Did Jesus not communicate clear and effectively? Did His Spirit speak confusion through His apostles and prophets? Did Jesus fail by giving teachings that imperfect people cannot follow? Rather, do “believers” not really believe or rely on Christ for their beliefs and practices? The fault is with man and not with Christ.
Only in the Bible does one find the words of Jesus Christ. Only the New Testament was written and overseen by those who were eyewitnesses of Jesus’s life. There is no other source for the words of spirit and life other than the Bible.
Conflict with the Canon of Scripture
One error lies behind every false teaching ever invented. This error is a perversion of Jesus’s authority, His words, and the New Testament Scriptures.
Blind guides will openly question the teachings of Christ and disregard Christ’s authority. These accept other forms of baptism based on the assumption that men gathered the New Testament without God’s oversight. However, Christ’s Apostles oversaw the collection of the New Testament. Christ’s Spirit says that there is “one baptism” (Eph 4:5). One teacher asserted,
Remember that the Bible had not been collected and the canon was a long way from being finalized. That would make it understandable that a variety of baptism practices would arise in Christendom…and they did. (“about spirits and baptism.” Tentpegs. 8 Feb. 2011)
From here, this writer can justify any invented form of baptism. However, his perception of the Bible is false, and he has clearly bought into this for his own purposes. There is one faith, one gospel, one doctrine of Christ. Jesus established one baptism (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 10:47). This baptism is in Jesus’s name for forgiveness of sins and it is essential to the Gospel (Rom 6:3–7; 1 Cor 15:1–4).
Many false teachers would have others believe that Jesus’s teaching is different for each congregation and that Jesus did not give His gospel, so that people could understand with the same mind and judgment. Remember what the Spirit said through the apostle Paul,
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Jesus prayed, “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). If you are not familiar with the Apostles’s oversight of the collection of the New Testament, please honestly consider the Scriptures presented here: The Formation of the New Testament Scriptures.
Observe All Things
Why would anyone assume the role as a teacher of the gospel and neglect to give oneself entirely the doctrine of Christ?
[G]ive attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…Think on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Tim 4:13–16)
Strive to do as Jesus commanded and “observe all things that I have commanded” (Matt 28:20). Do not pass your lack of diligence as being “imperfect” as Christ’s fault. He said that Christians can observe all things that He has commanded. Any teacher who is not diligent should fear for his soul that he puts at risk (Jas 3:1).
Many teachers present their own history of the Bible to teach conveniently what they want. Despite what the Scriptures say, false teachers will promote a lie support their invented beliefs. That same teacher, Patrick Mead, stated,
The church did without a collection of 66 books for a few hundred years. That’s right. The apostles were dead and so were those who had received the laying on of hands from the apostles… and the Bible wasn’t around for a good long while. Individual books existed and those were passed around and copied when possible but I am not aware of any historical evidence that any one person or church had all 66 books — and only those books — in their possession before the year 300 AD. Those who believe that the Bible is a legal text, a rule book, and a map that directs every single aspect of acceptable worship struggle to explain how the church functioned during that time. I believe it is because the Bible is a narrative with some commands, not a command book with some narrative. In other words, we have a LOT of grace and freedom in regards to how we organize and worship.” (These 66 Books, June 25, 2009)
The agenda asserts that Christians cannot agree about worship, baptism, and the organization of the church as one teaching from Christ, but rather that almost anything goes. This is despite the fact that Jesus said that His words would never pass away (Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33).