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Tenets of Faith

 

1. SCRIPTURE INSPIRED:

The Bible is true, it is the inspired word of God and God'~ revelation to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct. I Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, Hebrew 4:12.

 

2. THE ONE TRUE GOD:

The one true God has revealed Himself in the Trinity as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed "I Am" and He further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship~ and association, as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Deut. 6:4, Mark 12:29, Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 28:19, 1 John 5:7.

 

3. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION:

Man was CREATED good and upright, for God said, "Let u~ make man in Our likeness." But man, by transgression fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God Gen. 1:26-31,3:1-7, Roman 5:12-21.

 

4. THE SALVATION OF MAN:

A. Conditions to Salvation: The grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by grace through faith he becomes the heir o' God according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 2: 11, Romans 10: 13-15, Luke 24:47

B. The Evidences of Salvation: The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the spirit. Roman 8:16. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and holiness in which the fruit of the Spirit is evident.

 

5. BAPTISM IN WATER:

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ must be observed as commanded in the scriptures, by all who 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, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 41, 10:47-48, Rom 6:3-4. Col 2:12.

 

6. THE LORDS SUPPER AND FOOTWASHING:

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of his suffering and death and prophecy of his second coming, and is enjoined on all believers "Until He Comes." John 6:48-51, 53-57, Luke 22:19-21, 1 Cor. 11:25-26, John 13:4-17.

 

7. THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER:

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, for the endument of power for service, according to the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it came the enduement of power in life and service, the bestowing of the gifts and their use 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.

 

8. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST:

The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost 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 life of testimony and service. Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, Acts 1:8, 2:42-43.

 

9. ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION:

The scriptures teach a life of peace, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, "Be ye Holy, for am Holy." Entire sanctification is the will of God for all in obedience to God's word. Heb. 12:14, 1 Peter 1: 15-16, 1 Thess. 5:23-24, 1 John 2:6. &15-16.

 

10. THE CHURCH:

A. The Church is the body and bride of Christ, the habitation of God through the spirit, with divine appointments for 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. Heb 12:23, Eph. 1:22, 2: 19-22. 

B. We reject replacement theology. Eze 37, Rom 11:11-29, Matt 5:18.

 

11. THE MINISTRY AND EVANGELISM:

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose.

1. The evangelization of the world.

2. The edifying of the body of Christ. Mark 16:15-20.

 

12. DIVINE HEALING:

Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:16-17, Mark 16:18, John 5:14.

 

13. THE BLESSED HOPE:

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation; together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church. I Thess. 4: 13-5: 11, Roman 8: 13, 1 Cor. 15:51-58.

 

14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS:

The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, the salvation of national , and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth is the scriptural promise and the worlds hope. II Thess. 1:7, Rev. 19:11-16, Roman 11:25-27, Rev. 20:1-7.

 

15. THE LAKE OF FIRE:

The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life Shall· be con­signed to everlasting punishment in the Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Rev. 19:20, 20: 10-15.

 

16. THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH:

We, "according to his promise, look for a new Heaven and a new Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness." II Peter 3: 13, Rev. 21: 1.

 

17. MARRIAGE and DIVORCE:

Marriage is an institution ordained by God. It is the joining of one man and one woman for one lifetime. Man cannot be joined to man and woman cannot be joined to woman, only man to woman and woman to man. Divorce is acceptable only under the conditions described in the New Testament. No action by the membership, officers or directors may amend this section. Matt 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-9 and 1 Cor 7:10-17 Gen 1:27. Polygamy banned, monogamy is the Christian standard for marriage. 1Tim 3:2, 12, Titus 1:6.

 

18. SANCTITY OF LIFE, SIN OF ABORTION and EUTHANASIA:

Life is given only by God and begins at conception and according to the Constitution of these , should be protected between conception and birth as a citizen. When Abortion is committed an innocent life ceases to exist, therefore in the eyes of God it is the murder of an innocent human being, the shedding of innocent blood, which shall bring a curse upon the land. If any member is found to be in violation of or to advocate violation of ARTICLE I Sec. (18), termination shall be immediate and said member shall return to the Secretary of the Corporation any ordination certificate, license or membership card and any other material delivered to said person by this Corporation.

We stand against the taking of any life of the innocent and helpless, and against the shedding of innocent blood. No action by the membership, officers or directors may amend this section. Jer 22:3, Lam 4:12-15, Eze 16:36-41, Joel 3:19, Psa 106:37-38, Prov 6:17-19, Num 35:33,2 Kings 24:2-4, Psa 106:38-41, Isa 1: 15, 59:2-3, 7.

19. HOMOSEXUALITY AND PORNOGRAPHY:
A. Homosexuality is abnormal and unnatural, a sin and an abomination before God. It has nothing to do with a persons' heredity or genes but is a choice made by that person driven solely by that person's lust and temptation. Persons who engage in homosexual acts or persons who advocate permissiveness in this area are hereby held to be in contempt of God's Ordinances and shall not be ordained, licensed or admitted into membership. If any member is found to be in violation of ARTICLE I, Sec 19, sub-paragraph A or B, termination shall be immediate and said member shall return to the Secretary of the Corporation any ordination certificate, license or membership card and any other material delivered to said person by this Corporation. No action by the membership, officers or directors may amend this section. Gen 1:27-28, Lev 18:22-30, Lev 20:13 & 23 Deu 22:5, Rom 1:20-32, Gal 5:16-21 & 24, Rev 21:27.

B. Pornography is lasciviousness which is lust, lustful wantonness and is therefore sin. All writings, Pictures, audio and video tapes, intended to arouse sexual desire is pornography. All contact with pornography in public, as in theaters or in private such as TV or internet via computer is viewed the same as the sins of adultery and fornication leading to addiction, corruption of the individual and usually divorce. We condemn Pornography as a leading factor which leads to prostitution. It is a sin which leads to the sin of Adultery. It is one of the works of the flesh listed as lasciviousness. No action by the Board or by the membership may amend this section. 1 Thess 5:22, Mar 7:22, 2 Cor 12:21, Gal 5:19, Eph 4: 19, 1 Pet 4:3, Jude

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