Pastor Mike Dedera recently was officially ordained as a minister of the gospel by our church as a member of the Conservative Baptist Association of Churches. There were 5 other pastors, an official from the Conservative Baptist office, 4 JBC Elders and an Elders wife on the panel that examined Mike. By examine, I don’t mean like a doctor’s visit, but for 3 hours on 4 different nights the panel asked Mike all kinds of questions about his theology. When he would give an answer they would ask a follow up question, and really made him squirm and sweat, all that was missing was the bright light in his eyes. As he was grilled about what he believed I thought, every serious Christian ought to go through this. The truth is most Christians would totally fall apart and probably start crying, even the men, trying to explain what they believe and why.
The Bible prophecies that as we get closer to the end the proliferation of weird doctrines will increase dramatically and many believers who don’t know what they believe will get sucked into these false doctrines.
1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine,
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
In my 8:00 am class this year I am going to teach on basic doctrines of the Bible and we will talk about systematic theology. As a result of the class you will know what you believe to be true about God, about Jesus, about the Holy Spirit, and you will know how to explain the inspiration of scripture. We will talk about spiritual gifts, about healing, the “voice of God”, and many other topics.
The class will start on my birthday, October 27, if you want you can bring me a birthday present😀