Catalog, Index, and Directory for the Common & Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) we get at TrueConnection.org
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Real Questions Used. 1
Cannon of Scripture. 2
Salvation Defined. 3
Freewill and Predestination. 3
Eternal Security. 3
Church Leadership. 5
Spiritual Gifts. 5
Women in the church. 5
3 Changes. 5
(1) Salvation. 5
(2) Prayer 6
(3) Love the UNPOPULAR Truth of Jesus. 7
Moral, In General 7
Divorce and Remarriage. 8
Summary of Very Basic Beliefs. 10
Summary of Distinctive Beliefs. 10
Terminology Used. 11
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It goes without saying that we believe all the Bible all the way down
to every single smallest detail, just like Jesus commanded (Mat_5:17-20).
Believing all the Bible Means…
<![endif]>Believing the original Hebrew
Old Testament -- As commanded from Moses to Jesus, and through the
<![endif]>Believing all the books of
the original Greek Old Testament (LXX) -- As commanded by Jesus
and His Apostles.
<![endif]>Believing the Greek New
Testament -- As commanded from Moses to Jesus, and through the Apostles.
<![endif]>Believing everything else that the
Bible points to and affirms to be true.
<![endif]>Rejecting almost all English
versions (especially the more periphrastic they are) which do not obey Jesus’
commanded reverence for every detail of the original languages (again,
<![endif]>Obediently listening for
prophecies today (Paul: don’t forbid, covet to prophesy),
and looking forward to the hope of more Scriptures yet to be written as the end
of the age is brought to a close (Rev_11).
>> all of the
inspired books we no longer have
Keep in mind that all of these complicated details were not designed
for you as an individual to understand on your own.
The canon of Scripture is no simple ordeal. It is not easy to understand, nor are you
likely to even get the basic facts correct if you’re not helped.
If you ever choose to obey the Bible and get discipled, then you can
ask us about our Bible study called, the Bible is True,
where you can learn all of the shocking and profound details about the truth of
the Canon of Scripture.
Do you believe in the Trinity?
Yes, I believe in the mysterious Biblical concept of The
Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (The One Spirit Who is Holy).
Gen_1:26; Num_6:24-27; Isa_48:16 1Co_12:4-4;
(despite textual variations), etc.
I do not believe and the cheap and shallow, unBiblical
simplifications of the “Trinity”
preached in numerous churches.
In fact, one of the main reasons why virtually all churches are given
over to antichrist is because virtually no one REALLY believes (or even
confesses together [ὁμολογεῖ])
that Jesus Anointed One really did come in the flesh (1Jn_4:1-3, 1Jn_4:6-8, etc.), and the fact that you don’t
realize this means you desperately need someone to teach you about the real
Also See: Summary of Very Basic Beliefs; [Back to
Plural unity / oneness
>> and many
others refs in surrounding context!
believe in the original, biblical-historical, ancient teaching about the
Godhead before the apostacy of niceia in 325ad. This teaching was what was
eventually called the "trinity" especially after being somewhat
"artificialized" by apostating christianity in order to protect a
psudo-orthodox transmission among unsaved christendom. Because of this, I
believe in the absolute divinity of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, but
do not include with this the fleshly, non-mysterious, predicable teachings of
A feshly trinitarianism insists on "well
organized" easy to understand distinctions amog God "as three
persons," which even lost people can reproduce and teach. The biblical
"trinity" presents an incomprehensible unity of God that defys the
imagination, so much so that it embraces the interchangability of the God head
(i and the Father are One/ if you have seen me you have seen the father) while
somehow maintaining their distinct and particular qualities. Unsaved people
will never endure with great truth like this indefinitly, because they demand a
mold that they can understand and academically boast in.
Heretic verses & info from:
>> Isa_7: MT: everlasting Father…
Isa_22:20 WEB It
will happen in that day that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
Isa_22:20 CAB And
it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son
Isa_22:20 καὶ ἔσται
ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ
καλέσω τὸν παῖδά
μου Ελιακιμ τὸν
Isa_22:21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and
strengthen him with your belt. I will commit your government into his hand; and
he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
Isa_22:21 and I will put on him your robe, and I will
grant him your crown with power, and I will give your stewardship into his
hands; and he shall be as a father to them that dwell in Jerusalem, and to them
that dwell in Judah.
Isa_22:21 καὶ ἐνδύσω
αὐτὸν τὴν στολήν
σου καὶ τὸν στέφανόν
σου δώσω αὐτῷ
καὶ τὸ κράτος
καὶ τὴν οἰκονομίαν
σου δώσω εἰς τὰς
καὶ ἔσται ὡς
πατὴρ τοῖς ἐνοικοῦσιν
καὶ τοῖς ἐνοικοῦσιν
Isa_22:22 I will lay the key of the house of David on
his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will shut, and no one will
Isa_22:22 And I will give him the glory of David; and
he shall rule, and there shall be none to speak against him; and I will give
him the key of the house of David upon
his shoulder. And he shall open, and there shall be none to shut; and he shall
shut, and there shall be none to open.
Isa_22:22 καὶ δώσω
Δαυιδ αὐτῷ, καὶ ἄρξει,
καὶ οὐκ ἔσται ὁ
Isa_22:23 I will fasten him like a nail in a sure
place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father's house.
Isa_22:23 And I will make him a ruler in a sure place,
and he shall be for a glorious throne in his father's house.
στήσω αὐτὸν ἄρχοντα
ἐν τόπῳ πιστῷ,
καὶ ἔσται εἰς
τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ
Isa_22:24 They will hang on him all the glory of his
father's house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups
even to all the pitchers.
Isa_22:24 And everyone that is glorious in the house
of his father shall trust in him, from the least to the greatest; and they
shall depend upon him in that day.
Isa_22:24 καὶ ἔσται
πεποιθὼς ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν
πᾶς ἔνδοξος ἐν
τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ
πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ
μικροῦ ἕως μεγάλου
καὶ ἔσονται ἐπικρεμάμενοι
Isa_22:25 "In that day," says Yahweh of
Armies, "the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It will
be cut down, and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for Yahweh
has spoken it."
Isa_22:25 Thus says the Lord of hosts, The man that is
fastened in the sure place shall be removed and be taken away, and shall fall;
and the glory that is upon him shall be utterly destroyed; for the Lord has
Isa_22:25 ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ
ἐκείνῃ-- τάδε λέγει
ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ ἐστηριγμένος
ἐν τόπῳ πιστῷ
ἡ δόξα ἡ ἐπ᾿ αὐτόν,
ὅτι κύριος ἐλάλησεν.
Jesus: if you have seen me, you have seen the
Who looks at the sun and seeks to distinguish
the rays shining out of the sun from the body of the sun itself?
Although it is possible to distinguish the
sun from its rays, it is not practical when it comes to looking at the sun, as
though you could even visually tell the difference.
This parable of the sun was used by the early
church, and in fact, it is used in Hebrews when it describes Jesus as the brightness
of his Glory (Wis_7: or Wis_9: ??? ), (which in turn comes from the “apocrypha”
book of wisdom).
Please define what it means to be
a Christian. What are the necessary criteria?
We hope to provide a link here when it is ready.
A Christian is someone who abandons
everything in their life (sin, ambitions, desires etc.) to follow and obey
Jesus. A Christian is one who turns from sin unto obedience to Jesus and faith
in His name, to the saving of the soul from sin and hell. This includes bearing
fruit that is worthy of repentance (Luk 1:76-77; 3:8). Spiritually, salvation
means dying to the world and becoming engaged to Jesus (Rom 7:4; 2Cor 11:2).
For salvation to be completed the person must endure to the end, (Mat 24:13/
Mar 13:13) while practicing sanctification along the way (1Cor 1:2, 30; 6:9-11;
1 Thes 4:3, 6; Heb 12:14). By turning unto obedience we obey everything that is
put in our lap to do by God until our life here is done, whether that is as
short as the thief on the cross (Luk 23:42-43) or as long as Methuselah (Gen
5:27). Simply put, salvation is initiated when we “Repent and believe...” (Mk
1:15) and preserved and maintained when we “work [it] out with fear and
trembling” (Phil 2:12).
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Freewill and Predestination
Do you believe in Freewill?
Do you believe in Predestination?
Also See: Eternal Security; [Back to Contents]
Mostly 2007-2009; 2/8/17
Where do you stand on “Eternal
<![endif]>I do not believe in the
heresies of “Once Saved Always Saved”, or even the (absolute) “Perseverance of
the Saints”, but the Bible does teach the “Perseverance of the Elect.”
(ie. The Bible teaches that it is impossible for the elect to end up in Hell).
<![endif]>At the same time, the Bible positively
teaches that one can fall away from God unto condemnation: Mat 13:3-9, 18-23;
25:1-13; Act 1:25; Gal 5:4 (“Christ has become of no effect to you...you have
fallen from Grace”); 1Tim 1:19-20; 6:10, 21; 2Tim 2:18; Jas 5:19-20; Heb 6:4-6,
10:26-39, 12:14-17; 1Jn 5:16; 2Pet 2:20-22, 3:17; Also compare 2Cor 13:5 and
1Cor 9:27 (Same word used: αδοκιμοι
Strong’s G96); also see: Ezk 18:24-29; Ps 119:118; Pro 19:27
<![endif]>These two concepts are not
antagonistic to one another.
<![endif]>“Eternal Security” is found in the fact that God sovereignly chooses (or
“elects”) people from before time, for Heaven or Hell, and does not change His
mind later on: Mat. 24:24, Mat. 24:31, Mar. 13:22, Mar. 13:27, Luk. 18:7, Rom.
8:33, Col. 3:12, 1Ti. 5:21, Tit. 1:1, 1Pe. 1:2, 1Pe. 2:6, 2Jo. 1:1, 2Jo. 1:13;
Mat. 20:16, Mat. 22:14, Luk. 23:35, Rom. 16:13, 1Pe. 2:4, 1Pe. 2:9, Rev. 17:14;
Mat. 24:22, Mar. 13:20, 2Ti. 2:10; Rev 3:16
<![endif]>Salvation is a wonderful
occurrence that happens in an instance in time (Rom 5:9-10; 1 Cor 7:20, 24; Eph
2:5, 13; 1Jn 1:9), and works out throughout a person’s life (2 Pet 3:10), and
is therefore obviously not the same event as election. [Note: one is outside of
time, the other is inside; one involves a person’s choice, the other is
irrespective of a person’s choice (Eph 1:4).]
<![endif]>The only way to eternally
assure ourselves of Heaven is to continue in obedience to God’s commands,
trusting in Him to keep us. [Mat 10:22; 24:13; Mk 13:13; Rom 2:7; 11:22; 2 Pet
3:10; Heb 3:14; 6:4-6; 10:26-29]
<![endif]>I wholeheartedly believe in
Free Will because the Bible teaches it, (I am not a Calvinist). [compare point
2 above; Rev 22:17 etc.]
<![endif]>I wholeheartedly believe in
Predestination because the Bible teaches it, (I am not an Armenian). [Eph
1:4-12 , Rom 8:28-33 , Act 4:28 & 1Co 2:7]
verses on all of this are:
Pet 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling2821
[used as “salvation” as in Rom 1:7] and election1589
sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall
17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for
he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called,2822
and chosen,1588 [“elect”] and faithful. (KJV)
2821/2822 - Same word used for salvation;
- Same word as “elected”
even Strong's confirms this...
the same as G2821; invited, that
is, appointed, or (specifically) a
saint: - called.
by implication favorite: -
G1586; (divine) selection (abstractly or concretely): -
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What is the role of Deacons, Elders, Bishops etc.?
This is discussed in our Righteous Assembly
Whenever it may be ready we hope to make it available.
As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.
<![endif]>It goes without saying that the
spiritual gifts in the Bible are totally different than what is
typically seen in many churches today.
<![endif]>It is also very clear that the
Bible never permits us to believe that the real spiritual gifts are no longer
available for us today (Cessationalism).
<![endif]>Therefore, it is heresy to teach
that the counterfeits in churches today have anything to do the Bible, and it
is also heresy to teach that the spiritual gifts in the Bible are no longer
available for real disciples today.
>> Sync: FAQs
If you ever respond to the truth and want real discipleship, be sure
and ask us about our Spiritual Interface
Bible studies, where (among other deep spiritual and profound mysteries) we
thoroughly discuss everything the Bible says about the real, supernatural,
Biblical spiritual gifts, and how to obtain them.
Women in the church
What role do you feel women
should take in the church?
we have repented of what we feel, and therefore everything we teach will
completely go against virtually everything taught in our culture and churches.
you want a brief explanation and detailed documentation of what the Bible says
about Women In Assembly,
then you can talk to us about our Bible study called Gender
you are struggling to apprehend this truth, you can contact
us and ask us for help.
Also See: Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]
Name three things you would
change about the church today.
>> recompile to PFO?
statistics show us some disturbing and alarming realities:
<![endif]>“On average, [Protestant] pastors contend that 70% of the adults in their
church consider their personal faith in God to transcend all other priorities…
” but when asked, church people confess a different story.
<![endif]>“[Out of]...those who attend Protestant churches... not quite one out of
every four (23%) named their faith in God as their top priority in life.”
<![endif]>The review of these
statistics goes on to say, “...The fact that the lifestyle of most churched
adults is essentially indistinguishable from that of unchurched people is not a
concern for most churches; whether or not people have accepted Jesus Christ as
their savior is the sole or primary indicator of "life
transformation," regardless of whether their life after such a decision
produces spiritual fruit.”
things contrast sharply with the demands that Jesus has for those who would
10:37-39 MKJV He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he
who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who
finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find
14:33 So in the same way, whoever of you who does not forsake everything he
has, cannot be My disciple.
6:43 For a good tree does not produce bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce
3:10 And now also the ax is laid at the root of the trees, so that every tree
that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
6:46 Why do you call me, 'LORD, LORD,' and don't do the things which I say?
14:15 If you LOVE Me, keep my commands... 23 ...If anyone LOVES Me, he will
obey my words... 24 He who does not LOVE me will not obey my words.
21:8 ...and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
3:16 KJVCNT So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will
spew you out of my mouth.
The number one thing I would change in the
American church is to see it saved!
>> recompile to SPI?
lowest priorities among the dozen ministries described by pastors... [included]
few of the... pastors listed prayer as a major emphasis (4%)...”
are typically satisfied with... the prayer in their services... half are
'completely satisfied' with the prayer. Most of the remaining adults said they
were 'mostly satisfied'...”
many Americans, prayer is like snacking - we don't really think about it, but
we do it out of habit and without much passion...”
survey taken some years ago showed that Christians in the United States spend,
on the average, only about 3 minutes a day in prayer, and the average pastor
prays for only about seven minutes.”
average Protestant minister prays for 39 minutes a day, although 21% typically
spend 15 minutes or less per day in prayer...”
type of dedication to God is horrendous! May the Lord wake up the church! This
is a far cry from what God calls us to in the Bible, where the bare minimum prayer time was an hour (see Mat
>> recompile to TRU?
often, everyone and their neighbor who goes to church claim that they believe the
entire Bible, but when it comes down to it, they all say different things
doctrinally. This isn’t just because we are all humans, and we all have our own
opinions and interpretations. And this does not mean that we are all hopelessly
trapped by our limited perceptions and paradigms. All of these things are the
qualities that mere men have, and
the Bible commands us not to be mere men (1Cor
are crying these days for unity in the church, but they forget that the unity
that the Bible speaks of, is the unity of the Spirit, not the unity of
compromise (Eph 4:3; and compare Pro 11:21). “The Spirit” is truth, (1Jon 4:6;
5:6; John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13 and compare John 4:23-24; Eph 5:9; 1Pet 1:22) and
if we will ever get unified in Jesus, it will be by finally loving the
Truth uncompromisingly at any and every cost.
See: Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]
This is discussed in our Righteous Assembly
Whenever it may be ready
we hope to make it available.
As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.
[Back to Contents]
goes without saying that the Bible opposes murder of every kind, even
specifically including abortion.
issues of abortion are covered in Family
[Back to Contents]
Where do you stand on the issues of
homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and ordaining homosexuals?
Basically, we all know that homosexuality is wrong.
We all know that it is dirty, and evil, and against nature, and against
When people pretend like this is “unclear”, they are almost always just
playing fool-hearty games.
>> Sync: FAQ | Pur
Nevertheless, for those who are hungry to understand all of the truth,
we are working on a thorough answer to the issues of homosexuality in our Bible
study called Purity Proclamation.
As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.
[Back to Contents]
Divorce and Remarriage
believe the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage, as declared by Jesus
and His Apostles: that marriage is a covenant for life, and those who divorce
and remarry are committing adultery for as long as they will continue in such
an unscriptural union. Without a doubt, God says that those who live in
fornication, adultery, homosexuality and the like will perish forever in hell
if they die in such a state. This is one of the highest indications of the
lostness of the Westernized church. Please bravely consider the Scriptures
below that confirm these things.
my abbreviated official stance:
Divorce & Remarriage Scriptures
Adulterers Will Not Go to Heaven
Exo 20:14/Due 5:18;
Lev 20:10; Due 22:22; Pro 2:16-19; 6:23-33; Jer 5:7-9; 29:22; Ezk 23:43-47; Mal
3:5-6; Mat 5:27-32; 19:9, 16, 18/ Mar 10:17, 19/ Lk 18:18 & 20; 1Cor
6:9-10; Gal 5:16-21; Heb 13:4; Rev 2:22-23… etc. Also see: Mat 15:19; Mar 7:21;
Rom 13:9-10; Jas 2:11-12; 2Pet 2:14; 17-22
Divorce and Remarriage Is Adultery
πορνείας = a report of Fornication
← πορνείᾳ = Fornication
Greek word pronounced porneia; Strong's number 4202; Used in
(Also Mal 2:11, 13-16)
Rom. 7:2 – 3
Betrothal-context of Mat 5:32 & 19:9
Speaking of betrothal, it
says, “λόγος...ἐκπορνεῦσαι” (Deu 22:20,
21 LXX; Greek O.T., same Greek terminology as used in Mat 5:32);
Deu 22:14-24; Jer 2:32;
3:1-22; Joel 1:8; Mat 1:18-19→5:32→Jon 8:41; 1Cor 7:36 (betrothed);
1Cor 7:1-2 (“porneia” applied to them)
God’s Betrothal to His
People: Mat 25:10; 26:27; 2Co 11:2; etc.
“Betrothal sin” of
Fornication Clearly Distinguished from Adultery: Hos 4:13-14; Mat 19:10; 15:19,
Mar 7:21; Gal 5:19; etc.
Marriage Is Permanent
Mal 2:13-16; Mat 19:5-6; Mk
10:7; Rom 7:2; 1Cor 7:39; Eph 5:31; Isa 22:22
Marriage Applies to Everyone
21:5, 7, 25
Return to the first
Mosaic Law: Dut 24:1-4 → Revocation: Mat 5:31-32; 19: 8-9a;
Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:14
Put Away Forbidden Wives: Ezr 10:3-44
Return: Jer 3:1-22; Hos 2:7-8; David and
Christ's Return: [Ps 51:16-17; Heb 10:5-9;
1Sam 21:3-6; Mat 12:1-8; Jn 5:18] → 1Sam 18:20-27; 25:44 → 2Sam
3:14-16; 6:16-23; Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:11, 14, 16
2:23-24; Mat 19:5-6/ Mk 10:7; Eph 5:31
What is falsely called “Pauline Exception”: 1Cor 7:12 &
15 But → *Vs.10-11 & 39*.
The word “δεδουλωται” (in 1Cor 7:12)
never used for marriage even once in whole Bible: Acts 7:6; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1Co. 7:15; 9:19; Gal. 4:3;
Tit. 2:3; 2Pe. 2:19; “δεδεται” (1Cor 7:39) is the
Bible word for being “bound in marriage,” as it is also used in Rom 7:2.
For More Info on Divorce and Remarriage, and other Bible questions: www.TrueConnection.org ● Josiahs@trueconnection.org
these things seem too controversial, please read my entire stance:
Also See: Summary of Distinctive Beliefs; Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]
Why do Bible Obeyers dress
I wear a tunic almost 24 hours a day because
of visitors, and my wife covers her face when going in public and when
non-related men are around. All our disciples (all Bible Obeyers) seek to live
like this as much as possible.
I have essentially always been against
immodest pants ever since coming to the truth (1997) but no one ever really
helped me know, understand, or obey biblical modesty standards, so I had to
fight and study as hard as I could in Hebrew and Greek to discover and compose
our Bible study called The Biblical Dress Code
(a work in progress). Now all Bible Obeyers can finally know for sure how to
The “tunic” solution is the best solution
that we've come up with so far to conform as closely as we can with the Bible.
We are also open to "loose fitting
pants" as long as they were just as modest, although it could seem like
you might have to buy them from an Arab country or make them yourself ...or
maybe wear modest overalls?
In the meantime, we are praying for more
truth (a prophecy?) to get even more specific with these standards.
If you're really serious about inheriting
heaven then you can carefully read our Salvation Basics
(summaries for all Bible Obeyers), which not only includes more specifics about
Modesty, Purity, and Headcoverings, etc. but also
many other urgent laws being broken in this age of rebellion and apostasy:
If you're really serious about inheriting
heaven then you can carefully read our salvation basics Bible study summary:
Although it is a work in progress, this might
be the best place to start reading about biblical modesty laws as well as many
other urgent standards that just about no one is obeying any more today in the
age of apostasy
A few people have asked about this photo and
this is the response I gave them (just in case it helps anyone else who might
Yes, we are always dressing modest like you somewhat
saw in those pictures, with tunics and face fails and such, but we are not
usually “dressed up” like we are in those pictures except on special occasions like marriages and business
We have an entire Bible study called The Biblical Dress Code that all our disciples happily obey,
but it is not finished enough to publish on our website yet.
In the meantime, for more about Modesty, Purity,
Headcoverings, and much more you can carefully read our
I wear a tunic almost 24 hours a day because
of visitors, and my wife wears a burqa-like headcovering
and even covers her face when going in public and when non-related men are
around. All our disciples seek to live like this as much as possible.
We only “dress
up” (like the pictures you saw) for special celebrations (like marriages), and
If you're really serious about inheriting
heaven then you can carefully read our Salvation Basics,
which not only includes more specifics about Modesty, Purity, and Headcoverings, etc. but also many other Biblical commands being
broken in this age of rebellion and apostasy:
Yes, we always
dress as modest as the pictures you saw, especially whenever we go out in
public, but we are not usually "dressed up" like many of those
pictures, except for special celebrations (like marriages), and business
our clothes are usually not as elaborate
(marriages, rare special celebrations, and business activities are the only
times we might "dress up" like the pictures you saw).
Summary of Very Basic Beliefs
do not write about these Very Basic Beliefs
because I need them written out, nor because I assume you need them written out
from me, but because some people appreciate and need them written out for all
clarity and confirmation.
do believe all of the basic things pertaining to following Jesus, without which
no one will even properly get away with pretending to be a christian. I believe
in the following:
is only one God eternally existent, expressed in (what we call) the Trinity as
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit;
Christ is God and Lord of all, and came in the flesh to die for our sins and
rose again the third day;
is the ONLY way to Heaven, and is accessed by us through repentance and faith
in His name;
is born inherently sinful, and everyone themselves has personally sinned, and
so all need Jesus' mercy and salvation;
Bible is the perfect written Word of God, and is given to us as the final rule
of faith and practice;
will be a resurrection and Judgment of the righteous unto eternal life and
inexpressible joy, and the unrighteous unto eternal death and inexpressible
it makes any difference, I do believe everything acknowledged (or rather,
“summarized”) in the Nicene Creed, and its (early) official clarifications.
are by no means the only things that are important, nor do they actually
qualify a person for Heaven as a Christian by acknowledging them (especially
today), but they do eliminate to some degree, those basic errors by which
people are known by all to be heretics. Yes, we should be aware that even the
devil acknowledges these things (Mat 8:28-29; Jas 2:19). But we must rather
specifically hope to do so by faith and obedience.
See: Trinity; Scripture; [Back to Contents]
Summary of Distinctive Beliefs
purpose of this is to communicate “distinctiveness,” not the level of
importance or priority. All of these issues are not equally pressing because
some are not as critical as others.
I believe in the following unpopular Truths I do not expect them upon others to
believe as well, nor do I presume that you are not saved if you do not believe
all of the following things. I do hope that you will believe along with me, but
that is not why I write these things. But rather, so that you may know upfront
the distinctives that I teach all people (as much as it is beneficial: Act
20:20), I give them to you here. I plead with you to ask me of any concerns or
questions that may arise, rather than shrugging them off in misunderstanding.
It is a difficult thing both to accurately write and to accurately read such a
brief summary of such complex issues.
sticking my head in the sand, I do acknowledge that most of what we see as the
visible Westernized church is lost and dead in trespasses and sins. (See Eph 2:1, & 3 Reforms)
uphold and fully support and defend premarital purity, and the True celibacy of
the heart, by not participating in such things as kissing, holding hands, or
indulging in any other form of premarital romance until marriage:
the same way I also believe the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage, as
declared by Jesus and His Apostles, that marriage is a covenant for life, and
those who divorce and remarry are committing adultery for as long as they will
continue in such an unscriptural union, and will perish forever if they die in
such a state.
see Divorce And
am “dangerously” extreme in believing in total 100% predestination.
am “dangerously” extreme in believing in total 100% freewill. (compare Eternal
believe that women should not speak or teach in the assembly of a church, or
have authority over a man according to the divine declaration of Scripture.
(See Women in the church)
also happen to believe in a woman's head veiling, since the Bible teaches it.
Obviously, I'm not counting on persuading most people about this one any time
soon, but for what it’s worth, I do also believe these ignored Scriptures as
well (1Cor 11:2-16). Nevertheless, let me also add that we know from history that
the Corinthians did actually take these verses as a command to veil their
women, and they obeyed it.
Also See: Disclaimer; Eternal
Security; Women in the church; 3 Reforms; Divorce And Remarriage; [Back to Contents]
Creeds & Basic
12/1/05 (original title: Basic Beliefs); 12/2/05, 12:53 AM (Word: Created/Modified);
Because it may mean something to some of
those who read this, I do adhere to the basic tenants of the faith of Jesus,
even as they have been somewhat embodied in church creeds. Though I do not in any way account such
creeds with authoritativness for determining truth,
nor do I even have any particular confidence in the salvation of those who
wrote them, but I do acknowledge the complete correctness of the following
historically heal church creeds:
Let’s be clear. I acknowledge such creeds as correct not
because the church has always held them, (although this deserves some consideration) but I acknowledge them because the Bible
without stuttering directly and clearly teaches the truths found in them. Those
who depart from such things also care to depart from the faith altogether,
(whether they admit this or not).
In addition to these basic acknowledgments of
fundamental church (and biblical) truth, it also does some good to articulate
some particularly distinctive truths that I teach and preach which have been
forsaken by the majority who call themselves “christianity.”
This starts with agreeing with God on some
basic observations about what is known as the church today. God is implicit in declaring that such a
church as we see today is essentially lost on its way to hell. Such a conclusion is natural and Biblically
unavoidable. To say less then this is to
treat with contempt and suspicion the blood that paid for their sins. Fist of all these
observations are necessary:
91% of professing born-again believers confess that they lie regularly.
Many think that the Bible is not perfect
report that there is essentially no distinction between those who claim to be christians and those who don’t.
Even Billy Gram acknowledged toward the
latter end of his life that 85-90% of the visible church is lost.
Divorce and remarriage
would not break fellowship over many of the details that I address here. All of
them are eternally important, but I do not expect that most people will agree
with every point, even when they have been legitimately saved. My primary
standard of fellowship is not that someone agree with me, but rather that they
are truly saved. I can be patient with the other details, praying that God will
bring clarity and proper unity.
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I do not place any
confidence in those who compiled the Nicene Creed, other than a limited usefulness
to their historical insights. But they did accurately sum-up and compile the
legacy of early Church teachings, terminology, and the very heritage and
traditions passed down from the Apostles.
set forth at Nicæa,1
believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things, visible and
in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, only
begotten, that is, of the substance of the Father;
of God; Light of light; very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of one
substance with the Father,
whom all things were made, both things in heaven and things in earth:
for us men and for our salvation came down, and was incarnate, and was made
suffered, and rose again the third day:
ascended into heaven:
shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.
in the Holy Ghost, etc.2
those who say There was a time when He was
not, or that Before He was begotten
He was not, or that He was made
out of nothing; or who say that The
Son of God is of any other substance, or that He is changeable or unstable, - these the Catholic and
Apostolic Church anathematizes.
authorized at Constantinople, A.D. 381.
(a) Of heaven and earth.
(b) Begotten of the Father before all
(c) By the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary.
(d) Was crucified also for us, under
(e) And was buried.
(f) Sitteth on the right hand of the
(g) Whose kingdom shall have no end.
(h) The Lord, the Giver of life,
proceedeth from the Father;3
with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spake by the
one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
look for the resurrection of the dead,
the life of the world to come. Amen.
Nicæno-Constantinopolitan Creed was solemnly ratified by the Council of Ephesus
(a.d. 431) with the decree4
that “No one5
shall be permitted to introduce, write, or compose any other faith,6 besides that which was defined by the holy Fathers
assembled in the city of Nice, with the presence of the Holy Ghost.”
1 It was the old Creed of Jerusalem slightly amended,
and made the liturgic symbol of Christendom, and the exponent of Catholic
orthodoxy. Compare the Creed of Cæsarea, Burbidge, p. 334. But see this whole
subject admirably illustrated for popular study by Burbidge, Liturgies and Offices of the Church, p.
330, etc., London, Bells, 1885.
2 Here the κ.τ.λ. is to be understood, as in the liturgies where a
known form is begun and left imperfect. The clauses (see Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechet., lect. xviii.) are found in the
Creed of Jerusalem, thus: “In one baptism of repentance for the remission of
sins, and in one Holy Catholic Church; and in the resurrection of the flesh;
and in eternal life.”
3 The addition of the Filioque, in the West, is theologically true, but of no
authority here. See Pearson, On the Creed.
4 Canon vii.
5 No one.
This re-affirms the action of Nicæa itself, and forbids the imposition of
anything novel as a creed by any authority whatever. Nothing, therefore, which
has not been set forth by Nicene authority (or by the supplementing and
co-equal councils of the whole Church, from the same primitive sources) can be
a creed, strictly speaking. It may be an orthodox confession, like the Quicunque Vult, but cannot be imposed in
terms of communion, and more than the Te
6 Any other faith.
The composition and setting forth of another
faith, as terms of communion, by Pius IV., bishop of Rome, a.d.
1564, and its acceptance, with additional dogmas, at the opening of the Vatican
Council (so-called), a.d. 1869, brought the whole Papal communion under the
anathema of Ephesus.
(as seen in The Ante-Nicene
Fathers, Volume 7)
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In Church History: “So, too, did the Corinthians themselves
understand him. In fact, at this day the Corinthians do veil their virgins [as well as their other women].
What the apostles taught, their disciples approve,” (Tertullian On the Veiling
of Virgins [as well as their other women], end of Chap. VIII; He previously
establishes that all women were veiled and that virgins were no exception;
Note: I do not quote Tertullian as any respectable authority but only as a historical
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are short lists of Scriptures that answer specific questions and give the main
verses for particular needs.
Note: Many of these lists are works in progress, so please help us refine them! From time to time, they
may be moved to more complete Bible studies.
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More on caution…
Some like to capitalize “freedom” while they
have no awareness of the need to be bound to righteousness. Some are
self-proclaimed “free” men and do not realize that such people “are Christ’s
slave” if they ever get saved.
Because of this, it is right and proper to
intentionally shun any “Freedom” that looses us from being obligated to
stringent righteousness. We ought to suspect anything that does not suspect our
default assumptions about what is right. We ought to reject that which leaves
our natural human form of morality intact.
If it does not require us to renovate our perceptions about our life
style, then we are required to toss it out in our renovation.
I don’t necessarily intend to teach
everything in my FAQs, but everything there I’m liable to teach, especially if
the need arises.
found on my website, especially in my FAQs
Not a hired shepherd
Not as Balaam who desired to alter his
message under the pressure of money (in the context meeting the Kings’ demand).
When it comes to ministry, I refuse to accept bribes
to compromise truth, including a salary:
"your money perish with you"
Most of the time I consider that these things
are wrong, but even if it is for the sake of “doing all things in faith,” (see
that turn one's
heart away from acknowledging what is true
We must never be,
"Hired hands" that makes us leaders
"that don't care for the sheep"
How I do ministry, and what to expect
Ministry Conflict, and Submission
How do you deal with strife and conflict?
How do you deal with situations that call for
submission to authority?
Conflict and submission
Answers to some of the things we talked about
How do I deal with difficult situations?
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There are so many without these
descriptions, who rather fit those counterfeits we are warned against:
Let the church first repent of her blatant
and common-place sexual sins, and actually get saved, before demanding that
homosexuals stop their specific sin.
Note: I think that I would be negligent
if I didn't also note somewhere that Jesus is also called an Apostle (αποστολον): Heb 3:1
makes up almost the entirety of the Pentecostal and Charismatic
of Spiritual gifts
Here is the question that I
understood you to be asking for me to write about:
truly no way to substitute that one thing* which is actually needful. (* see
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stated that the early church in no way authorized these writings to be equal in
respect to their doctrinal authority”
- This is the absolute non-sense of Protestantism.
- If Luther had had his way and gotten to also remove the book of
Revelation (since he said that he ‘could not detect that the holy spirit had
written it’… along with Jude, 2nd Peter, James Song of Songs.. etc.)
- I quoted from these books as though they were authoritative
truth that we should live by, this would be an exact parallel of the days of
the early Church after about 90 AD:
- The Jews had changed their mind because of the Christians and
removed the apocryphal books, but the early Church resisted this non-sense by
continuing to uphold these books. The early Church position (not including all
of the subtle heretics) was the same toward the apocrypha as I am toward
Revelation in opposing Luther.
- The LXX was their Bible, and they did not consider it to be
subject to their own cross-examination like liberal Jews and now Protestants
- If you will re-read the sample quotes that I included in the
FAQs, it is clear that they accepted the books from the LXX, including the ones
we have now rejected.
- There are so many more details and confirmations to all of this
that it would take way too long to put it into writing at this point.
- But all you have to do is go to the very first work in the
“Ante-Nicene Fathers” and there it is, the very first writer that they have
there is quoting the Book of Wisdom, right in the very midst of all the other
Scriptures he is quoting:
“He established all things, and by His word He can overthrow
them. “Who shall say unto Him, What hast thou done? or, Who shall resist the
power of His strength?” (Wis. 12:12, Wis. 11:21-22)”
[“The First Epistle of Clement to the
Corinthians,” Chapter XXVII]
Now if Clement quoted from these books, and his name is written
in the BIBLE, and as Paul says, “His name is in the Book of Life.” (Phi_4:3),
then how can we minimize this testimony?
If one who was disciple by Paul resisted rejecting this book
along with the Jews, how can we turn around and claim greater authority and correct
him? Do we question the faithfulness of the one whom Paul commended? Or do we
question Paul’s ability to effectively disciple Clement? Were the Apostles so sloppy in their
discipleship that they could not even get their disciples straight on what books
were Scripture and what books were not??
Wisdom was revered as Scripture – not just ‘a
nice book of Wisdom,’ or do we think that it is by accident that it accurately
prophesied the crucifixion in chapter two, and is referenced by Matthew as such
when recounting this same event?
And if this was a lie, and Wisdom was not Scripture, then Clement
would have no business quoting it right along with other Scriptures, especially
in the midst of the Jewish controversy which was seeking to take it out.
(Most seem to estimate that this was written ~97 AD - in the very
heat of when the Jews were trying to reject these books)
This issue really is a lot more clear than people make it out to
And as I said/ quoted in the FAQs:
Among the many writings of “the Ante-Nicene Fathers”
of the early Church, there are “over 300 quotations from and references to the
deuterocanonical books,” (A
Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, p. 207,
“Deuterocanonical books”), not to mention that they are commonly used and
referenced by the New Testament itself as well.
to appear most often is the idea that there are too many errrors that are
opposed to what we refer to as the law and the prophets”
- Another Protestant lie that I was told and used to believe
until I read up on everything myself.
- Out of all the theology of these books there is mostly only one
issue that takes serious consideration: in second Macc they pray for people
after they were dead (my first questions were: “was this somehow considered
different under the OT?? I don’t know…”) But that is basically the only major
issue that is difficult to understand in these books.
For that matter, it seems that at least a
significant number in the EC also prayed for people after they were dead,
another challenge to what we would think would seem to make sense.
make a distiction between the writings on the issue of infallability and of
their being 100% divinely inspired?”
- As we have seen previously, Clement did not make any
distinction at all whatsoever, but quoted Wisdom without missing a beat right
along with Old and New Testament Scriptures.
- Clement counted that Wisdom had its rightful place just the
same as what we have as the Old and New Testament
- I do not make any distinction beyond which the Bible and the
(faithful) early Church did, and they did not discriminate between books –
again it was the Jews who did that. However…
- Sometimes I am not completely sure I understand every part of
this issue, since even the LXX got changed over the years, and people added
books every now and then. Basically I accept all of the books that seem to have
always been in there. This is not every book that you might find in the KJVA,
but it is most of them. I think that I accept all of the ones that Catholics
do, except “Additions to Ester” and “Bel and The
- I consider that whatever Bible that Jesus and the Apostles used
was perfect since Jesus attributed perfection to it in Mat 5 (i.e. for the
Hebrew and Greek OT), and it is insane to go along with the apostate Jews and
liberal Protestants to think we have a right to contradict historical Christianity,
The Apostles, and even Jesus, by taking away from what they accepted and all
quoted from as their Bible.
- What I found about these removed books is that everything that
Protestants say against them is made up lies that completely contradict absolutely
clear facts. Every excuse that I was brought up with dissolved when I read the
Words of Jesus in Greek, and the confirming witness of the original, apostolic,
early Church. If it were not for these two things in particular I would not
ever have had any reason to accept them… (I never wanted to go in this
direction! I went somewhat “kicking and screaming”).
- It was first because the EC kept quoting the books as Scripture
that I did not yet accept which made me so uncomfortable that I had to get to
the bottom of things. When I saw that Jesus approved of the LXX, it was all
over then… I searched the NT and found that it was using these writings as well
the whole time!
- If we have legitimate evidence against these books, I am
definitely open and interested to hear. But if there are just more made up
stories from wicked hypocrites who do not have the integrity to not lie and
de-educate their listeners, then I have had my fill of this non-sense. I am so
tired of this…
- Protestants keep going about repeating the same completely
wrong hear-say and don’t care at all that they promote completely made up and
fictional ideas. This is definitely a
case where this verse applies:
Tit 1:14 KJV Not
giving heed to Jewish fables*, and commandments of men, that turn from the
* Greek has the idea of “hear-say”
** It was the Jews who rejected these books. It makes no
historical or Biblical sense for us to do the same.
Remember to consider the authority of the LXX given by the Bible
and the (original) early Church (to which the Bible was written). We are not
allowed to take anything out of it any more than Luther was allowed to take out
the other books he hated.
For more on the LXX especially see my Bibliography:
There is so much more that could be said, but maybe I just need
to get it all clearly written down at some point so I can share it with everyone
who is interested.
Hope this helps.
Note: contrary to
some crazy and fleshly ideas promoted by a few peculiar churches, overseers do
not need to be married!
- Paul was
included as an elder
- Apostles are
definitly overseers (and more), and you clearly do not need to be married in
order to be an apostle
- it is commanded
that overseers not be imeched, but can you imagine if an overseer happened to
become a widdower while overseeing, and they told him, "sorry, you don't
qualify for oversight anymore because you are no londer the husband of one
- which is in
fact, actually a "one woman type of a man" requirement, becuase the
Greek is actually an adjective, NOT a noun. It is a firm matter that this
"type of man" can exsist before getting married.
>> Trinity – see notes below
1. Personal policies
Unify with real believers at any price except the
honor of God.
I Don't concern myself over mostly non-subsitive
issues as much as possible, including music style (in just about every case),
formalities or cashualities,
Give priority to things that most imedietly glorify
God in saving the church
2. Doctinal Considerations
God's goal for real believers is clearly Unity
one as we are
brother's o dwell together in...
God does want to bring the church back under one,
holy, unified, universal church
See origonal use of greek Catholic
Ultimatly, the Godly ideal should be to re-establish
the authority stucture of overseers, as the Apostels ordained it, and function
as the origonal overseers did in submitting to whichever overseer God would see
fit to give the primacy, (seeing that the office of the Pope in Rome has long
since been apostate in his sucession).
Clament of Rome
but if we unify the unsaved church without first saving her, then we are in deep
trouble, having established something orgonizationally that is not principally
that different from the tower of bable
Though hand joined in hand, wicked not go unpunished
Retun to God engenders Unity
Book of acts revolution brings Unity in rightousness
(eat, docrtine, share money, vitues, etc.)
More revelation is the only way to rightly
re-establish things without establishing a work of man.
Spirit, not the unity of compromise
I think you know that I restrict myself in particular ways that
most people do not practice, seeking to be set aside for good and special use
by God. We talked about how this includes not watching most movies, and now I
wanted to clarify that this also includes the fact that I have committed myself
to God not to use music for any other reason than getting close to Jesus.
This could theoretically include some things beyond typical
'church music,' since, for example, God really likes marriage. I think some love
songs to a spouse, let’s say, can definitely make a person closer to Jesus and
honor God (and that is entirely what the book of Song of Solomon is about in
its initial literal sense).
At the same time this would not include:
(A) Silly songs that don't get people closer to Jesus
(B) Songs that encourage unsaved people to sing as though they
were already saved. (ex. getting unsaved kids to sing 'this little light of
I was hoping you could help me by letting me
know what you would like me to do in light of this commitment I have to God.
Basically, I am not bothered by my
commitment, nor by being around those who don’t share it, and I’m not trying to
stop people from singing ‘silly songs’ per say, but at the same time I don’t
want it to appear to anyone else that I’m trying to not participate in certain
FAQ Bible Study Index
other doctrinal statements say that they are “…intended as an expositional guideline of
common understanding to which Council could subscribe as basis on which they
are willing to disagree.”* I did not consider these to be a
basis of fellowship and overall agreement.