Doctrinal Statement

The following doctrines contained in the Holy Scriptures are adopted, as factual, our Statement of Faith:

Section 1 - The Bible

  • The Holy Scriptures

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is the inspired Word of God—verbal [inspired in every word], plenary [inspired equally in all parts], infallible [incapable of erring], and God-breathed [originated from the breath of God]; that it is inerrant [without error] and divinely inspired in the original autograph [original writings] alone; and that it is the complete, final, and infallible rule and authority for faith and practice. (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures in the original autograph was composed through the process of dual authorship, meaning the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors such that without overriding their different writing styles, distinctive vocabularies, and individual personalities, He perfectly guided them to ensure they composed and recorded precisely God’s word to man without error or omission in the whole or in the part. God spoke every word in the Holy Scriptures through the human authors who wrote and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Who guided the human authors in the content and choice of words used in the original autograph. (John 16:12-13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is God’s special revelation to man. Special in that it is particular [not given to all of creation] and propositional [given through human language]. Special revelation is direct propositional revelation from God. Special revelation reveals truth that otherwise man could not know. Special revelation has been with man ever since he was still in the Garden of Eden and is necessary for him to understand himself and his world properly; Adam could not have interpreted his world properly without it. In His omniscience God chose to reveal His special revelation to man in a progressive manner, revealing more and more of His person, character, will, and plan throughout history. No previous revelation was ever contradicted. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Kings 17:24; Revelation 22:6; Genesis 1:28-30; 2:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is completely true and trustworthy in all it asserts, including matters of doctrine, Christian living, ministry, history, prophecy, geography, and science. Inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility, and authority extend to all genres of Scripture. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 3:4)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is inerrant and divinely inspired only in the original autograph—not in any transcription or translation copy. The original autograph was written in Hebrew and Aramaic for the Hebrew Canon [Old Testament] and Greek for the Greek Canon [New Testament]. Every transcription of the original autograph that exists today (e.g. Codex Vaticanus, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Alexandrinus, Codex Ephraemi, Aleppo Codex, Masoretic Text, Critical Text, Majority Text, Textus Receptus, etc.), though may closely resemble the original autograph, is, however, not an exact copy of the original and, thus, not inerrant or divinely inspired. Reverence of one transcription over another should not be made; one should treat all transcriptions as exactly what they are: transcriptions. Likewise, every translation of the original autograph that exists today (e.g. LXX, Vulgate, KJV, NASB, NKJV, CSB, etc.), though may closely resemble the original languages of the original autograph, is, however, not an exact rendition of the original and, thus, not inerrant or divinely inspired. Reverence of one translation over another should not be made; one should treat all translations as exactly what they are: translations. Albeit, God has faithfully and providentially preserved His Word among the multitude of extant manuscripts, but not exclusively in any one manuscript, family of manuscripts, text-type, or translation. (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23-25)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is presently organized as the Hebrew and Greek Canons of the Holy Bible; that the 66 books [39 of the Hebrew Canon and 27 of the Greek Canon] alone are canonical; that the apocryphal books are not canonical. No other book besides these 66 belongs in the canon of Scripture. Ever since the completion of the Greek Canon, no further revelation has been, or will be, given by God throughout this present dispensation of the Church. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures has only one true, intended meaning found by the diligent and consistent application of the Literal [grammatical, historical, contextual] Hermeneutic [method of interpretation] under enlightenment by God the Holy Spirit, interpreting symbols, types, figures of speech, and metaphors literally [as they are] while also paying attention to the literary genre, any literary device used, the purpose or meaning the author intended for the first hearer or reader, and the near and far context of each passage of Scripture. Whereas each passage of Scripture has only one true interpretation, there may be one or more application. It is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to illumine the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit and positive towards the Word of God to ascertain the correct interpretation. Yet it is the responsibility of the believer who has a solid understanding of the correct interpretation to ascertain the correct application for the generation and age in which he lives, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations and ages. (John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; John 16:13; 2 Timothy 2:15)

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is the only infallible rule and authority for faith and Christian practice. It is the supreme standard by which all human wisdom, conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be evaluated. The truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it. Scripture is all-powerful and effective to lead an individual to eternal salvation and to equip, edify, mature, and transform the eternally saved believer into the image of Christ. Scripture is fully sufficient for life, godliness [experiential holiness], and sanctified [set apart as holy] living. (Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 19:7; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:3-7)

  • The Protocol of Studying Scripture

We believe as fact the Holy Scriptures is correctly taught and understood using the literal [grammatical, historical, contextual] hermeneutic and through the S.L.I.C.E.D. method: Systematically, Linguistically, Isagogically, Categorically, Exegetically, and Dispensationally. While the hermeneutic is the means by which to interpret Scripture, the method is the means by which to approach the study of Scripture. Both make up the protocol of studying Scripture. With respect to the literal hermeneutic, the grammatical-historical-contextual aspect takes into account: the use of certain literary devices such as figures of speech, metaphors, allegory, and apocalyptic imagery [all of which are used to express literal truths]; the intended audience of the message being given in a given passage of Scripture; and the relation of a given passage of Scripture to its surrounding context. With respect to the S.L.I.C.E.D. method, Systematics is the holistic approach to the study of Scripture: word-by-word, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book, precept-by-precept, doctrine-by-doctrine and its relation to each other (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Linguistics is the study of language, with emphasis on the etymology of the word or phrase under scrutiny and the meaning of that word or phrase in the context of the passage (John 19:17-20). Isagogics is the study of Scripture within the framework of its prophetical environment or historical setting [including the human writer, the recipients, and the time in which they lived] (Mark 7:1-23). Categories is the methodological principle of comparing Scripture with Scripture to determine the classification of doctrine (Hebrews 6:1-2). Exegesis is a word-by-word, verse-by-verse grammatical [syntactical and morphological], etymological, and contextual analysis of Scripture from the original languages [so that one is not relying on intermediate translations that may obscure or lose meanings] (Luke 24:27, 44-45). Dispensations is the theological concept of distinctive stewardships of history from the divine viewpoint. Dispensations identifies and distinguishes the differing stewardships God has laid out for creation, with respect to changes in creation’s delegated authority, responsibility, procedure, and available assets (Acts 1:7; Ephesians 1:10; 2:7, 11-13; Hebrews 7:12). Because the Holy Scriptures [upon which the Holy Bible is derived] is inspired by God the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16), every word, every letter is significant. When each hermeneutic is fully utilized and each method is fully accounted for, the study contributes to the understanding of absolute objective truth.

We believe as fact it is critical that each passage in the Holy Scriptures be taught with consideration to the dispensation to which it applies. Understanding the dispensations is necessary to rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). Everything written in the Bible is written for all men, but everything written is not necessarily written to all men. Commandments, rituals, promises, blessings and warnings given to the Israelites in the Dispensation of Israel do not apply to believers today in the Dispensation of the Church (Ephesians 3:2). Believers in the Dispensation of the Church are not under the Mosaic law but under grace (Romans 6:14). Believers in the Dispensation of the Church are not distinguished by race [whether Jew or Gentile] as in the Dispensation of Israel but all have been made a new creation, baptized into the Body of Christ by God the Holy Spirit and have all been made to drink of one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13); in other words, the point of distinction or division in this present dispensation is no longer between Jews and Gentiles but between believers and unbelievers in Jesus Christ.

We believe as fact that the final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself; that Scripture alone can defend itself in all matters pertaining to absolute objective truth; that when there is a discrepancy between what Scripture says and what someone or something else says, Scripture is always right. (Deuteronomy 31:24-26)

We believe as fact that the final mentor to the study and comprehension of Scripture is God the Holy Spirit. Because God the Holy Spirit alone inspired the Holy Scriptures, He alone will guide each of us [individually] into all truth. God the Holy Spirit is the final Person we must turn to in our quest to acquire the absolute objective truth contained in the Holy Scriptures. (John 16:13; 14:16-17, 26; 1 John 2:20, 27; 5:6-9)

Section 2 - God

  • God

We believe as fact there exists one God, Who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), Who has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), yet Who is one in being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). God is absolute sovereignty (Psalms 47:2; 93:1, Isaiah 46:7), having absolute authority, will, and prerogative. God is absolute righteousness (Psalms 25:8; 34:8; 86:5; 119:68; Luke 18:19), perfectly good and sinless in character and person. God is absolute justice (Deuteronomy 32:4; Nehemiah 9:33; Romans 2:11), perfectly fair without bias or partiality. God is unchangeable, eternal, perfect love (1 John 4:8b, 16). God is eternal, absolute self-existing (Exodus 3:14), Who has neither beginning nor end (Psalms 90:2; 102:27). God is omniscience (Job 37:16; John 18:4; Isaiah 11:2), knowing all things including both the actual and possible past, present, and future events. God is omnipresence (Jeremiah 23:23-24; Acts 17:27-28; John 14:20; Matthew 28:20; 1 Corinthians 6:19), existing beyond spatial limitations, independent of the created universe, and is always present everywhere in nature, in history, in all the affairs of mankind. God is omnipotence (Job 11:7; Romans 1:20; Isaiah 40:26), all-powerful and unlimited in His ability and authority. God is immutability (Numbers 23:19; Psalms 33:11; 102:27; Malachi 3:6), unchangeable, absolute stability, and always faithful (Lamentations 3:22-23; 2 Timothy 2:13). God is veracity (Psalms 12:6; John 14:6), absolute truth evident in His words (John 8:45-46), in His works (Psalms 33:4), and in His ways (Revelation 15:3).

Section 3 - Jesus Christ

  • The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe as fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1-2), became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:35), in order that He would reveal God (Colossians 1:15; 2:9; Hebrews 1:3) and redeem fallen creation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19); that He accomplished our redemption through both His substitute death [spiritual and physical death] on the Cross (Romans 5:8) and His blood payment [sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Holy of Holies] (Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:11-14; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5); that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-4); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

  • The Substitutionary Death of Christ and His Shed Blood

We believe as fact the Lord Jesus Christ died spiritually and physically on the Cross for all creation (1 John 2:2; Colossians 1:19-23) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). His shed blood (Colossians 1:20), which he brought into the real Holy of Holies in Heaven (Hebrews 8:1-2; 9:24), paid once and for all for the penalty of sin (Hebrews 9:11-14; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5), which is instant spiritual death and total separation from God [total inability to have a personal relationship with Him] (Romans 6:23). . . . As the progeny of fallen Adam, all humanity [except for the humanity of Jesus Christ] is born with a sin nature, born spiritually dead (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22a), born separated from God, born under condemnation in the lake of fire (Romans 5:18a), born enslaved to his body of sin (Romans 6:6; 7:5, 18). As a violation of God’s character [essence], sin is an outrage, an offense and insult to God’s perfect holiness or integrity: His righteousness and justice. Because all have sinned (Romans 3:23), all are unacceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 8:8). God simply can have nothing to do with sin, unrighteousness, or the [relative] righteousness of fallen man. The [perfect] righteousness of God demands the condemnation of sin. What the righteousness of God demands, the justice of God executes; sin must be judged. . . . When the humanity of Jesus Christ endured the agony of the Cross from 9 A.M. [third hour] until 3 P.M. [ninth hour] on Nisan 14, approximately 3957-3958 AM [Anno Mundi] [Dead Sea Scroll Calendar] [approximately late March to early April A.D. 32-33 [Gregorian Calendar]] (John 19:14, 31, 42), He bore every sin that has ever been or will ever be committed in His body (1 Peter 2:24). At 12 P.M. [sixth hour], the sun was obscured and darkness fell over Golgotha—the crucifixion site (Matthew 27:45); it was then and there that all the sins of the world—past, present, and future—were imputed to Jesus Christ and judged. The instant sin touched His being, Jesus Christ became spiritually dead. Christ endured spiritual death for three hours on the Cross from 12 P.M. [sixth hour] to 3 P.M. [ninth hour]. Christ’s substitutionary spiritual death on the Cross, His subsequent physical death on the Cross three hours later, and His shed blood, which He offered up as legal tender upon entering the true Tabernacle in Heaven after His resurrection (John 20:17; Hebrews 8:1-2; 9:11-14, 24), fully propitiated [satisfied] God the Father’s demand for payment of sin, diverting the wrath of God and providing atonement [reparation] for all creation. Christ’s spiritual death, physical death, and shed blood together accomplished the work of redemption and established the way of reconciliation whereby all humanity may be delivered from death and eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to life and eternal bliss in the presence of the LORD. Christ’s completed work of redemption established once and for all as fully sufficient the basis for eternal salvation [everlasting life with God]. His completed work of redemption authenticated the way of salvation through non-meritorious faith alone in Christ alone for all who would believe (Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 10:13; John 1:12).

Section 4 - Holy Spirit

  • The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe as fact the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent Who baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the eternal salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the revealer of absolute objective truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13). He is the Divine Teacher Who teaches believers all the deep things of God (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12). He is the Helper Who illumines believers’ heart [inner core] as they absorb the Word of God and Who brings to mind [remembrance] the exact things of God at the exact time they are needed (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

  • Spiritual Gifts

We believe as fact that all spiritual gifts were given by Christ during His ascension (Ephesians 4:8); that God the Holy Spirit in grace and apart from human merit or natural talent sovereignly bestows [dispenses] spiritual gifts to believers as God desires (1 Corinthians 12:11, 18); that every believer is given at least one spiritual gift at the moment of his eternal salvation [spiritual regeneration] (1 Peter 4:10).

We believe as fact there are three categories of spiritual gifts: communication gifts (Ephesians 4:11), manifestation gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), and motivational gifts (Romans 12:6-8).

    • Communication gifts serve to reveal the plan of God, are characteristic of a full-time office or calling, and include: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor-teacher, and teacher.

    • Manifestation gifts serve to reveal the power of God, are supernatural or spiritual in nature, and are further subdivided into three groups: utterance [say], power [do], and revelation [reveal].

      • Utterance gifts include: prophecy, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

      • Power gifts include: faith, healing, and working of miracles.

      • Revelation gifts include: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discerning of spirits.

    • Motivational gifts serve to reveal the personality of God, are practical in nature, elucidating the inner motivations of the believer, and include: prophecy / proclamation, ministering / serving / helps, teaching, exhortation / encouragement, giving, leadership / administration, mercy.

We believe as fact some spiritual gifts were temporary in nature while others are permanent and still in effect today. The temporary spiritual gifts include all of the manifestation gifts and the first and second communication gifts [i.e. apostle and prophet].Tongues was a sign gift enabling individual believers who possessed it to speak in known foreign languages. Interpretation of tongues was a sign gift enabling individual believers who possessed it to understand and interpret known foreign languages. Tongues and interpretation of tongues were sign gifts given at the beginning of the dispensation of the Church to select individual believers as a sign to the unbelieving Jew of their impending judgment and ceased in A.D. 70 (Isaiah 28:11), while the other manifestation gifts and gifts of apostle and prophet ceased with the completion of the Canon of Scripture in A.D. 96 (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). The permanent spiritual gifts still in effect today [from A.D. 96 onward] include all of the motivational gifts and the third, fourth, and fifth communication gifts [i.e. evangelist, pastor-teacher, and teacher]. The purpose of these permanent spiritual gifts is to insure the proper function of the Body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 27-31; Romans 12:3-8).

Section 5 - Angels and Demons

  • Lucifer and The Personality of Satan

We believe as fact in the existence of the anointed cherub, Lucifer, whom God created perfect in beauty, stature, and full of wisdom (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Lucifer worshipped God and guarded His throne room, securing the Holy of Holies and protecting the holiness of God for an unknown period of time before he committed the first sin. Lucifer’s personal act of negative volition spoiled his state of sinless perfection and resulted in his expulsion from the third heaven [the abode of God] down to the second heaven [the universe]. Lucifer’s fall from the third heaven ignited the expansion of the universe. Ever since his fall, Lucifer has inherited a new title: Satan, meaning “accuser” or “adversary.” (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:15-19)

We believe as fact the personality of Satan is real, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He is an accuser (Revelation 12:10), a tempter (Matthew 4:2-11), a liar (John 8:44), a murderer [manslayer] (John 8:44), and a ruler of this world (Job 1:6-7; John 12:31) who has been given domain over unbelievers only (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 5:19); believers are not under the power of Satan (Colossians 1:13) though may be influenced by him (Matthew 16:23).

We believe as fact that ever since his fall, Satan is not presently confined to the bottomless pit or the lake of fire at this time but is free to roam the universe and the earth (Job 1:7; 2:2); he also has restricted access to the third heaven for the purpose of petition and presentation of evidence in the angelic appeal trial proceedings—i.e., to state his case in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict (Job 1:6; 2:1; Zechariah 3:1-3; Revelation 12:10). At a future time, Satan will lose access to the third heaven, second heaven, and first heaven [earth’s atmosphere] and will be confined on the earth after he loses the war in heaven to the archangel Michael around the midpoint of the tribulation (Revelation 12:7-9). Upon Christ’s return, Satan will lose access to the surface of the earth as he is thrown into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 20:1-3). After the thousand years has expired, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit where he will ignite a final rebellion on the earth [Gog and Magog Rebellion] (Revelation 20:7-8). The final rebellion will be quelled by God (Revelation 20:9), after which Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire along with all fallen angels and unbelieving humans where they will experience everlasting conscious torment (Revelation 20:10, 11-25).

  • Negative Volition and The Angelic Conflict: The Cause of Human History

We believe as fact a prehistoric warfare existed between the forces of Satan and the forces of God. The war commenced following the creation of the universe but before the advent of human history, when the initial heavenly mutiny divided the angelic creation into two opposing forces. . . . Satan, as the preeminent angel Lucifer, was God’s most treasured creation, consistently exercising positive volition as he guarded God’s throne room, securing the Holy of Holies and protecting the holiness of God until he went negative on his volition (Ezekiel 28:14-15). By exerting his will over God’s Will (Isaiah 14:13-14), Lucifer committed the first sin, defiling the Holy of Holies and inheriting for himself a new title: Satan, meaning “accuser” or “adversary.” As a result of his fall, Satan was expelled from the third heaven (Isaiah 14:12; cf. Ezekiel 28:16; Luke 10:18), consequently igniting the expansion of the universe. Perfect and holy God could never stand to be in the presence of sin [imperfection] (Isaiah 59:2), thus, He had to remove the creature in whom the sin existed in order to comply with His very nature [essence]. The initial mental attitude sin of arrogance initiated the trajectory of the cosmic system and set into motion every atomic particle in the universe. God in His love, desiring not for those particles to drift into nothingness, pulled back the particles with His righteous right hand [gravity]. Jesus Christ, as the second Person of the Trinity and perfect humanity in hypostatic union, held [and continues to hold] the universe together with His Word (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3). However, the perfectly sovereign hand of Christ did not reverse the trajectory of fallen Lucifer in order that God might preserve the function of volition (Jude 1:6). Satan’s initial exercise of negative volition locked him into a trajectory of degeneration and ignited a series of other sins as Satan became entrenched on the planet earth. While there, Satan set up headquarters and declared war against God (Isaiah 14:12-14). Through the power of persuasion, Satan amassed an army comprising one-third of God’s angels (Revelation 12:4) to stand in opposition to God’s army (Ezekiel 28:11-19). Satan’s campaign against God turned the original earth [original creation] (Genesis 1:1) into desolation and chaos (Genesis 1:2; Psalms 82:5-8). God quelled the rebellious army and convened a trial to sentence Satan and the fallen angels to the Lake of Fire. God’s perfect righteousness [+R] could not tolerate anything less than perfect righteousness [+R], so God’s perfect justice had to judge Satan (Hebrews 2:2). Although God justly condemned Satan and the fallen angels to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:41), Satan would not suffer defeat without an intense struggle. Satan appealed the sentence, setting out to prove the judgment unfair and foil the execution of his sentence. Satan’s appeal was “How can a loving God cast His own creatures into the Lake of Fire . . . isn’t that unfair?” Satan impugned [called into question] the essence of God by seeking to elevate divine love above divine justice and righteousness. Although God could have instantly cast the offending angels into eternal perdition, He did not. God granted Satan’s appeal in response to His virtue love in order to maintain His integrity and satisfy all of the attributes of His essence. Yet, even before the events unfolded, God’s antecedent omniscience had already foresaw the solution to this angelic conflict. God would create a lower creation (Hebrews 2:6-7) and institute a parallel set of conditions to that of the angels to prove to Satan that He is perfectly fair in His judgment. The commencement of the Angelic Appeal Trial (Job 1:6; 2:1) interrupted the execution of Satan’s sentence as God created mankind in order to test volition [an aspect of His creation responsible for sin]. From seeing the role of volition unfold in man, God would provide evidence in the appeal trial to prove to Satan that is He perfectly fair in His dealings with all His creation. From Satan’s perspective, he had been given an appeal trial and a deferment of execution; from God’s perspective, the creature is not on trial but an attribute of its essence is: volition. Thus, when Satan and his army set up headquarters on the earth (Isaiah 14:12) and completely spoiled it (Isaiah 14:16-17), God quelled the rebellious army (Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:18), covered the earth in ice and darkness (Genesis 1:2; 2 Peter 3:5-6), convened a trial sentencing the fallen angels to the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:41), granted the appeal trial deferring Satan’s execution (Job 1:6; 2:1), and restored the earth and created mankind in six days (Genesis 1:3-31) to set up the parallel volition test (Genesis 2:15-17).

We believe as fact that under the parallel test of volition, mankind would begin perfect with free-will (Genesis 2:19), as were the angels (Job 1:12). Under perfect environment (Genesis 2:8-9), Adam and Eve also went negative on their volition and sinned (Genesis 3:6), fell from their state of perfection, and was, too, condemned (Genesis 3:16-19). Foreknowing the event of the fall, God made provisions to redeem mankind to manifest His love, righteousness, and justice and to ultimately resolve the angelic conflict (1 Corinthians 6:3). Through the freewill decisions of man, God would reveal His grace (Ephesians 2:4-10), an outgrowth of His love, righteousness, and justice. The grace of God would corroborate irrefutable evidence against Satan’s allegations by affirming that divine love, righteousness, and justice are fully compatible with each other and without compromise through the function of volition. Man’s positive volition toward God’s protocol plan, entered through faith alone in Christ alone, nullifies Satan’s appeal and vindicates the perfect justice of God’s decision to sentence Satan to the Lake of Fire. Adam and Eve accepted God’s offer of eternal salvation by believing in Jesus Christ and were saved from eternal condemnation. Each person after Adam and Eve to accept Jesus Christ as Savior is a tactical victory and a blow to Satan’s appeal (2 Corinthians 5:20). Believers are even given the privilege of judging angels (1 Corinthians 6:3), and God’s angels rejoice when an unbeliever accepts Christ (Luke 15:10).

We believe as fact that although the prehistoric rebellion was quelled before the advent of man, the angelic conflict extends to this day and continues to rage on around us as spiritual warfare in human history. The angelic conflict spilled over into the human realm at the fall of Adam with the soul of man as the battleground. Because of Adam’s fall, man gave rulership of this world to Satan (Genesis 3; John 12:31, 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2), but man’s positive volition toward Jesus Christ and toward God’s protocol plan can free him from Satan’s domination while living in Satan’s kingdom (Galatians 5:1). Today in this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church, we are in the covert intensified stage of the angelic conflict; the Great Tribulation will be the overt intensified stage. Thus, this conflict has real impact on Christians today and, thus, we are to ready ourselves for effective spiritual warfare. We must know how to fight and how to win. We must be prepared for battlefield confrontation by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17). We must renovate our thinking with divine viewpoint thinking (Matthew 11:27) by taking in the Word of God and Bible Doctrine (2 Corinthians 4:16). We must inherit the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) by saturating our soul with the Word of God and Bible Doctrine (Psalms 138:2b). We must resist the influence of Satan’s cosmic system (1 Timothy 4:1-2) by growing to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18). We must maintain momentum in our spiritual advance by consistently inculcating [impressing on our mind] the Word of God and Bible Doctrine on a daily basis (Hebrews 10:32-39; 12:1-3; Philippians 3:12-14). We must take offensive and defensive action. We must take offensive action by seizing the high ground of spiritual maturity to gain a tactical advantage and wider vantage point. We must take defensive action by holding on to that high ground position, holding fast to the assimilated Word of God and Bible Doctrine we have circulating in our soul. We must utilize the entire content of the Word of God and the entire realm of Bible Doctrine we have stored in the right lobe of our soul to repel the “flaming missiles of the evil one” [Satan’s attacks on the human race through the tactics of distraction and deception]. As a well-equipped Christian soldier, we become invisible heroes in the invisible war. God is glorified [God’s essence is reflected] as we lock shields and stand firm on His power and Word.

We believe as fact as a result of winning the tactical victory of the angelic conflict, we believers are positionally higher than angels in time (Hebrews 1:14), and will be experientially—both positionally and physically—higher than angels in eternity (Philippians 3:20-21).

We believe as fact that human history is an interruption and extension of angelic history. Had mankind not been created, angelic history would have ended with the execution of Satan and the fallen angels to the Lake of Fire. The closing of angelic history had been postponed so that God might test volition through man. The progression [unfolding] of both angelic and human history is the result of the failure of both tests of volition. Thus, the whole creature was never the point of testing but an aspect of its essence is: volition. Volition was the one aspect created out of the hand of God that had the potential to become imperfect. Negative volition initiated the fallen state of both the angels and of man and ignited the trajectory of the cosmic system. Negative volition was already tried and judged in the case of the angels (John 16:11). Negative volition will eventually be tried and judged in the case of man and will be removed along with any creation tied to it (Revelation 20:11-15).

  • Satan’s Current Policy of Delaying His Inevitable Sentence to the Lake of Fire by Extending Human History Indefinitely on the Present Earth

We believe as fact that Satan’s current policy [objective] in this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church is to delay his inevitable sentence to the lake of fire by extending human history indefinitely on the present earth. In other words, Satan’s current policy is to hinder the progression or forward momentum of the plan of God by restricting human existence to the present earth or preventing human existence from moving beyond the present earth into the new earth. Satan’s intention is for fallen Adamic humanity to exist perpetually in a fallen or degenerate state on the present earth. Such scenario would perpetually delay the execution of Satan’s sentence to the lake of fire should he lose the Angelic Appeal Trial and is unable to annul his sentence to the lake of fire. Underlying all of Satan’s actions and policies is his desire for self-preservation.

We believe as fact Satan currently carries out his policy through the means of distraction and deception. Satan’s means of distraction and deception carry the purpose of preventing the unbeliever from hearing the Good News of the gospel message and receiving Christ as Savior (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and distracting the believer from “grow[ing] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 5:15), where the believer becomes the most effective witness in the angelic conflict [the prehistoric conflict between the forces of Satan and the forces of God that continues today as spiritual warfare in human history]. Satan carries out his means of distraction by instituting work and leisure; by inspiring in the unbeliever and believer a desire for intellectual, i.e., knowledge and wisdom, pursuit; and by enticing the unbeliever and believer with material, pleasure, and approbation lusts. Satan carries out his means of deception (Revelation 12:9; 20:10) by distorting the absolute truth of God’s Word found in the Bible and replacing it with lies; by instilling in the human race a seed of doubt regarding the authenticity of the Bible; by further distorting the truth and disseminating the lie through the creation of various scientific, humanistic, and intellectual fields of study including biology, geology, mathematics, physics, technology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and the like; and by instituting a colossal cosmic system known as religion, whereby man seeks to gain eternal salvation, spirituality, or the approbation of God through an obsessive compulsive and ritualistic repetition of human works, i.e., work performed apart from the filling of God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

  • Satan’s End Goal

We believe as fact that prior to the Cross, Satan’s goal was to annul his sentence to the lake of fire. In order to do so, his policy was to prevent the coming Messiah from doing what He said He would: to establish the way of eternal salvation for man (Genesis 3:15). Ever since man was created, Satan was determined to divert, delay, and, ultimately, prevent the progression [unfolding] of the plan of God—through the temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-5); through the murder of Abel (Genesis 4:8); through the perverted infiltration of angelic genetics in the attempt to extinguish the seed of true humanity (Genesis 6:1-4, Jude 1:6-7); through the attempt to kill the Christ child (Matthew 2:16; Revelation 12:4); through the temptation of Christ during His first advent (Matthew 4:1-11); through numerous attempts to exterminate the Jewish race [anti-Semitism] (Exodus 1:15-16; 14:5-12; Esther 3:6); through direct and indirect attacks on the entire human race [demonic possession and influence] (Matthew 12:43-45; Acts 16:16-18; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4). The motive underlying Satan’s policy was [and continues to be] his desire to find a flaw in God’s character [essence] to use as evidence in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict, which could serve as the basis for justifying his acquittal from the judgment of eternal condemnation in the lake of fire; his argument: “in order to be God You must be perfect and do everything that You say You would do; if You do not do everything that You say You would do, then You are a liar, thus, You are not perfect, hence, You cannot be God, and, thereby, you have no authority to execute judgment.” His fate was sealed at the Cross when Christ completed the work of redemption like He said He would (Genesis 3:15). . . . The Cross was pivotal in Satan’s grand strategy of annulment in that it would have provided Satan with the crucial evidence required to state his case in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict had he been successful at preventing Christ’s work of redemption on the Cross. . . . Despite his utter failure to stop Jesus Christ from going to the Cross, Satan continues to seek other sources of evidence to support his case for appeal in the hopes of winning the Angelic Appeal Trial, annulling his sentence to the lake of fire, and avoiding his imminent fate; these include: finding a flaw in the Word of God (Genesis 3:1); thwarting the plan of God for the royal family [Body of Christ] (1 Peter 5:8); and thwarting the plan of God for the nation of Israel (Genesis 12:1-3). Satan’s current policy [objective] in this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church continues to be centered around attacking every attribute of God’s essence in the hopes of gathering enough evidence to support his case for annulment while at the same time using delay tactics to extend human history indefinitely through the means of distraction and deception. . . . Underlying all of Satan’s actions, ruses, and stratagems is his desire for self-preservation (2 Corinthians 2:11; John 16:11; Matthew 16:25a).

  • Angels and Demons

We believe as fact in the existence of a superior type of life called angels (2 Peter 2:11). Although Scripture does not state the exact timing of their creation, God created them after the creation of the universe but before the creation of the earth (Job 38:4-7; Ezekiel 28:12-13; Nehemiah 9:6). Their numbers are innumerable (Revelation 5:11). They possess volition (Isaiah 14:12-14). In their natural state, they are invisible [bodies composed of light]. They are powerful (2 Thessalonians 1:7) but are not omnipotent (2 Peter 2:11). They are continually in God’s presence (Matthew 18:10) but are not omnipresent (Job 1:6-7). They have knowledge of this world (2 Samuel 14:20) and of God’s Scriptures (Luke 2:9-11; 4:9-11; 1 Peter 1:12) but are not omniscient (Matthew 24:36; 1 Peter 1:12). Through observing man angels learn the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10).

We believe as fact God created angels to be His servant, worshipping Him around His throne (Psalms 148:2; Revelation 5:11-14), and to be His messengers, i.e., “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14). Angel Gabriel is one of the principal messengers of God who was entrusted with important messages such as those delivered to Daniel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21), Zacharias (Luke 1:18-19), and Mary (Luke 1:26-38).

We believe as fact that ever since the fall of the preeminent angel Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), the entire angelic host has been divided into “elect [holy] angels” and “fallen angels.” Elect angels are those angels who have made a resolute and conscious decision to side with God (1 Timothy 5:21). Head of the elect angels is Michael (Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). Most holy angels are not given names but are described only as “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). The expressions “principalities” and “powers” refer to all angels whether fallen or holy (Luke 21:26; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:21; 3:10; Colossians 1:16; 2:10, 15; 1 Peter 3:22). Some angels are designated as “cherubim,” which are living creatures who defend God’s holiness from any defilement of sin (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 25:18, 20; Ezekiel 1:1-18). “Seraphim” is another class of angels mentioned only once in Scripture (Isaiah 6:2-7); they are described as having three pairs of wings. They have the functions of praising God [especially concerning His holiness] (Isaiah 6:3), and being God’s messengers on Earth (Isaiah 6:6-7). Most references to holy angels in Scripture refer to their ministries, which cover a wide field of achievement. They were present at creation [not original creation but restoration creation] (Job 38:4-7), at the giving of the Law (Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19), at the birth of Christ (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38), at His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-2; Luke 24:4; John 20:11-13), at His Ascension (Acts 1:10-11), and they will be present at the Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 4:1), at the Second Coming of Christ [Second Advent of Christ] (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10), and at the adorning of New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2-3).

  • Fallen Angels

We believe as fact fallen angels are innumerable and are described as those angels who have made a resolute and conscious decision to turn away from God to follow Satan. After all the angels fell from their initial state of holiness, two-thirds chose to side with God while one-third chose to side with Satan. Enticed by Satan who was originally a holy angel, the fallen angels defected, rebelled against God, and became sinful in their nature and work (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15); they are completely devoted to opposing God and attacking God’s people (Job 1:6-12).

We believe as fact fallen angels are further divided into two classes: those who are bound and those who are free. Bound fallen angels are those fallen angels who had abandoned their first estate [their natural sphere of habitation] and were placed in chains and imprisoned in Tartarus so that they can no longer promote Satan’s vile purposes on the earth. They are those fallen angels who had assumed a human-like form, given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh in order to breed with the “daughters of men” (Genesis 6:1-4; Jude 1:6-7). Their agenda was to replace the genetic line of true humanity with half angel, half human offsprings known under the title “Nephilim.” These creatures were superior in physical stature, prowess, and might. By breeding with the daughters of men, the intention of these fallen angels was to carry out Satan’s agenda to eliminate all of the seeds of true humanity in an attempt to prevent Christ’s birth. . . . Satan did not want Christ to be born into the world in order to prevent the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 from coming true. So long as a genuine human seed is preserved, Satan’s plan is thwarted. This Satan-inspired plot was crushed when the Noahic Flood occurred. Thus, the real reason for the Flood was to wipe out the super-human offspring along with mankind who were sinners in their own right (Genesis 6:5-7, 11-12). God’s institution of the flood was not only God’s way of judging sinful men but also to fulfill His promise to bring eternal salvation through the seed of the woman. Had the intermingling of angels and men gone unchecked, the godly human remnant would have ceased to exist. Genesis 3:15 underscored the importance of maintaining racial and spiritual purity. God’s believing remnant must be preserved. When men failed to perceive the importance of this, God had to judge them severely. . . . Bound fallen angels are presently locked up in “chains of darkness” in Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6); some are loosed in the bottomless pit awaiting their release at the Fifth Trumpet Judgment in the Tribulation (Revelation 9:1-11).

We believe as fact the remainder of the fallen angels are free to roam the heavens and the earth. Ever since their initial fall, their freedom have been preserved by the grace of God throughout angelic and human history. Presently, they are living as disembodied spiritual creatures called “demons” to which numerous references are made throughout the Greek Canon: Matthew 8:31; Mark 5:9, 12, 15; 16:9; Luke 4:41; 8:2, 27, 30; 1 Corinthians 10:20-21; James 2:19; Revelation 9:20; 16:14; 18:2. They are Satan’s tiered servants in all his undertakings, promoting his cosmic system today through unbelieving men (Ephesians 2:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 John 5:19) in the areas of: 1) false philosophies (Colossians 2:8) such as religion (Galatians 4:3; Colossians 2:18; 1 Timothy 4:1; James 1:26-27), legalism (Matthew 15:7-9; Colossians 2:16-23), and libertinism (Galatians 5:19-21); 2) dead works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 12:36); 3) false prophets (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 1:7-11); 4) scientific inquiry (1 Timothy 6:20); 5) political and social activism (2 Timothy 2:3-4, 16-17, 23). The agendas of these fallen angels are: 1) to distract the unbeliever from hearing the Good News of the Gospel message and thereby preventing him from becoming a believer in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4); 2) to distract the believer from taking in the Word of God and Bible Doctrine and thereby preventing him from growing to spiritual maturity [where he is most effective in the spiritual warfare against Satan and his demons]; and 3) to disrupt God’s plan and promises for the Church and for Israel. The underlying motive behind the agendas of these fallen angels is to give credence to Satan’s legal position in the appeal trial of the angelic conflict. They seek to substantiate Satan’s legal position by attacking the veracity of God. In fact, they seek to attack every attribute of God’s character [essence]. By attacking God’s character, these fallen angels seek to accuse God of not doing what He says He will do in order to slander His perfect character, nullify His qualifications for being God, and ultimately negate His authority to sentence them to the Lake of Fire. Despite their agenda to make God a liar, God will maintain His integrity by fulfilling all His promises and doing everything He says He will do. Satan will eventually lose the Angelic Appeal Trial. He and the fallen angels, both bound and free, will be thrown into the eternal Lake of Fire after the close of the Millennium (Revelation 20:10-15).

  • Demon Possession and Influence

We believe as fact demon possession and demon influence are real. Demon possession, where a demon indwells and takes over the body of an unbeliever, is contrasted from demon influence, where a believer or unbeliever is under the sway of the demon. Believers cannot be demon possessed, only demon influenced.

We believe as fact Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth provides a vivid illustration of demon possession in Matthew 12:43-45. The Bible also gives some examples of people possessed or influenced by demons: Matthew 9:32-33; 12:22; 17:18; Mark 5:1-20; 7:26-30; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 22:3, 31; Acts 16:16-18, 19:14-16; Revelation 16:13-14. From these examples, the symptoms of demonic possession and demonic influence are elucidated. In some of these passages, the demon possession causes physical ailments such as inability to speak, epileptic symptoms, blindness, etc. In other cases, it causes the individual to do evil, Judas Iscariot being the main example. In Acts 16:16-18, the spirit gives a slave girl some ability to know things beyond her own learning. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, who was possessed by a multitude of demons (Legion), had superhuman strength and lived naked among the tombstones. King Saul, after rebelling against the LORD, was troubled by an evil spirit with the apparent effect of a depressed mood and an increased desire to kill David (1 Samuel 16:14-15; 18:10-11; 19:9-10).

We believe as fact some of the symptoms of demon possession include: a physical impairment that cannot be attributed to an actual physiological problem, a personality change such as depression or aggression, supernatural strength, immodesty, antisocial behavior, and the ability to share information that one has no natural way of knowing. It is important to note that nearly all, if not all, of these characteristics may have other explanations, so it is important not to label every depressed person or epileptic individual as demon-possessed.

We believe as fact some of the symptoms of demonic influence include: a refusal to forgive (2 Corinthians 2:10-11) and the belief in and spread of false doctrine, especially concerning Jesus Christ and His sacrificial work (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 John 4:1-3).

We believe as fact concerning the involvement of demons in the lives of Christians, the apostle Peter is an illustration that a believer can be influenced by the devil (Matthew 16:23). Some refer to Christians who are under a strong demonic influence as being “demonized,” but never is there an example in Scripture of a believer in Christ being possessed by a demon. A regenerate [born-again] believer cannot be demon possessed because he has the Holy Spirit abiding within (2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19) and the Spirit of God would not share residence with a demon.

We believe as fact the Bible does not reveal exactly how one opens himself up for possession; however, if Judas’ case is representative, he opened his heart [inner core] to evil—in his case by his greed (John 12:6). So it may be possible that if one allows his heart [inner core] to be ruled by some habitual sin, it becomes an invitation for a demon to enter. Demon possession is also related to the worship of heathen idols and to the practice of occult activities. Scripture repeatedly relates idol worship to the actual worship of demons (Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalms 106:37; 1 Corinthians 10:20); thus, involvement with idolatry may lead one to become demon possessed.

We believe as fact based on the above scriptural passages, many people open their lives up to demonic involvement through the embracing of sin or through cultic involvement—either knowingly or unknowingly. Examples include: immorality, licentiousness, rebellion, bitterness, drug/alcohol abuse that alters one’s state of consciousness, and transcendental meditation. Other activities that are satanic in nature and are invitations to demonic possession as well as demonic influence include: psychic reading, Tarot cards, numerology, and astrology. In addition, ghosts, past lives reincarnations, and necromancy are all satanic in nature [e.g., Witch of En Dor (1 Samuel 28:3-25)]. Furthermore, ritualistic or obsessive compulsive drug use is satanic in nature, where we get the Greek root word “pharmakos,” which implies sorcery (Ezekiel 13:18, 20, 23; Acts 19:19), to which “pharmacy” is derived in the English.

We believe as fact Satan and his evil host can do nothing the Lord does not permit (Job 1, 2). In some instances, prior permission from God is required for the demon to carry out a certain action (Luke 16:31). This being the case, Satan, thinking he is accomplishing his own purposes, is actually accomplishing God’s good purposes—as in the case of Judas’ betrayal.

We believe as fact a fascination with the occult and demonic activity is unbiblical and, thus, unwise and unhealthy. If we pursue God, if we are to clothes ourselves with His armor and rely upon His strength (Ephesians 6:10-18) we have nothing to fear from the evil ones, for God rules over all (1 John 5:19; 4:4).

Section 6 - Humanity

  • Humanity and The Total Depravity of Man

We believe as fact humanity came into existence by direct creation of God, uniquely made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27), created to function in the parallel test of volition (Genesis 1:26; 2:16-17; Ezekiel 28:12-18), to serve as witnesses in the Angelic Appeal Trial (1 Corinthians 6:3), to glorify God [reflect God’s essence] (Psalms 29:1-2; 96:2-3, 7-8; 115:1; Habakkuk 2:14), and to, ultimately, resolve the angelic conflict (Job 1:6; 2:1; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19). The first man Adam and first woman Eve was created perfect in innocence (Genesis 2:25) and perfect in body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Each was given free will (Proverbs 16:1a, 9a; Hebrews 10:26a), placed in perfect environment (Genesis 2:8, 15), subjected to an absolutely simple test (Genesis 2:16-17a), and warned of the consequence of disobedience (Genesis 2:17b). The woman fell through pride (Genesis 3:6); the man, deliberately (1 Timothy 2:14). As a result of their fall, Adam and Eve inherited a sin nature (Genesis 3:7), forfeited their human spirit [became spiritually dead] (Romans 5:14, 17), lost their relationship with God [became alienated from God] (Genesis 3:8), and doomed themselves to eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (Romans 5:16). As a progeny of fallen Adam, every human being born into the world [except for Jesus Christ] is born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12, 19a), born spiritually dead (Romans 5:12, 15a; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 15:22a), born alienated from God (Romans 3:11), born condemned to spend eternity in the lake of fire (Romans 5:16, 18). In addition, every human being born into the world is born into the slave market of sin (John 8:34-35), born into Satan’s cosmic system (Ephesians 2:1-3), born totally unable to retrieve his original perfect condition (Psalms 51:5; 58:3).

We believe as fact that all have sinned (Romans 3:23); that all are wicked by nature (Mark 7:21-23; cf. Matthew 15:19; Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 6:5; Ephesians 2:3; John 3:19); that none is righteous (Romans 3:10); that none does good (Romans 3:12); that all choose to sin (Romans 7:19); that all sin is exceedingly offensive to God (Proverbs 15:9a).

“For from within, out of the heart [inner core] of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” (Mark 7:21-22, NKJV, emphasis added)

“For
there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.” (
Ecclesiastes 7:20, NKJV)

  • The Sin Nature

We believe as fact with the exception of Jesus Christ, the sin nature exists in every human being (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 7:18; Romans 1:24; cf. Psalms 81:12). Designated as the old man (Ephesians 4:22, KJV), the flesh (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 7:18, 25; 8:3; 2 Peter 2:18), the sinful nature (Romans 7:18, NIV), and the earthly nature (Colossians 3:5), the sin nature is the intrinsic center of rebellion toward God (Romans 3:9-18). The sin nature constantly seeks to influence and control the soul (Romans 7:15). Though it is the source of temptation to sin (Romans 7:20), the sin nature is not the source of sin (Romans 7:18). Volition is the source of sin (James 1:13-15), and Satan is the author of sin—who committed the first sin (1 John 3:8a). Though originally non-existent (Ecclesiastes 7:29), the sin nature manifested itself at the fall of Adam as a direct result of Adam’s original sin (Romans 5:12a, 19a).
“Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin [the sin nature] entered the world,” (
Romans 5:12a, NKJV, emphasis added)

We believe as fact the sin nature is an integral part of every human being (Romans 7:18). The sin nature resides in the cell structure of the human body (Romans 6:6; 7:5, 18, 24) and is passed genetically by procreation through the contaminated male chromosomes from Adam to the rest of the human race (John 3:6). With the exception of Jesus Christ, who was born as perfect humanity (1 Corinthians 15:47)—without a sin nature through His supernatural, unique conception by God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18), the sin nature is transmitted from the male [sperm] to the female [egg] at the point of conception (Psalms 51:5), remaining dormant in the zygote, embryo, and fetus during gestation while the fetus is developing inside of the mother’s womb, only to become activated at physical birth (Deuteronomy 9:24; Isaiah 48:8; Genesis 8:21)—i.e., when the child is separated from the mother (Psalms 58:3). At birth, the activated sin nature receives the imputation of Adam’s original sin resulting in spiritual death (Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthians 1:9).
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and [spiritual] death through sin, and thus [spiritual] death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (
Romans 5:12, NKJV, emphasis added)

We believe as fact the sin nature is composed of an area of weakness, the source of temptation for personal sins (Hebrews 12:1); an area of strength, which generates human good (Isaiah 64:6; Hebrews 6:1); a trend toward legalism, which is self-righteousness (Romans 7:7), or antinomianism, which is licentiousness (Galatians 5:19-21); and a lust pattern, which is the motivation toward either trend (Ephesians 2:3). Though its inherent composition is identical in every individual, its pattern of influence is unique in every individual (Ephesians 2:3).

We believe as fact the sin nature is active in each individual from physical birth to physical death (Job 14:4; Proverbs 20:9). The sin nature remains active so long as the individual’s soul is still attached to his mortal body (Psalms 143:2; 1 John 1:8). For as long as he lives, the sin nature remains a relentless adversary, constantly raging war against his volition (Romans 7:23, 25).

We believe as fact the sin nature is never eradicated or inactivated when an individual becomes a believer in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:9). The sin nature remains active regardless of the individual’s status of eternal salvation, his position in Christ, the indwelling presence of the Trinity, or his absolute state of spirituality [whether or not he is filled with the Holy Spirit]. After salvation, the individual believer continues to be under the sway of the sin nature. Because the sin nature itself is not affected by any of the spiritual benefits of eternal salvation, the inherent qualities of the sin nature does not change. Similarly, the degree and unique pattern of influence the sin nature exerts on the individual believer does not change. The individual believer is still affected by the sin nature to the same degree and under the same unique pattern of influence as to his former unbelieving state even though the frequency at which he succumbs to its influencing force may be different. As an unbeliever, he is under the constant sway of his sin nature because he lacks the filling of God the Holy Spirit. As a believer, he is under two conflicting influences: his sin nature and God the Holy Spirit. The sin nature and the Holy Spirit contend for dominance at every moment in his postsalvation life. For as long as he lives, the sin nature and the Holy Spirit will coexist as permanent residents in his mortal body and will battle continually for control of his soul. When one is in control, the other is suppressed. When the Holy Spirit controls his soul, he is spiritual. When the sin nature controls his soul, he is carnal. When he chooses to sin, the sin nature wins the conflict. When he chooses not to sin or to rebound [confess or acknowledge his sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9)] when he does, the Holy Spirit wins the conflict. The believer is in a constant tug-of-war battle between the desire of his sin nature and the desire of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:17). Volition determines the winner (Romans 8:5).
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those
who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5, NKJV)

  • The Essence of Man

We believe as fact regenerate man is comprised of body (sōma), soul (psychē), and spirit (pneuma). The human spirit is the highest and distinctive part of regenerate man (Romans 8:16). It is the vessel by which man can make contact (Proverbs 20:27; Ephesians 2:22), worship and pray (Romans 1:9; John 4:24), have fellowship with (1 Corinthians 14:15; Philippians 2:1), and know God (Job 32:8, ESV; Ephesians 1:17-18, 3:4-5; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12). It is a simple essence devoid of all grosser matter, possessing the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting. It is the disposition or influence that fills and governs the soul and is the efficient source of intuition (1 Corinthians 2:11; Mark 2:8) and any power, affection, emotion, or desire (Proverbs 20:27). It is the vital agent by which the sin nature is restrained (Job 32:8), the vital instrument by which the soul is empowered (Job 33:4), and the vital principal by which the body is sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11). Although existing eternally, it is imparted [bestowed] at the moment of faith alone in Christ alone by God the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4), upon which point the believer becomes born again (John 3:5-7), a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is distinctive from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16), is returned to God at physical death (Ecclesiastes 12:7), only to be reunited with body and soul once again at the First Resurrection event (Matthew 27:52-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Daniel 12:1-2, 13; Hebrews 11:35; Revelation 20:4, 5).

We believe as fact the human soul is the lower part of man [compared to his human spirit]. It is created immediately and directly by God and is imparted to the body of the newborn at physical birth—i.e., as the fetus emerges from the mother’s womb. The soul is separate and distinguished from the spirit and the body. Although created in a moment of time, the human soul is designed for everlasting life and will eventually separate from the body [and spirit of the regenerate believer] at the point of physical death to go to either heaven or hell (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; Psalms 22:26; 23:6). For the Rapture generation believer, his human soul will detach from his present fallen body to immediately attach to his glorified body at the Rapture.

We believe as fact the human soul is the ignited version of the format soul (Genesis 7:22; Ecclesiastes 3:18-21). The format soul is a facsimile of the animal soul possessed by the brutes (Proverbs 30:2; Psalms 73:22). The format soul contains the source of man’s behavioral and character traits genetically received from his parents (Jude 1:10). The format soul is created at the moment of conception and is a part of the body (Psalms 139:13). It is activated by God when He adds the breath of life to it at the moment of birth (Job 33:4). Upon activation, the format soul is transformed into the human soul, or simply called, “the soul,” at which point it may exist independent from the body (Job 10:18). In addition to the behavioral and character traits the human soul gets from the format soul, God's breath of life brings to the human soul man's innate moral standard and intellect, along with those intrinsic qualities that bear the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Every soul is unique and distinct from every other soul; i.e., no two souls are the same, reflecting the unique combination of behavioral and character traits of the format soul melded with the homogeneous qualities from the breath of life. Being the inner, immaterial part of man that may exist apart from spiritual life and biological life, the soul connects with the world through the five senses of the physical body—i.e., sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell—and connects with God through the “sense” of the spirit—i.e., faith. The soul is the seat of feelings, desires, affections, and aversions. It is the vital force by which the body is animated—the “breath of life” (Genesis 2:7), and is the vital principal by which the spirit ennobles. The essence of the soul includes four attributes: self-consciousness [self-awareness], mentality [thinking], volition [free-will], and conscience [norms and standards]. The essence of the soul is identical from person to person, but each person may have a different personality reflecting the different combination of facets of each attribute of the soul. Furthermore, the soul is everlasting—created in a moment of time but will persist for all eternity; both the soul and the spirit are immortal (Matthew 10:28; Ecclesiastes 12:7).

We believe as fact the division of the soul and spirit, which is divided by the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), must be clearly understood in order to distinguish between spirituality and soulish excitement. Spirituality is dictated exclusively by the filling of God the Holy Spirit who bears witness to the human spirit (Romans 8:16) and, thus, does not require an emotional experience. Although there is nothing wrong with soulish excitement, Christians cannot be built up spiritually through it; thus, Christians may go from one exciting experience to another but never really grow spiritually because the ministry they receive is soulish and does not involve the spirit.

We believe as fact the human body is the lowest part of man—his physical nature. It is formed in sin by means of genetic propagation [conception and biological processes] (Psalms 51:5), yet through the care and superintendence of God (Job 10:8-12), and, since the fall of Adam, is associated with the sin nature—i.e., the flesh (John 3:6). The body is the agent of biological life. Although inherently associated with sin (Romans 6:6), the body is sanctified by the human spirit through the mediating ministry of God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2). The body of the regenerate man is the temple of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and, thus, is the property of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Romans 8:9; John 17:20-23). The body makes contact with the physical world through its five sense organs—i.e., the eyes [sight], ears [hearing], skin [touch], tongue [taste], and nose [smell]. It is the object by which the soul animates and is the recipient for sanctification by God at the resurrection. At physical death, the natural body returns to dust from whence it came (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20). For the believer in Jesus Christ, the natural body will be replaced with an incorruptible, glorified resurrection body at the Rapture for deceased and living Church Age believers [i.e., the Body of Christ] (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53), at the Second Advent of Christ for deceased Jewish and Gentile Old Testament and Tribulation believers (Daniel 12:1-2, 13; Hebrews 11:35; Revelation 20:4), and at the end of the thousand years for deceased Millennium believers (Revelation 20:5). For the unbeliever in Jesus Christ, the natural body will be replaced with a corrupt, unglorified resurrection body at the Final [Great White Throne] Judgment (John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-13).

  • Distinguishing Biological Life, Soul Life, and Spiritual Life

We believe as fact regenerate man possess three kinds of life—biological life, soul life, and spiritual life. Although separate and independent of each other, all three exist together in harmony in the complete, regenerate man. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

We believe as fact biological life exists in all cells of the body and provides the functions necessary to sustain living material. Existing as a part of biological life is the format soul, i.e., a biological home for the soul; this developing biological home, which awaits the imparted, immaterial soul, consists of a genetic format inherited through the transmission of genes obtained from both parents. Not only are size, gender, and other physical characteristics determined as biological life develops, but also every fetus contains the potential to acquire similar mental and personal traits from the combination of genes. Also existing as part of biological life is the inherited sin nature, i.e., the source of man’s temptation to sin (Romans 7:18). The guilt or condemnation due Adam’s sin is imputed to each of us by God at physical birth, manifesting as the sin nature. The sin nature is transmitted through biological life from Adam’s sperm to his progeny, the human race, and resides in the cell structure of the body—as such, the body is known in Scripture as the “flesh” (Romans 7:7-18, 8:3-5), the “body of sin” (Romans 6:6), and the “sin” that “reign[s] in your mortal body” (Romans 6:12). The sin nature remains dormant in the womb and does not become operational until physical birth or separation from the womb. Biological life and soul life was created immediately and directly by God twice—in creating Adam (Genesis 2:7) and the woman (Genesis 2:22); God formed Adam from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) and formed the woman from Adam’s rib (Genesis 2:21-22) and breathed into their nostrils giving them the breath [neshamah] of life (Job 33:4). After the fall of Adam and Eve, all creation of biological life is formed mediately and indirectly by God through the laws of nature—i.e. through the union of egg and sperm; soul life, on the contrary, continues to be created immediately and directly by God at the moment of birth. Biological life is material and, thus, does not include a human soul, which is immaterial; therefore, biological life by itself does not constitute human life, which comprises of both biological life and soul life. Furthermore, because biological life is mortal, the body undergoes change and disintegration at physical death, returning to dust from whence it came (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

We believe as fact soul life exists as the immaterial essence of man, which consists of self-consciousness [self-awareness], mentality [thinking], volition [free-will], and conscience [norms and standards]. Soul life is immaterial, immortal, and invisible—the breath of God (Isaiah 42:5). Soul life continues to be created immediately and directly by God; He imparts immortal soul life to mortal biological life at physical birth, i.e., as the fetus emerges from the womb. While biological life comes from our parents [at conception], soul life originates from God [at birth] (Isaiah 57:16). Although the soul is immortal, the immortality of the soul does not qualify a person to live with God forever—i.e. soul life can live forever in hell; the qualification to live forever with God is spiritual regeneration or the second birth (John 3:3). The joining of biological life and soul life creates human life; hence, soul life is unique to humanity, and only God can create human life (Job 1:21). Human life perpetuates from the point of physical birth to the point of physical death. At death, soul life and biological life again separate (Ecclesiastes 12:7), with biological life ceasing and soul life persisting for all eternity. Therefore, biological life and soul life must be considered as being formed separately, uniting at physical birth [to create human life], and again separating at physical death (2 Corinthians 5:8). Furthermore, the soul is immortal. Man cannot create immortality. The egg and sperm cannot generate immortality in the womb as a result of conception. Mortals can only generate biological life, perpetuate spiritual death, and ultimately surrender to physical death. Only omnipotent God can create the immortal soul and impart it to the fetus at birth. Mortality cannot produce immortality.

We believe as fact spiritual life exists as the immaterial essence of the human spirit in regenerate man (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The starting point for spiritual life is by means of spiritual regeneration or the second birth [i.e. being born again] (John 3:3), i.e., when an unbeliever is bestowed with a human spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11) by God the Holy Spirit and made spiritually alive through faith alone in Christ alone (Acts 16:31). The born-again believer is also indwelt by God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16), Who sets up a temple inside the body of the believer for the simultaneous indwelling of God the Father and Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Romans 8:9; John 17:20-23). Thus, spiritual life in the believer is the immaterial life created by God the Holy Spirit and maintained by the human spirit; it is the distinctive life of the regenerate man that exists apart from human life. Spiritual life is not the property of man but the property of God (1 Corinthians 6:20) operating inside of man to enable man to have fellowship with God.

  • The Consequence of Adam’s Original Sin

We believe as fact the death brought about by Adam’s original sin is only the spiritual death and does not include the physical death. Spiritual death is defined as separation of spirit from soul and body while physical death is defined as separation of soul from body. Spiritual death results in separation from God the Father in terms of relationship. (Genesis 2:17)

  • The Causality Between Spiritual Death and Physical Death

We believe as fact there is no causality between spiritual death and physical death. The two are not related; one does not cause the other neither does one influence the other. Spiritual death is defined as separation of spirit from soul and body while physical death is defined as separation of soul from body. Spiritual death was initially incurred by Adam at his fall (Genesis 2:17; 3:7) and has since been experienced by all members of the human race at physical birth [except for Jesus Christ] (1 Corinthians 15:22a). Physical death was not part of the penalty of Adam’s original sin nor is it the consequence of spiritual death (Romans 6:23). In the case of Adam’s physical death, he did not immediately die physically after dying spiritually (Genesis 3:7). Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years before dying physically (Genesis 5:5). The reason why Adam died physically was not because he was spiritually dead but because he was expelled from the Garden of Eden and no longer had access to the Tree of Life. Had God not blocked access to the Tree of Life for Adam, he could have lived forever in a fallen state [with a sin nature] (Genesis 3:22, 24). In the case of Jesus Christ’s physical death, Jesus also did not immediately die physically after dying spiritually. He remained physically alive on the Cross for three hours after incurring spiritual death at noon (Matthew 27:45). Jesus’ physical death after those three hours was not the consequence of His condition of spiritual death or the result of physical trauma or lost of blood but by an act of His own volition. Having declared His work on the Cross “finished” while He was still physically alive (John 19:30), Jesus sovereignly dismissed His soul from His body (Luke 23:46).

  • The Cause of Physical Death: The Mortality of the Human Body and the Provision for Eternal Mortality

We believe as fact humanity experience physical death not because of Adam’s sin. Humanity experience physical death not as the wages of sin, for the wages of sin is only spiritual death (Genesis 2:17). Humanity experience physical death because humanity was created as a mortal creation (Job 4:17). The human body is a mortal body (Romans 6:12). It has always been a mortal body. Human mortality is the design, not the consequence of sin (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Before Adam sinned, there was a provision for human mortality in Tree of Life (Genesis 2:9). After Adam sinned, there is no provision for human mortality until the new earth when the Tree of Life is restored (Genesis 3:22, 24). In the new earth, access to the Tree of Life will be restored for the thousand-generation believers of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times (Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14). These believers are the children of perfect positive volition who will make up the population of mortal humanity on the new earth (Deuteronomy 7:9). Mortal humanity on the new earth will once again have the opportunity to live forever in a mortal state that God had purposed for Adam and Eve and their prospective children before the Fall of Adam (Genesis 1:28; 2:9). Mortal humanity on the new earth will no longer experience physical death like all their previous counterparts (Ecclesiastes 7:2; Job 14:1-2, 5). Mortal humanity on the new earth will be the only mortal human population to successfully achieve eternal mortality through their consistent eating from the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22; Revelation 22:2).

Section 7 - Heaven and Hell

  • Heaven

We believe as fact in the existence of four literal places of occupancy for the souls and resurrected bodies of believers in Jesus Christ throughout the ages: Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22); the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2) or simply “Heaven,” containing the eternal abode of God (Revelation 4); the present earth (Revelation 20:6); and the new earth [specifically New Jerusalem] (Revelation 3:12; 21:2).

We believe as fact Abraham’s bosom was the past place of occupancy for the souls of all believers who had physically died before the ascension of the resurrected Christ (Luke 16:22). Abraham’s bosom is a compartment of the underworld—designated as Sheol in the Hebrew (Psalms 16:10) and Hades in the Greek (Acts 2:27). Separated from the compartment of Torment (Luke 16:23-25, 28) by “a great gulf” (Luke 16:26), Abraham’s bosom was the compartment where the souls of all believers up until the ascension of Christ resided after physical death. After Jesus’ physical death on the cross, His soul went down to Abraham’s bosom where it resided until His glorious resurrection on the third day (Ephesians 4:9-10; Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:20). When the resurrected Christ ascended to heaven on Resurrection Sunday to complete His work of redemption (John 20:17; Hebrews 1:3), He brought with Him the souls of all believers who had physically died up to that time; He transferred them from Abraham’s bosom to the third heaven (Ephesians 4:8; cf. Psalms 68:18). Abraham’s bosom has since been emptied and is no longer occupied. The location of Abraham’s bosom was also the location of Paradise—the abode of the souls of the saved (Luke 23:43). When Abraham’s bosom was emptied out at the ascension of Christ, Paradise was transferred to its present location in Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:4; cf. Revelation 2:7). . . . No human being ever went to heaven until Christ entered into the presence of the Father as a resurrected Man. If Jesus was accepted in His humanity, that would mean the Father had accepted His sacrifice for sin. Only under these conditions could believers be admitted into the abode of God. Upon the entrance of Christ into heaven, the Father said, “Sit at My right hand” (Psalms 110:1a, Hebrews 1:13). The substitutionary sacrifice was approved; Christ had opened the way for believing mankind to enter into the presence of holy God (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12-20).

We believe as fact the third heaven, also known as Heaven, is the present place of occupancy for the souls of all believers who die after the ascension of the resurrected Christ (2 Corinthians 12:2). As the abode of God (Revelation 4) and of holy angels (Revelation 5:11), the third heaven is where the souls of all deceased believers are currently enjoying conscious bliss in the presence of the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). There they reside for their allotted duration as they await the First Resurrection event (Matthew 27:52-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Daniel 12:1-2, 13; Hebrews 11:35; Revelation 20:4, 5) when soul and spirit will be forever reunited in a new resurrection body (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). . . . The First Resurrection event had already taken place for a special group of deceased believers shortly after the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 27:52-53). The First Resurrection event will take place at a future time for deceased and living believers of the Dispensation of the Church at the Rapture event (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53); for deceased Gentile and Jewish believers of the Dispensation of Man and the Dispensation of Israel up to the Second Advent of Christ (Daniel 12:1-2, 13; Hebrews 11:35) [including deceased or martyred believers of the Tribulation (Revelation 20:4)]; and for deceased Gentile and Jewish believers of the Millennium after the close of the thousand years millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:5).

We believe as fact the third heaven will be the future and final place of occupancy for the resurrected bodies of all Church Age believers after the Rapture event (John 14:2; Revelation 4:1).

We believe as fact the present earth will be the future place of occupancy for the resurrected bodies of all Gentile and Jewish believers of the Dispensation of Man and the Dispensation of Israel up until the second advent of Christ during the Millennium (Daniel 12:1-2; Hebrews 11:35; Revelation 19:14; 20:4).

We believe as fact the new earth, specifically New Jerusalem, will be the future and final place of occupancy for the resurrected bodies of all Gentile and Jewish believers of the Dispensation of Man and the Dispensation of Israel during the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times and beyond (Revelation 3:12; 21:2, 10; Galatians 4:26). Resurrected believers of the Dispensation of the Church, i.e., the Bride of Christ, will not occupy New Jerusalem as their final dwelling place but will continue to occupy the third heaven as their final dwelling place during the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times and beyond, though they will have visitation access to New Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 15:40, 47-49). As the eternal city designed and built by God in eternity past (Hebrews 11:16; Revelation 21:2), New Jerusalem was made pristine (Revelation 21:11), made perfect in structure and integrity (Revelation 21:12-17), made never to crumble (Hebrews 11:10), made never to be subjected to deterioration by time (Revelation 21:18-21), made without the inclusion of a physical temple (Revelation 21:22), made to contain the earthly throne of God and of Jesus Christ [which is distinct from the heavenly throne] (Revelation 22:1, 3), made to contain the Tree of Life (Revelation 22:2), and made ready to be unveiled at the creation of the new heavens and new earth (Hebrews 13:14). In New Jerusalem, there will be no more curse (Revelation 22:3), no more night (Revelation 21:25; 22:5), and no more need for the sun or moon to illumine for Jesus Christ Himself will illuminate the city (Revelation 21:23; 22:5). . . . After the close of the Millennium, when the current heaven and earth is destroyed (2 Peter 3:10, 12) and the new heaven and earth is created (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1), New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven (Revelation 21:1-2)—fully adorned (Revelation 21:2), unveiled (Revelation 21:10-11), and ready for habitation by God the Father (Revelation 21:3), by Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:22-23), by mortal flesh-and-blood Gentile and Jewish believers (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalms 105:8; 1 Chronicles 16:15), by resurrected Gentile and Jewish believers (Revelation 21:24), and by holy angels (Revelation 21:12) for all eternity (Revelation 22:5). There in New Jerusalem will Gentile and Jewish believers forever serve the LORD (Revelation 22:3), forever remain in His presence (Revelation 22:4), and forever reign with Him in glory and honor (Revelation 21:26; 22:5).

  • Hell

We believe as fact in the existence of two literal places of imprisonment for the souls and resurrected bodies of unbelievers in Jesus Christ throughout the ages: the underworld, designated as Sheol in the Hebrew (Psalms 16:10) and Hades in the Greek (Acts 2:27); and the lake of fire, designated as Tophet in the Hebrew (Isaiah 30:33) and Gehenna in the Greek (Matthew 10:28).

We believe as fact the underworld was the general and temporary abode of the souls of the saved [before the ascension of Jesus Christ] (Luke 16:22); that it is the general and present place of confinement of the souls of the unsaved [throughout the ages] (Luke 16:23-25, 28); that it is the general and present place of confinement of a special group of fallen angels involved in the genetic infiltration of the antediluvian human population ever since the global flood (Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4); and that it is the general and present place of confinement of certain rebellious fallen angels throughout the ages (Luke 8:31; Romans 10:7; Revelation 9:1, 2, 11; 11:7, 8; 17:8; 20:1, 3). Geographically located in the center of the earth (Matthew 12:40; Ephesians 4:9), the underworld contains four compartments each holding specific categories of created beings: Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22); Torment (Luke 16:23-25, 28); Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4); and the Abyss (Luke 8:31), also designated as the bottomless pit in the English (Revelation 9:1-2).

We believe as fact Abraham’s bosom was the specific and past place of occupancy for the souls of all believers who had physically died before the ascension of the incarnate Jesus Christ (Luke 16:22). Separated from the compartment of Torment (Luke 16:23-25, 28) by “a great gulf” (Luke 16:26), Abraham’s bosom was the compartment where the souls of all believers up until the ascension of Christ resided after physical death. After Jesus’ physical death on the cross, His soul went down to Abraham’s bosom where it resided until His glorious resurrection on the third day (Ephesians 4:9-10; Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:20). When the resurrected Christ ascended to heaven on Resurrection Sunday to complete His work of redemption (John 20:17; Hebrews 1:3), He brought with Him the souls of all believers who had physically died up to that time; He transferred them from Abraham’s bosom to the third heaven (Ephesians 4:8; cf. Psalms 68:18). Abraham’s bosom has since been emptied and is no longer occupied. The location of Abraham’s bosom was also the location of Paradise—the abode of the souls of the saved (Luke 23:43). When Abraham’s bosom was emptied out at the ascension of Christ, Paradise was transferred to its present location in heaven (2 Corinthians 12:4; cf. Revelation 2:7). . . . No human being ever went to heaven until Christ entered into the presence of the Father as a resurrected Man. If Jesus was accepted in His humanity, that would mean the Father had accepted His sacrifice for sin. Only under these conditions could believers be admitted into the abode of God. Upon the entrance of Christ into heaven, the Father said, “Sit at My right hand” (Psalms 110:1; Hebrews 1:13). The substitutionary sacrifice was approved; Christ had opened the way for believing mankind to enter into the presence of holy God (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12-20).

We believe as fact Torment is the specific and present place of occupancy for the souls of all unbelievers who die (Luke 16:23-25, 28); this include unbelievers of the dispensations of Man, Israel, and the Church. As the specific place of confinement of the souls of the unsaved throughout the ages (Luke 16:23-25, 28), Torment is where the souls of all deceased unbelievers are presently suffering conscious torment by an unceasing flame (Luke 16:24). There they reside for the remaining ages of the Dispensation of Israel as they await the Second Resurrection event when body and soul will be forever reunited in resurrection body (John 5:29). . . . After the close of the Millennium, the Second Resurrection event will transpire during which time unbelievers, whether dead or alive, will receive resurrection bodies to stand before Jesus Christ at the Final [Great White Throne] Judgment (Revelation 20:11-13). There they are judged for their dead works [human good] (Revelation 20:12). These will receive the execution of their sentence of eternal condemnation, experiencing the Second Death as they are cast into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:14). . . . Between Torment and Abraham’s bosom is “a great gulf fixed” (Luke 16:26) so that passing from one compartment to the other is impossible (Luke 16:26), though communication between the two is possible (Luke 16:24-31). Only the souls of those who reject Jesus Christ as their savior throughout the entire span of their lifetime (John 3:16) are sent down to Torment (Psalms 86:12-13; Luke 10:15-16); in other words, only the souls of those who do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [express faith alone in Christ alone] in a moment of time while they are still alive (Acts 16:31) are sent down to Torment (Psalms 86:12-13; Luke 10:15-16). The sole basis of judgment placing an individual into Torment is not sanctimony, sin, works, or lack of works but unbelief in Jesus Christ (John 3:18); in other words, the sole basis of judgment placing an individual into Torment is negative volition toward faith in Christ (Acts 16:31). . . . Volition entails a freedom of decision that bares the burden of personal accountability (Philippians 2:13). God has set forth the condition for deliverance from eternal condemnation: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in a moment of time and you will once and for all be saved” (Acts 16:31). Man chooses his eternal fate through the function of his own volition (John 8:24); in other words, man’s own free-will decision determines the outcome of where he spends eternity (John 3:16). Should man choose to believe in Christ, he would reap eternal life in New Jerusalem (John 6:47); should he choose to reject Christ, he would reap eternal punishment in the lake of fire (John 3:36). . . . With the exception of the sons of Korah whose bodies and souls entact were sent down alive to Torment (Numbers 16:30-33), only souls not bodies of unbelievers are sent down to Torment (Psalms 86:13). For those who enter Torment, their entry is a one-way trip; their destiny fixed and cannot be changed (Luke 16:27-28). These individuals are powerless to escape the flame of torment nor can they alter, appeal, or evade their final destination in the lake of fire (Luke 16:27-28).

We believe as fact Tartarus is the specific and present place of occupancy for a special group of fallen angels involved in the genetic infiltration of the antediluvian human population ever since the global flood (Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4). As a sub-compartment of the Abyss, Tartarus is geographically located in the center of the earth in the deepest part of the underworld (Luke 8:31; Romans 10:7). Visually a place of gloomy darkness where the fiery light of Torment cannot reach (Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4), Tartarus is the specific place of confinement of those fallen angels “who did not keep their own domain [did not stay in their own divinely designated sphere of relationships and activity], but abandoned their proper abode” (Jude 1:6). They were the fallen angels directly involved in the satanic conspiracy of procreation with the daughters of men in an attempt to change the genetic makeup of all mankind into half-human, half-angelic beings (Genesis 6:1-2, 4). They sought to corrupt the genetic integrity of the human race, eliminate the seed of true humanity, and, consequently, break the lineage from the line of Adam through which Jesus Christ would enter the world. Their purpose was to prevent the prophesied birth of Jesus Christ as true humanity (Genesis 3:15). . . . During Christ’s first advent, they were the only angels who had not been watching the activities of the incarnate Jesus Christ on earth and, therefore, were not aware of the defeat of Satan. They still entertained hopes that their wily leader Satan would emerge victorious in his battle to keep Christ from going to the cross and in triumph would free them. But it was not to be. After the three days and three nights in the grave, Jesus Christ went to Tartarus in His resurrection body to issue a victorious proclamation to the “spirits now in prison” (1 Peter 3:19-20). He informed these fallen angels that they had failed in their attempts to destroy true humanity and that God’s plan had progressed through every satanic attack. Christ declared that He had gone to the cross as planned, so the sudden appearance to these spirits of Jesus Christ in a resurrection body was the visible evidence of His strategic victory in the angelic conflict. Christ’s victorious proclamation gave affirmation to these fallen angels of their doomed fate while stifling their hope for any chance at redemption. . . . With their fate sealed and hope lost, these fallen angels are presently locked away in absolute darkness, reluctantly awaiting their final transfer to the lake of fire after the close of the Millennium to spend eternity in everlasting conscious punishment alongside their wily leader (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

We believe as fact the Abyss is the specific and present place of occupancy for the general demonic host (Luke 8:31). Geographically located in the center of the earth in the deepest part of the underworld, the Abyss is positionally beneath the compartments of Abraham’s bosom and Torment (Romans 10:7). Visually a place of smoky darkness containing a shaft leading to the earth’s surface (Revelation 9:1-2), the Abyss is the specific place of confinement of certain rebellious fallen angels throughout the ages (Luke 8:31; Romans 10:7; Revelation 9:1, 2, 11; 11:7, 8; 17:8; 20:1, 3). The Abyss currently holds those fallen angels deemed too dangerous by God to intermingle with the human population and are, therefore, kept unchained in isolation (Luke 8:31). These fallen angels are currently roaming within the confines of the Abyss but are not free to roam the earth and universe like some of their demon counterparts (Acts 16:16; Matthew 15:22; 17:18; Mark 7:25). During the Tribulation, these fallen angels will be released to assist Satan and become part of the administration of punishment to unbelievers; most of them will become the demon assault army [locusts] assigned by God to torment unbelievers for five months as part of the Fifth Trumpet Judgment (Revelation 9:1-10) while the remainder include: the demon king [leader of the demon assault army whose name is Abbadon in the Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek] (Revelation 9:11); the beast out of the sea [Antichrist of the Tribulation who kills the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:7) and attempts to establish his dominion over the entire earth] (Revelation 13:1-3; 17:3, 7, 8, 11); and the beast out of the earth [False Prophet of the Tribulation who draws people to the Antichrist] (Revelation 13:11-12; 16:13).

We believe as fact the Abyss will be the future place of occupancy for Satan [the Devil] during the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3). After Jesus Christ returns and destroys the armies of Armageddon in hand-to-hand combat, He will order an angel with a key to the bottomless pit and a chain in his hand to bind Satan, cast him into the bottomless pit, and set a seal on him for a thousand years while the millennial reign of Christ is in session (Revelation 20:1-3).

We believe as fact the lake of fire will be the final place of occupancy for all unsaved created beings in the eternal state. Occupants of the lake of fire will consist of all those who have resolutely rejected God’s plan of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, including: the Antichrist and False Witness of the Tribulation (Revelation 19:20), unbelievers [goats] of the Tribulation (Matthew 25:41), Satan (Revelation 20:10), the fallen angels (Revelation 20:14), and all remaining unbelievers (Revelation: 20:14-15). Described as a place of unquenchable fire (Mark 9:45), a place of never-dying worms (Mark 9:46), a place of outer darkness (Matthew 22:13; 25:30), a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:13; 25:30), and a lake of burning sulfur (Revelation 19:20; 21:8), the lake of fire will first be occupied by the Antichrist and False Witness immediately after the Second Advent of Christ (Revelation 19:20), followed by unbelievers of the Tribulation after the Separation of the Sheep and the Goats Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46), followed by Satan after the Gog and Magog Rebellion (Revelation 20:10), followed by the fallen angels, and followed by all remaining unbelievers after the Final [Great White Throne] Judgment (Revelation 20:14-15). There in the final hell will they experience everlasting conscious and bodily punishment (Revelation 20:10; Matthew 10:28; 25:46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15) and eternal separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

Section 8 - Salvation

  • The Way of Salvation

We believe as fact that eternal salvation or everlasting life with God in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9), whose efficacious and redeeming work by means of substitute death on the Cross and blood payment provided man’s reconciliation to God (Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:11-14; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). Christ, as the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), vicariously died in our place—both spiritual and physical death (Romans 5:8)—and bore our sins in His own body as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (1 Peter 2:24). Christ, as the Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:18-19), shed blood (Colossians 1:20) as our propitiation (1 John 2:2) and atonement (Romans 3:25). Christ’s death and blood payment bought justification (Romans 5:9) and expiation for Adam’s original sin (Romans 3:25), paying in full—once and for all (John 19:30)—the penalty of Adam’s original sin, which is instant spiritual death and total separation from God [total inability to have a personal relationship with Him] (Genesis 2:17; Roman 6:23a). His death and His blood payment, which He brought into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, fully accomplished eternal redemption (Romans 3:24-26; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:11-14).

We believe as fact that eternal salvation is received by grace through faith alone in Christ alone (Acts 16:31; John 3:16), not by works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:21). Good works and obedience are manifestations of the postsalvation life of the believer as he matures [through the daily inculcation of the Word of God and Bible Doctrine under the illuminating ministry of God the Holy Spirit] and, thus, are not requirements for eternal salvation (Romans 4:5, 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Timothy 1:9, 2:20-21). Just as eternal salvation cannot be earned by good works, neither does it need good works to be maintained, sustained, or secured (Ephesians 2:8-9). Charity (1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV) or virtue love (1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV) is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) manifested by the believer as an expression of the abiding Word of God and Bible Doctrine in his soul and, thus, is not the basis of eternal salvation.

We believe as fact faith is a non-meritorious system of perception (Hebrews 11:1), wherein the merit lies with the object of faith—Jesus Christ. The status of the subject, the one believing, is irrelevant as one need only express positive volition toward Jesus Christ to receive eternal salvation (Acts 16:31).

We believe as fact eternal salvation is based on who and what the LORD is [perfect righteousness], not on who and what we are [relative righteousness]. All our best efforts can only add up to relative righteousness, so we will always fall short of the perfect righteousness God demands from us in order to spend eternity with Him (Romans 3:23). Eternal salvation can be pictured as a balance sheet containing a debit side and a credit side. Everyone is born into the world on the debit side—hopelessly in debt. When Jesus Christ was judged for our sins on the Cross, He won the strategic victory and paid that debt in full. On the positive side of the ledger, God the Father credits to our account His righteousness the moment we appropriate eternal salvation (Romans 4:2-3, 5). In His sight we are vindicated or justified [declared righteous]—not on the basis of any good deeds we might have done or because of our excellent behavior pattern, our talents, physical asset, mental capacity, how much we suffer for Christ, or how moral or immoral we are, but because of the redeeming work of Christ.

We believe as fact all sins—past, present, and future—were imputed to Jesus Christ on the Cross and judged; therefore, sin is no longer a barrier between man and God (Ephesians 2:14-15). Christ resolved the issue of sin once and for all, so God is free to give eternal salvation as a free gift to anyone who simply puts their faith in Christ in a moment of time with the result that he is forever saved from that moment on. Without the need to reference past, present, or future sins, an individual has the option of expressing positive volition, privately forming the sentences in thought only, telling God the Father that he is believing in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation (Acts 16:31a).

We believe as fact nothing more is required; therefore, the following are NOT mandated for eternal salvation:

    • NO raising of hands

    • NO walking the aisle

    • NO weeping tears at the altar

    • NO feeling sorry or guilty for your personal sins

    • NO repenting of [turning from] your personal sins

    • NO asking God to forgive you

    • NO telling God you are turning away from sin

    • NO telling God you are turning your life around

    • NO act of penance, self-denial, self-deprivation, self-harm, self-injury, self-mutilation, self-sacrifice, or any other emotional, psychological, or physical harm to self or others

    • NO act of kindness, compassion, philanthropy, altruism, or any other system of human good or works

    • NO act of sorrow, guilt, remorse, anguish, agony, or any other system of emotion

    • NO having an ecstatic or emotional experience

    • NO inviting Christ into your heart

    • NO asking Christ to come into your life

    • NO surrendering your life to Christ

    • NO making a commitment to change or live your life for Christ

    • NO making any kind of commitment for Christ

    • NO baptism with water

    • NO laying of hands

    • NO joining a church

    • NO going to church

    • NO donating time or money to a church

    • NO volunteering or ministering in a church

    • NO receiving the sacraments

    • NO receiving the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper

    • NO participating in liturgical prayer worship

    • NO participating in church activities

    • NO praying

    • NO reading the Bible

    • NO having any knowledge about the Bible

    • NO studying the Word of God

    • NO growing to spiritual maturity

    • NO witnessing

    • NO missionary involvement

    • NO Christian activism

    • NO religious [compulsive, self-righteous] activism

    • NO social, political, or secular activism in the name of Christianity

    • NO rebellion against the laws or principles of divine establishment

    • NO casting out demons

    • NO speaking in tongues

    • NO ritual chanting

    • NO meditation

    • NO fasting

    • NO mental, emotional, or physical deprivation

    • NO mental manipulation, psychological manipulation, or any other form of manipulation or self-deception

    • NO claiming your eternal salvation through an act of self-justification, self-deception, or self-delusion

    • NO claiming your eternal salvation through an act of your own volition

    • NO claiming your eternal salvation through psychological or human reasoning

    • NO earning your eternal salvation through piety or sanctimony

    • NO conjuring of spirits

    • NO asking a deceased individual to be a mediator between you and God

    • NO asking a deceased individual to petition God for your eternal salvation

    • NO asking an angelic being to be a mediator between you and God

    • NO asking an angelic being to petition God for your eternal salvation

    • NO tarot card, horoscope, numerological sign, astrological sign, Zodiac sign, palmistry, or psychic reading

    • NO inducing a state of hallucination or subconsciousness through drug use, hypnosis, or any other means

    • NO having a hallucinatory, subconscious, comatose, or near-death experience

    • NO having a mystical, spiritual, or metaphysical experience

    • NO practicing sorcery, wizardry, necromancy, voodoo, witchcraft, or any other occult activities

    • NO practicing any form of clairvoyance or divination

    • NO worshipping, believing in, or calling on any natural or supernatural object(s), being(s), force(s), or spirit(s)

    • NO worshipping, believing in, or calling on any ghost(s) or ancestral spirit(s)

    • NO worshipping, believing in, or calling on any idol(s), statue(s), or other inanimate object(s)

    • NO believing in, or calling on any god(s), person(s), creature(s) [including fairies, dragons, or any other mystical or mythological creatures], or animate object(s) apart from or in addition to the Lord Jesus Christ

    • NO worshipping or trusting in creation [including any element or aspect of the universe {e.g. the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the universal forces, etc.} and any element or aspect of nature {e.g. the trees, the ocean, the rivers, the animals, the plants, the earth, thunder, lightning, wind, rain, fire, etc.}]

    • NO worshipping or trusting in anything made by man [including an invention, a technology, a philosophy, or a religion]

    • NO worshipping or trusting in anything made by angels [including an invention, a technology, a philosophy, or a religion]

    • NO worshipping or trusting in human ingenuity to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping or trusting in angelic ingenuity to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping, trusting in, performing, or participating in any artificial method, means, or practice [including plastic surgery, gene modification, body alteration, mind alteration, transhumanism, etc.] to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping, trusting in, performing, or participating in transhumanism and all its variant forms [including man-machine, man-animal, man-plant, man-angel, man-etc.] to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping, trusting in, performing, or participating in artificial intelligence (A.I.), automation, or any form of technology to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping, trusting in, performing, or participating in genetic traits selection, in vitro or artificial fertilization, offspring manipulation or alteration, contraception use or other forms of “family planning” to attempt to attain the perfection of God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping or trusting in science or any branch of science [including medicine, pharmacy, etc.] to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping or trusting in money, material possession, or social status to attempt to become like God or attain eternal life

    • NO worshipping or trusting in any false system of thought, philosophy, ideology, framework, viewpoint, or worldview [including evolution, the Big Bang Theory, etc.]

    • NO participating in or performing any sex ritual or orgy

    • NO participating in or performing animal sacrifice, human sacrifice or any other ritual sacrifice

    • NO participating in or performing any kind of ritual or ceremonial dancing

    • NO performing miracles

    • NO performing good deeds

    • NO performing work [including physical or mental labor]

    • NO practicing legalism

    • NO practicing abstinence

    • NO practicing celibacy

    • NO practicing sublimation

    • NO abstention from social, moral, or religious taboos

    • NO adherence to asceticism

    • NO suffering for Christ

    • NO joining a cause for Christ

    • NO being a disciple [follower] of Christ

    • NO worshipping Christ

    • NO adherence to the Mosaic Law or any other institutional law

    • NO giving up something you enjoy

Thus, the Scriptures clearly state the only way to be saved from eternal condemnation [eternal separation from God] and to receive everlasting life [to spend eternity with God]:

“BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ [in a moment of time] and you will [once and for all] be saved.” (Acts 16:31a)

  • Salvation Before the Age of Accountability

We believe as fact because of the grace of God, eternal salvation is automatically received before the age of accountability. When a child who is born dies before given an opportunity to accept or reject Christ—i.e., before reaching the age of accountability—the child is automatically saved, returning to be with the LORD (2 Samuel 12:23). . . . Grace must always precede judgment, as God must be fair in all things lest Satan has an opportunity to argue his case (Jude 1:9).

We believe as fact in the case of King David and Bathsheba’s first child, who was born out-of-wedlock and lived only seven days before dying, David declares that he shall go to the child—in heaven—when he dies, but the child shall not return to him (2 Samuel 12:23). In his tone of confidence, David affirms that the child had been saved (2 Samuel 12:15-23).

We believe as fact though every child—except Jesus—is born into sin (Psalms 51:5), every child is, nonetheless, precious and holy to God (1 Corinthians 7:14), bearing the qualities of innocence and purity (Philippians 2:15) and to whom is given the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14).

  • The Eternal Security of Believers

We believe as fact that due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who have received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation with the certainty that they are kept by God’s power and His efficacious grace—secured, sealed, and in union with Christ forever—regardless of how many times they sin after salvation, how they live their life, or how indifferent to the Word of God they remain. Once saved, always saved. There is absolutely nothing the believer can do to lose it. (Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30; 2 Timothy 2:13; John 6:37-40; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 6:19).

  • The Relationship of Repentance to Salvation

We believe as fact repentance is not a separate act in salvation [the new birth, spiritual regeneration] but rather a means to believing the Gospel. Repentance is intimately connected with belief, which is intimately connected with salvation. The English word “repentance” is rendered from the Greek word “metanoia,” which simply means “to change one’s mind.” Repentance requires supplemental information, because we do not know what to change our mind about. The verb form of metanoia is “metanoeo,” which means “to think differently.” Jesus says in Mark 1:15b, “REPENT [change your mind], and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL.” Hence, repentance is a change of mind about the Gospel itself, that is, a change of mind about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is what the change of mind is about.

We believe as fact repentance is a change of mind, not a work. Biblical repentance is not confession of sins or an act of penance. Repentance is a change of mind, not a change of behavior. Biblical repentance is not turning away from sinful behavior or forsaking sin. Repentance is a change of mind, not an emotional response. Biblical repentance is not feeling “sorry” for sin or having an act of remorse or fear of God. Biblical repentance is a change of mind about what we want to do to get saved to what God says that we must do to get saved. It is a change of mind from our ideas of salvation to an acceptance of God’s only way of salvation. Repent, as Christ meant it to be in terms of salvation, means to change your mind from trusting in what you can do for God to trusting only in what He can do for you. Biblical repentance is a change of mind toward God that compels a person to place his trust [belief] in the Gospel [Christ’s death on the cross for sin, Christ’s burial and resurrection] (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

We believe as fact Biblical repentance is simply a change of mind that causes a person to believe the Gospel. It entails recognizing and acknowledging that you are a sinner in the eyes of holy God, that your works cannot save you, and that you need the Savior, and so you believe the Gospel and are saved. It includes a positive response to the Holy Spirit's conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). Like faith, there is nothing meritorious in repentance. It is simply the recognition and acknowledgment of the true state of affairs—that you are a sinner by nature [in Adam] and by choice and fall short of God's glory [God's holiness made manifest] (Romans 3:23) and that all your relative righteousnesses and righteous acts are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). The moment you come to holy God owning your guilt and judging yourself as utterly lost and unworthy, you have taken the ground of repentance. In other words, Biblical repentance is a change of mind that causes you to turn to Jesus by faith, having realized you are incapable of saving yourself, and so you rest totally in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation. To Biblically repent is to change your mind about whatever [a sin, a work, a mental attitude, etc.] was previously hindering you from completely resting in Jesus Christ for salvation.

We believe as fact repentance and faith always happen together in producing the new birth [salvation]. If you believed on Jesus, it is because you have also repented. Repentance without faith is mere declaration of sinnership or self-reformation [turning over a new leaf] and does not produce the new birth [salvation]. Such was the case of Judas Iscariot who repented [a different Greek word meaning to feel remorse afterwards] in Matthew 27:3 but still went to Hell in his sin because he had no faith in Jesus as the Messiah. Repentance alone will not produce the new birth [salvation] unless it is accompanied by faith in the Gospel. Likewise, faith without repentance is mere optimism or religious humanism or devotion and also does not produce the new birth [salvation]. Such was the case of a sincere group of religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 who had faith in Christ but who had never repented of their dead works. They are the religious people who had “done many wonderful works” in Christ’s name but who had never Biblically repented [had a change of mind about their dead works with the result that they completely turn [move away] from trusting in their own works to completely turning [moving] toward trusting in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ for salvation]. Faith alone in Christ alone will not produce the new birth [salvation] unless it is accompanied by Biblical repentance [a change of mind about whatever was previously hindering you from completely resting in Jesus Christ for salvation]. The only thing that you need to repent of to be saved is whatever it is that's been keeping you from coming to Christ to be saved.

We believe as fact a person cannot truly have saving faith without repentance, nor can a person truly have saving repentance without faith. Repentance and faith are inseparable and happen at the same time to produce the new birth [salvation]. The person who repents unto salvation has believed [has come to faith in Christ], and the person who believes [comes to faith in Christ] unto salvation has repented. Repentance cannot be adequately defined apart from the inclusion of faith, and vice versa. Repentance and faith are like the two sides of one coin, that is, you cannot turn one without also turning the other. You believed the Gospel because you had a change of mind [repented]. You change your mind [repent] to believe the Gospel. Repentance and faith are not two steps to salvation but rather are two parts of one step that happen at the same time. Repentance and faith are inseparable and happen together as one act. Repentance is not a separate act unto itself; but rather, it is a change of mind that accompanies our turning to Christ by faith to be saved. We don’t repent AND believe; but rather, we repent TO believe. If we didn't repent, then we wouldn't come to Christ to be saved. In other words, the object of repenting [i.e. changing our mind] is to believe the Gospel.

We believe as fact repentance is necessary for salvation and involves the work wrought in a person’s soul by God’s LAW, which ultimately brings us to Christ to be saved by GRACE (Galatians 3:24-26). Repentance is the change of mind we experience as we go from the schoolmaster of LAW to God’s saving GRACE (Ephesians 2:8-9). Repent [change your mind], believe the Gospel and be saved!

Section 9 - Spiritual Growth

  • Spirituality

We believe as fact that spirituality is both an absolute and relative state or condition in the life of a believer in this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church. The absolute state of spirituality refers to the filling of God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). At any given moment in time, the believer is either absolutely [100%] filled or not filled with the Holy Spirit. In other words, the believer at any given moment in time is either in a spiritual or carnal state—either in temporal fellowship with God or out of temporal fellowship with God (1 John 1:3)—with no in-between states. (Romans 8:5; 1 Corinthians 3:1)

We believe as fact that a believer becomes carnal through an act of mental, verbal, or overt sin (Romans 7:14) and that the absolute state of spirituality is restored solely by rebound [personal, private, non-emotional, non-penitent, non-meritorious confession or acknowledgment of postsalvation sins to God the Father] (1 John 1:9).

We believe as fact at any given segment in time, a believer may switch between spiritual or carnal states as many times as he can sin [leading to carnality] and rebound [leading to recovery of his absolute state of spirituality]. In other words, a believer at any given segment in time may sin and then rebound, sin and then rebound—become carnal and then spiritual, become carnal and then spiritual—as often and as fast as he can commit the sin and utilize the rebound technique.

We believe as fact the relative state of spirituality refers to spiritual growth as it relates to the believer’s level of spiritual maturity, where the believer gradually matures just as a child gradually becomes an adult (1 Corinthians 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:2). The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior, he becomes a son of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Experientially, however, he is a spiritual babe (1 Peter 2:2). If he decides to grow spiritually by metabolizing and assimilating Bible Doctrine, he will soon become a spiritual adolescent (Matthew 4:4). If he continues to grow, he will eventually become a spiritually mature Christian. A believer has the option or free-will decision to grow or not to grow to spiritual maturity—i.e. either to grow to spiritual maturity and develop the capacity to glorify God [reflect God’s essence], receive his super-grace blessings, and attain God’s perfect happiness or to remain a spiritual babe in Christ and possess only the capacity to glorify himself while losing out on his super-grace blessings and be miserable for as long as he lives [though still keeping his eternal salvation].

We believe as fact the absolute state of spirituality—i.e. temporal fellowship with God or the status of being filled with the Holy Spirit—must be maintained in order to maintain the relative state of spirituality—i.e. spiritual growth; in other words, the believer must be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit and in fellowship with God in order to learn, comprehend, and apply God’s Word and advance to spiritual maturity.

  • Rebound — 1 John 1:9

We believe as fact that all believers will continue to sin and, thus, fall into carnality after receiving eternal salvation (1 John 1:8, 10). Because of this, all believers must consistently utilize rebound (1 John 1:9)—naming postsalvation sins to God the Father—in order to move out of carnality, recover the filling of the Holy Spirit, recover temporal fellowship with God, recover the absolute state of spirituality, and continue to learn and apply God’s Word and advance in the spiritual life.

We believe as fact there is no substitute for recovery of the filling of the Holy Spirit and fellowship with God apart from rebound. Because the believer uses his volition to enter into sin, likewise he must use his volition to follow the divine instruction of rebound to recover the filling of the Holy Spirit and be restored to temporal fellowship with God.

We believe as fact faith is not a substitute for rebound in the life of the carnal believer. The believer in carnality is powerless to express faith that is acceptable to God the Father. The faith of a regenerate human being is ineffectual with God apart from the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit. The exercise of human faith without the filling of the Spirit is a work. An act of faith lacking the filling of the Spirit is merely a human endeavor to placate God. Faith without the controlling ministry of the Holy Spirit is futility, just another human activity that cannot gain forgiveness or the approval of God and has no part in the spiritual life. Only rebound, the first divine problem-solving device, can operate apart from the filling ministry of God the Holy Spirit to initiate the believer’s recovery from sin, restoration fellowship with God, and resumption of the spiritual life.

We believe as fact when the Church Age believer commits a sin, the sin nature takes control of the soul and the Holy Spirit is grieved and quenched. Because the carnal believer grieves and quenches the Spirit, faith cannot operate through the power of the Spirit and such a believer is void of strength to recover and to execute the supernatural Christian life. Rebound, the naming of sins, is the divinely ordained, grace method for reinstating the filling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Only when filled with the Spirit can faith be effective for living the spiritual life. The faith of a regenerate person functions only under the filling of the Spirit. Thus, the carnal believer must follow instructions by naming his sins to God. When the believer cites his sins, the recovery of the filling of the Spirit causes faith to once again become operational and effective for living the unique Christian life.

We believe as fact rebound is never a work on the part of the believer. God does all the work. No repentance, no emotional purging, no begging God for forgiveness, no agonizing, no godly sorrow, no penance, no “I’ll do better, I promise” is required of the believer. That is works! Neither can the non-functioning faith of the carnal believer bring forgiveness. We can recover fellowship only through naming sins to God the Father—nothing more. This is the mandate of 1 John 1:9 and the divine instruction for the Church Age believer. Once sins are named, the faith-rest life may then again operate and the spiritual life may then again resume under the power and mentorship of the Holy Spirit.

We believe as fact naming sins is accomplished by a priest, who represents himself directly before God. Because every believer is a priest in this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church, every believer has a right to represent himself directly before God. As Church Age believers, we are members of a universal priesthood different from the priesthoods of all other dispensations. In the Dispensation of Man, the family priesthood served the family unit. In the Age of Law of the Dispensation of Israel, the Levitical priesthood served the nation of Israel. In the Age of Millennial Reign [the Millennium] of the Dispensation of Israel, the Levitical priesthood from the line of Zadok will serve the nation of Israel. In the Dispensation of the Church, the universal priesthood serves each individual believer. In this present dispensation, every believer is his own priest—a royal priest. At the moment of eternal salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit places us into union with Christ, into the royal family of God, and into the universal priesthood of God. Once a priest, always a priest—whether carnal or spiritual. As a priest we have a right to name the sins that we know are sins, acknowledging them directly to God the Father in the privacy of our priesthood.

We believe as fact failure to rebound will result in perpetual carnality, where the believer “walks in darkness” (1 John 1:6; 2:9-11) “like mere men [unbelievers]” (1 Corinthians 3:3). Persistent carnality may retrogress the believer into reverse-process reversionism [reverting back to the old nature] (Ephesians 4:17-19), thus, hindering spiritual growth. One cannot learn the Word of God when he is in the state of carnality (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Any works done with unconfessed sins in the life will result in dead works—hay, wood, and stubble—vs. divine works—gold, silver, precious stone—performed while in temporal fellowship with God under the filling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Timothy 2:20-21). In order to understand God’s Word, one must be in fellowship with God and be filled with the Holy Spirit who makes alive and understandable the truths at hand (John 6:63; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14). The believer who remains filled with the Holy Spirit remains encapsulated in the divine dynasphere [an invisible, spiritual sphere of divine power and protection energized and sustained by God the Holy Spirit] (Acts 1:8; Luke 4:14; John 3:34; 2 Timothy 1:7). Under the control of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to comprehend the Word of God, grow to spiritual maturity, and execute the supernatural, unique Christian way of life.

  • Spiritual Growth Under the Authority of Right Pastor-Teacher

We believe as fact believers grow spiritually through the daily intake of the Word of God and Bible Doctrine, the latter of which is communicated by their right pastor-teacher. While the pastor-teacher is equipped to grow spiritually by personal Bible study, the believer without the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher can only grow spiritually through the assimilation of accurate Bible teaching from his right pastor-teacher. Both the believer and pastor-teacher must be under the filling of God the Holy Spirit in order for the communication of Bible Doctrine by the pastor-teacher and the intake, digestion, and assimilation of Bible Doctrine by the believer to effect spiritual growth. The communicating ministry of the pastor-teacher and the illuminating and teaching ministries of God the Holy Spirit work together to effect the spiritual growth of the believer, provided that his volition is positive toward Bible Doctrine. Communication of Bible Doctrine by legitimate, spiritually-gifted, God-appointed pastor-teachers provide the means for the believer to grow up spiritually. Without the communicating ministry of the pastor-teacher, the believer will not advance but retrogress in his spiritual life. Thus, it is essential for the believer who desires to fulfill his responsibility of growing to spiritual maturity to be under the authority of his right pastor-teacher because the communicating ministry of his right pastor-teacher is essential to his spiritual growth.

We believe as fact the pastor-teacher is also under authority—a far more demanding authority from God—and that the pastor-teacher could not fulfill his primary responsibility of communicating Bible Doctrine apart from a life of intensive study. Pastor-teachers are slaves of the Lord.

We believe as fact the believer must have the freedom and privacy to accept or reject what is taught, and that pastoral authority does not give the right to control the lives of others. If there is ever any doubt about what is taught, the believer is to find his right pastor-teacher. The right pastor-teacher for the believer is one who communicates correct doctrine to him, one whose doctrinal teaching is positively received by his human spirit while he is under the filling, illuminating, and teaching ministries of God the Holy Spirit. The right pastor-teacher for a given believer may be one or more than one pastor-teacher. Oftentimes it is more than one. God the Holy Spirit would lead an individual believer to a certain pastor-teacher who is his right pastor-teacher for one area of doctrine but is his wrong pastor-teacher for a different area of doctrine. God the Holy Spirit would then lead that same individual believer to a different pastor-teacher who is his right pastor-teacher for that different area of doctrine but is his wrong pastor-teacher for another area of doctrine. God the Holy Spirit would continue to lead that same individual believer to different pastor-teachers until the individual believer receives the correct doctrine for all areas of doctrine. The right pastor-teacher for the individual believer in this case is multiple pastor-teachers—one pastor-teacher for each area of doctrine. The situation is unique for each individual believer. The number of pastor-teachers that make up the right pastor-teacher for a given individual believer varies from one believer to another. Albeit, the issue is correct doctrine, not the communicator(s) or the method of delivery.

  • The Spiritual Life

We believe as fact that outwardly, the spiritual life of a believer is characterized by the character qualities of virtue, confidence, stability, grace-orientation, gentleness, humility, integrity, and self-control. Inwardly, the spiritual life is dictated by consistent divine viewpoint thinking under the filling of God the Holy Spirit. The believer who is actively growing up spiritually is able to think divine viewpoint because he has assimilated Bible Doctrine in his soul. The extent and scope of the believer’s divine viewpoint thinking is a function of the content of assimilated Bible Doctrine resident in his soul. The richer the content of assimilated Bible Doctrine in the believer’s soul the greater the extent and scope of his divine viewpoint thinking.

We believe as fact the spiritual life of the believer is never stagnant. The believer will either continue to grow spiritually through intake, digestion, and assimilation of Bible Doctrine, enhancing the extent and scope of his divine viewpoint thinking, or retrogress spiritually through lack of intake, digestion, and assimilation of Bible Doctrine, tarnishing the extent and scope of his divine viewpoint thinking. In his retrogressed spiritual state, the believer’s extent and scope of divine viewpoint thinking is limited, consequently limiting the character qualities of his spiritual life commensurate with the extent of his retrogression.

  • Mechanics for the Spiritual Life

We believe as fact God has endowed every believer in Jesus Christ spiritual assets to fulfill his responsibility to God. These assets include power options, problem-solving devices, and spiritual skills. Through proper utilization of these grace assets, the believer can grow in grace and have great virtue, prosperity, happiness, and historical impact in this life. The believer’s historical impact is mostly invisible; therefore, the believer is urged against becoming entangled in social and political activism. Spiritual life is a dynamic unity, with all grace assets God provides functioning together as a single system of power and love. By understanding God’s plan as an integrated system, the believer can adhere to all of God’s mandates and avoid distortions that come from taking favorite biblical concepts out of their doctrinal context. Further, the believer who lives within God’s system of power and love has Christian integrity. The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life that demands a supernatural means of execution, i.e., through the enabling power of the filling of God the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 55:8-9).

  • Supergrace and Spiritual Maturity

We believe as fact supergrace is the status of spiritual maturity in which the normal function of the Christian life and divine good begin. It is the "greater grace" of James 4:6, the place of utilization of grace in either adversity or prosperity. Characterized by spiritual and material blessings, this is the road to glorify God for the believer who has maximum doctrine in his soul. Supergrace is God’s objective for the believer in time and is the means of glorifying [reflecting the essence of] God in the prehistoric angelic conflict, which continues today as spiritual warfare in human history. . . . Ever since the advent of man, the battleground of the angelic conflict had moved from its original, physical location about the material universe and original earth into the soul of man. Now, with the battleground of the angelic conflict being presently located in the soul of man, any battle preparation must involve one that equips and edifies the soul. Because the soul is immaterial, the only armor that can effectively defend against enemy assault by the angelic antagonists in the angelic conflict is the spiritual armor of God. The believer is commanded to put on the whole spiritual armor of God, making sure that his sword, representing the Word of God, is sharp. The believer is commanded to continually sharpen his sword through the daily intake of the Word of God and Bible Doctrine so that he may reach the status of supergrace. (Ephesians 6:11-17)

We believe as fact the believer who has reached supergrace has reached the pinnacle of the spiritual life whereby he has developed the capacity for life, for love, for perfect happiness, for contentment of soul, for inner tranquillity, for a relaxed mental attitude, for integrity of character, for stability in prosperity as well as adversity, for stability under all circumstances of life, for effective witnessing to unbelievers in Jesus Christ, for effective witnessing for God in the angelic appeal trial, for maximum production of divine good, and for maximum reception of supergrace blessings in time and surpassing grace blessings in eternity. The believer who has reached supergrace has gained the high-ground position of spiritual maturity and has developed the capacity to execute a manifold of spiritual functions and receive a manifold of spiritual benefits.

We believe as fact God is waiting to convey special blessings above and beyond eternal salvation to the believer who has reached supergrace as these supergrace blessings were place on deposit for every believer before the creation of the universe but are conveyed to the believer only at supergrace (Ephesians 1:3). These supergrace blessings are unique to each believer and may include any or all of the following:

    • Temporal Material Blessings—wealth, promotion, social prosperity, sexual prosperity, technical prosperity, leadership dynamics.

    • Temporal Spiritual Blessings—capacity of soul, love for God, occupation with Jesus Christ, sharing the happiness of God.

    • Temporal Blessings by Association—friends and loved ones are blessed through their association with the mature believer.

    • Temporal History Geographical Impact—mature believer becomes the basis for blessing in his geographical periphery [i.e. he is the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)].

    • Dying Blessings—sting of death removed, great tranquility of soul in dying, anticipation of greater rewards for all eternity.

    • Eternal Material Blessings—prizes (Philippians 3:14) and crowns in eternity (1 Corinthians 9:25; Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Peter 5:4).

    • Eternal Spiritual Blessings—surpassing and greater grace blessings in eternity in the form of recognition of spiritual impact and commendation from God; these rewards serve as an eternal memorial to God’s grace. (Ephesians 2:7; James 4:6).


  • The Believer Who Fails to Advance to Spiritual Maturity

We believe as fact the believer who fails to advance to spiritual maturity through the daily inculcation of Bible Doctrine, although he himself is saved [“escaping the flames of the fire”—1 Corinthians 3:15], will retain his old nature, his old pattern of human viewpoint thinking, and his old manner of lifestyle while forfeiting his supergrace [escrow] blessings prepared for him by God the Father in eternity past and dispensed to him by Jesus Christ at the point of spiritual maturity. His continued carnality [out of temporal fellowship with God without rebound, i.e., confession or acknowledgment of postsalvation sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9)], may lead him down the path of perpetual reversionism [exhibiting qualities of the old nature], which, without rebound, may further retrogress into reverse-process reversionism [reverting back to the old nature], causing the reversionistic believer to have a total lack of capacity of soul (James 1:6-8, 4:8). The reversionistic believer will be preoccupied with self, circumstance, the details of life, a frantic search for happiness, and the three arrogance skills [self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption], which may lead him down a spiral toward mataiotes, i.e., vanity or vacuum of the soul, where his empty soul becomes vulnerable to take in lies and false doctrines. When truth is rejected something false has to take its place. A buildup of lies in the soul will lead to a buildup of scar tissue and hardness of the heart [inner core] (Ephesians 4:17-19; Luke 11:24-26). The reversionistic believer with maximum scar tissue in his soul will be subjected to divine discipline, self-induced misery, and the possibility of the sin unto death. Being a reversionistic believer does not mean loss of eternal salvation but loss of escrow blessings for time and eternity. [Escrow blessings are spiritual and material blessings God the Father had prepared in eternity past for the believer who is positive toward intake of Bible Doctrine and who have grown to spiritual maturity (Ephesians 1:3)].

We believe as fact the remedy for the believer living in any stage of reversionism is rebound. Rebound is the personal, private, non-emotional, non-penitent, non-meritorious confession or acknowledgment of postsalvation sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9). Rebound is the believer’s primary divine problem-solving device for living the postsalvation Christian life. Rebound is the only method for the believer to recover the filling of the Holy Spirit, the power source that energizes and sustains the spiritual life. Rebound may be utilized as often as needed to maintain the filling of the Holy Spirit whereby the spiritual life can operate. The reversionistic believer who has utilized rebound is once again spiritual, under the control of the Holy Spirit, and in temporal fellowship with God. The spiritual believer will have the effects of his reversionism reversed and his spiritual life recovered for the resumption of his spiritual advance.

  • Impact of Invisible Heroes

We believe as fact born-again believers who have remained faithful to the study of the Word of God, who have a maximum amount of metabolized doctrine circulating in their souls will have the capacity to execute the unique Christian way of life, i.e., the operational-type protocol plan of God [a supernatural way of life lived through the enabling power of the filling of God the Holy Spirit; a unique life full of power, confidence, stability, and virtue dictated by the absolute authority of the Word of God]. These believers will have become members of the pivot—a nucleus of spiritually mature believers within a client nation numerically sufficient to sustain the client nation. These invisible heroes will have fantastic spiritual impact on human history and on the angelic conflict, and will have their names and deeds recorded forever in the eternal state. The legitimate impact on the periphery of these believers is great, providing true hope—confidence and assurance—for the client nation not through revolutions or violence or self-righteous arrogance...not through crusader arrogance or attempting to change things by any form of tyranny...not through Christian activism or civil disobedience but through their invisible impact in preserving the client nation; mature believers are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

Section 10 - The Church

  • The Church

We believe as fact that the Church, which is the Body of Christ and will be the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7-8), is a spiritual organism made up exclusively of all born-again believers in Jesus Christ of this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church, which began on the day of Pentecost, irrespective of their age, gender, linguistic background, human IQ, socioeconomic status, national origin, cultural heritage, religious background, or affiliation with corporate churches or other religious or non-religious organizations (1 Corinthians 12:12-14); that the Lord Jesus Christ is Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23); that the Body of Christ is visibly functional through assemblies called local churches (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Hebrews 10:25); and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

We believe as fact that the primary purpose of the local church is for the communication of Bible Doctrine; that each local church has the right to optionally include or exclude secondary activities such as worship, prayer, exhortation, witnessing, fellowship, discipline, serving one another, and observing the church ordinances; that the autonomy of the local church is to be free from any external authority or control. (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 5:4-7; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-3)

  • Church Ordinance

We believe as fact the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Believer’s Baptism by immersion as a corporate identification ritual to publicly display the believer’s new position in Christ (Matthew 28:19)—being identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)—and the Lord’s Supper as a corporate memorial ritual to publicly remember Christ’s substitute death on the Cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

We believe as fact immersion is the only method of Believer’s Baptism taught in the Scriptures (Acts 8:36-38). While it is a legitimate ritual, it has no saving, delivering, or sanctifying power (1 Corinthians 1:14-17)—for ritual without reality is meaningless (Romans 2:25-29). The reality behind the ritual of Believer’s Baptism is Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Colossians 2:16-17). As an identification ritual, Believer’s Baptism delivers a formal public testimony to those in attendance that the individual being water baptized has already expressed faith alone in Christ alone and, therefore, is already spiritually regenerated [born again] (Titus 3:5), already a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), already in union with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17), and already eternally saved (Acts 16:31). When the individual is taken into the water by immersion, he is publicly portraying and identifying with the death and burial of Christ (Romans 6:5a); when he comes up out of the water, he is publicly portraying and identifying with the bodily resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:5b) and with his own future bodily resurrection (Romans 6:8-9). Believer’s Baptism symbolically portrays to the public the individual’s transition from his old position in the flesh to his new position in Christ (Romans 6:3-4). Believer’s Baptism is not a means or requirement for eternal salvation or local church attendance but is an optional public identification ritual (Acts 1:5). True baptism is that divine baptism performed by God the Holy Spirit placing all born-again believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5). Spiritual regeneration by God the Holy Spirit (John 3:3, 5-8) through faith alone in Christ alone (Acts 16:31) is absolutely necessary before Believer’s Baptism is appropriate (Acts 2:41-42; 10:44-48; 18:8).

We believe as fact the Lord Jesus Christ mandated the observance of the Lord’s Supper [Passover Seder] for every believer throughout the Dispensation of the Church until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:17-20).

  • The Responsibility of Believers

We believe as fact that every born-again believer in Jesus Christ of this present parenthetical dispensation of the Church is responsible to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18); that the believer’s ultimate goal in his postsalvation Christian life is to become conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18) with the result that he brings both blessing to himself (Galatians 5:22-23) and glory to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:20).

We believe as fact that every believer is commanded to maintain his spirituality (Ephesians 5:18) by reckoning himself dead to sin (Romans 6:11), keeping short confession accounts with God when he does sin (1 John 1:9). Whenever the believer sins, he falls into carnality and loses the filling of the Holy Spirit. The believer is commanded to fall out of carnality and back into spirituality by rebound [confession or acknowledgment of sins to God the Father] (