- Question: For a Christian, what is the pillar and ground…in other words, the upholder and foundation of the truth…is it the Bible?
If yes, then you are disagreeing with the Bible which says it is the Church (1 Tim 3:15)? If no, then how can you believe in the Bible alone as the sole rule of faith, when the Bible tells us that the Church is the pillar and ground of truth?*
- Question: Is God’s revelation to men ongoing, or did it end with the death of the last Apostle?
*If they say it ended with the last Apostle, then where does it say that in the Bible…isn’t that a non-biblical tradition? *
- Question: Jesus tells us in John 6:27 to “labor for the food that leads to eternal life” which He will give us. In John 6:55, Jesus tells us that His Flesh is real food and in verse 54 He says that whoever eats this flesh (this food) has eternal life. What does Jesus mean when He tells us to “labor” for the food that will lead to eternal life and that by eating this food (His flesh) we will have eternal life?
Even if Jesus is speaking symbolically, isn’t He still telling us that if we “do” something, we will have eternal life? Isn’t that suggestive of faith and works? And, doesn’t He in fact command us to “labor” for eternal life? Why does He do that?
- Question: Christ redeemed all men with His death on the cross. In other words, He paid the price for all men’s sins. Yet, not all men are saved. What is the difference between those who are merely redeemed and the subset of those who are redeemed and saved? Is it something Jesus did, or is it something each saved individual did?
If it’s something Christ did, then why doesn’t He do the same thing for all men? After all, Scripture says He desires that all men be saved (1 Tim 2:4)? If it’s something the individual believer did, then isn’t that a work? The point here is that the believer has to “do” something in order to be saved. The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is not something Jesus did, it is something the believer did that the unbeliever didn’t do…he believed, by the grace of God…but he had to cooperate with that grace. He had to do something or else he would not have been “saved.”*
- Question: Do we have to forgive others in order to have our sins forgiven by God?
*If yes, then we are not saved by Faith Alone. Afterall, we cannot be saved if we do not have our sins forgiven, and we cannot have our sins forgiven if we do not forgive others. Therefore, we are saved by faith and at least one work…the work of forgiving others of their sins against us. If the answer is no, that we do not have to forgive others in order to have our sins forgiven, then they are going directly against what Jesus says in Matthew 6:14. *
- Question: Where in the Bible does it say:
A) Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith for Christians?
B) We are saved, or justified, by faith alone?
C) Baptism is a symbolic gesture that the already saved believer makes to show his commitment to God?
D) That every individual, Christian or not, has the right to interpret every single passage of Scripture on their own in order to determine, by their own authority, what is true doctrine and what is false doctrine?
E) That you are to have altar calls?
F) That you are to meet at your church every Wednesday night?
G) That it is okay to disagree on the “non-essential” doctrines as long as you agree on the “essential” doctrines?
H) That there is even such a thing as a non-essential doctrine…a non-essential part of the Word of God?
The answer to all of these is, it’s not. None of those things are in Scripture. Don’t accept anything but a Scripture passage that states these things explicitly. And you won’t get it, because it’s not there. And, again, listen to the answers to all of these questions. Listen for the inconsistencies and make sure you bring them to folks’ attention.