Statement Of Faith

NARROW IS THE WAY MINISTRIES

NEW BAPTIST CHURCH

STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE SCRIPTURES

  1. We Believe in the Holy Bible.

    1. The Holy Bible is the divine revelation of God (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Sam. 23:2, 1 Thes. 2:13, 2 Pet. 1:21)

    2. The Holy Bible is Inerrant, without error and perfect, each word chosen by God and given to men to be written down word-for-word by holy men of God as moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Sam. 23:2, 1 Thes. 2:13, 2 Pet. 1:21)

    3. The entire Bible, and all of its words are inspired, infallible and inerrant, not suffering loss in transmission, supernaturally preserved from the time of the Apostles to today through the Masoretic Text Old Testament and the Textus Receptus Greek New Testament (Psalm 12:6-7, 2 Tim. 3:16).

    4. The King James Bible, as the only Bible translated from these texts (The Masoretic (Ben Chayimבן חיים) Text in Hebrew and Textus Receptus/Stephanus 4th Edition in Greek), is the pure, preserved Word of God for English Speaking people, without any error, without any need for correction or re-translation.

    5. Any translation based in whole or in part upon any other texts (Such as Wescott/Hort, Vaticanus & Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, Nestle/Alland and so forth) are to be rejected (including the NIV, NRSV, NKJV, RSV, TNLB, the ESV and The Message, among others).

    6. The Holy Bible is to be read and interpreted literally, and that the Holy Ghost gives understanding of the Scriptures to all Saved persons, without needing any person, pope or church to interpret it for them (Psa. 119:104, Psa. 25:4-5,8,9, Psa. 26:11, Jer. 31:34, Deut. 6:6-7, John 14:26, 1 John 2:27).

    7. The Holy Bible consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. There are no other books or Oral tradition to be considered Holy Writ. Neither is the Apocrypha or any of the Pseudographa to be considered Holy Scripture. The Holy Bible is complete, without missing books or gospels (Jude 1:3, Rev. 22:18-19).

    8. The Bible is the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man (Heb. 1:1-2)

    9. Thus, the Holy Bible is the sole authority of faith and practice in our church and in our lives (Rom. 15:4).

THE TRUE GOD

  1. We Believe in the God of the Bible, One God expressed in three distinct Persons; The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, eternally co-existing from before time and creation in Trinity (Gen. 1:1-3,26, 18:2, 13 Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor: 13:14).

    1. All persons of the Godhead (The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost) are equal – none of the three are above the others (Gen. 1:1-3, John 3:35, 5:18,22-23, 10:30, Rom. 1:4, Heb. 9:14).

    2. God is Sovereign over all the Universe – all of the Universe belongs to God as His Creation. God is worthy of all praise, glory, worship and devotion (Col. 1:16-17, Psa. 50:10, 145:3, 150:6, Rev. 4:11).

    3. All three persons of the Trinity, the Godhead, were all actively involved with creation simultaneously (Gen. 1:1-3)

    4. The God of the Bible is not to be confused with Allah, Buddha, any of the Hindu pantheon or any other religions’ supreme being. There is only the God of the Bible, and no other. (Isa. 44:8, Jer. 10:10-16, 16:20, Deut. 6:4, John 14:6, Exo. 23:24,32-33, Gal 4:8)

    5. All three persons of the Godhead have always been actively involved with mankind, and are executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment of His eternal plan and purpose. (John 4:23-24, Psa. 90:1-2, 51:11, Isa. 63:10-11, Dan 5:11, Gen 16:7, 22:11, Jud. 2:1-4)

GOD THE FATHER

  1. We Believe that God rules over the universe, His creation.

    1. God is a compassionate being, regarding all of creation with love, concern, and affection. (Luke 12:6-7, John 3:16, Zeph. 3:17,Rom. 5:5,8, 8:39, 1 Cor 2:9, Eph. 2:4, 3:19, 5:2, Titus 3:4, Jas. 2:5, 1 John 3:16, 4:7-9, Jude 1:21)

    2. God is Father in truth to those who are the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Mat. 5:9, Luke 20:36, John 11:52, Rom. 8:16-17, 21, 9:8,26, Gal. 3:26, 1 John 3:10)

    3. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Gal. 3:26, John 6:29)

    4. God The Father is distinct and separate from both the Son of God (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost. (Mat. 3:16, 17:5, Mark 1:10-11)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

  1. We Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only begotten Son of God, and is the second person of the Godhead, the Trinity (John 1:1) .

    1. Jesus Christ is equal with the Father, though voluntarily in a subordinate role. (John 1:1, 1:14, Heb. 1:5-6, 1 John 4:10-14, Psa. 40:8, Isa. 42:21, Phil. 2:8)

    2. Jesus Christ is fully God, and Divine in nature and origin (Heb. 1:8-9, Matt. 1:23, 22:43-45, Isa. 7:14, 9:6, Jer. 23:5-6, John. 5:17-18; 8:58-59; 10:30-33; Rev. 1:8).

    3. Jesus Christ, has always existed from eternity in Eternal Sonship with God the Father, and is not a created being as some cults falsely claim (John 8:58, 17:5, Col. 1:16-17, Isa 9:6, Micah 5:2, Rev. 1:8).

    4. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin in fulfillment of Biblical prophesy (Isa 7:14, 9:6, Micah 5:2).

    5. Jesus Christ was perfect, and led a sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb 4:15, 7:26-28, Mat. 27:3-4, Mark 1:24, Luke 1:35, 4:34, 1 John 3:5, Rev 3:7).

    6. The Lord Jesus Christ died on Golgotha/Calvary for all mankind as a substitutionary offering, taking our place upon the cross, suffering and dying for our sake. Our sins died with Him, and through His shed blood we have remission of sins and Eternal life. Jesus Christ offered himself up for us once and for all as a sin offering, securing Salvation for us, and imputing His righteousness to us all who believe in Him (Isa. 53:12, Mat. 12:39-40, 16:21, Isa 26:19, Acts 5:30-32, 2 Cor. 5:21, Col 2:12, Rev. 1:5).

    7. Jesus Christ was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and lay there three days in the tomb, and physically rose from the dead. Jesus was seen by the women at the tomb, all of the disciples, and by the 500, and last of all was seen by the Apostle Paul of Tarsus. (Luke 23:50-56, John 19:31-42, Mark 16:6,14, 1 Cor. 15:3-8)

    8. Jesus Christ abode on earth between His Resurrection and His bodily ascension to Heaven a week before Pentecost. Jesus Christ was seen before witnesses ascending bodily into Heaven, and an Angel confirmed to the Apostles that Jesus would return in the like manner He did ascend. (Psa. 47:5, 68:18, Mark 16:9, Luke 24:26, 51, John 1:51, 16:5, Acts 1:3, 1:11)

    9. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father, exalted and worshipped day and night by angels in heaven. (Heb. 1:3, 7:25; 10:10-14, Rev. 5:8-9, 5:12-14, 7:10)

    10. Jesus Christ is the only mediator and advocate between God and Man. No priest or “saint” can mediate between man and God. (Heb. 10:12, 7:25; 10:10-14)

    11. Jesus Christ offered up his shed blood and His substitutionary death for us as a redeeming sacrifice, reconciling us to God once and for all in a permanent Salvation which cannot be lost. His blood purifies us and renders us blameless, cleansing us of all sins (John 3:14-15, 5:24, 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Thess 1:10, 5:9-10, 1 Tim. 2:6, Titus 2:14, Heb. 1:3, 2:9-10, 7:27, 9:12-14, 10:12, 14).

    12. Jesus Christ will come as foretold and promised “like a thief in the night” before the Tribulation to catch away His church in a literal physical event called the Rapture, catching away the dead in Christ first, then we who are alive will follow. We will meet in the clouds for the Judgment of the believer and the giving of rewards, then will ascend to Heaven to await the end of the Tribulation (Luke 21:28, Col. 3:4, Matt. 24:37, Mark 13:27, 32, 1 Cor. 15:51-52, 1 Thess. 4:15-17, Titus 2:13, Rev. 16:15).

    13. Jesus Christ will return in like manner as He ascended, returning visibly and physically at the end of the Tribulation to judge the nations as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Acts 1:11, Rev. 19:11, 16, 20)

    14. Jesus Christ will visibly rule the earth in a literal Millennial Kingdom from Jerusalem, and will defeat the devil once and for all at the end of the Millennium, when the heavens and earth will be destroyed and the New Heavens and the New Earth will be created, and we will dwell with Christ forever (Rev. 20:1-3, 20:4-6, 7-15, 21:4-6, 2 Cor. 5:1, Psa. 133:3, Rev. 22:5)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

  1. We Believe that the Holy Spirit is Equally God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son, and is a distinct person of the Holy Trinity (1 John 5:7).

    1. The Holy Spirit is the representative of God on earth, drawing all men to Jesus Christ. (John 15:16, 1 John 5:6)

    2. The Holy Spirit is given to every believer at the moment of salvation once and for all (Acts 4:8, 2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 4:30, Titus 3:5)

    3. The Holy Spirit directed and moved men in the past to write the Holy Bible, choosing the very words for them (John 14:26, 2 Pet 1:21).

    4. The Holy Spirit testifies in these modern times only of Jesus Christ, and not of himself (John 15:26, 16:13, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 3:3, Eph. 1:17, 1 John 5:6).

    5. The Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth, sealing the believer once and for all (Acts 1:8, Eph. 1:13, 4:30).

    6. The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, directs, comforts, calls us to service, sanctifies, and grants spiritual gifts to every believer according to their calling (John 14:26, 16:13, 15:26, Eph. 1:7, 4:4, 1 Cor. 6:11, 1 Cor. 12:9, Acts 20:8).

    7. The Holy Spirit sealed the New Testament Canon in AD 95, and at that time the “sign gifts” of divine healing, speaking in tongues, and prophesying passed away from the earth until after the Rapture, when they will return after the sealing of the 144,000 to be used by the Two Witnesses Moses and Elijah the Prophet (1 Cor. 13:8, 10-12, Rev. 22:18-19, Jude 1:3, Rev 7:3-8, 11:3-12)

    8. The Fullness of the Holy Spirit is exhibited today when believers show boldness and zeal when witnessing to unbelievers (Luke 1:67, 12:12, Acts 4:8, 4:29, 4:31, Eph. 3:12).

    9. The Holy Ghost is given at the moment of salvation; however, we may pray to be filled with the Holy Ghost temporarily to witness boldly. (Acts 4:8, Eph. 4:23)

MAN

  1. We believe that Man is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27)

    1. Man is a tripartite being consisting of spirit, body, and soul (1 Thes. 5:23)

    2. Mankind was created separately from the rest of creation as described in the Bible (Gen. 1:25-26).

      1. Man is a created being, and is not gods, nor can ever be gods (Eze. 28:2, 31:10-14, Deut. 6:4, Isa. 44:6,8, 45:5, 18, 21, 22)

      2. Man was created for the purpose of glorifying God Himself, and to care for God’s creation (Lev. 9:23-24, Psa. 102:18, Eph. 2:10, Rev. 4:11).

    3. The final acts of creation on the literal six days of creation were man and woman (Gen. 1:24-28)

      1. Man was created from the dust of the Earth (Gen. 2:7) by God, and Woman taken from the side of Man (Gen. 2:21-23).

    4. The Bible teaches a literal six days of creation, and all creatures and mankind appearing in six days (Gen. 1:1-2:2) – thus the the theory of Evolution is to be wholly rejected.

    5. Mankind fell from grace in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:6-7) by a deliberate act of rebellion, and now is in need of redemption from the curse of sin and death (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:8-19, 10:9, 8:2, 6:22).

    6. Due to man’s fallen state, man’s nature is inherently evil. and cannot earn by our own good works our way to heaven (Isa. 64:6, Rom. 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Rom. 3:10, Gal. 2:16, Eph. 2:9, Titus 3:5).

    7. All of Mankind are sinners in need of redemption, and without defense or excuse (Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:23, 7:5, James 1:15).

    8. Without redemption from the curse of sin and death, man is doomed to punishment in a literal Hell until the Great White Judgment Throne, and then will spend all eternity in a literal lake of fire (Psalm 9:17, 55:15, Prv. 15:11, Isa. 14:9, 28:15, Eze. 32:27, Matt. 23:3, Rom. 3:4, 1 Pet. 2:4, Rev. 20:15, 21:8).

ANGELS:

  1. We believe that Angels are created spirit beings, and that one of these Angels, Lucifer, fell through the sin of pride, taking a third of the Angels with him (Psalm 104:4, Isa. 14:12-15, Job 1:6, Eze. 28:11-19, Rev. 12:4).

      1. Some of these fallen angels – known as demons and devils – are loose, roaming the earth, while others are held in bounds until such time as they may be loosed during the Great Tribulation, and still others are held in bounds until the day of judgment. (1 Chr. 21:1, Job 1:6-7, Zech. 3:1, Matt. 4:3-11, Matt. 8:29, Luk 8:26-33, Rev. 9:1-19, Rev. 12:9)

      2. Lucifer, also known as Satan, is the father of all lies, the author of confusion, and is the tempter and accuser of all the brethren. (Isa. 14:12, 1 Cor. 14:33, Matt. 4:3, John 8:44, 1 Thess. 3:5, Rev. 12:10)

      3. Satan is the enemy of God and the opponent of Jesus Christ. Satan is a fallen angel, and is not and cannot be the brother of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 13:25-39, Luke 10:19, Job 1, Exekiel 28:11-19, Isa. 14:12-15, Rev. 12:12)

      4. Satan is the counterfeiter of everything Godly, creating false religions and seeking to distort true doctrine. (1 Tim. 4:1-3, 2 Cor. 4:4, 2 Cor. 11:13-15)

      5. Satan is a defeated foe, and will be gathered with all of the fallen angels and thrown into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium. (Gen. 3:14-15, Heb. 2:14, 1 John 3:8, Rev. 19:20, 20:3, 10)

    1. Those Holy Angels which are not fallen are the messengers of God (Matt. 2:13, Luke 2:10, Heb. 1:7), sent to minister to the saints (Heb. 1:14), protect children (Matt. 18:10), and escort those of the brethren that die in Christ to Heaven (Luke 16:22).

    2. Some Holy Angels will be used by God during the Great Tribulation to execute God’s Judgment against the world. (Rev. 7:2, Rev. 8:1-13, Rec. 9:1, 14, Rev. 14)

    3. As created beings, Angels are not to be worshipped, nor prayed to, nor asked to intercede for mankind, as mankind has only one intercessor, Christ Jesus. (Rev. 22:8-9, Heb. 7:24-27)

    4. All angels will someday be judged by the saints (1 Cor. 6:3).

SIN

  1. We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4)

    1. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23, 5:12)

    2. The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), and an eternal punishment forever in a literal Hell (Mat. 23:33, Mark 9:43, Luke 16:22-24) and a Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15).

SALVATION

  1. We believe that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. (Rom. 6:23)

    1. Therefore, all men need to be saved. Salvation cannot be earned (Eph. 2:8-9)

    2. The only way to Heaven is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. (Matt. 9:13, Luke 5:32, 13:3, 5, John 3:16-18, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, Rom 1:6, 1 Thess. 5:9, 1 John 5:11-13)

    3. That it is the suffering, shed blood, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that provides salvation to mankind, and there is no other method or saviour. (Matt. 26:28, Luke 24:46-47, Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, 5:9, Eph. 1:7, Col.1:14, 2 Tim. 1:10, Rev. 1:5)

    4. We are saved by grace through faith, and not through our own efforts or works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8-9)

    5. We cannot be saved through the keeping of the Ten Commandments, nor the Torah of Moses, nor any church “sacrament”, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. (Acts 13:39, Rom 3:19-20, 28, 8:3, Gal. 2:16)

    6. Salvation, once given, cannot be lost – it is an Eternal Gift (John 10:28-29, 6:37, Rom. 8:38-39, Heb. 13:5) and is available to all who will receive it (John 3:16, 2 Pe 3:9).

    7. We reject Calvinism (Predestination, and the TULIP teachings which claim erroneously and blasphemously that God is the author of sin), Armenianism (Universality, falling from grace and an unBiblical loss of Salvation), Roman Catholicism (Sacramentalism, salvation by works), Baptismal Regeneration and all other works based theories of salvation as unBiblical, and to be wholly rejected (Exo. 20:4, Matt. 6:7, 10:28, 32-33, 12:50, 23:9, Luke 12:5, 16:22-31, Rom. 3:23, 10:13, 1 Cor. 1:21, 2 Cor. 5:14, Rom. 5:12, 5:17, Gal. 3:22, Eph. 2:8-9, 3:40, 1 Tim 2:4, Titus 3:5-6, Hebrew 1:3, 10:12, 1 John 2:2, 4:16, Rev. 22:17).

THE CHURCH

  1. We Believe that God’s plan for His redeemed souls is revealed in the Gospels to be the Church, and that scripture defines its order, purpose, function, and calling (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 4:11-14, 1 Tim 3:14-15, Hebrews 10:24-25).

    1. The church was started by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry (Matt. 16:18-19)

    2. The church is defined in the Scriptures primarily as a local entity and also a Universal body of all saved persons. While some may hold to errant doctrines, if they are truly born again, we do recognize them as part of the Church of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:47, 13:1, 1 Cor. 12:27, 15:9; Gal. 1:13; Phil. 3:6, Eph. 1:10-11; 2:13-22, 3:6, Rev. 21:12-14)

      1. All believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Church at the moment of salvation (John 14 :16-17, Romans 8:9-12, 1 Cor 12:13, Eph. 1:13), and will go up to meet Jesus Christ in the air in the event known as the harpazo, the rapture (Luke 17:34-36, 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thess. 4:17).

      2. We do not agree with the positions of Landmark Baptists (“Baptist Briders”) on the subject of the church, church successionism, baptism, baptismal authority and the authority and mission of John the Baptist.

      3. Most of the 114 references to the Church in the Bible do refer to a local assembly of Born Again, baptized believers – the other references in Scripture do in fact refer to the universal body of believers (Heb. 12:23, Eph 2:19-22), and upon the rightly divided word of God do we stand as our guide.

    3. The church is charged in the Bible with evangelizing local, regional, and worldwide (Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 1:8)

    4. The focus of the church is to be the reading of the word, to exhortation and doctrine ( Rom. 6:17, 16:17, 1 Cor. 9:16, 2 Cor. 10:16, Col. 1:28, 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:27, 1 Tim. 4:2, 13, 16, 2 Tim. 4:2), prayer and intercession (Acts 6:4, Rom. 12:12, Eph. 6:18, 1 Tim. 2:1, Phil. 4:6), and to evangelizing (Matt. 28:19-20, 2 Cor.10:16).

    5. All believers are exhorted in Scripture to attend Church (Matt. 18:20, Luke 24:53, Acts 2:46-47, 5:42), and forsake not the assembling with other believers (Heb. 10:25).

    6. The Church is exhorted to care for the poor and needy (Matt. 25:31-40, 1 Cor. 13:3, Gal. 2:10)

    7. The Church, as an assembly of called out, saved believers, is not to participate in any inter-denominational efforts, in obedience to Scriptural command to separate from those who follow false doctrines or err doctrinally (2 John 1:10-11, Romans 16:17, 2 Tim. 3:5, Eph. 5:6-7, 11).

BAPTISM

  1. We Believe that baptism is to be done by immersion only, as the only Scriptural method. (Matt. 3:16, John. 3:23, Acts 8:38-39, Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12).

    1. Baptism is a symbol of the obedience of the Believer to God, and is a public statement of their belief in Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38-41, Gal. 3:27)

    2. Baptism is to be done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Matth. 28:19)

    3. Baptism is a symbol also of the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in a symbolic death, burial and resurrection to a new life with Jesus Christ. (Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:4, Gal. 3:27, Eph. 4:5). Baptism is only a sign of obedience, and does not take away sins.

    4. Baptism is an ordinance, and not a sacrament – it does not and cannot aid in one’s salvation, which is in faith alone in Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21, Rom. 5:1, 1 Pet. 3:21)

    5. Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership. Infant baptism is to be wholly rejected (Acts 8:35-37).

      1. Children may be baptized once they have reached an age of maturity where they can understand the plan of salvation and choose for themselves, and thus can give a plausible testimony of faith.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

  1. We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper; that it is not a sacrament, which cannot save nor assist in one’s salvation, nor is a means of added grace. (Matt. 26:26-29, Mar. 14:22-25, Luk. 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 10:16-21)

    1. The Lord’s Supper is symbolic, and is done in remembrance. The bread and juice are symbols of the Lord’s body and blood, and not the actual flesh and blood of Christ. (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor. 11:24-25)

    2. The Lord’s supper should only be partaken of by Born-Again Christians (1 Cor. 5:8-13, 10:16-21 11:27).

    3. The Lord’s Supper should be taken only after solemn self-examination, to prevent anyone from making a mockery of the Lord’s sacrifice (1 Cor. 11:27).

    4. The Lord’s Supper is to be partaken of as oft as the Church is led to observe it. (1 Cor. 11:25)


BIBLICAL SEPARATION

  1. We believe that Biblical Separation to be an important and oft-neglected Biblical Doctrine, and that believers should cleave to God and to one another, pursuing lives of Holiness. We recognize that believers will always struggle with sin while in this world and Holiness will never be attained; nevertheless the believer is enjoined in Scripture to pursue holiness, and to separate from those who espouse heresy, apostasy, or doctrinal error. (Rom. 12:1, 16:17, 1 Cor. 5:5, 2 Cor. 6:14-17, Eph. 5:11-12, 2 Thess. 3:6, 1 Tim. 6:3-5, Titus 2:11-13, 3:10-11, 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 1 Jn 2:19, 2 Jn 1:10, 3 Jn 1:11, Jd 1:18-21, Rev. 2:14-16, 2:20-24)

    1. All Christians are responsible to separate from those who are disorderly, or whose lives are worldly (Romans 12:2), and who hold to false doctrines (2 John 1:10-11).

    2. False doctrines, Ecumenicism, modernism, New Evangelicalism and spiritual compromise are all contagious, and the only prevention is to abstain from all evil, and separate from those who believe in such, teach such, and advocate such (2 Cor. 6:14-17, Romans 16:17).

    3. Biblical Separation is God’s safety net to keep Christians and His Church from descending into likewise error and apostasy.

    4. All Christians are enjoined to refrain from the appearance of evil (1 Thess 5:22).

    5. We are to reprove an errant Christian or a heretic twice, and then to separate from them. (Titus 3:9-11)

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

  1. We believe in a separation of church and state, that just as the world does not wish the church to govern them, so too does the church insist the state have no rights over nor rule over the matters of the church.

    1. The state should not sponsor religion, nor assist it other than in the guarantees provided by the US Constitution; that the church should have freedom to pursue its own governance and the freedom to worship God. The State has also no authority to pass laws or legislation prohibiting the free exercise thereof, as guaranteed in the US Constitution.

    2. We believe that the government is placed in power by God, and those in authority should be honored and respected, and their laws obeyed (Matt. 22:16-21, Acts 23:5, 1 Tim. 2:1-2, Titus 3:1, 1 Pet. 2:13-15,), until those laws should then conflict with Scripture, or enjoin us to abandon our faith or to turn to idolatry. (Acts 5:29)

The End Times

  1. We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach a literal return of Jesus Christ at an unnamed time, to rapture His church to Himself before the period known as the Tribulation (Rev. 3:10). The dead in Christ shall rise first, and then we who are alive will rise to meet them. (John 14:1-3, 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

      1. After the Rapture of the Church, a world ruler will literally arise to take control and oppose the Tribulation Saints, starting the seven year period known as the Great Tribulation, as detailed in the book of Revelation.(2 Thes. 2:3-4, Rev. 6:2-4)

      2. At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will visibly and bodily return with all his saints, to take possession of the earth, starting a literal thousand year reign of the earth known as the Millennial Reign. (Jude 1:14-15, Rev. 19:11-21, 20:1-10)

      3. At the end of this period, the books of life will be opened at the Great White Throne Judgment, where those not found in the books of life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, where their torment will go on forever. (Matt. 3:12, 7:13-14, 8:11-12, 10:28, 13:38-42, 49-50, Mar. 9:44-45, 2 Thess. 1:9, John 15:6, James 3:6, Rev. 20:11-21, Rev. 21:8)

      4. The new Heavens and the New Earth will be made then, and the saved will live forever with Jesus Christ.(Rev. 21:1-7)

Marriage

  1. We believe that marriage is a God-ordained institution (Matt. 19:5, Mark 10:2-12), and that the only legitimate Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-23).

    1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

    2. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for ordination by the church (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).

    3. We believe that divorce is against the will of God, except in cases of adultery. (Matt. 5:31-32, 19:29, Mar. 10:2-12), and that God disapproves of divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.

    4. And that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, fornication, adultery, and pornography is an offense to God, a sin and an abomination. (Lev. 18:22, Rom. 1:21-32, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Tim. 1:9-10, Jude 1:5-8)

      1. We reject any such claim that God made any person Homosexual, or that God by mistake or design placed a male soul in a female body or vice versa. These claims violate Scripture, and must be rejected by all Christians.

    5. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-27, 29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).

    6. Men are not to wear women’s clothing, makeup, or in any such way dress in a manner that resembles a women, nor should a woman dress or style her hair in such a way that she resembles a man. Such if forbidden in Scripture (Deut. 22:5, 1 Cor. 6:9, 1 Cor. 11:14)

    7. Christians are to dress modestly (1 Tim. 2:9-10, 1 Pet. 3:3)

Tithing

  1. We believe that tithing is a New Testament Institution, constituting of a 10% of the believer’s net income. We feel that it is not Scriptural to ask a Christian to pay tithe on money that has not actually come into their hands, and that they should render unto Caesar what is Caesar’, and to God what is God’s. (Matt. 22:21, 23:23, Luke 11:42, 1 Cor. 16:2)

    1. There is a distinction in what the Bible teaches between the tithe and almsgiving, and thus we too distinguish between them. Almsgiving to the poor does not replace the Biblical Requirement to tithe. (Matt. 6:1-4, Luke 11:41-42)

    2. We believe that a member relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18; I John 3:17).

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