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ESSENTIAL BELIEF ASSESSMENT #4

ANSWER GUIDE

1  The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.

True,

There is no higher authority than the revealed will of God speaking to his people through his inerrant, inspired, authoritative, and fully sufficient spoken word – the Bible.

Article:  “To What Extent is the Bible Authoritative?” – Don Stewart

2  The purpose of the Christian life is to become the best version of self possible?​​

False,

The purpose of the Christian life is to glorify God in all ways and every aspect of one’s life by walking in obedience to the teachings of the Bible.  Pursuing the best version of one’s self imposes the unbearable weight of the law back one’s own shoulders in trying to be good enough to receive God’s love, acceptance, and salvation.  It is reverting back to a works based salvation as opposed to a faith based.

3 It is very important to me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.​​

True,         

The primary mission that Christ has entrusted the church, Christians, is to make disciples of every nation by being witnesses to share the good news of Jesus Christ with non-Christians with the intention they repent, believe, and begin to walk in obedience to the teachings of Christ. (Matt. 28:19-20)

4  The Bible's condemnation fo homosexual behavior doesn't apply today.

False,

Marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman in a covenant relationship with one another and God at the center of it.  Any sexual activity outside of the true definition of marriage Biblically is a sin.  No one is permitted to pick and choose what commands or teachings they wish to from the Bible.  It’s either all true or false.  There’s nothing in between.  Any who interpret Scripture to say that homosexuality is not a sin use inconsistent interpretational methods that can make the Bible say anything they would like it to say.

Article:  “Revisionist Gay Theology:  Did God Really Say...?" - Focus on the Family

5  Since Christ has paid the debt of sin, it is permissible to continue intentional sinful practices.

False,

Jesus is clear in John 14:15, 23 when he says, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.”  Also, 1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a (intentional) practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.”  Romans 6:1-2 says, "Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?"

6 If I do not follow the commands of Christ, I will lose my salvation.​​​

False,

When one is saved by Christ, they are sealed for the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:11-14)  Once a person is saved, they are eternally secure and cannot fall away. (John 10:28-29)  However, there are those who seem to follow Jesus for a period of their life such as months, years, or even decades.  1 John 2:19 says, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.  But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”  These are real and difficult matters to wrestle with. Especially, when a loved friend or family member is in this scenario.  Each person’s situation cannot be explained away by a few verses.  We can never know in full about a person’s spiritual state nor what God is doing in them from one season to the next. (1 Cor. 4:5)  It’s best to not label, and, instead, love the person.

Article:  "Can a Christian Lose their Salvation?" - R.C. Sproul

Video:  "Can I Lose my Salvation?" - Jonathan Leeman & John Onwuchekwa

7 God enjoys punishing his children for their disobedience.

False,

God is never pleased with the suffering, evil, and disobedience in the world so he can punish.  God’s fundamental identity is a loving Father; and, since, God’s fundamental identity is a loving Father, he is also just to protect those whom he loves.  In God’s justice, he will extinguish all evil, suffering, and disobedience from the world so that his children may experience God without blemish in the fullness of eternity, perfection, and glory.

8 The Great Commission is to evangelize the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.​​

False,

The Great Commission is to evangelize the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Fulfilling the Great Commission is not solely evangelism.  In addition, it is also discipleship.  The goal is not to convert the world to Jesus; rather, instead, it is to make disciples who follow Jesus. (Matt. 28:19-20)

9 Sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin.​​

True,

Any sexual activity outside the covenant of a true and Biblical marriage between a man and woman is a sin. (Gal. 5:19; Col. 3:5; 1 Thes. 4:3)

Video:  "What Sex Outside of Marriage Says About You" - Paul David Tripp

10 Modern science disproves the Bible.

False,

Modern science has done more to prove the claims of the Bible than disprove.  There is no absolute scientific evidence that disproves the essential teachings of the Bible, the origin of life, and the meaning of life.  Many have made theories that are unfounded without conclusive evidence.  Far more evidence and answers exist for proving the Bible than do against it.  Additionally, there is no other science or religion that offers better answers than the Christian God as shown through the Bible.

Videos:  "Evolution vs God" - Ray Comfort

"Science Confirms the Bible" - Ken Ham

"How Great is Our God - Laminin" - Louie Giglio

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