The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God in its original documents. God has providentially preserved His Word through the totality of the existing Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts. The Bible is God’s complete special revelation to man.
II Timothy. 3:16; John 10:35; Psalm 8:3-4; Hebrews 6:18; II Peter 3:16.
Bible Interpretation and Dispensationalism
I believe that Scripture is to be approached from a Dispensational perspective rather than from a Covenantal perspective, based on the progressive unfolding of the revelation of God, in which He worked at different times, in different ways, with different people to execute His plan for the human race. Such an approach recognizes the fundamental distinction between God’s Old Testament people, Israel, and His New Testament people, the Church. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all believers in Christ.
I believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal seven divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
In addition, I believe the literal, historical, grammatical and contextual interpretation of Scripture to be the norm for understanding God’s Word. I believe that when consistently applied, such an interpretation will lead to dispensational conclusions.
I believe in the literal Genesis account of creation and believe that man came into existence by the direct creation of God with no evolutionary process whatsoever. I reject all forms of evolutionary theories as to the creation of the world. Gen 2
There is one triune God who is eternally existent, all powerful, all knowing, and the creator of the heavens and the earth. The three persons of the Trinity are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; John 14:9; I Timothy. 3:16; I John 5:7; Genesis 1:2.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God, took on human flesh and was born on earth of a virgin. He was perfect, lived without sin, and voluntarily gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for every person by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. He was buried then rose again from the dead. This was done to pay for all sin (past, present, and future) for everyone in the world that has lived or ever will live.
II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 10:10-14; Hebrews 9:12-28; Acts 13:38 41, I Peter 2:24; I John 2:2 and 3:5.
All of mankind is fallen, sinful, and lost. The only provision God has made for the salvation of mankind is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. The moment a person trusts Christ as his Savior he is regenerated and indwelt eternally by God’s Holy Spirit. No person is regenerated until he has believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. I reject the Reformed teaching that regeneration happens before a person trusts in Christ as Savior. God gives mankind the ability to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God’s desire that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows all things, but does not predetermine for any man to be condemned or saved. God provided salvation through Jesus Christ but permits man’s eternal destiny to depend upon man’s decision to trust Christ. Man is saved by undeserved mercy (Grace) through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation because salvation a free gift. Man’s efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with salvation. The work necessary for salvation has been and is accomplished by the finished work of Christ. Christ’s work on the cross has completely satisfied God’s justice, wrath, and penalty for sin.
I Timothy 2:4; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; II Peter 3 9, John 6:64, 65; Acts 10:34; I Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:5-14; Romans 8:29-30; Romans 9:30-32. Romans 3:23; John 3:7; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13-14; Luke 24:49; Titus 3:5. Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:16; Romans 11:6; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:22.
Repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind. Repentance is absolutely essential in salvation and the Greek the word repent means a change of mind — from any idea of religion that man may have, to an acceptance of God’s way of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance does not in any sense include a demand for a change of conduct or “turning from sin” to gain or keep salvation as that would entail a works salvation message. A perceived change of life habits is not necessarily a proof of salvation. The best assurance is found in the fact that one trusts Christ’s alone for salvation and the God has the ability to keep those who trust in His Son. One of the counterfeits Satan is using today is the misuse of the word “repent”. To insist upon repentance that in any sense includes a demand for a change of conduct either toward God or man is to add an element of works or human merit to faith. Penance is payment for sin. Penitence is sorrow for sin. Nowhere does Scripture use the phrase “repent of sin” to be saved. Acts 20:21; II Corinthians 7:8-10; Matthew 21:32.
Eternal Security and the Christian Life
Every child of God possesses eternal life, is sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe under the blood of Christ, and is secure in his salvation for all eternity. A believer cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin and disobedience, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and potential rewards and incur the Father’s chastisement. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth in Christ; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to the Lord through His Scriptures. A child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature. The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual Man does not commit any sin. This results in warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The flesh nature of the man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man as the believer is obedient to the Lord through His Word and walks in the Spirit. The child of God is not under the Law but under grace: Saved by grace and disciplined by grace.
Romans 6:14, 15; Romans 11:6; II Corinthians 3:17. John 3:3-7; Romans 7:15-25; Romans 8:8; Galatians 5:17; I John 3~9; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:18; I John 1:8. I Corinthians 3:11-17; Hebrews 12:5-11; I Corinthians 5:1-5; I Corinthians 11:30-32.
We that are born again believers are all baptized by the Holy Spirit into the singular body of Christ. Water baptism has no part in salvation but is a testimony to the world of one’s faith and identification with his Savior Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 6:19,20; Acts 2:1-4; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5; Acts 10:47.
I believe in the existence and personality of Satan. He is the author of sin and the father of lies. As a result of his sin, he fell and is now the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness. He is destined to face God’s eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41.
I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy, speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church, and always was in a language that was in use. The Church is established and this gift has ceased. God does still frequently choose to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing but people no longer have a gift of healing.
Acts 2:6; I Corinthians 14:22.
Lordship or Commitment salvation, or “making Jesus Lord of your Life for salvation” is not scriptural. God’s Word says we as believers should determine to allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives in obedience to our Savior for proper fellowship; but it should NEVER be intimated or taught that it is a requirement for gaining or keeping our salvation. John 3:16-18, Ephesians 2:10
Calvinism and Arminianism
I reject the doctrine commonly known as Calvinism including the five points commonly referred to in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. Similarly, I repudiate the doctrine known as Arminianism, which places undo emphasis on man’s part in salvation, and I hold that once a person is saved, he or she cannot lose their salvation. Arminianism’s works-oriented teaching finds no support in Scripture.
I believe that the following events, as predicted in Scripture will be fulfilled completely.
The next event in God’s prophetic time table is the imminent (at any moment) Rapture of the Church, the Bride of Christ. It will be visible, personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial.
Following the Rapture and the Judgment Seat of Christ, a seven year period called the 70th Week of Daniel will occur on the earth. The Church will not be affected or touched in any way by these events, since it will be with Christ in Heaven. This seven year period will be followed by the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ over the earth, as the Church co-rules with Him. This will coincide with the incarceration of Satan, who will be chained and unable to influence those in the Kingdom. However, he will be freed at the end of the 1000 years for a short time. He will lead one final rebellion against Christ but will be defeated and consigned to the Lake of Fire forever.
I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. Specifically, concerning the church, I 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 at the Rapture, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear before the Lord Jesus Christ 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 and torment.
The existing heavens and earth will be destroyed, and a new heaven and a new earth will be made to be inhabited by the redeemed of all ages. They will dwell with the triune God forever.
I Thessalonians 5:9-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; II Thessalonians 2:1-8; Revelation 3:10; Luke 21:36; Titus 2:13; Isaiah 26:17-21; Isaiah 27-1; Revelation 4:4.
I believe that God has given the church the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who have a saving knowledge of and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. It is every Christian’s privilege and duty to make clear God’s plan of salvation to others.
Mat 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:4, Philippians 1:27