A. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments only, to be the plenarily, verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, authoritative, in-fallible, and God-breathed; and that they are the only supreme and ultimate authority for faith and practice.† The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man.
We believe that a correct interpretation of Scripture is to recognize the dispensational framework of Scripture.† A dispensational understanding recognizes that Godís revelation has been progressive
B. The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and having the same divine attributes and perfections; yet exercising them in varied offices.
C. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:18-20; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who receive Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.†
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead; in His bodily ascension into heaven; and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Intercessor.
D.† The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature.† (I John 5:7)
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8-11)† He is the supernatural agent in regeneration or the new birth, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.†
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.†
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer.† God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.† (Romans 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, and the gift of healing, were temporary.† We believe that speaking in tongues never has been a common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God may choose to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.†† (I Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
We believe that the charismatic movement with its emphasis on speaking in tongues is unscriptural and contrary to sound doctrine.
E.† The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adamís sin the race fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.† All mankind has inherited a sinful nature, became willful sinners with the first expression of a personal choice, are totally unable to regain their former position, and are without excuse before God.
F.† Salvation and Regeneration
We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation is solely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins and being a gift, is not earned by any good works whatsoever.† All those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated and become sons of God. (Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:5-7)
We believe that the obtaining of salvation is impossible apart from a personal voluntary choice of the sinner (John 3:16), and is based upon a complete reliance upon Godís way of salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).† At the moment a sinner repents from sin and trusts Christ as Savior, the sinner is united to Christ
We believe that the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that change in the soul by the Holy Spirit, by which a new nature and spiritual life not before possessed are imparted, and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus; and without it salvation is impossible.
G. Eternal Security
We believe that the salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of regeneration.† This security is guaranteed to each believer by the fact that the life received is eternal life, by the keeping power of God, by the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, and by the interceding ministry of Christ.
We believe that Godís Word clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.†
We believe that immediate, positional sanctification is the act of God whereby believers are, at the time of regeneration, eternally set apart as belonging to Him by redemption, thereby being placed in the family of God as children, joint heirs with Jesus Christ.† This is victory over the penalty of sin.†
We believe that progressive sanctification is the process by which, according to Godís will, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is progressive; that it is begun in regeneration; that it progresses if the believer is yielded to the Holy Spiritís control; that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness and prayer.† This is victory over the power of sin.
We believe that ultimate sanctification will be the portion of every believer when finally in the presence of the Lord, complete and entire, with soul and spirit united in the resurrected body free from every trace or effect of sin and rebellion.† This is victory over the presence of sin.
I. Final Destinies
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men with the saved inheriting eternal life and the unsaved condemned to judgment and everlasting punishment.
We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain until the resurrection of the body at the rapture, when soul and body reunited shall stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works for the giving of rewards; and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory.† (I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the end of the millennium for judgment; the result of this judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:11-15)
J. The Local Church
We believe that a New Testament church is a voluntary and independent autonomous group of baptized believers who are a body with Christ as its head, joining together for worship, service, fellowship, discipline, prayer, teaching, testimony, the observance of the ordinances, and the spread of the Gospel into the entire world.† The local church has the power and right within itself to confess its own faith in accordance with the New Testament; and each congregation recognizes its own democratic self-containing government as its highest authority for carrying out the will of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the local church is Godís only program for this dispensation, and that every Christian is bound by Scripture to give his unhindered cooperation to the program of His local church; that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the local church and its extension ministries in prayer, to support it with their tithes and offerings as the Lord prospers them, to participate in all the regular services of the church as the Lord enables, and to voluntarily submit to the watch care and discipline of the local church. (I Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:19-25; 13:17; I Timothy 3:15)
We believe that the Bible teaches that the following offices of the church should be held by men only: Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Deacons, and Moderator.† (I Timothy 2:12, 3:2,12)
K.† The Ordinances
BaptismóWe believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scripture, that it has no saving power, that it is only for those who are already saved, and the only Scriptural prerequisite is the new birth which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lordís SupperóWe believe that the Lordís Supper is partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christís body and blood which commemorate His suffering and death for us and our continual benefit there from; that participation should be limited to those who have united to the local church by baptism and testimony, or to those who are baptized members of churches of like faith and practice, and that participation should be preceded by careful self-examination. (I Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 18:15-17)
L. The Responsibility of Believers
We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, not bringing reproach upon their Lord and Savior, exercising Christian liberty regulated by love, separated from worldly pleasures and practices, and be separated from organizational association with apostate groups.
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of Godís wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God established the tithe as a pattern for proportionate giving. Every Christian should give offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the local church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.† We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10;
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not figuratively.† The six days of creation in Genesis Chapter One were solar, that is twenty-four hour days.† All animal and vegetable life was made directly, and Godís established law is that they bring forth only ďafter their kind.Ē† Man was created in Godís own image and after His own likeness, and did not evolve from any lower form of life.† The moment the earth was created it was mature and full-grown, not through natural processes but by the instantaneous and supernatural act of God.
We disavow as unscriptural any form of atheistic or theistic evolution, plus the gap theory.
N.† The Existence of Satan
We believe that Satan was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God.† He became utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels, the deceiver and god of this present world.† Satanís powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good.† He was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore, his final doom is certain. We are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 3:1-7;
We believe that all saved believers are called into a life of separation.† This separation is in at least three areas: moral, personal, and ecclesiastical.
Moral: The Ten Commandments are Godís perfect standard for a perfect man.† We are commanded to perfect holiness (II Corinthians 7:1) in the fear of God.† The believer is to never suffer as an evil doer
Personal: Romans 14 explains that there are going to be areas where believers are going to disagree in matters which they call sin.† The weaker will do things that the stronger will not.† In matters of eating, holy days, etc., every man should be fully persuaded in his own mind. (Romans 14:5; I Corinthians 8:9; 10:23, 31)
Ecclesiastical: While recognizing the unity of all true believers it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships has developed to the point where recognized and indisputable apostasy exists.† We, therefore, disallow the position of the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals and any other association or fellowship that would be in sympathy with them.† We stand in opposition to the Ecumenical Movement, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism, and cooperative evangelistic programs between churches and people not of like precious faith.
P.† Future Events
We believe the Scriptures teach that at death the spirit and soul of the believer pass instantly into the presence of Christ, and remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own.† The blessed hope of the believer is the imminent, personal, pretribulational, premillennial appearance of Christ to rapture the church, His bride.† Godís righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation (the seventieth week of Daniel). The climax of this fearful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in great glory to establish His millennial Kingdom.† Israel will be saved and restored as a nation; Satan will be bound and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation.† Following the 1000 year Millennium, the Great White Throne judgment will occur, at which time the bodies and souls of the wicked shall be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire. (I Corinthians 15:51-57;
Q.† Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that rulers are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, including the bearing of arms for the defense of the country, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. (Exodus 18:21-22; II Samuel 23:3;
We believe in separation of the church from the state. (Luke 20:25)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) 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.
R.† Moral Issues
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.† We reject any teaching that an abortion of a pregnancy due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother is acceptable.
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should 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 etc. are sinful perversions of Godís gift of sex.(Genesis 2:24; 19:5; 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9;
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
We believe that marriage is a divine institution and God intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.† We believe divorce is a distortion of Godís intention for marriage.† Scripture does teach that there is one circumstance in which divorce may be initiated (though not required): in the circumstance of habitual sexual unfaithfulness.† Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the local church, and may be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-12; I Timothy 3:2, 12)