Statement of Faith

The Bible is God’s word: I totally believe the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, completely true, without error in the original canon of 66 books, which makes up the Old and New Testaments. I wholeheartedly believe the Bible is the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. The words in the Bible are the very words God wanted recorded  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Exodus 34:27). I do NOT believe any of the apocryphal or pseudepigrapha texts are inspired by God as it doesn’t line up with 66 books of the Bible.

The Trinity: There is one God, eternally existent in three distinct, co-equal Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is not the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Holy Spirit nor Jesus. The Holy Spirit is not Jesus nor the Father. They all coexist simultaneously and are co-eternal, co-equal, and co-powerful, yet are an unified one. They are NOT three roles played by one person (that is called modalism), nor are they three gods in a cluster (that is called tritheism). The one God (“He”) is also, and equally, “They,” and “They” are eternally together and cooperating.

Jesus Christ: I emphatically affirm the deity of Jesus Christ – that He is Almighty God who existed from eternity past. I also affirm His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His physical bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His personal return in power and glory, and Judgment of all mankind. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 14:12), and all other ways leads to the broad road to destruction (Matt. 7:13-14).

Salvation by grace: Salvation of lost and sinful man is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, at which time the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. I also believe one must repent as God commands (Matt. 3:2;Matt. 5:29-30; Matt. 18:8-9; Luke 13:3; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19). Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential (John 3:6; Titus 53:5-6).

Spiritual gifts: I believe that the Christian church was always meant to operate in ALL the gifts of the Spirit listed in Scripture and are meant to bring the body of Christ into greater unity and fullness of faith (Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12-14). I believe in (as I have done numerous times) the expelling of demons by the authority of Jesus (I know Christians can have demons indwelt in them). I also believe in the healing of the sick (Matt. 10:18) among other spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament.

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