1. The Doctrinal Test looks at a person's view of Christ and their view of sin.
2. The Behavioral Test looks at a person's conduct in two areas.
You look for submission to the Word of God, which reflects a life of obedience. You look at the patterns of behavior; does this person have a love for believers, a love for God, and a love for people? In I John 3:5-8 we see two reasons given as to Christ's purpose in coming.
I. He came to 'take away our sin.' (vv. 5-7) A. Christ's calling (v. 5) B. Christ's character 'and in Him is no sin.' (v.5) C. Christ's power 'whoever abides in Him does not sin.' (vv. 6-7)
II. He came to 'destroy the works of the devil.' (v. 8) A. The work of the devil is declared Charles Spurgeon said, 'Do not laugh at sin. Do not dare trifle with it! It is dangerous and deadly because it is of the devil, from whom no good thing can ever come. Oh, if men could but see the slime of the serpent upon their pleasurable sins; the venom of asps upon their dainty lust and the smoke of Hell upon their proud and boastful thoughts, surely they would loathe that which they now delight in!' B. The works of the devil are destroyed
Ken was born in Greenville, South Carolina. While Pastor Ken‚Äôs dad was stationed in Greenville with the Air Force, a Bob Jones University student led him to Christ. When he finished his enlistment, he enrolled at BJU and studied for the ministry. After a few years as a youth...