Immortality

The phrase, immortal soul, nowhere appears in the Bible. In this page we will look at what the Bible says about immortality.

The Bible says we should seek immortality. “To those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life.” (Romans 2:7) We do not seek for something we already have, thus we do not have immortality now.

2 Timothy 1:10 says Jesus brought immortality to light through the gospel. This shows how we must seek immortality. It also shows those without the gospel don’t have immortality.

We must put on immortality as we do not have it now. “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” (I Corinthians 15:53-54)

The only verse in the Bible where the word immortal appears is I Timothy 1:17 which says God is immortal. Indeed, only God is immortal. I Tim 6:15-16 says God, “alone possesses immortality.”

These are the only places in the Bible where the words immortal and immortality are seen. Thus we do not have immortal souls as immortality must be sought through the gospel. We must put on immortality, and only God is immortal by nature.

The lie of the serpent is “you surely shall not die” Genesis 3:4. Not only was it believed by Eve but most people believe it too in believing an immortal soul goes to heaven or hell or believing in reincarnation.

The words “immortal soul” never appear together in the Bible. In fact, Ezekiel 18:4 says “the soul who sins will die.” The Bible does not say the soul is immortal.

The most well known verse in the Bible says eternal life is a gift to those who believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” John3:16. The verse does not say they should not go to hell but rather go to heaven. Those who do not believe perish!

Immortality is something to put on as we do not have it naturally. “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality” 1Corinthians 15:53.

Indeed, immortality is a gift and not a right. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ Our Lord” Romans 6:23.

Most people prefer to believe the lie of the serpent, and ignore the fact that souls die. Those who do not believe perish, while immortality is a gift.

Quotations from the NASB Bible.

Challenge to Evolutionists

Challenge to Evolutionists

We have a new YouTube video on evolution.

There are questions evolutionists find hard to answer. Can anyone answer them for me?

I notice in my personal life that nothing happens without effort. Meals do not cook themselves: houses do not build themselves. How can anything as complex as life or the universe just happen without an infinite mind behind the project?

Why are fossils in distinct strata? If these fossils prove evolution, this would mean several times in history life changed all at once. Why is this?

The earliest fossils are the Cambrian ones. They appear all at once without anything before them. Why are there no simpler fossils before them?

Evolution is supposed to happen because of mutations, yet most mutations are harmful. Can evolution explain this?

The order of fossils in the strata do not follow evolutionary sequence. Mammals appear before birds, and primates appear before lower mammals. How can this be explained?

The development of the unborn is supposed to follow the evolutionary history of the species. Yet the head of an unborn child is huge, and the respiratory surface of the lung is one of the last things to develop in a baby. Explain.

Can an evolutionist accept the challenge, and answer these questions for me?

Science and the Bible

Science and the Bible

Some people say science contradicts the Bible. These people ignore the fact that all sciences are not equally scientific. It is only the least scientific of the sciences that seem to contradict the Bible.

Science accumulates knowledge three ways: by logical systematic accumulation of knowledge, by observation, and by the scientific method.

The science that accumulates knowledge by logical means is math. Mathematics is never used to disprove the Bible.

Early human history increased scientific knowledge by observation. How long a period elapsed between the time a species laid its eggs and the time its eggs hatched is an example of scientific knowledge gained by observation.

The most scientific sciences are math, physics, chemistry, and engineering. For example in chemistry a scientist does an experiment on copper, and applies the result of the experiment to copper. These reliable sciences never claim to disagree with the Bible.

Psychology, and sociology are less reliable sciences. For example, in psychology scientists do experiments on pigs, and apply the results to people.

The least reliable of the sciences are historical geology, and historical biology. In the first place, at the dawn of time no scientist was present making observations. In the second place, you cannot put billions of years into a test tube. It is these unreliable sciences that claim to disagree with the Bible.

Don’t be spooked by science, as not all sciences are equally scientific.

Blind Faith Part 3

Blind Faith Part 3

Methodological Naturalism

The third way scientists assume on blind faith that the Bible is false is called methodological naturalism. This is the belief that no natural event is caused by God. If scientists are not looking for God to use a possible cause of natural events it is no wonder that they never prove God is behind natural causes.

 
Here is how it works:

  • Since God does not cause natural events, He did not cause a severe drought for 3 years in the days of Elijah.
  • Since God does not cause natural occurrences, He did not punish Judah in the days of Jeremiah by leading the Jews into captivity under Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Because God does not cause natural phenomenon, He did not cause the star to lead the wise men to baby Jesus.

A comparison can be made between methodological naturalism and assuming a missing ring is not in the bedroom. Because we assume the ring is not there, we do not look in the bedroom for the ring. If the ring is in the bedroom we will not find it as we will not look there. Likewise, because methodological naturalism assumes on blind faith that God does not cause natural events, scientists do not look for this and hence never find it.

Scientists reject the Bible on blind faith because of methodological naturalism.

As with Occam’s Razor, decisions based on flawed facts will be flawed decisons and cannot be trusted !

Second Coming – Part 4

Second Coming – Part 4

There is a lot more about the Second Coming in the Bible than most people realize. Much of this is given to us symbolically. This page of the web-site is a list of words and a phrase that describe the end times. We suggest you download this page and keep it with your Bible so you can refer to it when you study Bible prophesy to get a fuller understanding of what the Bible reveals about the Second Coming. Here is the list:

  1. Bride: the church (Joel 2:16, John 3:29)
  2. Bridegroom: Jesus (Joel 2:16, John 3:29)
  3. Chaff: the ungodly (Psalm 1:4)
  4. Fire: God’s judgment which either refines (Malachi 3:2) or destroys. (Genesis 19:24)
  5. Harvest: the end of the world or age (Matthew 13:39)
  6. In that day: the next life when only God is exulted (Isaiah 2:11)
  7. Labor pains (travail): the tribulation before the Second coming. In Mark 13:8 the New American Standard Bible says, “For nation will arise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
  8. Reapers: the angels at the end of the world or age (Matthew 13:39)
  9. Rest: the reign of Christ on earth (Hebrews 4:4-9)
  10. Stubble: those devoured by God’s judgment. (Exodus 15:7, Joel 2:5)
  11. Threshing: judgment of God at the end times. In Joel 3:14 the word “decision” in Hebrew means threshing.”
  12. Trumpet: the Second coming. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) The last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52 is the seventh trumpet of Revelations 11:15-19.

Is God Sexist?

Is God Sexist?

(All Bible quotations are from the New Living Translation)

Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, once said, “I do, and I understand.” Although he did not say this under divine inspiration, his saying was none the less true. After all, whoever learned to ride a bike by reading a book? God understood that doing led to understanding, and has given roles to men and women, not because He is sexist, but because He wanted to teach us lessons.

One thing God taught through the roles of husbands and wives was the church (represented by the wife) must obey the husband (represented by Christ). In the same way, the husband (symbolising Christ) must love and honour the wife (symbolising the church).

“You wives will submit to your husbands as you do to the Lord. For a husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of His body, the church; He gave his life to be her Saviour. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything.

And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church…in the same way, husbands ought to love their own wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. And we are His body.” (Ephesians 5:22-30)

The husband was in no position to treat his wife like dirt. “In the same way, you husbands must give honour to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. If you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.” (1 Peter 3:7)

Paul did not hate women, but felt the lesser parts of Christ’s body (the church) deserved the greater honour. “In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honourable are those we clothe with the greatest care… So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honour and care are given to the parts that have less dignity.” (1 Corinthians 12:22-24)

When a wife submitted to her husband, the couple learned what the relationship between the church and Christ was: when the husband loved the wife, the couple learned what the relationship between Christ and the church is.

The relationship between women and the church also taught lessons. “Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let a woman teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, then afterward he made Eve. And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived.” (1 Timothy 2:12-14)

We see the Bible wasn’t sexist. God used the roles of husbands and their wives, and the roles of women in the church because they taught lessons that can be learned no other way, just like you have to ride a bicycle to understand what it meant to ride a bicycle.

Why We Are Small

Why We Are Small

(All quotations are from the NASB)

Many people avoid the Dawn Christadelphians because we are small. However we can expect the true faith to be just that.

In the first place, the Bible says the true church would be very small. In Luke 12.32 the church is called, “little flock.” Matthew 7. 13-14 proclaims, “Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” Luke 18.8 tells us “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” The Greek of the text says “the faith”, showing the existence of the true church would be in doubt at the time of the end, in which time we live.

To see why this is, we need to realise that Truth, by its very nature, is eternal, while the opinions of men shift with the sands of time. Throughout time mankind as a whole has not sought Truth, but has sought the current fads of thinking. Thus Truth, in its entirety is at odds with all time and every culture, and is always in some degree politically incorrect.

To illustrate the point, as a hobby I study history. Every study ends comparing the ancient society studied with the 21st century American thinking, as if modern Americans know everything about Truth. Modern American thinking is not questioned in the study. It is assumed to be correct as it is the latest fad in American thinking. I would suggest that all cultures make this same mistake.

The Bible catches the essence of Truth and so finds itself out of harmony with society as a whole. That is why Jesus speaks of the “little flock” and the “narrow gate.”

Separation for Doctrines’ Sake

Separation for Doctrines’ Sake

(All references are from the New American Standard Bible)

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Holy, Sanctify, and Saint
The Gospel
Cain and Abel
Jeroboam’S Sin
The Wolf
Seven Letters
Why There is Compromise
Confessing Jesus
Sound Doctrine is Edifying
The Antichrist
Conclusion

Introduction

In the original languages in which the Bible was written, almost always when scripture uses the words holy, sanctified, or sanctification, it means to be set apart. Today, being set apart or holy is often frowned-upon as being narrow-minded or intolerant.

This is to be expected in the last days. Luke 17:26-27 says, And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man they were marrying, they were being given in marriage In Genesis we read how the people in Noah’s day behaved. Genesis 6:1-2 says, Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. In the span of biblical history, the term sons of God was used to describe the true followers of God. For example, 1 John 3:1-2 says, See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God Beloved, now we are children of God (See also Deuteronomy 14:1, Psalms 82:6, John 1:12) So when the sons of God married the daughters of men, believers in God’s true way were marrying unbelievers. According to Luke 17 above, in the end times, believers will no longer be set apart from unbelievers.

Because this is an end-time issue, and since we are in the last-days, this page on this web-site will address the issue of separation for doctrines’ sake.

Holy, Sanctify, and Saint

Definitions of terms are necessary common ground for people who want to reason with each other. This page uses the meaning of words as the Bible defines them. These definitions can be found in Young’s, or Strong’s concordances. Please note that these two concordances are non-denominational.

Most people think the words holy, sanctify, and saint mean pious. This is not the case. Almost always the meaning of these 3 words is set-apart.

We live in an unholy age. The churches are trying to unite, and communion is held between members of different denominations. Few people object to marriages between members of different sects.

We now look at the word saint. All Christians are saints as Paul wrote to the saints who were at Ephesus. (Ephesians 1:1). Surely, the entire congregation was not pious! The entire congregation was not canonized either.

We are sanctified by the washing of water with the word. (Ephesians 5:26). Hebrews 13:12 states Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. which means that the blood of Jesus separates us from false religions and from the Apostasy.

Not only can people be holy, but things can be holy as well. Exodus 31:14 says, Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Needless to say, the Sabbath is not pious: it is set apart for God. God told the Hebrews in Leviticus 20:26 Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.

Bible definitions are not as they seem. We must define terms as Jesus would. Holy, sanctify, and saint mean set-apart, not pious.

The Gospel

The Bible repeatedly says we must believe the gospel to be saved. Here are some examples: He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. (Mark 16:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John-3:16)

The opposite is also true:

But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say I again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)

Everyone agrees that the crucifixion is part of the gospel, but the Apostles preached the gospel before they know that Jesus was going to be crucified.

And departing, they began going about the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere. (Luke 9:6) After they had preached the gospel, Jesus told them, Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they might not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement. (Luke 9:44-45)

The Gospel the disciples preached before they knew Jesus was going to be crucified was the Gospel of the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:2)

The kingdom of God is called the Gospel in a number of places, including Matt.9:35, and Matt.24:14. We have already seen that the Gospel must be believed before we are baptized. This is consistent with what is recorded in Acts 8:12. But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.

People who do not believe the story of Adam and Eve do not understand why Jesus had to die on the cross. Disobedience was the sin of our first parents, and the penalty was death. It affected the whole human race. Jesus died so that whosoever complied with the way God had appointed would receive the promised salvation. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22) The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8).

Thus knowing what the devil is, is part of the Gospel. The promise God made to Abraham is called the Gospel in Galatians 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ALL NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU. In a similar way, Romans 1:1-3 says God’s promise to David is a part of the Gospel. Here Paul says he was, set apart for the gospel of God concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh. We must know who God and Jesus are in order to be saved. And this is eternal life, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.(John 17:3) Since the Gospel is to be obeyed, the commandments of God are part of the Gospel. (1 Peter 4:17) All this goes to show that not all Christians know the Gospel.

Take the kingdom of God for example, some say the kingdom of God is in heaven, others say it is the church, some say that it is within you, some say it will be re-established when Christ returns. Somebody is wrong, dead wrong!

Cain and Abel

In the story of Cain and Abel, we see that God wants us to worship Him in His way, and not in our way. Cain and Abel were children of Adam and Eve. The account says: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. (Genesis 4:3-5) God respected Abel’s offering because it symbolically represented Christ as the first-born from the dead. (Rev 1:5). Abel’s offering had shed blood, just like Christ shed his blood for us. Blood symbolises life. (Lev 17:11) That is why Hebrews 9:22 says without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. When Jesus died for us, his shed blood represented his loss of life. (John 10:15).

In Genesis 4:4 we see that Abel’s offering included the fat, which symbolizes stored energy. Christ offered his stored energy to God. Perhaps Abel was attached to the lamb he would offer, just as God loved Jesus whom he sacrificed. Cain’s offering lacked emotional attachment. So we see that Abel’s offering pointed forward to the cross of Christ, while Cain’s offering symbolized nothing, and was hence rejected. Cain was told that if he did well he would be accepted, but if he did not do well, sin was at the door. (Gen. 4:7)

Offerings were made repeatedly by performing them over and over. Abel would learn the mind of God while Cain would not. So we see in the story of Cain and Abel that not only is it important to serve God his way, but there is a reason for the correct approach to God.

Jeroboam’s Sin

The different kings of Israel and of Judah had different priorities, yet God judged their merit solely by whether they were sound in doctrine and practice. This is a lesson for today. After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam ascended to the throne. He didn’t care about the people’s suffering, and civil-war followed. Ten tribes left and followed Jeroboam who ruled over most of the Jewish nation, forming a rival kingdom. And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah (1 Kings 12:26-27)

So Jeroboam made up a religion to keep his subjects from going to Jerusalem to worship. So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt. And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi. And Jeroboam instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised in his own heart; and he instituted a feast for the sons of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn incense.(1 Kings 12:28-35) This sin became a pattern for sin of future kings. (1 Kings 16:2, 16:7, 16:19, 16:26, 16:31, 2 Kings 10:29, 13:2. 13:6, 13:11, 14:24, 17:22)

The only requirement for being a good king is thus being sound in doctrine and in practice. Despite this, most people today put little emphasis on sound doctrine. They are like the wicked king Jeroboam.

The Wolf

In the New Testament the wolf is a common symbol of the Apostasy. The wolf attacks the flock, killing the sheep, but bears and lions also do this. Why are these two animals not chosen to symbolise the Apostasy?

The Apostle Paul writes I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock (Acts 20.29) Here we see that the Apostasy would develop after Paul’s death.

The Apostasy was to disguise itself, pretending to be the true church. Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7.15)

The Apostasy existed in the day of Jesus, for Luke 10.3 says Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.

Paid overseers of the Church abandon the sheep when they see the wolf coming. John 10.12 says; He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them.

Let us go back to the original question: why is the Apostasy symbolised by a wolf and not a bear or a lion? To answer this question, we must look at what a wolf meant to all the people of the first century. According to ancient tradition, a wolf raised twins called Romulus and Remus, who were said to be the founders of Rome.

The Bible’s wolf in sheep’s clothing is Rome pretending to be Christian. The great Apostasy is none other than the Roman Catholic Church! We are warned by Jesus and Paul of this wolf-like Apostasy. This warning is as valid today as it was in the first century. Let us avoid the Roman wolf and stand apart from him.

Seven Letters

In Revelation 2 and 3, letters were written to seven churches. In these letters we see a need to be set apart from false doctrine.

The church at Ephesus tested those who said they were apostles, and were not, and found them to be liars. (Rev 2:2) Here we see false Christians may resemble true Christians. Careful scrutiny must be made to see what is true.

The church at Pergamos was condemned for having those who had the doctrine of Balaam. (Revelation 2.14) Balaam means waster of the people . He caused Israel to compromise so that he could get money. Many preachers today say we will be blessed if we give them money. Who is really being blessed?

In Revelation 2:20-21, the following words are said about the church in Thyatira, but I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent; and she does not want to repent of her immorality.

Churches these days have deacons living in sin, gay bishops, and gay pastors, and so on. This was not to be tolerated in John’s day, and it should not be tolerated now.

The final words of the letters to all seven churches are He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 2.7, 11, 17, 29. Revelation 3.6, 13, 22) The word hear in the original Greek, also means obey. If this is a warning to the early churches, it is a warning to us also. We must be holy, set-apart from false teaching, and from false practice.

Why There is Compromise

Most people just aren’t interested in God. So to appeal to large groups of people, the church has to compromise. In the days of Isaiah, the people said to the prophet, You must not see visions. You must not prophecy to us what is right. Speak to us pleasant words, prophesy illusions. Let us look at an example of how churches change. In the fifties, women pastors were unheard of in main-line churches. Then along came women’s liberation. The Bible says, Let the women keep silent in the churches; for then are not permitted to speak (1Cor 14:34)

The church had a problem. If they kept the biblical stand and refused to ordain women, they would lose money, members, and power. The church wasn’t as interested in salvation as it was in these carnal things, so it compromised on doctrine. They set the Bible aside and allowed women to speak in church. Large followings are thus the hallmark of false religion because most people aren’t interested in God. Hence to appeal to the masses, you have to water-down the message. Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (Matt 7.13-14) We should seek for the narrow road which does not lead to compromise.

Confessing Jesus

The Bible says we must confess Jesus. every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God (1 John 4:2) What does this mean? Many believe that all you have to do is to confess Jesus, is to utter the words I believe in Jesus. However, this is not the meaning of the word in the original Greek in which the Bible was written. The word confess in 1 John 4:2 is homologeo in the manuscripts. It is made up of two words homo, meaning one and logos, meaning word. In other words, to confess Jesus, we must each have one word about him. Confessing Jesus amounts to saying the same things about Him. Among people who follow Jesus, this is hardly the case. While most people believe in the Trinity, millions of people who follow Jesus do not believe in it.

Moslems believe Jesus was a prophet, but don’t believe that he was crucified. Some people believe he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, while others believe that Joseph was his biological father. Some believe that Jesus pre-existed, while others do not. Some believe that he was tempted with sin, while others don’t. Some Trinitarians believe Mary was the biological mother of the man-part of Jesus, while other Trinitarians believe that she was merely the incubator for the God Jesus, thus making no part of Jesus human. Mormons believe Jesus was the older brother of Lucifer, and that Christ was conceived when God made love to Mary. The leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States says that Jesus is female. There is also disagreement among Christians as to whether or not Jesus had to redeem himself. Not all people who claim to follow Jesus truly confess Him. This is important because John 17.3 says And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.

Sound Doctrine is Edifying

Some people say because sound practice is important, sound doctrine is not. The truth of the matter is, sound doctrine leads to sound practice. Lies manifest themselves in Sin. In fact, Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden believing in the lie of the Serpent over believing the truth of God, And the serpent said to the woman, You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3.4-6)

Solomon knew that knowledge was vitally important, for he said, it is not good for a person to be without knowledge (Proverbs 19.2) The New Testament also says lies lead to sin. instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Tim 1.3-5)

This idea is repeated in 1 Thessalonians 4:5 where we are told to abstain from lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God. Sin was the result of people not knowing God.

Paul the Apostle went into great detail on lies leading to sin in Romans 1:21-31.
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them.
25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful

Not only does the Bible tell us that lies lead to sin, it also tells us that the truth leads to righteousness. Paul said that the gospel, which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit (Col 1:5-6). This is why Jesus said you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32) It is common these days to say right living is the important thing, while right, doctrine is irrelevant. This view ignores the fact that sin entered the world because Eve believed a lie. False doctrine leads to false practice, as untruth leads to sin. Therefore it is important not only to avoid false doctrine, but teach and practice the teachings of Jesus.

The Antichrist

There are only a few verses in the Bible about the Antichrist.

1 John 2.18 says many antichrists have arisen, so there is not just one Antichrist. The verse also associated the Antichrist with the last hour.

1 John 2.22 says the Antichrist is he who denies Jesus is the Christ. Christ means anointed, and Jesus was anointed prophet, priest, and king. A king has a throne, dominion, laws, rulers, and a capitol city, not to mention subjects.

Most people deny that Jesus will be a real ruler of a real nation. In doing this, they are the Antichrists. Not only will Jesus rule a real nation, he will be king of the Jews. An angel told Mary, He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end. (Luke 1:32-33) Jesus agreed with this, telling the apostles when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matt 19:28).

The most popular, (and incorrect) view of the Antichrist is that he will set himself up as King of Israel. Thus we see that many people who claim to be Christian will mistake Jesus for the Antichrist! The belief that the antichrist comes to reign in Israel comes from confusing the Beast in Revelation with the Antichrist. However, no Scripture says that the Beast and the Antichrist are the same. In fact the word Antichrist does not appear in the book of Revelation at all. Some Bible footnotes confuse the Beast and the Antichrist, but these footnotes are not of divine inspiration and only the opinion of man.

1 John 2:22 also says the Antichrist denies Jesus is the Christ. Some people say God is a Trinity, while others say He is a Unity only. Those who are wrong are Antichrists. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.(2 John 7) Jesus means Savior. but whom does He save? Did He save himself also? Why is it necessary for Jesus to save? Christ means anointed, but why was Jesus anointed? The saying Jesus was come in the flesh, means He was tempted with sin. Not all Christians believe this, and are hence Antichrists. 1John 4:3 makes the same point, saying every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

It is obvious from reading the pages of the Bible that it is critical to be of sound doctrine. Salvation depends on an understanding of God’s nature. (John 17:3) Those who do not understand this are Antichrist. Also, an improper understanding of the Antichrist may lead one to reject Jesus when he returns.

Conclusion

It is amazing that so many people do not see the importance of sound doctrine. An improper understanding of the Antichrist may lead one to reject Jesus when He returns. The Apostasy is to come out of Rome, as the Roman Catholic Church does. Confessing Jesus means speaking the same things about Him. Sanctification, sanctify, and holy, all mean set apart. The Gospel includes far more than knowledge of the cross of Christ, and sound doctrine leads to sound practice. The story of Cain and Abel symbolically shows why sound doctrine is important. The Bible calls kings who are sound in teaching and deed good kings. No matter how you look at it, doctrine is important.

The main reason this teaching is rejected by so many people these days is it is a fad to believe otherwise. However, Jesus said, the road to destruction is broad because most people believe what is fashionable to endorse.

The Antichrist

The Antichrist

(All quotations are from the NASB Bible.)

There are only a few verses in the Bible about the Antichrist. 1 John 2:18 says many antichrists have come, so there is not just one Antichrist. The verse also associates the Antichrist with the last days.

1 John 2:22 says the Antichrist is a liar who denies Jesus is Christ. Christ means anointed, and Jesus was anointed prophet, priest, and king. A king has a throne, dominion, laws, rulers, and a capital city, not to mention subjects. Most people deny Jesus will be a real ruler of a real nation, and in doing this they are Antichrist.

Not only will Jesus rule a real nation, he will be king of the Jews. An angel told Mary, “He will be great, and will be called the ‘Son of the Most High’, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:32-33) Jesus agreed with this, telling His Apostles, “..when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:29) The most popular view of the Antichrist is that he will set himself up as king of Israel. Thus we see that many people who claim to be Christian will mistake Jesus for the Antichrist.

The belief that the Antichrist comes to reign in Israel comes in part from confusing the Beast and the Antichrist. However, no scripture says the Beast and the Antichrist are the same. In fact, the word Antichrist does not appear In Revelation at all. Some Bible footnotes confuse the Beast with the Antichrist, but these footnotes are not of divine inspiritation, they are merely the opinion of man.

1 John 2:22 also says the Antichrist denies the Father and the Son. Some people say God is a trinity, while others say He is a unity only. Those who are wrong are Antichrist.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 7) Jesus means Savior, but whom does He save? Did He save Himself also? Christ means anointed, but why was Jesus anointed?

The saying that Jesus was come in the flesh means He was temped with sin. Not all Christians believe this, and they are hence antichrists. 1 John 4:3 makes similar points saying,”…every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now is already in the world.”

It is obvious from reading the pages of the Bible that it is crucial to be sound in doctrine. Salvation depends on an understanding of God’s nature. (John 17:3) Those who do not understand this are antichrists. Also, an improper understanding of the Antichrist will lead many to reject Jesus when he returns.

House On The Rock

House On The Rock

(All quotations are from the New American Standard Bible)

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock…and everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.” What is the difference between building your house on the rock or on the sand?

Jesus is speaking symbolically here. A house symbolizes a church. (Col. 4:15, Acts 2:46) The rock is a figure of Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4) Because man was made from the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7) sand represents the teaching of man.

There is a big difference between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of mankind. Rock does not change and thus symbolizes Jesus, who is the same for all time. (Heb. 13:8) In contrast to this, sand shifts with the tide the way the views of mankind shift to whatever is popular at the moment.

Most doctrinal error in the Bible came from trying to be like worldly people, or building the house on the sand. IN the Old Testament, false religion was in the form of idol worship, which was the error of the surrounding peoples. The two main fals teachings in the New Testament were the doctrine of the Judiazers, who pandered to the Jews who did not accept Jesus: and the Gnostic error, which tried to bend the gospel so it would appeal to non-Jewish unbelievers.

A lot of present day false teacing amounts to building the house on the sand, or appealing to the tastes of non-Christians. These heresies include acceptance of sleeping around, and the gay lifestyle, belief in evolution, and views on the role of women. When people say, “You can’t believe that: this is the 21st century!” They are building their house on the sand.

It is to be noted that most literal houses are built on sand, like many churches consider God to have a 21st century way of looking at things. Jesus actually predicted this in Matthew 7:13-14. “Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, adn the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” Will you build your house on th erock or on the sand?