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WHAT WE BELIEVE


I. THE HOLY BIBLE

 

A. Inspiration That every word of the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books (Genesis to Revelation) of the Old and New Testaments with no Apocrypha, was given to the prophets and apostles by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in such a manner that every word shall be said to have come from the mouth of God. Scripture References: Exodus 20:1; Isaiah 59:21; Jeremiah 30:2; John 17:8; Acts 28:25; Galatians 1:12; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1; II Peter 1:21; 3:2; Revelation 1:1. B. Preservation That the doctrine of inspiration is of little value apart from the doctrine of the preservation of God’s “words.” Scripture References: Exodus 24:3; Deuteronomy 6:6,7; 18:18; 27:3,8; 29:29; Joshua 3:9; 8:32-35; Job 22:22; 23:12; Psalms 12:6,7; 78:1; 119:89,103,130,140; Proverbs 22:21; 30:5,6; Matthew 4:4; John 6:63; John 17:8; I Corinthians 2:13; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:15; Revelation 22:18,19. Since no one living today holds or has ever seen the original autographs, the “Bible” we believe and trust in the one that is available to man today, the King James 1611 Authorized Version. Therein, God has preserved the “Holy Bible,” “the scriptures,” “the word of God,” for the last period of the Church Age. The King James 1611 Authorized Version is the inspired words of God and therefore is inerrant and infallible in every word as written. The King James 1611 Authorized Version will be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice above the opinions of any man, tradition, or any other source. Scriptures References: Mark 7:9,13; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16-17. C. That the word of God is eternally existent. Scripture References: Psalms 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Hebrews 11:3; I Peter 1:23-25. Though given to men at a point in time, the word of God has and always will exist incorruptible and pure. D. That other new versions and paraphrases because they change, add to, omit words of the King James 1611 Authorized Version are considered to be the work of Satan to undermine the believer’s confidence in the authority of God’s holy word. Scripture References: Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Jeremiah 8:8,9; Revelation 22:19. E. That understanding of the scriptures comes only to the born-again child of God. While one may obtain knowledge of the Bible through study at a Bible school or seminary, understanding comes only by the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Scripture References: Psalms 119:130; Luke 24:45; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:17,18. That unsaved men, not possessing the gift of the Holy Spirit , can have no understanding of the word of God except the understanding of the plan of salvation which is a work of the Holy Spirit outside of man. Scripture References: Matthew 22:29; John 8:43,47; 16:13; II Corinthians 2:17; II Peter 3:16. F. That having authority and power over all things, the word of God is also the only way to salvation. Scripture References: Matthew 22:29; John 1:12; 5:24; 6:63,68; Romans 10:14,17; Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 2:16; II Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23. G. That a Bible-Believer is one who subjects himself to the inspired, inerrant, infallible pure word of God as found in the King James 1611 Authorized Version. The Bible-Believer is exhorted to: 1. Study the word of God (II Timothy 2:15) 2. Memorize it (Psalms 119:11) 3. Obey it (Psalms 119:9) 4. Cleanse himself with it (Psalms 119:9) 5. Love it (Psalms 119:140) Regarding authority, a Bible-believing Christian puts the word of God above everything. (Psalms 138:2)


II. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

A. That He is fully God. Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Phil. 2:6; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; I John 5:20. B. That He is the second Person of the Trinity and not a lesser Deity. Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; Phil 2:6; Col. 2:9; I John 5:7. C. That without any essential change in His divine Person (Heb. 13:8) 1. He became man by the miracle of the virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; John 1:14; I Tim. 3:16). 2. Thus to continue forever as both true God and true man. (Phil 2:6,7; Col. 1:15, 2:9; Rev. 22:16.) D. That as man, He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15), that as the perfect Lamb of God, He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing the sin of the world and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead. Isaiah 53:5-7; Matt. 20:28; John 1:29; Gal. 3:13. E. That: 1. He was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures (Luke 24:46; I Cor. 15:4). 2. His resurrected and glorified body was a physical one of flesh and bone (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:25-28); and 3. As our great High Priest, He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor (Hebrews 5:1-10; 9:24; I John 2:1).


III. THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

A. That He is: 1. Fully God (Acts 5:3,4). 2. The third person of the Trinity and not an impersonal force or influence (Matt. 28:18; I John 5:7). 3. The divine agent in: a) Creation (Gen. 1:2,3; Job 33:4; Ps. 33:6; 104:30; John 16:13-15). b) Revelation, wherein He reveals new truth (Luke 2:25,26; John 16:13; I Cor. 2:9-14). c) Inspiration, wherein He communicates truth to men (Jer. 36:2; Acts 1:16; II Tim 3:16; II Peter 1:21). d) Illumination, wherein He gives understanding of the truth (John 16:14-15; I Cor. 2:9-14; Eph. 1:7). B. That the Holy Spirit is a person with the personal attributes of: 1. Will (Acts 16:6-11; I Cor. 12:11). 2. Knowledge (Isa. 11:2; Romans 8:27; I Cor. 2:10-12). 3. Wisdom (Isa. 11:2; I Cor. 2:10-12; Eph 1:17). 4. Power (Isa. 11:2; Rom. 15:13;19; Eph. 3:16; I Thess 1:5; Acts 5:3-5). 5. Love (Romans 15:30) C. That born-again believers must be careful not to offend the Holy Spirit who can be: 1. Grieved (Eph 4:30). 2. Vexed (Isa. 63:10). 3. Tested (Acts 5:9). 4. Resisted (Acts 7:51). 5. Insulted (Hebrews 10:29). 6. Lied to (Acts 5:3) and 7. Quenched (I Thess. 5:19). D. That in this dispensation, the work of the Holy Spirit upon the unbeliever is conviction (John 16:18-11), of sin (John 16:9), righteousness (John 16:10) and judgment (John 16:11). E. That all who become the sons of God by believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12) and his shed blood, receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit: 1. Regenerates (John 3:3-5; 6:63; II Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:5). 2. Baptizes (I Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 4:4,5). 3. Indwells ( John 7:37-39; 14:17; Romans 8:8-10; I Cor. 3:16). 4. Seals (II Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13,14; 4:30). 5. Fills (Luke 1:15; Acts 4:8,31; 6:3,5; 9:17; 11:24; Eph. 5:18). 6. Empowers (Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13; I Cor. 2:4). 7. Sanctifies (I Peter 1:2). 8. Anoints (Luke 4:18; I John 2:20,27). 9. Teaches (Luke 23:23; John 14:26; 16:13; I Cor. 2:13).


IV. THE HOLY TRINITY

 

A. That there are three persons in the godhead but they are only one God (I John 5:7). While it is a mystery to man, the doctrine of the Trinity is clearly taught in the New Testament. 1. In the baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:16,17). 2. In the baptismal formula (Matthew 28:19). 3. The apostolic benediction (II Cor. 13:14). 4. Christ Himself teaches it (John 14:16). 5. The New Testament sets forth a Father who is God (Rom. 1:7), a Son who is God (Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13), a Holy Spirit who is God (Acts 5:3,4). B. That this one triune God is perfect in His: 1. Holiness (Lev. 11:44,45; I Sam. 1:1; Psalms 99:9; Isaiah 6:3). 2. Righteousness (Psalms 50:5; 111:3; Isaiah 51:8; Matthew 6:33). 3. Faithfulness (Psalms 36:5; Lamentations 3:23; I Cor. 1:9; I Thess 5:24; Rev. 19:11). 4. Mercy (Numbers 14:18,19; II Sam. 24:14; I Chronicles 16:34; Psalms 103; Lamentations 3:22). 5. Love (Psalms 146:8; Jer. 31:3; John 3:16; I John 3:16; 4:8-19). C. That He is: 1. Omniscient (having all knowledge) (Job 37:16; Proverbs 16:3,11; Psalms 139:1-6; 147:4,5; Hebrews 4:13). 2. Omnipotent (having all power) (Job 37:23; Psalms 147:5; Isaiah 40:21-26; Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1; Rev. 19:6). 3. Omnipresent (everywhere present) (I Kings 8:27; Psalms 6:19; I John 3:24; Psalms 139:7-10; Isaiah 66:1; Jeremiah 23:23,24). 4. Eternal (having no beginning or end) (Psalms 41:13; 90:1; 102:12, 24-27; Isaiah 44:6; Romans 1:20); and 5. The creator and sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 38:4-10; Psalms 104:2-6; Isaiah 40:12; John 1:1-3; Rev. 4:11). D. That man’s approach to God should always be with reverence and fear. The levity of God’s people concerning God and His word is abominable and is one reason for the lack of power in Christian work today. Deut 4:10; 5:29; Joshua 24:14; Job 28:28; Psalms 2:11; 15:4; 19:9; 34:7; 89:7; 99:1; 112:1; Prov. 1:7; 8:13; 10:27; 15:16; Isaiah 8:13; 33:6; Jer. 5:22; Hebrews 11:7; 12:28.


V. SALVATION

 

A. That it is by grace (John 1:17; Acts 15:11; Rom. 4:16; 5:15-17; Eph. 2:8,9) and therefore the free gift of God. (Rom. 5:15-18; 6:23; Eph. 2:8). B. It is by faith (Rom. 3:22; 4:5; 10:8; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:8,9) and neither merited in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man (Rom. 4:4,5; 10:3; Titus 3:5). C. It is by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 26:28; Acts 20:28; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; I Peter 1:18,19; I John 1:7; 2:2; Rev. 1:5). The believer is washed from his sins by the precious, incorruptible blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, by which he is forgiven, cleansed, purchased, justified, redeemed, sanctified and washed. D. It is by the word of God (Luke 8:11; Rom. 10:13-15,17). All that men know about salvation comes from this one source (John 5:24). It is itself alive (Heb. 4:12) and is able to impart life (James 1:18) to those who hear the preaching of the gospel (I Cor. 1:18,21; I Peter 1:23-25; James 1:21). E. We reject the modern trend of easy believism. Salvation is the result of true repentance that comes from godly sorrow for our personal sin (Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19, 17:30, 20:21,22; II Cor. 7:9-10; II Peter 3:9). F. We believe that in God’s absolute sovereignty, God gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation He has provided but that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 33:11; Acts 10:34,35; I Tim 2:4). G. That salvation is a three-fold process that begins with: 1. Justification, being the instant and complete deliverance from the “penalty” of sin forever (John 5:24; Rom. 4:5-8; 5:9). 2. Sanctification, being a progressive deliverance from the “power” of sin daily (I Cor. 10:13; Eph. 4:7, 12,13; I Thess. 4:3; I John 1:9). 3. Glorification, our final deliverance from the “presence” of sin forever (II Cor. 1:10; 5:8; I Thess. 4:17; I John 3:2). H. That all born-again believers are eternally secure. The Bible says that: 1. True believers shall never perish (John 3:15,16). 2. Neither shall any man pluck them out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28,29). 3. They are “kept by the power of God” (I Peter 1:5). 4. Sealed “with the Holy Spirit of promise” until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). 5. Delivered from all condemnation (John 3:18; 5:24). I. Simply stated, we believe that “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” is the only condition for salvation (Acts 2:20,21). “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” (Heb. 2:3). J. That while in no sense having anything to do with obtaining or retaining salvation (Rom. 3:20; Gal. 2:16; Titus 3:5), righteous living and good works are the proper evidence and fruit of salvation (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:12).


VI. SATAN

 

A. That he was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and ambition rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:13,14; Ezekiel 28:13-17; I Tim. 3:6), thus becoming: 1. Utterly depraved in character (John 8:44). 2. The great adversary of God and His people (Matt. 4:1-11; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:10). 3. Leader of other evil angels and spirits (Matt. 12:24-26; 25:41). 4. The deceiver and god of this present world ( II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 12:9). B. That his powers are supernaturally great (Luke 4:6; II Cor. 4:3; Eph. 6:12; II Thess. 2:9), but strictly limited by the permissive will of God (Job 1:12; Luke 22:31-32). C. That he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain (John 12:31-21; 16:11; Hebrews 2:14; Rev. 20:10). D. That we are to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God and by the blood of the Lamb (Eph. 6:1-18; Rev. 12:11; Zech. 3:2).


VII. THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN

 

A. That he was the direct creation of God, spirit, soul, and body, not in any sense the product of evolutionary development, but made in the image of God. B. That by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God: 1. Man became a sinful creature and progenitor of a fallen race (Gen. 3:1-24; 5:3; Rom. 5:12). 2. Men are universally sinful in both nature and practice (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:3). 3. Men are alienated from the life and family of God (John 8:42-44; Eph. 2:3). 4. Men are under the righteous judgment and wrath of God (Rom. 1:18; 3:19-20; John 3:36). 5. Men have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation (Matt. 19:25-26; Mark 7:21-23; Rom. 7:18).


VIII. SEPARATION

 

A. That all true believers should be separated: 1. From all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body (Luke 8:14; Eph. 5:3-11; Col. 3:17; I Thess. 5:22; I Tim. 5:6; I Pet. 2:11). 2. From unbelievers (II Cor. 6:14-18) in spiritual matters. 3. From modernists, liberals and false teachers (Matt. 5:19; 15:9; I Tim. 1:7; I Tim. 4:2; 6:3; II Tim. 3:5; 4:3; Titus 1:11; II Pet 2:1). 4. From the world itself. While we are in this world, we are not to be of this world and are to have "no fellowship" with its evil ways (Rom. 12:2; II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11; Phil. 3:18-19). B. That Christians caught up in the things of the world can be the enemies of God (James 4:4; Phil 3:18) and can be guilty of spiritual adultery (James 4:4). C. That the believer's proper position should be crucified unto the world and the world crucified to him (Gal. 6:14), not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of the mind (Rom. 12:2). D. That the believer can expect to be hated by the world (John 17:14) and persecuted by them when he separated himself from the world. E. True separation from the world is also separation unto God and is exemplified by a love for, and a desire to know more about the word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ; a fear of God, obedience to the word of God and earnest expectation for the second coming of Jesus Christ to deliver us from this present evil world. F. That the church and the state should be separate. That neither has the authority to govern the other. The civil government is of divine appointment; that rulers are to be prayer for, honored and obeyed, except only in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as found in the Word of God. All members waive any right to bring before civil court any matter of church relations and business, assenting to the authority of the church in all such matters. (Exodus 18:21-22; II Sam. 23:3; Psalms 72:11; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20; 23:5; Rom. 13:1-7; Phil. 2:10-11; I Tim. 2:1-2; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-17).


IX. THE FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION, AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT

 

A. That in this dispensation, the souls of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in heaven (II Cor. 5:8; Phil 1:21-23) where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until the pre-tribulation rapture, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body (I Cor. 15:35-58; Phil. 3:20-21; I John 3:2), at which time their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment which may issue in the loss of rewards but not the loss of salvation (I Cor. 3:8-15), which has been eternally secured for all believers by the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ for all sin. B. That the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment of all unsaved dead before the great white throne (Luke 16:19-31; II Pet. 2:9) at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire for everlasting punishment with the devil and his angels (Mark 9:43-48; Jude 13; Rev. 20:11-15).


X. THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHICH TAKES PLACE IN TWO PARTS:

 

A. That the first part is the rapture, the coming of the Lord "for" His saints. 1. That the period of time preceding the rapture will be characterized by general apostasy within the church (II Thess. 2:1-3). 2. That while no one knows the day and hour of the rapture, (Matt. 24:36-42; Acts 1:7), true believers may know the "times and seasons," (Luke 21:29-33; I Thess. 5:1-8). It could take place anytime. When it does occur, it takes place in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (Matt. 14:44; I Cor. 15:52). 3. That when He comes, He will first by resurrection and translation remove from the earth His waiting church (I Thess. 4:16-18) who will be caught up to meet Him in the air. "So shall they ever be with the Lord." He does not set foot on the earth at this time. 4. That the dead in Christ shall rise first and then they which are alive and remain. As they are caught up to be with the Lord, they will receive their glorified bodies which are conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. So shall they ever be with the Lord. (Rom. 8:29; I Cor. 3:18; Phil 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:16-17; I John 3:2). 5. That shortly after the rapture, a seven-year period of time will begin (variously known as "the tribulation," "time of Jacob's trouble" and "Daniel's seventieth week"), during which time God's wrath will be poured out in righteous judgment upon the unbelieving world as in no other time in history. No born-again believer will enter this period of the great tribulation. (Jer. 30:6-7; Dan. 9:24-27; 12:1; Matt. 24:21,29). B. That the second part of Christ's second coming is His revelation and glorious return with His saints at the end of the great tribulation. He will then destroy the armies of the antichrist at the battle of Armageddon (Joel 3:11-14; Titus 2:11-13; Jude 14; Rev. 16:13- 16; 19:11-14). 1. That the Lord Jesus Christ will descend "in like manner" as the disciples "beheld Him going into heaven." (Acts 1:11). And "His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives." (Zechariah 14:4,5,9; Rev. 1:7). At this time, the whole house of Israel will be restored to the land given to Abraham in Gen. 12, 13, and 15. 2. That at His coming, He will establish His glorious and literal kingdom of heaven on earth and execute the judgment of the nations (Matt. 25:31-46). He will rule and reign for a thousand years during which Satan will be bound in the pit. The Lord will rule with a rod of iron as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in perfect peace (Isaiah 9:7; Hosea 2:18; Micah 4:3; Rev. 20:1-7). 3. At the close of His thousand year millennial reign, the Lord Jesus Christ will raise and judge the unsaved dead to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:5, 11-15) and finally as the Son of David deliver up His Messianic Kingdom to God the Father (I Cor. 15:24-28) in order that as the Eternal Son, He may reign with the Father in the New Heaven and the New Earth throughout the dispensation of the fullness of times (Luke 1:32-33; Eph. 1:10; II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1; 22:5).


XI. THE ONE TRUE CHURCH; THE MYSTICAL BODY AND THE BRIDE OF THE JESUS CHRIST.

 

(Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 12:12-24, 25-27; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Col. 1:24). A. That He began to build at Pentecost (Acts 2:4-5; 47) and will complete at the pre- tribulation rapture (I Thess. 4:16-17) and into which all true believers of the present age are baptized immediately by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:12,14; Eph. 4:5). B. That this church is manifested through the local church which is a Bible-believing congregation of saved, and then baptized (immersed in water) believers who are associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel and of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 1:9; Phil 1:4-5) observing the ordinances of the church, which are two: (1) baptism, and (2) the Lord's Supper. C. That Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 3:13-16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39) and it is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12). That it is a prerequisite to membership in a local church congregation (Acts 2:41). D. That the Lord's Supper, by partaking of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine is to commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination. This, as often as the local assembly of believers desires until Jesus comes (Matt. 26:17, 26-29; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:15-20; I Cor. 11:23-29). We emphasize the fact that these are ordinances of the church and not sacraments. E. That its scriptural offices are two: Bishop (I Tim 3:1-2 and Titus 1:7) and Deacon (Acts 6:3-5; Phil 1:1; I Tim. 3:8). 1. The bishop is the pastor and the presiding elder of the flock that God has called and set him over. Being selected according to the spiritual requirements set forth in I Tim. 3:2-11 and Titus 1:5-7. He is the one and only head shepherd of the local church just as Jesus Christ is the Head and Chief Shepherd over the entire church. He is to lead the flock according to the gifts of the Holy Spirit(Eph. 4:11). He is to "preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (II Tim. 4:2) and do the work of an evangelist (II Tim. 4:5). 2. The pastor being ordained by the local church and the presiding elder of the church is to be an example before the flock which God has given him the oversight (Acts 14:23;20:17, 28; Titus 1:5; I Peter 5:1-3). 3. Deacons are to be selected according to the spiritual qualifications set forth in (I Tim. 3:3-13; Acts 6:3,5) and are to serve the church under the leadership of its bishop as he shall call upon them. The duties of a deacon are to assist the pastor in promoting the spiritual and material well-being of the church in whatever areas the pastor deems necessary. F. That the true mission of the church is found in the concept of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). First, to carry the Gospel to all the world. Second, to baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Third, to teach them the word of God. Fourth, to instruct all believers to do these things also. Fifth, to edify, perfect, exhort and comfort its members in spiritual matters (Eph. 4:11-13).


XII. SPIRITUAL GIFTS, MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS

 

That the gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12 are given, today, for the ministry to all parts of the body of Christ with the exception of those gifts which are specifically called "signs." Those gifts which are signs, wonders, or miracles were given by the Spirit during the beginning of the church in the Book of Acts for these purposes: (1) to identify an "apostle" (2) to get the Jews to listen to gospel or to believe a new revelation (3) to confirm the Word of Scripture that being spoken by the apostles, but not yet in written form as we have the Scriptures today. Since there are NO apostles present today that that the gospel ministry is almost totally to the Gentile and we have a complete Bible, we reject "speaking in tongues," "supernatural healing" as found in the apostolic ministry (we believe God heals today in accordance with His Word and divine will through faith and confession) and any other "sign or wonder" as heresy and "lying signs and wonders" produced by Satanic power in these last days to deceive the whole world. Scripture references: I Corinthians 12:1-11; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 2:4,5,43; 3:7,12; 5:12; II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 1:21-22; 14:21-22; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:3-4; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 11:20-32; II Thessalonians 2:8-9; I Timothy 4:1-2; Matthew 24:5,11,24.


XIII. ISRAEL

 

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she is being regathered to Palestine and, after the rapture of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ. Scripture References: Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37.