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WHAT WE BELIEVE – STATEMENT OF FAITH

1.  We believe in a literal six-day creation by a personal God who is separate from his creation. This event occurred approximately 6,000 years ago. We believe that the real scientific evidence supports the Genesis account. Adam and Eve were created perfect with superior genetic makeup, superior intelligence as compared to modern man and superior physical bodies capable of living 900 years. The whole human race has descended from Adam and Eve’s genetic pool. Therefore there are no separate races for all humans descended from Adam and Eve. Differences amongst people groups arise from gene pool isolation and that groups response to the true God. Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God brought a curse upon creation resulting in spiritual and physical death, the aging process and the physical decay of the universe. The earth was originally created with a protective canopy or bubble around it. The earth was specially designed from its inner core to the atmosphere to support the full genetic expression of life on earth. Adam and Eve’s descendants degenerated morally to the point where God allowed an internal meltdown of the earth resulting in Noah’s flood. We believe that Jesus Christ will restore the world to its pre-flood state during the millennial kingdom. Exodus 20 v 11 (six days) , Genesis 1 v 6-9 (canopy), Genesis 1 v 31 (perfect design), Genesis 3 (fall into sin), Genesis 7 v 11 (internal meltdown), Isaiah 65 v 17-25 (restoration)

2.  We believe the end of the Church Age will be the pre-tribulation rapture of true believers to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air, to receive immortal bodies, and to enter heaven to appear before the judgement seat of Christ. The judgement seat of Christ is for the giving of rewards for faithfulness and service. God will then proceed to complete the 70th week of Daniel and fulfill the remaining promises to the Nation of Israel. This is also known as the 7-year tribulation. At the end of the 7-year tribulation Jesus Christ will come out of heaven with his bride the church to Jerusalem and institute the millennial kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 4 v 15-18, Revelation 3 v 10, Revelation 5 v 8-10 (rapture), 1 Corinthians 15 v 51-54 (immortal bodies), 1 Corinthians 3 v 11-15 (judgement seat of Christ), Daniel 9 v 24-27 ( 70th week), Revelation 6-19 (7-year tribulation), Revelation 19 v 11-15 (return of Christ and his church)

3.  We believe in the Blessed Hope (the pre-tribulation rapture of the true church) just prior to the 7-year tribulation. God is presently setting the stage and will fulfill in only one generation prophecies related to the nation of Israel, the 7-year tribulation, and the return of Jesus Christ. We would reject any other prophetic views that seek to steal the Blessed Hope of the rapture from the Christian or would seek to nullify God’s eternal promises to the Nation of Israel. Titus 2 v 13 (the Blessed Hope), Mathew 24 v 32-34, Luke 21 v 28-32 (one generation), Romans 11 v 25-27, Ezekiel chapter 37, Joel 3 v 1,2 (promises to the Nation of Israel)

4.  We believe in the trinity consisting of the persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that each person of the trinity is co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and co-equal in moral perfection, holiness and other divine attributes. Genesis 11 v 7 (plurality of Godhead) Philippians 2 v 5-11 (God the Son and God the Father) , Micah 5 v 2 (God the Son), John 8 v 58 (God the Son), Colossians 1 v 13-19 (God the Son as Creator and God the Father), Isaiah 9 v 6,7 (God the Son), John 14 v 16-17 (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Matthew 3 v 14-17 (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), 1 John 5 v 7 (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

5.  We believe that shortly after creation week there was a rebellion in heaven by Lucifer and a third of the angels. We believe Lucifer was the leader of music and worship in heaven. Lucifer was the first created being to withdraw his submission to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He became the first self-willed being and is known by the names Satan, the Devil, Beelzebub, Belial, the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air and other representations such as the serpent, the dragon, the deceiver, the murderer, the father of lies, and the angel of light. Satan and his fallen angels are organized and oppose God’s plan for saving the human race from its fall into sin and restoration of this world. Satan seeks to create confusion and blind the minds of people through false religions, false ideas such as evolution, false ideas about God, false ideas about Jesus Christ, and false ideas about heaven, hell and eternal matters. We believe that Satan is defeated and that each believer is called to resist his spiritual attacks through the power of the Holy Spirit and the promises of God. We believe that Satan is limited by the sovereignty of God. We believe that Satan has already been judged and will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. Job 38 v 7 (all angels in submission to God during creation week), Isaiah 14 v 12-16 (the fall of Lucifer), Ezekiel 28 v 12-19 (Lucifer as head angel and leader of worship in heaven), Matthew 4 v 1-11 (Jesus tempted by Satan), 2 Corinthians 4 v 4 (Satan blinds the mind), Ephesians 2 v 2 ( prince of the power of the air), Revelation 12 v 9 (Satan deceives the whole world), 1 John 3 v 8 (Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil), Revelation 20 v 10, Matthew 25 v 41 (the Devil is cast into the Lake of Fire forever), James 4 v 7 (believers are to resist the devil), Job 1 v 6-12 (Satan limited by God’s sovereignty)

6.  We believe that Satan tempted and deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God. Through Adam’s fall the human race is born in sin and his relationship to his creator is broken. We believe that man has a conscience and a free will and is accountable to God for his actions. Genesis 3 (the fall of man), Psalm 51 v 5 (born in sin), Matthew 23 v 37 (man has will to choose)

7.  We believe that God the Son set aside his glory and took upon him a human body, lived a sinless life, paid the penalty for sin on the cross for the whole world, rose from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of God. His death on the cross fully satisfied God’s judgement against sin, broke the power of sin, the power of Satan. This opened the door for each person to receive forgiveness and pardon if they will repent and receive Christ. Philippians 2 v 6-11 (Jesus set aside his glory), 2 Corinthians 5 v 20,21 (Jesus lived a sinless life), John 2 v 2 (died for the sins of the whole world), Hebrews 10 v 12 (right hand of God)

8.  We believe that salvation is a free gift received by personal repentance (which includes the surrender of the throne of the will) and faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation brings a spiritual rebirth through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2 v 8,9 (free gift) Acts 20 v 21 (repentance and faith), John 3 v 3-8 (need to be born again)

9.  We believe in the eternal security of the believer through the Holy Spirit who indwells and empowers each believer forever. We believe that a true profession of faith is evidenced by sound doctrine and the fruit of the Spirit as a general pattern of growth. We believe that a false profession of faith is evidenced by unsound doctrine and a general lack of true spiritual fruit. John 14 v 16,17 , Hebrews 13 v 5 (eternal security), Matthew 7 v 13-21 (type of fruit), 2 Timothy 2 v 15 (sound doctrine)

10. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells each believer upon repentance and faith in Christ. We reject any second baptism of the Spirit doctrine. The believer is commanded to yield and be filled with the Holy Spirit daily in order to manifest the fruit of the Spirit and mortify the lusts of the flesh. Galatians 5 v 16-25 (fruit of the Spirit vs. flesh), Ephesians 5 v 18 (be filled with the Spirit)

11. We believe that the ceremony of water baptism is a symbolic picture of the baptism of the Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit happens at the moment of repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The ceremony of water baptism is a first step of obedience in the daily Christian walk publicly declaring one’s identification with Jesus Christ. We would reject any teaching that the ceremony of water baptism has any merit towards salvation or entrance into the Church of Jesus Christ. Matthew 3 v 11, Roman 6 v 1-14 (baptism of the Spirit), 1 Corinthians 1 v 13-17 (gospel saves not ceremony)

12. We believe that each member of the human race possesses an eternal conscious soul. We believe that each person will be resurrected and stand before Jesus Christ to give an account of his life. We believe that there will be a series of resurrections beginning with the rapture (Church Age saints), then the end of the 7 year Tribulation (Old Testament and Tribulation saints), then the great white throne judgement of Revelation chapter 20 (unbelievers of all ages). We believe that each person will spend eternity either in heaven or hell dependent upon their response and relationship to Jesus Christ.

13. We believe that the spiritual gifts of healing, miracles, tongues, and interpretation of tongues were apostolic gifts and ceased after this period. These were temporary sign gifts to confirm the Apostles authority and the word of God. The Apostles who had these gifts used them only sparingly. Paul did not heal Epaphroditus (Philippians 2 v 25 –27), Timothy (1 Timothy 5 v 23) or Trophimus (2 Timothy 4 v 20). The gift of miracles was the sign of a true apostle as testified in 2 Corinthians 12 v 12, Acts 14 v 3 and Hebrews 2 v 3,4. The true gift of tongues was specific languages not ecstatic babbling. Ecstatic babbling was common among the pagan religions during the apostolic period. Ecstatic babbling that passes for tongues today violates the fruit of the Spirit (self control, sober minded and the admonition to take "every thought captive to Christ") and the behavior of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to be conformed to the image of his Son. We believe that God does grant healing and miracles through the petitions of individual believers but no longer gives the specific gift to an individual believer. We also would not limit God in giving a believer the ability to speak an actual language if circumstances were necessary but it would be the exception rather than the rule. Translation of the Bible into the native tongue of people groups would seem to be the general rule.

14. We believe that 5 point Calvinism and the Armenian doctrine that a believer can lose his salvation are false doctrines not properly built on the whole counsel of God’s word. We believe that God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility to repent and accept the gospel are in dynamic tension.

15. We believe that the current ecumenical movement comprised of Roman Catholicism, apostate Protestantism, and neo-evangelical groups will enter the 7-year tribulation and be the dominant pillar of the world religion that arises during that period. We believe that the local assembly should practice biblical separation from all Christian groups that teach a false gospel or hold to unsound doctrine or practices. Just as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are united and have one mind based on doctrine, so also the local assembly should have unity based on doctrine. We are commanded by the Lord to earnestly contend for the faith. 1 Timothy 6 v 3-5, 2 Timothy 3 v 5, 2 Thessalonians 3 v 6,14,15, 1 Corinthians 5 v 11-13, Romans 16 v 17, 2 John 10-11 (separation), 2 Timothy 4 v 3 (unsound doctrine), Ephesians 4 v 1,3,13-15 (unity we already have must be maintained), Jude 3 (contend for the faith)

16. We believe that the integration of psychological theories and practices developed by unredeemed men (Maslow, Freud, Jung, Rogers, James, Skinner, Dewey etc) with the Bible is unscriptural. We believe that God has given each believer all things necessary to walk the journey of faith. This is accomplished through the word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit who is infinite in wisdom and power. The psychological theories of low and high self-esteem and the existence of the unconscious are unscriptural inventions of unredeemed men. Each human being is suffering from a broken relationship with his Creator, and is under the bondage of selfishness, sin and Satan. Problems identified as mental or of the mind are part of the spiritual realm and as such are addressed by the Bible alone. We believe that a qualified medical doctor should deal with problems that are physical in nature including the brain and arise from the aging process. 2 Peter 1 v 3,4, 2 Timothy 3 v 16,17 (Bible/Holy Spirit only), Ephesians 2 v 1-3 (bondage), Galatians 2 v 20 (death of self)

17. We believe that as ambassadors for Christ his work must be carried out according to his character. Because God will be indebted to no man we believe it is unscriptural to borrow money on God’s behalf in order to carry out his work. We believe that God’s work should be supported only through the giving of his saints. God’s work done in God’s way will not lack God’s supply. 2 Corinthians 5 v 20 (ambassadors)

18. We believe that the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in the original languages is the written word of God. We believe that each "word" in the original languages is divine and authoritative. We believe that in the English language the King James Version is the best and only acceptable translation. We believe the King James Bible is superior because of providential uncorrupted manuscripts, superior translators, and superior translation technique (word for word where possible). We would be in agreement for certain words to be modernized by those of sound doctrinal beliefs and original language abilities. We believe that modern translations are inferior and corrupt because of corrupted manuscripts underlying them, inferior translators holding unsound doctrine and inferior method of translation (not word for word). We would not discount God being able to use modern versions where the underlying text and translation line up with the Holy Spirit’s intent. We recognize that the great majority of seminaries and Bible colleges have preferred the new scholarship of Westcott and Hort and Nestle Aland. Most students entering these institutions were unlikely aware of or in position to challenge the corrupted texts. Just passing the original language courses would be difficult enough. As such most graduates are not fully aware of the issues raised by the King James supporters. Two examples will highlight the points made. Consider Revelation 5 v 8-10 in the KJV, which has the 24 elders singing the redemption song in the first person. This is a picture of the raptured church in heaven prior to the 7-year tribulation of Revelation 6-19. The NASB and the NIV have changed these verses to the 24 elders singing in the third person. This corruption confuses the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. A second example would be 1 Corinthians 1 v 18 and 2 Corinthians 2 v 15. The KJV describes the Christians in these verses with the term "are saved". The NASB and the NIV use the term "are being saved". This corruption caters to the false doctrine that salvation is a process. The issue of Bible versions requires considerable research free of bias and under the Lordship of the Holy Spirit to understand the correct issues, the history of the Hebrew and Greek texts, and the instrumental men involved.