"But thou hast fully known my doctrine ... continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:10, 14-15)
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible as originally written is the infallible and verbally inspired Word of God; that it is preserved in the Masoretic Text (OT Hebrew) and Textus Recepticus (NT Greek) from which it is translated into the languages of the world; that it is complete in the 66 books contained therein, 39 books in the OT and 27 in the NT; that the Scriptures are the ultimate authority and only rule for Christian living, faith, practice and doctrine; that the Scriptures have given us everything pertaining to life and godliness and instruction in righteousness; that the Scriptures are interpreted to the individual believer by the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 30:5-6, Psalm 12:6-7; 19:7-11; Psalm 119:89, 2Peter 1:16-21, 2Tim. 3:16-17, Rev. 22:18-19, 2Peter 2:3.
We believe that there is only One, Living, and True God, an infinite Spirit; that within the unity of the Godhead there are three eternally existent Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; inexpressibly Holy, equal as to deity, substance, nature, power, authority, and glory; each having His individual identity and separate responsibilities in the plan of redemption; each having an active role in the creation of heaven and earth; who are worthy to receive all possible glory and honor. Deut. 6:4, Gal. 3:20, Isaiah 44:6; 45:22, 1John 5:1-8, Matthew 28:19, Genesis 1:1-2, 26, Isaiah 40:12-31.
We believe that God the Father is the first person set forth in the Divine Trinity; that He is almighty, merciful, and just; that He is holy, righteous, and true; that He is eternally existent, glorious in nature, possessing the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence; and that He, in harmony with His divine office, loves, provides, and protects, thus exercising providential watchcare over the sons of men, and especially a fatherly care over the children of God. We believe that He sent His Beloved Son into the world to be the saviour of mankind, and that He saves from sin death and hell, all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:19, Gen. 17:1, Matt. 19:26, Ps. 19:9, Isa. 6:3, Ps. 100:5, Prov. 15:3, Ps. 139:1-6, 13-14, Ps. 103:13, Matt. 6:25-30, Matt. 10:29-31, Matt. 7:11.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; that he was begotten of the Holy Ghost; the Only begotten of the Father; born of a virgin; that He is the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the world; God manifest in the flesh, whose body was prepared for him; that in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily, fully God, yet fully man, who humbled himself and was made in the likeness of men; that he was tempted in like manner as we are yet without sin, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. John 1:1-14, Romans 9:5, Heb. 1:8, Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:14, Gal. 4:4, 1Tim. 3:16, Heb. 10:5, John 4:42; 10:30-36; 14:9-10, 1John 4:14, Acts 4:12, Colossians 2:9, Philip. 2:6-11, Hebrews 4:15, 2:9.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son, and is of the same nature; that He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts the world of sin righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent of the New Birth, who seals, guides, teaches, witnesses, endues, intercedes for, and sanctifies the believer; that He indwells the believer eternally when they receive Jesus Christ as Saviour, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them; that all regenerated people are baptized by the Holy Ghost into the Body of Christ the moment they receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Acts 5:3-4, Heb. 9:14, 2Thes. 2:6-8, 13, 1Thes 1:5, John 16:7-15; 3:3; 14:16-17, 26, 2Cor. 1:20-22, Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30, 1Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:12-13.
We believe that all members of the Godhead were active in the creation; that the Genesis account is literal, and that evolution is totally false; that He created everything out of nothing for His own pleasure and purpose about 6000 years ago. Genesis 1-3, Rev. 4:11, Col. 1:16-17
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan, otherwise known as the dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, the accuser of the brethren, our deadly adversary, who deceiveth the whole world, is himself a creature, a created angel, and fallen; that he is the unholy god of this age, the author of evil, the father of lies, and destined for eternal judgment in the lake of fire; that he has an army of demons who work against God and his people; that he is a deceiver, and some of his devices include signs and wonders, and the mixing of truth and error, introducing the most notorious falsehoods and errors; that he is able to transform himself into an angel of light. Therefore, every experience and teaching must be examined in the light of the Word of God to determine its true source. Rev. 12:9, Ezek. 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:12-17, 2Cor. 4:4, Rev. 20:10, Eph. 6:12, 1Peter 5:8, John 8:44, 2Thes. 2:9, 2Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15.
We believe that the first man, Adam, was created after Gods own image and in his likeness, upright, holy and innocent, capable of serving and glorifying Him; but he, voluntarily sinning, fell, and came short of the glory of God; and all his posterity sinned in him, not only by nature, but by deed; and a corrupt nature derived to all his offspring, the guilt of whose sin is imputed, and are by their first birth carnal and unclean, dead in trespasses and sins, disinclined to do any good, and prone to every sin; and are by nature children of wrath; children of disobedience; and are therefore under the just condemnation of a Holy God, which is death, not only physical and spiritual but an eternal death, as considered in the first Adam, fallen and sinners; from which there is no deliverance but by Christ the second Adam. Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12-21, Eph. 2:1-3, Romans 6:23, 1Cor. 15:21-22.
We believe that sin is universal among mankind, and that there is none that doeth good, and sinneth not, and that the whole world lieth in wickedness. On account of sin, death entered in and man became desperately depraved and alienated from God; through sin all of the creation came under the curse of God and now the whole of creation groans and travails in pain until now, waiting for the redemption. The exceeding wickedness of sin and the fruit which it yields is horrendously devastating beyond comprehension that mere words fail to tell of its evil; it resulting in the fall of man and his separation from God, as He hates sin, and is of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look upon iniquity, as he is the Most Holy God. Romans 3:10, 23, Ecc. 7:20, 1John 5:19, Ezek. 18:4, Jer. 17:9, Romans 8:22-23; 7:13, Heb. 1:9, Hab. 2:4
We believe that salvation is wholly of God, wholly of grace, through the Mediatorial office of Jesus Christ the Son of God; that by his substitutionary death made full vicarious atonement, the Just dying for the unjust, the spotless Lamb dying in the place of the sinner, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree, who became cursed for us, smitten of God, and afflicted, tasting death for every man; that being buried, He rose again from the dead, declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness; that he, ascending into heaven, is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us daily as our Mediator, High Priest and Advocate. He is the fully qualified and all sufficient Saviour, who is mighty to save all who will repent and come to him through faith alone, and put their trust only in Him. 1Tim. 2:5, 1Peter 1:18-19; 2:24; 3:18, Gal. 3:13-14, Isaiah 53, Heb. 2:9; 1:3; 8:1, Romans 1:4; 8:34, Acts 5:31.
We believe that salvation is wrought via the New Birth; that a sinner must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous, not a process; that one being dead in trespasses and sin, upon faith in Christ Jesus, is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives from God the free gift of eternal life; that it is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth; that its evidence appears in the fruits of repentance and a new life, a putting off of the old man with his deeds; that old things pass away and all things become new. Our position becomes in Christ Jesus in whom we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. John 3:3, 2Cor. 5:17, 2Peter 1:4, 2Thes. 2:13, Eph. 4:22-24; 1:3.
We believe that the justification of the believer is by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone, without any consideration of any works of righteousness done by them; that the pardon of all their sins, past, present, and future is only through the blood of Christ, according to the riches of his grace; that Christ obtained eternal redemption by the shedding of his blood, which is the precise object of saving faith, and upon faith in Christ and his finished work, they are imputed with the righteousness of Christ. Eph. 2:8-9; 1:7, John 5:24, Heb. 9:12, 22, 25, Heb. 10:10-14, 18, Romans 3:19-26; 4:2-5; 5:1, 8-9, 2Cor. 5:21, Titus 3:5-7, Philip. 3:9.
We believe that the adding of works, baptism, the sacraments, keeping the commandments, or any other condition placed upon man in order to obtain God's free gift of salvation by faith alone in the finished works of Christ results in "another gospel" which is under God's curse. Romans 1:16, 1Cor. 1:17, 18, 21, 23, 24; 15:1-4, Acts 16:30-31, Gal. 1:6-10, Mt. 25:41.
We believe in the eternal security of all true believers in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Once a person has been born again into the family of God, and has become a new creature, created in Christ Jesus, he can never lose that new relationship in the family of God which is based on Christ's imputed righteousness and not his own, resulting in eternal life, which if can be lost is not life eternal. He is now said to be a Christian which can not be undone, for the Holy Spirit abides within with the believer for ever and he is sealed thereby unto the day of redemption when he will be glorified.
Christ not only saved us, but has the power to keep us saved. Once the believer is in Christ, they shall never perish for none can pluck the redeemed sinner out of the hand of the Saviour. He intercedes for us, praying that our faith will not fail, and is promised by His Father that He should loose nothing.
Sin in the life of a believer affects his fellowship with the Father, not his sonship. While the believer may suffer the chastening hand of the Father, and the possible loss of reward, Salvation can never be lost, for we are kept by the power of God. John 10:27-30; 6:37-40; 14:16-17, 1John 1:5-7; 5:9-13, Romans 8:29-39, Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30, 1Cor. 11:32, Heb. 12:5-11, Rev. 3:19, 1Cor. 3:8-15, 1 Peter 1:15
Heaven and Hell
We believe in Heaven, the place of eternal blessedness in the presence of God for the believer; and of Hell, the place of eternal torment and suffering of the wicked whose names are not found written in the Book of Life. These remain wicked, filthy, and unjust in His sight and under the curse whose end is everlasting conscious torment in the Lake of Fire, wherein is wailing and gnashing of teeth, which burns with fire and brimstone, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of his glory. We can offer no hope to those outside of Christ Jesus, who know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 16:11, 2Thes. 1:8-9, Mt. 25:41,46; 13:42, Mark 3:29; 9:43-48, Isaiah 30:33, Rev. 14:11; 22:11, Luke 16:27.
The Bodily Resurrection
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both of the just, and the unjust; that the just shall be raised incorruptible, when this mortal shall put on immortality, and death swallowed up in victory. This is the first resurrection in which the souls of the dead in Christ are reunited with their glorified body from the grave; that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead, at his appearing and at his kingdom. At this time the saved will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive that which was done in the body whether it be good or bad, which will be the basis of reward or loss thereof. We believe that the wicked dead will also be raised up and judged at the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennial reign of Christ; that they will be judged according to their works by which no man can be saved, then cast into the Lake of Fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, which is the Second death. Acts 24:15, 1Cor. 15:51-57, Rev. 20:4-6, 2Tim. 4:1, 2Cor. 5:8-11, Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8, John 5:25-29, Daniel 12:1-2.
The Change of the Living in Christ
We believe in the rapture, or the catching away of the Bride of Christ to meet the Lord in the air; that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. We believe that this event to be imminent, that it is the Blessed Hope of all believers throughout this present dispensation; that we are to be waiting, watching, and looking with great anticipation for the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, at which time the redemption of the body will be complete. Philip. 3:20-21, 1Thes. 5:14-28, Titus 2:13, 1John 3:2.
The Second Coming
We believe in the premillenial, pretribulational, imminent return of our Lord, in the air, to receive his Bride; that after seven years (Jacob's Trouble, Great Tribulation, Daniels 70th Week) He will return to the earth with his saints to save Israel from annihilation at the Battle of Armageddon, at which time all Israel shall be saved. Rev. 3:10, 1Thes. 3:13, Jude 1:14, Rev. 19:14, Zech. 14:5; 12:9-10; 13:1, Romans 11:25-27, Acts 1:6; 15:14-17.
The Millennial Reign
We believe in a literal Millennial reign of Jesus Christ upon the throne of his father David, in which he will reign in righteousness, and his saints with him. 2Sam. 7:8-19, 1Chr. 17:11-14, Luke 1:31-33, Acts 2:29-30, Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-10; 35:1-6, Rev. 20:1-7.
The Holy Spirit and the Body of Christ
We believe that the one true church is the body of Christ which consists of all those who have recieved Christ as Lord and Saviour; that it is not a particular denomination or building; that the church has one head which is Jesus Christ the Lord. We believe that all born again believers, that is, those who are regenerated, are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit at their conversion, the moment they receive Christ as Saviour; that at the moment they believe the Holy Spirit indwells them and abides with them forever. We do not believe that the Baptism of the Spirit is repeatable, nor that it is a subsequent act of faith evidenced by speaking in tongues, nor that it is some so-called second blessing apart from salvation. We believe that the Filling of the Spirit is for those who are Baptized of the Spirit, and Indwelt by Him. We believe that the Filling of the Spirit has to do with the believers walk, in yielding to the Lord, recognizing the reality of his position in Christ Jesus, and is a repeatable daily experience. Contrary to this one may grieve the Spirit or quench the Holy Spirit through disobedience and yielding to the flesh. Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23, Col. 1:18, 24, John 1:12-13, 1Cor. 12:12-13, John 14:16-20, 1Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20, Eph. 5:18
The Church and its Mission
We believe the local church to be an independent assembly of believers, void of hierarchy which God hates; that within the church all are to be born again believers in Christ, who consist of the universal priesthood with the one High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ; that the leadership should be godly leaders, Elders, Pastors or Bishops, (which are one in the same), seasoned in the faith. We believe the Lord instituted two ordinances, believers baptism by immersion after conversion, symbolizing the believers identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, 1Peter 3:21, Romans 6:3-5; and the Lord's Supper, which memorial is to be continued till he comes, 1Cor. 11:23-29. We believe the church mission is to be evangelistic in the spread of the Gospel into all of the world, Mt. 28:18-20; that they are to strive together in one spirit, with one mind, for the faith of the Gospel, whose duty is to embrace, defend, proclaim and maintain the purity of doctrine and practice, and worship and serve the Lord in spirit and truth.
As to our conversation in the world and the church, it ought to be as becometh
the Gospel of Christ, void of offense towards God and men, by living soberly,
righteously, and godly, in this present evil world; that in our church
communion, we ought to walk with each other in all humility and brotherly love;
to watch each others conversation; to stir up one another to love and good
works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together; and when the case
requires, to warn, rebuke, and admonish one another, according to the Word of
God; that we ought to bear one anothers weaknesses, failings, and infirmities,
and particularly to pray for one another, to the edification and comfort of one
anothers souls; which duties we desire to be found in the performance of,
through the gracious assistance of the Holy Spirit.
Dear ones in Christ,
This is difficult, God-glorifying work. Thank you for holding forth the Word of God in a manner that magnifies the attributes of our God who is purest Light and Love (1 John 1:5; 4:8). He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Calvinism so distorts the image of our holy, loving God who was compelled by His love taste death for EVERY man (Hebrews 2:9) in order to bring the remedy for our sin by the sacrifice of Himself for us ALL (Isaiah 53:5,6). Only those who CHOOSE to refuse Him (Proverbs 1:23-32) will forfeit the salvation that He purchased by our Savior's death, suffering, and resurrection. I thank the Lord for your ministry.
In the service of our God and Savior, David
I'm curious how people can have such a staunch view rejecting Calvinism yet hold so tightly to one of it's main doctrines, the eternal security of the believer. How can folks claim Calvinism isn't true (which i agree it is a false doctrine) but yet assert that a doctrine derived directly from Calvinism/Augustinian theology. Eternal security erodes the free will of mankind just as much as any other doctrine of Calvinism, how do people hold to one and reject the other without seeing their contradiction?
Justin, the pope does not believe in the eternal security of the believer either. He believes that a faithful Catholic can have security right after confession to the priest, but as soon as he commits a mortal sin, is destined for hell unless he can make it to the confessional again.
If one understands his deep depravity, the holiness of God, His love that He shed upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord, His death for our sins and resurrection for our justification, and by his own free volitional will, will repent and believe the gospel and receive Jesus Christ as His Savior from sin, thereby being born again, and become a new Creation in Christ Jesus, washed clean of all his sins by the blood of Christ.... If he truly believes and is born again, and then says, oh wait, I changed my mind, He would most certainly have been afflicted with a severe mental condition to which God would not hold him guilty or any other stricken with such a mental impairment as that.
Once one is born again into the family of God, that can not be changed any more than your own naturally born child can be unborn as if he was never your child. Christ confesses to those who are to depart to hell, "I never knew you". Not, I knew you, then you lost your salvation so now I do not know you. He "never" knew them.
We should however note, the the P in Tulip does not stand for Eternal Security, it stands for Perseverance of the Saints. But understand, in Calvin's world, your are either the elect, or the non-elect. But how would you ever know if you are one of the elect? Well if you persevere in the faith till death, I guess you are one of the Elect.
However, for the believer in Christ Jesus, his assurance does not rest on his own performance, but on the gospel, that Christ died for my sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures, and upon His promise that whosoever believes in Him receives the free and unconditional gift of eternal life.
He promised to never cast me out, and that I shall "never perish". Because I have believed, all my sins have been forgiven and so I can never be lost.
You believe in eternal torment AND the second death? How does that work?
Hello Pat, Yes, the Scriptures teach both.
To understand these doctrines, one needs to have a proper perspective of what death really means. Some believe that death is annihilation of being or cessation of existence. But a proper understanding of death is separation. When one dies, their spirit is separated from their body, and they are separated from their loved ones. Their body goes to the grave, and if one is saved, their spirit goes to be with the Lord. If the deceased is lost, they go down to Hades (OT equivalent: Sheol), also called the "bottomless pit", which is the prison of departed spirits, and await there till the Great White Throne Judgment.
The first two that are cast into the Lake of Fire (the final Hell) are those two nefarious characters called the Beast and the False Prophet. "These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20) One thousand years later, after the Millennial Reign of Christ , Satan is also cast there. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:10)
Now on that day, at the White Throne Judgment, all the dead of all the ages, who have rejected God's salvation, their spirits are once again united with their bodies, and are raised up to stand before Jesus Christ who will judge them by their works, by which no man can be saved.
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death (grave) and hell (Hades: prison of departed spirits) delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
All those who are not found in the Lamb's Book of Life" are cast into the Lake of Fire where Satan, the false prophet and beast are being tormented alive for ever and ever. So the Second Death, is separation from God for ever and ever in the Lake of Fire. That is the Second Death. They shall here those frightful words from Christ, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). These "shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (2 Thessalonians 1:9). They "shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night" (Revelation 14:10-11).
If you would like to know more about the doctrine of Hell, that is, what the Bible teaches on the subject, we have an article on our web site here: http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/sermons/hell.html
But more importantly, are you saved? Check out this quick survey: http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/survey.html
Thank you for your clear doctrinal statement and commitment to truth "according to the scriptures!"
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"thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (Psalm 138:2). Why is the verse incomplete? Its actually,"2 I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, and give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; for Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name."
So not only was that a partial quote it was tells me someone doesn't compare translations. As to the "You would know nothing of God without the Bible... "
We know this is historically incorrect. The Christian church was spreading the Gospel long before the councils of Hippo (393AD) and Carthage (397AD; 419AD) completed the closed canon of today's Bible. And as for the rude assertion that I dont know what the Gospel is, I beg to differ. The Gospel--the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins IS the Gospel as recorded in 1Corinthians 15:1-4. (which is referenced on this site, btw). My stating "this is the Gospel" is a reference to what the Apostle's (and Nicene and Athanasius) says. It teaches us Who God is and what we as Christians believe. It is a definitive statement of belief--which prompted the post in the first place. The denigration of the Creed(s) is surprising considering it comes from the same authority that gave us the canon of the Bible.
I am glad you have a Bible to search the Scriptures.
The canon of Scripture was complete in the first century so we do not need some council or heiarchy to tell us we now have the Bible. Your authority may be Hippo and Carthage, Nicene and Athanasius. I do not know them but I know Jesus the "Word of God" (Revelation 19:13) who has given the gift of His Word to the world.
Now, you define the gospel as, "the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins IS the Gospel as recorded in 1Corinthians 15:1-4." 1Corinthians 15:1-4 does not include the birth, and you excluded "He was buried".
I will repeat for your sake, that your creed is NOT the gospel. It does not tell us that "Christ died for our sins" (1 Corinthians 15:3). It may tell us that he died, but it speaks nothing of substitutionary atonement nor of redemption through the blood of Christ. It is watered down, vague and blury. Stick with the Bible and you will be far better off.
And stop spreading lies that Christ descended into hell.
Furthermore, Roman Catholics recite this mantra daily at the "Mass". They believe that Christ died, was buried and rose again, but to the gospel that saves, they add a plethora of other things that are necessary for their salvation (good works, baptism, sacraments, etc.), and "pervert the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:6) and come under a curse. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8-9)
Why is it on so many of these kinds of sites the Statements of Belief always tend to begin with Bible instead of God? But here its Bible, THEN Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit (which could very easily have been consolidated since the One, True God is Father, Son and Spirit. This is extremely disturbing because it seems to have become routine. Let us remember the early church and the earliest creeds which put God first and formost. In fact, not mentioning "bible" at all. Apostle's Creed: I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell: The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead: I believe in the Holy Ghost: I believe in the holy catholic [universal] church: the communion of saints: The forgiveness of sins: The resurrection of the body. And the life everlasting. Amen.
This is the GOSPEL. The Good News of Jesus Christ. And while the Bible is important to the Christian, the Gospel, Who God is, Why He came, and what it means to have faith in Him should always be first. Yet so rarely does.
"thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (Psalm 138:2).
It is impossible to place the inspired, inerrant Word of God on too high a pedestal, for God Himself honors it above His name! The Word is not greater than God, for He wrote it by His Spirit, but it is greater than His "Name", which represents Him, and all that He is and does. His Word, however, represents Him more fully than His name alone can do: in His Word, in fact, His name is revealed.
You would know nothing of God without the Bible, which reveals Him in all His fulness. You have the "apostles creed", you do not even know if an apostles wrote it. I will stick with the infallible word of God, the Bible.
You say the apostles creed "is the Gospel". I am afraid you do not even know what the Gospel is. The "creed" says Jesus "suffered under pontius Pilot", many people have so that does not help us. The Creed does not even tell us that "Christ dies for our sins", which is an essential component of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
So let's face it, the "apostles creed" is not the apostles creed, just some watered down ecumenical writing that come long after the apostles of Christ. Secondly, it is not the gospel, nor does it contain the gospel (Romans 1:16)!
Furthermore, the "apostles creed" says that Christ "descended into hell". If this is so, why did Jesus say to the theif on the cross "today you shall be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). He did not go to hell he went to paradise, Abraham's bosom.
Let us stick with the Bible rather than the creeds of men which so easily lead men astray.
You had asked what Bible I use. I use the King James version. If you are a believer, you certainly have no problem understanding that God's Word is under attack by the enemy. And if you are a believer, you should also know that we are living in the last days wherein the apostle Paul said that there would be an apostasy, a departing from the faith. Hence, in the last hundred years or so, there have been as many Bibles published and copyrighted by big money making corporations. If you have looked at the various Bible versions of late, you will notice one thing, it is impossible to follow along if one is reading from another version. You can rest assured that the devil does not want you to follow along. Sometimes extra words are added, sometimes whole portions are missing. Why? Most do not understand the Bible Version issue, nor do they really care about it, but you can rest assured that the devil does not want the Bible in your hands, he does not want it in your heart, neither does he want you to follow what it says, for he hates its Author.
In His Service,
It is refreshing to see how the Holy spirit has no geographic limitations, GOD bless you and your work. We are working on combineing two churches, our statement of faith only differes from yours in format. So I wont hesitate to ask you, what version of the Bible do you use? The two churches use different pulpet ( common for every ministy ) Bibles. I am gleaning from many brothers and sisters in the Lord about this matter, any contribution would be greatly appriciated.
Praise the LORD!
You believe what I believe...to the letter! I'd like to reprint your statement of faith in our Bible Newsletter, entitled "Joshua & Caleb Newsletter"...
I have never seen a statement of faith in closer harmony with God's unchanging word than your own.
I wonder whether we might hold fellowship via E-Mail. I have a lot of questions to ask of you (non-argumentative.) They involve the preparation of articles for our newsletter. Hope to hear from you soon. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.
In Christ and His service, unto His glory
Bro. Cliff Smith
Eph.4 & 5