Which "essential truth" that Jesus preached is not necessary for one to be a Christian?

In modern churchianity we have a doctrine called "essential truths." These are the supposed truths needed for one to be saved. There is not total agreement as to what these truths are, neither is it clearly understood what are the "nonessential truths" taught in the Scriptures. But let's look at a few "essential truths."

The following 4 spiritual laws are taken from this site: http://www.godlovestheworld.com/

Please look over this list and tell me if their is anything wrong with or missing from these essential truths? Your comments are appreciated.


1. God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life.
(References contained on this page are from the Bible and should be read in context wherever possible.)

God's Love
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16 NIV).

God's Plan
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?

2. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.

Man Is Sinful
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).


This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that a man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...

3. Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.

He Died in Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

He Rose From the Dead
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).


It is not enough just to know these three laws...

4. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.

We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

We Receive Christ Through Faith
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
(Read John 3:1-8)

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.


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Comment by Mark Blue on February 13, 2015 at 10:10pm

Hi, I hope you find someone to discuss the finer points of doctrine with.  I realize that was what the original post was about.  Debating any chain of command which Christ may have left for his followers - I leave that to the Catholics.  God Bless!

Comment by Douglas Roy on February 13, 2015 at 1:46am

Mark, the Lord will indeed correct his own, but he has given men of God, leaders whom he expects us to listen to and learn from, as we easily get off tract. It is the Holy Spirit who alone interprets the scripture correctly and teaches us. He uses his chosen men as part of his order. Would you agree with this?

He also uses brothers and sister in Christ to help us and us to help them.  If you are implying that you need no correction from time to time from others, then you would be incorrect. That being said, the modern churches and their leadership are not to be trusted. They are not the body of Christ, as their fruit is corrupt and evil for the most part: 99 percent. There are few men of God in this country...very few. The fruit of the modern church has been to turn off millions from the gospel and harden the hearts of those that attend their corrupted churches. Billy Graham is one of the chief false prophets that has led the church into a false gospel, but their are many, many besides him.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss the essential truth doctrine, whose doctrine it is, and what is says.

Comment by Mark Blue on February 12, 2015 at 12:48am

Hi Douglas, I am sorry I am a post behind in answering your replies.  I utterly understand the urgency each of us feels, that the Gospel must not be misrepresented.  But we will fail, He will not.  Happy you agree with me so far as to say "It is indeed about the person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and what we do with him."  I would only change the last four words to make it my viewpoint - it is about what He does with US. 

Besides the Holy Spirit to lead into all truth (not us to lead each other), there is something to be said for the Gospel being written down now.  In churches suffering horribly from doctrinal divisions, the written Word is some help.  Christ said to the disciples 'preach the Gospel to every creature'.  I read in Acts 2:38 then, what Peter said to the first converts, and Peter's and John's whole writings where they obeyed that directive of Christ's.  It is great to know exactly what they said, come to interact with Christ by it, and then give Him His way.  If in any thing, after believing, I am mistaken, He now has my agreement with correcting me Himself.  Read Ezekiel 34.  Don't worry, God has this one!

Comment by Douglas Roy on February 11, 2015 at 12:16pm

Mark, I will further comment that Jesus made it very important that people listen to his servants. He told his apostles ( and this includes all who love and follow the Lord, "being born again by incorruptible seed"):

"And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." Matt 10:14-15 (KJV)

So Christ places a great deal of importance upon the words of his true servants, even as he did his prophets. We are his witnesses and those that reject our words as we proclaim the true gospel to men, will be held accountable by God and judged severely, because it is the same as if they rejected Jesus to his face.

Comment by Douglas Roy on February 11, 2015 at 12:08pm

Mark, do you believe the correct preaching of the gospel is needed for men to be saved or not? When Jesus says to us, "Be not deceived," is he not saying, you can be deceived, lose your way, and even your soul? How then does your comment fit into this discussion about essential truths? Am I or you to stop discussing truth because only what the Lord shows someone is what really matters? This is not what Jesus taught or his apostles. He spent 3 1/2 years teaching these men and women the truth of the gospel. 

It is indeed about the person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and what we do with him. There are those who claim to know Jesus and talk about him and even are preachers. Does this make what they say about him true? It does not. In fact, the point of this discussion is to show that what men say are the "essential truths" are not even truths at all, in some cases, and some are distorted and some are simply false. When some truth is mixed with even one error, that gospel message becomes a false gospel. Paul tells us that such preachers are cursed by God, as does the Lord Jesus, Peter and John and Jude and many O.T. prophets. Therefore, it behooves any true Christian to seek the truth: true doctrine and the real Lord Jesus. There are many counterfeits, which, if one trust in, they will lose their soul.

Comment by Mark Blue on February 10, 2015 at 11:43pm

If you agree that the beginning of Christ's work in a person is that they believe on Him, then you have to trust Him to continue that work and bring it to whatever perfection the person is willing for.  The way you state it, or I state it, matters less than what He makes true to them.  It has always been about a Person.

Comment by Douglas Roy on October 26, 2014 at 8:50am

"That is so harsh! You are rejecting many people's salvation!" No, I am simply pointing out that they were never saved at all. Only by the preaching of the "gospel" are men saved. When "another gospel" is preached, the power of God is not in it to save anyone. Thus, the great wooing of supposed great evangelists to get people to obey their will (the will of man) to come forward and receive Christ. But they are not receiving the true Christ, but "another Christ" made up by demons to fool people. This false Christ gives men a way to save themselves by an "act of their will" and supposed faith. But this faith is of the evangelist's inspiration and not of Christ. It is a false faith in man's ability to save himself by doing some act. The act in this case, is coming forward and praying a prayer. This act of coming is said to be faith, when in fact, it is not faith in Christ, but in the altar that the evangelist puts in front of them. If they can but move from their seat to standing or raising their hand or moving their body to the front of a building or stadium, then that act of their will is one of faith. But that faith is NOT the faith of Christ, a gift of God, but faith inspired by a false gospel that you can save yourself by moving from point a to point b. This is what the preacher tells them.

But what happened to true repentance and to the cross of Christ where his blood was out poured for them? Some are told that this act of believing the preacher and going forward or standing or raising a hand is repentance. Huh? Where is the contrition, the shame, the sorrow for our sin, the recognition of our inability to save ourselves? This is all done away with at the altar...but not at the cross where one should be coming..that is, they should be calling upon Jesus to save them, repenting of their sin, confessing their faults to Him who is holy and true and just. But this is not the purpose of this four spiritual law gospel. The purpose of this gospel is to deceive you into thinking you have "received Christ" when you have not.

Do people experience emotional things and spiritual things when they come to altars? They most certainly do many times, but not always. Does this mean they might have really accepted Christ? No, it does not. It means Satan and his demons are at work to further stamp the false gospel upon their hearts so they might become his cohorts, his "ministers of light" to help deceive millions of other people.

"You will know them by their fruits." Jesus told us in Matthew. "But they have fruits!" you say. And what are these fruits? Going to church, giving money, doing more good deeds? Their (perhaps your) entire salvation is based on works but this is not fruit. Fruit has to do with other things, like living a godly and righteous life: hating evil, hating lies, loving the truth and what is good and right, loving God and speaking out for Him against the wickedness and lies in the churches and in the world and in government, and among your relatives and friends. Truly being a bearer of light for Jesus is fruit. Having the love of God, not a worldly love; having the peace of God; truly knowing Christ as your friend and Savior and Master and following Him, despite what everyone else does or says, willing to suffer for his name, to deny yourself;  receiving his wisdom and revelation to know the true gospel, these are some fruits of righteousness. Being fearful of what people think of you, being ashamed to mention Christ in mixed company, being a walking mat, being overcome by sin are the fruits of ungodliness, yet they are the fruits of most churchgoers today.

Comment by Douglas Roy on October 26, 2014 at 8:20am

So many, many times John 1:12 is used in evangelism, but John 1:13, which is the conclusion of John the apostle's thought, is completely left out: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.John 1:12-13 (KJV) John did not want people to misunderstand the gospel message. He made it clear that "the will of the flesh" and "the will of man" were not what caused people to be "born...of God" (born again). His statement hardly understood in these modern times of "Billy Graham style" evangelism. John is saying that these souls that "received him (Christ)" were born of God, or "born of the Spirit" as Jesus tells us in John 3:8. He is clearly saying that this is a work of God, not one accomplished by the "will of man."

This is the meaning of grace: grace is the work of God in a soul. "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his gracein his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselvesit is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph 2:7-10 (KJV) These verses in Ephesians more clearly explain what "receiving Christ" is really all about. Yet even these verses are misused and misunderstood by many. Note that in the 4th spiritual law this verse is used, also, but not in the context of the verses before and after which help one understand the grace of God.  It is Christ's work. We are Christ's workmanship. He is "the author and finisher of our faith." But what I am telling you is just words for most people who think they are Christians. Why? They have never truly experienced this marvelous grace, though they sing about it and talk about it and preach about it. Why? Because item 4 above is a doctrine of demons, cleverly infused into the modern gospel to take men from the true working of God back into a Catholic gospel of works, making salvation an "act of the will."


Comment by Douglas Roy on October 26, 2014 at 5:33am

Let me voice concern over item 4. This step is taken from John 1:12, but is it properly stated? Is this what Christ and the apostles preached. Did they stress "receiving Christ...by faith, as an act of the will?" Some of you will say, "Yes, they did."  But are you sure? If this is wrongly stated and this "method" to be saved is in error, then millions and millions of souls are in jeopardy.

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