How can you tell whether a person, group, or church is good or bad, right or wrong? The following questions should all be answered “yes” for a person or church to be good or right.
1. Do you believe that the Bible is the only inspired Word of God, and that it is without error in its entirety (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Psa. 119:160; Jn. 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Jude 1:3)?
2. Do you believe that Jesus Christ always was from eternity past, is, and always will be God (Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 8:58; Micah 5:2; Rev. 22:13, 16; 1:8)?
3. Do you believe that a person is saved (becomes a Christian) and will therefore go to heaven simply by believing that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died (and thereby paid the complete penalty) for all of the believing person’s sins, so that he is completely forgiven and declared perfect in the eyes of God (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1:3-5; Col. 2:13-14; Acts 13:38-39)?
4. Do you believe that once a person is saved (becomes a Christian) he cannot lose his salvation nor forfeit going to heaven under any circumstances (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 2:8-9; Rom. 11:28-29; Heb. 10:10; Gal. 3:1-3; 1 Jn. 5:11-13; Jn. 6:47)?
5. Do you believe that the following gifts of the Holy Spirit ended before the year AD 95 and are no longer for Christians for today: speaking in tongues, the ability to heal anybody or everybody at will, direct personal revelations/prophecies from God, and the ability to perform miracles?
[1 Cor. 14:21-22; Isa. 28:1, 11, 13-14 – this sign of impending judgment for unbelieving Jews was fulfilled in AD 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army (On page 616 of J.D. Douglas’ book The New Bible Dictionary, it states, “In AD 70 the Roman general Titus systematically forced his way into Jerusalem, and destroyed the fortifications and the Temple.” On page 578 of Merrill Unger’s book Unger’s Bible Dictionary, it states, “In 70 AD the Romans destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and massacred its inhabitants.”); 1 Cor. 13:8-10 – this partial knowledge and prophesying was done away with when the perfect/perfection or completion of the Bible came about in AD 95. There is no more special knowledge or prophecies coming directly from God, as revelations from God are no longer needed, Rev. 22:18-19 – since the completion of the New Testament by AD 95, God no longer needed to authenticate His spokesmen with miraculous powers (2 Cor. 12:12; Acts 14:3; Heb. 2:3-4) in order to show that they were speaking His word.].
6. Do you believe that all Christians should be evangelizing (sharing the gospel with) unbelievers and building up and equipping (teaching, training, and trait-building Christian character in) believers if these Christians have the capability and opportunity to do so (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 10:42-43; 13:46-47; 1 Pet. 2:9; Phil. 1:7, 12-13, 21; 4:9; Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11; Eph. 4:11-13)?
7. Do you believe that it is not essential for a Christian to tithe (give 10% of his income) to a church in order to be a good, obedient Christian (2 Cor. 9:7; Rom. 10:4; 6:14-15; 7:6)?
8. Do you believe that it is not essential to go to a building called “a church” on Sundays in order to be a good, obedient Christian (Col. 2:16-17; 4:15; Rom. 14:4-5; 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Philemon 1:2)?