Know What You Believe - a case for and defense of Christianity.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Introduction

For a long time now I have wanted to create a web page like I hope this one will become. Recent events have shown me that such a place on the internet is necessary.
There are many people in the world today who deny the existence of God.
There are also many people who just don't know what they believe or do not know why they believe the way they do.
Then there are others who grew up in a different religion who are not familiar with Christianity.
I know of many people who were raised with a Catholic background who have become disenfranchised with what the Catholic church teaches. Some of these people have begun to embrace other faiths or none at all.

If you belong to one of these groups then this blog was designed with you in mind. Our purpose is simple. We want you to understand what Christians believe and why. We want to answer your questions.
But most of all we want to introduce you to Jesus Christ. We would like nothing more than for you to accept Him as your personal saviour from sin. But all we can do is help. All we can do is provide you with the best, most accurate and biblically sound information possible. The links at the left in the margin will provide you with more information and resources.
But the final decision is up to you. You must make the choice. Jesus Christ desires a personal relationship with you but you must accept Him on His terms. The gift of salvation is free. But you must take it. You must do it. No one can make the decision for you.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

The Bible
1. We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the Old and New Testaments. They are the Word of God and do not just contain the Word of God.
2.They are God's complete and final revelation to man. They are inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. The Scriptures we now posess have been preserved by God without significant variation and therefore may be said to be the very Word of God
3. They are the verbal, plenary, inspired Word of God and are the final authority for faith and life.
(Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18 & 24:35; John 10:35 & 16:12-13)

The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature; co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 28:19)

a. The Father: We believe in God the Father, the only true God, who created all things and in whom we live and have our being. (John 17:3; Acts 17:28; Revelation 4:11)

b. The Son: We believe in the
i. Virgin birth of Christ (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35)
ii. Deity of Christ (John 8:58; Revelation 1:8)
iii. Miracles of Christ (John 2:11 & 11:43-44)
iv. Sacrificial death of Christ for our redemption as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 15:1-6; 1 Peter 2:24)
v. Literal bodily resurrection of Christfor our justification. (Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12)
vi. Intercessory priesthood of Christ as our representative and advocate. (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25 & 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2)
vii. Premillenial, Pretribulational return of Christ, for His Church - known as the rapture. (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
viii. Coming again of Christ to rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years during the millennial kingdom. (I Corinthians 15:24-25; Revelation 20:3-6)

c. The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit was active in the creation and in His relation to the unbelieving world - He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of unrighteousness, and of judgment to come; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, fills, motivates, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and controls the believer. (John 14:16-17, 26 & 16:8-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:14-16, 26-27)

Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's own image and after his own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolutionor evolutionary change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and plant life was made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind". (Genesis 1:1, 11, 24-27, 2:7, 21-23; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; John 1:3; Acts 4:24, 17:23-26; Romans 1:20; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 10:6)

The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell and inherited a sinful nature becoming alienated from God; that man is totally depraved, and of himself totally unable to change his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23 & 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12)

Salvation
We believe one must be born from above and that this salvation is the gift of God, not of works, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7 & 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
1. We believe that all of the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5)
2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new man over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and that all claims to the eradication of the flesh in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)

Separation
1. We believe a Christian is separated to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and should obey the command of Scripture to “come out from among them” and be separate from religious apostates and to such doctrinal principals which conflict with sound Scriptural teaching. (Romans 1:1 & 16:17; Titus 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14)
2. We believe a Christian should walk free of all known sin and worldly activities in such manner as not to bring reproach upon his Savior and Lord. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17 & 7:1; 1 John 2:15-17)
The Church
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23 & 5:22-27)

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
1. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of all His gifts and that the gifts to the church of evangelist, pastor and teacher are sufficient for the perfection of saints today and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)
2. We believe that God does hear and answer prayers of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)

Missions
We believe that it is the responsibility and obligation of Christians today to witness by life and word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind, by their service, prayers and gifts. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

Satan
We believe Satan to be a fallen angel, the author of sin and cause of Adam’s fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11 & 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

Coming Events
We believe in that “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillenial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and his subsequent return to the earth, with his saints, to establish His millennial kingdom. (Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18 & 5:9; Revelation 3:10 & 19:11-16)

The Eternal State
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29 & 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)
2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, body and soul are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)
3. We reject all theories of soul sleep and believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)