“He that believeth on me as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.” ~ John 7:38
“I am the vine. You are the branches. Abide in me and you will bear much fruit; for apart from me, you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5
– One God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
– Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and the only means of salvation and deliverance from eternal judgment. Christianity is supreme over all other religions. There are not many paths to God. There is one, only one name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
– Mankind is inherently sinful and wicked by nature. Man is under God’s wrath by virtue of original sin unless he comes to repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ.
– The cross was the payment for the sin of mankind. It is all sufficient, all powerful, and disarmed every work of the devil who now sits naked like a rubber ducky bouncing on the waves of the ocean in the midst of a hurricane.
– Christ was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was fully God and man, worked miracles, fulfilled all Biblical prophesy about the Messiah, was crucified, buried, and raised to life again on the third day. He sits forever enthroned at the right hand of God and has completely overcome death. He has redeemed all that was lost at the fall of mankind.
– We should honor the saints but not pray to or worship them. God wants us to have our own direct relationshp with him. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father”… not our Mother Mary.
– Salvation is received. It is not automatic. One must repent of sin, be baptized, and follow the commands of Christ in obedience to Scripture. It is by grace you have been saved, however the evidence of that grace is a surrendered, holy and obedient life. I declare that one who does not exhibit holiness has neither seen him nor known him.
– It is possible for those who have once been enlightened to lose their salvation through willful, persistent sinful rebellion. Their end condition will be worse than if they had never believed at all.
– Repentance is a transformed mind resulting in transformed behavior. Often I’ve heard it taught that we need to “think of ourselves differently” and that somehow equals salvation. I reject this as false. John the baptist and other apostles like Paul and John all testify that true repentance is proven by our deeds. James writes that faith without works is dead. Jesus declares that he will reject many on the day of judgment who claimed to be Christian saying, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.” Thus anyone who claims to have repented by “thinking differently” and is still going around sinning willfully is deceived and not a genuine believer. People in this camp will accuse you of being legalistic for insisting that holiness is a sign of genuine repentance. Search yourself right now in Jesus’ name and see whether you are truly walking in full obedience and holiness before God. If not, repent!
– The spirit world is real. There is a devil and he hates you. There are angels and demons caught in an eternal struggle for your soul and mine. The end of the age approaches when Christ will return in great glory. He will judge all mankind and assign them eternal reward in Heaven or eternal damnation in Hell.
– Heaven and Hell are literal and eternal places. There will be no partying in hell. It is a place of unimaginable suffering and torment. Have you ever picked up a live coal in your hand?
– Real love does not just tolerate anything. It is deception to equate love with tolerance. Love is active, working for the best of others and giving sacrificially. Love shows mercy at times but at other times mercy is not what is required. Sometimes in the course of events it is necessary to discipline, punish, say no, correct, or rebuke as a sign of love. (Tough Love) Those who fail to do this are actually being cowards and unloving.
– God loves you desperately and has made every provision for your salvation. He is also wise and just. He will not tolerate sin. He will execute wrath on those who are disobedient, both in the present age and in the age to come.
– Simply telling people that God loves them is not preaching the gospel. The gospel must include the sinful state of mankind and impending doom of eternal judgment, the glorious mercy of God expressed through his Son Jesus Christ, Christ crucified and raised again to life for the remission of sin, and the repentance and baptism of the believer as a sign of conversion. Many people stop after… “For God so loved the world…” but they are too cowardly to tell people that unless they believe in the Son of God, they will perish. (Read all of John 3:16)
– Doing good works but saying nothing of Christ is not preaching the gospel. We can give out all the food and socks we want. We can build schools in Africa or homes in Mexico, but if we don’t command people to repent and believe the gospel… we’ve done them a huge disservice. We’ve deceived ourselves into thinking we’re saving souls when we’re simply filling bellies. (I believe in acts of kindness but this is not preaching the gospel.)
– Simply giving someone a prophetic word or praying for healing is not preaching the gospel. What good is it for their body to be healed and their soul to perish? Preach!
– The judgments of God are still absolutely in effect today as in the Old Testament. There is no change of God’s character. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Nations, cities, and individuals who continue to shake their fists at God and sin to His face will experience judgment. God’s first choice is always to show mercy. He generally sends preachers and prophets to the people to tell them to repent. Then he waits patiently. If no real repentance occurs, the cup of iniquity will eventually be filled and destruction will ensue. Judgment is only averted through repentance and abiding under the umbrella of the blood of Jesus and the cross (Hallelujah!). There are judgments here in this life and eternal judgments in the one to come. Sometimes in His mercy, God will allow judgment now so that a soul can be spared from eternal judgment. Those who say we should bless wicked cities instead of preaching the gospel and who keep crying, “Peace, peace when there is no peace” are deluded, false prophets.
– Homosexuality is sin. There is no provision for homosexual practice or marriage in Scripture. Churches who ordain openly practicing homosexuals or that teach that homosexuality is not wrong are deceived and a synagogue of Satan. Furthermore, sexual immorality of any kind is also sin. The sexual union of a man and woman is to be honored inside of the covenant of marriage. Adultery and fornication are wicked as well in God’s sight. All such sins will be judged.
– Not everything that happens on earth is the will of God. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” If everything automatically happened the way God intended, it would be futile to pray such a prayer. No, God has delegated authority on earth to man. As the old saying goes, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
– The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. It is supreme over any popular teaching or living person who claims to be an apostle or otherwise. Any teaching that directly contradicts Scripture is to be discarded as heresy. The Bible is not subject to a liberal interpretation. Jesus said we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. A little child doesn’t need a theology degree to understand what Jesus wants. Therefore, Biblical interpretation should adhere to the plain meaning of the text such that it is simple and even a child can understand it.
– The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ given to the church until Christ returns again. The work of the Holy Spirit in convicting sinners of their sin, healings and miracles in confirmation of the gospel, power for holy living, divine revelations and prophetic utterances are all absolutely necessary for every believer and the church.
– The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from conversion though the two can happen simultaneously. The evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is tongues and prophecy. This empowerment is commanded in the book of Acts and is for all believers both men and women. It was so necessary that Jesus forbid his disciples from doing any thing or going anywhere until they were clothed with power from on high. I declare that we are fools if we think we can do any better without the overflowing power of the Holy Spirit.
– The supernatural gifts of the Spirit are still for today. They are available to every believer. Some have a propensity for and stronger functioning in certain gifts. The gifts of the Spirit are not an endorsement of a person’s character or teaching. This is often confused. The gifts are meant to build up the body of Christ and confirm the gospel. They are not earned.
– The fruit of the Spirit comes as we abide in Christ. By definition, it takes time. The mark of a mature Christian is patience. (James 1)
– Water baptism and holy communion are sacraments that Christ commanded his followers to observe. They have real spiritual power to free us from the grip of the devil and the pull of sin. Therefore, they should not be ignored nor postponed. I do not presume to know why God chooses to release power as we obey these sacraments. I simply believe we should do what He says.
– Water baptism should be administered as soon as possible upon confession of faith in Christ. It literally symbolizes death and resurrection in Christ and the breaking off of all demonic power and association with the old life of sin. It is a symbol and ceremony of the conversion experience and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. The requirement of classes, membership to a specific church, or any other hinderance of this sacrament for any reason is unbiblical and dangerous. Baptisms can be performed by anyone who is a believer and follower of Christ. In certain very rare circumstances such as someone dying in a car crash or the thief on the cross, confession and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ are sufficient for salvation. Under no other circumstances should water baptism be ignored.
– Infant baptisms are not a once and for all salvation guarantee. Each man must make his own decision to follow Christ, repent of sin, and be baptized in order to be saved. For this reason, I prefer infant dedications to the Lord wherein they will hopefully make a decision to follow Christ as they mature.
– All the precious children killed in the great genocide (aborted at the hands of murderous doctors and deceived women) will be in Heaven. Jesus said that if they are blind they would not be guilty of sin. But since they claim to see, their guilt remains. I do not presume to know exactly when God will hold a young child to account for his/her actions but at some point, they will have grown wise enough to know the good and reject the evil. This doctrine is often referred to as the “age of accountability.”
– Jesus Christ is coming again. He will literally come on the clouds of glory and we will be caught up with him in the air. Those who have died will be raised to life. The whole earth will witness this event and those who have hated him will flee and mourn. I am ready to go at any moment. HALLELUJAH!
– It is the business of every Christian to be about fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28. Pew filling, song singing, class attending, luke warm Christianity that doesn’t forcefully and lovingly break into the rest of life and cares nothing for the world that is on its way to hell is an offense to God. We are on a mission.
– The Christian life will include persecution and suffering. Anyone who teaches otherwise is a heretic. The Bible plainly declares through every example in Scripture a life of refinement through suffering. Christ learned obedience through suffering. Paul writes that all who desire to live godly in Christ will suffer persecution. However, this persecution and suffering will test you and make you a more mature believer. Embrace it! And rejoice that you get to participate in the sufferings of Christ. And you shall also partake of his glory.
– God is fun. We still get to enjoy life and the pleasures of life as long as they don’t become an idol. By pleasures I certainly don’t mean sin of any kind.
– I believe in using all available technological means to distribute and proclaim the gospel.
– I believe water baptism should be by full immersion but in certain circumstances where this isn’t possible other methods may be used.
– I believe in the large corporate gathering and the small intimate gatherings. Church is expressed where ever “two or three are gathered together in my name.” – Jesus
Government & Authority
We believe in gender roles and submission to authority. Authority is expressed in Christ’s submission to the Father and in the disciples’ submission to Christ. Submission means obedience.
Submission is something that both genders have to do in different ways and circumstances. Men should be submitted to the Word of God (its general principles and teachings) as well as connected to other mature men of God to whom they must give account. This may be a pastor, group of peers, elders or other form of Biblical government. We are all ultimately accountable to God, but God uses men to express his rule on earth. Honoring authority honors God.
In the church, God has appointed the five fold ministry to govern, equip and strengthen his people. In some cases a prophet is raised up who confronts the establishment. This is not rebellion, but rather God setting his house in order through his prophet. (This happens historically when the church or Israel has reached such a state of corruption that the government is an abomination to God due to wickedness.)
In general also men should submit to the laws of the land unless these laws directly violate God’s laws. God is greater than Caesar. We must render unto Caesar what is his while not giving him what is God’s. A man ought to obey his employer in like fashion.
Regarding gender roles, God has assigned men to lead the church and their own households. Paul’s exhortation to submit to one another in Ephesians is not an abolition of gender roles or a proof text of egalitarianism. We read this as a general attitude of yieldedness to our brethren in Christ. (i.e. a humble attitude) Throughout Scripture and in virtually every New Testament epistle the clear distinction of male government is given. The Old and New Testament consistently bear witness to this. This is God’s righteous order. (Even secular evidence bears witness to the importance and influence of the man over his family and in the home. This is precisely why the devil has tried to destroy godly male leadership.)
We now live in a day and age of mass confusion and deception about gender roles, gender identity and sexuality. The desire to reverse men and women’s roles or to undo one’s natural sex and all other such perversions are sinful and demonic in nature. This is the operation of the Jezebel spirit.
Women are not supposed to be apostles, teaching, or leading men. The Bible teaches the participation but not authority of women in the work of ministry. There are many places in Scripture where women were used by God to accomplish wonderful things. But this isn’t to be confused with putting a woman in a position of authority over a man. In the home, women should be submitted to their husbands as unto the Lord (unless the husband entices the wife to commit sin.) A woman’s submission does not mean she has no value or is oppressed. On the contrary, God values her submission.
Lastly, children should obey their parents until they grow up and become independent. Afterwards, they are to continue honor their mother and father.
Those who are angry about God’s order are ignorant of Scripture and believe a false assumption that all things are supposed to be equal. The kingdom of God has hierarchy and does not declare that all government, giftings or callings are equal. (We will be judged equally based on what we were given.) The whole sexism argument is an attempt to usurp male authority. The natural order is that man is stronger physically and meant to protect, guide, and provide for the woman and his family. Even the animal kingdom understands this.
We do not believe one’s ultimate value or worth is defined by wealth, power or status. Renouncing that lie sets us free from coveting authority or possessions.
In conclusion, government is God’s idea. Jesus said that, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” and the apostle James reminds us that, “Those who teach will be judged more strictly.” Those who occupy places of authority need to take those positions seriously with a righteous measure of fear because God will hold such men accountable. Jesus modeled that kingdom power and authority should be used to serve humanity not for selfish purposes. Let those appointed to lead do so with love and justice.