C H R I S T I A N
D O C T R I N E
Groups denying these:
Mormons - 3,4,5
Jehovah's Witnesses - 1,2,3
Roman Catholicism - 3
Christian Science - 1,2,3,4
Stated specifically in scripture that these cannot be denied and still be a Christian. They deal
with the nature of God, the atonement, and its method of salvation applied to the believer. Denial of any Primary
essential constitutes lack of regeneration, lack of salvation. Note: Regeneration means the
believer is indwelt by God, changed, and enabled to understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:15)
1. Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1,14; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
2. Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
3. Salvation is by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2; 5:1-4).
4. The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
5. There is only one God (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8)
Denial of any of the above doctrines is stated in scripture constitutes being non-Christian.
Groups denying these:
Mormonism - 6, 7?
Jehovah's Witnesses - 6
Christadelphians - 6
Not stated in scripture
as essential, but are derivatively essential since they deal with accurately describing the true God and they are based,
in part, on the Primary Essentials. Denial strongly suggests lack of regeneration.
6. God exists as a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. (See Trinity)
- Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (nature of incarnation)
8. Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).
God is a Trinity and though a person may not understand or initially affirm the Trinity doctrine upon regeneration, he
will eventually come to accept it since it is a biblically true revelation describing the true God. Jesus was born
of a virgin which is essential when defending the two natures of Jesus: divine and human. If Jesus were not
born of a virgin, then His patronage would be in doubt as well as His divine nature. Without a divine nature, Jesus
would not be able to atone for the sins of the world.
Most Groups affirm:
Moral integrity, marriage fidelity, inerrancy, etc.
denies 11, 12.
ICOC denies 12
(1 John 2:4) Can be denied and still be Christian. Yet, denial would bring into
question a person's regeneration since acceptance of these show the work of regeneration of the heart
9. Moral integrity (Exodus 20:1-17)
10. Fidelity in marriage in heterosexual relationships
The condemnation of homosexuality.
12. Inerrancy of the Bible
13. Baptism is not necessary for salvation (Acts 10:44-48)
The fruit of the indwelling Spirit of God is agreement in word and deed with the scriptures. The Primary Non-Essentials
are those teachings that the Bible does not declare as essential to salvation; however, to affirm otherwise is evidence
of lack of regeneration since they are the fruit of the regenerate mind and heart.
often result due to these issues.
Any of them can be denied, or affirmed, and regeneration is not in question.
14. Predestination, election, limited atonement, and free
15. Communion every week, monthly, or quarterly, etc.
Saturday or Sunday Worship.
17. Pre, mid, post trib rapture.
18. Premill, Amill, Postmill., preterism.
19. Continuation or cessation
of the charismatic gifts
20. Baptism for adults or infants.
Musical Instruments in chruch
Comments: The subjects above whether affirmed or denied have no bearing on the status of
a person before God. They are opinions, various positions held. Unfortunately, it is in these non essentials
that many denominational differences result.
Liberal interpretation problem
Examples of bad biblical interpretations
do not contradict the essentials, but do contradict non essential teachings.
24. Open Theism
26. Possession of Christians by demons
27. Christians are to be healthy and wealthy by the fact of being Christians.
28. Women pastors and elders
Comments: Affirming the doctrines in this grey section are signs of significant lack of
understanding of biblical theology. Nevertheless, believing them does not negate salvation.