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  1. One thing that they teach that is wrong, " A church is an organized assembly of scripturally baptized believers called out to do the Lord's work according to the New Testament." Nowhere does the Bible say that the Church is only comprised of baptized believers.
  2. I've looked into their courses. The courses do teach the false doctrine of Briderism (and other false doctrines) I had signed up for the courses online a couple years ago. When I saw what they were teaching, I dismissed myself from their courses. I'd rather eat broken glass than to subscribe to Warner's Briderism (and other false doctrines)
  3. Actually, the book of poetry is recognized as a book. It even has an ISBN number. The only writing on the subject that I have done over the last several months has been on Facebook, my blog, which automatically assigns it to my Twitter account; and to my Forum. That's it. I haven't been on other Forums in several months, (was even keeping silent on this one for a good amount of time) If any of my recent posts are showing up in other Forums, it is because someone else has been posting them. If others are using them, I don't mind. It means the truth is being spread.
  4. Besides... the Biblical text reveals that the men that companied with Abram ate part of the spoils. If they had taken their own food, they wouldn't have had the need to eat part of the spoils.
  5. Maybe I should have asked for either "biblical proof" or "historical proof". The fact is, the claim that "people didn't travel without food in those days." was made without anything to substantiate the claim. I've given the "historical proof" in the past that supports my claim that tithing of war spoils was done more than 285 years prior to Melchizedek receiving tithes of war spoils from Abram. And the practice of tithing war spoils was practicced long after Abram was dead and gone. Research "Struggle of Nation" by Oxford Professor Gaston Maspero, and Studies in Tithes Giving by Henry Lansdell. Both authors from the end of the 19th Century wrote on kings receiving tithes of war spoils. The British Musurm also has two clay tablets dated before Abram was even born that show the practice.
  6. The ONLY sites that I have posted on in the last several months are Facebook, Twitter, my Forum, and my blog. The Twitter posts are automatic from my blog. I haven't been on any other sites in several months. So, I don't keep "popping up on several sites". As to my books, I have written only four on the subject. I also have a fifth book on Grace. These are all over a five year period. edited to add: Forgot about a sixth book I wrote. A book of poetry and songs that I wrote in 2010.
  7. Also, in this paragraph... "This is in reference to the text in Gen. 14, and notice the contrast that is drawn in V. 8: "Here" refers to the Levitical priesthood (under the Law) which had just been dealt with, while "there" refers to the Melchizedecan priesthood which typified Christ's priesthood under the New Testament dispensation. The conclusion is irresistible: tithes are to be received in the New Testament dispensation as well as under the old dispensation. This is the only logical meaning of this text." The author mentions the contrast of the people being compared, yet fails to point out that Hebrews 7 is also contrasting the tithes given in the "here" and there". The "here" is the tithe according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural. I believe the "there" is tithes of war spoils. But, even if the "there" was speaking of the tithes being received by the Levites, they would not be money, for they are "according to the Law." (v.5) Either way, tithes of monetary income has to be inserted into the text. The author of Hebrews does not say money is to be tithed. Are we supposed to preach the word? If so, then we cannot preach that God requires tithes of monetary income.
  8. I believe saying that tithes is monetary income is going outside of Scripture, since nothing in Scripture supports the claim.
  9. For one, by making tithing a Law for the Church. Also, by saying that tithing is, "the paying of ten percent of our income to the Lord". Not once in Scripture do we find that tithing is the paying of ten percent of one's income to the Lord.
  10. The biggest problem with the article is the fact that one has to go outside of Scripture to teach that God requires monetary tithes. Not one verse in the Bible teaches that God requires monetary tithes. It is interesting that BBC quotes 1 Corinthians 9:13-14, stressing the "even so" in the text means "in like manner", and yet teach a tithe that is not "in like manner to the tithes taught in the word of God. If they were teaching "like manner" tithes, they would be teaching tithing from war spoils, or tithing from agricultural increase." Those are the only tithes taught in the Bible. They don't teach, "like manner" tithes... they teach a tithe that neither Abram, nor the children of Israel ever tithed in the Scripture. The author of the article also used Matthew 5:17-20 to bolster the claim that tithes are to be required. And yet, if the Law is still in effect as they claim, then it is not enough to say God requires a tithe. One must also teach what God said the tithe is to consist of, where it is to be taken, to whom it is to be given, and when it is to be given. To observe one point of the Law, (thou shalt surely tithe" without observing the rest of the Law (agricultural; to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners; in the promised land; at the end of the harvest) is NOT observing the Law. James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
  11. Please go back and search the previous page for "sfic". (the initials for my screen name)
  12. I never said Abram didn't give tithes to the Priest of the Most High God. My view is not "flawed" at all. Hebrews 7:2 is not saying that Melchizedek had no parents. It simply means there is no genealogical record of who his parents were. Nor is there a record of his birth, nor of his death. Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. Melchizedek had a "descent". He had a genealogy. It is just not know who his parents were. We do know the genealogy of Jesus Christ. It is given in both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke.
  13. To put me in the class of "Internet Theologian" is an uncalled for attack on my character. I was ordained into the Gospel Ministry long before I ever got on the internet. I am not affiliated with Stephen Sorensen, nor do I know him. That which I teach, I support with the word of God 100%. I've yet to see anyone disprove what I teach. Pastor Scott Markle agreed to a debate a couple years back,, but then backed out. None have been able to disprove my teachings in the last decade on this Forum. Since you can't prove me wrong, Alan, then you shouldn't be placing me in the same category of false teachers. I've been IFB for nearly thirty years. I am quite sure I will remain IFB until I die or the Lord returns... whichever happens first. That's the thing about the "I" in IFB... it means "Independent." Teachings of IFB Pastors won't agree. There are IFB Calvinist's. There are IFB that are not Calvinist's. There are IFB that agree and disagree on many doctrines... facts be known. But one thing I am not, is a false preacher. Nor am a in "internet theologian." I receive the doctrines that I teach directly from my KJV Bible. No twisting of the Scripture, no manipulation of the biblical text. So please... lay off the accusations.
  14. We can talk about my ordination in another thread. This thread is about my book. Tired of running down your rabbit trails.
  15. As to the "slain in the Spirit" thing, I often tell people, "If ever I am in a service and something like that starts happening, I hope I am standing behind one of those who are being "slain". If I am, as soon as I see them start to fall, I will gladly step to the side and let them fall. After all, if the Spirit is knocking them down, who am I to hinder the Spirit? If He wants to knock them down, He will knock them down at the speed that He wants. Catching them will hinder them from falling, thereby hindering the Spirit. If it was the Spirit that knocked them down, they'll stay down. If not, they will get up quickly and I;ll see what kind of spirit really knocked them down LoL"
  16. No, I don't speak in tongues. Nor do I do the "slain in the Spirit" thing. I got out of the Pentecostal movement the same year I was ordained. (approximately 4 months after) I have been Independent Fundamental Baptist since late-1988. I felt God calling me to start a new ministry in Northern Virginia. As I studied in preparation for that ministry, the Spirit began opening my eyes to practices in the Pentecostal movement that could not be supported by Scripture at all. When I left that movement to begin a new ministry, I left much of its doctrines behind. Did I ever believe in speaking in tongues or being "slain in the Spirit"? To be perfectly honest, my spirit never did set well with the doctrine. But I had been raised in that environment. I knew the word and was often called to speak. I just never approached those two subjects, because, as I said, I was troubled in my spirit about them all along.
  17. Here is a video where I was interviewed when my book, "The Biblical Tithe: Cash or Crops?" went to the Publishers.
  18. That is not necessarily true. I know an IFB Pastor in Level Cross, NC (I once served on the Deacon Board at his church) who took a team out knocking on doors quite often. Hardly made a difference. One community of 163 homes only brought one man to the church. One out of one hundred sixty-three. Even if every door in America were knocked on, the results would not change much more than that. Why? Because we are living in the last days. The age of the Laodicean Church. Apostasy... not Revival. Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Does this mean we shouldn't witness Christ to a lost and dying world? Of course not! There's always the possibility that one out of one hundred sixty-three that will be hungry for righteousness. Revival doesn't happen when the lost get saved. It happens when the children of God, who have strayed from God return to God. Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
  19. A religious institution that teaches its members that God requires monetary tithing IS NOT "biblically sound". Not one Scripture or verse in the entire Bible says that God requires tithes of monetary income... not one.
  20. 1 Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. In the Church... The Church is not a brick-and-mortar edifice. It is a living, breathing organism. God no longer dwells in Temples made with hands, but now dwells in a people. "When ye come together in the Church" simply means "when ye come together as a Body... because... the Church is a Body. Colossians 1:18 And He is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Christ's Body is not brick and mortar. It is those who have trusted Him as the propitiation for their sin.
  21. The first century AD Church had 3,000 added to it in one day. Funny thing, thirty-six years later, when the Epistles of John were written, there were still house churches. I don't recall a single admonition given by the Apostles in the Bible, for people to stop having house churches. I may have missed it though. I've only been reading and studying the Bible for thirty-eight years now. If you know the verse that says people are discouraged from meeting in houses, please post it. I'd really love to see it. If our church grows to where it is too big to meet in a home, we may get a bigger building. Or, we may emulate the pattern seen in the first century AD... we may go from house to house preaching the word and breaking bread. Why is a big building necessary? Why take on such an overhead? Big buildings mean that, not only does the pastor have his home electric bill to pay, now he must pay on another electric bill. Not only do the church members have their own electric bill to pay, they now must help pay another electric bill. If they are using the electric in their homes anyway, why not meet in their homes while the electricity is being used? Then, there's the rent of the building. People are paying their rent and mortgage payments already. Why burden them with another rent payment? It seems more economical to emulate the first century AD Christians and meet house to house and lay off the overhead costs of another building that they would only meet three times a week on average? I thought about that $6,000/mo. cost of renting a place to worship in a strip mall. I think how such an exorbitant amount could feed many hungry in the community. Now, your pastor may feel justified in renting such a big place. I could not. Even if the Church I pastor grew to 3000, I could not justify paying for a big building. I would instead train others to pastor and teach them to go house to house, breaking bread and sharing God's truth.
  22. Nope... we meet in a home. Cuts out a lot of overhead, since we are already paying the electric bill ourselves. Even if we were in a big building, we wouldn't be lying to our congregation in order to garner finances to pay the bills. Instead, we would do what I did in the last two churches I pastored... we would tell them when a bill came in and how much it is. Then, we would pray, asking God to move hearts to give what they could afford. And we would exercise our faith, believing God would move hearts. Worked with the church in Virginia, and with the one in North Carolina as well. Pretty sure, it would work here in Mississippi too. Lies about tithes weren't necessary. We teach people the joy of giving. Forced giving breeds contempt. Jesus did have a Treasurer. However, neither He, nor His Treasurer, collected tithes of His Disciples.
  23. I started to say, "SET stands for Sharing Eternal Truths". LoL But, yes, it is "Set at Liberty" Baptist Church.
  24. I am Pastor of Set at Liberty Baptist. We are an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in Cleveland, MS. What Church do you attend?
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