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Leaving Behind the Fundamental Doctrines of Christ1

Leaving Behind the Fundamental Doctrines of Christ1



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A book published by Brother Eliseo F. Soriano in the Philippines. It contains Faith in Christ, Baptism, Laying on Hands, Resurrection from the Dead and Eternal Judgment
A book published by Brother Eliseo F. Soriano in the Philippines. It contains Faith in Christ, Baptism, Laying on Hands, Resurrection from the Dead and Eternal Judgment

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Chapter One: Faith in ChristEVEN IN THE MARKET PLACES
, in the busy streets of Metro Manila andthe surrounding provinces, one can easily notice the proliferation of "instantevangelists," although they only know three verses in the Bible, with the primafacie evidence of their real intention to collect money from every passerby. One"instant preacher" has a host of Tong agents (money collectors) from all sides of the streets, bringing with them a pouch similar to that of the excommunicatedJudas Iscariot. And what do they have to say? "Have faith in Jesus and you aresaved!" OSAS at that!
(Once Saved Always Saved)
. With a promise of miracles and blessings (more on the material sense) they are able to attractpeople into their baits according to
Jeremiah 5:26
"For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that settethsnares; they set a trap, they catch men." 
Quite a number of hopeless Filipinos, hopeless because they cannot even affordto pay the consultation fee and the antibiotics that will be given by a doctor, if they are sick of flu which may amount to a thousand pesos, or a month’s wage of a domestic helper in the Philippines, are easily enticed with the promise of prosperity (you have to jump three times and shout Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!)and presto, by next week you will be a millionaire, with brand new MercedesBenz and a certificate of holdings in the heavens. (It seems that they havesubdivided the heavens among themselves) Who will not be enticed to join theirgroup? But what do you have to do? Just accept the Lord Jesus Christ as yourPersonal Lord and Savior.To a bookish like the writer, (bookish because the Bible does not permit opinionsand personal interpretations) it sounds foolish and impertinent because no onecan prove that Jesus Christ is a Personal Lord or personal savior to anybody.Remember the titles ascribed to Jesus by the Holy Scriptures—Lord of Lords,King of Kings, Lord of Sabbath, Lord of the Church, and Jesus Christ is the Saviorof the Body (and not personal to anyone). According to the book of 
"For the husband is “the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of thechurch, and He is the savior of the body." 
 And the body is the Church according to
Colossians 1:18
"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence." 
How can a learned minister of the Bible claim that Jesus Christ is a personalSavior? It does not only sound foolish but it is extremely foolish! Christ deals withthe church and communicates with the church as a body, and not personal toanyone. Even the relationship received by a person from Christ is not intended
for him alone but for the congregation as a whole as written in
I Peter 1:10-12
“Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the suffering of Christ, and the glory that should follow.Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven;which things the angels desire to look into." 
 And according to the book of 
Revelation 1:1
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto Hisservants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it byhis angel unto his servant John:" 
Note that the beholder of the vision is only one person, John, but the vision is notintended for him, but for the Church. A personal property, in the strictest sense of ethics and personal hygiene, can not be lent to anybody like your toothbrush andpersonal garments. A man should not wear a woman's garment and vice versa,according to
Deuteronomy 22:5
"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall aman put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God" 
 A wife maybe considered a personal property of a man as mentioned in the writings of Saint Paul on
I Corinthians 11:3
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." 
 And no wise man (not even the Three Kings of the Catholic Church because they are not wise, they left their wives behind and they did not bring any assistant withthem) will share his wife with another man, as written in the book of 
I Peter 3:7 
"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, givinghonour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." 
Even just looking at her with lust in the heart is already adultery, according to
Matthew 5:28
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hathcommitted adultery with her already in his heart." 
 If Jesus Christ is a Personal Savior to anyone, it will be unethical, illogical, andunbiblical to share Him with anybody else; Furthermore, it may sound that He isexercising favoritism if anybody claims that Jesus Christ is his personal savior. In
a class of fifty (50), a considerate and compassionate teacher passes students onthe basis of what is the score of the median. The personal score of the studentdoes not matter, but the total ability of the whole class is considered; the passinggrade might be lower than 50 but the fact is the student who got scores lowerthan seventy five percent is passed. In saving the body or the Church, thecompassionate savior in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ will save and willdeclare triumphant even the least among His brethren who had done the leastgood things according to the book of 
Matthew 25:32-40
"And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as shepherd divided his sheep from the goats: and He shall set thesheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say untothem on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungered, and yegive meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye tookme in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison,and ye came unto me. Then the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when sawwe thee hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw wethee stranger, and took thee in? or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw wethee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and saythem, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 
But Jesus is the Lord of the Church as explained in
I Corinthians 8:6
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, whom are all things, and we in Him;and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him." 
Therefore he is not a personal savior to anyone. The question of having faith inJesus is a very broad topic of salvation. Firstly, who is that Jesus, to whom youhave your faith in? The Bible forewarns us that there will be a proliferation of false Jesuses and false Christs especially in the latter days. These Christs andJesuses are inventions of false prophets who are preaching them as what the book of 
Matthew 24:24
"For there shall rise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signsand wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the veryelect." 
 And St. Paul is also mentioning some facts about this matter in the book of 
IICorinthians 11:4:
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." 
Believing these Bible verses will leave no alternative to a person with"Delicadesa", but to put into test all these Jesuses and Christs as Apostle Johnsaid in
I John 4:1

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