(With footnotes linking to articles to explain Why)
- About the Bible-Bibliology
The Bible is the very words that God revealed to His holy prophets to write (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). It does not contain the thoughts of men but purely God’s words (1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:20) to which the very men that inscribed the words needed to search it to obtain the truths God revealed through them (1 Pet. 1:11-12). The Scriptures has no errors – perfectly true in all it speaks of (Ps. 12:6; 119:140; Prov. 30:5; Jn. 17:17). God has providentially preserved His word through faithful men (Deut. 17:18; Prov. 25:1), has promised to preserve every letter of His word1)see “Evidence the Hebrew Vowel Point were Inspired,” http://truthwatchers.com/evidence-hebrew-vowel-points-inspired/ (Matt. 5:18; 1 Pet. 1:23; Deut. 29:29), and He has actively done so supernaturally on occasions throughout history (Ex. 34:1; Jer. 36:27-28). The perfect preservation2)see “Deistic Inspiration or Preserved Inerrancy,” http://truthwatchers.com/deistic-inspiration-preserved-inerrancy/ of God’s word is called “the immutability of his counsel” (Heb. 6:17), and is necessarily a mandatory doctrine that consistently outflows from God’s immutable nature. God’s inspired word is today found as the sixty-six books of the Bible both Old and New Testaments (Lk. 24:44; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; Heb. 9:15). The Old Testament in the Hebrew Masoretic text and the New Testament in the Greek Textus Receptus as well as every faithful translation derived from these texts carries the full authority of inspiration as the original inscripturated text (Mark 13:10; Rev. 14:6).3)see “What Makes a Reliable Bible?” http://truthwatchers.com/what-makes-a-reliable-bible-version/ The Authorized King James Version has remained preeminent for the English language. God’s Holy Word is all sufficient (2 Pet. 1:3-4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17), should be magnified (Ps. 138:2), all thoughts should be assessed according to the truth revealed therein and should never be mixed with philosophies of man (Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 4:2).4)see “Hegelian Dialectics,” http://truthwatchers.com/hegelain-dialectics/
- About the True Living God-Theology:
The one and only true living God is significantly distinct from all false “gods” in that He is described as a Triune Being, existing as one divine essence (Deut. 6:4; Mk. 12:29, 32; Jam. 2:19), yet three divine persons (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; 1 Jn. 5:7). God is self-existing (Ex. 3:14), transcendent (Gen. 1:1; Is. 42:5),5)see “Panentheism (Part 1),” http://truthwatchers.com/panentheism/, 6)see “Panentheism (Part 2),” http://truthwatchers.com/panentheism-part-2/ eternal (Deut. 33:27; 1 Tim. 1:17), Holy (Is. 6:3; Rev 4:8), immutable (Mal. 3:6), love (1 Jn. 4:8, 16), and indivisible (Jn. 5:23; 10:30; 14:9-10). His perfections are infinite. The three persons of the Trinity are co-equal and coeternal, each of Whom possesses the totality of the divine essence simultaneously while existing as separate personal manifestations, and executing distinct but harmonious offices within the Godhead (Jn. 14:16, 26; 1 Jn. 4:14).
- About the Lord Jesus Christ-Christology:
The only begotten Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has eternally co-existed with God the Father and God the Spirit (Jn. 1:1; 8:58) as one essence (Jn. 10:30), ontologically co-equal (Phil. 2:6) as the second person of the Trinity. Being miraculously conceived and birthed by a virgin (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18, 23; Lk 1:35), God the Son was manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16; Jn. 1:14), uniting divine7)see “Confirmation of Christ’s Deity,” http://truthwatchers.com/confirmation-christ-deity/ and human nature (1 Tim. 2:5; Is. 9:6). Concerning the incarnation, the Lord Jesus Christ did not “empty” Himself of any divine attributes (Col. 2:9), as some have misunderstood Phil. 2:7,8)see “Subordinationism (Part 1) An Ancient Heresy Revived,” http://truthwatchers.com/subordinationism-an-ancient-heresy-revived-part-1/ but fully retained omnipotence (Jn. 17:2; Mk. 4:39; Matt. 9:6; Lk. 4:24), omniscience (Matthew 9:4; John 2:24-25; John 16:30), and omnipresence (Jn. 3:13).9)see “Subordinationism (Part 2) Christ’s Omni-Attributes,” http://truthwatchers.com/subordinationism-part-2-christs-omni-attributes/ Submitting Himself to the will of God the Father (Jn. 8:28-29), God the Son became a man, lived perfectly sinless (Lk 23:4; Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21), performed many miracles (Jn. 20:30-31),10)see “Proof Christ Preformed Miracles,” http://truthwatchers.com/proof-christ-performed-miracles/ and died vicariously on the cross, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of our sins (Heb. 9:22; Rom 5:9; 1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 1:5; 5:9). He rose from the grave after three days and three nights (Matt. 12:40; 28:6; 1 Cor. 15:3-4) and after the resurrection He revealed Himself to more than five hundred of His disciples with many infallible proofs (Acts 1:3; 1 Cor. 15:6).11)see “Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Christ (Part 1),” http://truthwatchers.com/reasons-believe-christs-resurrection/, 12)see “Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Christ (Part 2),” http://truthwatchers.com/reasons-believe-resurrection-christ-part-2/ He ascended bodily and is now seated on the right hand of the Father as our intercessor (Acts 1:6; Heb. 10:12; 7:25), and will physically return, first to receive His saints at the rapture (Jn. 14:1-4; 1 Thess. 4:16-17), and finally to establish His millennial kingdom on earth (Zech. 12:10; Rev. 19:11-20:6).
- About the Holy Spirit-Pneumatology:
God the Holy Spirit is eternally existing coequally in union with God the Father and God the Son. As the divine and distinct third person of the Holy Trinity, He can speak (Acts 13:2), has a will (1 Cor. 12:11), can be vexed (Is. 63:10), grieved (Eph. 4:30), can be lied to (Acts 5:9), can be blasphemed (Matt. 12:31-32), and is identified as God (Acts 5:3-4). His active role has been in, but not limited to, energizing creation (Gen. 1:2), inspiring the words written by the prophets (2 Pet. 1:21), temporarily indwelt the Old Testament saints (1 Pet. 1:11; Deut. 34:9; Ezek. 3:24; Is. 63:11; Neh. 9:30), now permanently indwells and seals the New Testament saints (Eph. 1:14; 4:30; 2 Cor. 1:22; 6:16; Rom. 8:9)(this difference of indwelling distinguishes dispensations John 14:17), leads the born again believers (Rom. 8:14) by enlightening their mind to the true meaning of scriptures (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:13-14; 1 John 2:27). The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 16:7; Luke 24:49) as the agent of regeneration, to convict the world of their sin against God’s perfect law (John 16:8) and to move them towards repentance and faith (John 3:5; Titus 3:5; Acts 20:20-21). He disperses spiritual gifts to every individual Christian (1 Cor. 12:7, 11) for the edification of the local church (1 Cor. 14:5), but the contemporary Pentecostal/charismatic movement ought to be assertively rejected as the apostolic signs gifts are different (Acts 2:43; 5:12; 2 Cor. 12:12) and have ceased (1 Cor. 13:8-10), which included revelatory gifts ending when the cannon was closed13)see “Beware of the New Prophets,” http://truthwatchers.com/beware-new-prophets/ and tongues which ceased as they were meant to be a sign for the unbelieving nation of Israel during the apostolic era (1 Cor. 14:21-22).
- About Mankind-Anthropology:
Man was created directly by God at the beginning (Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6), on the sixth literal day creation (Gen. 1:26-31) as the crowning work of the creation week. Man was made in the image and likeness of God, having dominion over the animals that were created preceding him (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 9:2-3, 6).14)see “The image of God,” http://truthwatchers.com/the-image-of-god/ Man is created as a tripartite being (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12), and is unique with an everlasting soul (Matt. 25:46), conscience (Rom. 2:15; John 8:9), freewill (Rom. 7:18; Lev. 1:3; 1 Cor. 7:37) and intellect (Is. 1:18; Ps. 143:5). Adam and Eve were created in innocence but voluntarily transgressed God law (1 Tim. 2:14). Adam, not being deceived, as the head of the human race seminally transmitted sin and death to the whole of humanity (Rom. 5:12). Mankind is born sinful, not by constraint but by choice and very nature (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10-12, 23; Gal. 3:22; Is. 53:6). All of humanity is desperately in need of salvation to be restored to the proper communion with the Creator, which only by the Lord Jesus Christ can man become reconciled as a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17-18).
- About Sin-Hamartiology:
Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4), missing the mark of perfect holiness (Rom. 3:23; Jam. 2:10), or simply refusing to do good (Jam. 4:17). Satan is the originator of sin (Is. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:14-15), and tempted Adam and Eve to follow his rebellion (Gen. 3:1-6).15)see “Adam’s Fall: Is It Historical?” http://truthwatchers.com/adams-fall-historical/ By man’s deliberate disobedience, the curse of death entered God’s originally prefect creation affecting the botanical kingdom (Gen. 3:18), the animal kingdom (Gen. 3:14), all of humanity as descending from Adam (Gen. 3:16, 19); i.e. the whole creation (Rom. 8:22). The entire universe is permeated with sin, every individual is inclined to do evil continually (Gen. 6:5), inherently sinful (Jer. 17:9; Ps. 51:5). Since all our good works are tainted with sinful intentions we cannot please God (Is 64:6; Rom. 8:7-8), but God has provided the remedy through faith in the person and works of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 11:6; Eph. 2:8-10).
- About Salvation-Soteriology:
God the Father sent the only begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord to be the savior of the world as was planned before the creation of the world (1 John 4:14; John 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:18-20).16)see “Messianic Prophecies of the First Coming,” http://truthwatchers.com/messianic-prophecies/ Man is completely helpless and incapable to merit favor from God because of sin (Rom. 4:4; 11:6), but God Who is rich in mercy offers salvation as a free gift (Eph. 2:4-5, 8-9; Gal 2:16) to whosoever will trust the completed works of redemption (Acts 16:30-31; Rom. 10:9-10, 13; Rev. 22:17; John 3:15) performed by the Lord Jesus Christ shedding His blood, dying on the cross, and rising from the grave after three days and three nights (Heb. 9:12,14-15, 22; Rom 3:24; 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).17)see “Was Christ Separated from the Father?” http://truthwatchers.com/was-christ-separated-from-father/ Salvation is everlasting from the moment it is accepted as a gift from God -Who does not repent of gifts and callings (Rom. 11:29)- and by being kept by the power of God we can know that we have everlasting life (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:12-13; John 10:28-29; Rom 4:21; 8:31, 38-38; 1 Pet. 1:5; Jude 1:1, 24; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30). True salvation produces fruit in the believers life (Gal. 3:22-23; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 12:1-2) which many false professors do not exhibit because they have trust in a time when they repeated a prayer, got baptized, had a tongues experience, or any works they may have performed (Matt. 7:21-23; 13:18-23, 37-43; 1 John 2:19). Many “false converts” attend churches professing with their mouth but with their works deny the Lord (Titus 1:16; Acts 20:29-31; Jude 1:4). Anyone can be saved from their sins and the condemnation of hell, even the greatest of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 John 2:2), unless they deny the Lord Who bought them (2 Pet. 2:1). Those in ignorance of the glorious gospel of Christ remain without excuse (Rom. 1:20).
- About Angels-Angelology:
There is a vast unseen world of innumerable spiritual entities called angels (2 Kings 6:17; Rev. 5:11), which are more powerful than man (Ps. 8:5), created between the beginning of creation and the third day (Gen. 1:1, 9-10 cf. Job 38:4-7) established in various ranks and offices (Eph. 6:12; Jude 1:9; Dan. 10:12-13). They can take physical forms, always appear as men when seen and are often not recognized as anything but men (Heb. 13:2; Gen. 18:1-2, 8; 19:1-11; Acts 1:10-11; Matt. 28:2-3). Satan was the anointed cherub (Ezek. 28:14) identifying his height of authority in the angelic realm (considering kings were anointed cf. Judg. 9:15; 1 Sam. 15:1, 17; 26:16; 2 Sam. 5:3; 1 King 1:34, 39; 19:15-16; 2 King 9:6; 11:12; 23:30 etc., prophets and priest were also anointed but that could not apply to Satan). He led many angels to follow him in rebellion (Rev. 12:7) and they are destined for the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41). The angels that have remained faithful to God minster to the saints (Heb. 1:14), and worship God continually (Is 6:1-3; Rev. 4:6-8).
- About the Church-Ecclesiology:
The church is an assembly of believers gathering together in one locality (Matt. 18:20), with the power of Christ as their head (1 Cor. 5:4; Rev. 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14) to worship God through Jesus Christ, for the preaching of the word to be established in doctrine, reproof, exhortation and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:2), for the edifying of the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12) which is the fulfillment of the great commission (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). Church gatherings are held Sunday in remembrance of the Lord’s resurrection (Mark 16:9; John 20:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2); not Saturday (Col. 2:16-17). Each local church is self-governed, independent of any interference from outside authorities, hierarchy, conventions, or denominations. The only two offices in a church (Phil. 1:1) are Pastor—called bishops (1 Tim. 3:1-2), elders (Acts 11:30), presbyter (1 Tim. 4:14)—and Deacon (1 Tim. 3:13). The only two ordinances practiced are baptism by immersion preformed after one professes faith in the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41, 8:36-37; Rom. 6:3-5), and the Lord’s Supper practiced only by baptized church members of precious like faith in good standing after examining themselves (1 Cor. 11:20-32); which uses unfermented grape juice and unleavened bread for remembrance of Christ sinless sacrifice until He physically returns (1 Cor. 11:24-26). These are not efficacious for salvation. Every church is responsible for separating from apostasy (Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Thess. 3:6).18)see “New Evangelicalism: brief history of compromise,” http://truthwatchers.com/new-evangelicalism-history-compromise/
- About the End Times-Eschatology:
The end times are described by apostasy (2 Thess. 2:3; 1 John 2:18; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:3; Acts 20:29-31; Matt. 24:3-5, 11; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-8; 4:3-4) which we are now witnessing. The next and imminent event on the prophetic calendar is the pre-seventieth week rapture of all born again saints (1Thess. 4:13-18; John 14:1-4).19)see “Do You View the Rapture from God’s Perspective?” http://truthwatchers.com/view-rapture-gods-perspective/,20)see “The Rapture as Taught by the Early Church,” http://truthwatchers.com/rapture-taught-early-church/ Living and dead saint will be bodily raised to meet the Lord and be judged according to the works of serving faithfully (1 Cor. 3:9-15) during the marriage feast of the lamb (Rev. 19:7-9; Matt. 22:2), with weddings repeatedly identified as a week-long celebration picturing Daniel’s seventieth week in heaven (Gen. 29:27-28; Judg. 14:12-18). Rewards will include crowns (2 Tim. 4:7; 1 cor. 9:25-27; 1 Thess. 2:19-20 Dan. 12:1-3; Jam. 1:12; Rev. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:4) which will be cast at the Lord’s feet (Rev. 4:10), and positions to reign as kings and priest with the Lord during the millennium kingdom (Rev. 5:10). The earth at this time will be enduring seven years of tribulation, when God pores forth His Holy wrath, which Scripture calls the seventieth weak (Dan. 9:24-27). Satan deceives the world to worship him and give world rule to the antichrist (Rev. 12:9, 13:4; 1 John 2:18), who both will be cast into the lake of fire at the physical coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when He establishes His supreme reign over the world-wide kingdom for a thousand literal years governed by David (Ezek. 34:23-24, 37:24-25) and the raptured saints that return with Him in the glorified sinless resurrected state meeting out righteous judgment (Rev. 19:14; Jude 1:14; Zech. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13; Rev. 2:26-27; Ps. 149:6-9). Satan will be released for a short time and overthrown suddenly into eternal perdition (Rev. 20:7-10). The heavens and earth will flee from the face of the Lord at the Great White Throne judgement (Rev. 20:11) at which the general resurrection21)see “Resurrection: Theological Implication and Application” http://truthwatchers.com/resurrection-theological-implication-applications/ will take place and all not found in the book of life will be cast bodily into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). This will necessarily follow with the creation of the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1) where the Lord’s people will live forever more. Amen.
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