DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

The Bible says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some(not all) shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Now, a great apostasy did occur in the New Testament Church because many of the early disciples started believing false teaching which were the commandments of men - not the commandments of God. Therefore, we should learn the difference between religious error and Divine Truth because it is easy to be deceived by religious error. Remember: All Scriptures which are used in this article will be taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the way by which we must become a New Testament Christian because in the First Century all of those persons were born again in the same way.

1. They become a New Testament Christian by hearing the word of God. Paul said, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

2. They became a New Testament Saint by believing the word of God. The Bible says, "Without faith (minus faith on our part) it is impossible to please him (God); for he that cometh to God must believe that he is (He exists), and that he (God) is a rewarder (a promise keeper) of them that diligently seek him", i. e. God (Hebrews 11:6).

3. They became a disciple of Christ by
repenting of their past sins. Our Lord said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).

4. They became a new creature in Christ by confessing the Deity of Christ. Luke said, "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the Eunuch said, see, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, if thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 8:36-38).

5. They became a New Testament Christian by being baptized into Christ so that they could put on Christ. Paul said, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).

THE REASONS WHY BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION

1. Those persons knew that baptism is a commandment of God. Peter said, "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, can any man forbid water; that these (the Gentiles) should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we (the Jews)? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:47-48).

2. Those people conceived that baptism is for the salvation of our souls. Peter said, "While the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:20-21).

3. Those persons realized that baptism is the act that puts us into Christ. Paul said, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).

4. Those people knew that baptism is the act that destroys the body of sin. Paul said, "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, For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6:3-6).

5. Those persons conceived that baptism is the act that saves us. Our Lord said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).

6. Those people perceived that baptism is the act that washes away our sins. Ananias said unto Saul, "Why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

7. Those persons realized that baptism is the climax of the New Birth: the Spiritual Birth. Our Lord said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again (in a spiritual way), he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water (be immersed in water), and of the Spirit (the teachings of the Holy Spirit), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:3-5).

8. Those persons knew that baptism is Divinely Authorized by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. "Go make disciples out of all nations, baptizing them in the name (which means by the authority) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:18-20).

9. Those people perceived that baptism is for the remission of our past sins. Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name (the authority) of Jesus Christ for the remission (the forgiveness) of your sins" (Acts 2:38).

A. Those persons knew that baptism is a burial in water. Paul said, "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead" (Colossians 2:12).

B. Those people conceived that baptism is a resurrection from water. Luke said, "And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized (immersed) him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him not more; and he went on his way rejoicing" (Acts 8:38-39).

Now, we must know and understand the way by which we must be born again in a spiritual way so that we can enter into the Kingdom of God. Therefore, if we should refuse to be born again according to God's revealed laws concerning the New Birth, we could not enter into the Kingdom of God.

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the manner in which we are to worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth because in the First Century all of those redeemed persons worshipped the Lord their God in the same way.

1. They worshipped the Lord their God with vocal music only (acappella music) by singing songs of praise unto Him. Paul said, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing (not singing with some musical instrument, but simply singing) with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Colossians 3:16). Paul also said, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing (not singing with some musical instrument, but simply singing) and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19).

THE BEGINNING OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE CHURCH

Now, instrumental music was not used in the worship service of the early Church because instrumental music is not Divinely Authorized for New Testament Worship. However, instrumental music was later introduced into the worship service of the church many years after the Church had been established. It was added to the church in about 670 A.D. Nevertheless, instrumental music caused a religious division in the church which already had apostatized from the truth of God concerning many different doctrines. Thus, we should not use instrumental music in our worship service unto the Lord our God because the Lord our God has not authorized instrumental music to be used in the worship service of the New Testament Church. Therefore, vocal music only is a worship service of the New Testament Church because we can express our praises unto the Lord our God for the Divine Blessings which we are receiving in being citizens of His kingdom.

2. They worshipped the Lord their God by praying unto Him. Luke said, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42). Paul said, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayers and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6). The Bible says, "Let us therefore come bodily unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

3. They worshipped the Lord their God by partaking of the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day: Sunday. Luke said, "Upon the first day of the week (Sunday is the Lord's day), when the disciples came together to break bread (to partaker of the Lord's supper), Paul preached unto them" (Acts 20:7). Paul said, "For as often as ye eat this bread (the unleavened bread is his body), and drink this cup (the contents of the cup contains the fruit of the vine, and the fruit of the vine is his blood), ye do shew the Lord's death till he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26).

4. They worshipped the Lord their God by giving liberally of their money unto Him. Paul said, "Now concerning the collection (the giving of your money) for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week (Sunday which is the Lord's day) let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come" (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

5. They worshipped the Lord their God by hearing faithful gospel preaching. Paul said, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Now, we must know and understand the way by which we are to worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth. Therefore, if we should refuse to worship the Lord our God according to His revealed laws of worship, we could not worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth.

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the Divine Names of the New Testament Church because those persons, who lived in the First Century, understood the Divine Names of the Church.

1. They realized that the New Testament Church is called the Church of God because God planned the Church. The Lord God said, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; He (Christ the Lord) shall bruise thy head, and thou (the Devil) shalt bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15). Paul said, "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified (set apart) in Christ Jesus" (1 Corinthians 1:2).

2. They conceived that the New Testament Church is called the Churches of Christ because Christ built the Church. Our Lord said, "Upon this rock (the fact that I am Jesus Christ) I will build my church (the New Testament Church) and the gates of hell (the powers of Satan) shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Paul said, "The churches of Christ salute you" (Romans 16:16).

3. They perceived that the New Testament Church is called the Church of the Firstborn because they were a new creature in Christ. The Bible says, "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven" (Hebrews 12:23).

4. They understood that the New Testament Church is simply called the Church because they were called out of the wicked world. Paul said, "To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church (the ekklesia) the manifold wisdom of God" (Ephesians 3:10).

5. They knew that the New Testament Church is called the Kingdom of Heaven because their citizenship was in heaven. Paul said, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).

Now, the New Testament Church is called by a Divine Name - not by a human name. Therefore, if we should refuse to call the Church by a Divine Name, it would be an abomination unto the Lord our God.

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the Biblical Names by which members of the Church are called because in the First Century all those persons understood the reasons why members of the Church are called by Biblical Names.

1. They were called Christians because they were one like Christ. Peter said, "If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf" (1 Peter 4:16).

2. They were called the children of God because they were the children of God by regeneration. Paul said, "For ye (Christians) are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27).

3. They were called brethren because they belong unto the same spiritual family. Paul said, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault. Ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).

4. They were called saints because they were sanctified. Paul said, "To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints" (Romans 1:7).

5. They were called disciples because they were learners of Christ. Luke said, "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26).

Now, members of the New Testament Church are called by a Biblical Name - not by a human name. Therefore, if we should refuse to called ourselves by a Biblical Name in a religious way, that would be an abomination unto the Lord our God.

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the way by which we are to live the Christian life upon the earth because in the First Century all those persons lived a godly life upon the earth.

1. In being New Testament Christians, they added virtue to their faith. Paul said, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

2. In being new creatures in Christ, they added knowledge to their faith. The Lord our God said, "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws into their mind, and I will write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach ever man his neighbour, and every man his brother saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews 8:10-12).

3. In being New Testament Saints, they added temperance to their faith. Paul said, "I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection (under control with temperance): lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Corinthians 9:27).

4. In being disciples of Christ, they added patience to their faith. James said, {Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy" (James 5:10-11).

5. In being sons of God by regeneration, they added godliness to their faith. Paul said, "But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

6. In being born again in a Spiritual way, they added brotherly kindness to their faith. The Bible says, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). Paul said, "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 5:32)

7. In being converted unto the truth, they added love to their faith. John said, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1 John 5:2-3).

Now, we must add the Christian grace's to our faith so that we can be a faithful Christian. Therefore, if we should refuse to add the Christian grace's to our faith, we could not be a faithful Christian.

THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

(WE MUST KNOW GOD WHO IS OUR CREATOR)

Paul said, "Of whom (God) the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 3:15). God said, "Let us (who are the Heavenly Persons that are called by the Surname of God) make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image", i. e. of life (Genesis 1:26-27). John said, "For there are three (Persons) that bear record (of our creation) in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit: and these three (Persons) are one", i. e. equal (1 John 5:7). Moses said, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord". ( Deuteronomy 6:4).NOTE: The one God of the Scriptures can be the Surname of more than one Heavenly Person providing that those Persons are Equal in power, rule, and authority in matter of Their Own Individual Being of life.

1. Some of those people thought that God was the Surname of three Ranked Persons who would be called God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in being their Creator. This is why the Religious World makes a Ranked Hierarchy to rule in heaven because they make the Father to be the First Person in power, rule, and authority; the Son (Jesus) to be the Second Person in power, rule, and authority; and the Holy Spirit to be the Third Person in power, rule, and authority.

2. Some of those people knew that God was the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit in being their Creator because they realized that God in being the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit created their own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin when they were born upon the earth.

Now, if we should make God to be the Surname of three Ranked Persons who would be called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator, we would greatly degrade the whole being of our own creation of life because that would make us to be made in the image and after the likeness of a Ranked God who would be the Surname of three Ranked Persons that would be called God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in matters of our own creation of life. Therefore, since God is the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator, this greatly magnifies the total sum of our own divine nature of life because we are made in the image and after the likeness of God who is the Surname of three Equal Persons that are called the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit in matters of our own redemption of life.

THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

WE MUST KNOW CHRIST WHO IS OUR REDEEMER

The Bible says, "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19). Paul said, "For as many of you has have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). Our Lord said, "Go teach all nations, baptizing them (into Christ by baptizing them) in the name (the authority) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:18-20).

1. Some of those people thought that Christ was the Surname of a Ranked Person who would be called the Son (Jesus) in being their Redeemer because they thought that God was the Surname of three Ranked Persons who would be called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being their Creator.

2. Some of those persons knew that Christ was the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being their Redeemer because they realized that Christ in being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit redeemed their own body, Soul, and Spirit from the guilt of sin when they become a New Testament Christian by obeying the gospel of Christ.

Now, if we should make Christ to be the Surname of a Ranked Person who would be called the Son (Jesus) in being our Redeemer, we would greatly downgrade the whole being of our own redemption of life because that would make us in being New Testament Christians to be new creatures in Christ who would be the Surname of a Ranked Person that would be called the Son (Jesus) in reference to our own redemption of life Therefore, since Christ was made to be the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being our Redeemer, this highly amplifies all aspects of our own divine nature of life because we in being New Testament Christians are new creatures in Christ who was made to be the Surname of three Equal Persons that are called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in reference to our own redemption of life

THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

1. Some of those early Christians did depart from the faith because the majority of those people began to make one created man to be greater than another created man. This was what James said, "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:9-10).

2. Some of those early Christians did depart from the faith because the majority of those people began to make one redeemed man to be greater than another redeemed man. This was what Paul said, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name (the authority) of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same things, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you" (1 Corinthians 1:10;12). Paul also said, "Now this I say, that every one you saith I am of Paul; and I of Apollos and I of Cephas (Peter); and I of Christ. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisors, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?" (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).

3. Some of those early Christians did depart from the faith because one man really wanted the preeminence (to be first in power, rule and authority) in a congregation. This was what John said, "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember the deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doeth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church" (3 John 1:9-10).

4. Some of those early Christians did depart from the faith because the eldership in the Church began to led some people into religious error. This was what Paul said to the elders of the Church,"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of you own selves (the eldership) shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciple after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one might and day with tears" (Acts 20:28-31).

Now, we must learn that the New Testament Church is autonomously (self-ruled) in it religious organization. Therefore, if we should make a ranked hierarchy to rule over the Church in a religious way that would be an abomination unto the Lord our God because Christ (not a redeemed man) is the head of the Church.

THE RESULTS OF OUR DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

1. If we do not learn the True Nature of God in being our Creator, and if we do not learn the True Nature of Christ in being our Redeemer, we could be deceived concerning the Divine Blessings of New Testament Christianity. This was what Paul said, "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in uprightness" (2 Thessalonians. 2:9-12).

2. If we do not understand the Divine Nature of the New Testament Church, we could be beguiled by false teachers. The Bible says, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Peter said, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction" ( 2 Peter 2:1).

THE CONCLUSION

1. We must become a New Testament Christian by obeying the gospel plan of salvation.

2. We must worship the Lord our God according to His revealed way of worship.

3. We in being a New Testament Christian must produce the fruit of the Spirit.

4. We must know and understand the Divine Pattern of the New Testament Church.

5. We must learn and realize that God is the Divine Name of three equal Persons who are called the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator.

6. We must know and understand that Christ was made to be the Divine Name of three equal Persons who are called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in being our Redeemer.

7. We must learn and realize that we in being a New Testament Christian have been created and redeemed by three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Word , and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator, and who equally are made to be called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being our Redeemer so that in that world which is to come we can become equal with Them in power, rule and authority.

Our Lord said, "Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH shall make you FREE", i. e. of sin (John 8:32).

QUESTIONS

ANSWER TRUE OR FALSE

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the way by which we are to become a New Testament Christian.

1. T - F: Have you become a New Testament Christian by hearing the word of God?

2. T - F: Have you become a New Testament Christian by believing the word of God?

3. T - F: Have you become a New Testament Christian by repenting of their past sins?

4. T - F: Have you become a New Testament Christian by confessing the Deity of Jesus Christ?

5. T - F: Have you become a New Testament Christian by being baptized into Christ for the remissions of your sins?

A. T - F: Do you know that baptism is a commandment of God?

B. T - F: Do you conceive that baptism save the soul from its past sin?

C. T - F: Do you perceive that baptism is the act that puts you into Christ?

D. T - F: Do you understand that baptism is the act that destroys the body of sin?

E. T - F: Do you realize that baptism is act that save you?

F. T - F: Do you perceive that baptism is the act that washes away our sin?

G. T - F: Do you observe that baptism is the climax of the Spiritual Birth (the New Birth) so that you can enter into the Kingdom of God?

H. T - F: Do you understand that baptism is Divinely Authorized by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

I. T - F: Do you know that baptism is for the remission (the forgiveness) of your past sins?

1). T - F: Do you know that baptism is a burial in water so that you can duplicate your Lord's death, burial and resurrection from the grave?

2). T - F: Do you conceive that baptism is a resurrection from the water so that you can live a dedicated life unto the Lord your God?

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the manner in which we are to worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth.

1. T - F: Do you worship the Lord your God each Lord's Day (Sunday) with vocal music only (acappella music) by singing songs of praises unto Him?

2. T - F: Do you worship the Lord your God each Lord's Day by praying unto Him?

3. T - F: Do you worship the Lord your God each Lord's Day by partaking of the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day: Sunday?

4. T - F: Do you worship the Lord your God each Lord's Day by giving liberally of their money unto Him?

5. T - F: Do you worship the Lord your God each Lord's Day by hearing faithful gospel preaching being preached unto you?

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the Divine Names of the New Testament Church because those persons, who lived in the First Century, understood the Divine Names of the Church.

1. T - F: Can the New Testament Church be called the Church of God?

2. T - F: Can the New Testament Church be called the Churches of Christ?

3. T - F: Can the New Testament Church be called the Church of the Firstborn?

4. T - F: Can the New Testament Church be simply called the Church?

5. T - F: Can the New Testament Church be called the Kingdom of Heaven?

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the Biblical Names by which members of the Church are called because in the First Century all those persons understood the reasons why members of the Church are called by Biblical Names.

1. T - F: Are members of the New Testament Church called Christians?

2. T - F: Are members of the New Testament Church called the children of God by regeneration?

3. T - F: Are members of the New Testament Church called brethren?

4. T - F: Are members of the New Testament Church called saints?

5. T - F: Are members of the New Testament Church called disciples?

THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

Those early Christians did not depart from the faith concerning the way by which we are to live the Christian life upon the earth.

1. T - F: Should you add virtue to your faith?

2. T - F: Should you add knowledge to your faith?

3. T - F: Should you add temperance to your faith?

4. T - F: Should you add patience to your faith?

5. T - F: Should you add godliness to your faith?

6. T - F: Should you add brotherly kindness to your faith?

7. T - F: Should you add love to your faith?

THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH

GOD IS YOUR CREATOR

Our Lord said, "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures nor the Power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

1. T - F: You can not Scripturally make God to be the Surname of three Ranked Persons who would be called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being your Creator because the one God of the Scriptures could not be the Surname of three Ranked Persons who would be called God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in matters of your own creation of life.

2. T - F: You can Scripturally teach that God is the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator because God in being the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit created your own body, Soul, and Spirit free of sin when you were born in a physical way upon the earth.

Our Lord said, "Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH shall make you FREE", i. e. of sin (John 8:32).

CHRIST IS YOUR REDEEMER

Our Lord said, "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures nor the Power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

1. T - F: You can not Scripturally make Christ to be the Surname of a Ranked Person who would be called the Son (Jesus) in being our Redeemer because those three God-Persons, who are called the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit in being our Creator, did equally make Themselves to work in the Surname of Christ in being called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so that They could be our Redeemer.

2. T - F: You can Scripturally teach that Christ was made to be the Surname of three Equal Persons who are called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in being your Redeemer because Christ in being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit redeemed your own body, Soul, and Spirit from the guilt of sin when you became a New Testament Christian by obeying the gospel of Christ.

Our Lord said, "Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH shall make you FREE", i. e. of sin (John 8:32).

Be sure that you know and understand all of the above statements and questions because this is what life is all about. You only get one chance at life so you should learn all that you can about it because life is all that you possess and life is all that you will ever possess.

Please get others to read this article so that they can learn more about the Divine Blessings of their own being of life.

We as New Testament Christians possess a created and a redeemed nature of life which we need to know about and understand fully in order to overcome the forces of evil.

May the Lord bless you and give you wisdom so that you can understand the Divine Blessings of New Testament Christianity because you can be deceived by religious error.

Charles G. Burke: Elder / Minister