SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

When I was saved, and came out of Roman Catholicism, I remember thinking that ingesting false teaching (false doctrine) is similar to drinking poisoned milk. The bible tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere (pure) milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” When the word of God is redefined by man, to mean something other than what God intends it to mean, then it is no longer “pure milk”. As important as it is for a newborn baby to drink only pure wholesome milk, so it is for us to ingest only the pure uncorrupted milk of God’s word.

Here are just a few terms that have been given new meanings by man …

FALSE Definition of Being Born Again:

Water Baptism

TRUE Biblical Definition of Born Being Again:

Born of God’s Holy Spirit

John 3:6, 7 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. {again: or, from above}

FALSE Definition of Receiving Christ:

Receiving Communion

TRUE Biblical Definition of Receiving Christ:

Repenting and Believing the Gospel

John 1:11, 12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 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: {power: or, the right, or, privilege}

FALSE Definition of a Saint:

A few select dead people

TRUE Biblical Definition of a Saint:

All true believers in Christ on earth and in heaven

1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

FALSE Definition of Holy Father:

The Pope

TRUE Biblical Definition of Holy Father:

God

Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

See also …

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine (teaching) which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (teaching), by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (teaching). For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine (teaching); but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine (teaching) both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine (teaching) shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit), 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.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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