Statement of Faith
The following statement of faith reflects, as accurately as possible, a concise record of my doctrinal position basic to Bible-believing Christianity. The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of my faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source and authority for all that I believe.
I am Baptist by conviction, and hold to the tenets of historic fundamentalism. Standing for biblical balance in ministry, I avoid extremes that are not scriptural in practice or honoring to the Lord. I believe in old-fashioned separation, ecclesiastical and personal.
1. The Holy Scriptures
I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. I use only the King James Version of the Bible. I believe it to be the preserved Word of God in the English language. I believe the Masoretic Text, and the Received Text (Textus Receptus) to be reliable in every way in the descendent preservation of both Old and New Testaments.
I do not subscribe to the hyper-dispensational view, nor am I Calvinistic in doctrine in any way, shape, or form. I reject, as wholly unscriptrural, Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology along with Dominion Theology and Reconstructionism. I believe that man has always been saved by grace through faith as a matter of conscious choice, and always will be. God has established no other plan for the salvation of the lost. I reject any and all teaching espoused by Calvinists that misrepresents and misinteprets the Doctrine of Election. I believe in the freewill of man and individual soul-liberty. The individual soul is answerable to Alimighty God and to Him alone. This precludes giving up that independemcy to a pope, a priest, a system, an organization, a convention, a fellowship, an association, or any other human being. None of these are given the authority to interpose anything whatsoever between the indivdual and God concerning any matter of faith (II Corinthians 3:17 - Galatians 5:1 - James 1:25).
3. The Godhead
I believe in one Triune God; the Triune Godhead; the Holy Trinity, eternally existing in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14, John 14:10, John 14:26
4. The Person and Work of Christ
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself flesh, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. I believe Jesus Christ to be God incarnate the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. Because He is God, I do not believe he could have sinned, or was capable of sin. Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:35, John 1:1-2, John 1:14, II Corinthians 5:19-21, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:5-8
Furthermore, I believe:
That the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for sin, once for all; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical, bodily resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36 Romans 3:24-25 I Peter 2:24 Ephesians 1:7 I Peter 1:3-5)
That it is the Blood that cleanses us from all sin. I reject, as heretical and blasphemous, recent teaching from evangelical sources that it is not the Blood that saves, but just the death of Christ; that His Blood is no different than any others mans, but was merely absorbed by the earth about the cross, and has no redeeming value. I believe, with all of my heart, that " . . . without shedding of blood is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22a) Truly, " . . . it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11b)
That the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest and Great Intercessor, He fulfills the ministry of Representative and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10 Hebrews 9:24 Hebrews 7:25 Romans 8:34 I John 2:1-2)
5. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not just an "it," and that He reproves the world of righteousness, judgment, and sin; that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, and indwelling them instantly at conversion. I believe that it is the Holy Spirit who brings men to true repentance unto salvation, and that He is the author of the conviction process. Not only does He indwell each and every believer, but He also seals them unto the Day of Redemption. (John 16:8-11 Romans 8:9 I Corinthians 12:12-14 II Corinthians 3:6 Ephesians 1:13-14)
I believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher Who assists believers in the understanding and appropriating of Scriptural knowledge, and has the power to guide into all truth. I further believe that it is the privilege of each and every believer to be filled with the Spirit, and a holy obligation to seek to that filling, maintaining a sanctified walk with Christ. (Ephesians 1:17-18 Ephesians 5:18 I John 2:20 I John 2:27)
I believe that our God is a Sovereign God in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the local church in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8 I Corinthians 12:4-11 Ephesians 4:17-12)
I believe that the sign, or signifying gifts, of the Apostolic era (first century church) have ceased, and are no longer available, necessary, or in operation in our day. I believe that sign gifts, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary in nature. I believe that speaking in tongues was never the 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 can, and does, answer the prayers of the saved for physical healing. I believe the present day tongues movement to be wholly without biblical merit or scriptural authority. It is a counterfeit manifestation driven by emotion, scriptural ignorance, and many times demon-influence. I DO NOT support the charismatic movement in any way, shape or form. (I Corinthians 1:22 I Corinthians 13:8 I Corinthians 14:21-22 I Corinthians 13:10)
6. The Fallen Nature of Man (The Sin Nature)
I believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adams sin the human race fell, and inherited a sin nature. This sin nature is inherent to all men, and has been passed from generation to generation, naturally alienating man from God. Adam fell as a matter of choice and the free exercise of his own will. The sinner is unable to remedy his lost condition through any merit of his own, but must place his full trust in the finished work of the Cross in order to be saved. Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 4:17-19, Titus 3:5
I believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by placing ones personal saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. His precious Blood, having been shed on the Cross for the cleansing of sins, brings forgiveness, remission, and eternal life to the repentant believer. John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, I Peter 1:18-19
8. The Eternal Security of the Believer
I believe that "ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED." I believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are preserved eternally by Gods power, and are thus secure in Christ Jesus forever. The Blood that has the power to wash away all sin has the power to keep the saints secure for all eternity. The Blood can, and will, never lose its power! I believe that it is the joy and privilege of believers to enjoy the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of the Word of God, for it is in Gods Word that we have the authority for salvation. Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11-15, John 6:37-40, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39,
9. The Church
I believe that the church, ecclesia, is a "called out assembling of believers," and that the church is manifested as a visible, tangible, local body for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and worship. I do not believe in a universal or invisible church, and find no model for the existence of such a church in the Word of God. I believe the church is visible, tangible, and local. I believe the church is an organism comprised of born-again believers, not an organization meeting in a building. The church is a vibrant body. I believe the Body of Christ is manifested in such a church. I believe that all believers world-wide comprise the Family of God. God places those who are members of the Family of God in local assemblies, as it pleases Him (I Corinthians 12:18). I believe that the body is the espoused Bride of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-14 II Corinthians 11:2 Ephesians 1:22-23 Ephesians 5:25-27).
I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27 Acts 20:17 Acts 20:28-32 I Timothy 3:1-13 Titus 1:5-11).
I believe in the autonomy of the local church, and that it is to be free from any external authority or control. I do not accept as Scriptural the establishment of denominational hierarchies or any kind. All discipline, accountability, and government are within the realm of local church structure alone. (Acts 13:1-4 Acts 15:19-31- Acts 20:28 Romans 16:1 Romans 16:4 I Corinthians 3:9 I Corinthians 3:16 I Corinthians 5:4-7 I Corinthians 5:13 I Peter 5:1-4)
I believe that baptism by immersion and The Lords Supper to be the only Scriptural ordinances for the Church Age. (Matthew 28:19-20 Acts 2:41-42 Acts 18:18 I Corinthians 11:23-26)
I believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Lord Jesus Christ; and that separation from all religious apostasy, in any form, and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Romans 12:1-2 Romans 14:13 II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 II Timothy 3:1-5 I John 2:15-17 II John 9-11)
I believe that every Christian ought to practice holy and separated living. "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." (Titus 2:11-12) However, I have found that around four decades ago, there was an emphasis on standards that was not based upon teaching and understanding, but more on pressure and force, more on force and not faith. The result today has been "backlash" and rebellion. Though rebellion is never justified, I am not sure we would have seen the magnitude of this rebellion if good men would have patiently taught sanctification and holiness, waiting upon the Holy Spirit to change hearts so the preaching and teaching of the Word of God could change minds. Emphasizing external change without a changed heart can eventually create spiritual casualities. When we substituted standards for sanctification, we got ourselves into trouble. I am for godly standards, especially in the area of modesty and pure living. But, it must be recognized that when the pressure is lifted from those who have not been properly taught and indoctrinated, they will drop any standard that was adopted only as a result of human pressure. We must have a godly standard for our church leaders, but care must be taken that they are in those positions because they have standards the result of biblically held convictions, not after they are placed in a position of responsibility and required to have standards in order to keep that position. Sanctification will lead to a good, godly standard, and I believe we should have them.
12. The Second Coming of Christ
I believe that Jesus is coming soon! I believe in the "Blessed Hope." I believe in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ Who will rapture His children PRIOR to the Tribulation Period. I believe that at the conclusion of the seven years of tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, and will establish His earthly reign and rule upon this earth the Messianic Kingdom promised to the Nation of Israel. My position is wholly Pre-Tribulational, and Pre-Millennial. Psalm 89:3-4, Daniel 2:31-35, Zechariah 14:4-11, I Thessalonians 1:10, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, Revelation 3:10, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:1-6
13. The Eternal State
I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved unto eternal life, and the damned unto judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46 John 5:28-29 John 11:25-26 Revelation 20:5-6 Revelation 20:12-13).
I believe that the souls of the saved are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord (not "soul sleeping"), where they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord Jesus (Luke 23:43 II Corinthians 5:8 Philippians 1:23 Philippians 3:21 I Thessalonians 4:16-17 Revelation 20:4-6).
I believe that the souls of the damned (the unbeliever) remain, after death, in conscious punishment until the second resurrection, when soul and body will be reunited, and they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be "instantly annihilated," but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matthew 25:41-46 Mark 9:43-48 Luke 16:19-26 II Thessalonians 1:7-9 Jude 6-7 Revelation 20:11-15).
14. The Personality of Satan
I believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of Almighty God, and the enemy and destroyer of mens souls; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7 Isaiah 14:12-17 Matthew 4:2-11 Matthew 25:41 Revelation 20:10).
I believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24 hour clock days. I reject the teaching of evolution, theistic or otherwise, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and all other theories as unscriptural in origin and application. Genesis 1:2, Exodus 20:11
16. Public Education
I am not a proponent of public education, and fully support Christian education, whether through the Christian school movement, or home school within the confines of the Christian home. I believe the education of Christian children is the biblically mandated responsibility of parents and the local church.
17. Civil Government
I believe that God ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions:
I believe 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 limitations, and has balanced those responsibilities and limitations 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 assigned spheres of responsibility under God. I am opposed to rebellion movements designed to overthrow or unscripturally challenge the authority of these institutions. Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Hebrews 13:17, I Peter 2:13-14
I believe that God has given the Great Commission to be fulfilled through the ministry of the local New Testament Church. I believe the mission of the local church is to proclaim the Gospel 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. I believe that we are to do this in a simultaneous manner, reaching out to "Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth" all at the same time. I believe we must use all available means to go to the lost of the world and not wait for them to come to us. I believe in personal evangelism wherever God has placed us, and evangelistic preaching. I am a strong proponent and supporter of local church missions programs, and faith-promise giving. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, II Corinthians 5:20, II Corinthians 8:1-5
19. Giving (Tithing Offerings The First Fruits)
I believe that every Christian, as a faithful steward of that portion of Gods wealth entrusted to him, is commanded, and obligated to support his local church financially through his tithes and offerings. The tenth part is the Lords, and woe to him that steals it! I believe that God has established the tithe, the tenth part, as a basis or foundation for giving. I believe that every believer should give other offerings sacrificially, and should be sensitive to the Holy Spirits leading in their giving. Giving should be done cheerfully to support the various ministries of the church, and to ensure that the Gospel may go forth unhindered. Genesis 14:20, Proverbs 3:9-10, Acts 4:34-37, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:6-7, Galatians 6:6, Ephesians 4:28, I Timothy 5:17-18, I John 3:17, Malachi 3:6-12
20. Human Sexuality
I believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity must ever be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. I believe this is a moral and not political issue. I believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, pedophilia, transvetism, and pornography are sinful, unnatural, and evil perversions. (Genesis 2:24-25, 19:1-25, Leviticus 19:1-30, Romans 1:22-32, I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, I Thessalonians 4:1-5, Hebrews 13:4)
I believe that life begins at conception, and that an unborn child is a living being. Abortion constitutes the willful murder of an unborn child. Abortion is a moral and not a political issue. I reject the teaching that abortion and pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth control or the so called mental well being of the mother are acceptable. I further believe that God is judging America due to the murderous sin of abortion. (Job 3:16, Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24, Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18, Luke 1:44)
21. Divorce and Remarriage
I believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a sin, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus, I believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. (Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28)
24. Family Relationships
I believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the local church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the local church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 12)
I believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is clearly defined as between a man and a woman. So-called same sex marriage is an abomination in the eyes of God, and a perversion of nature itself. It is unnatural and vile in every way. We are opposed to any law enacted by the state establishing same-sex marriage, which is not marraige in the eyes of God and normal mankind. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-17)