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Tenets of Faith

(1)  This Religious Organization recognizes that its basis of faith shall be according to the doctrine of Christ found in II John 9-11,  “Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.”  The Biblically inspired doctrinal basis of faith which lists the seven principles of the doctrine of Christ found in Hebrews 6:1-2.  “Therefore, leaving the principles of the foundation of repentance from dead works, and faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms,  and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

Thus we see that these seven principles include the followings:

1.        Repentance from dead works.
2.        Faith in God.
3.        Doctrine of baptisms.
4.        The laying on of hands.
5.        The resurrection of the dead.
6.        Eternal Judgment.
7.        The going on to perfection.

(2)  Obviously, in the New Testament Church, there was not uniformity of belief in all matters, including for example that of circumcision (Acts 15:1).  The Apostles did not attempt to resolve the differences in this case.  Either side was given liberty of conscience in the matter, but neither was permitted to make it an issue.  We, therefore, stand for New Testament liberty of conscience but disapprove of any who would use that liberty to divide brethren.

(3)  Doctrinal Position :

Our doctrinal position is purely Evangelical and Pentecostal in nature, therefore we believe in:

 (a)  The One True God :

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally Self-existent “I am,” the Creator of the universe and the redeemer of mankind (Deut. 6:4, Exod. 3:14, Isa. 43:10-11). God has further revealed Himself as a triune being manifested as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Isa. 48:16, Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22).

 (b)  The Scriptures Inspired  :

The Scriptures both Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infalliable, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21).

 (c)  The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ :

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and as such, shares in the Divinity and Deity of God (Matt. 1:23, John 5:22-23, 2 John 3, Heb. 1:1-13)

 (d)  Original Sin and the Fall of Man :

Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26-27).  The first man, Adam, through disobedience fell from the grace of God and thus sin entered into the world and death by sin.  Adam’s transgression incurred not only physical death for man but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God.  (Gen. 2:17, 3:6-24). Man’s propensity to sin because of his sinful nature necessitates salvation from the power of sin and a Savior to provide that Salvation (Rom. 7:13-25).

 (e)  The Salvation of Man :

Man’s only hope of redemption and salvation from the power of sin is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, Rom. 5:8-13, 10:9, James 1:21, Eph. 2:8).

 (f)  Christ The One Shepherd :

Jesus is the Good Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) and the Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20). There is only One spiritual shepherd referred to in the New Testament and Jesus is that one (john 10:16).

 (g)   The Church and its Missions :

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and the church of the first born, which was written in Heaven (Eph. 1:22-23, 2:22, Heb. 12:23).

Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the responsibility of the Church is:

(1)  To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16).
(2)  To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:28,14:12).
(3)  To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12).

 (h)   The Ordinances of the Church :

The ordinance of Baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures.  All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  This is a declaration to the world that they identify with Christ in His death and have been raised with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48, Rom. 6:4).

 (i)  The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion  :

The Lord’s Supper consisting of the elements – bread and the cup of the fruit of vine – is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death ( 1 Cor. 11:23-31) and is enjoined on all believers “till He come”!

 (j)  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit :

 The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowal of the gifts or enablements of the Holy Spirit and their uses in the ministry of the Body of Christ (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, 1 Cor. 12:1-31).  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-15, 15:7-9).

 (k)  Devine Healing:

 Divine healing was provided for in the Old Testament (Exod. 15:23-26, Psalms 103:1-3, Isaiah 53:4-5) and is an integral part of the gospel (Matt. 8:16-17, Acts 5:16, James 5:14-16).

 (l)   The Second Advent of Christ  :

The Second coming of Christ includes the catching away of the Church (1 Thess. 4:16-17), followed by the actual, visible return of Christ with His saints (the Church) to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5, Matt. 24:27, 30, Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6).  This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 39:28-29, Zeph. 3:19-20, Rom. 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isa. 11:6-9, Psalms 72:3-8, Mic. 4:3-4).

 (m)  The Final Judgement :

There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and be judged according to their works.  Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angel, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46, Mark 9:43-48, Rev. 19-20, 20:11-15, 21:8).

 (n)  The New Heavens and the New Earth :

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13, Rev. 21:22).

 
 

Rights Of Government

This Religious Organization shall implement its New Testament Christianity commissioned by the following prerogatives:

 (a)  Ordinances :

 To administer the regular “Ordinances” defined in Article V of       these Bylaws.

 (b) Departments and services  :

To establish and maintain such departments, institutions and services within the Religious Organization for the propagation of the Gospel and its work embraced by the purposes of this corporation.

 (c)  Evangelism :

 We believe that God has given the Church the great commission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As Ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us.  (Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 5:20).

 (d)  Missions :

 To endorse and support missionary programs according to standards set forth by the New Testament.

 (e)  Officers and Committees :

 To designate its own officers, to appoint committees, to arrange for its own meetings, and to govern itself in accordance with these Bylaws herein and after defined.

 (f)  Define Policies :

To establish and define policy by which it shall be governed.

 (g)  Civil Government :

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of: The Home, The Church, and the State.  Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His     word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.  The Home, The Church and the State are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.  (Rom. 13:1-7,          Eph. 5:22-24, Heb. 13:17, 1 Peter 2:13-14).

 (h)   Human Sexuality :

(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.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.  Any employee or volunteer of this Organization becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be suspended or terminated from employment.  (Gen. 2:24, 19:5, 13, 26:8-9, Lev.  18:1-30, Rom. 1:26-29, 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9, 1 Thess. 4:1-8, Heb. 13:4).

(2) We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.  We believe that a man is a man who was born a man, and a woman is a woman who was born a woman.  (Gen. 1:27-28, Gen. 2:24, Rom. 7:2, 1 Cor. 7:10, Eph. 5:22-23)

(3) We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God.

 

 (i)  Divorce and Remarriage :

We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies, and only due to the hardness of man’s heart did God allow a bill of divorcement.  Therefore, all that enter into marriage should pray and seek the direction of the Lord, and to follow the Scriptures, and to seek out and date only those that would be pleasing to the Lord in marriage.  We understand that there a scriptural reasons for divorce, and that divorce should be considered the last solution or option that one would choose. (Malachi 2:14-17, Matt. 19:3-12, Rom. 7:1-3, 1 Tim. 3:2, Titus 1:6).

 (j)  Abortion :

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.  Abortion is murder.  We reject any teaching that abortion of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defect, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16, Psalms 51:5, 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24, 49:1, 5, Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18, Luke 1:44).

 (k)  Arbitration and Lawsuits between Believers:

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve conflicts and personal disputes.  We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve conflicts and or personal disputes. We believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.  (1 cor. 6:1-8, Eph. 4:31).

The authority of the Organization as it relates to Board of Directors shall be limited to the investigation of charges brought against a Board member and or an employee and the discipline of the said individual as provided in these bylaws.

 (l)   Separation  :

We believe that all born again believers should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and association is commanded of God.  (Rom. 12:1-2, 14:13, 1 Cor. 6:7-10, 13-20,, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 1 John 215-17, 2 John 9:11).

 (m)  Records :

We believe that all records, including but not limited to all financial records, personal records, general accounting records, Religious Organization records, disciplinary records, records of reports, and notes written by the Board of Directors, officers, agents of this organization, staff members and volunteers of the organization shall be under the direct control of the President and Board of Directors of this Organization.

 (n)  Authority of the Statement of Faith :

 The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible Itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe,
however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and therefore, is binding upon all participants of this
Organization.  (Matt. 10:24, Luke 6:40, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 Cor. 9:27).