I hope we are taking a cautious look at what we accept, believe, and declare about our salvation. We are faced with dangerous theological rat traps all the time. The media attention Christianity is getting lately might cause many to believe what they see rather than what they know to be true. I know that the best way to administer poison is to hide it in something good. So, false teachers are not standing up waving a flag saying they are teaching false doctrine. No, they are mixing truths, lowing standards, and secretly denying canal doctrines of the faith. The Word of God is said to be “nourishment, energy, and development” in truth. Any sort of theological poison that is planted in the midst of a solid base of truth will upset the balance. We must be on guard by studying (2 Tim 2:14-15), praying (Eph 6:18), and trusting God (Heb 11:6).
The year, 2011 was a year of announcements by God to get it right. In 2012, The Lord was teaching patience to wait for Him to display His Glory, as He prepares Holy Ground for His final Resting Place – So in 2013, The Lord determined nobody was listening – so creation is groaning. !^DG
The Early Church’s dilemma was arresting the tide of false teachers claiming their interpretation of the Faith. Finally they decided that truth must have a measuring rod. One that is historically consistent with apostolic tradition. So in the quest to decide what is orthodox, they had to suppress free speech. The mandate was to weed out acceptable writings and teachings from false doctrine. What survived became known as the Canon of scripture, or the rule of Faith. The measuring rod for truth, love, and unity were balanced by standards of righteousness and integrity
I want to stress that the impact of world peace and satanic conquest lies in the hands of the body of Christ. What we must remember is that the lord is not preparing us for escape, but victory. However, the only way the church is going to achieve power and strength is by making a united stand against the kingdom of darkness. We have only seen a glimpse of the impact Christ intended the church to have in the world today. The church was established to have power over the kingdom of darkness.
Special revelation is that which is given to us through Prophets, the Bible, and even visions and dreams (Num. 12:6-8). The ultimate in special revelation is the incarnation of Jesus because He came to reveal the Father to us (Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22; Heb. 1:1-3) and to communicate to us the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4) by which comes salvation. Special revelation can be given with or without words. ^DMG
The doctrine of “Divine Revelation” in its’ theological and religious context has raised a host of controversy. Basically, there are two concepts of this term. Natural or general revelation and special revelation define the categories of study in this field. General revelation refers to God’s self-disclosure in creation, providentially orchestrated history, and in human nature or moral law. It is general in the sense that it is equally available to all people, everywhere, all the time. It is less specific information about God, however, than is found, say, in the life and teaching of Jesus and the explicit commands, teachings, etc. in the Bible.^DMG
Communication is the number one problem in church growth today. However, communication is much more than just talking. It is a process whereby we share with one another to gain understanding. Many of us view communication as getting our point across. But a biblical perspective on the subject is derived from two Greek words. The word, Logos means something spoken, written, thought, or felt and the word, kornoma meaning to hold in common. By combining the two, we can arrive at a clear understanding of what basic communication is. Communication is the act of conveying information and meanings by speaking or writing in order to gain a common understanding. This does not mean will we agree with each other all the time, but we do comprehend the meaning of the discourse. ^DMG