Christology 101

by Mike Ratliff

The Elephant Room 2 debacle and all the fuss of those coming to James MacDonald’s defense for inviting T.D. Jakes like Mark Driscoll and Rick Warren and our very well-documented opposition to it is still running its course. The determined defense by some of the ecumenical decision should be looked at by us as something important the enemy is seeking to protect as a stronghold of some sort. In any case, when we encounter these things we must be bold in our defense of the truth regardless of how much men like Rick Warren and those like him protest saying we are unloving. They will always sacrifice the truth on the altar of false humility saying it is wrong to offend and we should always seek to build bridges to all even those like T.D. Jakes whose religious views are obviously heretical. The Elephant Room is a forum designed to discuss differences with the intent of breaking down barriers and constructing bridges between those who differ when it comes to doctrine. However, let’s be honest as Bereans. We must continue to check the verity, Biblically, of what is being taught by all who we listen to and who we read. To do otherwise is foolish. We learn from those who speak the truth and we reject those who do not. Period! On the positive side, we must also learn all we can of our Lord’s good doctrines and it doesn’t hurt to know the truth of Church history instead of the misinterpretations of it used by heretics to mislead people.

In that vein, I have posted the podcast from the October 4th 2011 The Dividing Line by Dr. James White which is actually a teaching on Christology. It is over 2 hours long, but very beneficial and if you listen to the whole thing, I promise you that you will come away with no issues with Biblical Doctrine of the Christ or the Doctrine of the Trinity.

Here is the link: The Dividing Line October 4th 2011

Soli Deo Gloria!

4 thoughts on “Christology 101

  1. It’s not necessarily a matter of knowledge, I think often times it’s a matter of obedience (mostly lack thereof). You’re right Mike, there is no Biblical mandate to build bridges with error. Rather there is a Biblical mandate to rebuke and separate. Especially on a core doctrine such as the trinity.

    Bad company corrupts good character.
    The companion of fools will come to ruin.

    I have a quick, simple solution: mark and avoid, just like God says. The list of these men (and women) who must be marked and avoided is sadly growing by the day.


  2. What I forgot to add: it’s one thing to know the truth intellectually. It’s another to obey. Like the builder on the sinking sand vs the rock.


  3. Mike, i have only been a convert for six months but even i know we can’t build bridges with those who who do not follow the true teachings and add heresy and even sorcery. We are to mark, refute and avoid. They use the words of the world to deceive, not the scripture.
    “2 Pet. 2:1-2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute”
    “Rom. 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them”

    It seems that the methods of Baalam are still working today and i wonder if future persecution of the flock of Christ will be coming from the collaboration via the ecumenical movement and the world order which seeks one world things such as one world religion, Government and univesalism. Steven Furtick tells us that we have to make way for his “new order” of Christianity for example in his hey haters video and there is place for the us.
    “Jude 1:11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion”
    Praise the Lord we have called out of these things, we can observe, refute, warn and admonish only and keep our faith to very end of time to be with our Lord.


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