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Adherence to the New Testament

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ADHERENCE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT Mike Johnson It is evident in the Old Testament that God’s Word was intended to be adhered to and not deviated from it in any way (Deut. 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5).  Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. […]

Applying God’s Word

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Applying God’s Word Mike Johnson People often hear the Word of God but are not willing to obey it.  Some may intend to obey, but they never seem to get around to it.  It is not enough to be a hear only or know God’s Word: we must be willing to obey it. Notice an […]

Authority 01 (Intro. Need for Divine Authority)

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WHY IS DIVINE AUTHORITY NEEDED? Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”  These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain chief priests and elders of the Jews (Mt. 21:23).  Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two principles.  First, there is a […]

Authority 02 (The Authority of God, Christ, & the Apostles)

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THE AUTHORITY OF GOD, CHRIST, & THE APOSTLES Mike Johnson  Everyone is subject to authority today.  Many are employees and are thus subject to the authority of their employers.  All of us, whether we want to be or not, are under the authority of our government.  There is authority that by choice we put ourselves under, […]

Authority 03 (The Authority of the Bible)

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THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE Mike Johnson  The authority of God, Christ, and the apostles is very clearly taught in the Scriptures  (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; II Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as he guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of God’s […]

Authority 04 (Authority & the Old Testament)

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AUTHORITY AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  One of the most vital questions involved in the study of Christianity is the question of supreme authority.   During the life of Christ, this question was discussed as the chief priests and elders asked, “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Mt. 21:23)  […]

Authority 05 (Adherence to the New Testament)

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ADHERENCE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  It is clear in the Old Testament that God’s Word was intended to be adhered to and not deviated from it in any way (Deut. 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5).  Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. […]

Authority 06 (The Silence of the Scriptures)

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THE SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude regarding the silence of the Scriptures?  What should be done regarding those situations about which the Lord says nothing?  These questions pertaining to the silence of the Scriptures are very important.  Disagreement on how to regard the silence of the Scriptures has caused much […]

Authority 07 (Direct Command)

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DIRECT COMMAND Mike Johnson  How is Bible authority established? It seems clear from the Scriptures that God intends for us to derive our authority for our actions and beliefs in four ways. These are direct command, direct statement, approved apostolic example, and necessary inference. (Sometimes direct command and direct statement are combined.) The forms of […]

Authority 08 (Direct Statement)

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DIRECT STATEMENT Mike Johnson  The Bible teaches that we are governed by direct commands (along with approved example and necessary inference), but, in addition, there are other kinds of statements which do not actually occur in the command form, but they still serve as our guide. These statements actually have the same force of authority […]

Authority 09 – (Approved Example)

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APPROVED EXAMPLE Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude toward the concept of “example” as an acceptable form of Bible authority?  There are three possible attitudes one might have.   First, one might say that all examples are binding.  This attitude is unlikely, however, and, as we will see later, this would actually be a ridicules […]

Authority 10 (Necessary Inference)

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NECESSARY INFERENCE  Mike Johnson We are governed today by three forms of Bible authority.  These are direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference or conclusion.  Most are willing to accept direct commands or statements as forms of Bible authority.  Some may question the concept of approved example, but there is a growing number […]

Authority 11 (Generic and Specific Authority)

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GENERIC AND SPECIFIC AUTHORITY  Mike Johnson There are many who have failed to understand the concept of generic and specific authority. They may understand that we are governed by direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference.  However, if they do not understand the concept of generic and specific authority, along with the concept […]

Authority 12 (False Standards)

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  FALSE STANDARDS Mike Johnson  Why is there so much division and confusion today in the religious world — so many different doctrines and so many religious groups?   One reason is that so many have never been taught, or at least have never learned, the importance of Bible authority.  Some may acknowledge that we are […]

By What Authority?

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BY WHAT AUTHORITY? Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority“?  These two questions, asked in Matthew 21:23, were asked of Jesus by certain chief priests and elders of his day who were trying to trap him.  Their motives were not good, but their questions showed they […]

Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

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CAN WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE ALIKE? Mike Johnson If we can understand the Bible at all, we can understand the Bible alike. The Bible is truth, and truth does not contradict itself. If two people disagree on a Bible passage, both cannot be correct, as the Bible does not teach two different and conflicting concepts. We may misunderstand the […]

Divine Authority

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DIVINE AUTHORITY  Mike Johnson “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain chief priests and elders of the Jews (Mt. 21:23). Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two principles. First, there is a need for authority in religion, and second, authority must come from one who has the right to grant it. […]

Do Not Add to or Take Away From God’s Word

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Do Not Add to or Take Away From God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19) Mike Johnson Revelation 22:18-19 says, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of […]

Do Not Preach Any Other Gospel

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Do Not Preach Any Other Gospel! (Galatians 1:6-9) Mike Johnson In Galatians 1, Paul said he marveled because the Galatians were “turning away so soon” to “a different gospel.”  He also pointed out there were some who had troubled them and wanted to pervert the gospel of Christ.  Then (v. 8) he warned, “But even […]

God’ Inspired Message

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GOD’S INSPIRED MESSAGE  Mike Johnson In I Thessalonians 2:13, Paul wrote, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively […]

I’m Not as Bad as He Is

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“I’M NOT AS BAD AS HE IS” Mike Johnson  Consider a case where an officer might pull someone over for speeding.  The officer approaches the stopped car, and the driver responds by saying, “I know that I was going over the speed limit, but I have probably been passed by two hundred cars just in […]

Is Conscience A Safe Guide?

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IS CONSCIENCE A SAFE GUIDE? Mike Johnson “Always let your conscience be your guide.”  “Just do what your conscience says.”  Many have this attitude when trying to determine what is right or wrong.  They think as long as they follow the conscience, on some doctrinal matter, or even on a moral issue, they will be […]

Is Ignorance An Excuse?

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IS IGNORANCE AN EXCUSE? Mike Johnson  Some people seem to think that if a person is ignorant about what the Bible teaches, God will not punish him.  However, a number of passages teach that ignorance is not an excuse (Hos. 4:6, Rom. 10:1-2).  In fact, the Bible even commands that we add “knowledge” (II Pet. […]

More Valuable Than Gold (Ps. 19:10)

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More Valuable Than Gold (Psalm 19:10) Mike Johnson Psalm 19:10 (thought to be written by David) says the Word of God is “… more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” (NASB) Wealth, whether in the form of gold or some other type of […]

Respect for God’s Word

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Respect for God’s Word Mike Johnson Revelation 22:18-19, a passage found near the end of the Bible, is a very significant passage.  It says: For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written […]

The Authority of Christ

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The Authority of Christ Mike Johnson Let us now consider the authority of Christ. To begin with, God recognized His authority. At the baptism of Jesus, God said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mt. 3:16).” On another occasion, at the transfiguration, God said the same thing (Mt. 17:5), but He added, “hear […]

The Authority of Elders

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THE AUTHORITY OF ELDERS Mike Johnson Elders have a very important function in the Lord’s church.  They are to oversee the flock, and they are to feed, or shepherd, the local congregation of which they are a part of (Acts 20:17, 28; I Pet. 5:1-2).  Elders are to watch for grievous wolves (or false teachers) […]

The Authority of God

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The Authority of God Mike Johnson Everyone is subject to authority today.  Many are employees and are subject to the rule of their employers.  All of us, whether we want to be or not, are under the authority of our government.  There is authority we put ourselves under by choice, and there is authority we […]

The Authority of the Apostles

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The Authority of the Apostles Mike Johnson The Bible teaches we are to be subject to the authority of God and Christ. Many people, however, fail to understand the authority of the apostles. Many think we only need the words of Jesus to guide us. This thinking is evident with some who place a great deal […]

The Authority of the Bible

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The Authority of the Bible Mike Johnson The Bible teaches in the Scriptures the authority of God, Christ, and the apostles (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; II Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as he guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of God’s […]

The Health Inspector & Authority

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The Health Inspector and Authority Mike Johnson  Many years ago I worked in a meatpacking plant.  One responsibility that I had was to roll a vat, which contained tubular molds of lunchmeat, up to an ice bin and then fill the vat with ice.  I was told to use a stainless steel shovel which was […]

The Importance of Truth

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The IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH Mike Johnson What is truth?  This is a very good question.  Pilate asked it in John 18:38.  He may, however, have asked the question with scorn rather than with a thirst for knowledge.  Nevertheless, it is still a significant question. Jesus said in John 17:17 in his prayer to God, “ […]

They Were Simply Christians

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THEY WERE SIMPLY CHRISTIANS Mike Johnson If someone asked me what I am religiously, I would say, “I am a Christian.”  The person might then look at me in a puzzled way and ask, “But what kind of Christian are you?”  Many religious groups today wear names to refer to themselves other than a name, […]

Truth Is Narrow

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TRUTH IS NARROW Mike Johnson Truth is narrow.  This concept is easy to see, and most people understand it.   Consider an illustration from science.  We know under ordinary conditions, at sea level water freezes at 32 degrees.   Suppose a scientist says, “I am very broad in my scientific beliefs.  I am not one of you […]

What Is Truth?

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WHAT IS TRUTH? Mike Johnson  What is truth?  This question is important.  Pilate asked it at Jesus’ trial in connection with the accusation made that Jesus was a king in a civil sense and thus a rival.  It seems he asked it with scorn rather than with a quest for knowledge. Regardless, this question is […]

Words of the Apostles and Jesus

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WORDS OF THE APOSTLES AND JESUS  Mike Johnson  Are the words of the Apostles of equal authority with the words of Jesus?  Some people view the words of Jesus as being that which a person must accept while viewing the words of the Apostles, and other writers of the New Testament, as less important.  Some […]