spoken in baptism, the believer receives spiritually the circumcision of Christ and thus becomes a child of Abraham by FAITH! His parents named Jesus—pronounced His name over Him—on the eighth day of His life when he was circumcised under the Law of Moses and bound into the covenant of Abraham. Without having the name of Jesus uttered over the new convert during the New Birth water baptism experience there is no covenantal binding!

It is just a waste of time and energy to baptize anyone any other way than in the name of Jesus Christ! Cleansing and remission of sins only comes through water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ!

 

Trinitarianism receives a three-fold FAILING grade–three F’s, if you please, for its FOLLY, its FALLACY and its FUTILITY!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier
29 May 2014

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The Seal of the Covenant

NT baptism is the counterpart to OT circumcision. Just as circumcision served as the seal of the Old Covenant (Rom. 4:11), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is the seal of the New Covenant.

Colossians 2
11   In whom [i.e., Christ] also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12   Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

A male child born to Hebrew parents was indeed a Hebrew, but if he were not circumcised he was excluded from the covenant and its blessings and promises. In fact, an uncircumcised Hebrew man was not permitted to enter into the house of God to worship.

In like manner, when someone receives the gift of the Holy Ghost prior to being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ (like Cornelius and his house did in Acts 10), they are not sealed to the covenant until they are baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Hence Peter’s command that they should be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ!

There is an interesting story in Joshua chapter 5 concerning this subject. When it was time for the Children of Israel to enter the Promised Land and claim their inheritance, they were not permitted to go in until all the men who had been born during the 40 year period of wilderness wanderings had been circumcised!

During the 40 years of wilderness traveling, those who were uncircumcised were eating manna, drinking water from the Rock, being miraculously clothed, following the Pillar of Fire and Cloud, etc., etc…. To all practical intents and purposes they were as much a part of God’s People as were all the others.

But God knew and we know that they weren’t sealed unto the covenant. And when Joshua [the OT “Jesus”, if you please] became the leader and they started marching toward the Land of Promise, God would not permit them to go forward and inherit the Promised Land until the matter of the seal of the covenant had been properly dealt with.

I’m convinced that those who are not baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ will not inherit the Kingdom of God unless they receive the seal of the New Covenant – water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 

John 3:5

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 4:12

Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

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Are Trinitarians Unsaved?

The Bible basis for salvation, according to the teachings of the Apostles in the New Testament (NT), is belief in and obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ — as defined by the same Apostles in the NT (see Acts 2:38).

Jesus said in John 8:24, “if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

Trinitarians are not “unsaved”, per se…. All who reject the message of the Absolute Deity of Jesus Christ are unsaved. Jesus Christ, the Son of God as proclaimed by Peter in Matthew 16:16, is the Everlasting Father and the Mighty God of Isaiah 9:6.

Philippians 2:10-12
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
(Compare to Isaiah 45:23 and Romans 14:11.) 

To hold any doctrine or teaching that was developed or formulated after the days of the apostles (post-apostolic times) to be essential to salvation is to teach that the apostles and the believers of their day (apostolic times) were not saved — which would mean that the entire New Testament was written by men who were unsaved.

The trinitarian doctrine was developed in post-apostolic times by men who were not apostles. All early believers were universally baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; the triune baptismal formula was a much later development, being formally adopted by the still-emerging Roman Catholic church at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

Peter said in Acts 4:10-12, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

The apostolic emphasis on the absolute necessity for water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is further underscored by Peter’s words to the household of Cornelius in Acts 10:47-48 ESV, “‘Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” 
 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier
May 3, 2010

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