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Due to the fact that apostasy and deception has woven itself into the fabric of today's institutional church. I believe that it is important to define what my core beliefs are that drive the work as found on this website. In addition this will provide you a basis for assessing this site to determine if its aligns with the Biblical revelation.

Apostasy

Men and conditions will become worse and worse until this age ends in a widespread apostasy from the "faith once delivered to the saints"; that when man's rebellion against God reaches its awful climax in worship of Satan, the Lord Jesus Christ shall come to earth, bring to naught every wicked work of man, chain Satan, and take His Messianic throne to reign in righteousness over the earth for one thousand years (Matthew 24:37-38; II Timothy 3:1-7; 4:3-4; Revelation 19:11-20:6).

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is received at conversion. When the Holy Spirit regenerates the lost person He baptizes them into the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-13). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not, as some suppose, an experiential “Second Blessing” post-conversion which happens to only “elite” Christians resulting in their ability to speak in tongues. It is not an experiential event but a positional event. It is a fact, not a feeling. The Bible never commands us to be baptized by the Holy Spirit or to seek it. It is a sovereign act of God himself

The Bible does, however, command believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18). The Greek construct in this text permits a rendering of “be filled with the Holy Spirit” or “be filled by the Holy Spirit.” In the former rendering, the Holy Spirit is the content of the filling whereas in the latter He is the agent of the filling. It is our position that the latter is the correct view. If He is the agent, then what is the content? We believe that the proper context points to the proper content. Ephesians repeatedly emphasizes that we are to be filled with the “fullness of Christ” (Eph 1:22-23; 3:17-19; 4:10-13). Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit would point us to Christ (John 16:13-15). The Apostle Paul in Col 3:16 instructs “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” We are being filled with the Holy Spirit when we read, learn and obey the Word of God. When we are filled and being filled with the Holy Spirit the results will be evidenced by: ministry to others, worship, thanksgiving, and humility (Eph 5:19-21).

Biblical Inerrancy:

The Bible is the Word of God and that its original autographs are free from errors and contradictions. (2Pet 1:21, 2Tim 3:16)

Plenary verbal inspiration

The word plenary means "full" or "complete". Therefore, plenary verbal inspiration asserts that God inspired the complete text(s) of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including both historical and doctrinal details. The word verbal affirms the idea that inspiration extends to the very words the writers chose. For example, in Acts 1:16 the Apostle Peter says "the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake" (KJV). Paul calls all scripture "God-breathed" in 2 Timothy 3:16(referring to the Old Testament). Thus, the Holy Spirit guided the writers along (cf. 2 Peter 1:20-21) while allowing their own personalities and freedom to produce the Bible we have today. This view recognizes and asserts both the human and divine element within Scripture

Bible Preservation:

Through God's providence, he has promise to supernaturally maintain and guard his word (Psalm 12:6-7,119:89; Is 40:8; Isaiah 59:21; Matt 5:18; 1Pet 1:23-25). This has been evidenced by such finds as the Dead Sea Scrolls, EBLA tablets , menghapus stella, Nash Papyrus, and other archeological finds of manuscripts of antiquity.

Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics

•The Bible is a whole; it is sacred and indivisible. It is theological error to attempt to make one part of the Bible less relevant than another. The ultimate context for each verse of Scripture is the entire Bible.

Because one's method of interpretation of Scripture affects the way doctrine is arrived at, the method of interpretation becomes an essential doctrinal issue itself. Therefore the following interpretative rules are recognize and adhered to.

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif Literal (also called normal): interpret Scripture literally taking into account normal literary devices such as metaphors, simile, hyperbole, and figurative language

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif Historical: interpret Scripture in light of the historical situation of the day

Grammatical: interpret Scripture in light of the precise grammar rules of Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic.

Etymological: interpret Scripture in light of the meanings of words based on their roots and derivations

Contextual: interpret Scripture in light of the immediate context: sentence, paragraph, chapter, and book; as well as the general context: book, testament and applicable extra-biblical material

Creation

God created the universe and all that is in it by his creative power. God brought the universe into existence by the exertion of his divine will. (Gen 1:1).

"When Moses, under the inspiration of God, compiled the account of creation in Genesis 1, he used the Hebrew word yôm for ‘day’. He combined yôm with numbers (‘first day’, ‘second day’, ‘third day’, etc.) and with the words ‘evening and morning’, and the first time he employed it he carefully defined the meaning of yôm (used in this way) as being one night/day cycle (Genesis 1:5).

If God had wanted to tell us that creation started in the past but continued into the future, meaning that creation took place by some sort of theistic evolution, there were several ways He could have said it:

dor used either alone or with ‘days’, ‘days’ and ‘nights’, or ‘evening and morning’, could have signified ‘and it was generations of days and nights’. This would have been the best word to indicate evolution’s alleged aeons, if this had been meant.

olam with the preposition le, plus ‘days’ or ‘evening and morning’ could have signified ‘perpetual’; another construction le olam va-ed means ‘to the age and onward’ and is translated ‘for ever and ever’ in Exodus 15:18.

tamid with ‘days’, ‘days’ and ‘nights’, or ‘evening’ and ‘morning’, could have signified ‘and it was the continuation of days’.

ad used either alone or with olam could have signified ‘and it was for ever’.

shanah (year) could have been used figuratively for ‘a long time’, especially in the plural.

yôm rab literally means ‘a long day’ (cf. ‘long season’ in Joshua 24:7, or ‘long time’ in the New American Standard Bible). This construction could well have been used by God if He had meant us to understand that the ‘days’ were long periods of time.

Thus, if God had wanted us to believe that he used a long–drawn–out creative process, there were several words He could have used to tell us this. However, God chose not to use any of these. " [2]

Church:

God calls believers in Christ to his Church (local assembly of believers) where the Word of God is preached in its purity and entirety, employing sound hermeneutics to ascertain its divine, intended meaning. The sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) is administered, where believers are disciple and disciplined, and where believers are built up and equipped for the work of service (Acts 2:42), Eph 2:10, Eph 4:11-13).

The Bible does not teach that the Church will Christianize the world before the return of Jesus, it teaches the world is heading toward judgment. Therefore Dominion/Reconstruction/post millennial theology is rejected or any humanistic doctrine that establishes a physical kingdom of God on earth before the physical return of Jesus Christ in glory.

The Church has not replaced or superseded Israel. God will fulfill all physical earthly promises that He made to the natural descendants of Israel. These promises are not to be allegorized and spiritualized to the Church. God will fulfill all covenants to the descendants of Israel after they acknowledge their offense and they accept the Messiah that He gave them.

The institutional church is never inerrant. Traditions of men and doctrines of the church often conflict with God’s revealed word in the Bible. The only reliable authority for men to live by is the Bible.

Church Officers

God calls qualified Christians to be ordained and to serve Jesus Christ in special leadership capacities, i.e. Elders, Deacons, Ministers of the Word, and Evangelists. 

The office(s) of pastor and elder is "limited to qualified "men" only, called by God, recognized by the body, and that meet the biblical standard of eldership.(1Tim 3; Titus 1)

Women are not called to be pastors nor elders. (1 Tim. 2:11-15, 1Tim 3:12-13, Titus 1:5-9). Their role in the church is not inferior but different to that of the man and is just as necessary and vital to a healthy functioning of the body of Christ. (1Cor 12:4-7,15).

There are roles that God has called and equip women but has not call the men (Titus 2:3-5). A woman will achieve her ministry in the church when she functions in the scope which God has designed for her.

Divine Election:

From all eternity God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will and divine counsel.(John 15:19; Eph 1:4-5; 2 Thess 2:13)

For it is the Father who gives believers to Christ (John 6:37)

Our call is not based on anything in us, for he has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. (2 Tim 1:9)

Interfaith Ecumenism

Interfaith ecumenicalism is rejected as a Biblical expression of fellowship in order to accomplish the will of God (2 Cor 6:14-18)

Eternal Security:

Christ has done all that is needed for our salvation and he says that those who have eternal life will never perish. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand," (John 10:27-28)   God is faithful to complete the work of salvation he begins within the believer (1Thess 5:23-24)  

Those who appeared to be Christian but fell away and never returned back to Christ were never Christians to begin with (1 John 2:19). Their "habitual" godless behavior validates the true condition of their heart, (2 Pet 2:22, 1John 3:7-8) which is unregenerate. It also reflects the fact they didn't hear the voice of the savior therefore do not follow him.

Eternal Judgment:

All who practice sin are not born of God (1John 3:6-8a), and are not justified by the blood of Christ as a result will face eternal and conscious judgment. ( Rev 20:15, Rev 21:8)

Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deut 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Sam 1:26-28; Ps 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Prov 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecc 4:9-12; 9:9; Mal 2:14-16; Matt 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 7:1-16; Eph 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Tim 5:8,14; 2 Tim 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Heb 13:4; 1 Pet 3:1-7. [5]

Fraternal Organizations:

Fraternal Organizations such as Shriners, Masons, Eastern Star, Greek Letter organizations, etc. are not compatible with Biblical Christianity therefore membership within these organizations should be avoided.

Involving one's self in these organization will result in the practice of syncretism. A failure to repent of such a relationship can have calamitous spiritual consequences.

Syncretism in its basic meaning is the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, when incorporated with Christianity it reshapes Christian beliefs and practices, as a result Christianity looses it's unique nature and speaks with a tone that reflects the world's culture and religions.

God

God in his nature is one (Heb - echad ) as found in the Jewish Shema (Deut 6:4) which is depicts a compound unity not yachid (heb) which is an absolute one, this is not the God of the Bible but another God.

There are three eternal, distinct separate persons --being known as the Father (Titus 1:4), the Son (John 1:1-3,14 ) and Holy Spirit (Is 36:10; Ezek 11:5; Micah 2:7; Acts 5:3-4) who share the same essence. They are coeternal, coequal, etc., these three are the one God (Isaiah 44:6,8; Isaiah 45:5; Gen 1:26-27; Gen 3:22; Matt. 3:17; Matt 28:19).  

God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him (Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6,8). He has always been God (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Rev. 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jer. 32:17,27), Omnipresent (Ps 137:12), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:8,16); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12,22,26)  

The bible doesn't teach where any of the members of the Godhead exists in a modalistic form. Any form of modalism represents a different God and not the God of the Bible therefore it is not supported by scripture. This false teaching has its roots in the false teaching known as Sabellianism which was dealt with by the church in the 3rd century.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is referred to as having personality and with masculine gender. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. He inspired Scripture and brings new life to the people of God. The Spirit of God is often portrayed in Scripture in terms of “breath”, “life” or “wind”, indicating his role in sustaining and bringing life to God’s creation.

The Holy Spirit’s attributes and activities are always those of God. The titles used of the Holy Spirit identify him as part of the triune nature of the divine being.

The Holy Spirit posseses the following attributes:

He is present everywhere Ps 139:7-8
He knows all things Isa 40:13
He has infinite power Zec 4:6
He is eternal Heb 9:14
He is unique Eph 4:4-6
He is holy Ro 1:4

The holy Spirit possess personality:

Grammatical indications of the Holy Spirit’s personhood
Jn 14:16 See also Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:7

His relationship to  believers:

 He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides the believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts; that in this age He baptizes and permanently indwells and seals all believers into one body; that His chief purpose is to witness and glorify Christ; that His fullness and power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

Humanity:

Man by nature is fallen, corrupt, and wicket.(Jer 17:9, Gal 5:19-20, Matt 15:18-20)

Man believes in God by grace through faith, is unable to come close to God through his own efforts, nor can he win salvation by his attempt at good works, nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Eph 2:8) nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor 2:14).

Man is incapable of perfectly obeying the law of God. Therefore is in a state of hostility towards God and cannot please God (Rom 8:6-8)

Man stands condemned in God's court of law (Rom 3:10-19). Man's sinful condition apart from God will only earn him eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire and separation from the blessed presence of God for eternity.

Human Sexuality:

God has commanded that intimate sexual activity be engaged in solely by one man with one woman, united in permanent, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for as long as they both shall live.    Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, transvestism, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5,13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).

Israelology  

Believe that all of the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled. Believe that God called a people to Himself who are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; that Israel is the Wife of Jehovah, unfaithful in the past, divorced in the present, and to be reunited in the future; that God has made four unconditional covenants:[1]

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif Abrahamic Covenant - The Abrahamic Covenant was made by God to Abraham. God said to Abraham “I will”, thus making it unconditional. God said: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” - Genesis 12 2-3. Additional aspects of God’s covenant promises to Abraham are found in Genesis 12:7; Genesis 13:14-16; Genesis 15:4-5; Genesis 17:2-8,19 & Genesis 22:17-18.

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif Land Covenant - Deut 30:1-10 - This covenant is known today as the Palestinian covenant. This name was given to the land by the Roman Emperor Hadrian after the Second Jewish Revolt under Bar Cochba (A.D. 132-135). His purpose was to erase any Jewish remembrance of Jerusalem and as part of his policy to “de Judaize” the Land. In light of the historical events in the Middle East in the history of modern Israel, the name is associated more with Arabs than with Jews. The Bible refers to this as the “Land Covenant” since “Palestine” is not a biblical designation.

This covenant guarantees Israel’s permanent right to the land. It is unconditional, as seen in the statements “God will,” without corresponding obligations.
This covenant promises the ultimate return of Israel to the land in repentance and faith (Gen 30:2) in circumstances wherein God will prosper them (Gen 30:3). This covenant will be fulfilled in the Millennium.[3]

THE LAND Covenant [2]
1. Made to Abraham while still in Ur of Chaldees - Ac 7:2-3; Gen 12:1
2. Repeated several times to Abraham - Gen 12:7; 13:12-14; 17:8
3. Confirmed to Isaac, and later to Jacob - Gen 26:3; 28:13
4. Its borders were to extend from:

a. From the river of Egypt (the Brook of Egypt, or Wadi el Arish) - Num 34:5; Jos 15:4
b. To the Euphrates River - Gen 15:18

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif Davidic Covenant - The Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7:12–16). The provisions of this covenant are summarized in
2Sam 7:16 by the words “house,” promising a dynasty in the lineage of David; “kingdom,” referring to a people who are governed by a king; “throne,” emphasizing the authority of the king’s rule; “forever,” emphasizing the eternal and unconditional nature of this promise to Israel. This covenant will be fulfilled when Christ returns to rule over believing Israel. [3]

1 Chron 17:11-14; 2 Chron 6:16; 2 Sam 7:10-13; 2 Sam 7:12-13; 2 Samuel 7:16

http://laymanperspective.com/images/blue%20bullet.gif New Covenant - The New Covenant (Jer 31:31–34). This covenant provides the basis by which God will bless Israel in the future—Israel will enjoy forgiveness of sins through the meritorious death of Christ. The unconditional nature of this covenant is once more seen in the “I will” statements of Jer 31:33–34.[3]

The Lord Jesus will rule from Jerusalem
When taken literal and contextually it is clear these covenants await fulfillment. God's warnings and judgments were fulfilled in a literal way; that in Israel's history of unbelief there has always been a believing remnant according to the election of grace; that there will be a national regeneration of Israel at which time all of the provisions of the unconditional covenants will be fulfilled, including the seed, land, and blessing aspects.

Jesus:

Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. (John 1:1,14) He added humanity without the sin nature to His divine nature. This is known as the hypostatic union. He is presently both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently fully God and fully man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1Tim 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13)

Jesus is the only begotten son of God (John 1:14, John 1:18, John 3:16, Acts 13:33, Heb 1:5, Heb 5:5, 1John 4:9)

Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary. (Luke 1:26-47)

Jesus was without sin

2 Cor 5:21: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Hebrews 4:15 : "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." 1 Peter 2:21-22 :"...because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." 1John 3:5: "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin."

Jesus Resurrection from the Dead Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in, after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body. He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19-22, 1Cor 15:1-8; Luke 24:39)

The Nature of Christ

Jesus nature is that of a hypostatic union. This term is used to describe how God the Son, Jesus Christ, took on humanity without the fallen nature that one inherits from their human parents, yet remained fully God at the same time.

MEANING OF HYPOSTATIC UNION

The hypostatic union may be defined as “the second person, the preincarnate Christ came and took to Himself humanity yet remains forever undiminished Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.” When Christ came, a Person came, not just someone with the attributes of humanity; He took on an additional nature, an human nature—He did not simply dwell in a human person. The result of the union of the two natures is the the anthropic Person (the God-man).

EXPLANATION OF HYPOSTATIC UNION

The two natures of Christ are inseparably united without mixture or loss of separate identity. He remains forever the God-man, fully God and fully man, two distinct natures in one Person forever. “Though Christ sometimes operated in the sphere of His humanity and in other cases in the sphere of His deity, in all cases what He did and what He was could be attributed to His one Person. Even though it is evident that there were two natures in Christ, He is never considered a dual personality.” In summarizing the hypostatic union, three facts are noted: (1) Christ has two distinct natures: unfallen humanity and deity; (2) there is no mixture or intermingling of the two natures; (3) although He has two natures, Christ is one Person.

RESULTS OF HYPOSTATIC UNION

Both natures are necessary for redemption. As a man, Christ could represent man and die as a man; as God the death of Christ could have infinite value “sufficient to provide redemption for the sins of the world.”
The eternal priesthood of Christ is based on the hypostatic union. “By incarnation he became man and hence could act as a human Priest. As God, His priesthood could be everlasting after the order of Melchizedek, and He properly could be a Mediator between God and man.” [4] Christ who always was and will be God and did not cease to be God at the incarnation.

The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men and angels who willfully acknowledge Him as King.
In regards to man the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Gen 1:1; Is 9:6-7; Jer 23:5-6; Matt 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Rom 5:17; 8:19; 1 Cor 15:24-28; Col 1:13; Heb 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Pet 2:4-10; 4:13; Rev 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

Humanity:

Humanity by nature is fallen, corrupt, and wicket.(Jer 17:9, Gal 5:19-20, Matt 15:18-20)

Man believes in God by grace through faith, is unable to come close to God through his own efforts, nor can he win salvation by his attempt at good works, nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Eph 2:8) nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor 2:14).

Man is incapable of perfectly obeying the law of God. Therefore is in a state of hostility towards God and cannot please God (Rom 8:6-8)

Man stands condemned in God's court of law (Rom 3:10-19). Man's sinful condition apart from God will only earn him eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire and separation from the blessed presence of God for eternity.

Millennium:

Believe that the Bible teaches a Pre-millennium view during which time Satan is bound.(Rev 20:2-3).

During this time Christ will have a literal earthly reign (Rev 20:4,6)

Rapture:

The event where, upon Jesus' return, those Christians who have died in Christ and those Christians who are then alive will be physically caught up to the clouds and meet the Lord Jesus in the air. We will then forever be with the Lord. (1Thess 4:13-17;5:2)

Repentance:

Repentance is an inward attitude. In the eyes of the sinner, sin must be seen in its true hideous form which has alienated an individual from God. There must be a change of ones attitude where it lines up with God's view of sin as found in his word.

Repentance is an integral part of a true belief and acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, 2Cor 7:10).

It is on going in its practice as the Holy Spirit reveals sin in our life. It reflects genuine conversion.

True repentance that leads to salvation has God for its source (Acts 11:18) and not the individual. It is a divine gift from God.

We are called upon to repent in order that we may come to an awareness of our own inability to do so and as a result look to God and appeal to Him to perform this work of grace in our hearts.

Repentance involves the forsaking of sin:
Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. (Is 55:7)

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. (Prov 28:13)

Resurrection:

The Saved
Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in, after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body. He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19; 1 Cor. 15:3-19; Luke 24:39). Likewise, those Christians who died in Christ and those alive at his second coming will receive a glorified bodily and will spend eternity with the Lord.(1 Cor 15:51-54). This resurrection will occur during the rapture(1Thess 4:16-17)

During the Tribulation those believers in Christ who will not worshiped the beast or his image, and who refuse to received the mark on their forehead, and on their hand and was killed as a result of their testimony for Jesus and the word of God will be resurrected before the thousand year reign of Christ.(Rev 20:4-6).
 
The Unsaved
The resurrection of the wicked dead, those whose names are not found in the book of life will occur after the thousand year reign of Christ is completed (Rev 20:5). In this resurrection they will be judged according to their works (Rev 20:12) since they have rejected Jesus they will have to face the justice and judgment of God resulting in spending eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Salvation:

In order to obtain true salvation there first must be a, conviction, and a distinct sense of condemnation set up by God in the heart of the unsaved person.(John 16:8-11)

Salvation is the work of God and God alone, as wrought through the person of Christ (Matt. 1:21; John 4:42; Acts 5:31; Acts 13:23; Phil. 3:20; 2 Tim. 1:10; Titus 1:4; Titus 2:13; Titus 3:6; 2 Pet. 1:1,11; 3:2, 18; 1 John 4:14).

Salvation is a free undeserved gift from God (Eph 2:4-9) to the repentant person (Acts 2:37-38) who exercises faith to appropriate what God has done.

We are saved from damnation by the undeserved and unearned mercy and kindness of God, not because of our good works but because of the imputed righteousness of Christ to the one who has faith in Christ alone.(Eph. 1:1-11; Eph 2:8;Rom. 3:23; Gal. 2:21

 All doctrines that teach that man can be saved by good works or maintain his savation by good works are rejected.

Salvational Works:

Works that please God are the "natural" by product of saving faith.(James 2:14-26)

Faith apart from works is a barren faith, without any spiritual life, and so if is unproductive as far as salvation is concerned.

For as a saved people we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. (Eph 2:10)

Christ has given to the church some as apostles some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Eph 4:12b)

Sanctification:

Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire and increases our ability to repent from sin -- by God's grace.  (1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10;1Tim 4:4; 1 Peter. 3:15)  This process continues all of the Christian's life and is the result of salvation, not a cause of it.  Furthermore, the effort of sanctification does not maintain salvation.

Second Coming:

Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly come from heaven with great glory and majesty. All of the tribes of the earth living during that time will see this event. (Matt. 24:30, Rev 1:7)

Separation From Heresy
and Apostasy:

The Bible commands separation from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy (Rom. 16:17; 1 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 3:10-11; 2John 1:10-11; Rev. 18:4).

We are commanded to try them, mark them, rebuke them, have no fellowship with them, withdraw ourselves, receive them not, have no company with them, reject them, and separate ourselves from them.

The Bible teaches that the course of the church age is characterized by apostasy and deception (2Pet 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:1-4:6)which will increase as the second advent of Christ draws near(Matt 24:11,24).

Unity in Christ cannot be achieved by departing from sound biblical doctrine to obtain it. Reliogious We reject ecumenicalism that is based on the belief that all religions worship the same God when the doctrine of the religion, denomination or sect denies the Son of God or God as He is revealed in the Bible.

Separation from the World:

The Bible requires strict separation from the evil things of the world (Matt. 6:24; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 5:11; 2 Cor 6:14-18; Titus 2:11-14; James 1:27; James 4:4, James 4:8; 1 John 2:15-17). “One must be diligent to avoiding every appearance of evil” in religion, conversation, entertainment, business, habit, etc., according to the teachings of God’s Holy Word

A person who loves the world system demonstrates they do not have the love of the father in them (1John 2:15-17; 1 John 5:19).

Social Responsibility:

Believe that every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ reign in his own life even in human society (Matt 5:13-16; Luke 10:25-27); to oppose every form of greed, selfishness, and vice; to provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless, and the sick; to support everything that is good and righteous in industry, government and society as a whole for the benefit of men so that men may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.(Matt 5:16, Eph 4:28).

The means and methods used in social service for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men must finally depend on the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God (Eph 2:8-10).

Secular humanism, well intentioned social agencies or governing bodies, education, and financial equity cannot change human nature.

Therefore because of man's inherited demonstrated fallen nature, man cannot achieve a lasting difference without divine intervention. Therefore the plans of man apart from the divine will always have it's short comings.

Spirit World

Prior to the creation of man, God made a great host of creatures known as angels (Col. 1:16). They are called “sons of God” in Job 38:4-7 and were witnesses of the creation of the earth. Angels are spirit beings (Ps. 104:4). They do not marry nor pro-create (Matt. 22:30).

Elect Angles-

The angels that did not join the rebellion are called “the elect angels” (1 Tim. 5:21) and “holy angels” (Rev. 14:10). They minister to the saved (Heb. 1:14). Carry out Gods' judgement

Evil Angels

Satan -

The highest created angel was Lucifer. Becoming proud he determined to be like God and led a rebellion of angels against God ( Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). Since then Lucifer is called Satan or the devil. Some of the rebellious angels are in hell (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 1:6), while others are free and are assisting the devil (Matt. 9:34).

Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan has opposed the work of God since creation of man and is the power behind the “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 2:2,6:12). He is the power behind idolatry (Deut. 32:17; 1 Cor. 10:20; Rev. 9:20). Satan is currently opposing the progress of the Gospel (2 Cor. 11:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:1). The devil was defeated at the cross of Christ (Heb. 2:14). He is not greater than or equal to God (Job 1; 1John 4:4). He can be resisted (James 4:7) and overcome (1 Jn. 2:13; Rev. 12:11). He will be cast into the bottomless pit at the return of Christ (Rev. 20:1-3), will be released briefly after the millennial kingdom, and will be cast into the lake of fire to be punished for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).

Substitutionary  Atonement 

God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).  Jesus became man and bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) and died in our place suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law that was due us. He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21).  As a result, God's justice was satisfied and Christian believers are released from eternal punishment. (Isaiah 53:4-12; Isaiah 3:18; Matt. 1:21; Rom. 5:1; 1John 2:2)

Sufficiency of Scripture

the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service.

Works:

Works that please God are the "natural" by product of saving faith.(James 2:14-26)

Faith apart from works is a barren faith, without any spiritual life, and so if is unproductive as far as salvation is concerned.

For as a saved people we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. (Eph 2:10)

Christ has given to the church some as apostles some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Eph 4:12b)

(*)Thanks to "CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY (CARM)", for providing the base of the doctrinal categories covered
http://www.carm.org/

[1] used http://ariel.org/doctrinal-statement.htm as a source for this doctrinal statement
[2] used
http://creation.com/how-long-were-the-days-of-genesis-1#f2 as a source for this statement
[3]  Enns, P. P. (1989). The Moody handbook of theology (390). Chicago, IL: Moody Press.
[4] Enns, P. P. (1989). The Moody handbook of theology (227–229). Chicago, IL: Moody Press.
[5] The Baptist Faith and Message

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