We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it was written by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit of God; that it is the truth without any admixture of error for its Matter; and therefore, is, and shall remain divinely preserved forever, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man (1); the true center of Christian union (2); the divine account of the Gospel of Salvation (3); and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (4).
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God who is:
We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (5), who are equal in every divine perfection and attribute (6), and who continue forever in perfect harmony to accomplish the eternal purpose of God and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (7).
We believe that each person of the Triune God has the same perfections and attributes of omnipotence (8), omniscience (9), omnipresence (10), eternality (11), immutability (12) love, mercy, grace, faithfulness, justice, holiness, and righteousness, without division of nature or essence of being.
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity (1), revealed by revelation in the Scriptures (2), and revealed bodily in Jesus Christ (3), the eternal Son of God (4), who is the Word in the flesh (5). He is the Father of humanity and the source of all life (6). He is uniquely the Father of Jesus Christ (7) "the Only Begotten of the Father" (8). He is the Father of all who have become children of God by faith in Jesus Christ (9).
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second person of the Triune God (1) the eternal Word (2) and the Only Begotten Son (3). We believe that without any change in His divine person (4), He became man through the power of the Holy Spirit (5), by the miracle of the Virgin Birth (6), in order to reveal God to man (7).
We believe that He continues forever (2, 8) as both fully God and fully man (4).
We believe that as man He was tempted in all points as we are, but without sin (9).
We believe that as the perfect Lamb of God (10) He shed His blood (11) for the remission of sins (12) and thereby gave Himself in death upon the cross in our place (11).
We believe He became sin for us (13) and suffered sin's full penalty of God's divine wrath in our stead, thereby making eternal atonement (14) for the sin of all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior (15).
We believe that He arose bodily from the grave on the third day (16) was glorified (17), and ascended in Heaven (18), and now sits at the right hand of God the Father (19) as our High Priest and only Mediator (20), and is all believers' Advocate and Intercessor to God the Father (21).
We believe that He has "gone to prepare a place for us" (22) and that prior to the Tribulation and the Millennium, He will return bodily (23) to gather and glorify all who believe in Him (24) to judge the living and the dead (25) and to establish His rule over all creation (26).
We believe God the Holy Spirit is the Third person of the Triune God, equal with and of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son (1).
We believe that He was active in creation (2) and in the moving of holy men who recorded His revelation of the inspired Scriptures (3).
We believe that in relation to the unbelieving world: He restrains the Evil One until God's purpose is fulfilled (4).
We believe that He convicts mankind of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness and that He bears witness to Jesus, the Truth of the Gospel, in preaching and testimony (5).
We believe that He is the agent of the New Birth (6) who seals believers unto the day of redemption (7) and that He indwells (8) and empowers (9) the believers for godly-living, evangelism, service, and prayer (10).
We believe that He endures, guides (11), teaches (12), witnesses to (13), brings Scripture to remembrance (14), sanctifies and renews (15), imparts spiritual gifts to (16), and helps believers by making intercession on their behalf (17).
We believe that He regenerates those who believe and baptizes them into the body of Jesus Christ and seals them unto the day of redemption (18).
We believe that the primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify and to reveal Jesus Christ to mankind and to regenerate and sanctify the souls of believers (19).
Therefore, we 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 the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer prayers of believers for physical healing (20). (See also Section XIX - Separation and Christian Living regarding "spiritual gifts".)
The Holy Spirit is called:
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively (1).
We believe that man was created directly by God in His own image and after His likeness (2) and that the creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development from lower to higher form through interminable periods of time.
We believe that creation took place in six solar (24 hour) days (3) and that God rested on the Seventh day and blessed and sanctified the seventh day (according to Gen. 2:2-3).
We believe that life was made directly by God and that His established law was that they should bring forth 'after their kind' (4).
Therefore we reject the Gap theory, the Day-Age Theory, Progressive Creationism (Hugh Ross), and the Theistic Evolution Theory because these are not Scriptural.
We believe that Satan was created holy and enjoyed heavenly honors (1); but that through selfish pride and ambition to be as the Almighty (2), he fell (3) and drew after him a host of angels (4), and that Satan is now the militant prince of the power of the air (5), the unholy god of this world (6), the author of sin (7), and the deceiver of this age (8). We hold Satan to be man's great tempter (9), the enemy of God (10), the accuser of the saints (11), the author of all false religion (12), the chief power behind the present apostasy (13); the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness such as the occult.
We believe Satan's utterly depraved character is revealed by his names:
We believe that his work is to thwart the plan of God and is described in his titles and representations:
We believe that his ultimate defeat was accomplished at Calvary and that his eternal destiny is the Lake of Fire (28).
We believe also in the real and personal existence of demons and that they are fallen angels (29) of whom Satan is called their prince (30).
We believe that demons are highly organized under Satan's authority (31) and that they are unclean spirits who oppose God's work and God's people (32).
We believe that their influences are limited by God (33) and that their destiny will also be the lake of fire with Satan (34).
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker (1) but that by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state (2) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners (3) not by constraint, but by choice (4) being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin (5), without defense or excuse (6).
Furthermore, we believe that as an eternal consequence, no one is capable of remedying his or her own situation and therefore will incur spiritual death (the second death) and the eternal wrath of God and will be separated from God for all eternity unless they come to a saving knowledge of Christ before they experience physical death (which is the first death).
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit (1), born in a miraculous manner of Mary, a virgin (2), as no other man was ever or can ever be born of a woman, that He is the incarnate Son of God (3), and that He is both true God and true man (4).
We believe that salvation of sinners is completely unmerited (1) and is God's gift of grace (2) through heart faith (3) in the substitutionary (4) and sacrificial death (5) of Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus' death on the cross appeased a Holy God (6) and that His blood is offered to God as a covering for the sins of all humanity. (7)
We believe that God's plan of salvation for humanity (8) denies none, includes all, and is offered freely (9) to anyone who will believe the gospel; (10)
We believe that faith in the gospel produces the new birth (11) newness of life (12) and the fruit of the Spirit. (13)
We believe that salvation is made free to all by the Gospel and that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth produces a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins, is made a new creation and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit, and its evidence appears in the fruits of faith, repentance, and new life.
We believe repentance and faith are sacred duties, and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God (1). We believe that prior to our salvation, we become deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ (2); and that we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy (3); and, at the time of our salvation, we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confess Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour (4).
We believe justification is the judicial act of God whereby those who put their faith in Christ are declared righteous in His eyes because "He (Christ) became sin for us who (Christ) knew no sin that we might be made the righteous of God in Him " (II Cor 5:21.) This means that His (Christ's) righteousness is imputed to us (that is, put to our account).
We believe that our justification (or right standing before God) has nothing to do with any works of righteousness that we may have done but rather is based solely on our faith in the sufficiency of our Saviour's shed blood in our behalf whereby His righteousness is imputed to us. For Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His Mercy (God's gift of our salvation through the shed blood of Christ) He saved us". And Titus 3:7 says, "That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness (1). We believe that Sanctification is a progressive work (2), that it is begun in regeneration (3), and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means- especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (4).
We believe that all who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior are part of the "universal church" according to Eph. 4:4 that says, "There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling." Col. 1: 18a says, "For Christ is the head of the Body, the church..."
We believe that the local church is the body of Christ, the espoused bride of Christ, a congregation of born-again and baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith, love, and fellowship of the Gospel (1). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (2). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control and that the only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit (3). We believe it is the mission of the church to evangelize the world and to make disciples of all believers and to instruct them as He commanded. It is the responsibility of the local church to observe the ordinances instituted by Christ, which are water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper, and to edify each other in the things of Christ (4). We believe that the Pastor or Pastors and Deacons (where there are Deacons) must meet all of the Scriptural qualifications of I Tim. 3 (5) and Titus 1 (6) and those Deacons must meet all of the Scriptural qualifications of I Tim. 3:8-10 (7).
We believe that Christian baptism, in obedience to Christ's command, is the immersion of a believer in water (1) in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost (2), to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (4) and that it is prerequisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord's Supper (5).
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes again, and that our observance of the Lord's Supper must always be preceded by solemn self-examination (6).
We believe that participation in the Lord's Supper should be made available to all baptized believers.
We believe that the 'elements' should be unleavened bread and unfermented fruit of the vine.
We believe that God has given the church (all Believers) the clear and unmistakable Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel (death for our sins, burial, and resurrection of Christ as explained in I Cor. 15:1-4) to all nations (1) so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. As ambassadors of Christ (2) we must use all available means to take the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth.
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (1) We believe that their respective attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors (2).
We believe that a special Providence of God watches over believers' welfare (3).
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, should support his church financially. (1) We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, (2) but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church (3), the relief of those in need (4), and the spread of the Gospel.
We are also commanded to offer our spiritual gifts for the enhancement of one another for the spread of the Gospel. (See the Scripture References for Foot note 11 in Section XIX Of Separation and Christian Living.)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and to everlasting damnation (1).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, "absent from the body and present with the Lord"(2). This means that we believe the souls of the redeemed ones go immediately at death to be with Christ where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection, and transformation when spirit, soul and body are reunited, to be forever glorified with the Lord.
We believe in the 'Blessed Hope"(3), the personal, imminent pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones of the Church (the Rapture)(4) as the Scripture says, "that all who have died in Christ will be raised, and those living will be changed and both shall meet the Lord in the air and so shall they ever be with the Lord."
We believe the seven year tribulation will immediately follow the rapture of believers and that many, especially of the nation of Israel will become believers during the terrible times of especially the last half of the tribulation known as the great tribulation period (5). The Judgement of the Nations will follow against those who have survived the Tribulation Period (6).
We believe that Christ will return triumphantly to the earth after the tribulation with His saints (the Second Coming)(7), to establish the Millennial Kingdom (8).
We believe that the Millennial Kingdom will literally be on earth and will be ruled from the throne of David.
We believe that every saved person will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ (9) to be assigned their rewards and enjoy the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers go at death to Hell (Hades)(10) where they remain in conscious misery in punishment until the second resurrection.
We believe that this second resurrection will be at the close of the thousand-year reign of Christ and that at that time Christ will raise the unsaved, wicked dead so that their spirit, soul, and body will be reunited.
We believe that these resurrected unsaved and wicked will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment (11) where Christ will judge them and will sentenced them to their just punishment by casting them into "the Lake of Fire and Brimstone" (the Second Death), where they will not be annihilated, but where they shall endure everlasting conscious punishment and will suffer everlasting separation from God.
We believe that following the Great White Throne Judgment (11), Christ will deliver up His kingdom to the Father in order that He (Christ) shall reign forever as the Eternal Son of God in the New Heaven and New Earth.
We believe that all the redeemed, because they are saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (1) We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word (2), which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for fulfilling fleshly desires (3).
We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (1); that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem (2); and that all who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked (3). This distinction holds among men in and after death, in the everlasting blessedness of the saved (4), and under the curse that is the everlasting damnation of the lost (5).
We believe that Christians should let their light shine before men so others will see their good works and glorify their Father who is in Heaven (1).
We believe in righteous living and good works, not as the procuring cause of salvation in any sense, but as proper evidence and fruit (2). Therefore as Christians, we should be careful to maintain good works, especially the responsibility and privilege of taking the Gospel to lost mankind (3).
We believe that we should seek to live in peace with all men (4).
We believe that Christians should walk in Biblical separation from this present world, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, not yoked together with unbelievers (5), abstaining from the appearance of evil, denying worldly lust which defiles mind and body (6), and maintaining separation from ecclesiastical apostasy (7).
We believe that all believers must continuously seek to "not quench (8) and not grieve (9)" the Holy Spirit and are to "walk rightly (10)" in order to be continuously filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to every believer and that every believer is accountable to God for their discovery of, development of, and faithful use of these spiritual gifts (11).
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority for the interest and good order of human society (1), consisting of three basic institutions: a) the home; b) the church; and c) human government. Every person is subject to these authorities (2), but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God (3), and governed by His Word. Magistrates are to be prayed for (4), conscientiously honored (5), and obeyed (6), except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture (7). God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balances those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other (8). The home, the church, and human government are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (9).
We believe God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (1).
We believe that any form of homosexuality (2), lesbianism, bisexuality (3), beastiality (4), incest (5), fornication, adultery and pornography (6) are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.
We believe the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (7).
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God (8) but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and in the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home (9) and men are to be the leaders (Pastors and Deacons) of the church (10). Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church.
We believe Israel to be the elect people of God (1) that nationally, Israel was blinded initially as a consequence of rejecting God, the prophets, and the Word of God. Because of this blindness, they would not recognize that Jesus was God's Christ (2), however, a remnant are saved by the election of grace in this Church Age. Israel will be re-gathered to the Holy Land (3) to experience "the time of Jacob's trouble" (4) or "Great Tribulation" during which time many of God's chosen people of Israel shall be saved. At the second coming of Christ all of Israel shall be saved according to Romans 11:26 (5).
We believe angels are a supernatural or heavenly being, created before the creation of the world (1).
We believe that angels were made a little higher in dignity and power than man (2).
We believe that angels live in a state of holiness and possess intellect, emotion and will (3).
We believe they are ministering spirits of God (4) to the heirs of salvation (5) and that they are innumerable (6) and highly organized with some possessing titles such as Seraphims, Cherubims, Archangel, Ruling Angels, Guardian Angels (7).
We believe there are 'fallen angels' as is described in Section IV: Of the Devil (Satan).
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life that define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations- the law, the church, and the kingdom - are subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies (1). Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication (2). Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and may be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of Pastor or Deacon. (3)
We believe that life begins at conception and the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, birth or population control, or mental well being of the mother are acceptable.
We also believe that abortions brought about for 'gender selection' , that is that a baby is aborted because it is not either the male or female that is wanted, is also the murder of a human life and is therefore sin.
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes.
We believe the church possesses all resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members.
We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.