WHAT WE BELIEVE AND TEACH
WHAT WE BELIEVE AND TEACH
We teach the personality of the three-fold Godhead; and contend that the very same Gospel in Its purity and fullness as was delivered by the Apostle Paul and the other apostles, to the early Church, is the only Gospel for us today. We preach Christ, His Birth, Baptism, Works, Teaching, Crucifixion, Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension, and His Soon Coming.
Repentance Toward God
We believe in repentance as the sole means whereby we may receive forgiveness of sins, by which we confess our sins and ask God’s mercy in helping us forsake our sins. It is Godly sorrow for sins. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 20:21; II Corinthians 7:10; Acts 2:38
Justification is the act of God’s grace whereby we receive forgiveness of sins. It comes through repentance toward God, and Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His atonement. Acts 10:43, 13:38-39; Romans 3:26, 5:1; Luke 15:7
It is the New Birth spoken of in John 3:3-6.
Sanctification is that act of God’s grace whereby the affections of men are purified and alienated from sin and the world and elevated to a supreme love toward God. It is a second definite work, wrought in the heart with the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:12) by the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:16) through faith. Hebrews 2:11, 13:12; I Thessalonians 4:3; John 17:15, 17; I John 1:7; I Peter 1:2
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the gift of power upon a clean, sanctified life. Luke 24:29; Matthew 3:11; John 7:38-39, 14:15-17, 26; Acts 1:5-8
When we receive the experience of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost we also receive the same sign of Bible evidence as did the disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:46), and at the city of Ephesus (Acts 19:6)–that of speaking in other tongues (or languages) as the Spirit gives utterance. Also Mark 16:17; I Corinthians 14:21-22
Healing for the Body
The Bible teaches Divine Healing for our physical bodies, just as it teaches salvation for our souls, it being purchased in the atonement. Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16
Jesus also cast out devils and gives His disciples the power to do the same. Mark 9:25-29, 16:17; Luke 10:19
The Second Coming of Jesus
The return of Jesus will be just as literal as His going away. Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3 Preparation for His return was the message He stressed to His disciples in Matthew 24:44 and such an event was that which Paul looked forward to, and points up to. I Thessalonians 4:15-18; I Corinthians 15:51-53. We also believe there is to be a great tribulation prior to the coming of Jesus ushered in by the revealing of the Anti-Christ. Matthew 24:21, 22, 29; Revelation 13, 16 Also note Daniel 7:15-25, 8:15-25, 9:20-27, 11:20-45, 12:1; Isaiah 26:20, 21; II Thessalonians 2
Water baptism by immersion (single) in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, being performed as the answer of a good conscience toward God, is, we feel, a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Baptize” is from the Greek “Baptizo” meaning to dip, to overwhelm, or to dye. Jesus was baptized of John in Jordan. Matthew 3:15, 16, 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21
We must have a conscience void of offense toward both God and man. Restitution means making the things right wherein we have wronged our fellowman–taking back or paying for stolen articles, settling for goods obtained by fraud (Luke 19:8, 9). Other confessions sometimes have to be made.
Tithing is an ordinance of God (Malachi 3:7-12). Some claim that tithing was under the law, and hence, it is not a requirement today. This is an error in teaching. Men paid tithe long before the Law was given (Genesis 14:20; 28:22). Then under the law, tithing was imposed to support the priesthood and singers who did the work (Nehemiah 13:10-14), which answers to the ministry today. Now under Grace both Christ and Paul speak of tithing (Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:8).
Jesus instituted the sacrament of Lord’s Supper, that we might show the Lord’s death till He come. We feel that everyone should examine himself to judge his worthiness. I Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:17-20.
Also after the sacrament was ended, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples with these words, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that he should do as I have done unto you.” teaching us humility. John 13:14-15.
The Bible teaches clearly that marriage should be held in honor by all people (Hebrews 13:4) and that those who do not will be judged. It further teaches clearly that marriage is between a man and woman as shown in Ephesians 5:31, “. . . a man . . . will be united to his wife,” in which wife is clearly a female in the Greek definition and a man is male.
Jesus, himself, gave strong admonitions for marriage in saying that those who divorce and marry another commit adultery and/or cause the other spouse, if they marry to commit adultery (Mark 10:11-12, Luke 16:18). The only exception to this that Jesus gave was adultery or marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 5:31-32).
The Apostle Paul declares that a believing husband or wife must not separate from their unbelieving spouse as long as the unbeliever remains (I Corinthians 7:10-15). Additional references: Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:5-6; Romans 7:2-3; Proverbs 5:15-19; John 2:1-11.
Eternal Heaven and Eternal Hell
The Bible teaches that Hell is as eternal as Heaven (Matthew 25:41-46). The wicked shall be cast into a burning hell, a lake that burns with fire and brimstone forever and forever. Revelation 14:10-11; Luke 16:24; Mark 9:43-44; Revelation 20:14-15
The Bible teaches that Christ’s body is the Church and that we are members in particular (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:27). We are received into the body of Christ by a spiritual birth (Psalms 87:5-6; John 3:3-8; Acts 2:47; I Corinthians 12:13). We also believe that each believer needs to have some visible Church affiliation here upon earth that they might further the spread of the Gospel.
It is our firm conviction supported by the Word of God, our conscience also bearing us witness, that we cannot take up arms against our fellowman, however great the provocation or however just the cause might seem, it being the teaching of the spirit of the Gospel presented by the Lord in His sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:38-48; Revelation 13:10; Luke 18:18-20; Hebrews 12:14
We maintain the highest respect for our flag and teach absolute respect for the laws and officials of our country according to Romans 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-14, as long as it does not violate our conscience for “we ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). We hold the unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.
That we go as far as conscientiously can in complying with the demands of our government in respect to war or military service has been our teaching since 1906 and was exemplified in the first and second world war draft and service.
The Bible teaches a thousand year reign with Christ. During this time Satan shall be bound (Revelation 20:1-6). This will truly be a day of rest for God’s people (Hebrews 4:1-11).
The Great White Throne Judgment
All nations shall be gathered before the great white throne of God for eternal judgment. Here both small and great among men shall be judged according to their works. Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15