Articles of Faith 1. CREED Our creed, discipline, and doctrine is the Word of God as revealed by the Holy Ghost. We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God. (John 14:26; I Corinthians 2:9-13; II Timothy 3:16-17)
2. FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINE The basic and fundamental doctrine of this organization shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:38; 8:15-17; 10:44-48; 19:2-6)
3. BIRTH OF WATER AND SPIRIT A. Repentance and Conversion Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confessing and forsaking of sins according to Acts 2:38. The word "repentance" comes from several Greek words which mean, change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc. * Jesus said, "...Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) Luke 24:47 says, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." B. Water Baptism We believe that the scriptural mode of water baptism (immersion) is only for believers who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world, and must be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38; 8:16; 10:47; 19:5, thus fulfilling Matthew 28:19. C. The Holy Ghost We believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, obtained by obedience, (Acts 2:38-39; 5:31-32), by asking (Luke 11:13). It is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4). Also that it is the standard of the normal Christian experience since Pentecost. * John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, "...he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." * Jesus said, "...ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 1:5) Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." * It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, infilling, or baptism of the Holy Ghost to receive the same, physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues. * The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in I Corinthians chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose. * The Lord, through the prophet Joel, said, "...I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh..." (Joel 2:28) * Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience, said, "...having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:33) * Further, "...the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:39)
4. GOD A. The One True God God is one, who was manifest as the Father in Creation; as the Son in Redemption; and as the Holy Ghost in regeneration through the believer individually and the Church collectively. Not three persons, but three successive manifestations of One True God. We believe in the one everlasting, eternal God; infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. As eternal Spirit, He is everywhere at once, and cannot be seen, except in the person and face of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:3; John 14:4-9; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 44:6-8; John 1:1-14; I John 5:20; Matthew 28:18-19; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; II Corinthians 5:19; Joel 2:28) * The scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal. (Romans 1:19,21,28,32; Romans 2:15). * God is invisible, without parts, without body, and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit, John 4:24, and "...a spirit hath not flesh and bones..." (Luke 24:39). * "...The first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord" (Mark 12:29, Deuteronomy 6:4). "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:6) This one true God manifests Himself in the Old Testament in diverse ways; in the Son while He walked among men; and as the Holy Ghost after the Ascension. B. The Son of God The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of Man was born of the virgin Mary, (Luke 1:35). Paul says, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory." (I Timothy 3:16) * "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." (John 1:11) This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, in His Son Jesus Christ, "...God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them..." (II Corinthians 5:19) * We believe that, in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9) "For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell." (Colossians 1:19) Therefore, Jesus in His humanity, was and is man; in His Deity, was and is God; His flesh was the Lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (I Timothy 2:5) * Jesus, on His Father's side was divine, on His mother's side, human; thus, He was known as the Son of God and also the Son of Man, or the God-Man. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His ascension into the presence of God, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years. * "For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith, all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is accepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subject unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." (I Corinthians 15:27-28) * "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8) * We believe the blood of Jesus Christ is efficacious and that Christ's blood alone atones for sin. (I Peter 1:19; I John 1:7) C. The Name of God God used different titles, such as "God Elohim", "God Almighty", "El Shaddai", "Jehovah", and especially " Jehovah Lord", the redemptive name, in the Old Testament. In the New Testament the final culminating name is Jesus. * "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21) The name "Jesus" means "Jehovah- salvation", or "Jehovah is become salvation". * "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
5. GRACE OF GOD "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world." Titus 2:11-12 * "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1:17 * A Christian, to remain saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21) and in the grace of God. The word "grace" means "favor" and also means "enablement to live the Christian life". When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses His favor. If he continues to commit sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John 15:2,6; II Peter 2:20-21) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day, and their reward. (Also, read Hebrews 6:4-6) * "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
6. THE CHURCH There is one Body or Church; and but one way to enter it. Namely, by faith, as evidenced by true repentance; water baptism in Jesus name; and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which constitutes the new birth. (Ephesians 4:4-6; Acts 2:38,39; John 3:1-11) * We are primitive Christians who trace our scriptural history back to Pentecost, and not just another sect. But rather, a part of that great company of true believers, that hold the scriptural form of doctrine and practice.
7. EVANGELISM The work of the church is to evangelize or reach the entire world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This was expressed by Jesus himself; "Go ye therefore..." Matthew 28:19, "...ye shall be witnesses..." Acts 1:8. This necessary duty of evangelism requires the teaching and training of men and women and should be continued not only in regular church services, but in ancillary schools, both in the course of childhood education and in extended adult education. (Acts 5:42, I Timothy 4:11, Deuteronomy 6:7)
8. SANCTIFICATION Sanctification means to be set apart unto God for a holy purpose. It is the result of: The Blood, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. It begins with a work of grace and continues in a walk of grace. No one may claim to be a Christian who is not sanctified. (Hebrews 13:12; Romans 15:16; I John 1:6-7)
9. HOLINESS Godly living should characterize the life of every living child of the Lord, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God. "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." (Titus 2:11-12) "For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:" (I Peter 2:21-23) See also: Hebrews 12:14; I Timothy 2:9-10; I Peter 3:1-5; I Corinthians 11:1-16, II Corinthians 6:13-18, Romans 12:1-2.