You can be wrong about everything else but you have to be right about Jesus.
Joe David talked about theology last night but a more concise science or branch of knowledge in Christology. T-men can sport a counterfeit bill with close observation; they are able to do so because they know exactly was a real bill looks like. True orthodoxy is defined by the truths that surround the person of Christ. If your beliefs about Jesus are fouled up, it does not matter what you believe about anything else. In the early history of the church there were two basic forms of Gnosticism: one denied the humanity of Christ and the other his divinity. You cannot deny either. Jesus was fully human; as human as you or I and yet He was fully God. None of the forms of Gnosticism gave Jesus His proper place. To the docetics, He was more than an angel but less than God. The Cerinthian gnostics believed that Jesus and Christ were two different persons sharing the same body.
The point is clear: heretics always believe and teach things about Jesus that are not true. To spot a heretic, observe what they teach about Jesus. If they get Jesus wrong, they are heretics and have no credibility. All forms of heresy move Jesus from the center. I tell people: if Jesus is not in the center of your theology, you have a major spiritual problem. Jesus is the KING of kings, He is the LORD of lords: He is the alpha and omega and everything in between. Everything the FATHER does is for Jesus; even we the CHURCH were created to be the Bride of Christ. All heresy is an attempt to move away from a Christ centered faith into a man made religion.
FEBRUARY 2, 2000
Barbara James had another surgery. Those in the waiting room with me during the surgery were: Kay and David Orr, Dan and Edith Harvey, David James, Ramona James, Shirley Thompson, Shirley’s sister Sarah, and Reba James. I also interacted with Kenneth and Chip on this Ground Hogs Day. I also talked with Chip’s dad, the Colonel, about faith in Christ. The Colonel and I became good friends. They allowed me to say a few words at his memorial service. He was buried in Arlington but I did not get to attend.
I usually wait to confess things that are embarrassing but since Jason knows, I may as well let the cat out of the bag. I went to gas the vans up yesterday and the GMC would not hit a lick. The battery was as dead as a door knob. I borrowed some jumper cables and was going to jump it off but I couldn’t get the hood latch to open. I go into the office and ask Mandy to help me. She graciously consented and so we both went to the bus barn. I said, “you pull the button and I will beat on the hood, maybe it will pop loose.” In a few seconds she said, “This is the wrong button, this button releases the emergency brake.” It was so dark in the van I could not see but neither of us could find a button. She reached into the glove pocket, pulled out the manual and in a couple of minutes she said, “it is floor level by the drivers seat of the left.” So I looked along the floor panel where you find hood releases on a lot of cars. I found nothing. She slide out, and reached into the dark and popped the hood. The darn thing was on the side wall below the emergency brake. It was a black button on a black background. I felt a little stupid. Needless to say, Mandy got a kick out of the whole episode. Even worse is the fact that I had called Norman but he was sick and could not come. All I needed was Mandy and a set of good eyes. I also tried to convert my phone into a flashlight like Joe does and I hit the wrong button and my phone screen went black. Mandy had to fix it also. I did do one thing right. Mandy had a set of light duty cables but I could not get a jump. I borrowed another set just like them and doubled them and it worked.