FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE
There are five fundamentals of the faith which are essential for
Christianity, and upon which we agree:
The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews
The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).
The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, 5:9; Ephesians 1:7;
The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4,
The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Romans
15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).
And those who disagree with any of the above doctrines are not Christians
at all. Rather, they are the true heretics.
So disagreements are perfectly acceptable within the confines of
Christianity, because our salvation does not hinge upon doctrines other
than the above five.
But if some deny even one of the five fundamentals mentioned above, they
have departed from the faith, "giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1). By denying the above scriptural
doctrines, they have heaped to themselves "teachers, having itching
ears" (2 Timothy 4:3); thereby even "denying the Lord that bought
them" (2 Peter 2:1). These are the true heretics, who are preaching
"another Jesus", according to 2 Corinthians 11:4:
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
And later in this same chapter, Paul refers to these people as the
ministers of Satan, in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself
is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if
his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose
end shall be according to their works.
So, please - if you take offense to differences in lesser doctrines, don't
think that we are condemning you as unbelievers or heretics. Nothing could
be further from the truth. As long as you hold to the five fundamentals of
the faith, you may join the debate. And together, we shall reprove the
unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
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