In this blog we’re going to strongly emphasize doctrine. Many ministries have moved away from doctrine because they say it pushes people away and people don’t feel good when they hear this kind of teaching. We are living in a feel good generation. Even receiving the Holy Ghost can become a feel good experience without the full understanding that the Holy Ghost is given not just so we can speak in tongues (though that is the initial evidence one has received), but that we can have the power to live holy lives and be witnesses of God’s great glory and wonderful works.
On the Day of Pentecost, after the Holy Ghost had been poured out on the 120 in the Upper Room, they ran out into the streets of Jerusalem where there were many nations assembled. The tongues that the disciples had received were heard and understood by many different nations that came to Jerusalem for a multitude of economic and religious reasons. “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” (Acts 2:5, 6) Over seventeen nations were represented at this event. That means there were seventeen different languages being spoken by the disciples who had just received the Holy Ghost. These languages were understood by them. (v.11) “Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”
All through the Book of Acts we read that when someone received the Holy Ghost it was heard by those present. If a person does not speak out loud they have not received the Holy Ghost, even if they may feel the presence of the Lord and have stammering lips. Being filled with the Holy Ghost is speaking in “another tongue” and for a purpose beyond our own salvation. The Holy Ghost was given to lead and guide us into all truth. One must always remember that the Church was born on the Day of Pentecost. By the time churches were established this apostolic doctrine was the only doctrine ever preached that could save anyone. You can never find another doctrine in the Epistles that will save you, because those scriptures were written to saints who had already repented, been baptized in Jesus name for the remission of sins and filled with the Holy Ghost.
There is really nothing more important in this life than to know and worship the true God and make our calling and election sure. If we do not know who He is He will not acknowledge us in that last day. That is why doctrine is so important, because it is the Word that reveals the Father. You can not separate the Word from God and to make the Godhead into two or three persons misrepresents the Godhead. Recently it was brought to my attention that people who believe in the Oneness of God are considered heretics or Modalists because they believe we deny the “trinity”. The truth is that we believe Father, Son and Holy Ghost are One – not three persons. We are embracing God in His fullness.
Amazingly enough the word “heresy” is mentioned only one time in the Bible. There is much scripture regarding false doctrines, but to label someone a heretic became popular during the Inquisition where many were martyred for believing that there was only One God and this God was manifest (revealed) in and through Jesus Christ.
“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.” (Acts 24:14) Now what is the major theme of the law and the prophets? – “Hear O Israel the Lord our God is One Lord.”
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord: and beside me there is no savior.” (v.10-11)
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
“I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” (Isaiah 43:15)
“Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (I Timothy 6:15)
“And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Mt 27:37)
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:5,6)
God is a jealous God because He is the true Lover of our souls and paid the ultimate price at Calvary for our redemption. Beloved, let us worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.