Since, in these latter days, so many have departed from the faith, giving
heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; so many have turned away
their ears from the truth and turned unto fables; so many are busily
engaged in scattering abroad the seeds of fatal error, directly affecting
the honor of our God and the destiny of the souls of men, we feel
constrained by fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ to adopt the following
doctrinal Statement of Faith.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures,
consisting of 66 books which constitute the Old and New Testaments, the
Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, the complete and
unalterable special revelation of God, and our final authority. We believe
in the normal, literal, and consistent interpretation of the Scriptures;
and a dispensational understanding of God's progressive revelation
(Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons --
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- co-eternal in being, co-identical in
nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and
perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man,
without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and
born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He came that He might
reveal God and redeem sinful man (Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2, 14).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His
death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary
sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole
world and our justification is verified by His literal, physical
resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24, 25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; 1
Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; 1 John 2:2).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at
the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry
of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Romans 8:34;
Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1,2).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE
We believe the Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who in this
present age convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; who
regenerates and baptizes into the body of Christ those who believe; and
who indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11;
Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into
all truth and it is the privilege of believers to be filled with and their
duty to walk in, the Holy Spirit (John 16:13; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians
5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God; in Adam's
sins the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from
God; and man is totally depraved and unable to remedy his lost condition
(Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
SALVATION AND SECURITY
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all
people. All who trust Him are saved by grace through faith on the basis of
His shed blood, accepted in the beloved, kept by God's power, and thus
secure in Christ forever (John 1:12; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38,
39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:7;2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:5, 18, 19).
We believe every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made
for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the
indwelling Holy Spirit, and all claims to the eradication of the old
nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; 8:12,13; Galatians
5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John
We believe it is the 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; 1 Peter 2:13-20).
We believe the Church, which began with the baptizing work of the Holy
Spirit on the day of Pentecost, is the body and bride of Christ. It is the
spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age
(Acts 2:1-13; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:13-14; 2
We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly
taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17,
28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances for the Church
in this present age. These are believer's water baptism, practiced by
immersion, and the Lord's supper, observed as a memorial of His death (1
Corinthians 11:23-34; Acts 8:12, 35-39; 10:47, 48; 1 Corinthians 1:14).
We believe that Christ commissioned individuals in the church to make
disciples from among all nations, to baptize them in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe all
things whatsoever He has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2
Corinthians 5:19, 20).
THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ
gives the Church evangelists and pastor-teachers. These gifted men are to
equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:7-14).
We believe the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers for
Christian service and the edification of the Church (Romans 12:3-8; 1
Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10, 11).
We believe the Church age was initiated through the ministry of the
apostles and prophets accompanied by sign gifts to confirm their message.
These sign gifts gradually ceased by the time of the completion of the New
Testament (1 Corinthians 12:28-31; 13:8-10; 14:1-28; 2 Corinthians 12:12;
Ephesians 2:19-22; Hebrews 2:3,4).
We believe God hears and answers prayer in accord with His own will for
healing of the sick and afflicted (John 14:13,14; 15:7; 1 John 5:14,15).
We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense
reveal divinely determined dispensations which define man's responsibility
in successive ages. A dispensation is not a way of salvation, but a
divinely ordered stewardship by which God directs man according to His
purpose (John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians
3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24,25; Hebrews 7:19;
We believe salvation is always by grace through faith regardless of the
dispensation in which the believer may have lived. God's purpose of
salvation by grace through faith alone has always been based upon the
substitutionary atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross
(Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 1:10-12).
THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe Satan is a created being, the author of sin, the tempter in the
fall, the declared enemy of God and man, and the god of this age. He will
be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17;
Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelations 20:10).
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. We believe that at
the end of the seven year tribulation He will return to earth with the
saints in power and glory to reign for a thousand years (Zechariah
14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Titus 2:13; Revelations 3:10;
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal
life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew
25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25,26; Revelations 20:5,6,12,13).
We believe the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body
and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first
resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited and glorified to be
forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23;
3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelations 20:4-6).
We believe the souls of unbelievers are, at death, absent from the body
and in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and
body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and
shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer
everlasting conscious punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke
16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe the triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without
the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being --
immediately and instantaneously in six literal days by the word of His
mouth -- the whole visible and invisible universe (Genesis 1:1-27; Exodus
20:8-11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104:25, 26; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-5;
BIBLICAL SEPARATION AND UNITY
We believe the saved should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ,
necessitating holy living in all personal and ecclesiastical associations
and relationships (Romans 12:1, 2; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Titus
2:14; James 4:4,5; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 2:15-17).
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and
one woman (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2).We believe that God has commanded
that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between
a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality,
bestiality, incest, pedophilia, fornication, adultery, pornography, etc.
are sinful perversions of Godís gift of sex. We believe that God
disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter oneís gender by surgery or
appearance (Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 6:9; Hebrews