According to the Scriptures, we are called to examine ourselves, and to test everything, including the ideas we hold, against the Scriptures. This admonition can be seen in several warnings, detailed for us in the following passages:
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves." (2Corinthians 13:5a)
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1Thessalonians 5:21)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2Timothy 3:16-17)
"And to this agree the words of the prophets..." (Acts 15:15a)
"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25)
"...In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." (2Corinthians 13:1b)The above Scriptures reveal the simple test of Biblical Truth. These passages reveal three basic principles by which we may test ourselves, our Doctrines and our conduct.
Testing For Biblical Truth: Three PrinciplesThe first principle we see in the above passages is that we must examine and prove ourselves, and all our Doctrines. We may think the Truth we hold is Biblical, but it may instead be a mixture of Truth and error. We must prove all against Scripture, in accordance with the next principles.
The second principle seen above tells us that "All Scripture" is the measuring Rod to be used, to test and to prove, ourselves and our Doctrines. Unless we use "All Scripture" we will not be found thoroughly furnished, perfect and complete, when the Bridegroom arrives. The above Scriptures tell us exactly how we are to make this test.
The test of all Doctrines is "All Scripture," telling us that there must be complete Scriptural Agreement. A vital part of this agreement is that there must be no Scriptural Disagreement within "All of Scripture" — and therefore our Doctrines must be in full agreement with the Words of the Prophets.
Yahushua reminds us in the above passage (Luke 24:25) that the foolish are those who are slow of heart to 'believe' [be "DO-ers" of] all that the prophets have spoken.
So we realise that if we would be among the wise, we must repent, and walk in a different direction, so that our Doctrines, and our practice, become in agreement with all of Scripture — including the Words of the Prophets.
The third principle seen in the above passages is that, in order to establish some idea or notion as a Doctrine to be held, there must be two or three witnesses of Scripture to establish the validity of such idea or notion.
To demonstrate these testing principles, let's now look at two modern-day examples of popular Doctrines.
Doctrinal Test: First Example — Lack of Scriptural AgreementThis first example is a Doctrine held today by many conservative Evangelical Theologians, along with their followers, that is perhaps the most popular example of Scriptural Disagreement.
Many today hold the man-made Doctrine that the Law ['Torah'] is not to be kept by New-Testament Disciples of Yahushua. Yet there are abundant Scripture passages, in the Old and New Testaments, and even in the writings of the Prophets — all showing disagreement with this notion. We are thus given a 'red-flag' warning that this might be a False Doctrine, for which we must test against Scripture.
The New Testament alone has much to say about this notion. As you read the following Scripture passages, try to notice any disagreement between your current understanding of this doctrine, and what the Scriptures actually say. Here are a few of many passages:
"Think not that I am come to destroy [annul, dissolve, stop, put away] the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil [Greek 'pleroo' = to accomplish, carry out, perform, execute, i.e. to 'keep' the Law]." (Matthew 5:17)
"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man..." (Romans 7:22)
"...the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7)
"For this is the ['new'] covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" (Hebrews 8:10; Jeremiah 31:31, 33)
"...false witnesses, which said, This man [Stephen] ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against ... the law: 14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall ... change the customs which Moses delivered us." (Acts 6:13-14)The words of the Apostle Paul, and the writer to the Hebrews, and even Yahushua Himself, all disagree with the notion that the Law is not to be kept by New-Testament Disciples of Yahushua. Instead, these all bear witness that "the Law" is for New Testament Believers.
Notice in the above passage in (Acts 6:13-14), that it was the false witnesses in Stephen's day, which said that Yahushua shall change the customs which Moses delivered. Beloved, it is the false witnesses today who are saying the same thing!
Indeed, all of Scripture has volumes to say on the subject. Notice even the very definition of the "New Covenant" given by Jeremiah:
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah...But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Jeremiah 31:31, 33)
"I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." (Psalms 40:8 )
"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man..." (Romans 7:22)
"Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law." (Psalms 119:53)Notice above that "doing Yahuweh's will" is shown as having His Law ['Torah'] within the heart. Notice also it is the "Wicked" that forsake the Law [the eternal Torah].
In another view, for those claiming their Redemption through the precious Blood of Yahushua, we are told the following:
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (1John 3:4)
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [Greek 'anomia' = "Transgression of the Law"], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works [i.e. no transgression of the Law]" (Titus 2:13-14).Can there be any question that this notion that "The Law is not for New Testament Believers" is a False Doctrine? If there seems to be confusion or apparent contradiction against Scripture in any matter of Doctrine, it is safe to say that we have a false understanding of the matter, especially if it includes the teachings of Paul, which we are told are hard to be understood:
"...our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest ['twist'], as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (2Peter 3:15b-16)Perhaps many of our Theologians, along with their followers, are among those described above, who 'twist' the Scriptures, to make them say what they really do not say!
Doctrinal Test: Second Example — Lack of Two or Three WitnessesThe Second modern-day example is short and easy to see.
As the passage above in (2Corinthians 13:1) reveals, it is an established principle of Scripture that two or three witnesses must be present, to establish every matter and every word (Deut 17:16, 19:15; Mt 18:16; 2Co 13:1; 1Tim 5:19; Heb 10:28 ). This holds true for testing the Truth of any Bible Doctrines.
In Revelation 1:10, notice the phrase "Lord's Day" is used:
"I was in <1722> the Spirit on <1722> [the Greek word means 'on, by, among, with, in'] the Lord's day..." (Revelation 1:10a)What does this phrase mean? Does it mean what the modern Theologians and Pastors tell us? Let's test it by Scripture.
This passage in Revelation, written by John while on the Isle of Patmos, was relating something very familiar to him, and presumably to his readers. Hence there must be some Scriptural agreement somewhere. Let's look.
The phrase "Lord's Day" appears once in the above passage in the Book of Revelation, but is the only occurrence of this phrase in all of Scripture.
The first thing that comes to mind is that the concept of the 'Lord's Day' can not be part of any Scriptural Doctrine, simply because there is no Scriptural agreement for use of this phrase. There is simply no other Scriptural witness to support the use of the phrase 'Lord's Day' for it appears only once in all of Scripture. Yet the phrase is used, so how do we get out of this dilemma? How do we come to understand the true meaning of this phrase?
Notice that in "all of Scripture" [one of our tests] there is a phrase used, with which the apostle John would have been familiar: the "Day of the LORD." This phrase 'Day of the LORD' is used 25 times in Scripture, all spoken by the Prophets. The phrase "Day of the LORD" was a well-known concept among even the most elementary of Torah students of John's day. They all knew what the "Day of the Lord" meant.
The phrase "Day of the LORD," mentioned throughout the Old Testament, speaks of a future time when Yahuweh will fulfill various parts of His plans for His people. The Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos must have been telling us that he was "In the Spirit" in the [future] Day of the LORD, and that he had a panoramic view of the activities that will take place in this [future] Day of the LORD.
So we conclude that the phrase 'Lord's Day' in Revelation is not some new Doctrine first introduced in the Book of Revelation, and mentioned only once in all of Scripture. With this in mind, have we allowed anyone to give us a man-made substitute 'Lord's Day' teaching, to replace a Biblical Sabbath Day teaching?
As these examples illustrate, the Scriptural testing principles tell us that the correct meaning of any Bible words or phrases must agree with "all of Scripture" without any disagreement.
ConclusionDear Reader, What do you conclude from the above? What have your Pastors and Leaders told you about the Law? What have they told you about the 'Lord's Day?' Do your Leaders teach you to test everything against the written Word of Scripture?
We have shown above only two of many examples of modern-day twisting of Scripture. You have seen in these two examples how you might test Scripture against Scripture, for yourself.
Beloved, do not be deceived by the old trick that says, "That's for some other group" or, "That's for some other age" or, "That's Jewish" or "That's Old Testament." If you are a child of Yahuweh through Faith in the blood of Yahushua, then all the Scriptures are for you! Don't let anyone steal your inheritance! (Psalms 105:9-10; Gal 3:29; 2Tim 3:16; 1John 2:21, 26; Jude 3, and many others).
Prove all things for yourself. Ezekiel 20, Hebrews chapters 3 & 4, Matt 19:17, and many other passages, tell us that we are to allow Yahushua-in-us to fulfill the Law ['Torah'] just as Yahushua did, and as Paul and the other Disciples did — for they are our examples! The Scriptures also tell us that unless we allow Yahushua-in-us to walk in obedience to the Torah, then we too will not be allowed to enter in to the Promised Land.
If our Doctrines prevent us from being "DO-ers" of the Law (Romans 2:13), then these Doctrines are not according to "All Scripture," with the result that we will be found not perfect, not complete, and not thoroughly furnished, when the Bridegroom comes for His Bride (2Tim 3:16-17).
Beloved, don't let the Theologians or Pastors rob you of entering the Promised Land!
Scripture References (Partial):
Exodus 16:28; Deuteronomy 17:19; Joshua 23:16; 1Kings 2:3; 2Kings 17:13; 1Chronicles 22:12; Psalms 18:21-22; Psalms 119:34, 44, 53, 136; Proverbs 6:20, 7:2, 28:4, 7, 29:18; Malachi 2:7; Matthew 5:19, 7:23, 13:41, 19:16-17; 23:28, 24:12; Luke 24:25; John 5:46-47; John 14:15; 2Corinthians 6:14; 2Thessalonians 2:7; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 1:9; 1John 2:4; 1John 3:4; 1John 5:2-3; Rev 14:12; 22:14.