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The Essential Doctrines of Christianity (List)

Post  Sharon Light on Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:18 am

In order to defend Truth, we must first know Truth. The essential doctrines of Christianity are those for which a believer will stand, even to the point of loss of reputation, prosperity, property, liberty, and, yes, life.

These must be known so well that our radar goes off when we are taught something different. We must be so uncomfortable with anything that conflicts with these beliefs that we cannot sit still about it.

We must agree on these essential matters of Truth, such that none is up for debate. Discussion and clarification for further understanding, yes; but debate on the fact itself, not.

For example, one might share an illustration of the Trinity, or help us understand the nature of God through deeper examination of one of the parables that Christ Jesus told, but the doctrine of the Trinity and the nature of God as revealed to man in the Holy Bible is settled.

This list is only an introduction. In time, a thread will be posted on each item in the list.

The Essential Doctrines of Christianity


  1. The Nature of God
  2. The authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures
  3. The Trinity
  4. Jesus Christ
  5. The Holy Spirit
  6. The Creation
  7. Humanity
  8. Sin
  9. Christ's Death, Burial & Resurrection
  10. Salvation


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What Doctrines Are Essential?

Post  Sharon Light on Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:42 am

What Doctrines Are Essential?

by

John MacArthur
Copyright 2005-2008, Grace to You.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Part 1

How can a Christian determine which doctrines are essential and which are not?

To begin with, the strongest words of condemnation in all the New Testament are aimed at false teachers who corrupt the Gospel. Therefore the Gospel message itself must be acknowledged as a primary point of fundamental doctrine.

But what message will determine the content of our gospel testimony? Let’s turn to Scripture itself and attempt to lay out some biblical principles for determining which articles of faith are truly essential to authentic Christianity.

I. All Fundamental Articles of Faith Must Be Drawn from the Scriptures

First, if a doctrine is truly fundamental, it must have its origin in Scripture, not tradition, papal decrees, or some other source of authority. Paul reminded Timothy that the Scriptures are “able to make thee wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15, KJV). In other words, if a doctrine is essential for salvation, we can learn it from the Bible. The written Word of God therefore must contain all doctrine that is truly fundamental. It is able to make us “adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). If there were necessary doctrines not revealed in Scripture, those promises would ring empty.

The psalmist wrote, “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalm 19:7). That means Scripture is sufficient. Apart from the truths revealed to us in Scripture, there is no essential spiritual truth, no fundamental doctrine, nothing essential to soul-restoration. We do not need to look beyond the written Word of God for any essential doctrines. There is nothing necessary beyond what is recorded in God’s Word.

This, of course, is the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura -- Scripture alone. According to the Bible itself, no supposed spiritual authority outside “the sacred writings” of Scripture can give us wisdom that leads to salvation. No papal decrees, no oral tradition, no latter-day prophecy can contain truth apart from Scripture that is genuinely fundamental.

II. The Fundamentals Are Clear in Scripture

Second, if an article of faith is to be regarded as fundamental, it must be clearly set forth in Scripture. No “secret knowledge” or hidden truth-formula could ever qualify as a fundamental article of faith. No cryptic key is necessary to unlock the teaching of the Bible.

The truth of God is not aimed at learned intellectuals; it is simple enough for a child. “Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes” (Matthew 11:25, KJV). The Word of God is not a puzzle. It does not speak in riddles. It is not cryptic or mysterious. It is plain and obvious to those who have spiritual ears to hear. “The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).

The point is not that every fundamental article of faith must be supported with an explicit proof text. The doctrine of the Trinity, for example, is certainly essential to true Christianity-and it is very clear in Scripture-but you will find no comprehensive statement of the Trinity from any single passage of Scripture.

Excerpt from http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/jm-9940-42.htm (with full article @ link)
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Re: The Essential Doctrines of Christianity (List)

Post  Barnabas on Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:42 am

This is posted at the top of the forum list to establish a common ground for all discussion in all areas of the forum. No doubt there is more we agree on and will have in common but these are the basic, indisputable truths of the Word that cannot be argued.

It is also at the top because it is that important. The essential doctrines come straight from the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit we use in battle with the enemy. It is the truth that girds our loins. Knowing these doctrines and having full confidence in the Word of God and God, Himself, is the shield of faith we use to defend against the evil one. You can add nothing to your salvation by knowing these things but you can better equip yourself to stand firm (Ephesians 6:13).

We are using material sourced from credible sites and scholars to avoid the confusion of "who are you to say this" that comes up often in the online world. There is a link for every source and lots more information than what is quoted in the thread. We quote just the very, very basics. You can and must go deeper into the Word and with your knowledge. Everyone is urged to go to the linked sites and learn all you can. You'll need it some day and it may be a day sooner than you think.
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