Essential Doctrine of Christianity
An Essential Doctrine of Christianity, is the fact that there is no such thing as a non essential doctrine. All of the doctrines of Christ are essential.
Gal 1:9 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.
The nonsensical statement that in Essentials we are to have Unity, and in Nonessentials Liberty, is the definition of an oxymoron. This statement truly is a combination of contradictory words.
Essential Doctrine of Christianity
No one has the right to preach another Gospel contrary to the teachings of Christ, and this preposterous statement contradicts the very words of Jesus.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Every Word of God is an essential doctrine of Christianity for the true follower of Christ.
Jesus never separated his teachings into essential and nonessential categories, and neither should we.
How can the Christian church claim unity, when there is such disunity in the true knowledge of the doctrines of our Lord, and a lack of understanding of the implications that this can have on our Spiritual destiny.
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
An essential doctrine of Christianity is in the knowledge that Holy Scripture is given to us by God, and through men, by the workings of the Holy Spirit. This same spirit is necessary for a true understanding of the Word of God by men.
2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
So many are forever learning, and are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, because they lack the key that unlocks the truth.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
An essential doctrine of Christianity is realizing that that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20).
There are many false teachers in the church. God’s people must put on the mind of Christ, so they are not misled by deceptions presented as truths.
An essential doctrine of Christianity is to not base your security in Christ, and knowledge of scripture, on the vain words of the false teachers in the Christian Church.
1 John 4:5-6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
If we do indeed have the Spirit of Truth, we will hear the Word and be able to distinguish between correct teachings and fables. An essential doctrine of Christianity is diligently seeking to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Tim 2:15).
The deceptive teachings of men that are without the Spirit of God are deadly. They prevent their followers from ever having a true knowledge of Christ that only comes through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Knowing of him is quite a bit different from Him knowing you.
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Another essential doctrine of Christianity, is being able to recognize if Christ truly is abiding in us, by the knowledge of the Spirit that He has given us (1 John 3:24).
Luke 11:34-35 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
We must carefully consider the light that is within us. When we get caught up with the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches, Christ’s Word will become ineffectual, or barren. If we love this world, then the love of the Father is not in us. Therefore it is imperative to take heed that the light that is within us is not darkness (Mark 4:19; John 2:15; Luke 11:35).
John 15:26-27 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
An essential doctrine of Christianity, is understanding that our teacher ultimately is the Holy Spirit that Christ sent to us. Once we have the infilling of His Spirit, we can know the truth that sets us free from the bondage of deceit, false hope and deceptive illusions.
Our greatest desires should be to receive the Comforter that enables us to understand the Word of Truth. We need to seek first the kingdom of God, and not the things of this world (James 4:3-4; Math 6:33).
John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Man is not the author of truth, nor can he by himself fully understand the truth. It is the Holy Spirit that shows us the truth, when we have submitted to the Lord and are in a position to receive it. If we think we have the truth by or in ourselves, we through pride and self-righteousness have already prevented the Spirit from abiding in us.
The false teachers in the Church are under this spirit of deception and or willful deceit, and their followers likewise.
1 Cor 2:13-14 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
It is only natural to corrupt the Word of God and make grievous mistakes, when a worldly wisdom and knowledge is practiced.
2 Cor 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
The last essential doctrine of Christianity in this article is realized in the following verses.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he (saves us) by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized (with the Holy Spirit) shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Emphasis added
This essential doctrine of Christianity, which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, is in fact essential unto Salvation.