Doctrinal Positions

The Scriptures-

I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, as it is in truth, the Word of God… (I Thessalonians 2:13). I believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His holy words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages I accept and use; the King James Version of the Bible is the best English translation that I accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

God-

I believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of Christ-

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit-

I believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

Salvation and Security of the Believer-

I believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19)

I believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).

The Church-

I believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began with Christ and the Apostles, was empowered at Pentecost, and will be caught up to be with Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
I believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

The Ordinances of the Local Church-

I recognize that there are two ordinances, baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Personality of Satan-

I believe in the reality and personality of the devil, who, together with a great multitude of other angels, fell from his first estate to become the enemy of God, man and all righteousness. I believe the devil is a spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, blinding, deceiving and enticing them. The devil and his angels will ultimately be cast into the burning lake of fire.

The Eternal State-

I believe in the bodily   resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to   judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26;   Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).

I believe that the souls of the   redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where   in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and   body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation   20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after   death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and   body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall   be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer   everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II   Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).

 The Second Coming of Christ-

I believe in the literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4)

 The Millennium-

I believe in the pretribulational rapture of all believers. I believe in the premillennial return and millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Great Commission-

I believe, as a born again believer that I and every other believer has a Biblical mandate and privilege to witness to the lost of the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastical Separation-

I believe that all that are saved should live in such a way as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

The Ecumenical Movement-

I believe that this movement is an attempt to unite different faiths and religions on the basis of the least common denominator of doctrine. That it emphasizes love at the expense of truth.  Its method of operation is subversive. Its concept of an ecclesiastical Kingdom is not supported by Scripture. I reject all cooperation with this movement. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

 The Charismatic-

I believe that the gift of tongues was given as a sign to Israel and like the gifts of Apostleship and prophecy, which were for the founding of the church, is not being given today. I believe that the current resurgence of the practice of tongues, which is not scripturally dictated and which is usually divisive, is not the Scriptural gift (1 Corinthians 12-14). I also reject the charismatic renewal movement with its unscriptural emphasis on emotionalism, and healing.

Neo-Evangelicalism-

This movement, while claiming to be fundamental in theology, has compromised the core principles of the Christian faith. It questions inspiration and literal interpretation; it accepts liberals as Christians, takes a new attitude toward the ecumenical movement, promotes ecumenical evangelism, denies both ethical and ecclesiastical separation, restructures eschatology, and over-stresses the social aspects of the Gospel. This stand is unscriptural.

Neo-Orthodoxy-

This theological persuasion is a futile attempt to reconcile the higher scientific Biblical criticism with the true   Biblical interpretation. Such an appeal to Biblical revelation is based on half-truths and as such is false and deceptive. I strongly reject this method and position.

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