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‘But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life,
purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience…’
(2 Timothy 3:10).

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Why it is import for you
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I am often disappointed when I come across Christian websites or brochures that provide introductory materials for Christian churches or organizations. I am often disappointed because a doctrinal statement is either not provided at all, or what is provided is so brief and vague that the person looking through the information is often left wondering about some specific points.

Brief and vague doctrinal statements are more likely to entice more people to make use of an organization’s services, because more people are likely to believe the organization is in agreement with their own beliefs. This can be okay if the organization and the individual seeking services are both doctrinally sound. But, it is not okay if either one is doctrinally askew, or if they unknowingly differ in areas not covered in the doctrinal statement.

The Biblical example is for individuals or organizations to fully disclose their doctrinal position. This will likely decrease the number of those who would venture past the introductory materials, just as the Bible teaches that many will be offended by the gospel. Yet, I believe that full disclosure is what Paul practiced as was reflected in his statement…

‘But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience…’ (2 Timothy 3:10).

Web sites have a tremendous opportunity to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and also to build up the body of Christ. But such can only be done if all is soundly based upon God’s word. For example, one cannot be born again apart from the word of God…

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23).

No, we are not worshipping the Bible. The Bible itself states that the Word is magnified above the Name of God (Psalm 138:1) Thus, the Word of God is integral to the entire divine process by which people are brought to faith in Christ. The Word teaches that it is not by any human works, but by God’s divine grace, that people are saved through faith and simple confession in; the Person of Jesus Christ, His finished work, and His resurrection…

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:2–9)

"Grace" in the original Greek here is translated from χάριτι. No matter how you look at it, this express describes some received by someone who does not deserve it and has not paid for it. Thus, it is a "gift" (δῶρον) of God.

   It is obvious that the Spirit of God is not speaking of the works of the world that can help a person to be saved. After all, who would believe a person could be saved by committed adultery, lying, stealing, or committing murder? He is speaking of religious works instead that cannot save or help a person to be saved. Such works would including, but are not limited to; joining a church, practicing the religious rites of a church (including baptism, christening, given money, etc). Even though talking to the Lord in prayer is how a person receives the gift of eternal live, it is not the labor of daily prayers (as mentioned in Colossians 4:12) that completes or helps to keep one saved. Moreover, even Paul made clear distinction in his winning people to Christ to save them and baptizing them.

17For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of wordsc, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  (1 Corinthians 1:17)

I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22b)

Though Paul was sent to all people to preach the gospel to save them, he frankly stated that his calling did not including baptizing, and he rarely baptized people:

I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. (1 Corinthians 1:14-16)

Baptism and other religious and spiritual works were not important to Paul -- to get them saved-- but preaching the gospel as expressed in the Word of God was. This is not to say that there is no need for new believers to be baptized, because there is a need! However, the need is not to help a person be saved, but it is to enable a new believer to openly and publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and to declare his or her new birth and intentions to walk with the Lord in that new life.

Since it is likely that ~60 - 75% of the 2.3 billion people that profess to be Christians today struggle with this issue, I will develop this a little further, beginning with the following: 

 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)

The word "baptize" (translated from βαπτίζω) in the New Testament is a word that refers to identification, not a washing. For example;

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (1 Corinthians 10:1-2)

During the people of Israel's exodus from Egypt, the people of Israel were not washed by Moses or even put under the water by him. Instead, they were identified with him. In fact, the people with Moses were miraculously keep "dry" as they passed through a very wet sea. This is the New Testament usus loquendi (local usage) of the word baptism. The usage of the word denotes that of identifying with something, not washing something. There is an other word used in the New Testament for "washing." However, it is not translated from βαπτίζω, it is λουτρόν. This refers to washing something away or off, unlike the meaning of "baptize." 

Salvation is a gift that can only be received as a gift -- apart for all works -- including all forms of water baptism. Receiving Christian "salvation" in any other manner results in a person being deceived into believing they are saved and right with God when they are not, which is a very precarious and possibly damning position for the deceived.

The Lord expressed this concern through the Apostle Paul, when He had Paul to write:

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9)

Notice, the true saving Gospel is compared to being "called into the grace of Christ." Any other gospel that is not of grace (thus, of works), cannot save, and is cursed of God. The same is true for those who proclaim a gospel of works and for those who believe it.

It is the Spirit of God that draws a person to faith in Christ. He also performs the supernatural act of washing away sin and bringing about the rebirth in the believer…

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing (λουτρόν) of regeneration ( i.e., being born again), and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5–6)

Thus, it is not a believer's being baptized in water that saves or completes his or her salvation, it is the spiritual baptism that takes place when a person puts their faith in the Lord Jesus and is simultaneously born-again by the same Spirit.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13) [Joining a church on earth does not get a person into the body of Christ. It is the baptism by the Holy Spirit that accomplishes it by identifying a new believer as child of God.]

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38) [The Greek grammar here shows that the "gift of the Holy Ghost," is not the Holy Spirit Himself, but something the Holy Spirit gives, which is eternal life that achieved and received through the new birth.]

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues (true gift of diverse tongues that ceased when the word of God was completed [1 Corinthians 13:8-10]), and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (Acts 10:44-48) [Like all today, the Spirit of God baptizes people at the moment they put their faith in Christ as they confess Him as Lord from the heart. Notice also, that after this Spiritual baptism had taken place, Peter sought to convince the other six Jews with him that they should not resist water baptizing these new born again believers and children of God to identify them publicly as followers of Jesus Christ.]

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you (in the Person of the Holy Spirit), except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5) ["Reprobate" is from a word that means non-genuine or non-approved. It is another way of describing a person that is lost. This means that a person cannot be saved and not have the Spirit of God in her or him. In, John 3:34, we are told that the Lord does not give His Spirit by measure or in part. That means that a person either has the Spirit of God or they do not. They do not get a little of Him when she or he first gets saved, then get the rest or the fullness of Him later and subsequently when she or he experiences the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.]

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9) [Again, if a person has not the Spirit of God dwelling them, which occurs when a person is baptized by the Spirit of God, which takes place simultaneously when she or he expresses faith in Christ and is born again, they cannot be a child of God and they are lost and destined for hell.

Consequently, God's Word teaches that a person can only be a part of body of Christ after having been baptized by the Spirit of God. It is impossible for a person to be saved, having had their sins forgiven, be destined for heaven, and yet not having been baptized by the Spirit of God. In addition, there is no way a person can be saved or born again at some point, then subsequently and later be baptized by the spirit of God. This is one of many errors with many modern day Charismatics.

With all the above having been said, it is the word of God being shared by someone and also being received by the hearer that makes the new birth and salvation possible…

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)

It is not the word of God that is to be worshipped—it is the Word made flesh (John 1:14), the Lord Jesus Christ, who is to be worshipped. The true nature of the Lord Jesus is inseparable from His word. It is by obeying and practicing the word of God that believers can obey and worship the Lord Jesus. To worship Him in Spirit and in truth is to worship the one who is revealed in the word of God, and according to God's word.

The importance of the word of God in God’s eternal scheme is evident from even Old Testament times…

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)

The word of God is the avenue that people must travel in their quest to find God and His perfect will for their lives. God expresses Himself through the word by doctrine. And it is this doctrine that is all important in leading the lost to Christ and building up and maturing those whom have already been saved and are seeking to grow from the milk and meat of God’s word…

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1 Peter 2:2)

If any ministry or Christian organization professes to provide a spiritual service to believers or non-believer, it must focus on the Word of God...

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

Christian ministries must also focus on all doctrine, and all scripture, for the Bible itself teaches that all scripture, and all doctrine, is essential

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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

Without promoting all doctrine that is based upon all scripture as the divine basis in any ‘ministry,’ its activities are mere expressions of religious altruism or marketing the sacred at best.

It is understandable that not all people wish to immediately engage in reading a long doctrinal statement upon first being introduced to a ministry. This is especially true when they are merely ‘browsing’ to see what is available. An initial brief doctrinal statement concerning what some refer to as the 'essentials' is often all they want.

However, when a person takes the step of going from mere browsing to becoming an active participant, supporter, or receiver of services or goods, the need for full doctrinal understanding and agreement become paramount. Agreement on the so-called essentials is not enough.

God inspired the Apostle Paul to admonish the believers in Corinth to strive for such perfect agreement that they all thought (‘same mind’) and said the same things!

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

The context from which the previous passage was taken indicates that Paul’s instruction on perfect agreement concerned Christian ideas and teaching (1:5–6), as would be expressed in doctrine. When a group of believers are not in perfect agreement on doctrine there are rents or tears (‘divisions’) that prevent true unity. When such unity is absent, then quarrelsome strife (‘contentions’, 1:11,) ensues. The word ‘contentions’ is translated from the Greek e[ride", from which the English language gets the word heresy. Such contention may be overt and intensely disruptive, or it may be relegated to the background and overlooked to various degrees. Whether the strife is on the surface or below it, it is still there, and it is disruptive to the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Paul’s instruction was for each believer to turn to the study of God’s word and seek to arrive at the truth with the help, and by the power, of God’s spirit. As each arrived at the truth they would also find themselves coming into perfect spiritual harmony with each other.

Contrariwise, the modern ecumenical movement encourages each party to ‘overlook’ the differences in order to come together in some kind of humanistic unity and pseudo-harmony. Such people may often link arms and sway side to side while they look joyfully and starry-eyed up to heaven while singing spiritual songs of praise. Other’s find common ground by speaking in 'unknown tongues.' But unfortunately, when the lost witness such practices they often shake their heads and walk away in disgust, believing that they have seen mad fanaticism in operation—which is exactly what Paul said would occur…

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? (1 Corinthians 14:23)

The beloved lost, whom the Spirit of the Father is drawing to his son, are usually looking for something with true spiritual substance, understanding, and comprehension. The Spirit of God prompts them to look for something real, something more than ‘religion,’ and something that transcends human to human relationships. They are looking for a God who can understand them, and a God they can understand. Simply put, the sincere seekers are searching for a God with whom they can ‘reason’…

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Ecumenical Christians often boast in their ability to differ in doctrine and practice, yet being able to come together in worship, praise, ministry, and unity. But in reality, their behavior portrays not a God of love and holy mystery, but instead a God who seems to be unsure of just who He is, and also unsure of what His people are supposed to believe and practice!

Thus, the lost that are being drawn by the Spirit of God turn away. They are looking for a God who is consistent and immutable in His nature, and is also consistent and immutable in His behavior toward those who would believe in him. Such a God would by nature build a church that has the same characteristics.

Not all those without Christ will turn away from ecumenical demonstrations of unity. The Creator of mankind placed within the makeup of mankind a yearning—or, an itch if you will—for spiritual communion with Himself. The un-regenerated often embark on an unbridled and unguided quest for someone or something that transcends the physical dimension that will satisfactorily scratch the itch.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

The Enemy takes advantage of this itch by supplying various forms of religion and rites to pacify those who would be satisfied with such. Lucifer, the angel of Light, is a purveyor and peddler of spiritual junk food, and he knows exactly where and how to scratch. He specializes in ecstatic warm-fuzzies, shaking signs, wavering wonders, endless rites to righteousness, lose love, and music that makes the flesh move. But all this does is promote a type of worship that is at odds to the spirit and truth way of God as it has been revealed in His word.

In reality, such unwonted worship and ministry mock God. It mocks the immutability of God. It mocks the unity of God with His word. It mocks the true spiritually inspired and empowered unity that God ordained for his Church. It mocks the reason (the logos) of God who has revealed Himself through His word, and desires for us to know, understand, and worship Him accordingly.

The Spirit of the Heavenly Father will steer those, whom He is leading, away from such ecumenical gatherings and displays, and to a place instead were the word of God is simply taught, believed, and practiced. The Lord Jesus inspired the Apostle Paul to warn that in the last days multitudes of people would be damned by being led astray by one that would perform every sign, miracle, and wonder that was listed in the Bible...

7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess. 2:7-12)

Those who will be led into error and eternally damned are those who will reject the simple teaching and practicing of God's word. Since God first created and placed mankind in the world, those who reject His word do so because it conflicts with their unbiblical desires and lifestyles. Desire and lifestyles that they love.

Unfortunately, too many today act as though parts of God's word no longer apply—or, is no longer essential. Such misled ones choose to focus on a few 'key essentials,' and they deem the rest to be a matter of personal understanding and preferences for each believer to act upon as they see fit.

In contrast, we believe full doctrinal disclosure is Biblical and absolutely necessary for any ministry that professes to be Biblically based. An organization or individual in ministry may provide a basic concise statement, but it must also make full statement readily available. If properly done, the shorter statement will often let a possible contact know right away if they are in doctrinal agreement. Once one reaches a reasonable amount of assurance that they are in agreement, and they are sincerely contemplating taking advantage of a service or ministry, they should then proceed on to the in-depth statement to make sure that they are in full agreement.

Along with the so-called 'essentials,' we also believe the basic statement should include a statement about…

The individual or organization’s belief and practice on the three revelatory gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy, and receiving words of knowledge.

The individual or organization’s belief and practice on ecumenism. If they cooperate with numerous denominations and organizations they should be willing to disclose their names as well.

The individual or organization’s limitations—if any—on cooperation and association.

This attitude may seem like overkill or nit-picking to some. But there are scores of people who have had the unfortunate experience of investing time and labor, materials, or financing in an individual or group, only later to learn that they had been supporting or working with someone who held to doctrine, practices, philosophies, or associations with which they seriously disagree. In such ventures people usually get hurt, angry, and even disillusioned in their faith, and confusion reigns supreme. Full doctrinal disclosure can, and will, prevent that.

In keeping with what we believe and teach, Last Chance Ministries has an extensive doctrinal statement for those who wish to read it. But it also provides a shorter simpler statement for those who initially wish to know about our basic beliefs. Just click on the appropriate link in this paragraph or in the heading above for the one you desire.

You may not agree with any or all that we believe, but you will know precisely what we believe. Only then you will be equipped to either recommend us others or not, and you need not be concerned about being embarrassed by doctrinal differences later on. You will also know if you can work with us if you desire to do.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

I assure you, if you contact me with a desire to work us in any way, I am going to ask you about the doctrinal points covered in our doctrinal statement posted here on LCM. Over the last six years I have been contact by many from around the world whom I believe to be well meaning people who desired to work with us. Most of the time I have not accepted their offers because of doctrinal differences. I tried to be as gracious as possible in doing so. But some have been obviously offended by my refusing to accommodate them or work with, even though I had directed each to read our doctrinal statement before contacting me again or coming to our field of work. Such behavior is not becoming of those professing the name of Christ. It also causes needless confusion, looks bad to the lost, and causes hurt feelings -- wall which could have been avoided by each of them seeking to fully understanding my doctrinal positions before they contacted me.  

All the best as you seek to know, walk with, and serve Him.

Walter Robinson II

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