How Can I declare someone as an Apostate?Posted: March 4, 2010
Not that anyone should want to, but if a Presbyterian goes Baptist, he is NOT an apostate (Okay Scottish covenanters). He is what I came up with…
Primary Essentials (Nature and work of Christ) – Cannot deny and be Christian since they are explicitly stated as required in scripture.
- Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1,14;8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
- Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21).
- Salvation is by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 5:1-5).
- The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
- There is only one God (Exodus 20:1-3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8)
Secondary Essentials – (Nature of God) Cannot deny and be Christian.
- God exists as a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (See Trinity)
- Virgin Birth of Jesus – relates to incarnation of Christ as God and man.
Primary Non-Essentials (Bible, Church ordinances, and practice) – Denial does not void salvation, yet principles are clearly taught in scripture. Denial suggests apostasy….
- Male eldership and pastorate
- Fidelity in marriage in heterosexual relationships
- The condemnation of homosexuality
- Inerrancy of Scripture
Secondary Non-Essentials – does not affect one’s salvation relationship with God. Debated within Christianity. Denial or acceptance does not suggest apostasy.
- Baptism for adults or infants
- Predestination, election, and free will
- Communion every week, monthly, or quarterly, etc.
- Saturday or Sunday Worship
- Worship with or without instruments, traditional or contemporary.
- Pretribulation rapture, midtribulation rapture, posttribulation rapture.
- Premillennialism, amillennialism, and post millennialism.
- Continuation or cessation of the charismatic gifts