I believe the Bible to be the final authority in doctrine and practice. (John 17:17, 2Tim. 3:16 ) The Scriptures are complete (plenary; both Old and New Testament), fully inspired of God, word by word (verbal), without error or contradiction. (2Pet. 1:21) The King James Bible is the preserved Word of God (Ps. 12:6,7). I reject all modern translations of the Bible for English speaking people. I also do not hold to the teaching of double inspiration.
I believe in one God manifesting Himself in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost ( Matt. 3:16, 17: Rom. 1:7, Heb. 1:8, Acts 5:3,4). They are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal (Matt. 28:18-20, Jhn. 1:1, Matt. 3:16,17).
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:31). He was born of a virgin, Mary, is complete God and complete man (Matt. 1:23, 1Tim. 3:16, Jhn. 1:1, 14). He lived a perfect and sinless life (1Pet. 2:21-24). He was made sin for us that we might be righteous before God that believe upon Him (2Cor. 5:21).
I believe the Holy Spirit is God (Acts. 5:3-5). The Holy Spirit convicts the sinner of sin (Jhn. 16:8- 11). He also baptizes and seals the heart of the believer at the moment he receives the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour (1Cor. 12:13, Eph. 1:13). He lives in the believer to comfort, teach, and convict that Jesus Christ might receive the glory He deserves. (Jhn 16:7-15, 1Jhn 2:27, Rom. 8:14, Acts 1:8).
I believe that man was created by God, in His image, in an innocent state (Gen. 1:26). The first man (Adam) sinned by choice, and thereby passed the sin nature on to all of mankind (Rom. 5:12). All mankind are sinners (Rom. 3:10,19,23) and in need of the new birth (Jhn. 3:3,5,7).
I believe sin originated in the heart of Lucifer (Is. 14:12-17, Ezk. 28:17). Sin is going against, or rebelling against God (1Jhn. 3:4). Every man, except Jesus, has sinned against God (Rom. 3:23). The punishment of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).
I believe that salvation from the penalty and bondage of sin is only thru the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts. 4:12). God forgives sin because Jesus Christ shed His blood and arose the third day from the grave, bodily (1Cor. 15:1-4, Heb. 9:22, Rev. 1:5). Salvation is completely by grace through faith in what Jesus has done, apart from any works (Eph. 2:8,9; Rom. 3:21-28). Repentance of sin is as much a part of salvation as faith. They cannot be separated for salvation (Lk 13:3,5; Acts. 20:21, 2Pet. 3:9). Both repentance and faith are results of Holy Spirit conviction in the heart of the believing sinner (2Cor. 7:9). I believe in the eternal security of the believer. Once a
sinner is born again, he is forever saved, and cannot become lost again (Jhn. 10:27-30, Jhn. 3:16, Eph. 1:13,14).
I believe in the second coming of Christ (Jhn 14:2,3). There are two parts to His second coming; the rapture of the church and His revelation for all to see (2Thess. 2:1, 1Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 1:7). I believe the rapture can be at any time (Tit 2:13, 1Thess.4:13-18, Rev. 22:20). I believe in the premillenial, pretribulation rapture of the church (2Thess. 2; Rev. chps 1-4). There is a coming judgment seat of the believers, where our works, not sin, will be judged and rewarded or the good works burnt up (2Cor. 5:10, 1Cor. 3:12-15). After the rapture of the church, there is a seven year period of great tribulation upon the earth, and ending with the Battle of Armageddon (Matt. 24:21, Dan. 9:24-27, Rev. 6-19). Jesus will then set up His millennial kingdom, a literal 1000 year reign here on this earth (Rev. 20:4-6). Satan will be finally destroyed forever (Rev. 20:7-10). The unsaved will be judged at the great white throne and cast into a lake of fire forever (Rev. 20:11-15). I believe this earth will be consumed by fire and God will establish a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21-22, 2Pet. 3:10-13).
I believe the church is the body of Christ, comprised of all born again believers (1Cor. 12:12-13, Eph. 4:4-5). They are baptized into the body of Christ by His Spirit at salvation (Eph. 1:13-14, 1Cor. 12:13) . This Body is called the Bride of Christ (2Cor 11:2, Rev. 19:7, Rev. 21:9). The local assembly, the church, is a self governing and visible body of believers ordained by God to proclaim and practice the truth of God’s Word free from external authority or control of whom Christ is the head (Col. 1:18, 24, 1Tim. 3:14-15, Jude 1:3-4, Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 1Cor 5:4-7, 13, Eph. 5:23-32) There are only two ordinances of the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19, 1Cor. 11:23-26). Baptism is in obedience to His command and is done by immersion signifying our identification with the Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matt. 28:19, Matt. 3:13-16, Rom. 6:1-5). The Lord’s Supper is a time of remembering what the Lord has done for us and a time of self examination (1Cor. 11:24-32). There are 2 offices of the church, pastor and deacon (1Tim 3, Tit. 1:3-9). The purpose of the church is to edify believers ( Eph. 4:11-14, Heb. 10:25) spread the gospel to every creature (Matt. 28:19,20;), and to worship and praise God in holiness (Ps. 42:4, Heb. 13:15). The church also has a responsibility to care for its own and to keep itself pure (Jude 1:3-4, Heb. 13:15-16, 1Tim. 5, 1Cor 12:15-31, Matt. 18:17).
I believe the angels are innumerable created beings of God(Heb. 12:22). Created with the purpose to worship and serve God (Ps. 148:1,2,5; Col. 1:16). There are good angels (those that are holy Matt. 25:31 and obedient to God) and there are evil angels (those that have rebelled against God, and follow after Satan or Lucifer a fallen archangel Ezek. 28:14,15; Is. 14:12-15; Matt. 25:41). The fallen angels cannot be redeemed as man, they are reserved unto everlasting punishment (1Pet. 1:12, Matt. 25:41, Jude 6).