Articles of Faith
1. The Everlasting God, the Father
There is but one God, holy, eternal, immortal invisible, of infinite power, wisdom and justice: the creator of all things that are in heaven and in earth visible and invisible: the preserver of all creation.
2. God, the Son
God, the Son, Who was manifest in the flesh justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory, took upon Him the seed of Abraham in thewomb of the virgin Mary; whereof is one Christ who is very God and perfect man, who suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried as a sacrifice for original guilt and for actual transgressions of all mankind, reconciling all things to God by Himself; who truly arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, from whence He will come to judge the quick and the dead. John 1:1 John 1:14 John 1:34 Heb.1:1-3
3. God, the Holy Ghost
God, the Holy Ghost, (used interchangeably with Holy Spirit) the third person of the Holy Trinity or Godhead, is active throughout the Scriptures, being also called “Sprirt of God,” “Spirit of Truth,” “Spirit of Christ,” “Spirit of Life,” “The Spirit,” “Eternal Spirit,” and the “Comforter” or “Paraclete,” along with many other combinations used with the word “Spirit.” He has participated in Creation, in giving us the Scriptures, and in God’s government through the ages, but in our day He is most active, revealing the Father and the Son and continuing their work by imparting salvation both in regeneration and in sanctification, in guidance, convicting, cleansing and empowering for Christian service. John 16:7-15 Acts 1:8
4. The Holy Scriptures
By the term, The Holy Scriptures, we understand the sixty-six canonical books contained in the Authorized Version, which books when freed from all errors and mistakes of translators, copyists and printers, we recognize as the very Word of God – inerrant, infallible and containing all things necessary to salvation as our sale authority for doctrine. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16-17 2Peter 1:21
Sin is man’s basic problem. It is sin which necessitates salvation. The peril of damnation is due solely to sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23 Sin is the willful transgression of a known law of God. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psalms 51:3 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4 He that committeth sin is of , the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. 1 John 3:8
6. Original Sin
Original sin is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is desti tute of original righteousness 1 Cor. 15:22 Rom. 5:12 Rom. 5:18 Rom. 3:12 is adverse to God; is without spiritual life; and is inclined to evil and that continually Gen. 6:5 Gen. 8:21 . In the Scriptures it is designated as “the carnal mind” Rom. 8:7, our “old man” Rom 6:6 “the flesh” Rom 8:5 & 8 “sin that dwelleth in me” Rom 7:17 “root of bitterness” Heb. 12:15 and similar expressions. It continues to exist after regeneration, though subdued, until eradicated and destroyed 1 John 3:8 by the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire Acts 15:8-9.
7. The Atonement
The Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings Acts 3:18 by the shedding of His blood Rom. 5:8-10 Heb.9:12 and by His meritorious death on the cross Eph 2:13 Eph 2:16 made full atonement Rom.5:11 for all sin, and that this atonement is the only grouund of salvation Acts 4:12 Eph 1:7 , it being sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race John 3:16 1John 2:2. The atonement is efficacious to the salvation of the irresponsible from birth, or the righteous who have become irresponsible Rom 4:15, and to children in innocence Mark 10:14 but is efficacious to the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe Luke 24:47 Acts 16:30&31 Acts 17:30
Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God Rom 10:17 , and is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Heb 2:1 . When accompanied by a broken spirit and a contrite heart Psalm 51:17 it will bring the witness of the Spirit. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself 1 John 5:10. With the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation Rom 10:10
Repentance consists in a godly sorrow for sins which have been committed against God by the penitent 2 Cor 7:10 & 11, and restitution made to all who have been wronged, as far as possible Luke 19:8 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy Prov 28:14
10. Justification and Regeneration
Though these two phases of the new birth occur simultaneously, they are, in fact, two separate and distinct acts. Justification is that gracious and judicial act of God whereby a soul is granted complete remission from all guilt and a full release from the penalty of sin Rom 3:23-25 .This act of divine grace is wrought by faith in the merits of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Rom 5:1
By regeneration we mean the impartation of divine life which is manifested in that radical change in the moral character of man, from the love and life of sin to the love of. God, and the life of righteousness 2 Cor 5:17 1 Pet 2:23
Consecration necessary for entire sanctification is the total submission of the redeemed soul to the whole will of God Rom 12:1 & 6:11 &13 &22 . As such it takes place after the work of regeneration and must be complete before the soul is sanctified. While the act of consecration depends wholly upon the individual, the scope of consecration must be dictated by the Holy Spirit Acts 5:32 . In saying that consecration is the act of the creature, it must be understood that every step in grace is undertaken through the assistance of the Holy Spirit 1 Pet 1:22. This consecration becomes so deep that it includes perfect submission unto the crucifixion of the body of sin Rom 6:6 Gal 2:20 Gal 5:24
12. Entire Sanctification, or the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and Fire
Entire sanctification is that second definite, instantaneous work of grace, subsequent to regeneration John 17:9-17 Eph 1:12 & 13 ; wrought in the heart of the justified person through faith by the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire, whereby the heart of the believer is cleansed from all original sin, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 15:8-9 Rom 15:16 Matt 3:11 Acts 1:4-8 Heb 10:10 & 13:12-13 Eph 1:4
13. The Witness of the Spirit
The witness of the Spirit is that inward work of grace wrought on the soul, whereby the Spirit of God immediately and directly assures our spirits that Bible conditions for salvation are met and the work of regeneration is complete in the soul Rom 8:15 & 16 . Therefore none should think he is either saved or sanctified until the Spirit of God has witnessed to the same 1 John 5:10 . If we take care to walk with God, and not grieve the Holy Spirit, we shall have an abiding testimony Eph 4:30.
14. Growth in Grace
In order to maintain a right relationship with God it is necessary that we grow in grace Eph 4:15&16 Col2:6-7 1 Pet 1:5-10 2 Pet 3:18 both before and after entire sanctification. There is, however, a more abundant growth with increased fruitage after sanctification John 15:2 . To keep sanctified the soul must continually seek God’s face and strength Luke 21:36 Psalm 105:4 This is the maturing process of all spirit-filled saints.
15. Sin after Justification
Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men Matt 12:31. Also 1 John 2:1 the last clause, If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
The justified soul that walks in the light 1 John 1:7 , is kept victorious over sin 1 John 5:18 and does not willfully transgress the law of God 1 John 3:6-10 Willful sin separates the soul from God and causes it to backslide, but through repentance the soul may again be justified 1 John 2:1 Matt 12:31
16. The Church
The Church of Jesus Christ is composed of all persons who are born of the Spirit and are designated His “sheep,” who hear His voice and follow Him, who know Him and are known by Him John 10:2 & 4 & 27 Acts 20:28 and who are a peculiar people, zealous of good works Titus 2:14 separate and readily distinguished from the world 2 Cor 6:17-18 Rom 12:2 John 17:14
17. Divine Healing
We believe and embrace the Scriptural doctrine of healing For the body, and maintain that it is the privilege of every child of God to be healed in answer to the prayer of faith, according to James 5:14 & 15 Yet we are not to sever fellowship from, or pass judgment on those who use other providential means for the restoration of health James 5:16 Acts 4:14 Matt 10:8 Luke 9:2 1 Cor 12:9 John 9:1-34
18. The Christian Lord’s Day
We believe the Christian Lord’s Day to be of divine origin. The Jewish Sabbath was obligatory upon those living under the law of Moses until the time of its consummation. We also recognize that for a number of years after Pentecost two distinct Sabbaths were observed – the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath and the Christian First-day Sabbath Matt 28:1 , and that toward the close of the first century, the latter was known as “the Lord’s Day” Rev 1:10 We therefore recognize the first day of the week as being the Christian day of rest and worship under the present dispensation Matt 28:1 Mark 16:2 & 9 Luke 24:1 John 20:1 & 19 Acts 20:7 1 Cor 16:2 the observance of which we hold obligatory and sacredly binding upon the followers of the Lord Jesus, in commemoration of the glorious victory achieved through His resurrection from among the dead, on that eventful day. It was also duly and persistently observed by the Apostolic Church Acts 20:7 1 Cor 16:2 and was the day upon which the Holy Ghost was poured out on the disciples.
19. The Ordinances
As an organization we are non-ordinance. We do not wish to criticize those of other denominations who observe them. To us they are but types and shadows, which have been fulfilled in Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him Col 2:9-10
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, that was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing It to his cross Col 2:12-14 . Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances Col 2:20 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Eph 2:8 . Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace Eph 2:15 The old covenant consisted of divers baptisms and carnal ordinances. The new covenant consists of God’s laws in our hearts.
The modern-day teaching of the gift of tongues as an evidence of the Holy Ghost we hold to be unscriptural. No gift can be taken as evidence of having received the Holy Ghost. A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign Matt 16:4 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us Heb 10:14 & 15.
We recognize the gift of tongues, or languages, as being one of the nine gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8-10 This gift was an intelligible language which was received by the waiting disciples on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:4-6 when devout men of every nation under heaven were assembled together and were confounded when every man heard them speak in his own language. The word “unknown” does not appear in the original Greek.
We recognize further, that the evidence of a clean heart is not the utterance of some unintelligible sounds, but the indwelling fullness of the Holy Ghost Himself in the heart. We hold that sanctification and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost are one and the same experience.
21. The Second Coming of the Lord
We believe that the coming of our Lord is to be personal, and premillennial, also that it is imminent Acts 1:9-11 1 Thess 4:14-17 Matt 25:13 Rev 22:12 We must distinguish between the Rapture – His coming in the air for the bride (the sanctified) which may occur at any moment; and the Revelation – His coming down to earth with His saints 2 Thess 1:7-10 Matt 24:27 & 26:29 Rev 19:20 the manifestation of the Antichrist, and other prophesied events 2 Thess 2:8-10 Rev 19:20
We believe that Christ will literally reign during the Millennium upon the earth as King of Righteousness, sitting upon the throne of David 2 Sam 7:16 Isa 9:7 Luke 1:32 and that all the members of the bride-hood will reign with Him for a thousand years. Rev 20:4-6 & 5:9-10
22. Resurrection and Judgment
The resurrection of the just and the unjust is clearly shown in the Word of God, the judgment following. But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man carne also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive 1 Cor 15:20-22
An interval of one thousand years will exist between the first resurrection of the blessed and holy dead, and the rest of the dead Rev 20:5-6 The last and final resurrection, including the wicked of all ages and those who lived and died during the thousand years reign, will take place at the Great White Throne Judgment, when the dead, small and great, will stand before God. The sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man accordingto their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire Rev 20:11-15
23. The Immortality of the Soul
The Scriptures teach that man is a trinity in personality, composed of spirit, soul, and body 1 Thess 5:23 The body is the tenement of clay in which the soul and spirit reside, and which part only is buried or can be destroyed Matt 10:28 Ecc 12:7 The human soul and spirit are not identical but divisible Heb 4:12 and sharply distinguished in the burial and resurrection of the body 1 Cor 15:44. The spirit of man consists of the conscience, will and affections. The soul consists of the intellect, memory, sensibilities andjudgment. Further, when functioning within personality, soul and spirit are component parts, cooperating together. Hence that undying element of personality which survives the burial of the body Luke 16:23-25 and lives foreverMatt 25:46 John 3:36 proves the immortality of the soul.
24. The Intermediate State of Existence
We fervently disallow the doctrine of Purgatory, or any teaching connected therewith, but we do acknowledge that the Scriptures teach the existence of the Intermediate State. We further allow that many devout souls are prejudiced against this teaching only because the original terms are words offoreign tongue, and that because these terms were not incorporated into the record of the King James translation in their’ original form, the terms to an uninformed person seem strange and distant. Notwithstanding, no intelligent student of the Scriptures may ignore them.
By the intermediate state of existence, we understand that period of time that the souls of the departed ones occupy between death and the final states of Heaven and Hell. This temporary abode in the Old Testament Scriptures is known by the Hebrew term “Sheol’ Gen 37:35 which term occurs sixty-five times in the Old Testament. When the word is used with a qualifying term such as the “lowest Sheol’ Deut 32:22 or “the depth of Sheol’ Pro 9:18 or “Sheol from beneath,” Isa 14:9 it invariably denotes the division of the temporary abode of the wicked departed spirits from that of the righteous. We learn from the Scriptures that in the course of time the term “Abraham’s Bosom” Luke 16:22 came to be applied to the temporary abode of the righteous departed spirits.
We further receive that in the Greek language the corresponding term for Sheol is Hades Acts 2:27 which term occurs ten times in the New Testament, making Sheol-Hades equivalent terms. On the day of crucifixion our Lord, however, applied the term “Paradise” to what in the Hebrew usage had been known as “Abraham’s Bosom” which is believed to have been emptied at Christ’s ascension and the righteous spirits transferred to His immediate presence Eph 4:8 2 Cor 5:8
We further receive that when the New Testament desired to warn against the eternal fires that burn, not ‘Hades” but “Gehenna” or “Gehenna offire” Matt 10:28 James 3:6 is used, which term occurs twelve times, falling as it does eleven times from the lips of the Savior in most solemn warning. This term and the Lake of Fire Rev 19:20 & 20:10-15 we conceive to be equivalent terms and constitute the Bible Hell. Finally at the resurrection when the souls in Paradise receive their glorified bodies, they become permanent and fully endowed citizens of Heaven, and the wicked dead that are in the “lower” Sheol-Hades, at the resurrection receive their sentence of doom, and pass into the Lake of Fire.
The Bible clearly teaches that this present life marks the boundary of the soul’s probationary period. Moral character is unchangeable in eternity. It also teaches that Heaven is a real place John 6:38 Luke 24:51 Matt 6:20 and Hell is a real place Mark 9:44 Matt 10:28 & 23:33 and every soul of the human race will make their eternal abode in one or the other of these two places.
26. Our Motto
Our motto is love for all, malice toward none, living peaceably with all men; the weapons of our warfare being not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
27. Our Goal
The goal of our experience is love out of a pure heart. Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned 1 Tim. 1:5
28. Our Creed
Our creed is the whole Word of God- inerant, infallible, and sufficient. Preeminent among our doctrines are the following: a Bible repentance, justification by faith, the cleansing of the heart from all sin by the baptisim with the Holy Ghost and fire, divine healing, and the premillennial coming of the Lord.
29. Sanctity of Life
The Scripture clearly teaches that God is the creator of human life, which begins at conception Psalm 139:13-16 and He determines the number of our days. We believe that the voluntary aborting of the unborn child, infanticide and euthanasia are all violations of God’s sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” Ex 20:13
30. Sexual Orientation
God created male and female “in the image of God” Gen 1:27. He instituted marriage as consisting of one male and one female, coming together as “one flesh” Gen 2:24 and He told them to “be fruitful and multiply” Gen 1:28 Therefore, a homosexual or lesbian life-style is a willful perversion of, and rebellion against God’s creation and authority Rom 1:22-28. As a result we forbid anyone with this lifestyle from being members or hold any office in our church or under our church’s jurisdiction. Our attitude and action toward those involved in this perversion is one of love and intercession for their salvation and acceptance of God’s design.