By God's grace we
receive salvation through faith in Christ alone. Our salvation is based
on a relationship with the One True God and not the adequacy of our
knowledge. Though we may have a right relationship with God in spite of
our incomplete knowledge of him, the importance of right doctrine is
that we put our faith in the One True God and not a false god of
another nature (2 Cor 11:4, Gal 1:6-8). Thus the scriptural lament for
those who do not really know God; "My people are destroyed from lack of
knowledge" (Hos 4:6).
1. Only One God: Dt 6:4, Mk 12:29; Isa 43:10b,11;44:6,8;45:5-12;46:8,9
2. Deity of Christ: Jn 8:58;10:24-33, Col 2:9, Tit 2:13; Heb 1:1-5; Rev 22:13
3. Virgin Birth Of Christ: Isa 7:14; Mt 1:18,25, Lk 1:34,35; Jn 1:14;3:16; 1Jn 4:9.
4. Substitutionary Death Of Christ: Isa 53:5; 2Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; Heb 2:9; 1 Pet 2:24;3:18
5. Physical Resurrection Of Christ: Ps 16:10; Lu 24:45-47; Jn 21:26,27; Ac 2:23,24; Rom 10:9
6. Second Coming Of Christ: Mt 26:64; Lu 21:27; Ac 1:11; Heb 9:28; Rev 3:11,22:20
7. Resurrection Of Dead For Judgment According To Deeds: Da 12:2; Jn 5:28,29; Ac 24:15; Rev 20:13
8. Universal Sin: Gen 6:5; Ps 53:3; Isa 53:6; Rom 3:10-18,23; 1 Jn 1:8
9. Salvation By Faith In Christ Alone: Jn 6:28,29; Rom 5:1; Gal 3:24; Eph 2:8-10; Php 3:9
10. Biblical Inerrancy: Dt 4:2; Ps 119:89,91,96,152; Isa 40:8; Mt 5:18,24:35; Rom 15:4; 2 Tim 3:16, 1 Pet 1:24,25; 2 Pet 1:20:21; Rev 22:19
Notes On the Foundational Doctrines
1. The single most foundational doctrine of the Bible, on which all other doctrine is based, has its origin in Gen 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." We must all acknowledge God as the Creator, to whom we must give an account.
2. The doctrine of the Trinity is integral to everything above and especially that there is Only One God, the Deity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, and Biblical Inerrancy. The precise formulation of this doctrine has served as guard for those crucial teachings given in the Bible that relate to the nature of God. The following are several of the formulations of the doctrine of the Trinity which has been taught by all Orthodox Christian churches throughout history.
3. Historically, there have been at least three criteria used to determine if a doctrine is among those foundational to the Christian Faith. These three criteria are as follows:
4. Finally, we can not have confidence in teachers of truth on the basis of their teachings alone. Jesus taught, "By their fruit you will recognize them." (Mt 7:20). Though it is necessary that teachers of the truth hold the foundational doctrines of the faith, this is not sufficient in itself. We must all live by the truth we profess. Further, the appearance of the fruit of the Spirit is not sufficient in itself, since real fruit must have as its source the truth. Truth first, then fruit; both working together are required for the genuine Christian life. The Apostle Paul warned and encouraged Timothy in this regard, "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Tim 4:16).
Tim Nordgren, 8-14-96