We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as found within the sixty‑six books from Genesis to Revelation to be inspired of God, inerrant, infallible, and that they are of supreme and final authority in this church, in faith and in life. We do not accept any additional revelation as being equal to or superior to the Bible. We believe God inspired (God breathed) every word as originally written, and that the Received Text (Textus Receptus) is the accurate manuscript from which all translations should come. We believe God has preserved His Word through the ages, and that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English speaking people, and is the official and only translation to be used in this church by the Pastor, teachers and speakers (including visiting preachers and missionaries). This is done for textual reliability, purity, and for unity within the church. Psalms 12:6‑7; 119:89; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:15‑17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23‑25; II Peter 1:19‑21; Rev. 22:18-19.
We believe in one God, who is eternally self‑existent, infinite, immutable, omnipresent, all knowing, all powerful, completely holy and just, benevolent and loving, and creator of all that is. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifest Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:4; II Chron. 16:9; Psalms 99:9; 139:7-10; Jer. 32:17; Is. 6:3; Matthew 28:18‑20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1‑3; II Corinthians 13:14: I Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 1:1‑3; 4:13; James 1:17; I John 4:8,16; Revelation 1:4‑6; 15:3.
We believe Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin, and walked this earth in sinless human flesh, is the creator of Heaven and earth, possessing all the attributes of God, is the eternal pre-existent God, mutually, voluntarily, eternally, sustaining to God the Father that relationship of a son. His death was eternally ordained, and carried out upon a Roman cross for the express purpose of providing a vicarious, legal, and just payment for the sin of the entire human race. He was raised from the dead on the third day, He is presently seated on the right hand of the Father making intersession for the saints, and He will bodily, visibly return to the earth for his own. His kingdom is never ending in which all believers shall dwell eternally. Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:20-23; 20:28; Luke 1:33-35; John 1:1-3,14; 14:1-3; II Corinthians 5:21; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:13-20; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13,14; Hebrews 1:3,8; 8:1; 4:15; 13:8; I Peter 1:3‑5; I John 2:1,2; 4:2,3; Rev. 13:8.
We believe the Person of the Holy Spirit shares all the attributes of the Father and Son. To speak of Him is to speak of God. The earthly ministry of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the Son to mankind, to hinder evil, to comfort and guide Christians, to minister God’s presence to the world primarily through believers indwelt, and filled and empowered by Him, and to give new life (eternal life) to those who trust Christ.. Acts 5:3,4; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; II Thessalonians 2:7; Acts 1:8; Titus 3:5-7.
We believe that man was created in the image of God in the span of a twenty-four hour period. He was created perfect physically and constitutionally, including the moral and spiritual essence (Genesis 1:26). Man, though complete and entire, wanting nothing, was in his innocence and was a free moral agent. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was, in the wisdom of God, a moral testing ground. The natural constitution of man (desire for food, etc.) became the basis for temptation. In the eating of the tree, the willful and direct disobedience to God resulted in legal estrangement from God and precipitated the curse of death on Adam and all his descendants (Romans 5:17-19; 6:23). All men are born under the curse, totally estranged from God, and incapable of personal righteousness (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-19). When a descendent of Adam reaches a level of moral understanding (sometime in his youth) he becomes fully, personally accountable to God and has sin imputed to him, resulting in the peril of eternal damnation (Romans 7:7-9). No man is capable of rectifying this state of estrangement from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Apart from the free gift of God through the substitutionary work of Christ there is no hope of salvation (Acts 4:12; John 3:16-18; Hebrews 2:3).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all that believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. Leviticus 17:11; Romans 5:6‑9; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:4‑9; I Peter 1:18, 19, 23; Romans 3:24‑25, 4:25
We believe in the physical resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and in His ascension into the heavens, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe the resurrection of Christ is essential to our salvation and justification, since without it we have no hope and are still in our sins. Luke 24:39-43; John 20:6-7, 25-28; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15:17; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; I Peter 1:3‑5; I John 2:1,2.
We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, visible, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the physical resurrection at the rapture of all believers which is the first resurrection, and the physical resurrection at the Great White Throne Judgment of the lost which is the second resurrection. Job 19:25-26; Isaiah 25:8-9; Zechariah 14:4‑11; John 5:28-29, 14:1‑3; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13‑18; Titus 2:11‑14; Revelation 20:5-15.
We believe that all who repent of their sins, and receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God, and that they, in the merits of Christ, stand legally righteous before God. We believe that there is no salvation outside of Jesus Christ, that it is God’s will that all men be saved, but many will be lost because of their own rebellion against God, and that because they are free agents, they are without excuse. Luke 24:39-43; John 3:3, 15-18, 36, 5:24, 6:37; Acts 4:12, 10:43, 13:39; Romans 1:20, 3:21-28, 5:1,15-18, 10:13; Ephesians 2:8‑10; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 2:3; II Peter 3:9; I John 5:13; Revelation 21:6.
We believe in the eternal preservation and everlasting blessings of the saved, and the eternal conscious punishment of the lost, and that all true believers can never loose their Salvation. Mark 9:43‑48; John 3:16, 36, 6:36-40, 44; 10:27‑30; Romans 8:1, 38:39; I Corinthians 1:4‑8; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; I Peter 1:5; I John 2:19; Revelation 20:10-15; 22:3‑5,11.
We believe that Heaven and Hell are real literal places, that only born-again believers in Jesus Christ in all their consciousness will go to heaven immediately at death, and that all others in all their consciousness will immediately at death go to Hell to suffer torment for eternity. John 11:26; 14:1-3; II Cor. 5:6-9; Luke 16:19-31; Heb. 2:9.
We believe that the grace of God that saves, teaches believers to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, that God’s grace is not an excuse or license to sin, and that we should be distinctly different from the world in attitude, actions, appearance, music, morality, love, and purpose. We believe we are to live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present world, and to be careful to maintain good works. Job 31:1; Psalms 101:3; Matthew 5:28; John 17:14-18; Romans 6:1-2;11‑13; 8:2,12,13; 12:1-2; I Corinthians 6:15-20; 7:31; II Corinthians 5:17; 6:14-17; Ephesians 4:22‑24; 5:25-27; Titus 2:11‑14; James 1:27; 4:4; I Peter 1:14‑16; I John 2:15-17; 3:3.
We believe the gift of tongues in the early church was a temporary gift to be used as a sign to unbelieving Jews, but has ceased as a gift to be exercised by the church today except in rare cases to proclaim the gospel in a known language, but unknown to the speaker. Matthew 16:1; John 2:18; I Corinthians 1:22; 14:22; I Corinthians 13:8‑10; I Corinthians 12: 28‑31; Acts 2:6-11;10, 19; I Cor 14:14,15
We believe that God’s institution to accomplish His work on the earth in this age is generally the local, visible New Testament Church and that a future universal church will only exist, in full definition as an assembly, at the rapture when all believers will be called out of this world to be assembled together in the air with the Lord. We, therefore, believe that all references in Scripture concerning the organization and functionality of the church, refer only to the local church. We believe that there is an umbrella of protection for all ministries which are out of and under the direction of a local church. We believe that the church should be unspotted by and separated from the world. Matthew 16:18; I Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:27; Hebrews 12:22-23.
The purpose of this church is to promote and teach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 28:18-20; to promote like-minded missions and missionaries both at home and abroad; to provide biblical teaching and preaching as would result in faith, character, and obedience to the scriptures in families and individuals; to propagate the Gospel of Christ through literature, witnessing, and godly testimonies; to build multi-generational Christian families by turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers; to earnestly contend for the faith standing for biblical truth, separation from the world, and holy living, and standing against all cultural and political perversions that are contrary to the Word of God. We will establish and maintain such ministries to accomplish these goals as we are led of God. This church reserves the right to influence legislation, promote petitions, participate in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, or to intervene in any other way it deems expedient in political matters. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; II Timothy 3:16-4:2; Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:17; Jude 3; II Corinthians 6: 14-18; Romans 12:2; I Peter 1:14-16; Matthew 5:13-16;
- Church Organization
This church is not a corporation, will not seek non-profit corporation status, is not subject to present or future requirements of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and will carry on any activities including political that are led of the Lord. This church is to be independent of any denomination, a self governing body under the sole authority of Jesus Christ having no ecclesiastical ties with other churches or denominations but maintaining friendly relations with those of like faith and practice. Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19.
- Church Government
- RULING AUTHORITY: This church is theocratic, congregational, and representative. It is a body functioning first under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, the oversight of the Pastor, and the voting men in leadership of the church.
- QUORUM: When voting on decisions is required, a Quorum of 75% of the voting leadership must be present.
- MAJORITY VOTE: All decisions will be made by at least a 75% majority vote of the quorum present.
- VOTING ON PASTORS: Only men having scriptural qualifications will be considered as a candidate. A pastor will be installed by a 90% affirmative secret ballot vote, and shall continue for an indeterminate period of time as long as that relationship is mutually agreeable. A residing pastor will be dismissed by a 90% affirmative secret ballot vote.
- VOTING ON DEACONS: A deacon will be installed by a 90% affirmative secret ballot vote, and shall serve for one year and may be reelected for successive terms. The deacons shall be chosen from the voting leadership with the Pastor having veto power. Only men having scriptural qualifications will be considered.
- REASONS FOR DISMISSAL OF A PASTOR OR DEACON: A pastor or deacon shall be dismissed immediately upon conclusive proof of immoral behavior including the use of pornography. In other areas of failure to meet the qualifications of scripture, they will be given 3 months to correct the situation. If they still cannot or will not comply with scripture, they will be dismissed.
- ELIGIBILITY OF THE VOTING LEADERSHIP: Men eligible to be a voting leader shall be:
- A member of the church who has attended services regularly for a minimum of six months,
- A man of the age of 21 or a married man, and
- Approved by the Pastor and a majority of the voting leadership.
- REASONS FOR DISMISSAL FROM VOTING MEMBERSHIP: A voting member will be automatically removed from the voting leadership after three months’ absence from the church services, unless his absence is due to illness, missionary service, or other extenuating circumstances as determined by the voting leadership.
- REPRESENTATION: The voting leadership will represent their families as a single vote, and single women living alone or women whose husbands are not members will be represented by the pastor or deacons, who will take into consideration these women’s views before casting their single vote.
- SCRIPTURAL BASIS: Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 13:7; 17; Acts 6:1-6; I Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 15:6; I Cor. 14:34-35, 40.
- General Membership
The members of this church are born again believers who have been baptized by immersion after conversion, who subscribe to this Doctrinal Statement, and who meet together regularly (a general guide line of 50% attendance over a period of 3 months unless extenuating circumstances such as sickness). A member will be automatically removed from membership of the church after six months’ absence unless the absence is due to illness, missionary service, or other extenuating circumstances as determined by the voting leadership.
Responsibilities of Membership:
It is expected of all members that they shall conscientiously strive to keep their member obligations, doing so as unto the Lord. Col. 3:23-24. Specifically, it is expected that members shall:
- Attend faithfully and regularly the services of the church unless hindered by illness or uncontrollable circumstances. Heb. 10:24-25.
- Participate faithfully in the spiritual and financial interests of this church, manifesting loyalty to this body of believers. Other than an occasional special meeting or while traveling, regular attendance at another church, will be considered as disloyalty, and will disqualify a member from voting, unless it is in a missionary capacity (pulpit supply, evangelistic meetings, itinerary preaching, ministering on a foreign field, etc.) under the authority of this church. Luke 16:13; Hebrews 13:17; Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor 16:1-2; II Cor. 9:6-7.
- Cultivate and manifest brotherly love toward the other members of the church, endeavoring to quickly settle differences in the manner laid down in Matthew 18:14‑17. I Cor. 12; Gal. 6:1-2.
- Maintain Christian standards of conduct in the world. Romans 12:2; I Peter 2:11-12; 3:16; Titus 2:12-14.
- Cooperate with the Pastor and the leadership of the church. It shall be considered a serious offense against the church for any member to obstruct the work, cause divisions, or disturb the peace of the church by slander, gossip, falsehood, conspiracy, or unfair and unchristian methods. Eph. 4:1-3, 25-32; I Cor. 1:10-16; 3:1-10; 9:12; 14:33; II Cor. 13:11; Heb. 13:7,17.
- Zealously build excellent family relationships. Eph. 5:22-6:4; Col. 3:18-21; I Peter 3:1-7; Titus 2:4-5; Mal. 2:14-16; 4:6.
We believe that Christian baptism is by the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, by the authority of the local church, and to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; and that it is a responsibility of a church member. The Lord’s Supper is to be observed periodically, and is the use of bread and the fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic juice), symbolic of the broken body and blood of Christ, to commemorate together the death and coming of the Lord. It is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination. Matthew 28:18‑20; Acts 2:41‑42; 8:36‑39; Romans 6:3‑5; I Corinthians 11:23‑28; Colossians 2:12
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in the successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations‑ the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the kingdom‑ are the subjects of detailed revelation in the Scripture. Genesis 1:28; I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9‑18; Galatians 3:13‑25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2‑10; Colossians 1:24‑25,27; Revelation 20:2‑6
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex, and shall be dealt with according to I Corinthians 5. Genesis 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8‑9; Leviticus 18:1‑30; Romans 1:26‑29; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1‑8; Hebrews 13:4
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the office of pastor or deacon. Malachi 2:14‑17; Matthew 19:3‑12; Romans 7:1‑3; I Timothy 3:2,12; Titus 1:6.
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well‑being of the mother are acceptable. Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5, 139:14‑16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15‑18; Luke 1:44.
We believe music (not the lyrics) is not amoral, and that it is intended to praise God, and admonish and strengthen believers. We reject all forms of rock music whether it be secular or Christian as sensual and blasphemous, and dangerous to health, emotional stability, and spiritual life. Contemporary Christian music (Christian rock) is never to be used in any church service or function. Hymns of praise and adoration to the Lord, and of encouragement to believers are the only music to be used in the church. All special music is to be approved beforehand by the pastor or music director. Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:17.
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: l) the Home; 2)the Church; 3)the State. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and has balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other, except that the godly home and the church should have a moral influence upon the state. The home and the church are autonomous and must honor and obey the highest power (God) above the higher powers (the state) whenever there exists a conflict of authority between the state and God’s Word. But if any one of these institutions demands that we take an action contrary to God’s law, we must obey God regardless of the consequences. Romans 13:1‑7; Ephesians 5:22‑24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13‑14 II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21,22; Acts 4:19; 5:29; Daniel 3:17-18.