Articles of Fatih and Doctrine
1. The Divine Authority and Complete Inspiration of the Scriptures
We believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God”, by which we understand that the whole of the book called the Bible is inspired in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the words of the Scriptures to the human authors of old, who were chosen by Him to be the channel of this revelation to man.
2. The Trinity of 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 are worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence and obedience.
3. The Deity of the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the essential deity of the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and that all the Scriptures from first to the last, center about Him, His person and work, His sacrificial death upon the Cross, and His coming again.
4. The Personality, Deity and Present Mission of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Personality – The Third Person of the Trinity – who is now, throughout this age of grace, here present in the true Church, having been sent for the express purpose of revealing Christ Jesus to the members of the Church, that they may be comforted, instructed and built up in their faith, and to the world that sinners may be convicted of sin, of righteousness and judgement.
5. The Fall of Man
We believe that man, originally created in the image of and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate through disobedience, by eating the forbidden fruit, and in consequence the threatened penalty of death was inflicted, so that he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespass with sins, and subject to the power of the devil.
6. The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted, and hence that every child is born into the world with a sinful nature.
7. Salvation by Grace Through Faith
We believe that sinners are saved by grace through faith alone; and that not of themselves, it is the gift of God; not of works. We further believe that every saved person is justified from all things from which he could not be justified by the laws of Moses.
8. The Atonement of the Blood of Christ
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying in our place, a sacrifice acceptable to God, and effective for every sinner who receives Him.
9. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
We believe that, owing to the universal depravity and death in sin, one cannot see or enter into the kingdom of God unless born of the Spirit whereby he becomes a new creation, sealed unto the day of redemption.
10. The Believer’s Security and Assurance
We believe in the eternal security of all who are actually born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, and it is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present salvation and eternal safety.
We believe that the members of the body of Christ are sanctified ones; are perfected as to their standing forever by the one offering of the blood of Christ, and are one with Christ in sanctification. As to their state, they may be sanctified with the constant washing of water by the Word, by the blood of Christ, and by the inworking presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
12. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
We believe that when the Holy Spirit came upon the whole company of believers on the Day of Pentecost as promised by Christ, they were collectively baptized into one body, which was the formation of the Church, the body of Christ.
We believe that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father, as promised by Christ, to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ, which is his Church.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the sovereign agent in the baptizing of all believers into the body of Christ. Since that time, this baptism occurs individually at the moment of salvation, at which time the believer is also indwelt by the Spirit.
We believe that the New Testament distinguishes between the indwelling and filling of the Spirit, which is the believer’s privilege and duty producing power in Christian witness. There is one baptism with the Spirit, but there are many fillings. Pentecost is an historical event and is not repeated.
13. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the Church to glorify Christ in the building of His body.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of His gifts for the perfecting of the saints for the work of their ministry, and that it is not God’s will that any one gift should be given to all believers, although all believers have at least one gift.
We further believe that whenever spiritual gifts are exercised, they will always be within the limits expressly given in the Scriptures.
We believe that the speaking in tongues, and the working of miracles were sign gifts demonstrated in the early church to authenticate God’s revelation through the apostles, and to authenticate the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but no such signs give evidence of the baptism today or do they appear as a mark of spiritual maturity or of the filling of the Spirit.
We belive that special Divine revelation for authoritative Scripture ceased with the Apostolic Age.
14. The Unity of the True Church in the Mystical Body of Christ
We believe that the church is composed of all who are united in the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, and that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, thus being members one of another and knit together in love.
15. The Pre-millennial Coming of Christ
We believe this present age will end with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, first to receive His Church unto Himself, and then to establish the throne of David upon the earth and to reign in righteousness over it for a thousand years.
16. The Eternal Blessedness of the Saved, and the Eternal Punishment of the Lost
We believe that the attitude either of reconciliation or hostility toward God is fixed eternally at death and that the believers of all history will be forever with the Lord and will become joint heirs with Him as their Redeemer in His inheritance. We further believe that there is an appointed day for the judgement of the wicked when they will be cast into the lake of fire, there to remain forever and ever, in varying degrees of torment according to their works.
17. The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, and the great deceiver of all nations; that he will be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ as the seed of the woman and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years, and finally, committed to the lake of fire with all his angels to be tormented forever.
18. Divine Healing of the Body
We believe that divine healing of the body is not in the atonement in the sense that salvation and the forgiveness of sins are in the atonement. The suffering and death of Christ according to the New Testament, was substitutionary and sufficient. It is nowhere taught in Scripture that Christ died for the effects of sin, but for sin. Sickness is not always the direct effect of personal sin, but it may be the continuing effect of original sin.