STATEMENT OF FAITH
-The foundation of our earthly labor-
The Holy Bible
We believe that the Lord has given us His Word by divinely inspiring more than forty writers across more than 1,500 years to write the Scriptures, today preserved as inerrant and holy in the King James Bible in English. It is our source for Truth and doctrine, historically accurate, and our foundation for knowing Him and instructing the generations in how to find salvation and obey the Lord’s commands.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
—II Peter 1:16
We believe the heaven and the earth were created in six days, approximately 6,000 - 7,000 years ago, spoken into existence by the Lord. In His perfect Creation, He likewise formed man of the dust of the earth and woman from man, both made in His image and established the first and central human institution of the family. Creation was made for man. Man and woman are higher than the animals and are intended to hold dominion over the earth (under God’s authority).
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
We believe that, although man and woman were perfect in their creation, they were given free will, a choice of whether to live in worshipful obedience to their Creator and His goodness, or to turn away in pride and establish themselves as gods over their own lives, choosing the boundaries of right and wrong for themselves. We believe that this choice can only ever lead to sin, degradation, and destruction, since it rejects all that is good by rejecting God. We believe that Adam and Eve did reject the Lord and sinned by eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and allowed sin to enter the world. We also believe that Creation and the Fall are essential components to the Gospel, for without a fall from a perfect creation, there would be no need for redemption, and thus no need for a Savior.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
We believe that there is only one true God, that He is maker of heaven and earth, of all life and all matter and energy, and that He is not a force nor an energy, but a Maker of them. We believe He exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and that these three are equal, eternal, and in communion with one another.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
—I John 5:7
God the Father
We believe that there is one true God, the Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. He is and was and always shall be, eternal, omnipotent, and omniscient. We believe He is holy, perfect in all things, just and righteous. We believe He loves His creation but abhors sin, and will not tolerate its presence. He is merciful and His grace is sufficient, but He also judges the nations. He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
—I Corinthians 8:6
Jesus Christ – The Son of God
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the only begotten Son of God, was born of virgin Mary through immaculate conception by the Holy Ghost, claimed to be the son of God incarnate for the thirty-three years of His ministry, was tortured and crucified under Pontius Pilate, was buried and resurrected three days later. He then appeared to His disciples and many other people before returning to His Father, where He sits at His right hand. Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, whose finished work on the cross was and is the propitiation of our sins as He bore our punishment upon Himself. One day soon, Christ will return to judge the world.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
—I John 1:1–4
We believe that, because of Adam’s sin, Creation is fallen, and we are born into natures inherently sinful, from which we cannot reconcile ourselves with God on our own merit or morality. Man is inherently sinful to his core, from our beginning to end, incapable of righteousness, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are in need of atonement, yet this is not something we can achieve on our own.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
We believe that, because of Adam’s sin, Creation is fallen, and we are born into natures inherently sinful, from which we cannot reconcile ourselves with God on our own merit or morality. By humbling ourselves, repenting of our sins, and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and by proclaiming His Lordship, we are saved by grace through faith from eternal damnation in hell. This is neither merit nor worthy of boasting, but is a mystery and a miracle. We are thus washed by the blood of the Lamb and are presentable to God and co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven. He is the perfect propitiation for our sins, and we will be resurrected with Him on the Last Day, to dwell with Him eternally.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
The Second Coming
We believe that, one day soon, Christ will return for His bride (the Church) and stand in judgment over the world. The world as we know it will pass away and He will renew all things. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, but in that day every man and woman will face either eternity with Him in the New Heaven and New Earth if they accepted Him as Lord and Savior, or damnation in hell in rejection of His offer of grace.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
-The vantage of our teaching-
Sanctity of Life
We believe that all life was created by God, deliberately and intentionally, not the result of cosmic accident. We believe human life is made in God’s image, and as such has infinite value at any stage of life, from the moment of conception to the final breath is released, and no man, woman, or child’s value stems from productivity or usefulness to society. Every soul is a reflection of his Maker, and his life should be regarded as precious in the sight of the father.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
Male & Female
We believe there are two human sexes: male and female. This is objectively observable and Biblically defined. There is no distinction between sex and gender, and never will be.
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
We believe that the Lord created marriage as the foundational human institution, comprised of one man and one woman in a permanent, monogamous, sexual relationship. Marriage is an earthly image of Christ and the Church, and of the harmonious union of the Trinity. It is the foundation of all human societies and of the church. We believe that men are commanded to love their wives and to sacrifice for her, while wives are commanded to respect and submit to their husbands. As wives submit to the headship of their husbands, husbands submit to the headship of Christ. Such creates happy marriages and godly homes, and we believe the evidence shows this true.
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
We believe that sex was created by God both as a tool of procreation and as a joyous union between husband and wife, a right and moral pleasure when shared in the context of marriage, and only in this context. All forms of sex outside the union of marriage are unacceptable and sinful in the eyes of God, and can be forgiven under His grace for the believer, but are not to be embraced, accepted as practices, nor continued under false doctrines of grace-as-license-to-sin. Sex is not to be desacralized or trivialized, but is a sacred component of the marriage union.
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
We believe that “homosexuality” (and all synonymic terms, old or new) refer to the act of sodomy, which is an abomination before the Lord. The world has redefined this idea in recent decades to be something one “is” rather than something one does, and in doing so, changed the culture’s view of sex and sexuality. The world has equated sex with love, and claims that the Bible outlaws love between two men, where the truth is that it outlaws sex between two men (along with all other forms of fornication).
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Domain of Man & Woman
We believe that God designed the sexes to function as complementary, that man was made in the image of God and that woman was made to be his help-meet, a precious and beloved counterpart on earth. We believe the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church, and that such a headship is a noble responsibility, not a license to rule however he desires. The husband bears things so that his wife does not have to. He is charged with loving her in kindness, gentleness, and love. Husbands are to protect and provide for their wives (and children), and lead them in Truth and Faith, for he will one day stand accountable not only for his own life, but for how he led his family. We believe God designed men and women with distinct domains, both essential to human existence, equal in value and in dignity, but separate in roles. We believe the Home is the domain of wives, not to be imprisoned to it but to hold ownership over it, its management, and its happiness. Outside the home is the primary domain of husbands, to labor and provide for the home and family. In so doing, both will find earthly fulfillment to such extent as earthly lives might, but there is no true joy or fulfillment without a saving relationship with our Creator through Jesus Christ.
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
We believe that Father and Mother are the fulfillment of the purposes of the two sexes, that it is the joyful culmination of their maturity as people. We believe thus that children are blessed gifts from the Lord, and blessed is the couple who bear them. They are crafted by God in His image, ordained to exist and from the instant of conception onward are human beings, harboring infinite value and worth as ones made by the hand of God. They are not ours to discard nor prevent, and even when conceived in tragedy or suffering, they in themselves are a blessed and precious gift. We believe that the Church exists (in one part) to take care of those in need as a testimony of God’s love on this earth, and we have an honorable duty to protect those most vulnerable in life.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
We believe in the sacrament of Baptism. It is a symbolic act that represents the dying of our old selves, the cleansing of our sins through Christ’s shed blood on the cross, and the resurrection into a new life with Christ. Baptism itself does not save one from sin, but is an act of obedience, a public declaration of a changed life and altered eternity.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We believe in the sacrament of communion. It is done in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us, His body broken and blood shed on our behalf. There could be no substitution for sin without the shedding of His precious blood, and the act of communion is performed by the local church as an act of humble memory of what He did. It does not cleanse us, nor saves us, but it is not to be taken lightly. We are to approach communion with a clear conscious among the brethren of believers or not partake.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
—I Corinthians 11:26
We believe churches (and ministries) should be elder-led, a hierarchy we see in the Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John, under the headship of Christ at the right hand of God the Father. Our ministry is likewise elder-led to keep everyone involved accountable and Christ-centered.
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
—I Timothy 5:17
We believe the Church is the global body of those who have given their lives over to Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. God alone knows the heart. We believe the local church exists as a necessary gathering of believers to primarily worship Him and secondarily to edify the body of believers. The church is called for this purpose, while individuals within the church are called to specific works the Lord set aside for them. Believers should be a part of a local body, so long as there is a Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching church within distance, and if not, start one.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
We believe that all men are created equal. No man, no woman, has or can have higher or lesser intrinsic value, as all are made in the image of God. Neither can one’s productivity, contribution(s) to society, nor quality of life determine the value of one’s life in any way, for only God alone can and has established it. We believe people more naturally “identify” with like-minded people, not people who merely look like them. We believe that carving up society based on group identities is inevitably destructive, as it makes moral assumptions—good or bad—based upon race or sex or even vocation. The Lord deals with individuals and with nations, not with ethnic groups, save for the bloodline of the Messiah stemming from the Davidic line, for even the Israelites welcomed ethnic outsiders such as Ruth or Rahab because of their faith in God.
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
The Dominion/Cultural Mandate
We believe that the Lord intended men to find wives, have children, build communities, and cultures. While there are exceptions on the individual level, this is the broad intent of His design. We are to be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the earth and care for it. We have a responsibility as citizens to follow the Lord’s commands towards our neighbors and build communities under His lordship to the best of our ability.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We believe that education is primarily the responsibility of parents, that fathers are the spiritual head of the family and are responsible especially to teach their children history (particularly history of the Lord’s work on this earth) and ensure that children are raised in the faith. We believe education should be Biblically founded, raising up generations in a total Biblical worldview, though we do not believe in a single approach for all children. Parents know better than anyone else how to educate their children.
For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God”
We believe man is a trinity in the image of God—we have a mind, a body, and a soul. All three are linked together and affect one another. We believe that spiritual warfare is a real phenomenon, that prayer has very real power (on the part of God’s response, not our power in praying), that God can and does still intervene miraculously, that miracles themselves are, by definition, breaks in the natural operation of His creation.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We believe the world was flooded approximately 4,000 - 5,000 years ago, in totality, as a result of the sinful depravity of man having spread across the globe, to all but one man—Noah, and as a result of the corruption of Creation by the incursion of fallen angels having children with human women and bearing a race of abominations. We believe these are the “gods” of many of the world’s religions, and man retained a cultural memory of them after the flood was sent to cleans the world and begin anew. The Lord spared Noah and his family, and from those eight survivors, all contemporary humanity sprang. We also believe that the physical evidence left in nature far more clearly points to this global event as a singular catastrophe than it does to eons of time passing by happenstance.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
—II Peter 2:4–5
Science & Scholarship
We believe the scientific method is probably the most useful tool man has ever created to discover how creation operates, and that through its use, we can build and create and discover. However, science can only answer operational (“how”) questions, not ontological (“why”) questions, nor moral questions. Science can only observe matter and energy, and since all things spiritual (including God, angels, the soul, the mind, etc.) are neither, science cannot observe them and therefore can draw no direct, empirical conclusions about them, but is limited to its spheres of observation. Science does not stand opposed to religion, rather springs from it, if not Christian then from the scientist’s other previously held beliefs.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
We believe we are commanded and expected to contend for the faith, not to be passive as souls are continually lost for a Christ-less eternity. We believe the West is engaged in a battle of the mind, and we are to raise up our children equipped to defend the devil’s attacks. Apologetics and arguments do not save anyone’s soul, as only the Gospel can do that, but we are nevertheless expected to present an answer for the reason for the truth that is in us.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
—II Corinthians 10:4–5
We believe God created government for the betterment of man in the state of a fallen world, to be His tool for justice, to punish crime, and create stability on earth. We believe that we as believers are to obey human governments as established by God. We also believe that when a government has opposed its own purpose for existence and becomes the enemy of the very people it is designed to protect, it is our moral duty to appeal to the higher authority of the Lord and oppose such government overreach, and that it is Scriptural to do so. Furthermore, we believe that all forms of government that steal from the labor of the people in order to establish a false “equity” among the people (i.e. socialistic and communistic) are anti-Biblical and atheistic in origin and intent. They enthrone government as god, endorse theft, and encourage covetousness among man.