Important Clarifications Concerning Our
Foundational Beliefs and Theology
Rock of Offence Special Commentary
Some visitors have asked that we provide more information
about our affliations and beliefs concerning salvation and
the Bible. the comments below are taken from one of our
responses and should answer many of these questions.
The main focus of our website is the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. However, that also requires us to address the many erroneous Christian teachings that rejects the Grace principles of the New Covenant, yet continues to claim that they represent the truth of God's Word.
Due to the current distress in the institutional church, some ministries and preachers are choosing to be independent and "non-denominational" (or non-affiliated). We take this same approach. It is not too different than the early itinerant preachers, who used to travel and preach the gospel in various localities. Some of the most popular preachers in church history were essentially "non-affiliated" because God specifically called them to address and confront the unbiblical teachings of the "official church" of the time. Unfortunately, history seems to be repeating itself. Many church organizations and denominations (but not all) will pressure all ministries within their sphere of influence to conform to their theology. Sometimes, this effort is empowered by out-of-context Scripture, which corrupts God's original intentions. The ever-growing practice of misapplying God’s Word, which makes it appear that God says things that He does not say, is one reason Christians are now exiting traditional churches. These believers are often referred to as "unchurched Christians" and many are spiritually (and emotionally) devastated by their experience. This writer was one of them over thirty years ago.
Contrary to popular opinion, an "unchurched Christian" is not necessarily someone "out of God's will". Various kinds of wrong doctrines and teachings are now flooding into all denominations and ministries within the world-wide institutional Christian church. Since many of God's people are not hearing "the voice of the good Shepherd" (Jesus Christ) from church leadership, they express their disapproval in the only way they can; by leaving.
This action on the part of God's
people is perfectly in line with
His will and totally Scriptural
for the following reasons:
Jesus said; "My sheep hear My voice" - and that "His sheep will flee from the voice of a stranger" (John 10:1-5 and John 10:27-28). Notice that the decision to flee (or leave) in this situation rests entirely on "His sheep who hear His voice" - and not on the voice of the clergy or church leadership. Often it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who is calling His people away from spiritually harmful and toxic teaching, which is based on a dangerous misapplication of Scripture. After the cross, the Apostle Paul makes a similar statement to all believers concerning their responsibility to give primary obedience to God's voice and leadings ;
"FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE SONS OF GOD. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15 - Emphasis Added)
The Apostle John tells us that all
believers are now "the sons of God"
as a result of the cross.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we (believers in Christ) should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (Jesus Christ) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:1-2 - Emphasis and Clarifications Added)
The ongoing church exodus in America is not necessarily a national decline in Christianity as some are saying. It's more of a shift from institutional church attendance to small group fellowships and home churches (or other non-denominational fellowships that are preaching truth). This is generally the same way the early church operated. But, it is often rejected and maligned by organized religion that loses financial support and political influence as a result.
From God's perspective, attending an official church organization or a particular denomination never validates anyone as "a true Christian".
Since there is such a surge of erroneous Bible teaching impacting the institutional Christian Church, we understand the need to describe the tenants of our faith and ministry. The following information is taken from an article on our website, which outlines the Biblical foundation for our writings and studies. We also provide a page that goes into more detail about our "core beliefs", which is available HERE.
The following excerpt (with some added
modifications) is taken from our
commentary available HERE.
Christian Orthodoxy is sub-divided into over 2200 different denominations and groups. This problem is a testimonial to the church’s inability to agree on the teachings of the Bible. It's no mystery why the world rejects God. Yet, when writing commentaries such as this one, I see why we are hopelessly divided. These issues will never be resolved until Jesus Christ returns. Since there are so many divisions and groups, there must be a method to distinguish between all the different beliefs. The following is a list of our beliefs in common theological terms.
The Rock of Offence ministry is :
EVANGELICAL: Since the early days of the Protestant Reformation (and even as far back as the first century) an unbiblical salvation doctrine began to corrupt and dominate the institutional Christian Church. It essentially teaches the following; In order to receive Christian salvation from God an individual must first "clean up their life", repent from all sin and commit their life to Godly obedience and conduct. Yet, according to the New Testament Scriptures, this is actually an impossible precondition to satisfy. It strips a believer of the ability to have any "assurance of salvation" and places them in a state of intense fear and doubt. Dealing with personal sin (often called repentance) is necessary for the right reasons. However, the New Testament teaches that this act is not a prerequisite for obtaining our initial salvation (receiving God's gift of eternal life). We are instructed to “believe on Jesus Christ and be saved” regardless of the spiritual condition we are in at the time. This is clearly outlined in Romans 6:23, Romans 10:8-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 5:9-13, Romans 3:24-26 and Romans 5:18-21.
Our Heavenly Father, through His indwelling Holy Spirit, only begins to deal with personal sin and other character issues in the believer's life after salvation is received (the Bible calls it sanctification). Otherwise, eternal life as "the unmerited gift of God" becomes nonsensical. The Evangelical movement generally came into existence to confront popular, yet misleading forms of theology, which redefines Christ's unmerited and undeserved Grace-based salvation - into a works and merit-based system of religion. This counterfeit religious system, which also calls itself "Christianity”, is condemned in Paul's New Testament "Epistles to the Church". The Evangelical movement's early roots is found in the ministries of such men as George Whitfield (1714–1770), John Wesley (1703-1791), D.L. Moody (1837–1899), R.A. Torrey (1856-1928), Dr. Harry Ironside (1876-1951), William R. Newell (1868-1956), Billy Sunday (1862-1935), Chuck Smith (1927-2013), Jack Hayford (1934-*), Chuck Swindoll (1934-*), - and most notably; Dr. Billy Graham (born in 1917 and still alive at the time of this writing). This listing is not exhaustive and leaves out many other names. The movement's theme is based on the hymn "Just as I Am" written by Charlotte Elliott in 1835. It is estimated that the Evangelical movement has changed the lives of billions of people the world over and is specifically designed to be non-denominational in nature.
TRINITARIAN: Scripture teaches that God exists in three personages; The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The "three-in-one" existence of God is often referred to as "The Trinity".
DISPENSATIONAL: The Bible consists of 7 unique dispensations or administrations. Two of these are major administrations, which dominate both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. They are; the dispensation of Old Testament Law -- and the dispensation of the Grace of God (established by the New Covenant). Mixing these two administrations together (as practiced by most churches and denominations) creates a very deceptive "works-based salvation" established on the Law (also known as meritorious salvation), which is rejected by our Heavenly Father after the cross. Meritorious salvation is a foundational doctrine within Roman Catholicism and countless expressions of Christian fundamentalism. The Apostle Paul commanded that God's Word is to be "rightly (or correctly) divided" to avoid this dangerous error (2 Timothy 2:15). Since they share the same goals and objectives, "rightly dividing God's Word" and the more modern theological term "Dispensationalism" are often used interchangeably.
FULL GOSPEL: Scripture teaches that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an empowerment (Jesus called it "an enduement of power from on high" in Luke 24:49), which is generally received only after an individual is saved. It is not to be confused with the "sealing of the Holy Spirit", which occurs at our initial salvation, when the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the believer (Ephesians 1:13-14). Both impartations can occur at the same time in unique situations. Yet, the pattern in the New Testament indicates that they are two separate events. A ministry that carries the "Full Gospel" designation correctly believes that all nine "gifts of the Holy Spirit" (listed in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11) continue to operate in the Church of Jesus Christ today. All of these gift ministries, used by the Holy Spirit to properly govern the Church, continue until the Church Age ends at the rapture.
PRE-TRIBULATIONAL: Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ bore all of the believer's judgment for sin (past-present-future) at the cross. As a result, His redemptive act exempts the Church (and all its true believing members) from the future time of God's global judgment known as the Tribulation, which is 7 years in length. In his Epistles to the Thessalonians", Paul describes how God removes His entire Church from the earth (they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) shortly before this global judgment begins. Contrary to popular church teaching, the rapture is not a reward for good works, righteous behavior or Christian service. Jesus called it "an escape" and Paul gives more detail by referring to it as the Church's exemption and rescue from God's wrath and judgment against the world's sin (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10).
PRE-MILLENNIAL: We believe in the New Testament teaching that the 1000 year (millennial) reign of Jesus Christ on the earth is a literal Divine administration, which only officially begins after Christ's Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation period. However, another theology known as Amillennialism currently dominates both the Catholic and Protestant sides of the institutional church. Simply understood, it falsely teaches that we are currently in "the millennium of God" (not considered to be a literal 1000 year period of time); and that Jesus Christ is governing it from heaven - not the earth. Amillennialism is part of a theology introduced by the 4th century Roman Catholic theologian Augustine, also known as "the Father of Amillennial Theology". Over the years it has become an accepted "foundational doctrine of the church", which was brought into the Protestant Reformation by prominent preachers, such as John Calvin. Church history reveals that Calvin was a devoted disciple of Augustine. It is why many Protestant congregations today continue to embrace the misleading theology of Amillennialism. It corrupts countless church teachings, which are said to originate from the Bible.
We are "Dispensational" in our interpretation of Scripture. God's major dispensations of Promise, Law and Grace didn't just start out of thin air. He didn't just decide one day, "I think I'll start a new dispensation of Grace". The Scriptures teach that each dispensation (or administration) is initiated by a blood covenant. The dispensations of Promise, Law and Grace each begin with a unique and physical blood covenant. Don't confuse this position with the teaching of Covenant Theology. They may look similar, but they are very different. One of our purposes is to reveal what Jesus did on the cross in the light of the historic and cultural institution of the blood covenant and its principles. It is not related to Covenant (or Reformed) Theology.
These unique dispensations and the blood covenants that govern their operation provide the reasons why Israel can never be the Church and the Church can never be "the new Israel". Covenant theologians (also known as "Reformed theologians") believe Israel is divinely cursed and eternally rejected from God's program. We see from the Scriptures (specifically the epistles of Saint Paul) that God is not finished with Israel (Rom. 11:25-36). Very soon this present dispensation of Grace will end with the departure (or the catching away) of the New Testament Church (1 Thess. 4:16-17). After this event, Israel will be at the center of God's purposes once again during a seven-year period known as "The Tribulation" (also known as "Jacob's Trouble"). During this time Saint Paul declares that "all of Israel will be saved".
End of Excerpt
A Final Thought. . .
Dr. Billy Graham Speaks of the
"Church within the Church"
I have a friend who was called to be the pastor of a rather large church. When I asked him how he liked his new responsibility, he replied, “I haven’t found the church yet. And if I don’t find it within a year, I am going to leave.”
Almost every minister will agree that there is a church within the church—that group of people, OFTEN A MINORITY, in almost every congregation who have personally met the living Christ and can never be the same again. The word church comes from a Greek word, ecclesia. This is from a verb meaning “to call out.” The church is composed of all those true believers from Pentecost onward who are united together in Christ. The Bible teaches that we are the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23). As such, the true church is a holy temple for the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).
Therefore, within the vast complexities, bureaucracies, organizations and institutions of Christendom there exists the true Body of Christ. The members of this true Body are, for the most part, known only to God. They are the ones who have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27). They are scattered in all denominations, AND MANY ARE IN NO DENOMINATION AT ALL. They are the “called-out” ones. It is this church within the church against which Christ promised the gates of hell would never prevail (Matthew 16:18).
Quoted from BGEA Decision Magazine's
Article; "Billy Graham’s Challenge for
a Floundering Church". Complete article
is available HERE
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One of our ministry goals is to draw attention to an
error, which has been in existence since the first
century and now travels under countless names and
labels. We often refer to it by its generic name
of "Christian or Bible fundamentalism". However, there
are other preachers, churches and ministries, who also
refer to themselves as "fundamentalist" and actively
work to expose this same error because of its ability
to lead believers astray in their faith. The following
is an explanation that clarifies this often confusing
use of names and labels?
The many denominations and church groups that oppose the Apostle Paul's command to "rightly (or correctly) divide God's Word" (2 Timothy 2:15) also tend to fall in the popular “anti-grace” camp. We sometimes use these two closely related descriptions interchangeably in our commentaries because they are often part of the same general group of church leaders and their followers. The term "Christian and Bible fundamentalism" (or simply the word "fundamentalist") is used to describe the group's majority, who support this unbiblical way of interpreting the Bible. However, there are also those, who call themselves "fundamentalists" - BUT REJECT THIS "MAJORITY VIEW" - AND KEEP THE SAME NAME. The Rock of Offence ministry is in the latter group. A Christian "fundamentalist" is simply an individual, ministry or church that believes and practices the basic truths and principles of the Christian faith. However, like so many things in the world of religion, there is both a right and a wrong way of defining these fundamentals.
The rather large and diversified group within the world-wide organizational church that refuses to "rightly (or correctly) divide" the Scriptures possesses an erroneous view of the Bible, which results in defining the fundamentals incorrectly. However, they continue to identify themselves as “Christian fundamentalists". Part of the massive confusion that exists in the institutional Church revolves around two or more different types of theology (and their related support groups), which exist under the same name. We see it in churches that claim to preach "the Gospel of Jesus Christ". Yet, the apostle Paul warned that there is both an authentic "Gospel of Jesus Christ" and a "different (or counterfeit) Gospel of Jesus Christ" taught in the church. When two or more different doctrines or groups use the same name, it becomes impossible to discern the authentic from the counterfeit unless you closely examine what's being taught. This entire examination process, which includes judging whether you possess the correct kind of Bible faith, carries unthinkable eternal consequences. Why? Contrary to popular beliefs, God does not accept nor honor the counterfeit (regardless of how "Biblical" it sounds) and your good intentions in this area do not count. Because of this spiritually lethal situation, Paul gave the following warning to the Church;
"EXAMINE YOURSELVES AS TO WHETHER
YOU ARE IN THE FAITH.
Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that
Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you
are disqualified." (2 Corinthians 13:5)
In his "Epistles to the Church" (which includes all believers today), Paul speaks about the importance of any minister of Jesus Christ to "rightly (or correctly) divide God's Word". However, at the same time, we must also ask ourselves what it means when church leaders and their followers fail to "rightly divide the Word" - and teach it "undivided".
It was interpreting and teaching the Scriptures "undivided", which produced the heresy Paul constantly worked to expose in the various congregations under his care. As we often remind our readers, it was this same error that nearly destroyed the Galatian Church and forced Paul to write his, "Epistle to the Galatians". If we fail to "rightly divide" God's Word, we are ignoring (and abusing) the Bible’s context, mixing Scriptures and programs together, WHICH GOD SPECIFICALLY WARNED - SHOULD NOT BE MIXED. In this instance, it is Old Testament Law being mixed with the New Testament Grace of Jesus Christ. The New Testament warns that this practice represents a serious error because it redefines Christian salvation into something God never intended. Unfortunately, it is found among a majority of Bible-believing Christians and those who refer to themselves as a "fundamentalist".
Throughout our studies and commentaries, we use various names and labels to describe those who oppose Paul's instruction, and, as a result, teach this misleading theology. They often tell their audience that their message is God's original theology of the Bible. These names and labels include ;
- Treadmill religion
- Pharisaical religion and theology
- Christian Legalism
- The Galatian Error
- Being Galatianized
- Lordship salvation and theology
- The Jesus plus works gospel
- Discipleship and Shepherding theology
- Many types of Messianic Judaism
- Jewish Roots Movement theology
- Another Jesus
- A Different Gospel
- Meritorious salvation
- The Judaized gospel
- Biblical theology
- Biblical Christianity
- Covenant theology
- Reformed theology
- Calvinsim - and "New Calvinism"
- Liberal theology
- Many expressions of Christian fundamentalism
A shocking number of Protestant churches and denominations (but, thankfully not all) use this forbidden method of handling the Scriptures. However, it is also used by the Roman Catholic Church, once again, under different names and labels.
Some of our commentaries and studies may be perceived
as offensive to the religious beliefs of some readers.
It is not our desire to be divisive or controversial.
However, one of the characteristics of God's Word is
to correct religious misconceptions in order to place
us in alignment with His will and purposes. Since we
practice our ministry by strictly adhering to what the
Scriptures teach - or by allowing God's Word to "define
Itself" - offense is unavoidable. The following is a
brief explanation of our position.
"ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, for instruction in righteousness, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
One of the objectives of our commentaries and studies is to confront common misconceptions and aberrant beliefs, which are easily found in today's Christian Church. This is a controversial, but necessary aspect of our Bible-based ministry. For the casual reader, our writings may appear to stereotype all churches and their leadership in a negative light, which is not our desire or intention. To keep the size of our articles from spiraling out of control, we try to limit our attention to the issues and warnings emphasized by both Jesus Christ and the early apostles in the New Testament. We do not oppose Godly leaders, church groups, congregations and movements that follow the principles of Christ’s New Covenant in the Bible. It is not our goal to paint every situation with a wide negative brush. However, Jesus warned, as we get closer to the end of the age, that there would be many false and misleading expressions of Christianity along with the deceptive leaders that govern these religious organizations (Jesus called them "wolves in sheep's clothing"). This rather large world-wide diversified group is often referred to as "Christians in name only". As a result, our writings are not exclusively aimed at the minor "fringe" groups that practice and teach aberrant doctrine. We also present warnings from Scripture aimed at many of the hidden and toxic beliefs (some have existed since the first century) often found in mainstream denominations, churches and groups. As a result, these beliefs have now become trusted Christian doctrine and theology, which ensnares literally millions of professing Christians without their knowledge.
Our writings also address some of the rather vicious and violent disagreements found in the Bible, which existed between the Old Testament Jewish religion of Judaism and Christ's New Covenant Church. These differences are taken directly from Scripture to illustrate some of the emotional difficulties facing the churches established by the Apostle Paul - and the organized opposition against the Gospel of Christ in the first century. This opposition continues to exist today under various Biblical-sounding names and labels. In these writings, it may appear to the casual reader that we are "anti-Semitic" and oppose the Jewish people. If this is the reader's perception, it is not correct. We do not oppose, but support the Jewish people. We view the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy for the end times. We completely agree with Israel's right to live in the land that God promised to give them through an everlasting covenant with Abraham in the early pages of Genesis. This does not necessarily mean that we agree with all decisions or actions of their government. We align our beliefs with Paul's New Testament teachings; that this end-time return to their covenant land, promised in the Bible, is the event that must take place before God begins to draw them back to Himself shortly before the Second Coming of Christ.
"I say then, hath God cast away his people (The Jews)? GOD FORBID. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. GOD HATH NOT CAST AWAY HIS PEOPLE WHICH HE FOREKNEW." (Romans 11:1-2 - Emphasis Added)
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you (Christian believers living today) should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. AND SO ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED….” (Romans 11:25-26 - Emphasis Added)
In the New Testament, the kind of Grace, which governs the
obtaining (and keeping) of salvation is defined as God's
unmerited and undeserved favor. However, many sectors of
the organized Church (but thankfully not all) do violence
to the Sriptures by redefining this New Covenant core
provision into something entirely different. Additional
insights into this common distortion are available HERE.
We do not teach or support what is known as "Covenant
theology" (an alternate name used for Reformed theology
and various flavors of Calvinism) on this website and
in our commentaries.
In addition to many other problems - what's known as Covenant theology tends to restrict the Holy Scriptures into what it calls, “the covenant of works and the covenant of grace”. In our various commentaries, we deliberately limit our discussion to the two major covenant programs of the Bible; the Old Covenant of the Law and Christ's New Covenant of Grace. Since the names appear to be the same or similar, many readers might get the idea that we're teaching a version of Covenant or Reformed theology. However, this common perception is not correct. As we study the Scriptures, we find that the Apostle Paul also puts a special emphasis on these same two covenant administrations or programs. For example, in Galatians 4:21-31, Paul is discussing the differences between Old Testament Law and New Testament Grace. In verse 24 Paul makes the following statement :
"FOR THESE ARE THE TWO COVENANTS . . ."
In Hebrews 8:6-13, Paul uses similar wording. But, instead of calling these programs "the two covenants", he refers to them as "the first covenant" and "the second covenant". The first covenant (understood as the Mosaic Law) is the one given to Israel at Mount Sinai discussed in Galatians 4:21-31. The second covenant is the one given to the Church and initiated by Jesus Christ at the cross (the New Covenant). Paul is focusing our attention on the two major programs that dominate the Bible. One is based in the Old Testament and the other in the New Testament. In order to alert the reader that the Holy Scriptures are divided into these two radically different programs, the Bible translators clearly inserted an Old Testament/New Testament separation page(s) in our Bible. (Note: This division does not appear in the original ancient texts from which the Bible translations are derived) SCRIPTURE ADDRESSES MANY OTHER ISSUES AND SUBJECTS. Yet, Paul is placing an emphasis on these two prominent covenant administrations that divide the Bible. One reason for his effort is to discourage anyone from the error of mixing or merging these two programs together (a forbidden practice found within Covenant/Reformed theology and various flavors of Calvinism). It was this very practice that produced the heresy that nearly destroyed the Galatian Church. Paul fought this wrong way of handling the Scriptures for the remainder of his ministry. Yet, the doctrine survived and is now accepted as fundamental doctrine and the original "historical Christianity" by many sectors the modern-day world-wide Christian Church.
In the verses quoted from Hebrews chapter 8, a statement is made that continues to anger overly religious church members - especially many fundamentalists, who embrace the various expressions of Covenant and Reformed theology. Paul instructs the Church that Jesus is the mediator of the second covenant (or New Covenant), which was established on better promises. Paul then makes the following revolutionary statement :
The New Covenant, which is called "a better covenant"
MAKES THE FIRST COVENANT OBSOLETE.
(Note: Most theologians agree that Paul is the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews)
If Paul, who wrote nearly half of the New Testament canon, thought it was important to emphasize these two Biblical administrations and refer to them as "covenants"; so do we. Yet, readers should not think that our commentaries and studies are teaching and supporting a similar-sounding theology, WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD THEM ASTRAY IN THEIR FAITH.
THE TWO MAJOR COVENANTS PAUL IS CHOOSING
TO EMPHASIZE ARE NOT THE ONLY COVENANTS
FOUND IN SCRIPTURE.
As some Bible scholars point out, each of the 7 administrations or "ages" found in the Bible (recognized by those who understand that God designed the Bible as a dispensational book) - are established on various different covenants. The Abrahamic "covenant of promise" and the Noahic covenant (established after the great flood) are two examples. As we previously stated, Covenant theology (also known as Reformed theology and includes its close relative of Calvinism) injects much confusion into any discussion of this subject.
Additional information that may further clarify our position is available HERE.
Because our teachings focus on Christ's New Covenant
(revealed in the New Testament), some may think that
we support the practice of setting aside the Old
Testament – or completely throwing it out. If this
is your perception, it is not correct.
A major theme in the epistles of Saint Paul is how the program of Old Testament Law was fulfilled by Christ. This Divine act resulted in the setting aside and abolishment of the Law, after the New Covenant was established at the cross (Matthew 5:17, Colossians 2:13-14, Ephesians 2:11-22, Hebrews 8:6-13, Romans 7:1-6, Romans 8:2-4). Some wrongly interpret this to mean that we should "throw out" the Old Testament and only teach from the New. HOWEVER, THE MOSAIC LAW THAT PAUL REFERS TO IS ONLY PART OF WHAT IS FOUND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT SECTION OF OUR BIBLE. Historical information about the events leading up to the arrival of Jesus Christ is only found in the Old Testament. The "Covenant of Promise" that God made with Abraham in the early pages of Genesis through a "faith without works" - is the foundation for the Grace-based salvation Jesus would provide through His yet future crucifixion. The details surrounding the creation of Adam (the father of the human race) and the circumstances involving his (and his wife Eve's) fall into sin - is an important Old Testament subject that reveals why we need a Savior and Redeemer. Most of the Bible prophecies concerning various future events, which have not yet occurred, are found in the Old Testament. Major Old Testament prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah foretold of Christ's first coming to bear our sin. Many symbolic "types and shadows", which provides additional insight to the future salvation of Jesus Christ are found in the Old Testament. For these reasons and many others, arbitrarily throwing out the Old Testament is a misguided and unacceptable practice.
We believe that Scripture is inerrant only in
its original ancient languages and not necessarily
in the various modern versions and translations,
which have been found to take liberties and contain
weaknesses that can distort the original meaning
and intention of Scripture.
During the nineteenth century, the internal threat to the truth of Scripture within the Christian Church motivated scholarly men like Dr. James Strong and Dr. Robert Young to devote their whole life creating an exhaustive concordance of the Bible, including an indexed Greek to English and Hebrew to English dictionary. If the threat to the truth wasn’t real, the work of these men (and others like them) was a horrible waste of time. Yet, the threat was real. As the various Bible translations became popular, both Dr. Strong and Dr. Young (and various other Bible Scholars) feared that the church would start to accept the translations AS INERRANT (or a perfect match to the original languages). This would lead to an unhealthy and unwise dependency upon the translations that could result in distorted doctrines and teachings. Unfortunately, this is exactly what we’re seeing today. These older Bible scholars knew that the translations (yes, even the King James Version to a lesser degree) had certain weaknesses. YET, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, WHICH ARE PRESERVED IN THEIR ORIGINAL LANGUAGES, ARE INERRANT. This is why they labored to produce a cross-referencing resource that bridged this gap. They tirelessly worked night and day (without the help of computers) because they knew that the authenticity of a believer’s faith could be at risk if they failed. However, despite their best efforts, what they feared came to pass anyway.
Weaknesses in the translations create various loopholes, which allow the dangerous heresies of the first century church (such as “the different gospel and another Jesus” that Saint Paul warned about) to be reintroduced at the hands of religious leaders who take full advantage of these problems. Doctrine that was rejected and condemned by the Jerusalem apostolic council of Acts chapter 15 -- and later by Saint Paul in his epistles is now accepted by many churches and denominations within the worldwide Christian Church.
Additional information is available
at the following link:
The Truth about Bible Translations,
Inerrancy And Threats To
the Authentic Gospel
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the various hyper-links on our site, which take
visitors to a different ministry source. Additional
comments concering this common problem
are available HERE.
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