We will be posting Several sections of a new book by Richard Traver of the Christian Church of God in Grand Junction Colorado.
The book breaks down God’s Plan shown in the Gospel Message into 10 Essential Elements. I will be showing each of these in it’s own post over the next 10 weeks.
Sometimes it is good to review what we have been given to shore up the foundations of our beliefs.
Below are the opening comments outlining the Booklet itself:
The Message to God’s Called out Ones
Why it is that so many Can’t Understand the Bible is their Failure to Correctly Identify the Greater
Essence of the Gospel Message
The early New Testament Church was faithful to maintain the Faith-Once-Delivered for its first generation, but in time, their Love faded and a hierarchical structure was allowed to take root and apostate teachers were permitted to infiltrate and pervert the true doctrines, disregarding the specific instructions given to the apostles by their Lord and Master.
Jesus warned that such a thing would happen, as did the Apostles Paul and John, who were alive to see it develop. By the late second century, the theology of what was reported to be that of the original apostles, had taken in elements drawn from other contemporary Pagan belief systems (Mithraism and Gnostcism). By the time the last-written New Testament books were being composed, Gnostic concepts had greatly affected what was accepted by the secular world as being “Christianity”. Modern believers, for the most part, remain unaware that the theology of “the Church” had been perverted, with many followers largely abandoning the basic truths brought to us by the ministry of the Savior.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some 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;” (1st Timothy 4:1-2)
The fundamental Doctrines of the Church are basically seven: Repentance; Faith; Baptism; Laying-on of Hands; the Resurrections and Eternal Judgment; each laying the basis for going on to Perfection, all as listed in Hebrews Chapter 6, verses 1 and 2. Few of these are fully and comprehensively taught by the various main-stream denominations today!
Here is a link to the first in the 8 sections which breakdown this positive and enlightening message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God Has Revealed His Master Plan for ALL Who Have Ever Lived
Identifying the Essence of the Gospel Message
Life as we know it is unique in the universe
God is creating a Family like Himself
Christ will rule over all the earth for 1000 years
His converted Saints will rule with Him as Kings and Priests
What IS a Saint?
That coming age is the True Kingdom of God
The Seventh Day Sabbath illustrates the Plan
The Biblical Holy Days also illustrate the Plan
Common religious holidays celebrate falsehoods