Welcome to The Bedrock. We live in times where the church is under constant challenge and attack, both from outside, AND from inside. It has become more important now more than ever before to know and understand what we believe regarding our faith. The veracity and standing of the Bible as God’s Word, ‘profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,’ (2 Timothy 3:16) is constantly under attack, not only from those opposed to the faith, but also from those who suggest that their own dreams, visions and other crazy experiences demand and deserve an equal footing with God’s Word. My research over the years has been dedicated, and remains so, to promoting the truth of God’s Word, and the sufficiency of God’s Word for life and living.
We also live in an age where we can no longer take anything at face value, but need to ‘test every spirit’ and search the Scriptures to see if what we hear in our churches and gatherings is actually based and grounded in God’s Word. I trust that, as you read through this website, you will develop and utilize your thinking and reasoning skills as you consider the truth of Scriptures, asking God by His Holy Spirit to open your mind to His Truth, and that you will have the courage to take a stand against the plethora of false doctrines and practices evident in many popular ‘church’ gatherings. May God bless you as you strive to Know the Truth!
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Bedrock and Sand Doctrines
In Matthew 5 – 7 we find Jesus teaching what has popularly become known as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. In these three chapters, Jesus puts forth His manifesto for holy living, and ends His sermon with a practical application in a comparison of a man who builds his house on a rock as opposed to a man who builds his house on sand.
Matthew 7:24 – 27
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The implications of this final application are clear: Whoever follows Jesus’ teaching and applies the teaching to his life is ‘building his house on the rock’, but whoever does not listen to and apply Jesus’ teaching to his life is building his house ‘on the sand’.
This application does not only apply to our daily living, but also applies to our doctrine and what we believe. I have taken the ‘rock vs sand’ illustration from Matthew 7, and have applied it to what we believe as Christians. It is vital to understand that what we believe dictates how we live, whether it is our understanding about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, worldview, ministry, daily life, or any other aspect of our living.
On this website, you will find two corresponding tracks: Bedrock Doctrine and Sand Doctrine. Applying the illustration from Matthew 7, the Bedrock Doctrine track will focus on those doctrines which are true and vital to our understanding of what the apostle Paul calls ‘the faith, those vital truths that inform and explain who God is, and his plan for us in salvation.
The other track, Sand Doctrine, will concentrate on those doctrines and popular teachings which are found in the church which may be popular, but are false, and are not found in Scripture. These Sand Doctrines are to be avoided at all costs, and in fact Paul, when writing to Timothy, is clear and firm on the origins of these doctrines:
1Tim. 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons
My prayer is that you will take each one of these doctrines, study them, search the Scriptures, and remain faithful to what the Scriptures say as you apply and live these truths in your life. Don’t allow smooth talkers and self-seeking charlatans to tickle your ears, but remain faithfully loyal to the one True God and His Word.
The Coming Apostasy
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Almost every book in the New Testament speaks about a great rise of false teaching, a rising apostasy, and a great falling away from the faith as the church approaches the end time when Jesus will return. Ever since the time of the Apostles in the first few years after Jesus death and resurrection, there is continued evidence of a struggle to keep the faith and fight off the rise of false doctrine and teaching.
The Apostle Paul, when writing a letter to Timothy, says this (2 Timothy 4:3 – 4):
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
The Coming Apostasy is a dynamic, ongoing series where we will look at the rise of a particularly troubling movement in our time. We will look at the history of this movement, the influence of past and present leaders, the doctrinal anomalies in the movement, and will ask pertinent questions such as: Is this movement really a move of God, or is it a false and dangerous attempt to lead God’s people astray and into apostasy? Is this the beginning of the final, great falling away spoken of in Scripture, or is it just a symptom and a shadow of what to expect before Jesus returns?
My aim is not to call out and shame any individual player in this movement, but to seek to equip you the reader with skills and an understanding of just how dangerous this movement is to your spiritual wellbeing and walk with God.
Over the past 35 years in ministry, I have had the opportunity and privilege to preach and speak in many different denominations, including Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Anglican and others, and I have met many many wonderful children of God. Let me emphasize that I in no way seek to pronounce any sort of judgment on the salvation of any person or group here, but we need to acknowledge that, as we are called to ‘keep the faith once and for all delivered to the saints’, we need to highlight and expose the false doctrine and the dangerous practices evident in this movement.
This series is completely open ended. The research for this series began some ten years ago, and is ongoing. I frequently receive correspondence from around the world exposing more and more evidence that this movement is not from God!
My sincere plea is that you will guard your minds, test every spirit, and remain faithful to God and His Word!