- 1 A Comparison of Teachings
- 1.1 Inspiration
- 1.2 Creation
- 1.3 The Way To Heaven
- 1.4 Church Fellowship
A Comparison of Teachings
From its beginning our congregation has been determined to teach only what is “of God,” that is, teachings that are recorded in the BIBLE, which is GOD’S WORD. We call ourselves Lutheran because we hold to the historic Lutheran teachings. The BIBLE is the only source for these teachings. Here are some examples of what the Bible teaches, in contrast to the errors that are taught by many groups, including “Lutherans”.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 1 Timothy 3:16.
“When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God,” 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
“Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” 2 Peter 1:21.
Bible Teaching: The Bible is the inspired Word of God in its entirety, without error or contradiction.
False Teaching: The Bible is a book written by fallible men and therefore subject to error.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Genesis 1:1.
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day,” Exodus 20:11.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,” Colossians 1:16.
Bible Teaching: The one almighty and Triune God created the world and everything in it, including man, in six ordinary days.
False Teaching: All things have come into being by a process of evolution. Man has evolved from lower forms of life.
The Way To Heaven
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 3:23.
“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Because I live, you shall live also,” John 14:6.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16.
Bible Teaching: Jesus is the only way to heaven. Those who die without faith in Him are eternally lost in hell.
False Teaching: Sincere followers of non-Christian religions may get to heaven, even without believing in Jesus.
“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ,” 1 John 1:3.
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment,” 1 Corinthians 1:10.
“Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3.
“And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men,” Matthew 15:9.
“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them,” Romans 16:17.
Bible Teaching: Every teaching in the Bible is important. Therefore Christians should pray and worship only with those church groups and individuals who follow the Bible teaching and avoid all false teaching.
False Teaching: Some teachings in the Bible are either unclear or unimportant. Therefore Christians may pray or worship with groups or individuals who support teachings that are contrary to the Bible.