The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet #4628

My highlighted verses:Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Simply open your mouth and take the little book and begin to eat it as per His instructions!
 Paul is explaining in very simplistic terms the fact that Christians need to move beyond the "baby food"
most receive in their churches today.Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
The plain simple fact is that Christians do not need instructions week after week after week on these same basic principles.
Paul makes it quite clear that a Christian must move beyond the basic doctrines of Christianity
which he likens to milk, the food of new born babes in Christ.
He is not saying there is anything at all wrong with the "milk",
for certainly repentance unto salvation is precious and dear,
it is just that once a person has repented of his or her former ways and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior,
he or she must now begin to grow and mature in the Word of God.

Special Note from John Rhine: Please turn to Isaiah 28:9-13 to find out who it is that the Lord will teach knowledge and the understanding of  doctrine.

[2] Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
It is interesting to note that even though these are basic doctrines of Christianity there is still a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding regarding them.
This again is because of the widespread lack of maturity in His Word,
even among the pastors and ministers most of whom teach the traditions of men
which are contrary to the Word of God.
To wit, some teach the nonsense that bodies will come out of the grave when Christ returns,
or that you must be physically baptized like this or that,
or they use "fear" of an everlasting burning Dante's Inferno to hold people captive in their churches
which have become Beth-avens (houses of emptiness or vanity) instead of Beth-els (House of God).
Have they never read 1 Cor. 15 where Paul explains the two bodies, the earthly and the spiritual?
Have they never read Eccl. 12:7 which also tells us what happens to a person when the flesh "kicks the bucket"?
Have they never read 1 Thes. 4:13-18 where Paul explains where our loved ones who have passed away are, even with Jesus Christ, and when He returns He shall bring them with Him?
Have they never looked up what the word "perish" means? It means GONE, finis, up in smoke!
Nevertheless, there is still so much more to God's Word
than is being taught in most of the churches in our land today.
In fact, the truth of the matter is that there is so little solid food,
so little of His Word taught chapter by chapter and line by line
in our churches stretching from sea to shining sea that it has produced a great spiritual famine in our land.
Have you not read about this famine or been taught of it by your minister or pastor?
Here it is, right where it has been all this time:
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: [12] And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. [13] In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
You hear a lot preachers and pastors speak about Jesus Christ in the churches of our land
and you hear them say Lord, Lord...
but the point is in most cases you just do not hear His Voice, His words!
Please understand that I am not saying that to be judgmental.
It is just that the consequences produced by the latter day famine
is that there are many people who shall stumble and fall (faint)
when Satan comes claiming to be the Messiah.

Hebrews 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.
4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
9  ¶But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
10  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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