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The Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).

The Godhead

We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and preserver of all things (Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16). In the unity of this Godhead, there are three Persons of one individual essence, who are coequal, coexistent and co-eternal; namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 28:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1,2, 18; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; 15:26; John 10:33).


In eternal relationship as to priority (not superiority) the Father is greater than all (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 15:28; John 5:18).


The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father, and accepted earthly limitations for the purpose of incarnation, being true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice.


The Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide and to teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.


Man, His Fall and Redemption

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil, and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (1 John 3:8).

Salvation

Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the  cross and through Holy Spirit conviction. Godly sorrow works repentance and  makes possible the experience of the new birth, and Christ formed within us is the  gift of eternal life (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7).


Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made  operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to  God (Ephesians 2:8).


Man is a free moral agent and can at any time after the new birth experience turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with the consequences of hell to look forward to.

The Church

The true Church, built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), is the Body of our Lord (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27); Christ being the Head (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again of the Spirit (John 3:6) and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), who are living an overcoming Christian life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 2 1:27).

To the Church, through its members, is delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27, 28) which are necessary for the successful evangelization of the world and the perfecting of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11, 12).

This universal, invisible sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:26, 27; Revelation 21:9b, 27) and it is for this Bride for whom Jesus Christ returns, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch her away and take her to heaven (John 14:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Ministry

God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as  evangelists, pastors and teachers, apostles, prophets and specifically endues the  one called with the talents and gifts peculiar to that office or offices (Ephesians  4:11-13). Under no circumstances should anyone be ordained or set apart to any  such office unless the calling is distinct and evident.

Water Baptism

Baptism in water is by immersion, and is a direct commandment of our Lord  (Matthew 28:19), and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the  Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection  (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).

The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted,  to wit: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God,  and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and  of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

Baptism of the Holy Ghost

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11), is a Gift from God, as  promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation, and is  received subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38, 39; 10:44- 48). The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is; accompanied by the speaking in other  tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance as the initial physical sign and  evidence (Acts 2:4).

Sanctification

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).  We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of  grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the  consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2;  Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The Lord’s Supper

The ordinance of the Lord's Supper is a commandment of our Savior; and being a  memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian believers (I  Corinthians 11:27). The time and frequency of its observance is left to the  discretion of each congregation (1 Corinthians11:26). Only unfermented grape  juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29: Mark  14:25; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.

Foot Washing

Foot washing is recognized among many believers as a Christian practice, and the  time, manner and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each local  congregation (John 13).

Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of  God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18;  James 5:14, 15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to  all who truly believe.

The Resurrection of the Just

The Bible promises, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner" (Acts 1:11).  His coming is imminent; when He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first: then  we which are alive and remain shall be caught together with them in the clouds to  meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Following the tribulation, He  shall return to earth, as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His  saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation  20:6).

Setting a Time for the Lord’s Return

It is unwise to teach that the Lord will come at some specified time, thereby  setting a date for his appearing, and it is also unwise to teach, preach or publish  visions of numbers and dates which would tend to fix the time of the second  coming of the Lord (Mark 13:32, 33).

Hell and Eternal Retribution

The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally  lost in the lake of fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the  gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The lake of fire is literal (Revelation  19:20). The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of  the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the lake of fire, carry the  same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration  of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

Christians and War

Whereas, We believe that our government is ordained of God; and


Whereas, We are thankful to the government of the United States of America for  the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience; and

 Whereas, there are those within our church organization who conscientiously  object to the bearing of arms in the time of war; be it Resolved, that we as a  church organization affirm their respective right to this conviction as they offer  their respective services to our government in any way consistent with non- combative service.

Tithing

We recognize the Scriptural duty of all our people, as well as ministers, to pay  tithes as unto the Lord (Hebrews 7:8).


Tithes should be used for the support of the active ministry and for the  propagation of the gospel and work of the Lord in general and not given to charity  or used for other purposes (Malachi 3:7-11; Hebrews 7:2; 1 Corinthians 9:7-11;  16:2).

Marriage

Marriage shall be between one man and one woman only (according to Genesis    2:20-24).   Under no circumstances will the union of two individuals of the  same sex be recognized or condoned. We believe homosexuality to be sin  according to Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:22-23.

The Coming of the Lord

We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre- tribulational, and pre-millennial. We further contend that this position alone  admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension and  provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the  unsaved. As demonic deception and satanic darkness deepens, we urge our  ministers to maintain and proclaim this doctrinal viewpoint as the "blessed hope"  of the Church. Furthermore, we recommend that should any of our preachers hold  to the mid- or post-tribulation doctrine, they refrain from preaching and teaching  it. Should they persist in emphasizing this doctrine to the point of making it an  issue, their standing in the fellowship will be seriously affected.