Tenets of Faith

Section 1. The Scriptures Inspired.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, infallible and authoritative in its writings and origin. The product of Holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. It is a revelation from God to man and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:21-25; Heb. 4:12).

Section 2. The One True Godhead.
The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit.

Section 3. Man, His Fall and Redemption.
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).

Section 4. The Salvation of Man.

(a) Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2:8; Rom. 10:8-10).

(b) The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23).

(c) Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Rom. 10:9-1 and 2 Cor. 5:10.)

Section 5. Baptism in Water.
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Rom. 6:4).

Section 6. The Lord’s Supper.
“And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:24-25, 28).

Section 7. The Promise of the Father.
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

Section 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6).

Section 9. The Ministry.
The Ministry is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven (Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).

Section 10. Total Prosperity.

(a) Spiritual. John 3:3, 11; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10.
(b) Mental. 2 Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Is. 26:3.
(c) Physical. Is. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:24.
(d) Financial. 3 John 1:2; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-14.
(e) Social. Prov. 3:4.

Section 11. Blessed Hope.
Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; and 2 Thess. 2:1).

Section 12. The Lake of Fire.
Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).

Section 13. The Millennial Reign of Jesus.
The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Rom. 11:25, 27; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).

Section 14. Christian Life; Scriptural Conduct.

(a) Personal Ethics. “Some of you say, "We can do anything we want to." But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me” (1 Cor. 6:12 [CEV]). “We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives (Prov. 16:2 [CEV]). “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (1 Thess. 5:12).

(b) Laws of the Land. Rom. 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power, but of God; the powers that be are ordered of God.” God’s word teaches that government is instituted by Him for the protection of good and the punishment of evil. If or when a government enacts laws that are contrary to God’s laws, God’s law is higher and should be submitted to above man-made law. Example: (Acts 4:19) When the disciples of Jesus were commanded by man-made law to not speak of Christ, they were willing to disobey the law of the land and obey Christ. James 4:4 admonishes us not to be in agreement with the world (law of the land) if it doesn’t agree with God’s law. This would impel us as a church to not be in agreement with some current laws on same-sex marriage, a tax used to fund abortion (Affordable Care Act), and the legislation of addictive substances or drugs of altering influence.

(c) Family; Household. “Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you” (Ex. 20:12). “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1 Tim. 3:5) “Their wives must be thoughtful, not heavy drinkers, not gossipers, but faithful in everything they do” (1 Tim. 3:11 [LB]). “The men you choose must be well thought of for their good lives; they must have only one wife and their children must love the Lord and not have a reputation for being wild or disobedient to their parents. These elders must be men of blameless lives because they are God’s ministers. They must not be proud or impatient; they must not be drunkards or fighters or greedy for money” (Tit. 1:6-7 [LB]). “That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children” (Tit. 2:2-4). You wives must submit to your husbands’ leadership in the same way you submit to the Lord. For a husband is in charge of his wife in the same way Christ is in charge of his body the Church. (He gave his very life to take care of it and be its Savior!) So you wives must willingly obey your husbands in everything, just as the Church obeys Christ. And you husbands, show the same kind of love to your wives as Christ showed to the Church when he died for her, to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s Word: so that he could give her to himself as a glorious Church without a single spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, being holy and without a single fault. That is how husbands should treat their wives, loving them as parts of themselves. For since a man and his wife are now one, a man is really doing himself a favor and loving himself when he loves his wife. No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body the Church, of which we are parts. (That the husband and wife are one body is proved by the Scripture which says, ‘A Man must leave his father and mother when he marries, so the two shall be one.’) So again, I say, a man must love his wife as a part of himself: and the wife must see to it that she deeply respects her husband – obeying, praising and honoring him. Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you. Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God’s Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing. And now a word to you parents. Don’t keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves, with suggestions and godly advice” (Eph. 5:22-31, 33; 6:4 [LB]; this includes the biblical use of spanking, loss of privileges and restraint.

(d) Self-Control. “….2 Pet. 2:19 admonishes, “A man is a slave to whatever controls him.” Rom. 6:13 encourages believers to not yield to sin, but rather yield to righteousness. It is important to keep ourselves from habits that are controlling and addictive to human flesh. Rom. 6: 17-23 encourages freedom from addictive behaviors and a full submission to Christ.

(e) Drunkenness; Drugs. “…envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:21 [LB]). “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:10 [LB]). “Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit, and controlled by Him” (Eph. 5:18 [LB]). “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags” (Prov. 23:21).

(f) Sexual and Immoral Sin. The scriptures explain sexual relations that are holy, honored and pure, and those sexual relationships which are immoral, evil and an abomination. We wholly endeavor to be a ministry which honors sexual relationship that is honorable, pure and holy. The scriptures define this as marriage between one man and one woman – Matt. 19:4-6, “…male and female, created He them.” Other sexual relations forbidden by God are:

Rape (2 Sam. 13:11-13)
Adultery (Deut. 22:22-29)
Prostitution (Deut. 23:17)
Incest ( Lev. 18:6-18)
Homosexuality/Lesbianism (Rom. 1:26-27)
Mankind w/Beasts (Deut. 27:21)
Fornication (1 Cor. 6:18)
and many other scriptures which forbid these sexual relations.

The scriptures also speak of God’s dealings with people who engage in these forbidden sexual relations:

Defilement (Lev. 18:22-28)
Destruction (1 Cor. 5:1-5)
Death (Lev. 20:13-16)

We believe sexual purity is not only biblical, but avoids many health hazards. Such activity brings both shame and judgment upon the church.