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Acts 10 - Cornelius (pt.1)

Many Bible teachers use the conversion of Cornelius in Acts 10 as an example of how sinners are saved in this age. They believe that Cornelius was baptized into the Body of Christ as a result of hearing and believing  Peter's message. Let's work through Acts 10 and see whether these things are so. 
Acts 9:32 through 10:48 records events in the ministry of the apostle Peter that took place outside of Jerusalem, but still within the land of Israel. As far as the record is concerned, at this point Peter is still operating under the kingdom program of Israel and does not yet know about the new revelations that Christ gave to Paul concerning the Body of Christ. 
It is possible that when Saul of Tarsus met with Peter in Jerusalem three years after his conversion that he told him Christ had sent him to the Gentiles. The Lord had already told Ananias (a devout man according to the law) that Saul was a chosen vessel to bear His name before the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). But I do not believe t…

What Did God Promise to Preserve in Ps. 12?

Psalm 12 1Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.2They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.3The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:4Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?5For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set himin safety from him that puffeth at him.6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.8The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
In the past month I have had two different people try to convince me that God's promise in Ps. 12:7 is not to preserve His pure words (v.6), but to preserve the poor and needy (v.5). One of those men is the ed…