Ideas, Words and Phrases that are NOT in the Bible.
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"The time will come when and now is when the true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth"

Here is a list of items that are used as if the items were gospel, when actually the items have come from the traditions of men.
Do these things matter? According to the examples that the Bible shows us, yes these types of details do matter.
It matters to God how we worship and serve Him.

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Idea, Word or Phrase Comments References
Trinity The word "Trinity" is not found in any scripture. The doctrine of three personalities in the Godhead was developed by many factions after the deaths of the apostles. The Bible does not teach Trinitarism nor did the apostles. Click Here and Click on Early Church History
Baptism is not necessary There are some that believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation, that baptism is a confirmation of faith. Biblically, baptism IS necessary and part of God's way to Him. We cannot be born again without baptism. Bible Study on Baptism
Born of the water means born of the woman's natural womb People that believe that baptism is not necessary may believe that where Jesus Christ told Nicodemus in John 3:5-6 that he must be born of the water and of the spirit Jesus was talking about the human birth for the water part. Actually he WAS talking about water baptism. Bible Study on Baptism
Jesus' Name This phrase is not in the Bible anywhere. The closest phrase to it is the name of Jesus. Does this matter? YES. It matters when people traditionalize the use of phrases in Christianity. In this case the folks that say Jesus' Nameusually believe that Jesus alone is God's name. Bible Study on the Name of Jesus Christ
Apostolic The word Apostolic is not in the Bible. It was coined by Ignatius in about 110 AD and literally means pertaining to the Apostles (or similar meanings). Again, through traditionalization this word has been taken from it's original use and applied en masse in various denominations. Traditionalization began from the Roman Catholic Church. Apostolic coined by Ignatius
Pentecostal This word is also not in the scripture. It has been coined by some groups to describe events that took place on the Jewish feast of Pentecost in Acts 2 and to apply that description to the modern day as in Pentecostal Experience or Pentecostal Church. Through tradition this word implies Speaking in Tongues as the church did in Acts 2, however it was the Jews in the lower level that were actually enjoying the Pentecost when they heard the noise of the infilling of the Holy Ghost and the speaking of tongues in the upper room. The people in the upper room were not there to celebrate Pentecost but to pray for power on high. To say one has a Pentecostal Experience emphasizes the day rather than the event. I would rather say I have a Holy Ghost Experience.
Personal Savior
Accept Christ as your Personal Savior, confess with your mouth and repeat this prayer or one like it and you are saved... This is not what the Apostles or Jesus Christ preached. Jesus Christ told his Apostles in Luke 24:47 to preach "Repentance and Remission of Sins". Peter did that in Acts 2:38. Bible Study on Baptism