New Book: Early Christian Commentary of the Sermon on the Mount

early-christian-commnetary-coverMy new book, Early Christian Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, is now available. From the description:

What the world needs today is not a new definition of Christianity, but a present-day demonstration of Christianity. Rather than re-define Christianity to accommodate our present generation, we must re-discover Christianity from the apostolic generation. In this regard, the early Christian writings are a helpful tool.

During the first three centuries of Christian history, many books, commentaries, letters and sermons were being circulated among the ancient Church. Many of these writings have survived until our own time. Capturing the true essence of apostolic Christianity, the early disciples provide an extremely valuable post-New Testament history and commentary on the New Testament Scriptures. Today, their writings provide us a record of primitive Christianity during the time period directly following Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

The beliefs and practices found within modern Christendom most often part ways with early Christianity when it comes to interpretation of the Lord’s sayings in the Sermon on the Mount and participation in the divine life. Moreover, there are men of education and expertise, esteemed widely as safe and sound expositors of Scripture, who make it their business to hinder the disciples of Christ who would go up the mountain where Christ’s own words are to be heard.

A substantial number of the early Christians–Barnabas, Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Apollonius, Hippolytus, Cyprian, Methodius, and Origen–died as martyrs. Like the apostles, the early Christians were willing to die for their beliefs. Therefore we ought to seriously consider what they have to say to us today, especially when it comes to their understanding of history’s greatest sermon ever preached. May the reader be edified and blessed as we ascend the mountain together with the early Christians to hear the words of eternal life from our Lord Jesus Christ. . . .

Read the book here! [The book is temporarily unavailable until the release of the second edition in the near future. Thank you for your support and patience!]

Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up – DVD

Real Heretics - DVDDVD NOW AVAILABLE. This 90 minute documentary, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, is a fascinating overview of the early Christians (A.D. 90 – 299): Who they were. How they lived. What they believed. And how the Christianity of that era was lost. This eye-opening video challenges Christians today to return to the simple holiness, unfailing love, and patient cross-bearing of the early Christians. Includes a challenging comparison between the early Christians and today’s evangelicals.

The chapters include:

  • Who were the early Christians?
  • Separation from the world
  • A love without condition
  • A childlike trust in God
  • Divorce – a Roman plague
  • High fashion and low modesty
  • Roman R-rated entertainment
  • To the Romans, all persons were not created equal
  • Prosperity – a blessing or a snare?
  • Did the early Christians enjoy better health?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said, “Do not swear”?
  • Is war morally wrong?
  • Are humans capable of obeying God?
  • Can a saved person be lost?

Order your copy here. This video is also available for free on YouTube. Penned in a free-flowing readable style and combined with sound scholarship, the original full book Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up by David Bercot is available at Scroll Publishing.

The Faith Once Delivered

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saintsFor certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4)

jesus-sermon-mountWhat is meant by “faith once delivered unto the saints”? This Christian faith has been once for all delivered to the saints, nothing to be added to it or taken from it. God’s supreme revelation through Jesus Christ concerning the teaching of the Christian faith is finished. In the context of Jude 1:3, faith is not referring to the belief, trust or confidence which Christians have in God, but to the embodiment of doctrine which was given to the church by Jesus and the apostles. There is a body of Christian doctrine that is called “the faith once delivered.”

Our only infallible source of authority is Jesus. Anyone who claims to have a new revelation from God in order to add to the faith once for all delivered to the saints is against Christ. Jesus also gave unique authority to the apostles. Jesus said to the apostles, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Jesus told the apostles that the Spirit would guide them into all truth. In other words, the apostles were guided into all truth through the Holy Spirit when they wrote Scripture.

John the Apostle wrote, “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father” (1 John 2:24). Continuing in the Son and the Father is dependent upon the apostolic faith remaining in us. There was an established faith which was taught by the apostles “from the beginning.” Deviation from that apostolic faith to something new is a departure from the faith.

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