Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Of course the entire Book is in His words. Not just the "red words" in the gospels. If Jesus is God, the Son, then all the words are His.
My question is not a theoretical question, it is very practical. I am not asking you to "state your position" but instead whether you are able to converse with others about the Bible without shying away--
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
I also know brethren who, placing their confidence in "creedal confessions of faith," suspect those of different creeds or those with no creed except an acknowledge-ment that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, cf. I Jn. 4:2.
Now, I am well aware of the standard evangelical or fundamentalist confessions of faith. What I am unaware of is their basis in the New Testament. Are these things all necessary for salvation? No. What is necessary for salvation is belief on the Lord Jesus Christ. The test for reception of saints in the church is "Receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God." Rom. 15:7. And how did He receive us? By faith in Him. Nothing more and certainly nothing less. I believe the Open Brethren, to their credit, typically if not invariably continue to receive brethren on this basis, without subscription to any "creed." But theirs is the only possible non-sectarian attitude. Every other "screening mechanism for reception of new brethren" is schismatic, sectarian, or "denominational." G.H. Lang wrote,
It deserves to be most widely known, as a fact not open to question, that the requiring acceptance of specified doctrines as a test for Christian fellowship did not obtain until several generations later than the apostles. Dr. Hatch has indicated that the practice was derived from the Greek schools of philosophy, an anti-Christian origin, sufficient to condemn the practice as heathen and human, not Divine and Christian.
I know people who either 1) I am unaware of their level of Bible knowledge, or 2) apparently have little Bible knowledge, and yet these people love the Lord and are able to speak of Him in the course of everyday conversation. Are these not the Lord's people? Conversely I know not a few who attend Bible-believing churches and who "regularly receive orthodox teaching," and yet are averse to speaking of the Lord. Are these latter simply reticent? Or are they numbered among those "who draw back?" Cf. Heb. 10:38. Are they saved by hearing "orthodox teaching?" Are they saved by their association with a Bible church? I do not say these are saved or unsaved. I say I cannot tell. I say they have no testimony. I say they have no confession. The psalmist wrote, "I have believed, therefore I have spoken." It strikes me that much of what is false in Christendom involves the rationalizing of those who call themselves Christians and yet do not and cannot speak of the Lord. I suspect that, except they repent, the Lord will be ashamed of them on the Day.