What the Bible Does Not Teach, Part 1

The list of what the Bible does not teach is shocking to most people. This is because these teachings are some of the foundational doctrines of man-made “religious Christianity” (defined as Catholicism, Protestantism and the cults). There is a huge difference between true “Biblical faith” and man-made religion. Biblical faith is what God intended to tell us through His Apostles and Prophets as recorded in the Bible. The teachings of religion come from the “wisdom of men” and are the wildly varied interpretations of the Bible. (See two blogs on how to understand the Bible; using God’s method, you will know what the Bible really teaches.) Religion does teach many true things; but the false things that it teaches are enough to diminish your relationship with Jesus Christ and keep you focused on the wrong things.

2 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Some of these non-Biblical “doctrines” are born out of a human desire to explain things that are not specifically taught in the Bible. Since your relationship with God is based on faith in  a God you cannot see, why is it necessary to have an explanation of things that God has not explained? Other man-made doctrines are simply false teachings, either the wrong interpretation of the Bible or some new teaching from outside the Bible. Most of these religious doctrines are harmful in some way; some can severely damage your faith.

The Bible Does Not Teach:

1. Salvation = Forgiveness Only

All are forgiven but not all are saved. You are saved when God gives you a new, clean heart and comes to live in you. You receive this “born again” heart when you turn from unbelief to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Forgiveness was God’s gift of grace to all people. Righteousness is God’s gift of grace to those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior. Being made righteous in your born again heart is what specifically saves you; forgiveness was the critical first step but it is not what saves you.

2. Believers are Sinners
Believers ARE NOT sinners; if you are a sinner, you are not yet saved. The real definition of salvation is being made righteous in your born again heart. You still live in the same old mortal “tent” (your physical body) as you did before God saved you and it is still dead because of sin; your body awaits a future redemption. But, the real you – your born again heart – is fully and forever righteous because Jesus, the Righteous One, now lives in you. Salvation = being made righteous in your born again heart.

3. A Second Filling of the Holy Spirit
Every born again believer has been baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit. This simply means that Jesus Christ (by His Spirit) literally comes to live in your born again heart. Being saved and being filled with the Holy Spirit ARE THE VERY SAME THING. Therefore, it is impossible for some saved people to have the Holy Spirit and others to not have the Holy Spirit. There are really no verses that support a second filling of the Holy Spirit. And, the notion that you must speak in tongues as evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit is completely unbiblical. (The verses at the end of this blog show that all born again believers receive the indwelling Holy Spirit.)

4. Political and Social Activism
In recent decades, it has become popular for “Christians” to get involved in political, social and scientific activism. Political activism includes trying to influence the laws and policies of the government and supporting specific candidates, often conservative ones. Social activism is speaking out about social issues. In the past it was issues like temperance (curbing or outlawing the use of alcohol); today it is abortion, gay rights and same sex marriage. Scientific activism includes trying to convince people of a certain belief about creation and age of the universe.

NO POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR SCIENTIFIC ACTIVISM IS FROM GOD. The reason is that these activities push the “harvest” (unbelievers) away from God, not toward God. It also strengthens Satan’s ability to deceive the world. When unbelievers think that the beliefs coming out of religious Christianity are absurd and laughable, people are moved away from the true and only message that should be coming from Christians. The message is: [1] God loves all people as much as He loves His own Son; [2] Jesus is the Savior; [3] God forgave and forgot everyone’s sins; and, [4] God is offering all people a new heart filled with His own Holy Spirit.


These verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven: Mark 3: 28; John 1:29; Acts 13:38; Romans 5:10a; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:12,17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2,12.
Believers Receive a New, Clean Heart: Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:25; John 3:3,7; Acts 11:9; Romans 6:1-2,6,7,11,14,17-18,22; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:24; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:9b; 1 Peter 2:24a.
God Makes Believers Righteous in Their Born Again Heart: Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 5:17,19; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:10b; 1 Corinthians 6:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:9.
Jesus Literally Lives in You as His Holy Spirit:John 14:20,23; Romans 5:5b; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:17,19; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:23; Ephesians 3:19b; Ephesians 5:30; Colossians 1:27; 2 Timothy 1:14a; 1 John 4:15-16.
Believers Still Live in a Not-Yet-Redeemed Body: Romans 8:10; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:3; Romans 8:23b; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.
Only the Righteous are Saved: Matthew 5:20,48; Matthew 25:46; 1 Peter 4:18; 1 John 3:10.
One Filling of the Holy Spirit: Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:5; Acts 5:32; Acts 11:16; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:4-6.

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