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Statement of Faith - 2

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Posted Feb 16, 2006 at 11:05:40 PM
Subject: Statement of Faith - 2
This is a part - by - part written "statement of faith" declaration of the purechristianity website. These are only for us - the true brethren within. Statement of Faith (continuation) [b]GOD SPEAKS IN PARABLES[/b] We believe, as it is written, that God speaks in parables (Ezekiel 20:49). These are the "spiritual things" that the Natural Man cannot understand (1 Corinthians 2:14). As prophesied in the book of Psalms 78:2, Jesus Christ would also speak in parables. He did so as He had to explain everything He said to His disciples (Mark 4:34). After the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16), the real Teacher (John 16:13), we believe that we have graduated from being Natural Men (1 Corinthians 2:14). We now claim to have been "born again" in accordance with 1 Corinthians 2:16. We believe that only God through His words can clearly explain the great spiritual meaning of His words. Jesus Christ is the Word of God (Mark 4:34). Since God never change (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today (Hebrew 13:8), the immutability of God follows the immutability of His words. The immutability of the words is revealed by the great spiritual message and not resolved by the wisdom of men. Human wisdom is condemned in spiritual matters (1 Corinthians 1:19-21). We accept the rebuke of the religious wise men (1 Corinthians 3:18-20). We do not respect human authority on the words of God for only He is the Author (James 2:9). We do not recognize anyone as Rabbi or Teacher for only Christ is the Master, nor do we look at any man above the rest, in spiritual matters, for only God is to be honored and respected. Christ gave this warning to His disciples (Luke 22:25-26). That Godís servants act only as the spokespersons, and never the authority, for the "servants cannot be above the Master (Matthew 10:24)." [b]CHRIST IS THE WAY[/b] Because "all fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23, 3:1-2), only God in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV) can show the Way (John 14:6), as model to the Chosen few (Romans 8:29). For God to be given a free hand to work in our spiritual life, we have to be spiritually "converted into little children" (Matthew 18:3) as demonstrated by our Lord (the chief corner stone) (John 5:19,30); and followed by the Apostles as "foundation" (John 13:33). The "age" of a spiritual babe is an infant (Isaiah 28:9) and ONLY spiritual "babes" are given spiritual knowledge and wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15). We believe that spiritual wisdom is denied to the spiritual adults who are wise and prudent in their eyes (Matthew 11:25). From the mouth of spiritual babes will come sharp rebuke that will silence the enemies" (Psalms 8:2). Because "God does not change" and "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever," and is represented by His words; what is true in the past is also true today as it is in the future (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If God chose His servants in the past as Jesus Christ appointed His apostles in His time, this should also be true today. Christ appointed Paul as an apostle in His physical absence (Galatians 1:1). Jesus is still capable of appointing His apostles today (Ephesians 4:11) and NOT BY ANY MAN OR GROUP OF MEN. Since Christ is the appointing authority of His apostles, He is also the TEACHER as demonstrated in Paul (Galatians 1:11-12) and NOT ANY MAN OR GROUP OF MEN. Divine knowledge and wisdom comes solely from God (James 1:5-8), and NEVER SHOULD IT COME FROM ANY MAN OR GROUP OF MEN (1 John 2:27). This appointing and teaching authority of Christ belongs to Him alone. Any usurpation of power will put into fruition the warning of our Lord, "Lo, here is Christ, or there is Christ, and many false prophets shall show signs and wonders and will deceive many" (Matthew 24:23-24). This is our view of pure Christianity that is untainted with human wisdom and unadulterated with religious traditions (Isaiah 8:20, Colossians 2:8). http://www.purechristianity.org
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