Years ago, I heard someone say that Bible doctrine is both negotiable and non-negotiable.
My question was, “Aren’t all Bible doctrines inspired by God, therefore, non-negotiable?”
I have spoke out for many years about the non-negotiability of Bible doctrine–all Bible doctrine. I have also cautioned that one must know what the Bible doctrines are before making judgment against them. You have to know what the real thing looks like before you determine whether it is counterfeit. My own studies on the subject of Bible doctrines developed into the book titled “Glossary of Bible Terms–Looking for Truth and New Beginnings” This book contains hundreds of Bible doctrines, descriptive names (epithets) for our Creator, his son Jesus, and believers. This is a free downloadable book in a .PDF document.
My learning experience didn’t end there. My research connected Bible doctrine to the command to, “test the spirit to see if it is of YHVH.” Testing the spirit means, is it of the seven spirits of YaHavah, or the seven spirits of lawlessness discussed in my last blog.
1—Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of YHVH: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2—By this you know the Spirit of YHVH: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of YHVH: 3—and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is not of YHVH: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now it is in the world.
4—You are of YHVH, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5—They are of the world: therefore, speak they of the world, and the world hears them. 6—We are of YHVH: he that knows YHVH hears us; he that is not of YHVH hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
How many Bible students really understand the phrase, “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”? Here is a perfect example of testing doctrine. This one phrase has four Bible defined implications. The epithet, Christ, is the Greek word for the Jewish epithet, Messiah. Both mean the anointed one, which is the fulfillment of Daniel 9:24 and Isaiah 11:1-5 witnessed at Jesus’ baptism. To come in the flesh implies that Jesus was the human Son of YHVH. Paul made no implication here that Jesus is anything other than flesh and bone human, which is what the Greek word sarx means. Jesus was like every other person born to this world, with one critical exception. Being the Son of YHVH broke the curse of Adam’s knowledge of good and evil passed on to all humans by the fathers. Having no human father, Jesus did not bear Adam’s sin.
Jesus is the Son of YaHavah, human, Messiah, and sinless. These are without question, non-negotiable. All four are well defined in the Bible. The denial of any of these four truths about Jesus is not of YHVH.
A bonus test: these four truths about Jesus found in the phrase “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” puts two very old traditional doctrines to the test, and finds them not of YaHavah. What are they?
My Core Bible Doctrine research inspired my acronym THSA — Think, Hear, See, and Act — for testing doctrine. The full purpose of THSA is to test the spirit of everything thought, heard, and seen by the Bible and the Spirit of YaHavah before acting on it. One friend to whom I suggested using THSA said she wished I had not told her about it. She found herself doing it automatically and causing her to think more about what she was hearing from the pulpit. To which I responded with, Praise the Lord!
The key to successfully using THSA is to use it the same way Jesus used it when he was tempted three times after his baptism and anointed in the Spirit of YaHavah. Jesus HEARD the temptations of Satan. Jesus did not let what he heard dwell in his THOUGHTS to cause doubt of what he knew to be the truth. Jesus SAW what Satan offered him and he responded to Satan in all instances with the truth of YaHavah appropriate to the temptation. What ACTION did Jesus take? He followed the commandments of YaHavah and spoke the truth.
THSA works. That is why it is imperative for Christians to understand the purpose and guidelines of the Bible. It doesn’t’ happen in one day. It is a lifelong learning process and blessings of Spirit insights. Satan will trip you, but you can stand again with the help of the Bible and Spirit anointing. Learn the basics of the Bible that are well defined in the Bible. Then follow through with regular Bible study and THSA. And by all means, test what you read here, but not by the doctrines you are now following. Let the Bible and the Spirit be the judge.