­­The Doctrine of the Bible

We believe the Holy Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, and it is our supreme authority. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. It does not contain the word of God but is the word of God. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The King James Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word of God because it is an perfect translation from the preserved Greek Received Text and the Hebrew Masoretic Text. We reject the teaching of double inspiration but believe that we have the preserved Word of God for the English speaking people in the King James Version. It is therefore our supreme authority for all matters of faith and practice. The Holy Bible is the standard and guide of conduct and action for the believer and the church. (2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 17:17; Acts 1:16; 3:21; 1 Corinthians 2:7-16; 2 Timothy 3:15- 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

The Doctrine of God

We believe there is one, and only one, true and living God. He is an infinite (Ps. 90:2), intelligent, and personal Being (Gen. 1:26, Job 19:26-27); a perfect Spirit, who is the Creator (Gen 1-2:3; Is. 40:28, 45:18, John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17), Preserver, Sustainer, and Supreme Ruler of the universe; inexpressibly glorious in holiness (Exodus 15:11); worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love (John 3:16, Rev 5:12). The Godhead exists eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God (1 John 5:7), having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections(John 10:30); and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:1, 1:26; John 1:1; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; Col. 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16).

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

We believe in the essential deity (John 10:30) and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (Is. 7:14); that He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary (Luke1;34-35), not having human father (Luke 1:35, John 6:42), and He is true God and true man (John 1:1, 14); that He is man’s only hope of salvation from sin (Acts 4:10-12), being the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5); that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:4); that His return for His Church, the body of Christ, which He will take with Himself into Heaven, is imminent (1 Thess. 4:15-17, 5:1-9); and that He will come to this earth to set up His millennial reign (Revelation 20:1-10).

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be coequal with the Father and with the Son (John 16:7-13; Acts 5:3-4). He is a person. He came to this earth as the fulfillment of Christ’s promise (John 14:16-17, 26, 16:7). He convicts (John 16:8), regenerates(John 3:3-5; Rom. 8:11), indwells (John 14:17; 1 Cor.6:19), seals (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30), fills (Eph. 5:18), empowers (Acts 1:8), and guides the believer (John 16:13; Rom. 8:12-17).

The Doctrine of Man

We believe that God created man in His own image by the special act of God (Gen. 1:27 and 2:7). Man was created in a state of holiness (Gen. 1:26, 31); but through the temptation of Satan, he voluntarily transgressed and fell from his holy state (Gen. 3:1-24). The consequence of this fall is that mankind is born with a sinful nature (Romans 5:12, 19; Psalm 51:5).This sinful nature is evidenced by sinful acts.  We believe that man is totally depraved; and if he is not born again, he is lost and will incur the second death.(Jer. 17:9; Luke 16:23; Rom. 3:10-23; 1 Cor. 15:20-22; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).

The Doctrine of Salvation

We believe that a person is saved when he repents of sin (turns from sin in general, not specific, i.e. change of mind about sin) and exercises faith by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Below we list particular matters concerning salvation.

Concerning Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ (John 1:16) secures to such as believe in Him is Justification (Acts 13:39); that Justification includes the pardon of sin (Romans 5:9), and the promise of eternal life on the principles of righteousness (Romans 5:17); that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood (Romans 4:4-5); by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (Romans 4:16-25 eph. on 23-25,5:19); that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (Romans 5:1, 2).

Concerning the Basis of Salvation

The basis of our salvation is the precious blood of Christ according to 1 Peter 1:18-19: “Forasmuch as ye know ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb, without blemish and without spot.”  We are saved by Christ’s death, but the Bible teaches it was necessary that His saving death had to be by the shedding of His blood (Heb. 9:12-14, 22-28).

Concerning the Way of Salvation

The salvation of man is only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works which man can do (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

Concerning Regeneration

When a person places his faith in Jesus Christ as the One who paid the penalty for sin, that person is regenerated (born again – John 3:3). This means he has a new life and that his life should be changed so that works which glorify God will be manifested through his life (2 Corinthians 5:17). Believers are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, using the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23 and Titus 3:5-6).

Concerning Repentance and Faith

We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God. In Acts 20:21 Paul stated that his ministry was one of “Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Biblical saving faith requires Biblical repentance. By Biblical repentance we mean, the act whereby an individual realizes their sinful condition and chooses to turn from (repent) their sin toward God for salvation. Saving faith requires that we turn from sin to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy, at the same time, heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as the only and all-sufficient Savior (Luke 13:3-5; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:9-10).

Concerning the Scope of Our Salvation

We believe the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins – past, present, and future (Heb 9:15-28; Eph 1:7;1 John 1:9); a perfect standing before God as in Jesus Christ(Col. 3:1-4); and the changing of our earthly body to be conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His return for His own. (1 john 3:2; 1 Cor. 15:50-57)

Concerning the Freeness of Salvation

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel (Isaiah 55:1, Rom. 10:11, 13); and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth (John 5:41) but his own inherent depravity and voluntary aggravated condemnation (John 3:18-20; Rom. 3:10-20, 23).

Concerning Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is presented in three phases in Scripture, past, present, and future: that the believer has been sanctified in Christ; that he is being progressively sanctified through the working of the indwelling Spirit, and that he will be completely sanctified at resurrection; that there is no complete eradication of the old nature in progressive sanctification during this present life; that speaking in tongues was not a sign of either regeneration or sanctification; that the New Testament gift of tongues is not in existence today, but ceased with the completion of the Scriptures. (John 17:17; Romans 1:17; 6:1-18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 6:11; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13; 14:20-22; Ephesians 4:15; 5:26-27; Philippians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Pet. 1:15-16.)

Concerning the Filling of the Spirit

We believe that the filling of the Spirit in a believer’s life is manifested by that person’s willingness to be under the control of the Spirit and thus to be obedient to the Word of God. (Acts 2:4, 9:17; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 8:1-17)We do not believe that speaking in tongues is a primary manifestation of the fullness of the Spirit as it is taught and espoused by the charismatic movement (Acts 2:5-12, 14:1-12). We believe that tongues were a sign in the early church and the gift ceased after the completing of the canon of Scripture (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).

 Concerning the Security of the Believer

We believe that every true believer has eternal life (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; 6:47) and that he is kept by the power of God (John 10:28; 1 Jn. 5:13; 1 Peter 1:9). God gives eternal life to the believer, and he shall never perish (John 10:27-30).

Doctrine of the Church

We believe that the local church is composed of a local group of believers who are autonomous and self-governing, with no ecclesiastical organization in authority over them. 1 Cor. 16:19 It is a group of believers who are baptized by immersion (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:36-38 Rom. 6:3-7); who meet regularly for fellowship, worship, and Bible study; (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25) who observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Mark 14:22-24; Acts 2:38, 41-42; 1 Cor. 11:2, 17-34); and who carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). We believe the only Scriptural offices of a local church are Bishops (or Pastors or Elders) and Deacons (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1, 8). The titles Bishop, Elder, and Pastor in the New Testament refer to the different functions of the same office.

Doctrine of Last Things

We believe there will be a resurrection of all – first, the just at the coming of Jesus Christ, and finally, the unjust after the Millennium. The saints are raised to be forever with the Lord, and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in the Lake of Fire. We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, which is the personal, bodily, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior for His Church (the Rapture) and His later return to the earth in power and glory with His saints to set up His Kingdom (the Millennium) – John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9, 11; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-20; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 21:1-8.

Doctrine of Separation

We believe that God commands Christians to be a separated people according to 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18 and 7:1: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty”. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  We reject the ecumenical movement, joining all churches into one body regardless of doctrine or practice; and the Charismatic renewal movement, with its unscriptural emphasis on tongues and healing. We believe Christians are to be personally separated from all worldly practices that hinder spiritual growth and stability. We believe that God’s people should not love the world or the things that are in the world (1 John 2:15-16)

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