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By Kenneth D. Christensen

I received a request that I review the web site of a certain denomination and critique it. I replied that I do not usually critisize other churches. I told the person that I would look the site over and if I noticed anything that was not Biblically correct and/or contradicts the plain teaching of the King Jame Bible, I would let them know. Following is my response:

I looked over the web site and will give you some of my reactions, since you asked for them. It is not my purpose to start a fight or anything but to share with you what I think, as you requested.

The first thing I noticed is that all Bible verses are presented in KJV and NIV. As you probably expect, this is a problem for me. I believe there can only be one Bible in any given language that is The Words of God. Two translations that are different cannot be the same! As you know, I believe the KJV to be God's Word in the English. I have more respect for someone who says that the NIV (or any translation) is THE WORDS of GOD, than someone who says that there are many, take your choice. Funny, if you notice, the KJV people are the only ones who declare that only a particular translation is God's Word! All of the other translations compare themselves to the KJV, i.e, "easier to understand than the KJV", "preserves the beauty of the KJV", etc. I am sure you don't want me to give a dissertation on why I believe the KJV is THE BIBLE, so I am almost done with this point. The web page says that they believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that God inspired it. They then use two different versions for the references they provide! Which one is THE Word of God? Again two things that are different are not the same.

For any readers that would like more information about the King James Bible, go to our Real Audio page and listen to any of the sermons in the King James Bible section. The sermon "Garden Tools" by Dr. Al Lacey is an excellent point to start! (Real Audio Page)

They go on to say that the evidence of being saved is speaking in tongues. I could write volumes on this also, but I will just put some verses from the KJV and a little commentary:

1 Corinthians 12:30 "Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?" Reading this in context lets you know the answers. Do all speak with tongues, No, Do all heal, No, etc

1 Corinthians 14:19 "Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue." Paul seems to imply that "tongues", especially in the church is not important at all.

If you read and study the book of Acts, you will find that every time the use of "tongues" was recorded, it was for the purpose of witnessing to someone in order to get them saved. The Bible say that the "tongues" was for a sign to the unsaved, not the saved. Acts 2:6-12 "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?" By the way, tongues would appear to be the hearer hearing in his language. This still happens upon occasion at our church...a Chinese, man for instance, will listen to a soul winner and understand him until he actually gets saved, and then cannot understand another word from the soul winner!

1 Corinthians 14:22 "Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe."

The Bible gives us a basis to KNOW that we are saved, it has NOTHING to do with feeling, miracles etc. God states a fact, and I am glad for that, for there are times I do not "feel" saved, but God's Word says that I am, so I am!!!!!!

1 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

These are great verses, and I could quote many more, but as you can see, no mention of tongues being necessary for an evidence of salvation is noted.

Now, this may shock you, but I believe the next point is pure Blasphemy. They state that Divine Healing is a privilege of all believers, as it is provided for in the crucifixion. I guess the Apostle Paul, probably the greatest Christian that ever lived and had a "thorn in the flesh" till he died was not a good enough Christian to be healed! Some verses:

2 Corinthians 12:9 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

John 5:3-9 "In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath." Here we see that there were many sick folks, but Jesus only healed one of them.

1 Timothy 5:23 "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." Apparently Timothy was not a good Christian either! He had stomach problems and other infirmities. Luke was a Doctor, that would be unnecessary if every Christian could claim and receive healing.

Remember there are only four things one must know in order to be Saved...We don't do anything to earn it or keep it! (By the way this denomination believes that you can loose your salvation, I will not comment more than to just say if you can loose it, it wasn't Eternal!)

1] Man is a sinner. Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2] There is a price on sin, eternal death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

3] Jesus paid that price on the cross. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

4] By faith in Christ we can be saved. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Once again, you asked me, I will not quarrel over this, I am set in my beliefs.

I hope this was the type of response you were looking for!

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