FREE BELIEVERS MINISTRIES PRINCIPLES

 
 

FREE BELIEVERS MINISTRIES PRINCIPLES

Galatians 5:1 It was for the sake of freedom that Christ set us free


Regarding Doctrinal Statements


Doctrinal statements of the Christian religion are expressions of ancient times necessitated by, and contained within, a worldview that began to alter fifteen hundred years ago with the fall of the Roman Empire, and for the most part disappeared within the last half millennium. No one today would wish to again live under the old Roman order, yet no one established in the modern day Christian institutional religious order would dare question the thinking of those ancient men who formulated those doctrinal statements. They will deny the ancient worldview, but they will accept without question the thinking prompted by that ancient worldview.

If any of those ancient men were alive today and were heard to express their minds, out of their ancient worldview, they would be ridiculed as having less sense and knowledge than the average high school drop out today. Yet their thoughts on this particular subject are taken, accepted, and defended, without question and have been for fifteen hundred years.


Doctrinal statements tend to take the mind captive, predispose the mind to speak for the word of God rather than allow the word of God speak for itself, and constrain the heart to deny the truth of the word of God when something in scripture contradicts what is understood in the doctrinal statement. That was the purpose of doctrinal statements as they were formulated in those ancient times. Ancient doctrinal statements were for the purpose of forcing all men to begin from the same mental foundation when describing the Roman church institution as it desired to exist at the time. They were also for the purpose of defending the old Roman church institution against other philosophies that were used to attack the institutional order.

These ancient doctrines were for the purpose of trying to convey to the world, as it existed at the time, the ideas upon which the old Roman church, as an institution, was based. The doctrinal statements were never a synopsis of the totality of what was in God's word even though men wanted them to be and used them as if they were. In the final analysis doctrinal statements are for the purpose of defining the religious institution, not for teaching men to know God more fully in His word.


Doctrinal statements are the primary culprit in the division of the body of believers because doctrinal statements are not biblical statements, but rather statements formulated in the minds of men, who have chosen various texts to create the statement. However, the belief in the validity of doctrinal statements as a foundation for the institution, and the preservation, of the church is fundamental to every sect in the Christian community. Each has a slight variation in the doctrine but they all believe that acceptance of the truth of these statements are crucial for the existence of the institution, and they believe the institution as it exists is right in its existence. Therefore, the existence of each sect based on their slight variation of doctrine continues to exist in their fractured state based on their differences. They do not seek unity based on their communality. Yet, they all claim to be the body of Christ.


Regarding Creedal Statements


Creedal statements tend to take the mind captive, and bind the speaker of creeds to mindset that is often repeated when engaged in dialog with an unbeliever or believer of another sect. The often repeating of the creedal statement narrows the spiritual eye to the limited confines of the statement and prevents the mind and heart from absorbing the richness of the word of God.


Creedal statements have been the major source of contention between various groups of believers since the very beginning of the congregating of believers after the resurrection of Christ.


THE PRINCIPALS OF FREE BELIEVERS


A Free Believer is a devoted, dedicated, and constantly, a disciple of the word of God seeking to know the fullness of God through Christ Jesus, and the study of the word.


A Free Believer is constantly, and profoundly, aware of the weakness of the spirit that cause men to fall short of the glory of God, and regards himself as chief among those sinners.


A Free Believer fears God and the righteousness of His judgment, and seeks God diligently to avoid the destruction of the soul, and lives constantly in the hope of eternal life for those who come to God through Christ Jesus.


A Free Believer lives his life in the belief that God is revealed in the word, and in faith diligently seeks all knowledge of God in the revealed word of scriptures.


A Free Believer avoids the acceptance into their mind any doctrinal statement. The hearing of doctrinal statements, the discussion of doctrinal statements cannot be avoided. The Free Believer knows and recognizes that men everywhere have accepted doctrinal statements as formulated by various sects, and have whole heartedly accepted these statements as the very foundation of their understanding of God, and the work of God in creation, since the very beginning of time.


A Free Believer struggles against the efforts of the heart of marginalize those who have these statements as their foundation for belief. It is these very believers that are in the most need of being released from the bondage that binds them and prevents them from knowing the fullness of the Christ they profess as their savior. They are the field in which the true disciple of God in Christ Jesus will toil. As Christ came to free the minds and hearts of the people of Judea from the bondage of the Law as men sought to bind them, so to does the Free Believer toil to set the minds of Christians free from the bondage of doctrines and creeds that bind them.


A Free Believer avoids the tendency think and act critically toward believers in bondage to doctrine and creeds of the religious institution. Free Believers know they were also once captive to the same institutional bondage that holds brothers and neighbors.


A Free Believer avoids thinking of denominational believers as the enemy in even the slightest degree. All men are created in the image of God and therefore are precious in the sight of God. All believers in bondage to doctrine are not enemies, but rather unfortunate brothers that have been enslaved, and have never been allowed to taste the true freedom from which Christ has set them free. Every Free Believer is free by the efforts and the gift of another and should avoid thinking of themselves as different from others. 1Co 4:7 For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?


A Free Believer struggles to be patient, and longsuffering, with those in denominational bondage as God was patient, longsuffering, compassionate, and merciful with them. All men would be free if they understood they were in bondage. All their lives they have been told they are free because of the very doctrinal statements they hold near and dear to their hearts. As Satan deceived Eve with distorted truth, not lies, so to have philosophers deceived the innocent with distortions of the truth. Therefore, with patience and constant compassion and forgiveness for abuse, the Free Believer will eventually set the heart of those in bondage to denominationalism free.


A Free Believer avoids believing there is no truth in doctrinal and creedal statements. All Christian doctrine and creeds are based on the true words of scripture. The bondage is not due to false words, but rather, errors in interpretation and application of the words found in the scriptures.


A Free Believer refuses to acknowledge the right of any man to stand between him and the God whom he seeks. All truth comes from God directly to the heart of the Free Believer, the disciple, who seeks Him. No one speaks the absolute truth of God but God Himself. (Isa. 50:4)


A Free Believer accepts the truth that he is the church, the “called out” by God, the very temple of God, and therefore is holy to God. The idea of church as an institution is rejected as unscriptural. The idea of a Christian institution called The Church incorporates all of the aspects of the ancient Jewish religious institution taught against by Jesus and His disciples.


A Free Believer rejects the idea that the modern day Christian religious institution called The Church is the new Israel. As the children of Israel were divided, and in their division perished, so to is the Christian religious institution divided, and will also perish because of its internal conflict. A house divided against itself cannot stand, and cannot represent the truth of God as represented in the unity of God the Father and Jesus the Son.


A Free Believer rejects the idea that he must be fully incorporated into the Christian religious institution in order to be fully transformed by his God working in the power of the Holy Spirit within "The Church".


A Free Believer will not allow the Christian religious institution to be a substitute for God, or believe that the rejection of the institution is a rejection of God. God is not in any institution but rather in the heart of every believer that responds to the calling of God to seek Him with all his heart, mind, strength, and spirit.

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