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What is the canon? The biblical canon (meaning rule or standard) is the revealed Word of God—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. As Protestants, we believe that the canon of the early church was comprised of 39 books in the Old Testament and eventually 27 in the New Testament. While books from the Apocrypha might be of limited benefit for Christian reading, they are not God’s Word, and the Jewish people and the early Christian community never considered them as having the same weight as the accepted Scriptures. Do you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? Yes, … Read More >
The Da Vinci Code’s Other Bible “We are presenting these texts as sacred books and sacred scriptures of the Gnostics.” These words are found in the Introduction of The Gnostic Bible, a collection of documents which some believe give an alternate interpretation of the early days of Christianity. These writings lie at the heart of The Da Vinci Code and other kinds of esoteric literature which insist that originally Christianity was diverse, with no strict doctrines such as we find in the New Testament. In fact, according to this scenario, what we now call heresy was originally the teaching of … Read More >
Rev. Howard F. Sugden, D.D., Pastor of Ganson Street Baptist Church, Jackson, Michigan “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”—2 Timothy 1:12 An Imperial Saviour I checked down in the margin of my Bible that this great Apostle had placed his confidence and trust in an Imperial Saviour. Now, I use the word ‘imperial’ because it suggests the sovereignty of my wonderful Lord, and I notice that … Read More >
Beyond The Da Vinci Code Don’t think for a moment that The Da Vinci Code is just a fad whose effects have disappeared from our cultural radar. Just as the Tsunami moved off the headlines but the people continue to live with the damage, so the teachings of The Da Vinci Code continue to impact our society. In fact, I predict that the real battle for the heart and soul of Christianity is not behind us, but still lies in our future. There is a bitter war heating up against the Bible and we had better be prepared to answer … Read More >