Summary: bible doctrine
Intro: how many came tonight to hear a good old southern Baptist sermon. I am sure not many of you did, seeing this is a A/G church. But I was looking over some articles and came across a message by Jerry Falwell on 5 features of a fundamentalist. Now I didn’t think that would apply to us, but as I read the article I discovered that even though we may disagree on many other subjects, that I am in agreement on the fundamentals of the faith. Tonight I would like to give you his five points.
Five Features of a Full-fledged Fundamentalist
I. Believe God’s Word is God’s Word
It isn’t just a good book, it isn’t just the holy bible, it is the inspired Word of God. It is God’s revelation to man. It is infallible, it is inerrant, it has no flaws, not one line, jot or tittle will be removed from it, till all is fulfilled.
a. Hebrews 1:1-2—God spoke in times past by the prophets, but now speaks to us by the Son. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, His Word was with God and His Word was God.
b. 2 Timothy 3:16—God used men to write it, he used their everyday language, and even their personalities, but it’s truth came from God.
c. 2 Peter 1:20-21—this is Holy Spirit moved—the Holy Spirit moved upon these men to write this God breathed Word.
1. It can be imitated, but never duplicated—all other books are of human wisdom and resource. But this is God’s book, it is his letter written in red.
2. there are no contradictions—with our limited skills we many times cannot comprehend the depth, and height, and width of God’s grace and power. His ways are higher, his thoughts are higher. So when man says he finds an error or contradiction, it is out of his ignorance that he would even dare claim an error in God’s Word.
3. It is spiritually discerned, and received by faith. The carnal mind cannot receive from God’s Word. That is why it takes a spirit led believer to grasp the deep truths.
II. Jesus Christ’s Sinless Life—
a. His Virgin Birth—Isaiah 7:14—any attempt to discredit the virgin birth is an anti-Christ spirit. Any spirit that says Jesus didn’t come in the flesh is a lying spirit. He couldn’t be the lamb of God without blemish, without the sinless birth.
b. sinless life—hebrews 4;15—now some have portrayed Christ as having human weakness and frailty. Many modernists even have him falling into many divers temptations. But that is against our fundamentals. Jesus was sinless, he defeated sin in his flesh. He conquered sin, he defeated it, and nailed it to the cross.
c. Sinless substitute—2 Cor. 5:21- our sins was laid on the sinless sacrifice. He substituted for us on the cross. Our sins were placed on his back. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, surely he bore our sorrows, and with his stripes we are healed.
a. Matthew 20:28—he gave his life for a ransom
b. I Peter 3:18—the just for the unjust
c. John 6:51- his flesh the bread of life
d. Romans 5:8-while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
e. Romans 8:32-delivered him up for us all