Fogbo unit 1a

 

Introduction of FOGBO Course unit 1a

Table of Contents

Course format
Authority of the Scriptures.  - Self test
How to study the Bible. - Self test
Rightly dividing the Word of Truth. - Self test
God has goals for your life. - Self test
Beware of cults that take the name Christian. - Self test

SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

Doctrine of God: Nature and character of God. Understanding God as a person by looking at Jesus.

Doctrine of man: Manís origin and purpose. Understanding myself as a person by looking at Jesus.

Doctrine of salvation: The fall of man and work of God for man. The work of the Holy Spirit as it relates to salvation and the life of the saved, (Other ministries of the Holy Spirit taken up with appropriate subjects.) Principles and precepts relating to the life of the saved.

Doctrine of the Home: Itsí governing principles, precepts and its responsibilities.
Itsí importance and relationship in the local church,

Doctrine of the Church: The Biblical Church, The local church government and responsibilities. Itsí importance to the saved and work in the world.

Doctrines of other Privileges and Responsibilities: relating to life in Christ and service to Him.

Doctrine of Dispensations: (periods of time) Seeing the heart of God in the History and Future of man. God gave seven different ways to demonstrate faith in Him at different times. As shown to us in the book of Revelation, as they relate to the rapture, judgment seat of Christ, tribulation, millennial kingdom, white throne judgment, new heaven and earth.

This collection of notes, outlines, and charts represents, in written form, my answer to the Apostle Peterís exhortation: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 As well as a part of fulfilling the Great Commission given by our Lord. "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20

HOW TO GROW IN THINKING THROUGH THIS COURSE. 1. Research: Read each section once then read it again using your Concordance and, or, a Topical Bible to look up all verses for context.  Also, to find other verses that speak on the same subject or principle to confirm or question statements made in this course.  It is my obligation to present the truth, it is your obligation to check it out and prove it true or false.

1. You are to confirm them by finding them, using your concordance, In the process you will see other passages that speak on the same subject, see if they confirm the statements made in your outline. Note: You will find some passages of Scripture repeated often. This is not by error, but design. These passages deal with key principles and concepts essential to a victorious life in Christ. Furthermore, I want you to see how much doctrine you can teach in these passages, as well as how broad a spectrum of application there is to them. We must become familiar with Scripture passages to meditate on them, to plumb the depth of them and to see God's heart and will for our lives in them.  Beware: there is always the danger of letting familiarity deceive you into thinking them mundane. Keep in mind: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ......" Prov. 23:7a

2. Write a summary: of all references given to Consider: in each unit in your own words, this will greatly help your develop in the comprehension of the scriptures..
 
HOW TO SUMMARIZE SCRIPTURES  Passage to be summarized: Consider: Jer. 9:24 "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."

Summary: God says you can know and understand Him.

Do a longer passage in the same way. Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-21 "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

SummaryGod deserves and wants the life that He paid for, to make it a new life in service to Him. Summarize all Scriptures to Consider: in the outlines. Note: You only have to summarize a given Scripture one time in each section unless it is combined with others in a longer passage.


List the Scriptures under its topic and page number of your outline and give your summary:
 
Example of how yours SHOULD LOOK

Pg.#_16 Topic: Love
_____ John 14:31 The love of Christ is unending.
_____ Phil. 2:6-7 The price of love.
______1 Cor. 13:1-13 Love defined.  
______Rom. 8:34-35 Nothing can take us from the love of God.

Pg.#16 Topic: Joy
_____Luke 15:5 Rejoicing over the recovery and return of the stray.
_____ John 17:13 Jesus shared the means of having His Joy.

It is important to do all the text to Consider: in each unit this way. Through meditation on each passage or verse, it will open your heart to the meat of the Scriptures.  It teaches you to meditate and think, discerning facts from human wisdom, making you more capable than most so called intellectuals.  Most of which are nothing more than clones of their teachers.   

3. Fulfill all Assignments, they help you to think and meditate.

4. There will be Self test for you to answer at the end of topic or section of the course. Thinking through the facts you have learned [meditation] you gain wisdom, the knowledge of application of God's Word for your life.

7. Be sure you follow your syllabus and assignments for each section before going on to the next. They are your guide to this course, and give a proper sequence of study and assignments and tests. By the Lords grace, you will be able to stand equal to any, and ahead of most. God bless you as you study of Him and His Word, may the promise of Rom 8:28 be yours.

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
 

How Authoritative are the Scriptures?  This is the question we must all settle if we are to read the Bible as the Word of God, and to have assurance of our faith in God, and peace in our hearts. We must settle this question if we are to share our faith in Jesus Christ as Peter said: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"  1 Peter 3:15
                           
THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES   No study would be effectual if it were not authoritative. Though I claim no authority of myself, I do claim the authority of the Scriptures, and give the following reasons for doing so. Let us begin with the oldest revelation of authority written by God, Consider "The Gospel in the Stars"   Gen.1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Consider Amos 5:8  Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: Consider Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.  Again in Job. 38:31  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? These are signs called constellations are in the heavens. There are twelve major signs plus others that tell the story of the gospel, and are in perfect agreement with it. God had to put them up there, and gave mankind the ability to read them, so that there was a preacher for all to hear from Adam to God's judgment of the flood.

Did you know a system for hieroglyphs in the skies known as constellations was exhumed among the remains of Assyerians, Chaldeans. The same things have been found among primitive peoples antedating the founding of Babel. Some of the same kind of forms and designs were found on tablets in cuneiform in writings before Moses time. Studies of ancient peoples understanding of constellations in their religious elements in old civilizations such as Iranian or Mithras, Aryans, Bactrians, Indians, Medes, Persians, Chaldeans, Hindoos, Chinese, Egyptian, Romans, and Greeks, long before Jewish and Christian writtings. Investigators came to the same basic conclusion. That God preached His the Gospel (Bible) in the stars, for all to understand and put their hope and faith in Him.

The Apostle Paul speaks of all mankind knowing what was said there.  Paul goes on to explain why the gospel in the sky proves God's integrity as a holy and righteous God, because all mankind was given the gospel that they may be saved. Romans 1:16 - 23 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Then consider Paul's admonition to Titus in Vs. 2- 3

1. THERE IS THE UNBROKEN UNITY OF THE SCRIPTURES; both the Old and New Testaments declare three basic truths. (1) Only one story, that of God seeking man, not man seeking God. In Gen. 2:-3: God tells us He sought man to be like Him and His ways, and even after Adam forsook God for Eve, God came looking for him. "And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" Gen. 3:8-9 "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." Gen. 6:5-6 "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." Ps. 10:4 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Psa. 14:1-3 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Rom. 3:10-12

Consider God's Words... "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chr. 7:14 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isa. 55:6-7 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

(2) ONLY ONE PERSON IS SPOKEN OF THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE SCRIPTURES from Genesis to Revelation: Jesus Christ, the Lord "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1-3, 14. "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;" Col. 1:15-19 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 1:8-9

(3) ONLY ONE METHOD by which God would re-establish man's union with Himself, THAT OF REDEMPTION.  "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Gen. 1:26-27 "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. ...And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. ...And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." Gen. 2:7-8, 16-18, 21-22

SOME TIME LATER "And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel....Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Gen. 3:8-15, 21

God clearly declares His plan of redemption through the promise of a virgin-born Saviour. (seed of the woman not a man) "Therefor the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isa. 7:14   Later in God's appointed time we are told "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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 1:20-23 

The means and cost of God's redemption would be the life and blood of the Saviour, pictured by the killing of the animal by God to make a covering for Adam and Eve. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive bundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 5:12-21  "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: . . . . For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:" Col. 1:9-15, 19-22

THERE IS AN UNBROKEN UNITY IN THE PERSON AND WORK OF GOD FOR MAN. That unity is declared in 66 books written by 38 authors over a period of more than 1600 years. Though many were contemporaries of one another, few communicated with each other. Such unity is impossible in the writings of men, but not for God.

2. THERE IS AN UNBROKEN RECORD OF FULFILLMENT OF THE SCRIPTURES. "Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant." 1 Kings 8:56 "But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." Acts 3:18-21

There has not been one failure in almost 6000 years of Biblical history! Is not that alone sufficient reason to put our faith in the Scriptures as the authoritative Word of God?

3. THE BIBLE CLAIMS THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE.

(1) By reason it is the Word of God given to man. "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." 2 Peter 1:21 "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." 2 Tim. 3:16, 17 No wonder we are told: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15

(2) By reason of the fact it was confirmed by Jesus as God's Word, when He quoted the Old Testament writings and read from the Septuagint, from which we get much of the Scriptures. "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." Luke 4:16-21

Jesus Christ, the Lord, has the authority to authenticate the Scriptures, for He is the Living Word of God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1-3, 14.

The Apostle Paul believed in the authority of the Scriptures and Jesus Christ. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" Heb. 1:1-2 Consider these words of Jesus: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

4. THE MIRACLE OF THE PRESERVATION OF GOD'S WORD TO HIS PEOPLE. "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 for ever." Psalm. 12:6-7 No writings of man have ever endured the centuries of oppression and attempts to destroy it from the face of the earth, as the Scriptures have, yet today they are available world wide. There are no other writings that can make these claims.  However there is yet another reason I believe God is real, Jesus is real, and the Holy Spirit is real, yes that this Book is real.  It is the most solid evidence of all.

5. THE POWER OF CHRIST AND HIS WORD, THE BIBLE TO CHANGE LIVES. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17

How do all things become new ? "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:1-2

My life has been changing from what I was, to what He is, from the day I received Christ as my Lord and Saviour.  I am being made a new creature in Christ. However, like the Apostle Paul I must say I Am not like Him as yet, but I am pressing toward that mark. "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample." Philip. 3:12-17

How is that change taking place?  I am being made a new creature in Christ, through His living in me, conforming me into His image and likeness, through the agency of His Spirit and His Word. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:28-31 This is the absolute will of God for every believer in Christ. That change is taking place in the life of every true believer, and will continue to the time that one is taken up to be with the Lord.  There are no exceptions, for the Holy Spirit does not fail His assigned work, and the instrument He uses is the Word of God.

 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:3-4 "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." 2 Tim. 3:16-17

Therefore, the rate of change in that individual, is in direct proportion to that ones willingness to choose to obey the will of God, as it is revealed in His Holy Word. Consider again Paulís exhortation "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:1-2

 Is not that changing life sufficient reason to put our faith in the Scriptures, as the authoritative Word of God?

Do you have the evidence of a changing life through the power of the indwelling Spirit of God in you?  If not what testimony do you have that there is a living God, and He is living in you?  For that changing life is the only God given assurance spoken of in the Bible as giving such assurance both to you and those around you. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:14-17

The continuing change in the life and ministries of the believer is the only evidence of the power of God on their lives, and in their ministries. If that change is taking place there will be no room for doubt concerning the reality and power of God on and in their life, both for them, and those around them.

Meditate on this again; Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: . . . . 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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Cor. 3:3-4, 4:3-7

Do you have the evidence of a changing life and the indwelling Spirit of God in you?  If not, why not accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour and make this day the first day of your life with Him, and the Word of God will be open to your understanding, that He may instruct you in living your new life in Him. If you want to Press Here

For all of these reasons I have confidence in the Bible (Scriptures) as God's Word, and my final authority for my faith, life, and practice. How about you? Warning: There are many Books called Bibles not all can be considered the Word of God. I believe the Authorized King James version is the most reliable copy of God's Word preserved for the English speaking world. Best explained by reading a book showing the perversions of modern translations and paraphrases of the Bible titled "New Age Bible Versions" by G. A Riplinger Published by A.V. Publications Box.388 Munroe Falls Ohio 44262.
 
Self test: on the Authority of the Scriptures. These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God's Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to Consider:
Q1. Do you have the conviction, that the Bible is the Word of God? If not why not?
Q2. If you do, what reasons can you give for your conviction of the authority of the Bible.
Q3. Do you plan to investigate the authority of the King James Version by reading the "New Age Bible Versions" by G. A. Riplinger?
Q4. Do you believe some people venerate the King James Bible, if so how?
Q5. Why is it important to understand and settle these questions?

 

How to Study the Bible ?

LEARNING ABOUT GOD AND HIS WAYS REQUIRES STUDY!

1. Study is a command, requiring our obedence. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15

2. Study is necessary for the Holy Spirit's guidance in our lives. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; 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. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." 1Cor. 2:9-16 "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." 2 Tim. 3:16-17

Study is necessary for the fulfillment of the Great Commission."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: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Mat. 28:19-20

3. The PRINCIPLE of study is research in the Scriptures."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11 "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." 1 Cor. 2:13

4. The PRECEPT of study is meditation. [thinking through its meaning and implications] "O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation." Psa.119:97-99 It is through meditation on God's Word that we learn to know God's heart and see through His eyes.

5. The RESPONSIBILITY of study is obedience. "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" John 10:27 "If ye love me, keep my commandments...He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. . . . Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:21, 23-24

6. The PRODUCT of study is conviction. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few." Acts 17:11-12 .

7. The VALUE of study comes from its application. Jesus said: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:22-25


HOW TO USE THE PRINCIPLE OF INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION

1. GET THE FACTS: Search the scriptures. Notice the Context

Who is speaking ? 
Who is spoken to?
What is the subject?
What else has been said about it?
When?
Where?
Why?

2. SEE THE ACTION AND UNDERSTAND IT.
This requires meditation on the facts, while keeping in mind the nature and character of God and His will for man in His responses, as well as mans.

3. TEST OF INTERPRETATION:

 All must be in harmony with the principles and precepts, expressed or implied.

4. TEST OF APPLICATION:
What principle is spoken of ? [The law, rule or source of operation tells us what to do]

What precept is spoken of ? [The method of operation tells us how to perform the principle] 

What response is expected [Our responsibility]  (1) in the eyes of God ?  (2) of those spoken to ?

The final test of our interpretation and application, is ......

(A) That all actions expressed or implied by our application must be in harmony with the nature and character of God, as revealed by His attributes and the life of Christ.

(B) That all actions expressed or implied by our application must be in harmony with the known will of God for man as revealed by the Scriptures.

(C) That all actions expressed or implied by our application must be in harmony with those things accepted by Christ.

(D) That all actions expressed or implied by our application must be in harmony with those things that are rejected by Christ.
 

Things to remember:

1. A Text without context is pretext.

2. What matters is not what we think, but what God has said. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For 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." 2 Peter 1:20-21

3. Test the Scriptures by the Scriptures not manís opinions and ideas. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11 "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." 1 Cor. 2:13

4. Application is our responsibility. After learning the facts we must decide to obey or disobey. "This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul." Deut. 26:16 "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? " Luke 6:46 Some one said: "True faith is committing myself to God so that I respond to Him by acting on what He says." 

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS COURSE

1. Set aside a definite time for daily study. Make it your priority over all other activity.

2. Pray before and after each time of study and research. Ask the Lord to open your mind and heart to understanding and give you a teachable spirit, willing to apply it to your life.

3. Use a concordance, topical reference, dictionary, etc. to find other texts on the subject, to confirm or question statements or position made in this course.

4. Be sure to use principles of interpretation and application, not your own preconceived ideas, remember you are to be learning God's point of view, not justifying your own. Your goal is to find Godís will and be able to say "thus saith the Lord."

5. Use your Scripture study guide to gain a good habit and form of questioning the Scriptures to understand what God has said, as well as confirming truth, or exposing error in all that you read or hear. It also helps you find the principles and precepts to be applied in your life, in order to be in the will of God.

6. Summarize all the verses in your own words, either individually or collectively, for each topic or point in your outlines. Place these behind each outline, these will become your own topical Bible commentary based on your own research, whereby you can say "thus saith the Lord" as to His will on that subject. It will be a foundation for your convictions, and a basis for your decisions in the will of God for your life.

7. Make a list of questions as they arise, so they are not forgotten, be it interpretation or application in your life or the lives of others. send them so I can help you find an answer. I regard all questions as important, for they are.

8. The books needed for this course are:

1. King James Bible
2. A Chronological Bible (also K.J.V.)
3. Nave's Topical Bible (also K.J.V.)
4. A Bible dictionary (Ungers is good}
5. A Concordance (Strongs)

Other Books
Manners And Customs of the Bible (By James M. Freeman) Not necessary but very helpful.  Another good tool for research is. . .

The TREASURY of SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE (By Revell)giving 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages. This book is in fine print best have a magnifying glass to avoid eye strain but well worth the effort using it.

9. If you use a commentary, never use it to interpret or redefine the Bible. Only let the Scriptures interpret its self. Or you do not have God's Word. Only use the commentary to see how others view it.

10. Be sure to follow your syllabus, it is your guide in the course. It gives the proper sequence of study, assignments, and tests.

Things to Consider:
Q1. Who is to study Godís Word?
Q2. Why is the study of the Bible so important?
Q3. Why is context so important and how do you arrive at it?
Q4. What rules must you use to test your interpretation and application of Godís Word?
Q5. What questions must you ask for God's Word to be of value to you?
Q6. How do you attain the value of study?
Q7. Consider again, and explain the consequences of applying or not applying the following Scriptures to your life.
Life.  (A) Rom.10:9-17 .B) 2 Cor.5:18-20. C) 1 Pet.3:15.

You are now ready for the next subject in this Unit; God Has Goals for Your Life.

God has Goals for your life.

God is intensely interested in the outcome of your life. Knowing your potential He has set goals for it.  However, itís fulfillment in reaching that potential is dependent on your cooperation and commitment to God's goals for you.

1. To be your Saviour. Date of fulfillment ___/___/__  "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Eze. 33:11 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 PET. 3:9 "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:6-8"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved....For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Rom. 10:9,13

2. To be your Lord. Date of fulfillment ___/___/___  "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living." Rom.14:8-9 "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2:11 "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." Col. 3:24 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46

3. For you to be part of a local church. Date of fulfillment ___/__/__  "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. . . .Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:41-42, 47
 
4. To give Him the life He paid for, in service to Him. Date of fulfillment __/__/___ "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Cor. 5:14-21"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." 2 Cor. 6:1"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." John. 15:16 "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." John. 17:18

God's heart is seen in His Goals for you. Think about it and fill in the dates you can. 
 
GOD HAS A PART IN YOUR REACHING THE GOALS HE HAS SET FOR YOU.

1. By and through His grace. "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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph. 2:8-10 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Rom. 8:28- 30

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thes. 5:24
 
2. Through sending His Holy Spirit. . . .

(a) to Seal and Keep you. "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:15-18 "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, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." Eph. 1:13-14

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Eph. 4:30   We are not to hold our rights above His.

(b) to Teach you. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26

(c) to Guide you. "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." John. 16:13 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom. 8:14

(d) to Conform you into the Image of Christ. "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Rom. 8:29 That is the cloning of His character. What greater honor can there be than to take on the image of Christ. It is the cloning of His character that becomes our testimony that we are His and He lives in us. Consider the privilege that is, and the responsibilities it carries. "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. . . . . 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." 2 Cor. 3:2-3, 4:3-4
 
YOU HAVE A PART IN YOUR REACHING THE GOALS GOD SET FOR YOU.

1. By Studying His Word to know Him and His ways. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15 "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." 2 Tim. 3:16-17
 
2. By Obeying His Word. "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" John 10:27 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29
 
3. By Yielding to the Holy Spirit. "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God...Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Rom 6: 3, 6. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:1-2
 
4. By Praying and Fasting. "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Mat. 17:21 "And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day." Luke 2:37 "Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 1 Thes. 3:10
 
5. By Walking in His footsteps. "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1. John. 2:6

 Walking with Christ is going where He would go, saying what he would say, doing what he would do. That is to say letting Christ live His live in and through you to others.  Read and Consider: 1 John 1:3-2:1

If you have discovered your saved, but are not following Christ and want to  Press Here

If you discover you do not belong to Christ  Press Here
 

Self test: on God's Goals for your life.

Something to consider:
Q1. Of the goals God has for your life which ones have been harder to attained?
Q2. Why are you taking this course?

1 assignment: Send in a copy of the goals reached by God and you.
You may send in you this self test now, or hold all your self test for this unit and send them in together at the end of this unit, Before starting unit two.

You are now ready for sixth subject in this unit;  BEWARE OF CULTS THAT TAKE THE NAME CHRISTIAN  Keep in mind they are not only in churches but on Radio and TV and Internet. They are easily identified for they all follow a pattern, learn it, watch out for it. Remember they camouflage their real identity with Scripture and Scriptural terminology, but mostly with the use of the names God and Jesus Christ. They always use it, so learn to identify it. I call it the process of sin.


There are four steps in their pattern of deception found in Gen. 3:1-6

1. "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath
said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. . . 

2. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. . . 

3. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, , , , and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Gen. 3:1-6
 
REMEMBER THE PROCESS USED BY SATAN TO LEAD HIS VICTIM!  Satan appeals to our sin nature: Pride and Lust [physical or emotional desire]

1. Satan subtly gets his victim to listen to him.
2. Satan brings doubt to God's Word, using lies and half truths that equal a lie.
3. Satan gets his victim to make a judgment by rationalism and experience in place of God's Word.

The result is, the god of this world gets his victim to follow him in place of the God of heaven, which is the fourth step in the process of sin.  

Beware this is the same pattern used by the cults, as well as the occult. Satan does not change his methods. So letís now look at the approach used by cults, particularly those that take the name Christian.

1. Gen. 3:1-3 BEWARE! and consider: Cults claim to be spokesmen for God, while bringing doubt to what God has said in the Scriptures.  "And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words....Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Col. 2:4, 8. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.....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." 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17. 

2. Gen. 3:3-4  BEWARE! and consider: Cults claim new revelation and authority by virtue of their supernatural powers and experiences. They lead you to interpret Scripture by your or their experiences. BEWARE and consider what Jesus said:"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Mat. 7:21-23 "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders," 2 Thes. 2:9 "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." 2 Cor. 11:13-15
 
Faith in Christ is not the result of observing supernatural experiences with the dead, but the gift of God, as a result of receiving Christ and God's Word.

BEWARE and consider: "Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke. 16:27-31 Abraham's statement was vindicated later at the time of Jesus crucifixion. "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." Mat. 27:52-53  Notice: There is no Scriptural evidence that any were saved by their supernatural appearance unto them. "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 " Eph. 2:8-9"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved... So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. 10:13, 17.
 
3. Gen 3:6  BEWARE! and consider: Cults motivate humanistic desires for the powers and benefits of God; saying "see my power, you need my power, you can have this power, you have a right to this power." BEWARE! and consider: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17

CULTS LEAD YOU TO SEEK THE POWER AND BENEFITS OF GOD IN PLACE OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST. BEWARE and consider: " Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

CULTS DIRECT YOUR LOYALTY TO THEMSELVES OR THEIR MOVEMENTS, IN PLACE OF CHRIST AND HIS WORD.BEWARE! and consider: "Jesus said: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" John 10:27 "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 2 Cor. 5:14-15 "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:21-24
 
SOME CULTS DENY THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST while calling themselves Christians. BEWARE! and consider: "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." Mat. 1:23 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1-3, 14. "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." 1 John 2:22
 
SOME CULTS DENY THE TRINITY.BEWARE! and consider: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." 1 John 5:7

SOME CULTS DENY THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST, IN RECONCILING SINFUL MAN TO HIMSELF. BEWARE! and consider: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;" Col. 1:12-23 "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?....For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:...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. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Gal. 3:1-3, 10-13, 21-26."But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:12

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SOME CULTS DENY THE EXISTENCE AND REALITY OF HEAVEN AND HELL BEWARE! and consider: the words of Jesus who does not lie."There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." Luke 16:19-26 Take note: one was in Abraham's bosom in the place of blessing with Abraham in Paradise The other in a burning hell and torment. There was no way you could get out of hell once you were there. Jesus said no one can come back from heaven or hell to help any one.

Jesus' words clearly expose the cults false doctrine of purgatory and reincarnation (transmigration of the soul) or body. Such doctrine is traceable to the ancient pagan religions but not to historical Biblical Christianity. Again we take note that Jesus went on to say the only way to keep out of hell was to believe God's Word in this life, before you get there. "Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:27-31 These words of Abraham were vindicated at the time of Christís death: "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." Mat. 27:50-53  There is no Scriptural evidence any got saved as a result of such an experience vindicating what was said by Abraham and quoted by Jesus.

Think about it! The supernatural experiences do not bring or point to saving faith. Only believing Jesus Christ and the Word of God does. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:9-17 This life alone is the decision time for eternal life with the God of heaven or eternal life with the Satan the false god of this world in Hell and the lake of fire. Rev. 20:11-15

REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS SAID TO ANY CHRISTIAN THAT IS IN A CHURCH WITH FALSE DOCTRINE, ANY CULT OR THE OCCULT. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 COR .6:14 - 7:1

To our Holy God, spiritual defilement is just like defilement of the flesh, all is an abomination to Him.  "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4

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Self test: on the Cults

Things to consider:
Q1. What are the three steps in Satan's process of leading his victims by deception?
Q2. Can you see how Paul is calling attention to those steps of sin in his warning to the Colossian church? Col. 2:4,8
Q3. What do cults offer in place of a changing life, through Christ and His Word living in you?
Q4. Some say they have had near death experiences, that is, they were in a disembodied state being between life and death seeing heaven or hell and given a second chance to come back to life. What do the Scriptures say concerning that experience?
Q5. What does God have to say to those in cults and what does He promise to them that obey? 2 Cor. 6:14-18
Q6. What is your best defense from being taken in by cults or the occult?
Q7. Consider: Ezek 33:1-20 and ask yourself will God consider you your brothers keeper?
Q8. What should you do if He does?

You are now ready to start Unit 2a  The Pastor's heart and course orientation.

Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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