Tuesday, May 20, 2014
DO YOU UPHOLD THE ESSENTIAL DOCTRINES OF THE FAITH?
What we believe about Yahshua and our Salvation through Him is critically important. But many of the disagreements that I have experienced with believers today are not based on doctrinal "error", but on a matter of interpretation over the non-essentials of salvation. The essentials of our Salvation in Christ and what the Bible says about Who He is should not be open to debate. For me, these include the following:
I believe that Yahshua is the Son of God Who created the Universe for His Heavenly Father in His Preincarnate state, Who was made flesh by being incarnated into a man in the womb of a virgin, Who died for our sins and was resurrected unto everlasting life, Who now sits at the right hand of our Father in Heaven, Who has sent his Holy Spirit to instruct and guide us while He is away, and Who will come again in the same manner as He left to slay the wicked and judge the living and the dead.
I also teach that one must repent of all sin, accept Christ as God and Savior, be born-again by being infilled with the Spirit of God, and show at least some of the fruits of the Spirit to be considered truly saved and sanctified, that all born-again believers will be resurrected into everlasting life one day, human life begins at conception and is sacred, and traditional marriage is sacred, and neither unrepentant homosexuals or murderers will be allowed into the Kingdom of God. Although there is much controversy over these in our fallen world, these are also doctrines that pertain to one's salvation. We cannot disagree on these doctrines and still be considered members of the same faith.
But there are variations in interpretation throughout the Churches and Synagogues over many NON-ESSENTIAL doctrines of the faith, such as whether or not one can lose one's salvation, whether or not the baptism of the Holy Spirit that was available to the Apostles was meant for everyone, or only for a select few that God chooses to be leaders, whether or not one can divorce and re-marry, whether or not communion should be taken daily, weekly, or yearly, and whether or not infant baptism is valid or erroneous. These doctrines are not part of the essentials of salvation concerning who Christ is, what His purpose for being born was, what we must do to be saved by Him, and what He has accomplished and plans to accomplish for us.
We all need to ask the Holy Spirit to direct us on how to discern when our disagreements are over the ESSENTIALS of our faith, or over non-essentials, and we need to stand down and not be so confrontational when we disagree on the non-essentials.
Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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