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QUESTIONS ARE FEARED
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever
shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven."
June of 2000, I sent a Study to many ministries. The Study was
sent to ministries of Baptists, Evangelicals, Assemblies of
God, Charismatics, Pentecostals, Messianics and so on, as well
as individuals who laid no claim to a public ministry. Knowing
that many hire their websites to be maintained by someone
other than themselves made the questions appropriate for the
As well, the Study was sent to many of the
ministries that have been written about on this website. The
reason ~ many have complained it has not been shown what they are
really about, that they've been lied about and they proclaim
they invite people to ask questions so they can respond and
give answers about their beliefs.
writer thought it would be fair, then, to give them opportunity to
answer the same questions which were being asked of others.
ministries disseminate vast amounts of information and many
would have each believe they are Biblically sound, that all
their doctrines would match one's own. However, as we've
discovered these past few years, claiming one is a Christian
is something that must be put to the test. Paul wrote in 2
Corinthians 2:9 "For to this end also did I write, that I
might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all
need to know that what people say they are about is solid on
the Word of God. To do less would be to possibly allow
ourselves to be misled. One can initially only evaluate the
things which people allow us to know about themselves and
their doctrine, unless we do some serious searching. It is
shocking how many claiming to love the Lord deliberately
withhold their beliefs from others in order to deceive about
Corinthians 2:12-13 "Now we have received, not the spirit
of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might
know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which
things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
spiritual things with spiritual."
1:8, 11-12 "But though we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed. But I certify you,
brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not
after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I
taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."
Many are making the claim to being Biblically sound and yet,
are hiding what they really believe. The question would be, if
someone's beliefs are so of God and their doctrine so
Biblically sound, why would one have to hide what one
believes? The purpose of finding out what people really
believe is not to be judgmental, but to be assured that we are
not being lead into false doctrine by those who become expert
at combining truth with error.
had started out as nine questions, resulted in being expanded
into 40+. The questions were all questions we ourselves have
been asked at one time or another, and in fact, we were
including ourselves in the actual Study. The reason for the
expanded number of questions was due to understanding the
recipients of the Study and the variety of views that would be
encountered. Consequently we did not wish to limit the
options for a response.
as in any survey or controlled Study, the questions needed to
be answered with a number of options, with the occasional need
for allowing a further explanation. The provided answers were
worded with the anticipation of the affirmation of a viewpoint
as well as the rejection of a point, and then possible
corresponded with many who have often made comments on the
lack of openness from many ministries. That is, when asked
questions about beliefs or doctrine, the response is often no
response, rudeness, avoidance of the issue and redirection to
another topic or indignation that someone dare ask what they
believe. In other words a response that in no way addresses
what was asked. Although it's easy to overlook an email, or
forget to answer, far too often the same concerns are
consistently stated about the same ministries. Therefore, it
seemed appropriate to address exactly what the doctrines were
that end the the Study that was emailed out, included the
According to God's Word, in 2 Timothy 3:13-14, we are warned
in the following manner: "But evil men and seducers
shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and
hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned
them." and I Thessalonians 5: 12 "And we beseech
you, brethren, to know them which labour among you and are
over you in the Lord, and admonish you."
such as these give us reason to be aware of and evaluate
those who are around us, are in leadership positions and who
openly claim to belong to Jesus Christ. The following
questions are being sent to numerous individuals for a Study
as to what people believe. The results will most likely be
published in a website article. Those who are holding a
public ministry may have their statements published with
their name and their ministry name on any and all responses.
Please include the proper name of your ministry and URL for
that purpose. Those who are in public ministries and do not
wish to answer the questions will be recorded as having not
responded or failed to respond. Private names/individuals
will be withheld unless that individual desires their name
included in a possible quote. Realizing that all are very
busy, we have endeavored to make this as easy and as least
time consuming as possible.
questions can be answered easily with a Yes or NO answer or
Agree or Disagree. Please try to answer in that way wherever
possible. Where there are multiple options please delete the
ones that do not apply to you. Some questions will not
apply, based on your previous answer.
1 Peter 3:15 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness
Please consider answering the following:
the entire Study (CLICK)
the various responses were received, it was noted that
individuals who had no formal public stake were the most open
and willing to respond. They were excited at the prospect of
the anticipated charting of the many ministries, many feeling
that tool would give them a better insight as to what was
available on the 'net. Those responses were closely
followed in promptness by Baptists, and a few Pentecostals.
Some of the Pastors added insights to the various issues,
which this writer very much appreciated. One gentleman, who
corresponded about other issues after the Study was sent out,
agreed to take the Study when I asked him if he'd be
interested. One of his laughing comments was that he felt like
he was on the rack for a couple of the questions--but he
answered all questions. Most said the Study took about a half
hour or less of their time.
did not respond at all. Some were prepared to answer if I had
been a University or Seminary student, but were incredibly
rude upon discovering I was not.
however, started a dialogue which was open and friendly until
there were apparently email messages circulated that suggested
"I wasn't as sincere as I sounded". Those
then, who had thought the Study would be excellent, proceeded
to be offended due to believing the gossip which was fueled by
anger, indignation and evil speaking, including lying
and manufacturing information that ran the email range. They
believed their "Christian friends" were protecting
them from something wicked.
I've yet to see gossip and evil
speaking produce good fruit. Nor can I find a Scripture that
would support such behavior as being of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Manufacturing information is not conducive to edification.
However, it does show the character of those involved and they
and those who follow that type of character need to repent of
it. It is a shame to themselves.
4:31-32 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath
34:13 "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from
59:12 "For the sin of their mouth and the words of their
lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing
and lying which they speak."
4:24 "Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse
lips put far from thee."
Proverbs 8:13 "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:
pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth,
do I hate."
14:25 "A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful
witness speaketh lies."
15:28 "The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but
the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things."
17:4 " A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a
liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue."
26:28 "A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by
it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin."
don't view ourselves as anything but a family desiring to be
obedient to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We struggle and
stumble at times, no different than any other believer. We
neither believe we hold all the answers nor suggest that we
do. However, the reason the evil speaking, gossip and slander,
which we've received many times from those we've evaluated,
isn't a concern is because God's Word does hold the answers to
our questions and concerns. Scriptures such as 1 Peter 3:16
"Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil
of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely
accuse your good conversation in Christ."
understand where gossip, slander--which is wicked and false
information-- and evil speaking, which are not of the Lord,
nor to be found among those claiming to be of the Lord, comes
from. In other words, it's how God views things that
should be of utmost concern to us in our evaluations and how
others evaluate us.
6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the
evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil:
for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
The Study questions were not intended to generate strife nor
were they foolish or unlearned questions. Being evaluated or
questioned about our beliefs is only "bad" from the
side of those who wish to hide who and what they are. The
responses should have been the responses of those who serve
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as a witness. Paul wrote in
2 Timothy 2:23-26 "But foolish and unlearned questions
avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the
servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all
men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that
oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them
repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that
they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who
are taken captive by him at his will. "
3: 19-20 "...and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that
his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in
I were lost, some of the responses would have said that those
claiming to be Christian were not ones I would like to be
around, nor would they have won me to the Lord through their
witness or lack thereof.
had anticipated that some Pastors would find their time spread
too thin to be able to respond, having both a church and a web
ministry. However, a ministry is to serve individual needs and
people must take care that they are not caught in the trap of
being too busy to deal with an individual. I also
anticipated that some would not wish to answer and expose
their beliefs. I was not surprised by some of the retorts and
behavior, but rather had previous evaluations confirmed. We
can all err when dealing with others, but a consistent lack of
the fruit of the Spirit suggests a lack of the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:9 "(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all
goodness and righteousness and truth;)"
were several question that each and every person should have
been able to answer, regardless of how they perceived the
source of the Study. That is, the first five questions, but
particularly, questions three through five.
Do you believe that it is a Biblical principal that those
in leadership must be open about what they believe, who
they promote and what they endorse or have been involved
2. When asked questions about your ministry, what you
believe, who you promote or endorse or what you have been
involved in, would you say you generally:
a. are open and willing to answer all queries
b. resent being asked questions
c. would rather people went by what you have
published in various media and not ask questions
d. find questions a waste of your time
e. refuse to answer most questions
f. only answer questions from queries of people who
supportive of your ministry
3. Do you believe in the Trinity (God the Father, God the
Son & God the Holy Spirit)?
4. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of
God and is God manifest in the flesh?
4b. Do you believe that there is no other way to the
Father than through acceptance of Jesus Christ His Son,
who died on the cross for all of mankind?
4c Do you believe a Christian can lose their salvation?
5. Do you believe that upon acceptance of Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior that the Holy Spirit immediately indwells
and remains with all believers and does not leave or
reason should be obvious--these questions are a confession of
what a person believes about Christ, about salvation and about
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Each and every Christian
has a responsibility before God to confess Jesus Christ before
all, regardless of who is asking. Refusing to answer and
proclaim those things when asked, by Christian or
non-Christian, is denying Jesus Christ before men. Some might
and did say, "it's on my website what I/we want people to
know about our beliefs. If it's not there, I don't believe
it." Many of the questions would never be answered by
what is posted on the various websites.
question that listed a series of possible organizations one
might have been involved in was asked for several reasons. We
ourselves have been involved, in the past, in supporting
various groups, such as Youth for Christ, without knowing the
history or background.
like many others, have had a wake up call about the many
groups. Many have not. We were looking to possibly share
particular information for the purpose of edification. The
list was compiled with the hope of also looking for
resources--people who may have been involved in something in
the past but left for what ever reason. I was hoping to find
people willing to share testimonies of why they might have
left various things for what ever reasons. Every one has a
testimony of what God has brought them out of--but many do not
share those things. We believe it is important to do so.
can write a statement of faith. Anyone can say they are a
Christian when writing an article or disseminating information
that may hold truth and error. However, the validity is found
in one's beliefs when we are asked a question and do not
control the person that asks. That is, the person is not
accepting the dissemination of what we say we are about, but
rather, they are asking questions in terms and in a way they
can understand. Being offended by those questions should be
the last thing on any Christian's mind. It is an absolute
opportunity to witness, share Christ and our doctrinal
beliefs, which should be based on the "sound
doctrine" of the Bible.
19:7 "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the
soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
Pastor said that he'd answered questions put to him by
Jehovah's Witnesses and they misused his statements, so,
because he didn't know me and I didn't support his ministry,
he felt no obligation to answer. If he was using the Word of
God, he was being given opportunity to share the truth of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. Isn't that what a ministry is for--to
reach out to the lost and also to edify Believers? 2 Timothy
the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto
all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those
that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them
repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And
that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the
devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. "
another person's valid concerns or questions as unimportant is
to say that person is also unimportant. It is not for us to
determine who will accept the truth. If God provides an
opportunity to share the Word of God, hadn't we better use it?
3:12-13 " Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of
you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living
God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called
To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
we're afraid that what we say will be unacceptable or misused,
and close our mouths because of fear of how the information
might be used, are we not denying Christ before men? If we
only respond to those who say they support us or say they like
us or are in agreement with us, exactly what kind of
"ministry" do we have? Obviously, not a Biblical
one. Are we not disobeying what Jesus Himself said our
response should be?
6:26-30 "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak
well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to
them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray
for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that
smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him
that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh
away thy goods ask them not again."
might suggest that some or even many of the issues were
peripheral or unimportant. That would be a false statement.
Each of the questions has something to do with doctrine found
in the Word of God. All doctrine in the Word of God is worth
1:9 "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath
been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both
to exhort and to convince the gainsayers."
2:7-8 " In all things showing thyself a pattern of good
works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity,
sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he
that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil
thing to say of you."
Timothy 3:16,17, 4:1-2 "All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
all good works." 4:1 "I charge thee therefore
before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the
quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach
the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn
away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
fables. But watch thou in all things, endure
afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof
of thy ministry."
4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
wrote in Phil.
4:9 "Those things, which ye have both learned, and
received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace
shall be with you."
Many ministries are built or focused on various subject
matter in the Study. That means for them they are important
doctrinal issues. A few suggested that to answer the questions
and allow people to know their beliefs on some of the
questions would be to destroy their ministry or be divisive.
That could only be if one believes something other than
Biblical truth. We're not to have a ministry that's
Corinthians 4:2-3 "But have renounced the hidden things
of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the
word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth
commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of
God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are
Peter 2:1 "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all
guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,"
48:10 "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD
a few of the questions would be difficult if one hadn't ever
considered them--but saying you are unsure or don't know about
an issue would be far more honest than hiding one's
example, many don't know what to believe about the Rapture of
believers or timing of the return of Christ. Although we believed Christ would
return, we really didn't have a solid understanding of the
issue. We neither knew the terminology for the various
teachings, and could not discuss it Biblically. We still don't
feel knowledgeable about it.
is no division in the Body of Christ. We have one faith, not a
multitude of faiths, agreeing to disagree, or unity in
4:3-6 "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even
as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one
faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in you all."
Peter 2:5 "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a
spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."
12:3-5,9-10 " For I say, through the grace given unto me,
to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more
highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according
as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we
have many members in one body, and all members have not the
same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another...9 Let love be without
dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which
is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly
love; in honour preferring one another;"
3:14-18 " I press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many
as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be
otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless,
whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same
rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers
together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for
an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often,
and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of
the cross of Christ:"
there is division it is as a result of 1) lack of Biblical
knowledge 2) pride, ego and the need to be right 3)
stubbornness 4) lack of going to the Lord and His Word when
there is a difference of understanding a Scripture, and
waiting on Him to teach us 5) spiritual immaturity 6) one is
deceived 7) one is a deceiver.
Corinthians 4:7 "For who maketh thee to differ from
another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now
if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou
hadst not received it?"
12:16-17 "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind
not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not
wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men."
wrote that leadership was given, Ephesians 4:12-16 " For
the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of
the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head,
even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together
and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according
to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in
Those who chose to be offended, who tried to smear the
intentions of the Study, are not Biblically obedient nor
spiritually sound. The decision to not answer questions about
one's doctrinal beliefs, with that reasoning, means one has something to hide. What
in Biblical "sound doctrine" is there to hide from
those we are supposedly there to witness to or in brotherly
love, edify? Did Jesus and the apostles hide their beliefs and
who wrote we were to follow him as an example of how to behave
and what to believe, said his very life was open.
Timothy 3:10 "But thou hast fully known my doctrine,
manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity,
said in 2 Peter 3:2-3 " That ye may be mindful
of the words which were spoken before by the holy
prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of
the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall
come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own
our purpose and doctrine does not revolve around obedience to
the Word of God, we have no business pretending it does.
Timothy 6:3 -5 " If any man teach otherwise, and consent
not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and
strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil
surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and
destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from
such withdraw thyself."
one was obligated to answer the Study, but what a missed
opportunity to be Biblically obedient as a witness to share
the truths of God's Word, of which all our doctrines are
supposed to be based. Due to the issues related in this
article, it seemed prudent to not compose a chart for the
various responses. Rather, the Study results needed to be
addressed in this article. What needs to be said about sound
doctrine, answering questions about sound doctrine and those
who wish to hide who and what they are is dealt with in the
Timothy 5:17 "Let the elders that rule well be counted
worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the
word and doctrine."
Timothy 4:16 "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the
doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both
save thyself, and them that hear thee."
4:21-23 "And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be
put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a
candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be
manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it
should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him
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