"In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity."
While our church leadership hold to full doctrinal
statement listed below, our church membership must hold to these seven
The full deity and humanity of Christ
The spiritual depravity of the human race
The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ
Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
The physical return of Christ
The authority and inerrancy of Scripture.
Article I - THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that "all Scripture
is given by inspiration of God", by which we understand the whole
Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy
Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine
inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings historical,
poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical. We believe that the whole Bible is
therefore without error. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the
Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and
hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read, or
understood, until it leads to Him. We also believe that all the Scriptures were
designed for our practical instruction (Mark 12:26, Mark 12:36; Mark 13:11; Luke 24:27,
John 5:39; Acts 1:16; Acts 17:23; Acts 18:28; Acts 26:22-23; Acts 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13;
1 Cor.10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
Article II - THE GODHEAD
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three
persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one
God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy
of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Matt. 28:18-19; Mark
12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:34; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).
Article III - ANGELS, FALLEN AND UNFALLEN
We believe that God created an innumerable company of
sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, Lucifer, son of the
morning the highest in rank sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a
great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became
demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his
unholy purposes, while others who fell are reserved in everlasting chains under
darkness unto the judgment of the great day (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; 1 Tim.
3:6; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).
We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and
that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents
into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them
and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people
of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is
worshiped; and that he who in the beginning said, I will be like the most High,
in his warfare appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of
God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, which systems in
every case are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ
and of salvation by grace alone (Gen. 3:1-19; Rom. 5:12-14; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 2 Cor. 11:13-15;
Eph. 6:10-12; 2 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 4:13).
We believe that Satan was judged at the Cross, though
not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules as the god of this world;
that, at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the
abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years he will be loosed for a
little season and then cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where he shall
be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:13, Rev. 20:10). We
believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the
throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Luke 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb.
1:14; Rev. 7:12). We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that,
in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that He might
lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels (Heb. 2:6-10).
Article IV - MAN, CREATED AND FALLEN
We believe that man was originally created in the image
and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a
consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and
sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil.
We also believe that this spiritual death, or total
depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man,
the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is
born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine
life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace (Gen.
1:26; Gen. 2:17; Gen. 6:5; Pss. 14:13; Pss. 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; John 5:40;
John 6:35; Rom. 3:10-19;
Rom. 8:6-7; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8).
Article V - THE DISPENSATIONS
We believe that the dispensations are stewardships by
which God administers His purpose on the earth through man under varying
responsibilities. We believe that the changes in the dispensational dealings of
God with man depend on changed conditions or situations in which man is
successively found with relation to God, and that these changes are the result
of the failures of man and the judgments of God.
We believe that different administrative
responsibilities of this character are manifest in the biblical record, that
they span the entire history of mankind, and that each ends in the failure of
man under the respective test and in an ensuing judgment from God.
We believe that three of these dispensations or rules of
life are the subject of extended revelation in the Scriptures, viz., the
dispensation of the Mosaic Law, the present dispensation of grace, and the
future dispensation of the millennial kingdom. We believe that these are
distinct and are not to be intermingled or confused, as they are chronologically
We believe that the dispensations are not ways of
salvation nor different methods of administering the so-called Covenant of
Grace. They are not in themselves dependent on covenant relationships but are
ways of life and responsibility to God which test the submission of man to His
revealed will during a particular time.
We believe that if man does trust in his own efforts to
gain the favor of God or salvation under any dispensational test, because of
inherent sin his failure to satisfy fully the just requirements of God is
inevitable and his condemnation sure.
We believe that according to the eternal purpose of God
(Eph. 3:11) salvation in the divine reckoning is always by grace through faith,
and rests upon the basis of the shed blood of Christ.
We believe that God has always been gracious, regardless
of the ruling dispensation, but that man has not at all times been under an
administration or stewardship of grace as is true in the present dispensation (1
Cor. 9:17; Eph. 3:2; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:25; 1 Tim. 1:4,).
We believe that it has always been true
that without faith it is impossible to please
God (Heb. 11:6), and that the principle of faith was prevalent in the lives of
all the Old Testament saints. However, we believe that it was historically
impossible that they should have had as the conscious object of their faith the
incarnate, crucified Son, the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and that it is evident
that they did not comprehend as we do that the sacrifices depicted the person
and work of Christ.
We believe also that they did not understand the
redemptive significance of the prophecies or types concerning the sufferings of
Christ (1 Pet. 1:10-12); therefore, we believe that their faith toward God was
manifested in other ways as is shown by the long record in Hebrews 11:1-40. We
believe further that their faith thus manifested was counted unto them for
righteousness (cf. Rom. 4:3 with Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:5-8; Heb. 11:7).
Article VI - THE FIRST ADVENT
We believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as
preannounced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came
into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become
the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of the virgin, and
received a human body and a sinless human nature (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; John 3:16;
We believe that, on the human side, He became and
remained a perfect man, but sinless throughout His life; yet He retained His
absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man, and that His
earth-life sometimes functioned within the sphere of that which was human and
sometimes within the sphere of that which was divine (Luke 2:40; John 1:12;
We believe that in fulfillment of prophecy He came first
to Israel as her Messiah-King, and that, being rejected of that nation, He,
according to the eternal counsels of God, gave His life as a ransom for all
(John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:6).
We believe that, in infinite love for the lost, He
voluntarily accepted His Fathers will and became the divinely provided
sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world, bearing the holy judgments
against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. His death was therefore
substitutionary in the most absolute sense the just for the unjust and by His
death He became the Savior of the lost (John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; 2 Cor. 5:14;
Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Pet. 3:18).
We believe that, according to the Scriptures, He arose
from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and
died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which
ultimately will be given to all believers (John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21).
We believe that, on departing from the earth, He was
accepted of His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that
His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished (Heb. 1:3).
We believe that He became Head over all things to the
church which is His body, and in this ministry He ceases not to intercede and
advocate for the saved (Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1).
Article VII - SALVATION ONLY THROUGH CHRIST
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin,
no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of
reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture
however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help
the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from
above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely
essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons of God.
We believe, also, that our redemption has been
accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be
sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our room and stead; and that no
repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no
submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the churches that
have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least degree to
the value of the blood, or to the merit of the finished work wrought for us by
Him who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless
humanity (Lev. 17:11; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom. 5:6-9; 2 Cor.
5:21; Gal. 3:1-3; Gal.6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet.
1:18-19, 1 Pet. 1:23).
We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only
through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is
in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are
any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be
added to believing as a condition of salvation (John 1:12; John 3:16, John 3:18,
John 3:36; John 5:24;
John 6:29; Acts 13:39; Acts 16:31; Rom. 1:16-17; Rom. 3:22, Rom. 3:26; Rom. 4:5;
Rom 10:4; Gal. 3:22).
Article VIII - THE EXTENT OF SALVATION
We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises
that faith in Christ which is illustrated and described as such in the New
Testament, he passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life, and
from the old creation into the new; being justified from all things, accepted
before the Father according as Christ His Son is accepted, loved as Christ is
loved, having his place and portion as linked to Him and one with Him forever.
Though the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his
blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of
his life more fully to God, he is, as soon as he is saved, in possession of
every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore in
no way required by God to seek a so-called second blessing, or a second work of
grace (John 5:24; John 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:3; Col.
2:10; 1 John 4:17; 1 John 5:11-12).
Article IX - SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting-apart
unto God, is threefold: It is already complete for every saved person because
his position toward God is the same as Christ's position. Since the believer is
in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart
We believe, however, that he retains his sin nature,
which cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, while the standing of the
Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is no more perfect than his
experience in daily life. There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification
wherein the Christian is to grow in grace, and to be changed by the unhindered
power of the Spirit.
We believe also that the child of God will yet be fully
sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in his standing in Christ when
he shall see his Lord and shall be like Him (John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph.
4:24; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10-14; Heb. 12:10).
Article X - ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God
toward the objects of His love, because of His freedom to exercise grace toward
the meritless on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the
very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and
unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the
immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating,
abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and
all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever.
We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous
Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, when
they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but
having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human
merit, He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless
before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son (John
5:24; John 10:28; John 13:1; John 14:16-17; John 17:11; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 6:19; Heb. 7:25; 1 John
2:12; 1 John 5:13; Jude 24).
Article XI - ASSURANCE
We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of
all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the
Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to
be their Savior and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied
discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of
God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude,
and obedience (Luke 10:20; Luke 22:32; 2 Cor. 5:1, 2 Cor. 5:6-8; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 10:22; 1
Article XII - THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the
blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the
world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine
promise, dwells in every believer, and by His baptism unites all to Christ in
one body, and that He, as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all
acceptable worship and service. We believe that He never takes His departure
from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to
testify of Christ; seeking to occupy believers with Him and not with themselves
nor with their experiences. We believe that His abode in the world in this
special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion
of the church (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22; 2 Thess. 2:7).
We believe that, in this age, certain well-defined
ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit, and that it is the duty of every
Christian to understand them and to be adjusted to them in his own life and
experience. These ministries are the restraining of evil in the world to the
measure of the divine will; the convicting of the world respecting sin,
righteousness, and judgment; the regenerating of all believers; the indwelling
and anointing of all who are saved, thereby sealing them unto the day of
redemption; the baptizing into the one body of Christ of all who are saved; and
the continued filling for power, teaching, and service of those among the saved
who are yielded to Him and who are subject to His will (John 3:6; John 16:7-11; Rom.
8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Eph 5:18; 2 Thess. 2:7; 1 John 2:20-27).
We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit such as
speaking in tongues and miraculous healings were temporary. We believe that
speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism nor of
the filling of the Spirit, and that the deliverance of the body from sickness or
death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection (Acts 4:8,
Acts 4:31; Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 13:8).
Article XIII - THE CHURCH, A UNITY OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all who are united to the risen and
ascended Son of God are members of the church which is the body and bride of
Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. Its
members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in
the organized churches of earth.
We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this
age are baptized into, and thus become, one body that is Christ's, whether Jews
or Gentiles, and having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian
differences, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently (Matt. 16:16-18;
Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; Eph 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15).
Article XIV - THE ORDINANCES
We believe that water baptism and the Lords Supper are
the only ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of
testimony for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48;
Acts16:32-33; Acts 18:7-8; 1 Cor. 11:26).
Article XV - THE CHRISTIAN WALK
We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of
the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the
flesh with its fallen, Adamic nature, which in this life is never eradicated,
being with us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept by the
Spirit constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its
presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord (Rom. 6:11-13; Rom 8:2-4, Rom. 12:13;
Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 1:47; 1 John 3:5-9).
Article XVI - THE CHRISTIANS SERVICE
We believe that divine, enabling gifts for service are
bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved. While there is a diversity of
gifts, each believer is energized by the same Spirit, and each is called to his
own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. In the apostolic church
there were certain gifted men apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and
teachers who were appointed by God for the perfecting of the saints unto their
work of the ministry.
We believe also that today some men are especially
called of God to be evangelists, pastors and teachers, and that it is to the
fulfilling of His will and to His eternal glory that these shall be sustained
and encouraged in their service for God (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11).
We believe that, wholly apart from salvation benefits
which are bestowed equally upon all who believe, rewards are promised according
to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for his Lord, and that these
rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after He comes to
receive His own to Himself (1 Cor. 3:9-15; 1 Cor. 9:18-27; 2 Cor. 5:10).
Article XVII - THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord
Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved that they are sent forth by Him into the
world even as He was sent forth of His Father into the world. We believe that,
after they are saved, they are divinely reckoned to be related to this world as
strangers and pilgrims, ambassadors and witnesses, and that their primary
purpose in life should be to make Christ known to the whole world (Matt.
28:18-19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 1 Pet. 1:17; 1 Pet. 2:11).
Article XVIII - THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe that, according to the Word of God, the next
great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the
air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain unto
His coming, and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and that this event is
the blessed hope set before us in the Scripture, and for this we should be
constantly looking (John 14:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 4:13-18;
Article XIX - THE TRIBULATION
We believe that the translation of the church will be
followed by the fulfillment of
Israel's seventieth week (Dan. 9:27; Rev.
6:11, Rev. 9:21) during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The
whole period of Israel's
seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of
which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close. The latter half of
this period will be the time of Jacobs trouble (Jer. 30:7), which our Lord
called the great tribulation (Matt. 24:15-21). We believe that universal
righteousness will not be realized previous to the second coming of Christ, but
that the world is day by day ripening for judgment and that the age will end
with a fearful apostasy.
Article XX - THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the period of great tribulation in the
earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He
went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to
introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift
the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own
land and to give her the realization of Gods covenant promises, and to bring the
whole world to the knowledge of God (Deut. 30:1-10; Isa. 11:9; Ezek. 37:21-28;
Matt. 24:15-25: Matt. 24:46; Acts 15:16-17; Rom. 8:19-23; Rom. 11:25-27; 1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 3:15;
Article XXI - THE
We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those
who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into
His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the
glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited
shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the
unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the
final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when
soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be
annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence
of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; Luke 23:42; 2 Cor. 5:8;
Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).