Statement of Faith
The Holy Scripture
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired the Word of God. By the “Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six (66) books, from Genesis to Revelation, are the complete divine revelation of God to Man. By “inspiration” we mean the books of the Bible were written by the Holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
II Timothy 3:16,17, II Peter 1:19-20, Acts 28:25, Psalms 19:7-11, 119:89, 105, 130, 160, Luke 16:31, 24:25-27, 44-45, John 5:39, 45-47, 12:48, 17:17, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 3:4, 15:4, I Peter 1:23, Revelation 22:19, Isaiah 8:20, Ephesians 6:17.
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God; that He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, and infinitely Holy; that He exists eternally in Three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and that these three, through one, are yet THREE DISTINCT PERSONS and are equal in every divine perfection.
Exodus 15:11, 20:2-3, Genesis 17:1, I Corinthians 2:10-11, 8:6, 12:4-6, 13:14, Ephesians 2:18, 4:6, John 4:26, 15:26, 17:5, Psalms 147:5, 83:18, 90:2, Jeremiah 10:10, Revelation 4:11, I Timothy 1:17, Romans 11:33, Mark 12:30, Matthew 28:19, I John 5:7, Acts 5:3-4, Philippians 2:5-6.
The Son of God (Jesus Christ)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary as no other man was ever nor can be born of woman. He is very God of very God being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again to rapture His saints and to sit on throne of David and establish His kingdom. The rapture coming is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial.
Isaiah 7:14, I Thessalonians 4:16, II Thessalonians 2:6-8, 13:18, Matthew 1:18-25, 24:1-7, 28:6, John 1:1, 14:3, I Peter 2:22, 3:18, Acts 1:10-11, 15:16, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 9:22, Ephesians 1:7, I John 1:7, Luke 24:1-7, Romans 4:25,, Revelation 19:11-16, 20:4-6.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father, God the Son, and of the same nature, that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness, that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, that He is the agent in the new birth, that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believers.
John 3:5-6, 13, 14:16-17, 15:26-27, 16:8-11, 13, Matthew 3:11, 28:19, Hebrews 9:14, Luke 1:35, 3:16, 24:49, Genesis 1:1-2, II Thessalonians 2:7, 13, Acts 5:30-32, 11:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, Mark 1:8, Romans 8;14, 16:26-27, I Peter 1:2.
The Devil or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels, that He is now the militant prince of power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the Anti-Christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness, destined, however, to final defeat at the hand of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, Revelation12:7-10,13:113-14, 19:11, 16, 20, 20:1-3, 10, Jude 6, I Peter 5:8, II Peter 2:4, Ephesians 2:2, John 14:30, I Thessalonians 3:5, II Thessalonians 2:8-11, Matthew 4:1-3, 13:25, 25:41, 37:39, I John 3:8, Luke 22:3-4, II Corinthians 11:13-14, Mark 13:21-22, I John 2:22, 4:3.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation (one day equals 24 hours), and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively, that man was created directly in God’s own image and after his own likeness, that man’s creation was not a matter of evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher law that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
Genesis 1:11, 24, 26-27, 2:21-23,Exodus 20:11, Acts 4:24, 17:23-26, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:3, John 1:3, Revelation 10:6, Romans 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Nehemiah 9:6.
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, the consequence of which, all men are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, Genesis 24, Romans 1:18, 20, 28, 3, 3:10-19, 5:12, 19, Ephesians 2:1, 3, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Galatians 3:22.
The Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other men was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.
Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, mark 1:1, John 1:14, Psalms 2:7, Galatians 4:4, I John 5:20, I Corinthians 15:47.
The Atonement of Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, that His atonement consisted not in setting for us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ , the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, that having risen from the dead. He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-suffering Savior.
Ephesians 2:8, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24-25, John 3:15, 10:18, Matthew 18:11, Philippians 2:7-8, Hebrews 2:14, 7:25, 9:12-15, 12:2, Isaiah 53:4-7, 11-12, I John 2:2, 4:10, I Corinthians 15:3, 20, II Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 1:4, I Peter 2:24, 3:18.
Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again, that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, that it is instantaneous and not a process, that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God, that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man but wholly and solely. But the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel, that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 1:12-13, 3:3,6-7, II Corinthians 5:17, 19, Luke 5:27, I John 5:1, Acts 2:41, II Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, 5:9, Colossians 2:13, Galatians 5:22.
Freeness of Salvation
We believe in the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel, that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith, and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own natural depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel which rejection continues him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 3:12, I Peter 1:2, Titus 1:1, Romans 8:29, 10:13, Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 55:6-7, Revelation 22:17, John 5:40, 6:37, Acts 2:28, John 3:15-16, 18, 36, I Timothy 1:15, I Corinthians 15:10, Ephesians 2:4-5.
We believe that great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, that justification includes the pardon of sins, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness, 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 His righteousness is imputed to us.
Titus 3:5-7, Romans 1:17, 4:1-8 , 5:1, 9, 8:1, Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our soul but the quickening Spirit of God, thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Acts 2:37-38, 20:21, Mark 1:15, Luke 18:13, Psalms 51:1-4, 7, Isaiah 55:6-7, Romans 10:9-11, 13.
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are this secure in Christ forever.
John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, 38, 39, I Corinthians 1:4-8, I Peter 1:4-5.
We believe that it is a privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11-15.