Last year when we did a survey of the villages, we asked one question to the different groups claiming to be “Christian”. We simply asked if they believe Jesus was Lord and the only way of salvation. I was sadly surprised how many did not believe this.
This opened our eyes to how many cults are in China. To avoid these cults and to better learn about the churches here, we need to start with the fundamentals. We need men to come to China and teach these fundamentals of the faith.
- The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-9).
- The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).
- The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).
- The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:14-15).
- The Inerrancy of the Scriptures Themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).
- The Salvation of Sinners by Grace through Faith in Jesus Alone (Ephesians 2:8-10).
If a branch or denomination of Christianity has different views on these, then there is a good chance that it would be hard for us to fellowship or partner with them in good conscience. These are points of separation.
We need men to start churches who believe the right thing and what the Bible teaches.
But we need to be careful to make what isn’t a fundamental, a fundamental. We don’t need a new church here for every different “opinion” when there are so many people without the fundamentals.
As we stated in the last post, churches are independent. This means that each church will look, feel and act differently. Each church gets to choose, according to scripture, what they believe, their expression of worship and how culture is applied to their local church. We hope that they will believe correctly on the essentials (no flex room) and choose wisely in the grey areas (flex room).
In the next post I want to consider the grey areas.