Saturday, November 28, 2015

I'll meet you for a swim!

I've been learning German lately, and I'm finally able to correspond a little with a penpal in Germany.  During a recent Skype, we discovered that we also share an interest in swimming. We were both lamenting the fact that we didn't live closer, since neither of us knows anyone local that likes to go swimming.  At one point, Beate said something like, "Vielleicht können wir auf halbem Weg treffen!" (Maybe we can meet half way!)  So I painted her a watercolor postcard with my concept of what that meeting (somewhere in the Atlantic between Spain and Maine?) might look like. Yesterday, I got an email back from her saying that she just got the postcard, and I've learned a new German idiom: Ich lache mich tot!  (Literally, I am laughing myself dead!)


llandudnopictures said...

Great image and conversation!

Steve Finnell said...

Does God teach that men are saved by faith alone? Does being saved by faith mean that men do not have to obey God's requirements for salvation? No, it does not. There is no Scripture that states that under the new covenant men will be saved by "faith alone". God requires obedience to His requirements for salvation.

1. Faith: John 3:16, Galatians 3:26-27, John 8:24, Mark 16:16
2. Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47
3. Confession: Romans 10:9, Acts 8:35-38
4. Immersion in water: Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1 Peter 3:21, Colossians 2:12-13, Galatians 3:26-27, Romans 3:3-7

Faith is in effect only after obedience.
1. Naaman's leprosy was cured only after obedience. (2 Kings 5:1-13). Naaman's leprosy was not cured by "faith only".

2. The passover happened only after obedience. (Exodus 12:1-13). The first born were not saved from death by "faith only".

3. The people of Israel were not saved from death by serpents by "faith only". They needed to obey God's command. (Numbers 21:6-9).

4. Noah and his family were not saved by "faith only". They were saved after Noah obeyed God and built the ark.(Genesis 6:7-22, 1 Peter 3:20)

There is not one verse of Scripture where God say believers in Jesus will be saved by "faith only". There is not one verse that says water baptism is not essential in order to be saved.

It takes a master of deceit to convince men that immersion in water [that being baptism] is not a requirement for salvation.

God requires obedience to His terms for pardon.


llandudnopictures said...

Merry Christmas, Judy!