Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 1, 2011

Doctrine!

Excerpt of Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Messenger

“It Is Written”

by Jonathan Copeland

Recent statistics provide undeniable evidence that the society in which we live has been “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). In a 2011 survey conducted by the Barna Group, 48% of those surveyed agreed with the statement that “if a person is generally good or does enough good things for others, they will earn a place in heaven.” An even larger number (59%) said that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, just with different names and beliefs, while 43% agreed that “the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon are all different
expressions of the same spiritual truths.”

A 2010 poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed that 76% of respondents believed many religions can lead to eternal life. From those who agreed with that statement, 53% identified Hinduism as a possible path to eternal life, 52% said the same of Islam, and an alarming 42% of participants believed it was possible for atheists to spend eternity in heaven.

This lack of acceptance of biblical teaching does not end with individuals. Several churches in large metropolitan areas (including Atlanta) recently held special services in which the sermon and Sunday school lessons focused upon Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and copies of the Koran were placed in the pews alongside the Bible.

The reason so many people have views contrary to the Word of God stems from the fact that we live in a society in which the Bible is increasingly viewed unfavorably. The average of Gallup polls taken in 2005 – 2007 shows that only 31% of respondents viewed the Bible as the actual Word of God to be taken literally, while 19% were willing to go so far as to say that the Bible simply consisted of “ancient fables, history, [and] legends recorded by man.”

In order to fulfill the mission of the church to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must stand firm against the tide of secularism and attempts to undermine faith in God’s Word by openly declaring the truth as revealed in Scripture.
This is the dual purpose of the upcoming doctrinal conference at Atlanta West:
to strengthen the doctrinal foundations of our organization, and to reach out
to those in our city who have a love for God but lack complete revelation of
His truth.

Prior to the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus Christ was led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. He was first challenge to transform a group of stones nearby into bread, certainly an effective appeal to Christ’s flesh, as He had been fasting for forty days. Next, Satan attempted to provoke Jesus into jumping off a cliff and summoning angels to His rescue, an appeal to the human weakness of pride. Finally, Jesus was taken to the peak of a towering mountain and shown all the kingdoms of the world, a temptation of the eyes and lust for power inherent within human nature.

Each time Satan presented the most attractive objects in his arsenal, Jesus responded by quoting the Word of God. His responses began with a simple statement: “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). This phrase spoken by Jesus to overcome the devil provides the theme of Doctrinal Conference 2011 (DC 11), which will be held at Atlanta West July 14 – 16. (Excerpt of Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Messenger “It Is Written” by Jonathan Copeland)


Responses

  1. IT’S TIME FOR US WHO ARE REALLY TEACHING AND PREACHING THE ONE TRUE GOSPEL TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP. STOP ALL THIS PROPHELIING. JESUS MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE FULL COUNSEL E.G. THE ONENESS OF GOD, BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME, ETC. WE ARE GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE GOD’S THRONE!!! IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!!!


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