The Christian Faith
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
I call myself a believer. A Christian. On these pages, I will explain what we believe, and why. If you don’t know what you believe, why you believe it, or what you’re willing to take a stand on, then you’re liable to get caught up in false doctrines and bad theology.
Because the term “Christianity” has been so abused, it is important that I define the starting point. The perspective from which I view the world.
There is a God
- “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him I declare unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of all the earth… That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17: 23-28)
- “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets…” (Daniel 2:28)
The Bible is the word of Jehovah God
- “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” (Psalms 83:18)
- “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
You do not need to learn Koine Greek, ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, or any other dead language in order to understand the word of God
- “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” (Isaiah 28:9-11)
If you want to understand the Bible, you must ask the author, not some human scholar
- “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
- “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:” (John 16:13)
- “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
The Bible is literally true and perfect, from beginning to end
- “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:6-7)
- “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” (Romans 3:3-4)
- “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15)
- Remember this verse next time some ‘man of letters’ tells you that “there is no perfect translation.”
God is very serious about his word
- “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalms 138:2)
- “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)
God created the heaven and the earth about 6,000 years ago
- “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
- “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)
- To construct a timeline from creation using genealogical records, see Genesis chapter 5, 10, and 11. Then see Matthew 1:1-17, and Luke 3:23-38.
God created everything in six days, and rested on the seventh
- “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:11)
- Yes… It is written in stone.
- “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28)
- “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28)
God created all things through the person of Jesus Christ, for Jesus, and it is by him that everything exists
- [God] “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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.”
- NO, it is not about you. It is all about Jesus. Everything.
Jesus is God manifest in the flesh: The very Son of God
- “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)
- “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)
- “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
- that phrase “only begotten” as it refers to Jesus, is one of the most critical phrases in the Bible.
Jesus and the Bible are one and the same
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)
- “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
- And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13)
There will come a day when God will judge his creation
- “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” (2 Peter 3:10-11)
- Yes, I believe in the “big bang.” However, “science falsely so called” has it all wrong. The big bang wasn’t at the beginning… It comes at the end.
- “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works.” (Revelation 20:11-12)
- There are those who believe that they will be judged in heaven based upon the good or bad they do in this life. These people are correct. Unfortunately, God has warned them that “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
- “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:13-15)
There is only one way to escape the judgment of God
- “But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
- “And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
- “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
- “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11)
Becoming a Christian is a two-step process
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
This is what is known as a conditional statement, noted as p –> q, and read “if p then q.”
“That IF thou shalt:
- confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
- Lord: “someone having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.”
- “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my father which is in heaven.”
- Ergo, to “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,” is to declare before all men that Jesus is your master or ruler. You are pledging allegiance to a new King. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.“
- and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
- The resurrection is the defining characteristic of Christianity. “For the earnest expectation of the creature [that is us] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:19)
- “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
thou shalt be saved.”
There is a beautiful picture of this salvation process in Luke chapter 23. Jesus was crucified between two other criminals that day, one on his right, and the other on his left.
“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
This man recognized that he deserved the death he was about to receive. He had nothing to give, he could not kneel, he could not bow, he could not kiss anyone’s ring, he could not perform any good deeds, and he could not be baptized.
He was hanging, naked, on a Roman cross. Yet he confessed Jesus as Lord, and believed enough in Christ’s imminent resurrection that he asked Jesus to remember him. Because of this confession and belief, the man is in heaven today.
Jesus will save anyone. All means All.
There is no one who is beyond salvation if they will but confess and believe.
- “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.” (John 12:32-33)
- “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)
- “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
- “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Christianity is an All or Nothing Proposition
You cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible you want to accept. Either it is all true, or it is all a lie.
- “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:30)
- “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor not, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
In the video below, Josh McDowell gives a fascinating talk entitled “Who is Jesus… Really?” It is thoroughly enjoyable.