The Gospel Truth

THE GOSPEL TRUTH

It’s not WHAT’S SAID in today’s churches… but many times WHAT’S NOT SAID is more IMPORTANT to pick-up on.

Don’t be Hoodwinked by slick talk and imagery; think with your head and heart, let not your heart be deceived. Speaking from experience; SAVED by GRACE ALONEFAITH ALONE… hook, line, and sinker… during a 2003 Forty Days of Purpose campaign.

Since then, understanding differing BIBLICAL THEOLOGIES & DOCTRINES MATTER A GREAT DEAL when attending any church, just remember it is a “public arena” and therefore may not be a safe place. Guard your mind and heart from false teaching and thinking (including GOSSIP) no matter how religious the inner/outer circle appearance portrays.

BEWARE OF CHURCH POLITICS; CHURCH SKIRTS, DRAMA QUEENS {ALL GENDERS}, including the DEN-OF VIPERS.

The Christian journey is not for the faint-of-heart, one must take the effort to study Biblical Theology & Doctrine for understanding and clarity.

Being a “I am a “Christian” means many things to many people, be careful – DON’T BE NAÏVE, wolves lurks in sheep’s clothing, it’s biblical, what’s in your Wallet?

Who was Nicodemus in the Bible?

Question: “Who was Nicodemus in the Bible?”

Answer: All that we know of Nicodemus in the Bible is from the Gospel of John. In John 3:1, he is described as a Pharisee. The Pharisees were a group of Jews who were fastidious in keeping the letter of the Law and often opposed Jesus throughout His ministry. Jesus often strongly denounced them for their legalism (see Matthew 23). Saul of Tarsus (who became the apostle Paul) was also a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5).

John 3:1 also describes Nicodemus as a leader of the Jews. According to John 7:50–51, Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin, which was the ruling body of the Jews. Each city could have a Sanhedrin, which functioned as the “lower courts.” Under Roman authority in the time of Christ, the Jewish nation was allowed a measure of self-rule, and the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was the final court of appeals for matters regarding Jewish law and religion. This was the body that ultimately condemned Jesus, yet they had to get Pilate to approve their sentence since the death penalty was beyond their jurisdiction under Roman law. It appears that Nicodemus was part of the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.

John reports that Nicodemus came to speak with Jesus at night. Many have speculated that Nicodemus was afraid or ashamed to visit Jesus in broad daylight, so he made a nighttime visit. This may very well be the case, but the text does not give a reason for the timing of the visit. A number of other reasons are also possible. Nicodemus questioned Jesus. As a member of the Jewish ruling council, it would have been his responsibility to find out about any teachers or other public figures who might lead the people astray.

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Source: Who was Nicodemus in the Bible?

What is doctrine?

Question: “What is doctrine?”

Answer: The word translated “doctrine” means “instruction, especially as it applies to lifestyle application.” In other words, doctrine is teaching imparted by an authoritative source. In the Bible, the word always refers to spiritually related fields of study. The Bible says of itself that it is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). We are to be careful about what we believe and present as truth. First Timothy 4:16 says, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Biblical doctrine helps us understand the will of God for our lives. Biblical doctrine teaches us the nature and the character of God (Psalm 90:2; 97:2; John 4:24), the path of salvation through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9; Romans 10:9–10), instruction for the church (1 Corinthians 14:26; Titus 2:1–10), and God’s standard of holiness for our lives (1 Peter 1:14–17; 1 Corinthians 6:18–20). When we accept the Bible as God’s Word to us (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21), we have a solid foundation for our doctrine. There can be disagreement within the body of Christ over secondary points of doctrine, such as eschatology, church organization, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But truly biblical doctrine is that which incorporates the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and draws conclusions based on that which seems most closely aligned with the character of our unchanging God (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8).

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However, the Bible is not always the foundation upon which people or churches build their doctrinal statements. Our sinful natures do not easily submit to God’s decrees, so we often pick and choose the parts of the Bible we are comfortable with and discard the rest. Or we replace what God says with a man-made doctrine or tradition. This is nothing new. Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for “teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:7, ESV; cf. Isaiah 29:13). False doctrine was rampant in New Testament times, and the Scriptures tell us it will continue (Matthew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1). Second Timothy 4:3 says, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

The Bible gives stern warning to those who would teach false or incomplete doctrine simply because it is more compatible with man’s ideas. First Timothy 6:3–4 says, “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.” The apostle Paul wrote harsh words about perverting the gospel with false doctrine: “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”(Galatians 1:7–9).

Doctrine is the worldview by which we govern our lives. If our doctrine is based soundly upon Scripture, we can know we are walking in the path God designed for us. However, if we do not study the Word of God for ourselves (2 Timothy 2:15), we are led more easily into error. Although there are a variety of minor issues upon which Christians disagree, true doctrine is clearer than many imply. Second Peter 1:20 says that “no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation.” There is a right interpretation of everything God says, and it is our job to discern that meaning, not create an interpretation to suit our tastes. God wants us to know His heart and has given us His Word upon which we can build godly lives (see Matthew 7:24). The more we study true doctrine, the more we understand God and ourselves.

Recommended Resource: Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

Source: What is doctrine?

What Do You Do With Your Past? [audio]

(Philippians 3:12-16) For many of us, tragedies, struggles, and misdeeds in our pasts seem to determine the quality of our lives and the potential of our futures. But does it really need to be this way? Is there a way to break the bondage of our pasts?     January 20, 2019

References: Philippians 3:12-16

Is the Roman Catholic Church the first church that existed?

Questions & Answers 3197 – McGee

1) What is the significance of the number 40 in the Bible?

2) Does belonging to the “church” or “the body of Christ” mean being a member of a church?

3) Is the Roman Catholic Church the first church that existed?

4) Why does God command that someone is unclean for seven days after touching a dead body?

5) Why did Naaman ask for “two mule-loads of earth” in 2 Kings 5:17?

January 19, 2019

Is Celebrate Recovery a biblically sound program?

Question: “Is Celebrate Recovery a biblically sound program?”

Answer: Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a national, Christ-centered self-help program hosted by local churches to help people struggling with addiction or other life-controlling issues. The program began in Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and is now used in churches around the world. From their website: “Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.

“25 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 17,000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers. Celebrate Recovery is now in over 29,000 churches worldwide!”

Celebrate Recovery, is a Christian alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or other secular 12-step programs for overcoming addictions. Celebrate Recovery is based upon the premise that Jesus Christ is our “higher power” and that through faith in Him we can overcome anything. This transformation comes about during the process of working the twelve steps of recovery. Again, from the Celebrate Recovery website:

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Source: Is Celebrate Recovery a biblically sound program?

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