Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’

30 Seconds With Dr. Fernandes: Atheism Is Doomed

November 25th, 2013

Atheism isn’t a destination. It’s a stopover on the road back to paganism.

Depraved New World (part 2)

October 19th, 2011

Dr. Fernandes continues speaking on the effects of Evolution and the Enlightenment. Following Darwin’s and his cousin Dalton’s philosophy, Dr. Fernandes shows how many of the ideas he was led to believe are anti-American and human rights. Inescapable, the conclusions he draws from merely taking Atheistic Evolution to its logical conclusion are startling: Eugenics, Racism and Hatred.

New Q&A with Dr. Fernandes: What Defines Christianity

March 18th, 2010

In this new Q&A, Dr. Fernandes gives the top 10 things that define Christianity:

A Time to Sow … and a Time to Tear

January 20th, 2010

Originally posted by IBD Vice President Matthew J Coombe on mjcoombe.com

What is the demarcation between orthodoxy and heresy? Or that, when believers disagree about various dogma and doctrine at what point does one claim “heresy” and discontinue fellowship? Before answering this question, it must be stated that the idea of dis-fellowship should only be applied to believers. If this standard was applied to unbelievers or people who have no consistent and reliable information about Jesus and the Bible, why would we suppose them to be anything less then heretics? Further, if there was no fellowship with such people, how would they learn and know the truth? Thus, if a unbeliever holds to an errant view of Jesus it should not be faulted on that person, but rather, with meekness and fear correct the view.

The believer is held to a much higher standard. It is difficult in this age to refute errant views of “Christianity” because Christianity has become a a synonym for “theism.” In this, we often hear people say, “well I’m a Christian who believes….” And then they make some horrible exegesis from scripture or emote concerning some current ethical issue. So then, the point of this blog is to answer the question, “to what can the Christian say, ‘I believe…’” and it still correspond with orthodoxy?

The primary, essential credentials for orthodoxy are the fundamentals of the faith. This is minimal Christianity. If one does not hold to these, they are not, by any means, a true born-again Christian. These fundamentals are as follows:

  1. The inerrancy of the Scriptures
  2. The virgin birth of Jesus
  3. The deity of Christ
  4. The bodily resurrection of Jesus
  5. The immanent return of Jesus

Of these, there is only one I have any leniency on and that is inerrancy of Scripture. However, I am only lenient to the point that the other four fundamentals of the faith can still be gleaned and defended. If the Bible becomes so errant that the deity of Christ has become forfeit such a view of Scripture is detrimental. On the other hand, if one feels the Scriptures are completely accurate save a few historical or cultural datum I may not believe that either (although this view also upholds the other 4 points).

Some cults and various man-made religions claim to hold to these, but this is only to maintain the guise and stability of true Christianity. Over the course of the next few days I will be writing on each of the fundamentals, clearly defining them so as to avoid this cultic “bandwagoning.”

As for now, allow me to finish this thought. If anyone does not hold to these fundamentals, I would really question their relative Christianity. Now, as stated before, people often refer to themselves as “Christians” when what they really mean is theist. The reason I make this distinction is that if one claims to be a Christian, they are soldered to very specific views about the Bible, Jesus and the other fundamentals—any strays in these areas cause the erosion of Christianity into finite human religion.

Besides the fundamentals there is also a moral reasons to break bounds. Paul clarifies this when he wrote to the Corinthian Church:

“I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges.”

Paul claims that people professing to be believers who live in immorality give us Biblical grounds to no longer have fellowship with them. However, I’ve seen this taken too far. There are some Christians who won’t have fellowship with non-beleivers because of immorality. We must remember, it is not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick.

The freedom of Christian choice concerning the morality of actions must be based on the Bible. If someone claims, “I am a Christian who believes it is okay for me to have sex with my boyfriend.” This is beyond the scope of choice given to the believer. It is clear that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. If an act or the idea of it is not forbidden in scripture, and it ultimately leads to the good, one is free to partake in it.

Bottom line, if one does not hold to the fundamentals or is living in immorality they are not in a position to be in proper fellowship.

Post Modernism Unravelled

May 13th, 2009

Dr. Fernandes unravels the philosophical mystery, underpinnings and weaknesses of Post Modernism.

The Uniqueness of Christianity

April 10th, 2009

Dr. Phil Fernandes
Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship
President of the Institute of Biblical Defense

Today, many people believe that all religions teach the same salvation message and acknowledge the same God. However, this is not the case. Even a cursory examination of the world’s major religions reveals the uniqueness of Christianity.

Christianity differs greatly from the two leading eastern religions: Hinduism and Buddhism. The God of Christianity is a personal God, a God that we can personally know and love, for He has revealed Himself to us in His Word, the Bible. But the god of Hinduism is an impersonal force, a god that cannot love and a god that cannot be known. Buddhists are often atheists or agnostics; many Buddhists either deny God’s existence or claim to have no knowledge of His existence.

Salvation in Hinduism and Buddhism is attained through human effort and reincarnation (the cycle of death and rebirth). The goal is the cessation of all desire when a person becomes one with the impersonal universe. On the other hand, Christianity claims that salvation comes only as a gift from God—it cannot be earned through human effort, and that salvation satisfies the greatest desires of the human heart. Clearly, in doctrines such as the nature of God and the way of salvation, there is very little common ground between Christianity and the eastern religions. The eastern religions have no concept of a God who loves us and seeks to save us.

When Christianity is compared to its two western counterparts, its uniqueness is still evident. Though Judaism and the Islamic faith proclaim the existence of one creator God who is a personal being, essential differences with Christianity remain. The God of Judaism and Islam can forgive the sins of men without demanding an ultimately worthy substitute sacrifice. But the justice of the Christian God demands that all sin be paid for in full. Christianity teaches that God the second Person of the Trinity became a man and died as the substitute sacrifice for the sins of mankind. In this way God remains just for He has punished all sin by punishing Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Still, God can justify and forgive sinners who accept Jesus as Savior, for Jesus paid the price for their sins (Romans 3:20-26). Therefore, the God of Christianity is more just than the God of Islam or Judaism. When the Christian God forgives sin, He does not ignore sin, for all sin has been paid for in full. Since Jesus is God-incarnate, He is the ultimately worthy sacrifice and able to atone for the sins of all mankind.

The God of Christianity is also more loving than the God of Islam or Judaism. For only the God of Christianity loved mankind so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son in our place (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). And only the Christian God can feel our pain. Only He knows what it is like to suffer, to die, and to be rejected, for only the Christian God has become a man.

In short, the Christian God is superior to the gods of other religions. He is a personal God who loves us, a totally just God that must punish all sin, and an all-loving God that offers us the free gift of salvation that comes only through His Son. Christianity teaches a salvation that is so great that no man can earn it; it is a gift of God that man must humbly accept. Therefore, all religions do not teach the same thing. Christianity is unique, for it teaches a superior God and a superior way of salvation.