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For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….

A  TRAP!
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;

When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;

When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;

When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;

Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways.
SOME FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIAN TRUTHS

THE AUTHORITY OF GOD
Compiled by R. DeWitt, 2006; rev. 06/18
[The primary and essential truth for all mankind is in our Creator-God and His immutable Word to us, so that must be the origin, foundation, and guide to our life now and for eternity. All mystical and religious ideas about deities, and atheistic reasoning, is shown in the Holy Bible to be the work of our adversary: Satan, who is shown to be a rebellious fallen angel who deceives and represents all darkness, disorder, self-gratification, evil and wickedness; and works to draw mankind away from God and His holy Word. Our God in Heaven has allowed these trials, for He wants His children to learn to trust Him, look to Him, and love Him, which requires lessons and testings to overcome the natural fallen nature of man (Genesis 2 & 3). Man can ONLY accomplish this by the unction and power in God's "beloved Son": the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God, as shown clearly in the Gospel Books of the Bible and the various Epistles there. As is often said: God did not need more angels who are essentially made to obey and serve, but desired to have faithful children.]  

- CHRISTIAN LIFE AND GROWTH -
If any seekers for truth believe in the Creator-God, and yet cannot say YES to all the following statements, perhaps they should seek help to be clear about holy Scripture, for the Word of God is our only authority for eternal truth, faithfulness, and Godly blessings. One can contact the writer here with any questions to consider (not that one has all the answers, but we can look at God's Word).

1.Redemption Way (according to the Word of God)
A. One should know we are all born in sin from the fallen condition as shown in Genesis (self-indulgence and pride, etc.); and need to be saved from judgment by our God who is holy (pure) ---see John 1; John 3; John 14; and truly believe in Him ---Jehovah (ever self-existing One) who well knows that mankind could not comprehend infinity in their fallen state, and thus speaks of Himself in His Holy "Word of truth" as simply: "I am" (Ex. 3:13-15; John 8:58). We are created, and our God always existed (which is beyond our understandings as finite souls). Being not satisfied with creating Angels to serve Him, He wanted "children" who could learn to love Him and trust Him as any father would:  Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree.  

B. One should see God as a true spiritual trinity ---Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Godhead, as He shows ---each manifestation of God thus working the same in different ways (see Mt.28:19; John 14:1-11; John 14:14-23; etc..   Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree.

C. One should accept the virgin birth of Christ, as God coming down into the world in the form of man ---"Son of God" and "Son of man" ( see Mt.1:18-23;  Lk.1:26-35; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

D. One should know Jesus, the Christ of God, as the only begotten Son of God and only Savior for the world ---see Genesis 1; John 1; John 3; John 14; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Jn. 4:13-16;  etc:  Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;

E. One should be saved for eternity in Heaven from condemnation in Hell, by receiving the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God, and walking with Him in faith; as our Savior who suffered and died for our sins, and arose to show His triumph over death and our hope in Him forever, which is by this faith ---see John 10:27-28; Acts 4:12; 1 Jn. 5:10-12; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

F. One should have a spiritual new birth and be sealed forever by the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that by a personal relationship in communion with Jesus Christ, and be pleased to speak of Him publicly - see Matt. 25:1-13; John 3; John 14:23; Rom. 10:14; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 1:12-13; Eph. 4:30; 2 Tim. 4:2; 1 Jn. 5:10-12; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

G. One should be hoping for the return of Jesus Christ soon to receive His "bride" ---the Church, up to Heaven -see 1 Th. 4:13-18; Heb. 10:37; etc;  Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree.  
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2.Church Truth (according to the Word of God)
A. One should be baptized unto Christ in water to honor Him and stand with Him against the unbelieving world - Mt.28:19; Acts 2:41; Rom.6:4; 
1 Pet.3:21, etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

B. One should value holding to a worldwide collective Bible-only fellowship for unity of the faith - Mt.18:20; John 17:21; 1 Cor. 1:2 & 1 Cor.12:25 & 1 Cor. 16:19-20; Gal. 1:2-3; Phil. 4:21-23; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

C. One should seek to Receive "all the counsel of God" by His Word and be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" as He says; which includes seeing the differences in the Old Testament ways and religion for Israel, and the New Testament in the dispensation of Christ - Mt.24:35; Acts 20:27; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

D. One should appreciate the "one body in Christ" & expression of it in worldwide unity, rather than various religious sects of men with innovations and deletions of God's Word - John 17:21; Rom.12:5; 1 Cor.12:25-27; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

E. One should see and acknowledge the priesthood of all believers for ministry and for "unity of the faith" - 1 Pet.2:5-9, without the hierarchy of men etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

F. One should trust the Word of God rather than religious ideas of men - 2 Tim. 2:15; Rev.3:8; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

G. One should value worshipping collectively at the Lord's table & His supper - Lk 22:19-20; 1 Cor.11: 23-29; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

H. One should appreciate God's order for the church by His Word - Mt.18:20;  I Cor. 12:25; Titus 1:9; Heb. 10:25; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

I. One should seek the leading of the Holy Spirit for the testimony - Jn.4:24; Rom.8:1; Gal.5:16; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  
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3.Spiritual Life (according to the Word of God)

A. One should value Worship in accord with the Spirit of God and the New Testament order of God, and not just religious ideas - Jn. 4:23; Jn.9:31; Jn. 14:7-11; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; Psa.95:6; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

B. One should regularly give praise and devotion to Christ - Lk.22:19-20; Jn.6:67-69; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

C. One should try to have personal prayer time and communion with Christ daily - Mt.6:5-7; Jn.15:4-10; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

D. One should value faithfulness to God and His Word - Acts 9:6; Phil.1:21; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

E. One should seek holiness in self and the local assembly fellowship - Mt.18:20; Lk.1:75; 1 cor.3:16-17; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;

F. One should seek to be a Godly testimony, help others, and honor God always - 1 Sam.2:30; Mt.15:8; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

G. One should want to show love of God to all people - Mt.5:16; Jude 3; 1 Jn. 4:7-11; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree;  

H. One should desire to grow in this spiritual life by much prayer and devotion to God and study of His immutable Word - Eph.2:19-22; Eph.4; etc.: Decide Yes/Agree; Unsure; or No/Disagree; 

If one is not sure and settled in these foundational truths, they may visit at the web site: www.biblecounsel.net and ask questions about each subject. Our blessings and rewards now and forever depend on our conformity to the mind of God by His immutable Word. Look up always, for God cares always!    - R. L. D. GM64: 2008; add: 06/18