People who search for biblically accurate teaching find that they leave situations where 1 or more of these 5 basic doctrines have been compromised.
The first one is about the nature of God. The Bible teaches that God is unique, there is no one like Him and there is no other. See Isaiah 46: 9.Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me. He is one God in 3 distinct persons each possessing all the attributes of Deity and personality. This may be confusing to us because as humans we are singular in nature. It is interesting that this distinguishes Him from all other so called gods.
The second basic doctrine is that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man, and was this while He was on the earth in His first coming...not 50% of one and 50% of the other.
The 3rd one concerns the second coming. Jesus is coming back to the earth and will set up a 1000 year period referred to as the millennium. Some teach this has already happened and some imply this will not happen. Revelation chapter 20 talks about this period when Satan will be bound for that time. An important side note is that Jesus will come back in the clouds, just the way he left the first time. Many will be deceived by false sightings. Knowing the scriptures protect from these errant claims.
Salvation is the 4th basic doctrine. It is a gift so no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 explains it beautifully: NASB: 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Born again Christians will be evident by what they do after they are saved, but do not do works to become saved. It is important to understand that distinction. There are so many works based movements today.
This passage from Matthew 7:21-23 is sobering and illustrates the danger of works based attempts for salvation rather than grace. We see here that people who do this are not in the will of God. 21 Jesus said 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Jesus calls it lawlessness.... that is shocking and sobering at the same time.
The 5th and last basic doctrine of Christianity that gets corrupted over and over again concerns the Scriptures. The Bible is the Word and represents Jesus. There are warnings in scripture about messing around with it see Revelation 22:18-19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. Yet today there are so many horrible translations, for example: the Message , the Passion Bible and in the UK the One Bible that teaches it's ok to love the one you're with if you are not with the one you love.... sounds like a song from the 60's. There are also teachers who change words and also substitute passages to create completely new meanings which then mislead people. In Matthew 24, Jesus warns us 4 times not to be deceived, be misled in these times we find ourselves in.
Jacob Prasch of Moriel mentioned that the only English translations he feels are adequate include the King James, the English Standard Version and the NASB the New American Standard Bible. With a trusted translation and with teaching from the original languages can the full understanding of the scriptures be realized. Fortunately for Moriel Jacob presents his teaching helping us understand the Bible from the Jewish perspective and explaining meanings from the original language that a single word just doesn't quite get accurately.
The scriptures are sufficient, authoritative and inerrant, this is the 5th basic doctrine and there is wisdom in checking everything you hear from us or others against what it says in scriptures just like the Bereans of old.
May this brief presentation of 5 Gospel Basics help with understanding the Gospel laid down from the beginning. May this also help to expose wrong doctrine and false teachers.
God bless you and keep you safe.
With love in the lord,