Our belief in Jesus Christ is the justification for our faith. This faith is according to the Holy Scriptures. No other documents or writings are necessary to support this belief. We believe that all true spiritual revelation by Jesus Christ will always work in accordance with the Scriptures, and never against it.
No church traditions or decrees throughout history can have the same authority as Scripture.
Jesus Christ can be interpreted in many different ways but the “just shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38) of Christianity, is Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. No philosophy, theology, political perspective or ethical viewpoint, etc., can replace Scriptural authenticity.
Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures is the revelation the Holy Spirit brings to those who are justified by faith. Just because someone has knowledge of Jesus Christ does not mean they believe in the same revelation that God gave in the Bible.
Their own belief system does not justify them before God. The faith that saves us in Jesus Christ is the faith that goes hand in hand with the Scripture as “it is written” (Matthew 4:4).
There have been many movements and causes that have referred to Jesus Christ for a multitude of different reasons. Each one does not always believe in the reality of Scripture being God-given and inspired. There are theologians who do not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and the reality of the Holy Spirit coming upon Mary. There are ministers who have lost faith in Scripture and do not believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ, or his ascension into heaven and promised return.
A train needs tracks, and faith in Jesus Christ needs the propositional reality of Scripture. The Apostle John writes in his Gospel, “God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). The Scripture has the bottom line over any issue that arises. It can and does give all the direction that is needed. When Scripture becomes a secondary use rather than the primary authority for any treatise, tradition, scholarly paper or similar creation of man, the church loses its divine direction from God.
The Holy Spirit always works hand in hand with Scripture. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16 – 17).
The Scriptures, as we know them, have been accepted for approximately the last seventeen hundred years by the believing church. Over the last few hundred years, “Modern Criticism” has questioned the authenticity and divine revelation of Scripture. We accept and defend the orthodox position on Scripture. The revelation of God in Christ works in space and time. The historical collection of Scripture that came into existence is part of God’s overall plan. It not only gives direction, but it also provides for the welfare of the church. “Modern Criticism” goes hand in hand with a deconstructionist perspective that reflects so-called enlightenment thinking. They analyze the Bible from a perspective that the Holy Scripture is just mere literature or anthropology. They consider it to be mankind talking about his beliefs. They do not believe that the Bible is a direct revelation from God, in man’s language.
We know that the Bible has been translated into many languages and versions. We can use concordances and help books to understand the best translations, while still believing the authority of the Bible as coming from God.
Jesus Christ defeated the devil in the wilderness and used Scripture to do it, “It is written” (Matthew 4:7). The devil wants the church to deny the authority of Scripture and put the authority in the hands of man and so-called scholars who employ modern techniques of knowledge that deny the authenticity of Scripture. To get to a treasure that is hidden we need a map. The Scripture is this map to heaven, through Jesus Christ. His spirit works hand in hand with the written word. In the modern church era many try to separate revelation from Scripture by separating the spirit from the word. They say the infinite spirit cannot be contained into finite words. This kind of premise is like asking the question, “Can God make a rock bigger than he can lift?” The question itself is a false premise. We are to avoid profane, foolish and unlearned questions. The truth is that when Jesus Christ told Lazarus to come forth by his word; Lazarus came back from the dead. God’s love, power and might come into human history in space and time, through words. We do not separate God’s revelation from his word.
Many use Jesus as a placard for revolution or liberation theologies. Many cherry pick Scripture for causes while not accepting the Bible as the Word of God. They use the name of Jesus for ideologies and politics.
We reject “Modern Criticism” and any doctrine of mankind that allows them to take away the authority of Scripture. No church council, writings, modern perspectives, hermeneutics or traditions, (also known as the kerygma), can take the place of the authority of Holy Scripture. No democratic vote, scholar or ruler can ever take the place of ”it is written” (Matthew 4:10) in Scripture. We could go on endlessly about how the twenty-seven books of the New Testament were canonized and where and how “Modern Criticism” developed and evolved. There are endless books on these subjects. We want to keep this principle simple. We teach Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. If you do not believe that the Bible is the propositional word of God that can be used as a primary authority; this work may not be for you. We teach out of both the Old and New Testaments and believe that both are divinely inspired. They are our final authority concerning doctrine, teaching and morality. We believe the epistemology of revelation works hand in hand with reasoning and empiricism. We find our ontological needs are met with faith in Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures.
Table of the Lord teaches all existential, subjective, phenomenological experiences, that a Christian claims to have should always correspond with the written Word of the Holy Scriptures. The living glorified Jesus Christ does not contradict the written Word of Scripture.
Korah (Rejecting Moses and Scripture)
Scripture 1 (Law of Christ)
Law of Christ 2 (Rightly Dividing the Word)
Scripture (Weightier Matters)
The Resurrection ( Testimony, Circumstantial Evidence)
Greek Hermeneutic 2 (Augustine)