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Statement of Faith

The Word of God

The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20,21; John 10:36). Inspiration refers to the process whereby God breathed out the words of Holy Scripture by moving holy men of God to speak and/or record His word accurately with the final product being an inerrant Bible in the original manuscripts. The Bible is true not only as it speaks of salvation, but also as it speaks of history, science, and philosophy. It is truth without any mixture of error. It is the sole basis and authority for the believer in faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21, many other verses). Recognizing that we live in a day of numerous and varied translations and paraphrases of Scripture, many of which are unreliable and untrustworthy, it is our conviction that the Authorized Version (King James) should be the only translation for public reading and preaching.

God

God is three Persons, all equal One to the Others, and existing in One Being (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Deuteronomy 6:4). The three Persons of the Godhead are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of the universe and its inhabitants (Genesis 1:1 – 2:5). He created the universe and its inhabitants by direct action, the word of His mouth, not by the means espoused by the theories of theistic evolution or evolution. He is eternal, sovereign, holy, just, immutable, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, true, merciful, and loving.

The Father—He is the Father over all creation (Acts 17:29), of the nation of Israel (Exodus 4:22), of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:17), and of believers in Christ ((Galatians 3:26).

The Son—The Son of God is the Word (Logos) which was made flesh (John 1:1-14), born of a virgin and conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:16-25)/ He is both all God and all man (God—John 1:1; Romans 9:5; Man—Romans 1:3,4; both God and man—John 1:1-14; Romans 9:5). He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity. He is the Savior of all those who place their trust in Him to forgive their sins (John 3:16). He is the Head of the Church, which is His body (Ephesians 5:23, 30; 4:12).

The Holy Spirit—The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Trinity Who reveals to men their need of Christ as well as reveals Christ Himself to men (John 16:7-15). He is the One Who moved holy men of old to speak the Word of God (II Peter 1:20,21). He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). He baptizes believers into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:11). He fills (Ephesians 5:18), indwells, (I Corinthians 6:19), guides (Romans 8:14), assures (Romans 8:16), and prays for believers (Romans 8:26).

Man

In his original state in the garden of Eden man was sinless (Romans 5:12). Through the sin of Adam, man fell from that original state, thus becoming by sinful by nature and choice. Man continues today as totally depraved, without any inherent righteousness or the ability to produce righteousness of himself which could merit God's favor. Man became subject to the curse of sin and its consequences which include spiritual death immediately (Romans 8:22, 23), physical death (Hebrew 9:27), and eventually the second death (Revelation 20:11-15). By faith in Christ alone man is able to be restored to the original creation of man in part now (II Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:10), and eventually in the whole at the resurrection (Romans 8:19-23; I Corinthians 15:51-54; Philippians 3:21).

Salvation

Salvation is granted to people by God apart from works and upon the basis of faith alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Biblical faith involves repentance, having a change of mind towards sin (particularly the sin of rejecting Christ) and the Savior (Luke 24:47; 13:3; Acts 26:20). The natural response of the person who has been truly saved is public confession of Christ (John 4:29; Matthew 10:32, 33). Christ is recognized as Lord at the point of salvation (Romans 10:9), but with the allowance of gradual growth in Christ (not to the extreme of "Lordship Salvation"). Salvation is by faith alone. Salvation results in a life of good works (Ephesians 2:10; I John 2:24). Sanctification is an act of God on the believer at the time of salvation and a process throughout the life of the believer whereby God sets apart all that are His unto holiness. He then conforms them to the image of Christ, completing the process of sanctification at the return of Christ for His saints (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:3, 4; 4:11-13; I John 3:2). God gives assurance of salvation to the believer (John 10:28, 29; II Timothy 2:13; I John 5:12, 13). There is no reason for the believing person to fear the loss of his salvation, for he is secure in Christ. To reject Christ's salvation is to, upon physical death, embrace a literal hell and eventually the lake of fire (Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-15). Salvation is both initiated by God's calling and received by man's choice.

The Church

The Bible speaks of both the universal (Ephesians 3:19-22; 4:12,15,16; Colossians 1:18) and local church (I Corinthians 1:2 with many others). The universal church is the body of believers saved during New Testament times and is distinct from the nation of Israel. The local church is a group of believers organized for the purposes of edification (through preaching, teaching and fellowship) (Ephesians 4:11-13) and evangelism (II Corinthians 5:18-21). The primary leader of the church (local) is the pastor whose duties are to feed the "sheep of his flock" (I Peter 5:2), be an example to the "flock" (I Peter 5:3), and protect his "flock" (people) from false teachers and sinning brethren (Acts 20:28-32; I Timothy 4:16; also see next paragraph). The deacons are to serve with the pastor in leading the church. The ordinances of the church are baptism (performed by the pastor with the new believer by immersion in water for the purpose of obeying the Lord's command—Matthew 28:19—and identifying him with Christ—Romans 6:3-5) and the Lord's Supper (in which the cup and bread are distributed and consumed by obedient believers for the purpose of symbolically commemorating the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross and looking forward to the Lord's return—I Corinthians 11:17-34). Neither of the ordinances is a means of saving grace.

The church faces the particular problems of growing apostasy and compromise due to the toleration of and cooperation with false teachers by some true Christians. Liberal and Neo-Orthodox leaders are false teachers and are to be withdrawn from by believers (I Timothy 6:3-5; II John 9, 10). The New Evangelicals disobey the clear teaching of the Bible to break with false teachers and instead cooperate with them. Therefore, New Evangelicals are persistently sinning brethren. Since persistently sing brethren are to be separated from for the purposes of restoring the sinning brethren and preserving the church, Fundamentalists must separate from New Evangelicals (Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 5:1-13; II Thessalonians 3:6-15).

Last Things

Not all issues concerning the doctrine of future happenings are crystal clear. What we do know beyond question is that both dead and living believers will be changed into glorified bodies to live in a state of eternal bliss in the presence of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18), and that after the world has been thoroughly scourged by a just God (Revelation 4-19), the unbelievers and Satan will be cast into a place called the "lake of fire" to remain eternally (Revelation 20:11-15). The order of events is most likely as follows: 1. The rapture of the Church up to heaven to the judgment seat of Christ for the judging of lives for rewards, not retribution, and the subsequent "marriage supper of the Lamb" (I Corinthians 3:13-15; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:1-10), 2. The seven year tribulation period upon the earth in which the Gentiles and Jews through suffering are prepared for the second advent of their Messiah, Jesus Christ (Revelation 4-19), 3. The ending of this seven year period in the battle of Armageddon, in which God conquers the nations of the earth and forces of darkness (Revelation 19), 4. The 1000-year literal reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth (Revelation 20:1-6), 5. A final rebellion of Satan and men against God which is put down and ends in Satan being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10), 6. The Great White Throne Judgment in which God judges sinners and turns them into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15), 7. The appearance of a new heaven and new earth and the heavenly city of Jerusalem for the abode of the saved (Revelation 21:1-22:5).

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