LANDMARKS OF OUR SCRIPTURAL BELIEFS
The Word of God is the foundation for every Christian beliefs and practice. The following represent the doctrinal statements we believe and uphold:
That God is the Eternal, self-existent, uncreated Creator of the universe. He is revealed in the scriptures as one God consisting of three separate, distinct personalities namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, each of them possessing Divine qualities and attributes, yet functioning together in perfect unity.
(Psalm 90:2; Hebrews 1:10-12; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 1John 5:7)
That the Holy Scripture is God’s inspired revelation showing to us the origin and destiny of all things. It contains divine principles, precepts and practices that pertain to the Christian life and faith.
(2Timothy 3:16, 17; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:97-104; Proverbs 6:23).
That since the fall of man, human nature has become totally corrupted and sinful, thereby exposing him to divine displeasure and condemnation.
(Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4; Romans 3:23; 5:12-14, 19; Mark 7:21-23).
That redemption is the buying back, through the paying of a ransom, in order to secure the complete freedom of the captive. God initiated the act, and Jesus paid the ransom through His death on the cross, an act that secured man’s deliverance from sin and all of its associated curses.
(Romans 3:24-25; Psalm 34:22; 1Timothy 2:6; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12; Galatians 3:13,14).
That repentance is a fundamental change of heart from pursuit of sinful lifestyle, and by turning to God. The sinner deliberately and whole-heartedly confesses his sin, renounces them, yields his life to God, and begins to live a new life of faith in Christ Jesus.
(2Kings 17:13; Ezekiel 14:6; Mark 6:12; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 55:7).
That the new birth is the process by which eternal life from God is imparted into the heart of a repentant sinner by the agency of God the Holy Spirit. True regeneration is evidenced by a new life of righteousness and true holiness.
(John 3:3, 5-7; 2Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24).
That justification is the judicial act by which God declares the believing sinner as righteous and acceptable before Him. God acquits him from judgment because of his faith in Jesus, imputes Christ’s righteousness upon him, and is made to stand before God as if he has never sinned. Now being justified by faith in Christ, he becomes adopted into God’s universal family, with all the rights and privileges of a son.
(Romans 4:20-22; Genesis 15:6; Philippians 3:8-9; Galatians 2:16-17; 2Corinthians 6:17-18; Galatians 4:5-7; Romans 8:16-17).
That restitution is an act of restoring or making amends for wrongs committed against another person. It is done in order to have a conscience void of offence towards God and towards man. It is done after genuine conversion to Christ.
(Genesis 20:1-8; 14-18; Exodus 22:1-12; Numbers 5:6-8; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Luke 19:8-9; Acts 24:16).
a. Water Baptism:
That water baptism is the complete immersion of a born-again believer in water. It is a mark of public declaration and identification with Christ’s death and resurrection. The believer is baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”
(Mathew 28:19; 3:13-17; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 6:4, 5).
b. The Lord’s Supper:
That Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper, and has commanded the church to observe the ordinance in commemoration of His death “till He come.” Emblems for observance are the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine which represent the body and the blood of Christ
(Mathew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
That the virgin birth of Christ distinguishes Him as the only sinless man ever born without possessing an Adamic nature or the human depravity, thus attesting to the truth about His divine Personality or Deity.
(Isaiah 7:14; Mathew 1:18-25; Luke 1:31, 34-35).
That sanctification is an act of God by which the believer is made holy and is set apart for holy use. It is obtained by faith through the sanctifying power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
(1Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:22-24; Luke 1:74, 75; John 17:15-17; Hebrews 13:11-12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
That the Holy Ghost baptism is an enduement of divine power from above upon sanctified and consecrated believer. This is signified by an initial evidence of speaking in a new tongue “as the Spirit gave them utterance.” This experience is distinct and separate from the work of the Holy Spirit at regeneration or the new birth
(Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 19:6).
That personal evangelism is the sharing of the eternal gospel of Jesus with a non-Christian with the goal of leading him to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is God-ordained ministry for every born-again Christian
(Mathew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; Psalms 126:5,6; Proverbs 11:30).
That marriage relationship is God-ordained institution between a man and a woman. It is a lifetime union until both are separated by death. A believer marrying an unbeliever is forbidden by God
(Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 7:1-4; Joshua 23:11-13; 2Corinthians 6:14-18; Malachi 2:14-16; Romans 7:2-3; Mathew 19:3-9; Luke 16:18).
a. The Rapture of the Church:
That the rapture is the catching away of all true believers, both dead and alive, from off the surface of the earth in a twinkling of an eye in order to meet the Lord in the air. This world-shaking occurs before the beginning of the Great Tribulation (1Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1Corinthians 15:51-53; Philippians 3:20-21; 1John 3:1-3).
b. The Great Tribulation and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb:
That the Great Tribulation is a seven-year period of unparalleled distress, anguish and intense suffering upon the surface of the earth. This event occurs after the rapture. While this is on-going, the Lord will celebrate His union with His Bride, the church, in the heavenlies at the marriage supper of the Lamb, a celebration that will be marked with matchless felicity, feasting and rejoicing (Matthew 24:21-22; Daniel 12:1; Revelation 16:18; 19:6-9).
c. The Second Coming of Christ and the Battle of Armageddon:
That Christ’s second coming will be literal and visible. The Lord is coming to fight against His enemies, to execute judgment upon the ungodly nations, and to establish His kingdom over all the earth for a thousand years (Revelation 1:7; Psalm 98:9; Mark 13:24-27; Zechariah 14:1-5; 2Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 14-15).
d. The Resurrection of the Dead:
That God will physically raise all men who have ever lived on the surface of the earth from the dead, and each person’s resurrected body being reunited with his own soul and spirit. While some will resurrect to honor and glory, others will be raised to everlasting shame and contempt (1Corinthians 15:12-19, 35-55; Job 19:25-27; John 5:28,29; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:4-5).
e. The Millennial Reign of Christ:
That Christ will establish His literal kingdom on earth at His second advent, and reign for a period of one thousand years. His reign will be marked by peace, prosperity and rejoicing in all the earth. This will be followed by deception of world inhabitants by Satan, leading to rebellion and the final world conflict known as the battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:2-6; Isaiah 11:1-9; Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 14:9-11, 16-21; Isaiah 2:2-4; Revelation 20:4-5).
That at the end of time, God will judge all sinners, of all ages, both small and great according to their works. This judgment will occur at the end of the world
(Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; Romans 14:11-12; Acts 10:42).
That the present defiled, evil world will give way to a new creation “wherein dwelleth righteousness.” This will be an eternal inheritance and dwelling-place of the redeemed of all ages
(Revelation 21:1-7; Psalm 102:25-27; Isaiah 51:6; 65:17; 66:22; 2Peter 3:10-13).
That hell is a place of eternal punishment for those who reject Christ and His offer of salvation; it is a place of deep, agonizing and excruciating pain. The fires of hell will never be quenched and the lost never dies. Finally, hell is cast into the lake of fire forever
(Psalm 9:16-17; Luke 16:19-31; Mark 9:43-47; Revelation 14:10-11; 20:12-15).