Statement of Faith
We believe that the holy triune God has existed always and that He exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that He created and upholds everything in both the spiritual and the natural world, and that He created man as an eternal, volitional will spirit-being temporarily living in a body of flesh and capable of sensing and responding to both the spiritual world and the natural world.
We believe that God created man for His own pleasure and that the only thing that pleases Him is man’s volitional will decision to seek and respond to Him with our entire body, soul, and spirit in the face of an enemy deliberately allowed by God to test us through deception.
We believe that God, in His omniscience, which man cannot fathom, purposed before the foundations of the world to include an elect remnant of His created, free-will spirit-being, man, in an eternal blood covenant between Himself and the man, Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate, born of the seed of the Holy Spirit and the seed of the woman. We believe that this man, Jesus, who was God’s only begotten Son, was joined eternally and irrevocably to God’s created spirit-being, man, through that birth, and that He purposefully stripped Himself of His own divine power in order to fulfill the Law and the prophets as a man and an Israelite (the seed of Abraham) by and through His perfect compliance with the revealed will of God.
We believe that this man whom Paul identified as the “last Adam,” was thus qualified to be the sinless “Lamb of God,” who would be crucified for the sins of fallen mankind from Adam forward.
We believe that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and that He resurrected the Son of God-Son of Man, Jesus Christ, to sit at His right hand as the mediator and High Priest of God’s covenant between God and man.
We believe that this blood covenant between God and the man, Jesus, the Christ, is the only redemptive covenant between God and mankind from Adam forward through all eternity and that inclusion in this redemptive covenant has always been based on either God’s sovereign right to reckon as “righteous” those who do not have the ability to know the right and know the wrong, and choose the right, as well as those prior to Christ who have responded by faith to the will of God, or those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by grace through faith.
We believe that the only way to lose this covenant status with God is to reject our faith in Jesus Christ, and that the only way we can reject our faith in Jesus Christ is by developing a seared conscious whereby we no longer “hear” the voice of the Lord, who is our spiritual conscience, and no longer “see” the revelatory truth of God with the eyes of our hearts, so that we ultimately reject and deny our faith, which is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that this falling away from the faith (apostasy) i.e. failing to remain in Him, is not common but will become common in the end times because of persecution and demonic deception just as Paul has prophesied.
We believe that none of the gifts and empowerments of the Holy Spirit have ceased, but that they have ceased among certain groups and denominations of Christians because of unbelief and the dependency of relying on traditions devoid of faith.
We believe that there are opportunities for Satan to introduce false signs and wonders among immature believers who overemphasize the gifts and empowerments of the Holy Spirit. Thus the gift of the discernment of spirits should be highly regarded and sought after in the body of Christ today.
We believe that the Bible, as we know it today, both the old and new testament, were given to man as a perfectly uniform whole through various earthly authors over thousands of years exactly as God ordained, though translations of the original text may contain errors. We believe, according to the Lord’s own words in Matthew 23:8 that there is only one TEACHER of true doctrine, and that teacher is the Lord operating through the Spirit of truth. Therefore, the written word must be examined in the revelatory light of the Spirit of truth in order to be rightly divided. John 16:13-15
Thus all attempts to apply intellectual formulas of interpretation to the text will fall short of the fullness of God’s immutable truth, promises, and commands, and it is the arrogance of human intellect and religious traditions devoid of revelation, aided in many cases by demonic inspiration, that caused the intellectual giants of Israel, the Pharisees, to reject Christ in their day and continues to divide and corrupt the body of Christ in our own day.
We believe that biblical prophecy, authored by an omniscient God who sees the end from the beginning, though He is not the cause of events contrary to His will, serves two primary purposes. First, prophecy fulfilled confirms the source and dependability of biblical prophecy, and, by comparison, all non-God inspired prophecy falls short of this record. Second, biblical prophecy, deliberately “sealed” by the Spirit of truth until the appropriate time, has been given to us by God to warn and prepare those for whom it is intended concerning things to come in our own time. Daniel 12:4, 9-10
We believe classic, historic pre-millennialism, which was believed and taught by all the church fathers from John’s own disciples until the eighteenth century without exception, is the correct, Spirit-inspired interpretation of the framework of biblical prophecy, though certain details of biblical prophecy are revealed only when the Holy Spirit chooses to reveal them.
We also believe that the Holy Spirit is unsealing end times prophecy at this present time just as Daniel prophesied.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:3,4 KJV
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried…(the wise virgins)…; but the wicked…(unbelieving foolish virgins)…shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand…(the revelatory intent of God)…; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10 KJV (inserts are the author’s)