There are many ways in which human beings try to serve and worship God. However, the Bible makes it clear that there are many forms of service and worship that are unacceptable to Him. This does not only apply to members of false religions. Even within God’s chosen nation, those whose service is not in accordance with God’s commandments will be rejected by Him and will be punished. In this post, I would like to explore some of those types of service which God considers unacceptable which are currently seen in the church administration by reviewing the third doctrinal lesson of the Church.
Lesson 2: The True God
Theme: The true God who should be known and worshipped according to the Bible is the Father who created all things
In this lesson, the Bible is used to show the fallacy of the doctrine of the Trinity. Since the vast majority of converts to the Church have historically been Trinitarian Christians (predominantly Catholics), this is a logical place to start. It also ties in nicely with the last verses of Lesson 1 warning against the addition of new doctrines not in the Bible (1Cor 4:6, Rev 22:18-19). To paraphrase the lesson:
It has been many years now since I last participated in the doctrinal lessons of the Church (and longer still since I was going through indoctrination myself and listening to those lessons for the first time). At the time of my indoctrination, I was encouraged to “ask questions” and to “examine my faith” as I prepared for baptism. Given all that has happened in the past year, I have decided to review the lessons which form the basis of my membership within the Church of Christ in the light of all that has happened recently. Fortunately, I took detailed notes during my indoctrination and, more recently, I was granted access to a copy of The Fundamental Beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo by one of the ministers in my district so that I could fill in some of the gaps that I had and also to verify that I do not have any errors or omissions in my notes. It is with this basis that I begin the first part of this series reexamining the Fundamental Teachings of the Church of Christ in light of recent events.