Jump to content

The Protestant Community

Are you Protestant? Or, are you sincerely inquiring about the Protestant faith? Welcome to Christforums the Christian Protestant community. You'll need to register in order to post your comments on your favorite topics and subjects. Register in less than a minute, it is simple, fast, and free! We hope you enjoy your fellowship here! God bless, Christforums' Staff
Register now

Fenced Community

Christforums is a Protestant Christian forum, open to Bible- believing Christians such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, Reformed, Baptists, Church of Christ members, Pentecostals, Anglicans. Methodists, Charismatics, or any other conservative, Nicene- derived Christian Church. We do not solicit cultists of any kind, including Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Eastern Lightning, Falun Gong, Unification Church, Aum Shinrikyo, Christian Scientists or any other non- Nicene, non- Biblical heresy.
Register now

Christforums is:

.... an orthodox Protestant forum whose members espouse the Apostolic doctrines in the Biblical theologies set forth by Augustine, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and John Knox etc. We do not "argue" with nor do we solicit the membership of people who espouse secular or cultic ideologies. We believe that our conversations are to be faith building and posts that advance heretical or apostate thinking will be immediately deleted and the poster permanently banned from the forum. This is a Christian community for people to explore the traditional theologies of Classical Protestantism. Those who would challenge the peace and harmony that we enjoy here as fellow believers are directed to another forum.

Enjoy your fellowship

In order to understand the importance of Christian fellowship, we must first understand what Christian fellowship is and what it isn’t. The Greek words translated “fellowship” in the New Testament mean essentially a partnership to the mutual benefit of those involved. Christian fellowship, then, is the mutually beneficial relationship between Christians, who can’t have the identical relationship with those outside the faith. Those who believe the gospel are united in the Spirit through Christ to the Father, and that unity is the basis of fellowship. This relationship is described by Jesus in His high-priestly prayer for His followers in John 17:23. The importance of true Christian fellowship is that it reinforces Christ centeredness in our mind and helps us to focus on Christ and His desires and goals for us. As iron sharpens iron, in true Christian fellowship Christians sharpen one another's faith and stir one another to exercise that faith in love and good works, all to God’s glory.

Recommended Posts

In the Gospel of John the word truth is mentioned 27 times in 22 verses.


In the three Epistles of John the word truth is mentioned 21 times in 18 verses.


In the Revelation which the LORD told John to write the word truth is not mentioned at all, not even once. 


In the entire New Testament the word truth is mentioned 119 times in 109 verses.


In total the writings of John contain 48 mentions of the word truth which is approximately 40.336% of New Testament mentions.


It transpires that the Epistles of John, in which approximately 17.647% of New Testament mentions of the word truth are found, were written to counteract error that was being taught where previously the Gospel had been preached.


The source of error is identified in 1John 2:18-19
(18)  Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
(19)  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.


These apostates sowed their false doctrines well enough for them to become entrenched in what in later years became known as Docetism, from the Greek dokein, meaning to seem, and appear as an apparition or phantom called a dokesis.


As a branch of the Gnostics that claimed all sorts of fanciful knowledge about Christ and all things supernatural, these Docetists taught that Christ had no bodily human form and that it was merely the illusion of a bodily form that was observed.


Little wonder then that John, who intimately knew and purely loved the LORD in His human physicality as well as His Divine spirituality, is inspired by the Holy Spirit to empasise truth and light in his writings in opposition to the error and darkness that these apostates were walking in, and leading others into.  

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Bull of the Woods said:

I think also John used "light" as a synonym for "truth"?


Quite so, Bull. We do not abide in one without the other.


1John 1:5-6
(5)  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(6)  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.