I believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. I believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. I believe God not only inspired every word, but also has preserved them through the ages. I believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people and is the only acceptable translation to be used. (Psalms 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
I believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. I believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
I believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. I believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. I believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them.
I believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection.
I believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25, 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
The Holy Spirit
I believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has the personality and all the attributes of Deity. I believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, I believe He has a special ministry that began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, baptize, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6, 14:16; Acts 1:5, 11:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, 12:13).
Sin and Salvation
I believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. I believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. I believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. I believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. I believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19, 16:31; Romans 3:10-23, 5:6-12, 6:23, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
The New Testament Church
I believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. I believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion, and carrying out the great commission. I believe all the true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15, Acts 2:41-43, 11:15, 20:28; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14, 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
Separation From the World
I believe that all the saved are called unto a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. A person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and should live a holy, consecrated life; he should separate himself from the world and all its lust in obedience to the command of God (Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 5:17, 6:14-18; I Peter 2:9; II Timothy 2:19).
Genesis Account of Creation
I believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what you believe about your origin will determine your philosophy of life. I believe creation was a direct act of God, literal 24-hour solar days, instantaneous, and miraculous. I believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was “after their kind” (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6,9: John 1:3).
The Last Days
I believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. I believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. I believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of 1,000 years. Following this 1,000 years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22