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Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Systematic Theology

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John 6:51; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Matthew 26:28; 1 Corinthians 11:28; John 10:9; John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Luke 8:11; Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25;


In his first epistle to Timothy Paul writes: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy." The Holy Spirit who transmits the divine revelation, was especially active in the early days of the Christian Church. In this case the Spirit had expressly declared that there would be a falling away from the truth in times to come. Men would actually apostatize from the faith, would teach and preach in direct opposition to the sound doctrine of the Gospel. How extensively this has been fulfilled is seen in the great number of denominations and sects which have left the purity of Christ's teaching to spread their errors devised by man, which errors the apostle calls teachings of demons, -- the evil spirits themselves being the originators of their false ideas, of their perversions of the truth. The insidiousness of these false doctrines consists in this that they often bear the appearance of godliness. And certainly there is no doubt that this is applicable to the papal and Reformed doctrine of the communion. Indeed these systems could not be better characterized than by saying that they are systems "speaking lies." The entire scheme of these two doctrines attempts to palm falsehood upon the world in the place of the simple teaching of the New Testament. This latter doctrine the Lutheran Church teaches, and especially is this true of the doctrine of the Lords' Supper.

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