THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES
(According to the King James Version of the Holy Bible}
THE TRINITY - FATHER, SON & HOLY GHOST
The Bible clearly speaks of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Ghost (Spirit), and also clearly presents that there is only one God. God the Father is fully, completely God. God the Son (Jesus) is fully, completely God, and God the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is fully, completely God. Yet there is only one God. The term "Tri" meaning three, and "Unity" meaning one, Tri + Unity = Trinity. It is a way of acknowledging what the Bible reveals to us about God, that God is yet three "Persons (Personalities), in One" having the same essence of deity. Mighty signs and wonders are performed by the power of the Spirit of God. Scriptures that show God is one, in Trinity with the Son and Holy Ghost:
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” Deuteronomy6:4
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:” Isaiah. 45:5
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” St. John 1:1-3
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” St. John 1:14
“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 into glory.” I Timothy 3:16
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” I John 5:7
“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
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Revelation 21:6
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” St. John 17:11
THE DOCTRINE OF ANGELS
The Bible uses the term "angel" (a heavenly body) clearly and primarily to denote messengers or ambassadors of God with such scripture references as: Luke 1:19 which states, “And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.” Psalms 148:1-2 states, “PRAISE ye the LORD: Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.” This indicates their duty in heaven to praise God. Psalm 103:20 states, “Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” This signifies the angels doing God's will. Also, to behold his face, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10. Since heaven must come down to earth, they also have a mission to earth. The saints will also judge the angels, as I Corinthians 6:2-3 indicates, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?”
Jesus affirmed the existence of “angels” as it is written in Matthew 26:53 Jesus states, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Furthermore, Apostle Paul and other Apostles also testified of the existence of angels, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels." II Thessalonians 1:7. Also, in Colossians 2:18 which states, "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels,..." One of the principle reasons for the writing of the Epistle to the Colossians was to correct the Gnostic theory of worshipping angels.
Angels are beings of great might and power. II Peter 2:11 states, "Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord." Psalms 103:20 reads, "Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word." Isaiah 37:36 declares that one angel smote 185,000 Assyrians in one night. Revelation 20:2, 10 records that one angel had power to lay hold of that old dragon, the devil. Their power is delegated; they are the angels of His might, the ministers through whom God's might is manifested. They are mighty, but not Almighty.
THE DOCTRINE OF MAN
• We believe that man was created Holy by God (Genesis 2:7), composed of body, soul and spirit. We believe that man, by nature of eating of the forbidden fruit, is sinful and unholy. Being born in sin, he needs to be born again, sanctified and cleansed from all sins by the blood of Jesus. We believe that man is saved by being filled with the Holy Ghost; they become a child of God, born again and adopted into the family of God. They should claim the inheritance of the sons of God, namely the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
• We believe man was endowed with superior intellect. Adam had sufficient intelligence to give names to the animals as they were presented before him. “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him”, Genesis 2:19-20. Adam had not only the power of speech, but also the power of reasoning and thought in connection with speech. He could attach words and ideas.
• "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:19.
THE DOCTRINE OF SIN
Sin had its beginning with Lucifer in Heaven when he was lifted up in pride and rebelled against the God of Heaven. According to Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” As a result of his fall, he is now known as Satan, our adversary, the accuser of the brethren who was cast out of Heaven. Grievous distress or trouble beyond our imagination came into the world. According to Revelation 12:12, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
The Law has a relationship to sin; it gives the standard to show what sin is. In the beginning it was God’s plan that Adam and Eve populate the earth with sons and daughters of God, to subdue it and to live a life in obedience to God’s command. Disobedience, which is sin, entered in as we are told in I Corinthians 15:21-22, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Sin is rebellion against God. It sears or defiles the mind and conscience of an individual. Sin is worst than a malignant disease, it spreads in the mind and then breaks out when it is conceived. James 1:14-15 gives the definition of how sin is birthed, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Sin is evil of a vicious kind. It causes an individual to be degenerate, and it is an inward corruption which distorts or perverts character.
Sin brought forth wrath. According to Romans 4:15, “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” Through the finished work of Jesus Christ, He has conquered sin, stated also in Romans 8:2-4, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I Corinthians 15:56 states, “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” Galatians 3:24 states, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
The sin nature is the basis for sinful acts because it opens the door for Satan to act. The consequence of practicing sin is spiritual death, separation from God in this life and in life hereafter. As illustrated in Romans 6:16, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” The Apostle Paul attributes human nature or character as a ruling principle in the human life; it’s called the sin nature. Human or the sin nature drives individuals to act or do things they may not want to do. Romans 7:11-17, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
Sin takes anything that is evil and brings it down to the lowest level. Sin expresses moral, physical and spiritual depravity, and it motivates the human or sin nature to rule in the heart of an individual. According to Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
• Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, which brings conversion, faith, justification regeneration, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, bring about this redemptive operation upon sinners. Repentance is the work of God, which results in a change of mind in respect to man's relationship to God (Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and a heart which trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17, 3:28; Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). Conversion is that act of God whereby He causes the regenerated sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to Him in repentance and faith (II Kings 5:15; II Chronicles 33:12-13; Luke 19:8-9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in man and the governing disposition of soul is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is secured. Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Ghost by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works (Romans 5:6, 6:4; Colossians 2:12, 3:1.
• Salvation is the redemptive work of God through Jesus Christ and is not by the works of man (Ephesians 2:5-9. 3:2; Titus 2:11; I Peter 1:18-21).
• “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” St. John 3:16-17. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” St. John 1:17.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
• The Church is the mystical body of Jesus Christ and by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) are we baptized into one body. It professes one faith, shares one hope, and serves one God. It denotes a company, or assembly of persons called out, selected, chosen and selected from mankind (Holiness).
• The Holy Ghost manifested Himself as Paul stated in I Corinthian 12:1-11 by the nine Gifts of the Spirit. This strengthens the Church and shows the powers of Christ when Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” St. John 14:12.
The New Testament Church was formed on the Day of Pentecost. "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" Acts 2:1-4.
• Incorporated in the Holy Spirit are the seven Spirits of God, "And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;" Isaiah 11:2.
• "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne" Revelation 5:5-7.
• The Church shall be "raptured" and reign with Jesus Christ. "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall all be changed" I Corinthians 15:51-52.
THE DOCTRINE OF LAST THINGS (ESCHATOLOGY)
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” John 14:1-3. Throughout the Gospel, Jesus Christ brought hope unto his followers. This hope is often referred to as the parousia or the second coming according to Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:” For those who had not received Christ’s Spirit, (Holy Ghost) or were workers of iniquity, the Bible states in Luke 13:28 “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.” Unto those who lived a sanctified and holy life, (filled with the Holy Ghost), and subjected themselves to the will of Christ and the purpose of God, to them; it is stated in Matthew 25:21 “His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Unto the Church the Bible states in I Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Also states in 1 Corinthians 15:52-53 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” The Church had obtained salvation from wrath.
As for those that remain, according to I Thessalonians 5:3; “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” II Thessalonians 2:3-4 states “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Revelation 19:11, 20 also states, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
Revelation 20:1-2 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” And when the thousand years had expired, Satan was loosed; however, his army was defeated. Then he was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were to be tormented forever.
Revelation 20:11-12,14 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”