Statement of Faith


             There is exactly one God, the Creator of the Universe.
             God has revealed Himself to Man through the nation of Israel, the Jews.
             YHWH, I Am, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is this Creator.
             God has revealed Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
             These three Persons are one in essence, honor, will, purpose, and dignity.
             God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, holy, loving, and fierce.

Jesus Christ...
             is the Son of God, God in the flesh, the incarnate Messiah.
             was and is perfectly, utterly, and impeccably sinless.
             could not have sinned.
             created the universe in six literal days about 6000 years ago.
             was born of a virgin.
             was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
             died as a propitiation for the sins of the world.
             actually paid for the sins of all who believe on Him.
             raised His body again from the dead.
             ascended bodily into heaven.
             sits at the right hand of God the Father.
             is Judge of the living and the dead.
             loves all men and offers salvation to all men.
             hates, is grieved and is angry with the wicked every day.
             will return, come again, and rule the world.

Faith unto salvation...
             is the sole necessary and sufficient condition of eternal salvation.
             is perfect, supernatural rest in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
             is the gift of God - not of the human will, nor a decision that can be made.
             is always accompanied by / preceded by yielding to Jesus Christ as Lord.
             occurs in the heart at the instant of regeneration, when one is born again.
             is not equivalent to 1- asking for salvation, asking to be saved,
                                         2- inviting Jesus Christ to come into the heart.
                  Believers in Jesus Christ: 1- are saved and should not ask to be.
                                                       2- have Him within and need not invite Him.
                  Asking for salvation is a statement that one needs salvation.
                  Needing salvation implies being in unbelief.
                  Therefore asking for salvation implies being in unbelief.
                  No one should expect to be saved while continuing in unbelief.
                  No biblical text shows anyone doing either 1 or 2 or encourages this.
                  Unbelievers should seek God for faith until they believe in Jesus Christ.
                  Conversion to Christ MUST come as a change in faith: no more, no less.

             always makes the most wicked choice God allows him to make.
             is totally unable to do anything good.
             is totally responsible for his inability to do anything good.
             is totally responsible for everything he does.
             is under God's explicit and precise control at all times via restraining grace.

             There is a real literal Heaven, and a real literal Hell.
             Every single person will spend eternity in only one of these environments.
             Anyone may go to heaven if they diligently seek God in truth.
             Only those God chooses to draw to Himself will diligently seek Him in truth.
             Those who seek God will be given repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
             Those who refuse remain in God's immediate, unveiled, undiluted presence
                 - just like the redeemed, but without a transformed nature that enjoys God.
                 - suffering eternal, unbearable torment due to continued, willful hatred of God.

             love Jesus Christ.
             though always imperfect, generally obey Jesus Christ as a manner of life.
             cannot give themselves completely to any sin.
             love others.
             love the Bible.
             were chosen by God to salvation before the foundation of the world.
             have been effectually and irresistibly drawn to God by His grace.
             obtained repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as free gifts.
             cannot be eternally lost by any means, being eternally secure in Christ.
             should live together in community and edify one another daily.

Bible, God's Word
             The Bible was initially inspired by God in Hebrew, Chaldee, Aramaic,
             and Greek such that every word was exactly how He wanted it to be.
             God inspired the Bible, His Word, that we might be spiritually mature,
             throughly furnished unto all good works. We need no other authority to
             know what is pleasing and displeasing to Him.

             This purpose implies God has preserved His Word in an inspired form unto
             the present time. God intended that we locate his Word, memorize it, and
             meditate on it day and night to achieve His purpose for His Word in our lives. 

             The criterion used to define the cannon of Scripture (that the text be generally
             received by saints as inspired) implies the Authorized (King James) Bible (KJV) is:
                   - the Word of God in English,
                   - sufficiently equivalent to the original manuscripts to be safely trusted,
                   - to be memorized in entirety and meditated upon day and night.
             God's inspired Word is also available today in other languages.

Law, Sin, Legalism, Grace
             Torah, the Mosaic Law, is God's standard of holiness for Man.
             Torah is holy and just and good.
             Sin is transgressing, not obeying Torah.
             No new law is given in the NT that differs significantly from Torah.
             The NT represents the same standard found in Torah.
             Legalism is the deception that justification depends upon obedience.
             Grace is the enabling power God gives us to live according to Torah.