Fundamentals

Biblical truth cannot be compromised. The Bible says what it means and means what it says. If we find ourselves disagreeing with what the Bible says, then it is we that are wrong, not the Bible. When we stray from the pure words of the Scripture, we open ourselves up to all kinds of misinterpretation.

We are held accountable for the words we speak(Matthew 12:36)and the things we teach(Titus 2:1). When we teach others we need to make sure that we use the “pure words of Scripture” and not our own thoughts and doctrines.

The following 9 fundamentals of the faith are essential to a correct understanding to true Salvation:

The Deity of Christ

  1. Jesus is God in flesh (John 8:58 with Exodus 3:14). See also John 1:1, 14, 10:30-33,20:28, Colossians 2:9, Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 1:8
    1. 1 John 4:2-3: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that
      Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not
      that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of
      antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it
      in the world.

      • The above verse needs to be cross-referenced with John 1:1, 14 (also written by John) where he
        states that the Word was God and the Word became flesh.
      • 1 John 4:2-3 is saying that if you deny that Jesus is God in flesh, then you are of the spirit of Antichrist.
    2. John 8:24, “I said, therefore, to you, that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins.”
    3. Jesus said that if you do not believe “that I am,” you will die in your sins.
      In Greek, I am is ‘ego eimi,’ which means ‘I am.’ These are the same words used
      in John 8:58 where Jesus says ” . . . before Abraham was, I am.” He was claiming
      the divine title by quoting Exodus 3:14.

      • The Greek Septuagint is the Hebrew Old Testament translated into Greek and done by
        Jews around 250 B.C. They translated Exodus 3:14 as ‘ego eimi’ “I AM”).
  2. Jesus is the proper object of faith
    1. It is not simply enough to have faith. Faith is only as valid as the person in whom you put it.
      You must put your faith in the proper person. Cults have false objects of faith (false gods),
      therefore, their faith is useless–no matter how sincere they are.
    2. If you put your faith in a guru, a philosopher, or a past teacher (and not Jesus) to save you from your sins on
      Judgment Day, then you will be in a lot of trouble no matter how sincere or strong your faith is. You might have
      great faith but so what? Faith in something false has the same effect as no faith at all.
    3. The Doctrine of the deity of Christ includes:
      • The Trinity–There is one God who exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
        They are all coeternal and of the same nature.
      • Monotheism–There is only one God in all existence (Isaiah 43:10, 44:6, 8, 45:5,14, 18, 21, 22, 46:9, 47:8).
        Mormons believe that many gods exist though they serve and worship only one. Therefore,
        they are polytheists which excludes them from the camp of Christianity.
    4. The Hypostatic Union–That Jesus is both God and man.
      • The sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ–The sacrifice of Christ is completely sufficient to
        pay for the sins of the world, and it is only through Jesus’ sacrifice that anyone can be saved.
      • As God–Only a perfect sacrifice to God is able to cleanse us from our sins. This is why Jesus, who is
        God in flesh, died for us. He had to die for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). Only God could do that.
      • As man–Jesus must be man to be able to be a sacrifice for man.
        • As a man, He can be the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
      • This means that the Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Way International, Islam, etc., are outside of Christianity.

Salvation by Grace

  1. ” For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    Not of works, lest any man should boast.,” (Ephesians. 2:8-9).
  2. “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4).
    • This verse and its context plainly teach that if you believe that you are saved by faith and works,
      then you are not saved at all. This is a common error in the cults. Because they have a false Jesus,
      they have a false doctrine of salvation. (Read Romans, chapters 3-5 and Galatians, chapters 3-5).
    • You cannot add to the work of God. Galatians 2:21 says, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if
      righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
  3. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20).
    • “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5).
    • “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could
      have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” (Galatians 3:21).
  4. Salvation is not universal resurrection as Mormonism would declare. Rather, it is the saving from God’s righteous judgment.
    Furthermore, salvation, which is the forgiveness of sins, is accomplished by faith alone (Romans 4:1-11).
  5. Roman Catholicism denies salvation by grace through faith alone in Christ alone. Therefore, Roman Catholicism is outside of Christianity.
    • The Roman Catholics also teach that Jesus is received through taking the Eucharist, but you can’t find that teaching anywhere in the Bible.
      They will try to use what Jesus said in Matthew 26:26-28 and say that their priest “magically” transforms the bread and wine into
      the literal body and blood of Christ. But they ignore what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
      Jesus said,”Do this in “remembrance of me” not “because it is me”.

The Resurrection of Christ

  1. “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:14). “And if Christ
    be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17).
  2. To deny the physical resurrection is to deny that Jesus’ work was a satisfactory offering to God the Father. It would mean
    that Jesus was corrupt and needed to stay in the grave. But, he did not stay because His sacrifice was perfect.
  3. These verses clearly state that if you say that Jesus did not rise from the dead (in the same body He died in–John 2:19-21),
    then your faith is useless.
  4. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Muslims deny Jesus’ physical resurrection. Therefore, they are outside of Christianity.

The Gospel

  1. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you,
    let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that
    ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9)

    • Verses 8 and 9 here in Galatians are a self-declarative statement that you must believe the gospel. The gospel
      message which in its entirety is that Jesus is God in flesh, who died for sins, rose from the dead, and freely
      gives the gift of eternal life to those who believe.
    • Furthermore, it would not be possible to present the gospel properly without declaring that Jesus is God in flesh
      per John 1:1, 14, 10:30-33, 20:28, Colossians 2:9,Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 1:8.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 defines what the gospel is: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached
    unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what
    I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
    how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third
    day according to the scriptures:

    • Within these verses are the essentials: Christ is God in flesh
      (John 1:1, 14, 10:30-33, 20:28, Colossians 2:9),
    • Salvation is received by faith (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10), therefore, it is by grace, and
      the resurrection is mentioned in verse 4. Therefore, this gospel message automatically
      includes the essentials.

Monotheism

  1. There is only one God (Exodus 20:3, Isaiah 43:10, 44:6, 8)
  2. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or
    that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
    Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:
    for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the
    third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me,
    and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:3-6).

    • We can see that God will visit iniquity on the descendants of those who do not follow the true and living God.
  3. Mormonism, for example, is not monotheistic. Mormonism teaches that there are many gods but only one is worshipped.
    Therefore, Mormonism is outside of Christianity.

Jesus is the only way to salvation

  1. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man comes to
    the Father, but through Me,'” (John 14:6).

    • Jesus declared that He was the only access to God the Father. To deny this is to deny what Jesus said.
    • Not through a church, not through a religious institution, not through baptism, but through Jesus ONLY

Jesus’ Virgin Birth

  1. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
    (Matthew 1:23).

    • Without the virgin birth, we cannot substantiate the doctrine of the incarnation of Jesus being God in flesh.
      This would put at risk what Jesus said above in John 8:24 where He said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall
      die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins..”

Doctrine of the Trinity

  1. 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:” (see also, Matthew 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6).
  2. This doctrine is not represented by a single verse per se though it is hinted at. The doctrine of the Trinity is
    arrived at systematically by looking at the totality of Scripture. It is, nevertheless, the proper representation
    of Scriptural revelation concerning the nature of God.
  3. The Trinity is denied by Mormonism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, The Way International, etc.

The Inerrancy of the Scriptures

  1. Psalms 12:6-7 – 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 forever.
  2. Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience
    and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
  4. 2 Peter 1:20-21 -Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy
    came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

But if some deny even one of the nine 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.”