What do we mean by Doctrinal Truth?-
Doctrinal Truth embraces all that has been revealed concerning the Being and Attributes of God, and
all that God has done, commanded; promised or foretold in Creation, Law and Grace. "All have sinned"
is true under whatever dispensation we may be called. "God is Just" is as true under grace as it was under
law. "To the Jew first" was true during the period covered by the Acts, but cannot be put into practice since
dismissal of the Jew in Acts 28. This latter statement therefore comes rather
under the next heading.
We desire in this article to emphasize a somewhat unobserved distinction that seems fundamental to a right understanding
of Truth, viz., the difference there is between Doctrinal Truth and Dispensational Truth. Hitherto we have emphasized the
rding as they range themselves on either side of the " Ancient Landmark "Acts 28.
that, because the chronological order is so important we therefore discredit any attempt to show the wonderful teaching
observable in the
canonical order of his writings.
least the King and His subjects. But now, the King is rejected, the rightful subjects are " Lo-Ammi " (" not My people "), and
the setting up of the kingdom has been postponed. [More]
FUNDAMENTALS AND THE MYSTERY By Charles Welch
The Prison Epistles are the only Scriptures which reveal the dispensation of the Mystery, and as that glorious truth is the
peculiar burden of our ministry, we have placed great stress upon these special epistles. They are five in number, but as
Philemon is personal in character, we often speak of the "Four Prison Epistles", meaning by this statement that these contain
the complete revelation of the Mystery. Now two false conclusions have been drawn from our emphasis upon these epistles.
One circulated by a well known speaker in Ayrshire - where we were taking meetings - was that we have no room for such an
epistle as the "Romans". This is completely refuted by the publication in 1948 of the book entitled "Just and the Justifier" , and
whether the charge is made out of ignorance or malice it is misleading in the extreme. We do most certainly distinguish between
the doctrinal teaching of Romans, such as "justification by faith", which is as true for the church of the Mystery as it was when
first written, and such dispensational teaching as "the Jew first" of Romans 1:16, or "the olive tree" of Romans the eleventh chapter,
which teaching has no relation to the church of Ephesians, being truth for the time then present. [More]
truth, or witness to every doctrine, time.
leads us to see that it would be a word in seas devote some of our limited space to a consideration a1 subject. In the first
place let us turn to John 11:14, "Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead" (Lazaros apethanen). Greek verb here translated
"is dead" is from apothnesko. John 11:21 and 41 well show, the word thnesko means "to "The addition of the prefix apo
intensifies the cone representing the actions of the simple verb as consummates finished, to die out, to expire, to become
quite dead" (Dr. E.W. Bullinger's Lexicon). In John 8:52 we read: "Abraham is dead." (Abraham apethanen). Here, therefore,
is fact one. Lazarus was literally and completely dead as was Abraham. [More]
TRADITION By Tom Ballinger
In Israel it was found that a great deal of emphasis was placed upon that which one generation passed on to the other; that is,
what father passed on to son. It was found in Israel at the time of Christ that layer upon layer of tradition had been superimposed
over the Word of God. This tradition was the opinions, the doctrines, the practices, the rites and the customs that were handed
down from one generation in Israel to the next. As a matter of fact, the word tradition means the handing down or transmitting of
any opinions or practice from forefathers to descendants without written memorials. [More]
BAPTISM By Stuart Allen
Let us consider the teaching of the Word of God concerning Baptism. From the standpoint of some of our friends in the
Baptist denomination, this would be quite a simple subject, for they would tell us that when a person comes to know the
Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, the next thing he ought to do is to be immersed in water. They will assure us that this
was done in apostolic times and it is what believers should do today. The reasons usually brought forward are one or more
of the following. The newly saved person would be told that water baptism is a seal of believers, or it is a sign to unbelievers,
or it takes the place of circumcision, or it is a confession of Christ, or it is the initiatory ordinance of Christianity, or it is the
putting on of the uniform of a Christian, or it is a means of grace, or it brings the believer under God's covenanted mercy. [More]
It is not easy for the mind to dwell upon this term, without it being influenced by the word "destiny".
Destiny calls up the idea of fate, inexorable and unalterable, and so, we have this statement in the
be either increased or
the "plucking" of even "one brand from the burning" or why anyone should bother to preach at all. The overshadowing of the
word "destiny" is plainly marked in this Confession,and many of the advocates of Calvinism are Necessitarians. In a letter to
Archbishop Cranmer, the reformer,
FATE were too horrible". [MORE]
Some Christian teachers say that the immortality of the soul is so self-evident a truth that there was no need for the Bible
either to teach it or to deal with its denial, for it must be admitted by all, whatever their persuasion, that the doctrine of
the immortality of the soul is entirely absent from the Scriptures. First, Christian teachers have assumed that man possesses
a soul, instead of "being" a soul, then they assume that this "never dying" part of man must necessarily live on somewhere,
and consequently there must be a never-ending "hell" for all who are unsaved; and finally, the door is thereby opened for
the deceitful teaching of spiritism, which by its own confession needs nothing more than the acceptance of the doctrine of
the immortality of the soul, for it to function. We leave the Scriptural doctrine of the soul for an article under that title, and
concentrate here on the meaning of the term "immortality". The word does not occur in the O.T. and in the N.T. it is represented
by three Greek words. [More]
Why was Jesus Christ baptized?