"We Do Not Get Our Doctrine From Acts"

July 31, 2011

I found the following on a site through searching on Google:

Luke is considered to be the author of the book of Acts. He wrote it around the year 61. We do not get our doctrine from Acts. It is a history of the transition from the Kingdom Gospel to our current Age of Grace dispensation.

(NOTE: The stoning of Stephen took place about 1 year after the nation of Israel rejected and crucified Jesus. Stephens message was of the Kingdom Gospel that Jesus came to fulfill. This was the rejection of the Holy Ghost that put the Kingdom Gospel on hold and ushered in the Age of Grace. In this dispensation we no longer require salvation through the nation of Israel. Now salvation is a free gift from God to all that “BELIEVE” in the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ that takes away the sins of the world. Jew and Gentile are now equal and can only be saved through the message that the Apostle Paul brings to us in Romans Thru Philemon)

—http://www.savedbygrace.com/acts.htm

I disagree strongly with a number of things that this source says.

First, concerning our doctrine, I find no Bible data that teaches me that the book of Acts is an exception to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine . . .”

Second, Acts 8:12 shows us that Philip preached the gospel of the kingdom of God in Samaria after Stephen’s stoning. The statement above, therefore, that his stoning “was the rejection of the Holy Ghost that put the Kingdom Gospel on hold . . .” is not supported by the Scripture. 

Third, Paul says that he preached the kingdom of God throughout Asia (20:25) in his three years of ministry there (20:31). Furthermore, Luke summarizes Paul’s entire ministry in Rome with two statements that emphasize his proclamation of the kingdom of God (28:23, 31). These bibilical statements do not support a supposed “transition from the Kingdom Gospel to our current Age of Grace dispensation.”

Fourth, it appears that this site views the Pauline Epistles as of singular significance for our day. I do not find biblical justification for this view.

I wonder how many of God’s people over the years have received teaching similar to these statements from this site. Even for those who have not received direct teaching of this type, I wonder how many have through one means or another come to hold such views.

Rajesh

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