|If we would take the basics of the Christian faith seriously, then we must begin with what Jesus actually said.|
What Jesus Said and the Word
One of the sad realities of the Christian faith today is that few Christians have taken the time to know their Bibles and really listen to what the Word of God says. Not only this, but few have taken the time to really listen to what Jesus actually said. The result is that many who profess Christ are led away by what is actually a corruption of the gospel.
This result is a soul-destroying lack of knowledge, a spiritual fog and confusion of mind that pervades that which calls itself Christian. There is even much that passes for Christian today which stands in opposition to Jesus' own words. Doctrines are called "evangelical," a term which refers to the gospel, which are neither genuinely evangelical or the gospel. The Word of God warns against false gospels and false christs. Jesus, Himself, does so (Matt. 24:4, 5,23, 24). The Scriptures are the only standard by which the spirits may be tried, and they are to be searched.
To this problem is added the fact that we are confronted by a multiplying of corrupt paraphrases, (putting things in man's word, sometimes called dynamic equivalence) which falsely pass as Bible versions and translations. Jesus said, "That till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matt. 5:18. While Jesus is speaking of the law, in the context the law embraces in this text the entire Old Testament. His point is, to use an English parallel, that not one dotted letter "i" and one crossed letter "t" shall pass until all be fulfilled. He clearly teaches by this the absolute principle of verbal, word for word inspiration of Holy Scripture. Paraphrases, which are man's word, are not Scripture, they are not translations. They are based on a corrupt doctrine of Scripture and its inspiration. They are contrary to the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
In harmony with this truth, all quotations are taken from the what is called the King James version (KJV) or the Authorized Version (AV). This is not a matter of traditionalism, custom or love of old form. This version is still the most reliable, verbally accurate version of the Bible in the English language, whatever superficial difficulties it might present to a present day reader.
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The words of Jesus touch on every aspect of the gospel, the way of salvation, the church and the life of a Christian. It would be impossible to exhaust this subject.
Yet there is much that Jesus said and taught that is ignored or set aside today. For one who professes Christ this is a serious matter of sin.
The material which follows is intended to address this matter and to call those who have wandered out of the way of the truth to turn again to the Lord.
Each article may be read by itself or in sequence one after another, though with some deliberate repetition. The articles may be grouped somewhat according to subject as they are below. An index is also given. The articles are intended to make one think and search the Scriptures.
The articles are somewhat grouped by subject:
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