Why a "Statement of Faith?" We live in a day when heresies and doctrinal errors abound on the right hand and on the left. It is understandable that when a Christian meets someone who also professes to be a "Christian" that at some point he will want to ascertain whether that one is truly "of The Christian Faith" or is perhaps bound in some false teaching or promoting something contrary to God's Word. While we do not seek to bind men to "creeds," but stand rather for a living faith in a living Christ, we recognize that providing our visitors with a "statement" of what we do believe on certain things can serve as a "shortcut" for them in ascertaining "the stuff we are made of" or, "what we are about" in terms of The Christian Faith. So, we here offer the visitor some of the primary and essential truths that "we are about" as Christians.
We (the people who have made these web pages) believe in the inspiration of The Holy Bible as the true Word of God, that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," and that "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". The Holy Bible is the revelation of the Person and will of God, and is the final rule of faith, doctrine, and practice for Christians.
We believe in one true and living God, as revealed in the Holy Bible, Who is supreme and infinite in being, perfect, holy, eternal, omnipotent, immutable, omniscient, pre-existent before all things, and the Creator of all.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God Himself. God, the Creator of the universe, became a human being, Jesus. He was miraculously conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. He lived a life of sinless purity, revealing God to a lost and fallen mankind. He performed the complete will of God, doing all things pleasing to the Father, being obedient even unto death, on the Cross. He was slain for the sins of mankind. At the Cross, God laid on Him the iniquity of us all, and He died in our place. As a sacrificial Lamb, without blemish before God, He was the propitiation for our sin. It is through His shed blood that we have atonement, the forgiveness of sin, and there is salvation in no other. Upon His death, He was buried in a tomb. He rose again from the dead, literally, alive bodily, physically, having abolished our sins, having taken them away, and triumphing over all powers. He showed Himself alive after His passion to hundreds of witnesses by many infallible proofs. With witnesses beholding Him, He then ascended into Heaven, there to sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. This is The Gospel, the power of God unto salvation, which is sent to be preached unto all mankind.
We believe that this same Jesus will return from heaven to this earth in power and glory, and that He will gather to Himself His elect, the ekklesia, the called out ones, which comprise His bride, and that He will judge the living and the dead, and that His saints will rule with Him in His kingdom.
Why we say "ekklesia": The English word "church" in most English language Bibles is actually substituted there in place of the Greek word "ekklesia" which means "The Called Out Ones" or "the out-called." Ekklesia does not refer to a "place" or a religious "structure" where meetings are held. It never refers to a physical building. One cannot reconcile the Greek word "ekklesia" (The Called Out Ones) with a building, i.e. saying "a beautiful stone 'church' on 5th Street with lovely stained glass windows." The "Englisc" (Anglo-Saxon) word "church" (circe) had its rise in pre-Christian times in barbarian Germany. But it should be realized that Christ's "called out ones" are living breathing PEOPLE, the saints, and it is tragic that a Germanic word that refers merely to a physical place or a thing should have been put in place of God's word "ekklesia," Christ's "called out ones." "Church" hides the Greek meaning of the verses where it is used. It therefore HIDES the Word of God from His people. Therefore in this Statement of Faith, instead of saying "we believe in the Historical Christian 'Church,'" we choose to say more accurately, "We believe in the Historical Christian ekklesia." This matter of "church" (circe) vs "ekklesia" (the called OUT ones) is treated very fully elsewhere in the website.
We believe in the Historical Christian ekklesia (wrongly called "church" by men) that is described in the New Testament Scriptures as the Body of Christ, comprised of those who believe in and love Jesus Christ. This ekklesia was founded, begun, by Christ, and was nurtured by Christ and the Apostles. From the first century onwards, the ekklesia spread throughout the world. In every generation since Christ there have been faithful witnesses, continuing in The Faith (though often a tiny minority). Many paid for their faithfulness with their lives. During the dark ages, many true Christians were martyred at the hands of religious men, by institutions that also wore the name of "Christian." A measure of relief from those persecutions came in the 1500s, when Martin Luther arose preaching the Gospel of Salvation, Justification by Faith, and the principle for determining truth, "Sola Scriptura." Many Christians of the already EXISTING true ekklesia, the Body of Christ, then found refuge with the Protestant powers that arose with Luther, and with the ensuing Reformation powers. In some cases, what began as alliances for survival became complete mergers with Protestant or Reformation systems, and some Christians became entirely fused with those religious movements, embracing their doctrines and practices, while other Christians remained apart from those systems. Thus through the past five centuries there have been true Christians, genuine members of the Body of Christ, the true ekklesia, inside not only the Protestant and Reformation systems, but some even within the "Orthodox" and "Catholic" systems, as it is written, "Come out of her My people," Rev. 18:4. They cannot be called out of a thing, who are not "in" it. Some have heard and obeyed that call, and come out, and some have not as yet come out, but the Scripture says "the Lord knoweth them that are His," (2 Tim. 2:19). Jesus Christ Himself is the Supreme Lord, and Head of the one True Universal Christian Ekklesia which comprises His Body, and, as surely as the ekklesia was founded in Him and by Him, He Himself continues to lead, guide, direct and shepherd His true flock. Jesus denounced man-made religious traditions that usurp the place of God and His Word, (Mark 7:6-13). We believe that God is presently cleansing the True Ekklesia from man-made religious traditions, practices and concepts, preparing them for Christ's return.
We believe in the fellowship of the saints, that is, the brotherhood of all Christians, those who believe the Gospel, and that we must endeavor to walk in harmony and the love of God, caring one for another, edifying one another, as fellow members of Christ's Body, and of one another. With sadness, we state that there are false religious groups calling themselves "Christian," such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons, Christian Science, the Unification Church, etc., which are not truly Christian, as they do not embrace The Gospel of Salvation and these essential Bible truths. Unfortunately, these poor souls, and others in severely false doctrine, though well-intentioned, are still outside the gate of Salvation, and are not in this fellowship of the saints, the Body of Christ. We believe it is our duty to love them, pray for them, and seek to show them the true Christian Faith, hoping to win some over, but that meanwhile, we must also let men know that these kinds of heresies are not true representatives of Jesus Christ. We must lovingly show the difference between truth and error.
There is more: Some Christian ministries load their "Statement of Faith" with practically everything they believe on everything, their entire theology, Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology, etc. Rather than to make this "web" version of our "Statement" encyclopedic after that manner, we wanted the visitor here to be able to very QUICKLY ascertain for spiritual fellowship's sake whether or not we are Christians of the "orthodox" and "evangelical" sort who hold fast to the basic and essential doctrines of the Bible, "those things which are most surely believed among us" to be necessary to Salvation, and which are the foundation upon which all subsequent theology must be built. That is why this page is brief and concise. It serves as one of the first "introduction" paths to the website. We do believe that a deeper walk, or "spirituality" awaits the believer in Jesus after he is saved, a deeper life and walk "in the Spirit." Jesus said, "I am the DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, AND shall go in and out, and FIND PASTURE. ... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more ABUNDANTLY" (Jn 10:9, 10). Being saved through faith in Jesus is much like entering through a Gate into marvelous green pasturelands where the Lord's sheep may feed abundantly. We hope that BEYOND the basic essentials of The Christian Faith found in our brief Statement here the visitor will be able to learn a great deal MORE of "what we are all about" from a thorough exploration of all the webpages branching off from the main "trunk" of the "home page" and our "Site-Map" and this Statement page.
And so, with this brief introduction, we welcome you.