Fundamental Tests of Genuine Christianity Part 3


Part 2 of the Doctrinal Test

by Mike Ratliff

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. (1 John 2:17-19 ESV)

Much of what is called Christianity is not. Authentic Christianity is not so because someone claims it, but is so because it passes the tests of authenticity. As we have see in Parts 1 and Parts 2, John has given us two areas which mark whether one is a genuine Christian or not. These two areas are doctrine and morality. John tells us that genuine Christians will have a biblical view of God, Christ, Man and sin. This is the doctrinal test. The moral test consists of a biblical view of obedience and love. In John’s spiritual economy, these things are not optional. Continue reading