EXAMINATION OF CURRENT TEACHING, AN

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.


From our point of view, Christian teaching is filled with errors. The foundational doctrines of the atoning blood and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, that were laid by the Apostles of the Lamb, have been established in the Christian churches. However, on this sure foundation a number of unscriptural beliefs have been added. The following brief essay sets forth several of these current beliefs and challenges them with the Word of God.


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Introduction
Grace (forgiveness) is an alternative to righteous living.
There is such a thing as a “state of grace (forgiveness),” meaning God does not see our behavior except through the righteousness of Christ.
We are under a “dispensation of grace (forgiveness),” meaning God deals differently with people now compared with His previous dealings with mankind.
God does not require that we keep the commandments of Christ and His Apostles; the purpose of the commandments found in the New Testament is to show us we are unrighteous and must be saved by grace (forgiveness).
The principal righteousness of the new covenant is imputed righteousness.
God has given up trying to get people to live righteously and now asks only that we believe in Christ.
To be saved is to go to Heaven when we die and to live there forever.
There is such a thing as a Gentile Church that is to be brought to Heaven by grace (forgiveness).
There will be a Gentile church in Heaven and a Jewish kingdom on the earth.
Since the teachings and commandments of Christ in the four Gospel accounts came before His resurrection, they do not apply to the Christian Church, which is saved by grace (forgiveness). They apply only to Jews.
The primary purpose of the new covenant is to forgive sin. The new covenant cannot remove the compulsions to sin.
The purpose for the return of the Lord Jesus is to carry His waiting Bride to Heaven.
There will be two comings of the Lord: one to carry His Church to Heaven and the second to set up His Kingdom on the earth.
Everyone who professes to believe in Jesus will be caught up to Heaven when the Lord appears and rule as a king over the nations of the earth.
Christ will catch us up to Heaven so we do not have to suffer during the great tribulation.
It is not being resurrected that is important but being caught up to Heaven.
The believer remains guiltless even though he or she continues to sin.
No believer in Christ will be punished at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
We do not have to actually overcome sin in order to receive the promises to the overcomer; we are an overcomer merely by believing in Jesus.
To have eternal life means we go to Heaven to live forever.
To enter the Kingdom of God is to go to Heaven.
To be a new creation means merely that we have accepted Christ.
There is no such thing as saved nations of people who are not part of the Christian Church.
It is impossible for someone who has accepted Christ to then be rejected by the Lord; to be removed from the Vine.
The Great Commission charges us to go into all the world and tell people they can be saved by grace (forgiveness).
To be born again means merely to take the “four steps of salvation.”
All the gifts and ministries of the Body of Christ have been given for the purpose of getting souls saved.
The emphasis of the New Testament is on personal evangelism.
To bear witness is to tell other people what we have learned about the Christian religion.
“The just shall live by faith” means if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we will go to Heaven when we die. It has nothing whatever to do with how we live.
Salvation is a ticket to Heaven. We do not have to work it out. We do not have to endure to the end to be saved because we are saved by grace (forgiveness).
Salvation is a sovereign work of God. A continual response on our part is not necessary. Our salvation never can be affected by our behavior because of the sovereignty of God’s grace (forgiveness).
Revelation 3:10 means we will be caught up to Heaven in order to escape the great tribulation.
Luke 21:36 means we will be caught up to Heaven in order to escape the great tribulation.
Matthew 24:40 means we will be caught up to Heaven in order to escape the great tribulation.
I Thessalonians 1:10 means we will be caught up to Heaven in order to escape the great tribulation.
The “rebellion” of II Thessalonians 2:3 means we will fall away from the earth in order to escape the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation.