Statement of Beliefs

The Bible

I believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and practice.

2 Peter 1:20,21 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

2 Peter 1:20,21
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

I believe the Word of God has been preserved for the English speaking language in the King James Version (the only authorized version) that can be studied along with Young’s Literal Translation and Strong’s Concordance for clarity, but that all versions are ultimately incorruptible against the mighty power Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Living God.

The Trinity

I believe in one true and living God revealed in the Scriptures as eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19,20 / Mark 12:29 / John 14:26 / II Corinthians 13:14/I John 5:7

Jesus Christ

I believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He was true God and true man; that He lived a sinless life upon this earth; that He died on the cross as a substitutionary and final sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; that He rose bodily from the grave on the third day; that He ascended bodily into Heaven where He continues His ministry at the right hand of God as our Advocate and High Priest; and that He is personally, visibly and imminently returning to this earth to set up His Kingdom. All who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. The blood of Jesus Christ is the sole covering and payment for our sins. Since the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, all forms of sacrificial killing are abhorrent to God (Isaiah 53: Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24; 5:1; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20-23; I John 2:2).

Matthew 1:18-25 / John 1:1,14 / I John 5:20 / Hebrews 4:15 / I Corinthians 15:3,4 / II Corinthians 5:21 / I Peter 2:24 / Luke 24:36-48 / Acts 1:9-11 / I John 2:1,2 / Ephesians 1:20 / Hebrews 4:14-16 / Matthew 25:31,32 / Revelation 20:6/ Titus 2:13-14

Titus 2:13-14
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The Holy Spirit

I believe that the Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit (Who is a person) all the attributes of God; that this present era of the church is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit; and that His ministry in the world includes reproving, regeneration, indwelling, guiding and empowering men. I believe that the Holy Spirit indwelling is serving in a teaching, sanctifying, and empowering role as well as interceding for the Christ follower and imparting spiritual gifts. The fruit of the Spirit follows all who truly walk in the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5:3,4 / John 16:7-11 / John 3:3-5 / I Corinthians 6:19, 12:4 / Romans 8:14 / Acts 1:8 / Galatians 5:22-23 / John 14:26; 16:13-14 / 1 Corinthians 6:11; / 1 Peter 1:2 / Ephesians 3:16 / Romans 8:26-27 / 1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11 / Hebrews 2:4).

Acts 5:3-4: But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

Woman & Man

I believe that man was created by the direct act of the One True Living Creator of Heaven and Earth and Most High God; the God of the Bible, that in man’s original state he was innocent and directed to serve as a steward of the abundant earth, which God created. I believe that Eve, the mother of all living, was tempted and ate of the forbidden fruit and then Adam also ate and so sinned, causing God to cast them both out of Eden. Here women were cursed with sadness and/or pain in childbearing and men with working the ground and sorrow under the condemnation of God. Once outside the garden, man was spiritually dead, and thus all their descendants are also born spiritually dead, separated from God, where the spirit of the prince of the power of the air was allowed to work in all people, including the unsaved of today. By Eve’s sin, women were put under the rule of the man, but In Christ the whole penalty, as St. Paul teaches, has been abrogated (Galatians 3:28), and the Christian woman is no more inferior to the man than is the Gentile to the Jew, or the bondman to the free. I believe that all men and women, having inherited this fallen, sinful nature, are in need of a new birth. I believe that in Christ’s work on the cross, God allowed us once again to be conformed to the image of His Son.

Genesis 1:26-30 / Genesis 2:16,17 / Genesis 3:1-24 / I John 1:8 / Romans 5:12-19 / Ephesians 2:1-3 / John 3:3 / Romans 3:23-25 / Romans 8:29,30

Salvation

I believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace for ALL of mankind; that it is received by repentance, by the renouncing and forsaking of one’s sins; and by faith, the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, trusting in His atoning sacrifice at the cross; and that there is no other means of being saved from death.

I Timothy 2:3, 4 /  Revelation 22:17 / Titus 2:11 / 2 Peter 3:9 /Luke 13:3 / Isaiah 55:7 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / John 3:16 / John 14:6 / John 1:12-13 / Acts 4:12 / John 5:46-47

Discipleship in Christ

I believe that the true Christ disciple wants to live a righteous, pure and holy life; that he is a witness for Christ, that he seeks to flee from sin and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:11

Impartial Election

I believe that God desires to let all people everywhere be saved; and being impartial, also has foreknowledge of who will be obedient and He is aware of their eyes to see, giving conditioning through suffering and grace from charges made by the adversary by inherited iniquities.

I Peter 1:2 / Romans 8:33 / Romans 9:11 / Romans 11:5 / Romans 11:28

Sanctification

I believe that every believer is sanctified in Christ at conversion; that this sanctification continues during the Christian life as the believer grows in the grace and knowledge of Jesus; and that it is completed when the believer stands in the presence of Christ, either at death or at the rapture.

I Corinthians 1:30 / Hebrews 10:10 / II Peter 3:18 / Philippians 3:12-15 / I Corinthians 13:10 / Hebrews 12:23 / I John 3:2

Adoption

I believe that all who come by grace through faith to the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, made alive spiritually, and thereby become adopted children of God. It is God’s intention that all who are so born from above are to yield themselves to complete obedience to His Lordship.

John 1:12-14; 3:3,5 / James 1:18 / I Peter 1:23 / Ephesians 2:8,9 / Colossians 2:12-15 / 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Priesthood & Ministering to the World

I believe in the priesthood of each believer. God has given spiritual gifts to all who receive him by faith. Using the spiritual gifts are an essential part of all ministry for each believer. Though each of us is being sanctified as we yield more of ourselves to Christ, God desires to use every believer to minister His love and truth to the world, no matter their title or position in life

Hebrews 8, I / Corinthians 12, 14 / Romans 12 / Ephesians 4

Everlasting Life with God in Heaven or Eternal Punishment in the Lake of Fire (Judgment)

I believe that all men will stand before God in judgment – the righteous before the Judgment Seat of Christ, when Jesus returns for His Bride, the Church at the close of the Millennial Kingdom; and that many will go away into eternal punishment, but the few righteous entering through the narrow, straight gate will have been mercifully allowed eternal life.

Hebrews 9:27 / John 5:29 / I Thessalonians 4:13-18 / 2 Corinthians 5:10 / Revelation 20:1-15 / Matthew 25:4

I believe in a future resurrection of the just and the unjust. The just will live with God, the Adamic curse removed of both physical and spiritual death, while the unjust will reap eternal punishment

John 5:28,29 / 2 Corinthians 5:10 / Matthew 25:31-46 / Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15

False Bretheren in the Church

I believe false brothers have entered the church to spy on and bewitch Christ followers so to make them into slaves; that these deceivers must be recognized and not given a foothold inside the church, so that the true gospel remains with us.

Galatians 2:4-5 / Galatians 3:1 / Colossians 2:4 / Rev 2:9, 3:9, 14-15, 20 / Jude 4 / 

Gal 2:4-5
This issue arose because some false brothers were brought in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you.
Galatians 3:1
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
Colossians 2:4
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

Doctrines of Devils

I hold as vitally relevant to all Christians that the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars and false prophets, giving themselves over to sensuality and impurity with a craving for more. They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from certain foods that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. Demonic spirits within people will perform signs & wonders. 

1 Timothy 4:2 / Jer 23:26 / Eph 4:19 / 2 Peter 2 1-3 / Rev 16:14 / Mark 13:6 / 1 John 4:1-3 / Matthew 24:5 / 2 John 1:7 / 1 John 2:22 / Mark 13:22 / Matt 24:24

1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Jer 23:26: How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
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