Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith
by David J. Stewart
There are certain foundational doctrines upon which Christianity is based, which if a person denies or questions—they are simply NOT saved. Here are some of the major teachings of Christianity:
- The Godhead
- The Deity of Jesus Christ
- The Sinfulness of Mankind
- The Literal Blood Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
- The Virgin Birth
- The Sinless Life of Jesus Christ
- The Existence of a Literal Hell with Fire
- The Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Anyone who questions or denies these Biblical truths is unsaved, never having been born-again, and will die in their sins and go to Hell if they don't repent. Note: All of the following Scriptures are quoted from the King James Bible.
Numerous false religions deny the Biblical doctrine of the Godhead; including the Jehovah's Witness, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Scientology, Freemasonry and Judaism. Despite modern corruption to the Word of God by removing all mention of the “Godhead,” the trustworthy King James Bible makes 3 references to the Godhead (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9). Critics of the Godhead doctrine claim that the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. What they fail to mention is that the word “Godhead” is found in the Bible, i.e., if you have a reliable Bible that hasn't been corrupted by Satan.
There were Bible-corrupters way back in the Old Testament, just as there are still today, “...ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God” (Jeremiah 23:36). The doctrine of the Godhead did not originate in pagan religion as some heretics claim. It was the unsaved world that imitated the Godhead. Long before the first false religion formed God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...” (Genesis 1:26). And so it was.
The Bible teaches that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4); but the Bible also teaches that God has manifest Himself to mankind as a Godhead, i.e., God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is clearly seen in many Scriptures; such as Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” And again in Colossians 2:9 we read, “For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” The Godhead became incarnate and walked this earth in the fleshly body of the Lord Jesus Christ (1st Timothy 3:16). Anyone who denies the doctrine of the Godhead is NOT saved.
THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST
The Bible proclaims that Jesus Christ is Almighty God (John 1:1-3,14; John 10:33; Colossians 2:9; 1st Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:8). The Jehovah's Witnesses' false religion claim that Jesus is a god, but not Almighty God. In Revelation 1:8, Jesus claimed to be The Almighty... “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Despite the hordes of religious churchgoers who praise the “reverend” Martin Luther King Jr., he openly denied the Godhead, the Virgin Birth and the Deity of Jesus Christ in his writings. King was NO Christian. Anyone who questions or denies that Jesus Christ is Almighty God is not a Christian. Tragically, there are many professed “Christians” nowadays who deny the Deity of Jesus Christ. They are imposters, unsaved heretics, who are properly called “Modernists.”
THE SINFULNESS OF MANKIND
The Bible tells us in 1st John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The Bible proclaims in Romans 3:10-23 that all men are sinners. There's only one human being, born of a Virgin, Who never sinned, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Apart from Christ, all mankind has sinned. We are all GUILTY of violating God's holy Law, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
Oh listen my friend, you and I are so wicked that if it weren't for God's loving hand of mercy, the ground would immediately open and swallow us into hellfire beneath, where we deserve to be punished for our sins. Anyone who claims to have shortcomings and faults; but denies their sinfulness and guilt before God, is NOT saved. The very work of repentance requires an admittance of one's guilt before God for violating His holy Law.
THE LITERAL BLOOD SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST
One of the saddest commentaries of American churches today is that thousands of pastors look up to Dr. John MacArthur for mentoring. MacArthur teaches the same hellish false doctrine as R.B. Thieme Jr. that Jesus' literal blood has no saving power; but rather, that the blood is only significant in that it represents Christ's death on the cross. MacArthur and Thieme teach that Jesus' physical blood soaked into the ground and Calvary and stayed there. This is NOT what the Word of God teaches. Hebrews 9:12 states, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Jesus took His shed blood with Him to appear before the Father in Heaven, just as the Old Testament highpriest did once a year, applying the lamb's blood upon the mercyseat in the Holy of Holies. The Blood Had to Be Applied.
There is NO doctrine any more dear to the heart of God, nor more critically important, than the efficacy (saving power) of the literal, physical, precious blood of Jesus Christ... “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” The Bible doesn't say we were redeemed by the death of Jesus (although the death of Jesus is certainly a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith); the Bible says we were redeemed by the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST. It is utter heresy for any preacher to question or deny the saving, redeeming power of Jesus' physical blood. John MacArthur is an unsaved Modernist.
From Abel's blood sacrifice in Genesis to the saints washed in the blood of the Lamb in Revelation, the Bible proclaims the importance of the Blood Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Please read, The Importance of the Blood.
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Anyone who denies or questions whether Jesus was born without an earthly father is unsaved. Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23 proclaims that a virgin would bring forth the Christ child. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit performed a divine miracle, which caused Mary to give birth to God's Son. Contrary to the teachings of the sex-perverted Mormon religion, God did NOT have any physical relations with Mary.
The Biblical doctrine of the Virgin Birth is significant, because if Jesus had a human father, then He would have inherited man's sin-nature and couldn't have been the perfect Lamb of God to take away our sins. Jesus had the flesh of mankind, through the line of Mary; but He did NOT have an earthly father. Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16), making Him God Himself. The Bible tells us in Acts 20:28 that God has purchased the church by His own blood, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Amen!
The Virgin Birth is a critical Biblical doctrine, which every believer confirms. Martin Luther King Jr. openly denied Jesus' Virgin Birth, which clearly evidences that King was not a born-again believer.
THE SINLESS LIFE OF CHRIST
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ never sinned, not even once (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus never said, did or thought something sinful. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God (1st Peter 1:18-19). “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
Only an unsaved God-hater would dare portray Jesus Christ as a sinner; such as The DaVinci Code book and movie, which claim that Jesus Christ had a secret affair with Mary Magdalene and fathered children by her. It is utter wickedness and blasphemy against God. Movies such as Jesus Christ Superstar and The Last Temptation of Christ are blasphemous and attack the character of the Lord Jesus Christ and His deity. Anyone who questions or denies the sinlessness of Jesus Christ is not saved.
THE EXISTENCE OF A LITERAL HELL WITH FIRE
Only an unrepentant sinner, who has never realized one's guilt of sin and much deserved penalty of Hell, would deny the existence of such a place. We hear much talk nowadays from apostate ecumenical groups about God's love; but they ignore God's holiness that demands justice. The Bible speaks of God's love over 100 times; but of God's holiness over 700 times. God is indeed a loving God; but He is also a holy God. God's holiness demands punishment against sin, which is why He sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay for our sins, so that we could be redeemed from the curse of the Law and have eternal life.
We all deserve to be punished in Hell for our sins (Romans 6:23). It is popular nowadays for people to admit they have faults and shortcomings; but then deny that they have sinned in any way. Sin is a Biblical term, and the unbelieving world doesn't recognize the term. Look at any dictionary of modern psychology and you WON'T find the term “sin,” because the unsaved heathen world doesn't view themselves as being guilty or sinful. This is why modern psychology is inherently flawed, and messed up, because they attempt to diagnose why people do the horrible things they do without taking into consideration the fact of sin. The world is in the mess it is because of man's greed, hate and love for sin.
Many people today think this temporal earth is hell. They foolishly deny the existence of a Biblical Hell where Christ-rejecters who die in their sins will suffer for eternity (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9). Whether you believe the Bible is God's Word or not is irrelevant to the reality of Hell. You will go to Hell if you die in your sins. Wouldn't you rather die in the Lord and go to Heaven, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” You can either die in your sins and go to Hell, or you can die in the Lord and go to Heaven—the choice is solely yours to make.
THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
The Bible defines the Gospel in basic terms of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). The religion of Islam denies all 3 of these Biblical doctrines. Islam falsely teaches that Jesus was kidnapped and someone else died in His place. Islam falsely teaches that God has no Son. Thus, Islam and Biblical Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other.
Interestingly, numerous false religions do hold to these basic tenets of the Christian faith, which causes much confusion and misleads many people to join their false cults. The Biblical Gospel also EXCLUDES all forms of self-righteousness. This is where Roman Catholics go amuck, by mandating that their church members keep the Seven Sacraments in order to be saved. That is unbiblical. A person cannot be saved by self-righteousness, which is commonly termed “Works Salvation.”
Howbeit, we know of a certainty that anyone who denies the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a born-again believer.
THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
The Bible teaches that Jesus rose BODILY from the grave and was physically seen by over 500 witnesses (1st Corinthians 15:6). Acts 1:9,11 tell us, “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight . . . Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Jehovah's Witnesses falsely teach that Jesus only rose in spirit. This is unbiblical. The Bible teaches that Jesus rose physically, and Thomas even touched His wounds (John 20:27).
This is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, for if Jesus did not rise bodily, then the Scriptures are lying and we have no hope. Unlike Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad and other religious icons, Jesus Christ is still alive. If you were to look into the graves of every religious leader throughout history, you'll find their corpse; but Jesus' tomb is empty praise God!!! The Bible says that Jesus is coming again, and He will return BODILY at the Second Coming (Acts 1:11).
John 8:32,36, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free ... If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
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