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“Sound Doctrine”

1 Timothy 1:10


There are but two forms of religion in the world. One is true. The other is false. One is saving. The other is damning. Those two forms of religion are free-grace and free-will. Free-grace declares that salvation is the work of God alone. Free-will declares that salvation is, at least in part, the work of man. Free-grace declares that salvation is conditioned upon the obedience of Christ alone as the sinner’s Substitute. Free-will declares that salvation is ultimately and finally conditioned upon the obedience of the sinner himself. Any doctrine that makes salvation, eternal life, acceptance with God, and the reward of the heavenly inheritance to be dependent upon, or determined by you, at any point or in any measure, is contrary to sound doctrine. To receive, believe, or embrace such doctrine will be damning to your soul (Read Galatians 5:1-4).


Here are five points of Divine truth by which all doctrine must be examined. Anything that is contrary to, or in any measure diminishes these five points of sound doctrine must be rejected as heresy.

  1. Total Depravity All men by nature are both sinful and helpless, because all are spiritually dead (Matthew 15:19; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-4).
  2. Unconditional Election God, from eternity, chose a people in Christ whom he determined to save, without consideration of anything in them or anything that might be done by them (John 15:16; Romans 8:29-30; 9:11-18; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
  3. Limited Atonement — The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, died for and redeemed his elect, all his elect, and only his elect. The benefits of Christ’s death are limited to the elect; and his death effectually secures all those benefits to them in complete, everlasting salvation (Isaiah 53:8-11; John 10:11, 15; Hebrews 9:12).
  4. Irresistible Grace God the Holy Spirit calls sinners from spiritual death to spiritual life in Christ by omnipotent mercy, giving to all who are born again by him the gift of faith in Christ, by the operations of his almighty grace, which cannot be successfully resisted (Psalms 65:4; 110:3; John 6:63; Ephesians 2:8-9).
  5. Perseverance of the SaintsEvery sinner chosen by God in election, redeemed by Christ at Calvary, and called by the Spirit in grace shall persevere in grace unto eternal glory, because they are all preserved and kept by grace (John 10:27-30; Jeremiah 32:38-40).


Every man who preaches in this pulpit, every missionary supported by this congregation, every church and ministry recognized, supported, and recommended by this church and its pastor fully subscribes to these basic points of Gospel doctrine. If any man preaches anything contrary to these things, he is a false prophet and a deceiver of men’s souls. Let him be damned (Galatians 1:6-8).




Don Fortner








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