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DOGMA

by Dr. Andre Pelser
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I had this dream five years ago that I should rewrite the basic beliefs systems for our kind of church, the apostolic or reformational kind of church which means we are still reforming. It is not completely reformed yet, but we are reforming according to the Scriptures. We are conforming to the image of Christ Jesus, God’s Son. (Romans 8:29, 30)
I am rewriting the Dogma that Dr. Moller wrote because it covers the basic doctrine of our beliefs

I had this dream five years ago that I should rewrite the basic beliefs systems for our kind of church, the apostolic or reformational kind of church which means we are still reforming. It is not completely reformed yet, but we are reforming according to the Scriptures. We are conforming to the image of Christ Jesus, God’s Son. (Romans 8:29, 30)
I am rewriting the Dogma that Dr Moller wrote because it covers the basic doctrine of our beliefs. Here are the topics of the Dogma we will cover in this book. We need to understand what is meant by the following doctrines:
Theology: Theo means God, what you believe about God: everything else hinges on that. Christology: What you believe about Christ. Pneumatology: pneuma is spirit. What do you believe about the Holy Spirit? Bibliology: is what you believe about the Bible. Anthropology: Anthropos is the study of man. Soteriology: Salvation. What do you believe? Angelogy: What do you believe about angels and demons?
Ecclesiology: Ecclesia is the church. Sacramentology: What are our sacraments? Communion and Baptisms – that’s all Jesus told us to do. He never told us to celebrate Easter or Christmas, but you can celebrate them if you want to. Those are good opportunities to share Jesus with people. Apologetics: You need to know what you believe in order to contend and stand up for your faith. Apologetics deals with the defence and establishment of the Christian faith; it doesn’t mean apologising, it means arguing for it. (1 Peter 3:15)
Predestination: this is a big thing! What they said was if you are predestined to go to heaven, you can live like you want to, because it has been predetermined who goes to heaven and who goes to hell! This is heresy! Yet millions of people believe this error. It has to be corrected according to the Scriptures. I see my faith as a ladder: what I received last year is a step to where I am now, but I don’t break down the previous steps. Don’t throw away what you have learnt elsewhere, build upon it, go further. Eschatology: is what you believe about the end times.

The Doctrineof Harmatiology Harmatiology is the doctrine of sin. Realities that explain the doctrine of sin. The reality of sin Atheists say there is no God; if there is no God then there is no sin. Christian Science also says there is no sin, no hell, there’s no pain, no sickness. They try to eradicate sin and hell. We know that the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, was always sickly and full of pain. She kept denying it as if it wasn’t there, because they believe they can confess anything away. This method of faith in confession crept into the Church via the Faith movement and confused and deceived many people about the reality of things. We need to know God’s will and confess His Word not just what we want, like the metaphysicals. The German magazine Der Spiegel July issue 2010, ran the following front page article: ‘The Seven Sins don’t exist anymore.’ They say the Bible discovered sin and the Church gave it a catalogue. No one takes sin seriously anymore according to the article, and sin has lost its metaphysical weight or its ability to condemn. ‘Sin has an image problem because nobody believes in it anymore.’ They blame the old fundamentalists who said this life is merely a preparation for the eternal. Modernists don’t believe that there is life after death; they say there is no God, and no heaven or hell and no sin. God gave Moses The Ten Commandments to warn Israel against sin. To have other gods besides the real God is sin. To make idols is to sin. To take the Name of God in vain is sin. To dishonour the Sabbath Day is sin. To dishonour your mother and father is sin. To murder is sin. To commit adultery is sin. To steal is sin. To bear false witness is sin. To covet is sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to create a way for forgiveness of sin. “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) “There is none righteous, no not one, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) We overcome sin by confessing and forsaking our sin and obtaining forgiveness from God through the shed blood of Jesus. “For without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22) We need to know the reality of sin. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and were driven out of Eden. They wanted to be like God and were deceived by Satan, the old snake. Cain murdered Abel. Israel had to learn the system of the sacrifice of calves and bulls in order to gain God’s forgiveness, because there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. God gave the ten commandments and statutes of the law, which no one could fully obey. so they constantly had to have their sins atoned for once a year by the high priest who sprinkled the blood of a lamb on the ark of the covenant. Today, people have become desensitized because of television, movies, and the media; sin is no longer sin because ‘everything is okay’! We watch it, we see it, listen to it and ignore it, as if it doesn’t exist, but it is still in in the eyes of God. Today people say they don’t have sin, they merely have problems. Therapists attempt to handle people’s problems because they no longer call it sin but they call it a psychological problem. Sin is no longer confessed. You simply receive treatment for your ‘problem’. The great Russian novelist Dostoyevsky wrote a book called ‘Guilt and Sin’, about the inner turmoil, and how sin makes life an absolute hell. Pope Gregory 1st, said demons are blamed for sin, Satan for anger, Mammon for greed, Leviathan for envy and Beelzebub for obesity and drunkenness. The Catholic Church originally described the seven deadly sins. The first sin is pride and vanity. Pride is a sin because God resists the proud. Today pride is promoted as something you want and as something that gives you status. Today we see pride and vanity in the world of competition, for supermodels and the like. Today everyone wants to be an idol –South African Pop Idol, American Idol, British Idol - God says you shall not have any idols before Me. It’s a sin. We are so desensitised that we don’t even recognise it and speak against it. It is Narcissism – self Love. Even Christians enter these idol competitions and hope the Lord will bless them. The Bible says that in the last times people will be lovers of self more than lovers of God. The price of vanity is loneliness. If someone is so absorbed with what they look like and what others think of them, no-one else can relate to that person, because they are too self-aware. It pushes people away and loneliness is the result. The world promotes vanity and pride in fashions and in the media and it is against God. Paul repudiates worship of self in Acts 17. The renaissance glorified nakedness; the enlightenment promoted pride and intellect, but the puritans tried to triumph over sin of self by making new laws, such as wearing long dresses. The Muslims have the burqas to cover women’s faces. You don’t change pride and vanity with outward law, something must happen on the inside. You can only overcome pride and vanity by acknowledging them as sin and then asking God to teach you humility. You must humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. (1 Peter 5:6, 7) Greed is the second deadly sin. Today, greed is the greatest motivator of seeking wealth. Greed separates people and destroys nations. Midas asked that everything he touched be turned to gold, so when he touched his food it turned to gold and he couldn’t eat. Greed is a curse, it kills everything. The designer of the modern economy, Adam Smith said: “Self-centred advancement is the key to any nation’s well￾being.” This is the basis for capitalism which rules the western world. Swindlers rely on people’s greed to deceive them. The Apostolic perspective: Paul says that no greedy person shall share in the kingdom of God. Greed is a sin. You break greed by giving. Jesus praised those who doubled their talents and then brought the glory to him. The third deadly sin is lust and luxurious living This has ruined politicians and preachers, families and businesses. It comes against saint and sinner. There are 35 million porn sites on the internet; its quick money, and it’s a trillion dollar industry. The demon of lust, Asmodus, drove holy Anthony to become a monk in the third century AD. He said the only way to survive is to live an isolated lifestyle and he encouraged many to become monks. Constantine said that you can sit in the desert and still a have impure thoughts. You don’t conquer this demon by locking yourself up in a room. The Bible commands: “Thou shall not covet.” (Exodus 20:17) coveting is lustfulness. Paul admits he had a struggle with lust and that he didn’t know how to conquer it except through Jesus Christ by getting to the third dimension. Here he realised that Christ also paid for that, and thus we can escape it. Desire is necessary to accomplish something in life. Desire out of control is lust. Peter said by the great and precious promises that God has given us in his word: “We escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4) We partake of the divine nature through the great and precious promises of God. By reading, quoting and listening to the Bible, you begin to break the corruption that is in the world through lust, and the divine nature begins to take hold of you. Paul said, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit and then you will not partake of the lust of the flesh.” ( Galatians 5:16)
“True genius lies in simplicity. What I like about DOGMA as a cohesive work, is that a teenager can pick it up, read a few lines and understand the mysteries of our faith. DOGMA for a New Millennium is what the church world needs today, to navigate through the end times into eternal glory.” Aje Pelser
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