One Book Rightly Divided

One Book Rightly Divided

Written By Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer

 

Chapter 1

Why This Book?

Have you ever considered why different churches disagree on many of the major doctrines, yet most of these churches use the Bible to prove their own doctrinal beliefs? For instance, consider these contradictory teachings made by various churches, using scripture to “prove” their particular position:

A person gets to heaven based on works (Luke 18:18-22)

versus

salvation is by grace alone without works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

There is no such thing as eternal security (Hebrews 6:4-6)

versus

all Christians are eternally secure (Ephesians 4:30).

Everyone must be baptized to go to heaven (Acts 2:38)

versus

baptism is a picture of salvation (Colossians 2:11-12).

By reading these seemingly contradictory scriptures, some have concluded, “you can make the Bible say whatever you want it to say.” The truth is, that conclusion is right! You can make the Bible say whatever you want it to say, simply by ignoring context. However, the Bible is not contradictory, as this book will strive to show.

People desiring spiritual truth can only acquire this truth through a diligent search of the scriptures (John 5:39). However, how they search the scriptures will determine the extent of truth derived from this search. Many different denominations and churches exist, each claiming to be correctly interpreting the Bible and attaining spiritual truth. Each claims that searching the scriptures, using their methods, is the only way to arrive at the truth. Can they all be right and still contradict one another? To Read the rest of the book click this link.

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