DOCTRINE AND TENETS
We believe the Holy Scriptures are the inspired (“God-breathed”), i.e. verbal-plenary inspiration, of God for the benefit of mankind. God provided and preserves His Word so that we may know God; know Jesus Christ; know His Divine Will (purpose and plan for our lives); know His Divine Viewpoint; know Divine Truth for guidance in a world of untruth, and know that eternal salvation comes only through God’s Son Jesus Christ, by faith alone in Christ alone. The Bible in the original autograph of the sixty-six (66) canonical books is infallible and inerrant.
THE BIBLE IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR TRUTH! It is the final authority for executing the Christian Life (Psalms 119:89; Proverbs 30: 5-6; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 16:12, 13; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21). The Holy Bible is “the Council of God; (Jeremiah 23:18); “the Mind of Christ” ( 1 Corinthians 2:16). Therefore, in Scripture we are commanded to “Study the Word of Truth” ( 1 Timothy 2:4-6; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2:1 & 15; 3:14-17; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 1:10; 3:18-19; 11:1-3; 12:1-3). Bible Doctrine is the body of teaching drawn from a literal interpretation of the Scriptures in light of the historical context. Bible Doctrine is the standard of Truth. Bible Doctrine is the believer’s spiritual food – nourishment for the soul and spirit. The importance of Bible Doctrine cannot be over-stressed (Psalms 138:2). God commands the believer to be “transformed” by the renewal of the mind – learning and applying Bible doctrine to the details of life (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesian 4:23). “For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
We believe in one triune God existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit ( 2 Corinthians 13:14). Each are co-equal, co-eternal, identical in nature and being. They are one in essence, in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfect righteousness (Genesis 1:26; 3:22-23; 11:7; Psalms 110:1; 2:7; Isaiah 6:8; 48:16; Matthew 28:19; John 5:18; 10:30; 14:16; 17: 21; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; I Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:4).
We believe that God, existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is Sovereign and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all His Creation by the function of His Divine Attributes and Deity ( I Chronicles 29:11-12; Daniel 4:35; Psalms 24:1; Ephesians 1:11; I Timothy 6:15). However, God in His Sovereignty will not violate the free will of man. The free will of man and the Sovereignty of God co-exist by Divine decree (John 3:14-18, 36; Romans 5:8-10, 32-33: 16:24-25; 1 Timothy 2:4-6).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is God as the Eternal Son of God in Hypostatic Union as True humanity and True Deity in one person – He became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, therefore without the Adamic nature. Adamic Nature, Human Nature and Sin Nature are synonymous terms in Scripture. Christ came to reveal the Father and redeem mankind from his helpless condition, lost in sin. Jesus Christ reconciled mankind, accomplishing our redemption through his blood sacrifice on the Cross as our substitution – Christ died in your place. After His spiritual death (separation from God) Christ died physically. Note: Christ became separated from God when He said: “My God (to the Father), My God (to the Holy Spirit) why have you forsaken me?” Spiritual death means separation from God (as in dormant – not extermination) [“spirit” does not die]. The third day Christ arose from the dead and should be the celebrity of all the ages – Christ is the one and only superstar. Our redemption is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2,14; Romans 3:24-25; 4:25; I Peter 1:3-5). Jesus Christ is now in heaven exalted at the right hand of the Father as the High Priest for His people, fulfilling His ministry as the first and only man acceptable to God since the fall of the first man (Adam) in the garden of Eden. He is the believer’s intercessor and advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; I John 2:1-2).
THE PERSONALITY AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit, as God, convicts the world of sin (John 16:7-11). The word convict is a translation of a Greek word that means to convince someone of something by pointing out the facts, and refers to the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. Notice in John 16:7-9 that the word “sin” is in the singular. It is not plural. You may ask what sin? John 16:9 provides the answer, “because they do not believe in Me.” The Holy Spirit is the agent in regeneration of each born again believer (John 1 12-13; 3:7; Ephesians 2:5-6; Titus 3:5). Note: SIN in the singular in Scripture usually refers to the old sin nature (OSN). The Holy Spirit indwells all believers in the present Church Age.
The Holy Spirit indwells every believer for five basic reasons:
1). “that we may know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12.
2). so that Christ can be manifested in us (2 Corinthians 3:3 – we are books read by men.
3). that we can witness for Christ. Acts 1:8 says that the presence of the Holy Spirit will make us witnesses.
4). that we may have victory over our sin nature – we have been set free of the bondage of our natural desires to disobey (rebellion) (Romans 8:2.
5). that He can execute the Christian life – our walk in Christ (Romans 8:13).
The mission of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ (John 16:14). This is also our mission as believers (1 Peter 2:9).
The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ and seals the believer unto the day of redemption (2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Timothy 2:19).
The Holy Spirit reveals God’s Word (the Bible) as Truth, and Christ as the only Savior – the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).
FILLING OF THE SPIRIT
The believer, filled with the Holy Spirit is controlled by Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit simply means the believer has exercised his/her option, to name (agree with God) his known sins to the Father through the consistent use (as needed) of I John 1:9. When sin is named, the Holy Spirit restores the believer to fellowship (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18. The Lord Jesus Christ stands knocking at the door of the believer’s heart when we are out of fellowship. We open the door when we name our sins. Revelation 3:20 is not an invitation to be saved – it is an invitation to fellowship (be intimate with Christ; filled by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14). The Holy Spirit is the power of God in us (Luke 4:14; Matthew 12:28. The Holy Spirit leads us Luke 4:1-2. The Holy Spirit produces the “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22). The Holy Spirit Reveals the Plan of God. The Holy Spirits unique ministry during the Church Age, will terminate at the Resurrection (Rapture) of the Church (1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:11, 21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:7).
TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe Adam (first man) was created in the image (soul image) and likeness of God, but when Adam fell the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated (separated spiritually) from God and is totally unable to restore or retrieve his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:12).
SALVATION – (SEE ALSO: PERSONALITY AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ABOVE!
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s Grace and Love to lost and dying mankind, made possible by the efficacious death on the Cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ alone. Salvation is provided by God because man cannot save himself. The Cross work of Christ reconciled man to God (John 1:12; 3:15-18, 36; Romans 5:8-9; I Corinthians 6:11; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy household” (Acts 16:31). The Cross is God’s Way of Salvation, proving there is no other way in which man can be saved. If man could save himself by impressing God, then Christ’s death in man’s place would not have been necessary. So, it is because there is no other way to be saved, Christ died John 14:6.
Colossians 1:14: “In whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” When we accept Christ as personal Savior, all sins are forgiven. After salvation the believer utilizes 1 John 1:9 to be forgiven sins and cleansed. See also Acts 13:38-39; Ephesians 1:7.
We believe that all believers are kept secure (sealed) by the Holy Spirit forever. Salvation is eternal, because eternal life is eternal. God is Immutable, therefore when you are saved by faith and given eternal life, it is impossible for God to change His Mind regarding your salvation (Malachi 3:6; Romans 8 38-39).
We believe the personality of Satan to be the Bible declared enemy of Christ and man, and especially the Body of Christ (believers) (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14: 12-17; Matthew 4:2-11). Satan is also the ruler of this world (Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11).
We believe that the Church which is now the “Body” of Christ shall become the “Bride” of Christ. The Church is a literal spiritual organism consisting of born-again believers irrespective of their affiliation with Christian denominations. The Church Age began at Pentecost and is consummated by the Translation of the Church, also known as the Rapture (I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27).
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the “Lord’s Supper” (Communion) to be observed until His Glorious return for the Church (I Corinthians 11:23-36). We believe in baptism by immersion, which is a “public proclamation” of faith in Christ
THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be coming of our Lord Jesus Christ “in the air” to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming. This great event is also known as “Rapture” and/or “Translation of the Church” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14). Although the term rapture is not specifically mentioned in scripture as such, the term as we use it here refers to a “calling up” or to be “taken up.”
We believe the “pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church” will be followed by the fulfillment of Daniel’s Seventieth week (a seven year period. ) The second half of this seven year period is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6:19).
THE SECOND COMING
We believe the great Tribulation will be climaxed by the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His Kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-25; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelations 20:6).
MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
We believe Christ will reign for a literal one thousand years here on earth. His Kingdom Throne will be established in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4-11).
GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT/ETERNAL STATE
We believe that the Great white throne Judgment is for unbelievers only. Unbelievers are those who passed away without receiving Christ as Savior. They will be judged based on their works which cannot save – only the “Finished and Accepted” sacrifice of Christ can save. Their works will be rejected by Christ Himself and along with Satan and Fallen Angels, unbelievers will be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but punished with everlasting destruction and separation from the Lord God forever.
We believe at death of the physical body, the soul and human spirit of believers in Christ pass immediately into the presence of the Lord. We shall remain with the Lord in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His Coming, when the soul, human spirit and body of believers will be united. From this wonderful event and for all eternity – life without end, we believers will be with our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6:7; Revelation 20:11-15).
THE BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBILITY
We believe that the believer will automatically desire the Word of God by the unction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is spiritual nourishment and is mandated for spiritual growth. We are to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can learn to know Christ intimately by the inculcation of His Mind – the Bible (I Corinthians 2:16; I Timothy 2:4). The effectual work of God’s Word by the Holy Spirit in us, brings the individual believer into adjustment with the Personal Pre-Designed Plan of God (PPPG). The internal and external execution of God’s Word in the believers life brings honor and glory to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 13:9; I Timothy 4:6; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18).
We believe that spirituality is the mechanics of the Christian life executed by the indwelling control of the Holy Spirit. The believer is mandated not to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit by personal sin. When the believer sins, this is called grieving the Holy Spirit or being “out of fellowship.” To be restored to intimate fellowship with God, the believer simple confesses (names the sin – more literally “agrees” with God) and the Holy Spirit restores the believer to fellowship (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; I Thessalonians 5:19; I John 1:9).
Believer’s should understand that the Christian Life is produced by the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is called being “filled with the Spirit.” The believer, therefore, is either spiritual (in fellowship, sins confessed) or carnal (out of fellowship, sins unconfessed). When out of fellowship, the believer acts no differently than the unbeliever because the desires of the flesh control the believer.
When led by the Holy Spirit the desire of the heart is about God not self, because the Holy Spirit controls your thinking and therefore your actions by the Word of God metabolized in your soul. The inhale/exhale of Bible Doctrine is mandated for this purpose…this IS GOD’S PLAN FOR ALL BELIEVERS.
It is a shame that most believers spend most of their life controlled by the flesh. Most believers have never been taught how to be filled with the spirit which is consistently utilizing 1 John 1:9. Please note the Book 1 John is written to believers – Jews and Gentiles. Confession therefore, is for born again believers NOT unbelievers for salvation!! A believer is one who has personally trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour – have you? Confession of sin is NOT for salvation in 1 John 1:9, instead it refers to walking in fellowship; walking in agreement with God.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit, in grace and apart from human merit, gives spiritual gifts to believers. These gifts include Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Administrators and others. Some gifts ceased after the Canon of Scripture was completed such as apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing as the working of man, and the working of miracles by mankind. Though the spiritual gifts of miracles and healing have ceased, God may and does heal and miraculously cure or intervene by direct action at His sole discretion and not as a result of anything man does, except through prayer (Isaiah 46:10; Matthew 28:18; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:7-12; James 5:16). Man’s prayer has no power, it is God’s Power that heals.
We must be united in one spirit, in the unity of Christ until He comes. We must be tolerant with gentleness, forgiveness and love….Ephesians 4:1-6. If we agree on salvation through Jesus Christ by faith in His Sacrifice for our sin, then we can live together and walk the road to heaven with the Holy Spirit. We must stand together, kneel together and pray together. There is one spirit and one body by the spirit.
Please note: there are at least 40 Grace Gifts given by the Holy Spirit at the “New Birth (point of faith in Christ) to every believer in Christ for the administration and function of the “Body of Christ” until Christ comes. The 40 Grace Gifts are available for study and review on this website. USE YOUR GIFTS TO GLORIFY GOD.
RELIGION- THE HYPOCRISY OF MAN
Jesus always condemned religion! Religion emphasizes external things or Rituals without Reality: i.e. man working, man performing his deeds, earning his way to heaven; man trying to impress God. Religion, therefore, is Satan’s counterfeit gospel – known as the “Gospel of Works.” If even one person could work their way to heaven, then Christ died in vain. It is because Christ died that we know there is no other way to God (John 14:6). Christ died just for you!
Believe in Christ not yourself, not your being a good person. Being a good person is wonderful, but it does not save you! Being a good person is how you live the Christian life after you have accepted Christ. Faith in Christ saves you! Doing good deeds follows FAITH IN CHRIST. Once saved, your good deeds are then acceptable as obedience.
CHRIST AS LORD
When we accept Christ as Saviour, we also receive Christ as Lord instantly. Serving our Lord is a lifetime of learning and experiencing the Leadership of the Holy Spirit. Living the Christian Life is a learning process guided by the Holy Spirit in us. We learn how to respect and glorify God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Christ as Lord of our life teaches us by the Holy Spirit and Bible Doctrine how to serve others in a way that brings honor and testimony of God’s Perfect Love. Allowing Christ to be our Lord is a learning experience, even though Christ becomes our Lord the instant we believe in Him. So, Christ becomes our Saviour and Lord, but we learn to let Him be Lord of our life. This learning process involves a lifetime of trial and error….but (POSITIONALLY) Christ always remains our Lord regardless of our issues. EXPERIENTIALLY we learn to let Christ be Lord. We are successful as servants to our Lord and others when we log time in fellowship – (sins named). Christ is our Servant King. We are to be His servants to a lost and dying world. Serve God…serve others.
SIN NOT THE ISSUE – FAITH IS THE ISSUE
Your personal sins (man’s personal sins) are NOT the issue, have NOT been the issue, since the Cross! We repeat: Sin is not the issue for salvation! Man’s sin-debt, was paid by Christ…on the Cross, once and for all time!
From the Fall of the first perfectly created man (Adam) all the way to the Cross of Christ, men were promised a Saviour (Genesis 3:15). Until Christ’s coming, animal sacrifices were symbolic of the Savior who would one day die for His people. Since the Cross, men look back to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ which by His blood (spiritual death) satisfied the Father once and forever. This is called the doctrine of “propitiation.” God the Father is totally satisfied with the Son’s sacrifice in man’s place…”the just for the unjust,” (1 Peter 3:18)…….therefore your performance of human good was/is rejected, by God the Father. Because God accepted His Son’s death payment for all sin for all time, shouldn’t you accept Christ’s payment too? If God is satisfied, why aren’t you? “While we were yet sinners, Christ died” (Romans
TIMES AND SEASONS (ACTS 1:7): Jesus spoke here regarding the “Restoration of Israel. Please notice the words “Times and Seasons.” The Greek word for “times” is “chronos,” and the Greek word for “seasons” is “kairos.” These two words both refer to time, but but with this difference: the word “chronos” means a succession of events. It is the word from which we get chronology, in English – a succession of events one following the other. The word “kairos,” refers to events organized by their components into Dispensations. Dispensations is Time broken up into its periods or epoch or eras.
TRUST AND OBEY, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!
Happy Studying in Fields of Grace.
Word Of Truth Ministries