Christians Need to Become Biblicists


By Dr. Ken Matto


When I mention “The Bible” I am referring to the King James Bible not the modern versions which are a prison unto themselves.


Definition of Biblicist in the 1913 Webster Dictionary “One skilled in the knowledge of the Bible; a demonstrator of religious truth by the Scriptures.”


The Free Dictionary states “a person who strictly follows the teachings of the Bible.”


The majority of Christians are slaves to theological systems because all churches are based upon a theological system.


Believe it or not, modern Christianity is not based upon the teachings of Scripture but is based on the skewed teachings which are taken from the Bible in its purest form and then run through a collator of a theological system thus creating the teachings for whichever the interpreter wants.  All one has to do is look at the subject of end times and you will find many interpretations of the end times.  A preacher once told me that there is Scripture which backs up the pre-tribulation view, the mid-tribulation view, and the post-tribulation view.  Can someone tell me how the Bible endorses three different return dates for the Lord Jesus Christ?  If he is coming back mid-trib, then the other two are wrong.  If he is coming back post-trib than the other two are wrong.  If he is coming back pre-trib then the other two are wrong.  Do you see the problem with relegating your beliefs to a theological system?  Each one claims they have the truth and can prove it, yet they all differ from each other.  So how do you come to the actual truth?  In other words, we need to celebrate the Passover except in a different format.  If we are to come to truth, then we need to pass over all these theological systems and go directly to the Bible which is what God ultimately intended for all his believers.


For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33)


Theological systems are the sources of all confusion within Christianity.  Each one is different than the others therefore they all cannot be true.  Theological systems are based upon a “round peg in a square hole” philosophy.  Theological systems force their beliefs upon the Bible and then twist scriptures to adapt to their beliefs.  For example, let’s look at some really aberrant teachings within Christianity.


Willful Sin Cult

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)


They teach that if a person receives the knowledge of the truth and continues to sin, then they are no longer able to be saved.  Verse 26 does not say they became saved and then continued in sin but that they just received the knowledge of the truth which is there is no sacrifice for sin except the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let me tell you how bogus this teaching is.  I will use myself as an example.  I first heard the true Gospel when I was 12 years old and did not get saved till I was 27.  Believe me, I did a lot of willful sin in those 15 years but according to this cult, I should not have been able to be saved because I continued on in my sin for 15 more years.


Water Baptism Saves

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)


This verse is the capstone of those who advocate the concept that water baptism saves.  Peter responded to them, not in the letter of the law concerning some kind of offering instead he responds with the Gospel message. The first thing he tells them that they must repent. Repentance is an act whereby your mind is changed about something which leads to a lifestyle commensurate with that change of mind. The word “repent” in the Greek is in the Imperative Mood which means it is a command and not an option. Repentance is not something that is done before the moment of salvation but repentance is simultaneous with salvation. Repentance is never initiated by man but by God. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (2 Timothy 2:25) A person being spiritually dead would be unable to do any type of work for salvation. We find in 2 Timothy 2:25 that God is the one who gives repentance so the truth may be acknowledged. Only one that is saved will be able to acknowledge the truth.


Then Peter states that a person must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. This is not speaking of water baptism because there is no way that water baptism can ever remove sins from a person and initiate salvation. The baptism which is in view is not water baptism but it contains two elements.  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) The first element is being baptized into the death of Christ. Now this is not speaking of water baptism but the fact that we are baptized into Christ through the spiritual rebirth. That baptism into Christ affects us by giving us a death to the things of the world. We read that we were baptized into His death. When Christ went to the cross, He died for the sins of His Elect but He also showed us that He died to the things of the world. This thought is carried from verse 2 concerning the death of the believer to the things which oppose true Christianity. God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:2) The baptizing that we receive is a uniting of the believer into Christ and into the death of the magnetism and performance of sin. Water baptism is just an outward sign of what happens inwardly when someone becomes saved and has no significance in salvation.


Then Peter goes on to preach that it is to be done in the name of Jesus. These are not just words which are appended to our prayers but the name of Jesus carries with it all the authority of Heaven and the power of Eternal God. For one to be in the name of Jesus, they must be saved by Christ. This is why Peter states that these things must be done in the name of Christ because only He has the authority to save someone. For if a person is granted repentance by God and is baptized into the death of Christ and in the name of Christ, the second element is they are given the gift of the Holy Spirit to indwell them eternally. Christians are made alive unto the things of God by means of the indwelling Holy Spirit but those in worldly religions are attempting to reach God while remaining dead in their sins.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) This is how we truly worship God. Once we are saved, we have the Spirit of God indwelling us and that is how we worship Him in spirit and in truth because the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. (Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:13) Once we become a person who is spiritually alive, then we worship God the biblical way and not the religious way.


Baby Dedication

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)


This is one of the verses used in baby dedication which means that the parents present the baby in front of the church and dedicate it to the Lord.  It sounds religious but has absolutely no spiritual benefit.  There is nothing to indicate if that child is going to become saved in which they will be dedicated to the Lord by means of salvation or if they never become saved they will be dedicated to Satan.  Baby dedication is just another “feel good” ritual.


Grave Sucking

And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13:21)


This has got to be one of the most aberrant beliefs ever taught in the church.  It is called “grave sucking” where a person lays upon the grave of a famous Christian pastor or teacher or evangelist and then a transfer takes place, the anointing of that dead person is then transferred to the person laying on top of the grave.  This is satanic to the core and this is how low many Christians have sunk.  2 Kings 13:21 is the verse they point to for validation of this macabre act.  Here is a full article on it:


Once a saved person dies then their soul goes to be with God instantly and their body then decomposes in the grave.  There is no anointing or any spiritual power in a dead body.  This is nothing but occultism.


Soaking Prayer

Starting in the 1990s there has been a tremendous interest in mysticism within the Christian church.  Soaking prayer is no exception.  Soaking prayer is when a Christian sits down in solitude and may have some background music on and then just sits there and attempts to empty their mind and then when they feel a tingling, a sensation of hot or cold, or a gentle breeze blowing through them, then they believe that God is present with them and they are to sit there and just soak in God’s presence.  This is satanic in nature because if you read about people that have had demonic encounters, they will have temperature inversions, touched by demons even scratched, there is also wind present which gives the demonic entity a presence, and then soaking prayer with your mind going blank makes it open season for satanic suggestion.  Nowhere in Scripture is a person of faith to ever let their mind go blank.  We pray using words and a focus of our prayers if for a specific reason.  We are to be thankful, seek the Lord, ask about our ministry, etc.  We never sit with a blank mind because then how will you ever communicate with God if we never say a word or if demonic interference is present?


I have given 5 examples of how far the church has sunk simply because they have forsaken the Bible and would rather subject themselves to the false theological systems which are now getting worse in the modern church.  The Bible is used not to learn and study but it is used as an instrument to prove aberrant teachings in false churches and that is why modern versions are so desired because they go right along with every false teaching. 


What are the Positive Aspects of Becoming a Biblicist?

When one forsakes the life of living within the prison walls of a theological system there are many positive things which take place within the believer’s life.  I wish to give you some of the encouraging things that take place.  Becoming a Biblicist is for any Christian at any stage in their walk.  One can be saved 1 year or 50 years and can enjoy the great benefits of becoming a Biblicist.  When you become a Biblicist it transfers to you from the pages of Scripture the real teachings of the Bible without any filtering through a theological system.



And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)


The word “free” in this verse carries with it the meaning of “liberate.”  What are we liberated from?  When Christ went to the cross all the Jews at that time were liberated from keeping the law just as all those who became saved and would become saved in the future.  No longer did the Jews have to keep the law of Moses since Christ fulfilled all the demands of God’s righteous law.  The Jews actually became free in 33 A.D. but chose to remain in bondage.  The same situation exists today in Christianity.  Ask any Christian how they understand the things of God and they will all claim they get it from the Bible.  No they don’t!  A very small percentage of Christians actually study the Bible, not just read it but study it.  The great majority get their understandings from prophecy books, theology books, media ministers, their home church, friends in a Bible study who just parrot what they read.  I know because when I became saved the first thing I did was buy theological materials at a Christian bookstore and then filtered my biblical understanding through them.  So I speak from experience when I state that most Christians get their understanding from their chosen theological systems.  I was a theological slave to dispensationalism and I did not realize it.  The time of my liberation came in 1986 when I rejected my usage of the New American Standard Bible and then started using the King James Bible.


I started studying the Scriptures according to the Scriptures and found out that the beliefs I held were diametrically opposed to the Scriptures.  The subjects that the Bible debunks were the core beliefs of dispensationalism such as the pre-trib rapture, the millennial reign of Christ, modern Israel was a fulfillment of the promise of God for the Jews to come back to the land, who the Antichrist is, the tribulation period, etc.  The fact that the Bible completely rejects the teachings of dispensationalism became a time of deliverance from an erroneous theological system.  Now as I continue to study the Bible alone, the Scriptures which were forced to create some type of theological system now became understandable within the context of the entire Bible.  I was free to connect Bible verses which were forbidden under the prison walls of dispensationalism.  For example the Christian Zionists are ecstatic that there are plans for a third temple.  When I studied this further, according to the Scriptures, I found out the third temple was being built since the time of Christ.  Let me show you:


First Temple – Solomon’s

Second Temple – Zerubbabel

Third Temple built after the sacrifice of Christ:


Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)


What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)


When I was dispensationalist I was looking for the Third Temple to be built in Jerusalem but once you study the Scriptures, you find that Christ has been building the third temple for 4,000 years when you factor in the believers in both the Old and New Testaments. 


Scriptures Open Up

Once you stop filtering the Bible through theological systems, the Scriptures open up because your spiritual mind has been liberated to accept biblical truth outside the parameters of whatever system you have been freed from.  How many times have you heard Christians blame themselves because someone they witnessed to had died unsaved?  I have heard that countless number of times.  They claim if they would have just witnessed more the person would have accepted the Lord.  Here is another liberating teaching from Scripture.  Many Christians feel guilty because someone died unsaved and they believed that it was up to them to bring them into the kingdom by consistent witness.


The Bible removes that mindset by teaching us the condition of man before salvation.


And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; (Colossians 2:13)


Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (Ephesians 2:5)


The Bible clearly teaches that a person is spiritually dead and no Christian has the ability to raise the dead.  Lazarus was physically dead and did he raise himself?  No, the Lord Jesus Christ raised him from the dead.  The reason this is so liberating because when I witness to a person or send a tract or give money to a tract producing ministry that sends them all over the world, my responsibility is done and God’s responsibility begins.  If that person behind me reads the bumper stickers on my car then they have been witnessed to and if they do not become saved, my job was done.  My job is to present the gospel whether by voice or by written word or supporting legitimate ministries and it is God’s responsibility to save them.  If they do not become saved, it is not because I didn’t witness to them but they were not the Elect of God.  Free will is a prison and causes people to think it is up to them to make converts.  The words “make disciples” is not found in the Bible simply because we do not make them, God does!  Once we understand this truth there is no guilt on our part if someone we witnessed to dies unsaved.  It removes a lot of remorse from a Christian to know that if they witnessed to a person, they fulfilled their responsibility.  Satan likes to use that guilt and literally push Christians into depression rendering them unusable in ministry.


Biblical Understanding Increases

Once you breach the parameters of a theological system and extract studies from the Bible alone, your biblical understanding will soar.  Not only will your biblical understanding increase mightily, once you establish a truth you will be unable to be moved from it.  When I was a young Christian I heard people speak in tongues and even inquired at a ministry as to why tongues were needed.  One man said to me “That’s evidence of the Holy Spirit.”  I was saved about a year when I received that answer but in the following years I started to investigate the subject of tongues from the Scriptures alone.  I had found out that tongues in the Scriptures were legitimate, established languages.  When you compare modern tongues to the biblical tongues, they are totally opposite.  Biblical tongues in both Acts and 1 Corinthians were established languages but modern tongues is nothing but gibberish and is of no value because they are obviously satanic in nature.  Oh but the charismatics claim it is heavenly language.  The Bible answers that in Acts 2 there were seventeen languages mentioned and they were all established languages at that time.  They were languages spoken here on earth not Heaven but where does gibberish of modern tongues originate?  No one knows except there have been missionaries that have heard speech like that in heathen tribes and even Roman Catholics have spoken in tongues.  So you know if unbelievers are doing it, then it is not of the Holy Spirit.  Since I have done the studies from the Scriptures on this, no one can change my beliefs about modern tongues knowing it is all fake. 


No Longer Ruled by the Teachings and Interpretations of Men

Once you begin to take your studies from the Bible, then the interpretations and teachings of men now become filtered through the Bible.  You can listen to the pastor or listen to a media minister armed with your Bible.  You are no longer at the mercy of their interpretations.  If they say something in line with the Bible then you can agree but if they stray from truth, then you can reject it based upon the Scriptures.  The Bible is the only authority a Christian needs.  I remember some years ago a man asked Ravi Zacharias a question concerning the Roman Catholic Church.  He asked if the Roman Catholic Church was a cult?  Ravi took him around in circles and never gave him a straight answer.  The answer is simple, it is because it is a cult of the Virgin.  There have been many virgin cults down through the ages such as:


1. Isis - Egypt

2. Shing Moo - China

3. Parameta - Hindu (many others also)

4. Diana - Ephesians

5. The Celestial Virgin - Blavatsky - New Age

6. Mary - Roman Catholicism

7. Hestia - Greece

8. Vesta - Rome

9. Ishtar - Babylon


So as we can see that Roman Catholicism is a cult because it lines up with the other virgin cults from ancient times right up to the present.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)  There is only one mediator between God and man and that is the Lord Jesus Christ, not Mary as the Roman Catholic Church teaches.  Mary is not mentioned after Acts 1:14.  If she was a co-redeemer with Christ, then she should have been mentioned further on in the New Testament.  See how the Bible refutes the idea of a virgin cult!


Understanding the Bible from God’s Point of View

One of the major mistakes that many Christians make is that they look and understand the Bible from their point of view.  When God gave us the Bible, he did so for the express purpose of changing our understandings to God’s teachings and not to use the Bible to enforce our own preconceived beliefs.  It is a shame that Christians look to their desires, emotions, and feelings as the filters for their biblical understanding.  God gave us the Bible so we would understand his viewpoints on many different subjects.  Let me give a major example of this.  How many times have you heard some Christians proclaim that they are “sinners saved by grace?”  The reality is that we were saved by grace from a life of sin and salvation happened only one time in our life.  Christians who continue to proclaim themselves as sinners are being arrogantly humble.  Christ did not go to the cross to make us sinners but went to the cross to take his Elect from sinner to Saint.  Nowhere in the Scriptures does God ever refer to his redeemed children as sinners.  The term “sinners” is applied to unbelievers only.  But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. (Genesis 13:13)  Notice the term “sinners” is used to describe the wicked men of Sodom.


Now of course some biblically illiterate person will come at you and in a belittling manner and ask you, “does that mean you don’t sin anymore?”  The difference in being a wicked sinner like the men of Sodom and sinning after salvation is a wide gulf.  The unregenerate sinner, if they die without salvation, will be cast into everlasting damnation. The redeemed Saint in Christ when they sin have had all their sins paid for plus they no longer live a life of sin.  The unbeliever goes from sin to sin but the believer goes from faith to faith.


Now how does God view the believer?  Remember the Bible is written from God’s point of view and not ours.


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9)


To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:2)


These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14)


When we look at these three representative verses, do we find the term “sinner” compatible with any of these descriptions of the redeemed believer in Christ?  The answer is no!  Those Christians who walk around claiming they are just “sinners saved by grace” are making it easier for them to justify their sin.  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. (Proverbs 23:7)  If they continue to think they are still sinners, they will act on those beliefs but if they realize God has made them Saints, then they will have a hard time finding affinity with this world and its sin traps.  If we think like a sinner, we will act like a sinner.  If we think like a Saint, we will act like a Saint.


I once debated a pastor who used the term “sinner saved by grace” and stated it was false humility.  He rejected my analysis and but he believed that drinking Highballs and women wearing short skirts was Christian Liberty.  There it is, as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.  God sees his children in Christ as redeemed Saints on the way home and never classifies them as sinners because that would be an affront to the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary.  Saints are on their way to Heaven and sinners to hell.  This is what I mean interpreting the Bible as God meant it to be interpreted, void of all man’s fallacious notions.


We only Need One Source for all Truth

The Bible is the only authority not the final authority!  If Christianity is to be united, it must stop compartmentalizing itself.  God gave us the Bible to guide us into all truth but it was man who turned it into a theological sourcebook.  We need to look at the Bible as God’s Holy Word to his children and not 31,102 verses of proof texts to endorse what I want to believe.  God’s word solves all the theological problems and confusion created by men.  The Bible needs to be our only source for truth and understanding.  Once we adopt a Bible Only understanding, confusion and chaos will disappear and our understanding will open up.  The Holy Spirit penned the Scriptures, not theological systems.  Those are man’s blunders.  This is not to say that reference books are not helpful like Bible dictionaries, Bible almanacs, Bible maps, Bible handbooks, or Bible guides.  God gave us the method to interpret the Bible and that is comparing Scripture with Scripture.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13)   Comparing the Bible with newspapers, prophecy moguls and their prison interpretations, news broadcasts, TV news, etc. are not spiritual and anyone who looks at secular sources and tries to apply their findings to the Scriptures will never come to truth.  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)  This is why there are so many false interpretations out there but it doesn’t have to be that way.


What are the Negative Aspects of Becoming a Biblicist?

Just as there are tremendous positive aspects about being a Biblicist, there are also some negative aspects that you will have to get used to because others will come against you.


You will be Misunderstood

Many Christians will think you are trying to tear down their belief systems when in essence you are trying to improve their biblical understanding.  They will believe that you are trying to get them to have faith in some cultic belief systems when in reality you are trying to get them to transfer their understanding from man’s words to God’s words.  The majority of Christians you speak with will misunderstand your motives simply because theological systems have been around for 2,000 years and the great majority of Christians have come to place their trust in them not realizing they have short circuited their belief horizon and have placed serious limitations on their understandings along with many false understandings.


Accused of Being a Know It All

You will be listening to something some preacher or media minister will be saying and if it doesn’t line up with Scripture, you will definitely challenge the teaching from the Scriptures.  Then those who hear you will categorize you as a know it all simply because you are pointing out a discrepancy between the teaching and the Bible.  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (Psalm 119:99)  The Lord didn’t put this verse in the Bible to make arrogant people but he put it there to confirm that if you study the Bible and some teacher is quoting or teaching from man’s words, then your understanding will surpass theirs by means of learning from the Bible.


A Troublemaker

This is probably the most used moniker given to Bible based Christians.  If your church teaches something which is contrary to the Bible and you challenge those teachings, then you will be considered a troublemaker and most likely escorted out the door.  The reality is that those who dispense false teachings are the ones who are the real troublemakers.  A situation like that happened back in the Old Testament.


17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. (1 Kings 18:17-18)


Ahab had exchanged the worship of the true God with the worship of the false god Baal.  When Elijah confronted Ahab, Ahab asks Elijah if he was the one who is troubling Israel?  Then Elijah responded that it was Ahab who troubled Israel by forsaking the commandments of the LORD and following Baal.  The same situation has happened in the church whereby much of the teaching has replaced the Bible and in its place is man’s teachings.  So those who do not teach the Bible or create wrong interpretations of the Bible are actually troubling the church because they have forsaken the commandments of the LORD which is the Bible for the teachings of men.


A Non-Conformist

If you are ever called a non-conformist then you are in good company.  That is exactly how the Pilgrims were viewed by the clergy of the Church of England.  The Pilgrims would not conform to unbiblical teachings so they moved to the Netherlands and then on to America.  True Christianity is supposed to conform to the Bible and not to anything else including theological systems.  This is why God gave us the Scriptures.  The reality is that those who do not conform to the Scriptures are the actual non-conformists and not those who adhere to the Scriptures.  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)  Peter knew that obedience to God must always eclipse obedience to man.



This study was penned for the purpose of showing Christians how far Christianity has strayed from the actual teachings of Scripture.  If Christianity is to become strong again in this world, it needs to place biblical teachings above man’s desires, preferences, and emotions.  It is very hard to find any media ministry which is not compromised and I included non-charismatics as well.  The vast majority of churches are compromised in  that they have adopted theological systems and replaced the true word of God with Roman Catholic counterfeits called versions.  It is imperative that the individual Christian must do their own biblical studies and not leave it to others.  Reading a theology or prophecy book is not doing true Bible study.  There must be no man-made filters between the Bible and your understanding.  If the Bible states election, then it is election.  If the Bible speaks about everlasting punishment, then it is everlasting punishment.  If the Bible states that marriage after divorce is adultery, then it is adultery.  Changing the word of God or softening the word of God so it does not sound offensive is akin to adding or subtracting to the word of God which carries eternal penalties.  In the Middle Ages when the Reformers were bringing the truth it was “Thus Saith The LORD.”  Today it is “let me check my 12 translations and then think about what is in view.” If you are going to be strong in the LORD, then you must adhere to the Bible alone no matter what others think of you or accuse you of.  It was Christ who died for you, not your pastor or your best friend.  Serving the LORD requires you to serve him in truth and if you know the truth of Scripture, you have been freed up to accomplish whatever task he gives you.


Remember John 8:32 again:


And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)


The word “free” in John 8:32 also carries with it the meaning of “liberate.”  To be a truly liberated Christian, the Bible must be your only source of truth whether others accept you or not.