ABIDING IN CHRIST’S TEACHING
Biblical Christianity is based solely on the Bible. The Bible is the manual of operation of the Christian faith. All the tenets, dogmas, creed, beliefs, teachings, doctrines, and theology of Christianity are all written down in Scripture. Quod non est biblicum, non est theologicum. What is not biblical is not theological.
Sola Scriptura! The sufficiency of Scripture is forever established. The Bible is a closed Canon. It has been so since early Christianity. Scripture is the complete, infallible, inerrant, and all-encompassing source of all truth. It is the voice of God speaking to us today. The Bible is enough, and it’s all we need to know the mind of God on any issue. It is the guidebook for godly living.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (1 Timothy 3:16-17).
Don’t let anyone fool you by their grandiose religious titles. You must resist the urge to surrender yourself to anyone who comes along and calls himself apostle or prophet. Let your antennae be raised at all times. Be careful not to put your rational mind under lock and key. Don’t ever get carried away by the abundance of spiritual sounding verbiages that come out of the mouth of the so-called man of God.
When it comes to the truth of the Gospel, the title by which a man goes by means absolutely nothing. Outlandish claims of esoteric experiences are totally irrelevant for determining who is a man of God and who is not. Testimonies of visits to heaven or visitations by angels are of no consequence. Gibberish speaking and torrents of prophetic utterances are nothing but red herrings. Dreams, visions, and trances are not the Word of God.
“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” (2 John 1:8-11).
Be on the alert at all times. Always examine everything you hear using your Berean microscope. Don’t just listen to anybody who claims to be speaking for God. You cannot afford to believe everything that is said in the name of God. The most important standard for measuring the authenticity of a man of God is his fidelity to the Word of God.
Anyone who does not stay within what’s written in the Bible is not of God and does not belong to Him. The General Overseer or Grand Apostle who goes beyond what is revealed in the written Word does not have God.
Irrespective of their religious title or position, anyone who preaches anything that is not specifically taught in the Bible is a false teacher and a charlatan. Such a person must be avoided at all costs.
Do not welcome a false teacher to your house or allow him a foothold in your life. You must not go near any place where a charlatan presides as a spiritual head. Do not even give an impostor the recognition as a man of God.
“I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.” (1 Corinthians 4:6).
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Those who associate with charlatans give aid and comfort to the enemy of God. If you pal around with an impostor, you become a partaker in his wicked works.
You must earnestly contend for the faith. There can be no unity with anyone who goes beyond what is written and does not abide in the teaching of Christ. This is serious business folks.