Statement of Faith
1. The Bible
We believe the sixty-six Books that make up the Bible to be inspired by God, preserved by God and are perfect in every detail. Holy men of God were used as the instruments through which God conveyed His mind, will and Word to mankind upon earth through the process of plenary inspiration. It is only through the Scriptures that we learn of God and the salvation which He offers to mankind; as well as the way that He would have us to live, and the judgment which we will face. The Bible is to be our sole rule for 'Faith and Practice.' It is our belief that God has chosen to preserve His Word for mankind throughout all generations, and that the KJV is God's preserved Word for the English speaking people.
(Deut 4:2; Ps. 12:6-7; Prov. 30:5-6; Jer. 30:2; 36:1, 2, 27, 28; Zec. 7:12; Matt. 4:4; Luke 16:29-31; John 12:47-48; 17:17; Acts 1:16; 3:21; Rom. 3:4; 2:12; 14:11, 12; 1 Cor. 2:13; 15:3, 4; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Rev. 20:12; 21:8; 22:19)
2. The Godhead
We believe the Bible teaches that there is only one God and that He is the Ruler of all Heaven and earth and is to be worshipped exclusively and whole heartedly by mankind. We believe that God is Infinite, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. We believe that the Godhead consists of the triune God being three persons in one; God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each having equal divinity yet fulfilling specific offices in the work of redemption.
(Gen. 17:1; Ex. 34:14; Psa. 83:18; 90:2; 139:7; 147:5; Prov. 5:21; Matt. 3:16, 17; 28:19; John 4:24; Rom. 1:20; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 4:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 19:6)
We believe the Scriptures teach that Satan is a real spiritual being whose sinful pride has condemned him to an eternal judgment and that he seeks to lead others to this same fate. He is referenced as the god of this world, the accuser of the brethren, the believers adversary, tempter of the righteous, and the ruler of the powers of darkness.
(Is. 14:12-15; Matt. 4:1-3; John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:13; 1Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:10; 20:2, 10)
We believe in a literal period consisting of seven, twenty-four hour days, in which God created, out of nothing, the heavens and the earth, including the land, air and sea animals, and mankind. This creation was and is for God's pleasure and to bring honour and glory to Him.
(Gen. 1:1; 2:4, 5; Ex. 20:11; 31:17; Psa. 19:1; 145:10; 148:5; John 1:3; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11)
5. The Fall of Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that when man was created he was innocent regarding sin and walked in perfect harmony with God and in accordance with His will. This all changed when Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent in the Garden of Eden to partake of the forbidden fruit. This single act of willful disobedience by our 'federal head' plunged mankind into sin, separated us from God and led to the proclamation of punishment upon all sinners. All mankind willfully transgresses God's righteous and holy standard, or law, and therefore shall suffer the same fate of eternal punishment.
(Gen. 3:6, 11, 12; Jer. 16:12; Matt. 15:19; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 5:15, 19; Eph. 2:3)
6. The Virgin Birth of Christ
We believe that the virgin birth of Christ was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament with the miraculous conception of Christ in the virgin womb of Mary with the Seed of the Holy Ghost. Christ is and always will be the only One who is begotten of God in such a manner.
(Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18, 23, 25; Luke 1:27-35; John 1:14, 18; 3:16)
We believe that the only way of salvation is through faith in the work of Christ and His death on the Cross, His burial, and resurrection as the sufficient atoning Substitute for fallen mankind. Salvation is all of God's grace and free from any works of man. The opportunity for salvation has been made available for all men and it is the will of God that all men should be born again; but God in His Sovereignty will not impose His will upon any man. It is therefore the responsibility of the individual to put one's faith in Christ and the substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection of Christ on mankind's behalf and to accept the free Gift of Salvation which God offers to all who will come to Him through Christ. Upon putting one's faith in Christ and the acceptance of His substitutionary work for man, God justifies that man and regenerates him to be a new creature in Christ; granting him access to God through the ongoing mediatory work of Christ in glory as our High Priest in the presence of God the Father.
(Luke 19:10; John 1:1-14; 3:3, 15, 16, 18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 10:9-10, 13; 1 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:5, 8, 9; Phil. 3:9; 2 Thess. 2:13, 14; Titus 2:11; Heb. 2:9; 4:14; 7:25; 12:24; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 4:10; 5:11)
8. The Security of the Believer
We believe that the Bible teaches that once someone has been regenerated and born again by the work of the Holy Spirit that they are sealed and preserved by that self-same Spirit in conjunction with the Father and the Son; and that it is impossible for them to lose that salvation. This special act of preservation is what will distinguish the truly born again believer from the false professor and is not something that can be gained through our own merit but is received at the time of regeneration. Our keeping is in the Hands of Almighty God and His Providential care.
(John 3:36; 6:27-40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:38-39; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30; Phil. 1:6; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Tim. 4:18; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 John 2:19; 5:13; Jude 1, 24, 25)
9. The Sanctification of the Saint
We believe that sanctification is the process of growth by which a new believer and old believers alike are continually being conformed into the Image of Christ; to be like Him in all manner of holiness as He is Holy, and that this should be a progressive work that is a result of the Holy Spirit illuminating areas of our lives that are not in conformity to the will of God according to the Scriptures; that the Holy Spirit shall primarily use the Word of God, prayer and an attitude of self-examination to determine those areas which are not in conformity to the Scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit. This process shall in turn provoke us to love toward Christ and His Body, as well as to good works.
(John 17:17, 19; Rom. 8:5, 29; 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; 13:5, 9; Eph. 5:26; Phil. 2:12, 13; 3:9-10; Col. 1:28; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 1 Pet. 2:2; 3:15; Heb. 6:1; 10:24)
10. The Church
We believe that the Bible teaches that a local church is a body of born again believers, scripturally baptized by immersion, gathered together in unity of purpose which is to fulfill the Great Commission as given by Christ following His resurrection and prior to His ascension into Heaven; observing the ordinances given by Christ; governed by His Laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have the opportunity and the building up and edifying of the saints. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:41,42; 8:1; I Cor. 4:17; Acts 2:47; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 11:2; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:10; Acts 14:23; 15:22; II Thess. 3:7; Rom. 16:17-20; I Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; I Tim. 3; Titus 1)
11. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that there are two ordinances given to the Local Church to observe and that they were given by Divine Authority; that true Christian baptism is the immersion of the born again believer in water, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with authority of the local church, to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour; that this is the testimony of the believer of their death to sin and resurrection to the new life in Christ; that believers baptism by immersion is a prerequisite to church membership.
(Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4, 5; Matt. 3:16; 28:19; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41, 42; Matt. 28:19, 20)
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration, by the use of unleavened bread and of the unfermented fruit of the vine, of the death of Christ until He comes again; to be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(Matt. 26:26-28; I Cor. 11:2, 23-28)
12. The Commission of the Church and Its Members
We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable; that this commission is the responsibility of all believers; that God has chosen the local Church to be His primary means to see this end fulfilled; that those members of the local churches shall endeavor to participate in reaching the lost with the Gospel through such means as they are able and have opportunity.
(Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:14-16; 10:13-15; 11:14; 1 Cor. 7:16; 9:19, 22, 23; 10:33)
13. The Literal Return of Christ and the Resurrection
We believe in the bodily, personal, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ to catch away His church and to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth.
(Matt. 16:27; 25:31-46; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-21)
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the pre-tribulational coming of Christ for His Church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom.
(John 5:21-30; I Thess. 4:16; Rev. 7:9-17; 20:11-15)
We believe that Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. We believe that proportionate giving is a distinct and positive command in the Scriptures and pledge ourselves to a systematic contribution for the support of the church of such a portion of our income as we believe God requires of us according to the principles laid down in I Corinthians 16:1, 2. (I Cor. 16:1, 2; II Cor. 8-10; Phil. 4:10-14; Malachi 3:8-11)
15. Separation From All Forms of Apostasy and False Gospels
We believe that modernism, liberalism, "Social Gospel," and any other gospel other than the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, are not of God, but are of antichrist; and that we as believers should have no fellowship with such unfruitful works of darkness, and that we are called upon to separate from all alliances, churches, groups, organizations, and individuals, that sanction such doctrines.
(II Cor. 6:14-18; II Peter 2:1, 2; I John 2:22; Jude 4; II Thess. 3:6; II John 7-11; Eph. 5-11; I Tim. 1:19, 20; 6:3-6; Rev. 18:4, 5; Acts 19:8-10; Rom. 16:17, 18; Gal. 1:8-10; Phil. 3:17-19; Matt. 7:15-20)
16. Separation from Worldliness
We believe that all believers should walk in such manner as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Saviour and that separation from worldly pleasures and practices is commanded of God.
(Rom. 12:1, 2; 14:13; II Cor. 6:14-17:1; I John 2:15-17)
17. Civil Government
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Civil rulers have no rights of control over, or of interference with religious matters.
(Rom. 13:1-7; I Pet. 2:13; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Tim. 2:1-8; Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:38; Dan. 3:15-18; 6:7, 10; Acts 4:18-20; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Ps. 72:11; 2)
18. The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in this life and after death, in the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
(Mal. 3:18; Is. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19; Acts 10:34, 35; Rom. 6:16; 1:17; I John 2:29; 3:7; Rom. 6:18, 22; I Cor. 11:32; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Is. 57:21; Ps. 10:4; Is 55:6, )