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FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINE

Our basic and fundamental doctrine shall be the original King James translated 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.

THE WORD OF GOD

We believe the Bible to be inspired of God; the infallible “Word of God”. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope and all instruction for the church must be based upon, and align with the Bible. It is to be read and studied by all men everywhere, and can only be clearly understood by those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27). “…no prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophesy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)

THE ONE TRUE GOD

We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy (Ghost) Spirit, by emanation. (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).

The scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; is asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal. (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32, 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body, and therefore free from all limitations. God is Spirit (St. 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” (Eph. 4:6).

This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in diverse ways; In the New Testament, God manifested Himself as the Son while He walked among men; and as the Holy Spirit (aka: Holy Ghost) after His ascension.

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 a virgin…Mary. As 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 into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)

“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” (St. 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…” (2 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 man; His deity was and is God. His flesh was the lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only mediator between God and man. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

“I am Alpha and Omegas, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelations 1:8)

THE NAME

God used several different titles, such as “God Elohim”, ”El Shaddai”, “Jehovah”, and “Jehovah Lord” the redemptive name in the Old Testament.

“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)

“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).

REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION

Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confessing and forsaking of sins. We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 11:18, 17:30). “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

The word “repentance” comes from the 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.”

WATER BAPTISM

The scriptural mode of baptism is total water immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized Minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5);thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY (GHOST) SPIRIT

John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11 said, “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”

Jesus in Acts 1:5 told his disciples, “…ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the spirit gave them utterance.”

The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire,” “filled with the Holy Ghost” and “filled with the Holy Spirit” are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.

It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, in-filling, promise, or baptism of the Holy Spirit (Ghost) to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues. (Acts 2:4)

The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6, and the “gift of tongues”, as explained in 1 Corinthians, Chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but difference 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 the phenomenal experience, said, “Having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33). Further, “…the promise is unto you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39).

ALSO

We believe we must commit ourselves to continual and regular preaching for salvation, devotion, correction and guidance in spiritual direction. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

Adding to, or removing anything from the scriptures is strictly prohibited by the scriptures (Revelation 22:18-19).