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We must define the words in the language used by scripture:
The Greek words “Disciple”,”Jesus” and “Christ”.
Noun Form μαθητής (mathētēs) 1.) a learner, pupil, disciple
Verb Form μαθητεύω (mathēteuō) 1.) to be a disciple of one 1.a.) to follow his precepts and instructions 2.) to make a disciple 2.a.) to teach, instruct
Jesus the Christ:
̓Ιησου̑ς (iēsous) Jesus =” Jehovah is salvation” 1.) Jesus, the Son of God, the Son of Man
Χριστός (Khristos) Christ =” anointed” 1.) Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God 2.) anointed
A disciple of Jesus follows only Jesus our only Rabbi.
A disciple of Jesus learns from the real Jesus [Matthew, Mark, & Luke] our Rabbi and our Father Yahweh
“‘But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. ‘Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.’And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.'”
Therefore, since we only have ONE teacher, we reject the teachings of everyone else regarding Yahweh.
While Proximity Christians bounce back and forth between the popular theologians of the day, we follow Jesus.
While Mormons add Joseph Smith to scripture, we follow Jesus only.
While denominationalists follow Paul, we stick with Jesus.
While Muslims allow Mohammad’s book to replace everything Yahweh and Jesus taught, we stick with Jesus.
True Doctrine is directly quoting Jesus or Yahweh without adding to the text:
“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.” Deuteronomy 12:32
“Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar”. Proverbs 30:6
“So Moses went out and reported the LORD’s words to the people…” Numbers 11:24
Examples of men writing scripture / adding things to scripture:
Almost all denominations have this phrase in their Statement of Faith on their websites: “The eternal triune God” [This is from the Southern Baptist Convention]. Nowhere did Yahweh or Jesus make this statement. This is their opinion, but they are stating it as fact. They then pick several verses to make it appear that God is 3.
But what does Yahweh say through Moses? What does Jesus the Messiah say?
Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one”. – Mark 12:29
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” – Deuteronomy 6:4
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God”. – Mark 10:18 NKJV
II. “You don’t have to do anything to be saved except believe”.
The following comes from Christian Broadcasting Network.
The question is, “What do people have to do to to be saved?” Their answer comes from the false book of ‘John’ and from the false Apostle Paul:
This idea is called “Grace”, it is a term Jesus never mentioned once.
Reader, “Who are you a disciple of?”
Are you a disciple of Jesus only, or of someone else?
Here is what Jesus said concerning being forgiven by God:
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15
In this passage it is clear we must forgive to be forgiven. When Jesus taught us to pray he says,
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us”. Luke 11.4
Jesus’ words are doctrine, therefore to be forgiven we must actually do something other than believe, we must forgive others.
III. What do we have to do to have Eternal Life?
Jesus answers this question directly:
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” – Matthew 19.16-17
Main stream Christians and denominationalists teach that all you have to do is ask God to forgive you, and trust in “the finished work” of Jesus Christ [“it is finished” comes from the false Gospel of John, Why is it false? Click Here ], and you are eternally saved. That whether you do good, or never do good, it doesn’t matter, you are eternally saved from the moment of conversion. They do not add any requirements because the false gospel called “John”, and Paul taught you don’t do anything.
And in this one contradiction is the drastic difference between the disciples of Jesus, and everyone else. The difference being we follow only Jesus and Yahweh’s teachings.
That Jesus and Yahweh taught, the law is eternal and that anyone who is in covenant with Yahweh will practice the law, is clear:
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5.17-20
And when a stranger dwells with you [and wants] to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it.
One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.” – Exodus 12:49
You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God.’ ” – Leviticus 24.22
One ordinance [shall be] for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells [with you], an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.’ ” – Numbers 15:15-16
Jesus even gave us a clear warning about people who call him lord but live in a state of not keeping the law.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” Matthew 7.21-23
In Matthew 25 Jesus illustrates what the Judgment will be like. We are not denying that faith is essential to salvation, however, in this passage it is not mentioned at all.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides [his] sheep from the goats.
“And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
‘I [was] naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed [You], or thirsty and give [You] drink?
‘When did we see You a stranger and take [You] in, or naked and clothe [You]?
‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of the least of these My brethren, you did [it] to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do [it] to one of the least of these, you did not do [it] to Me.’
“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25.31-46
Jesus on what a Disciple is, and is not:
Matthew 10:24-25 – The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Luke 6:40 – The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. … 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.”
Often when people ask, “What is a disciple of Jesus?”, they really are wanting to know, “How do Disciples differ from my denomination in the 21st century?”
- What is a Disciple of Jesus? A Disciple is a person taught by another. The Disciple will adopt the teachings and actions of Jesus and Yahweh only.
- Islam, Judaism, and Christianity all see Yahweh through the lens of tradition, and their founders. Islam sees through Mohammad. Jews see through their ‘sages’ like RAMBAM and RASHI. Christians see through Paul, the Pope, and many other people.
- How are Disciples of Jesus different from 21st Century North American Protestants? Most Protestants are Disciples of many people. They often follow the Apostle Paul more than Jesus. They also learn from many ‘theologians’, famous ‘reformers’, and television personalities.
- What is the Canon of the Disciple Bible? The Disciple Bible starts in Genesis and ends at Luke. The books after Luke , with the possible exception of Revelation, contradict Jesus and Yahweh. Therefore they cannot be of God.
- Do Disciples have a statement of Faith? No. True Scripture is our doctrinal statement. The only teachings that are True are the words of Jesus, Yahweh, and those he spoke through. When denominations create their statement of faith they always add words that God or Jesus never spoke. Like the word “Trinity”, “Triune”, or “Grace”. Also, when people write a statement of faith, they are choosing verses based on their subjective reasoning. The problem with this is when people who have not read scripture read these statements of faith, they are led down the subjective reality of the writer. And unfortunately, Christians do not tell people “This is our opinion, only what God and Jesus say are True”. Because of this we have 1000s of denominations all thinking their version is True.
Disciples of Jesus will only quote God or Jesus directly. If we do not, then we will say, “This is our opinion, Only God and Jesus’ words are absolute Truth”.
- Are Disciples of Jesus Christians? No. We are not called Christians for the simple fact that Jesus didn’t call us Christian. He referred to us as “Disciples” and “Brothers”.
- Do Disciples have houses of worship? No. Jesus never commanded we build one.
- Who is the founder of Disciples of Jesus? Jesus & Yahweh.