We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of
God; that inspiration of the original autographs was complete and, hence, the
sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant; that it is the sole authority for
faith and practice in all matters to which it speaks.
The God - Head
We believe there is one God eternally existing in three
persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that all three possess equally all the
same essences, attributes, nature, perfections, and characteristics of
We believe in the full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ who
always was and will be God and did not cease to be God at the incarnation.
We believe that the Man Christ Jesus was conceived by the
Holy Spirit; that He was born of the virgin Mary; that He possesses both a
divine and human nature both distinct and unmixed, though in His first advent He
rejected His Deity and assumed the limitations of humanity; that He was without
sin; that He died for the sins of all men; that He was buried; that He arose on
the third day in the same but glorified body in which He lived and died; that He
ascended to the right hand of God the Father; that by His death He provided
atonement for all men, but the atonement is applied only to those who believe.
We believe that the God-Man Jesus Christ now sits at the
right hand of God the Father; that He functions as the High Priest for all
believers ever making intercession for them.
We believe in the personal and physical and bodily return
of Christ for the Church and for Israel.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy
Spirit; that He is the infallible author and interpreter of the infallible Word;
that He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides the
believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts; that in this age He
baptizes and permanently indwells and seals all believers into one body; that
His chief purpose is to witness and glorify Christ; that His fullness and power
and control are appropriated in the believer's life by confession of sin and the
consistent intake of the Word of God.
We believe that the dispensations are stewardships by
which God administers His purpose on earth through man by varying
responsibilities; that they are chronologically successive; that they are not
ways of salvation nor different methods of the administration of the Covenant of
Grace but are a test of man's submission to God based on progressive revelation;
that they are a necessary view of Scripture based on literal interpretation, a
consistent distinction of Israel and the Church, and that the ultimate purpose
of God is His own glorification; that they are not different ways of salvation
but in every dispensation the basis of salvation was always the work of Christ,
the means of salvation was always by grace through faith, the object of faith
was always Christ, but the content of faith changed in different dispensations
dependent upon progressive revelation.
Angels: Fallen and Unfallen
We believe that God created an innumerable number of
sinless beings known as angels.
We believe that one of these created beings,
"Day-Star, Son of the Morning, Lucifer," sinned through pride, thus
becoming Satan the adversary; that he is an actual person with all the
characteristics of personality; that he is the originator of sin; that he
operates today as the prince and god of this world; that he is the arch-enemy of
God and the people of God and deceiver of humanity; that he led the first
parents into transgression causing their fall; that he was judged and sentenced
in eternity past to the Lake of Fire, a sentence yet to be carried out.
We believe that one-third of the angels followed Satan in
his fall, becoming demons who are active as Satan's agents in the carrying out
of unholy purposes, while others who fell are "reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
We believe that two-thirds of the angels kept their holy
estate and are ministering spirits of God for the carrying out of His purpose,
especially to those who inherit salvation.
Man: Created and Fallen
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that
he fell through sin and lost his spiritual life; that he is dead in his
trespasses and sins and, hence, is totally depraved; that this fallen nature is
transmitted to every descendent of Adam, the man Christ Jesus excepted; that man
has no spark of divine life and is unchangeable apart from divine grace.
We believe that salvation is wholly a work of God's free
grace and not the work of man in whole or in part, nor due to man's goodness or
religious ceremony; that it is a gift to man received by personal faith at which
time the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the sinner, thereby justifying
him in God's sight.
We believe that at the point of salvation, the sinner
becomes totally accepted by God, united totally with Christ and, hence, loved
and accepted by the Father as Christ is loved and accepted; that he is now the
recipient of all the riches of divine grace and in possession of every spiritual
blessing and, hence, is not to seek a "second blessing" or a
"second work of grace."
We believe that all true believers once saved are
eternally secure forever because of the nature and work of Christ and the very
nature of the divine gift of eternal life; that it is the privilege of all who
are saved to be assured of their salvation from the very moment that they accept
Him as Savior; that this assurance is not based on their own merit, but by the
testimony of the Scriptures.
We believe that sanctification is a setting apart unto God
and that it is threefold: positional sanctification, in which the believer is
viewed by God as already completed "in Christ," being united with Him;
progressive sanctification, in which the believer retains his sin nature
throughout this life, needs to grow in grace, continually becoming more and more
conformed to the image of the Son of God; and ultimate sanctification, in which
the believer is fully sanctified in his state as he already is in his position,
which will only occur when the believer receives a permanent change of station
from earth to heaven where he will be like Him.
We believe that God called a people to Himself who are the
physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; that Israel is the Wife of
Jehovah, unfaithful in the past, divorced in the present, and to be reunited in
the future; that God has made four unconditional covenants with this elect
nation that have remained unfulfilled; that God intends to fulfill all His
promises to Israel in a literal way just as His warnings and judgments were
fulfilled in a literal way; that in Israel's history of unbelief there has
always been a believing remnant according to the election of grace; that there
will be a national regeneration of Israel at which time all of the provisions of
the unconditional covenants will be fulfilled, including the seed, land, and
We believe that the Church is the body and Bride of
Christ; that it is composed of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture; that
entrance into this body is by Spirit-Baptism; that it is distinct from Israel;
that while sharing spiritual blessings with Israel of the Jewish covenants, it
neither fulfills them nor has taken possession of them from Israel.
We believe that an ordinance is a practice that is
commanded by Christ, practiced in the Book of Acts, and constantly expounded in
the epistles; that only one ordinance is extant today: the Lord's Supper, an
ordinance limited to believers only.
We believe that all believers are obligated to assemble
together for the purpose of participation in the ordinances, to be taught the
Scriptures by gifted men, to edify each other, and to worship God; that this
assembling is to be organized as a local church under authoritative leadership;
that the believer is called to holy living in the power of the indwelling
Spirit; to fight the spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the
devil; to use his spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up of the body of
We believe that it is the responsibility of both the
church and the individual believer to evangelize and disciple all nations both
actively (doing the work of evangelism) and passively (supporting those doing
the work of evangelism): that the specific procedure for witnessing is both
active and passive evangelism.
We believe that Christ will return into the air for the
purpose of gathering the Church to Himself both dead and alive; that this event
is both imminent and pre-Tribulational; that this is the blessed hope of the
We believe that after the Rapture, the Tribulation of
Israel's Seventieth Week will occur for a period of seven years; that it is a
time of judgment of all humanity; that it will bring to an end the times of the
The Second Coming
We believe in the personal, visible, and bodily return of
Christ to the earth with his saints after the Tribulation and before the
Millennium in the clouds of heaven with glory and great power to save Israel
from her enemies; to judge all living Jews and Gentiles for the purpose of
determining who will be excluded from the Kingdom and who will be included in
The Messianic Kingdom
We believe in a literal one-thousand year reign of Christ
on earth over Israel and the Gentiles during which time the Church will co-reign
with Christ, the unconditional covenants with Israel will be fulfilled, Israel
will be restored along with the resurrection of the Old Testament saints, Satan
will be bound in the abyss, the curse will be lifted, and the knowledge of God
will permeate the world, and peace will be maintained by the iron-rod rule of
The Final State
We believe that at physical death, the believer
immediately goes into the presence of God in full conscious fellowship with the
Lord, awaiting the resurrection of the body; that the unbeliever enters
immediately into eternal conscious separation from God in Hell.
We believe in the eventual resurrection of all saints
before the Kingdom to fellowship with Christ in the Kingdom on this earth and in
the New Jerusalem and in the resurrection of all unbelievers after the Kingdom
to appear before the Great White Throne Judgment where they will be judged and
then cast into the Lake of Fire.