I would like to interrupt your busy schedule for about ten minutes. Most people are not aware of the fact that what they believe to be an acceptable plan of salvation is actually based on something quite different than what was taught by Jesus Christ and his Apostles. Take the following True-False quiz and find out if what your church teaches is the same as what the early Christian church taught.
True or False
1. The apostles taught that Jesus Christ was God
the Son, the second person of a triune Godhead.
2. The apostles taught that Jesus Christ was the Archangel Michael manifested in human form.
3. The apostles administered baptism repeating the formula "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."
4. The apostles taught Christians that living a holy, righteous life was optional or even impossible.
5. The apostles taught that living a holy, righteous life was not necessary for salvation.
6. The apostles believed that all believers automatically received the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) when they believed.
7. The apostles taught that baptism was a church ordinance that was not actually necessary for salvation.
8. The apostles taught that baptism did not wash away a person's sins but was an outward sign of an inward work which had already taken place.
9. The apostles taught that baptism was a ritual that could be administered several different ways including sprinkling the baptismal candidate.
10.The apostles taught that believers were still under the jurisdiction of the ten commandments that were delivered unto Moses.
Check yourself against the following correct (Bible) answers.
False 1. Because the expressions "God the Son,"
"second person," "triune," and "Trinity"
cannot be found in the Word of God (Holy Bible). Annotations
are not the Word of God.
False 2. Because the author of Hebrews spent the entire first chapter explaining that Jesus Christ was not an angel, but instead a man who was the express image of God. The name Michael which means "who is like unto God" is not a statement that the Archangel Michael is a God, but is probably a rhetorical question, "who is like unto God?" The answer is Nobody! Jesus Christ is not like unto God; He is God, Jehovah Himself, manifested in human form. Isaiah 9:6, 7:14, 12:2 Matthew 1:23.
False 3. Because "baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" is not a baptismal formula but a Commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way the commandment can be fulfilled is to baptize converts using the only name that is applicable to the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, and that name is JESUS! Acts 2:38, 4:12, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5.
False 4. Because Titus 2:11-12 reads, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
False 5. Because the apostles taught 1Cor. 6:9-10, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
False 6. Because Acts 19:1 states, "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." Also read Acts 8:12-17.
False 7. Because 1Peter 3:21 states, "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Read also Mark 16:16.
False 8. Because Acts 22:16 states, "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Also read Acts 2:38-39.
False 9. Because Eph. 4:5 states, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." and Col. 2:12, "Buried with him in baptism wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead." Also read Romans 6:3-5.
False 10. Because Matt. 28:19 states, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Jesus never taught his disciples to observe the Old Testament "Sabbath Day" which was given to the Jews and is a shadow and a type of the Millennial reign which is to come. Most of the "Ten commandments" are restated in the teachings of the disciples of Jesus Christ and that is why we keep them. Paul stated that according to the law he was actually dead to the law because the law has no jurisdiction over a person who is dead. Paul writes to the Christians, Col. 3:3 "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." and Gal. 2:19, "For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God." and also Rom. 7:1, "Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?" Rom 7:4. "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God."
In my recent conversations, many people have told me, "It doesn't matter what you believe, or how you believe, just so long as you believe." This is certainly a far cry from what Jesus and his apostles taught. Nobody wants to go to hell, but easy believism, or any believism will not save anyone. Gal. 1:8 states, "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," and Jude 3 states, "it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." How can we earnestly contend for the faith if we don't know what it is? The following list is a good beginning!
True 1. Jesus Christ is Jehovah (God the Father) manifested
in the flesh as the Son of God. Luke 2:11, John 1:1, 1:14, 14:7-10,
Isaiah 9:6, 2Corinthians 5:19, Isaiah 43:10-11, 1Timothy 3:16,
Titus 2:13, 1John 5:20, Luke 10:22.
True 2. The apostles taught that Jesus Christ was not an angel manifested in human form. Hebrews 1:14.
True 3. The apostles administered baptism using the name of Jesus, not the titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 1Cor. 6:11, Col. 3:17.
True 4-5. The apostles taught that living a holy, righteous life was not only possible but was absolutely essential to salvation. 1Corinthians 3:16, 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, 1Peter 4:17-18, 1John 3:1-13, Hebrews 12:14-17, 10:24-31, 2Peter 1:5-11
True 6. The apostles did not believe that believers automatically received the Holy Spirit when they believed or were baptized. Acts 8:16, 19:1-6.
True 7. The apostles believed that the initial evidence that someone had received the Holy Spirit was that they would speak in another language unknown to the person receiving the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4, 2:16-18, 2:38-39, 10:44-46, 19:6, Isaiah 28:11-12.
True 8. The apostles taught that baptism, coupled with repentance, was for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38, 22:16, Col. 2:11-14.
True 9. The apostles taught that baptism meant to be totally immersed in water. Romans 6:3-5, Col 2:12, Hebrews 10:22. The Greek word for baptize means to immerse, plunge, dip, submerge.
True 10. The apostles taught that believers were not under the jurisdiction of the Law of Moses (Old Testament doctrine) but that we are under Law of Faith (New Testament doctrine). Rom. 3:27-28, Acts 15:7-11.
Charles Marlowe, Director of Apostolic Fellowship, Sierra Vista, AZ. (520) 458-6304