Section I – The Scriptures

We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of the Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings—historical, poetical, doctrinal and prophetical—as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second comings, and hence, that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read or understood until it leads to Him. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. (Mark 12:26,36, 13:11; Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3; 18:23; 26.22,23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; I Cor. 2:13; 10:11; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21.)

Section II – God

We believe that the One Triune God eternally exists in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the godhead have precisely the same nature attributes and perfections and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Matt. 28:18,19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3,4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6)

Section III—Angels, Fallen And Unfallen

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, “Lucifer, son of the morning”—the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who feel are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; I Tim. 3:6; II Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6)

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin and that under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power, that he is the enemy of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God that is worshipped; and that he who in the beginning said, “I will be like the most high”, in his warfare, appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrines, which systems in every case are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone. (Gen. 3:1-19, Rom. 5:12-14; II Cor. 4:3-4; 11-13,14; Eph. 6:10-12; II Thess. 2:4; I Tim. 4:1-3)

We believe that Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and that he is a usurper, now rules as “god of this world”, that at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years, he will be loosed for a little season and then “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone”, where he shall “be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:1-3:10)

We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from which they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. (Luke 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:12)

We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that he might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels. (Heb. 2:6-10)

Section IV — Man, Created And Fallen

We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God and that he fell through sin and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins and that he became subject to the power of the Devil We also believe that his spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone being an exception; and hence every child of Adam is born into the world with a sin nature, which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace. (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Psa. 14-1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:5; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:53; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6,7; Eph. 2:1-3; I Tim. 5:6; I John 3:8)

Section V—Dispensations

We believe that the dispensations are stewardships by which God administers His purpose on the earth through man under varying responsibilities. We believe that the changes in the dispensational dealings of God with man depend upon changed conditions or situations in which man is successively found with relation to God and that these changes are the result of the failure of man and the judgments of God. We believe that different administrative responsibilities of this character are manifested in the biblical record, that they span the entire history of mankind and that each ends in the failure of man under the respective test and in an ensuing judgment from God.

We believe that three of these dispensations of rules of life are the subject of extended revelation in the Scripture, Vix : The dispensation of the law, the present dispensation of grace and the future dispensation of the millennial kingdom. We believe that these are distinct and are not to be intermingled or confused, as they are chronologically successive.

We believe that the dispensations are not ways of salvation nor different methods of administering the so-called covenant of grace. They are not in themselves dependent on covenant relationships but are ways of life and responsibility to God, which test the submissions of man to his revealed will during a particular time. We believe that, if man does trust in his own efforts to gain the favor of God or salvation under any dispensation test, because of inherent sin, his failure to satisfy fully the just requirements of God is inevitable and his condemnation sure.

We believe that according to the “eternal purpose” of God (Eph. 3:11), salvation in the divine reckoning is always “by grace, through faith,” and rests upon the basis of the shed blood of Christ. We believe that God has always been gracious, regardless of the ruling dispensation, but that man has not at all times been under as administration of stewardship of grace as is true in the present dispensation. (I Cor. 9:17; Eph 3:2; 3:9; R.V.; Col. 1:25; I Tim. 1:4; R.V.)

We believe that it has always been true that “without faith it is impossible to please” God (Heb. 11:6), and that the principle of faith was prevalent in the lives of all the Old Testament Saints. However, we believe that it was historically impossible that they should have had as the conscious object of their faith the incarnate, crucified Son, the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and that it is evident that they did not comprehend as we do that the sacrifices depicted the person and work of Christ. We believe also that they did not understand the redemptive significance of the prophecies or types concerning the sufferings of Christ (I Peter 1:10-12). Therefore, we believe that their faith toward God was manifested in other ways as is shown by the long record in Hebrews 11:1-40. We believe further that their faith thus manifested was counted unto them for righteousness (cf. Rom. 4:3 with Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:5-3; Heb. 11:7).

Section VI—The First Advent

We believe that, as provided and purpose by God and as preannounced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into this world that he might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy and become the redeemer of a lost world. To this end, he was born of the virgin and received a human body and a sinless human nature. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb. 4:15)

We believe that, on the human side, he became and remained a perfect man, but sinless through His life; yet he retain His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man, and that His earth-life sometimes functioned within the sphere of that which was divine. (Luke 2:40; John 1:1,2; Phil. 2:5-8)

We believe that in fulfillment of prophecy, he came first to Israel as her Messiah-King and that, being rejected of that nation, he, according to the eternal counsels of God, gave His life a ransom for all. (John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; I Tim. 2:6)

We believe that, in infinite love for the lost, he voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial lamb and took away the sin of the world; bearing the hold judgments against sin, which the righteousness of God must impose. His death was, therefore, substitutionary in the most absolute sense. The just for the unjust—and by His death he became the Savior of the lost. (John 1:29; Rom. 3:25,26; II Cor. 5:14; Heb. 10:5-14; I Pet. 3:18)

We believe that, according to Scriptures, he arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he had lived and died and that His resurrected body is the pattern of the body, which ultimately will be given to all believers. (John 20:20; Phil. 3:20)

We believe that, on departing from the earth, he was accepted of His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished. (Heb. 1:3)

We believe that he became head over all things to the Church, which is His body, and in ministry, he ceases not to intercede and advocate for the saved. (Eph. 1:22,23; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:1)

Section VII—Salvation Only Through Christ

We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation, however great, no attainments in morality, however high, no culture, however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons of God. We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our room and stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolution, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles, can add in the very least degree to the value of the bold, or the merit of the finished work wrought for us by Him who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity. (Lev. 17:11; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:5,18; Rom. 5:6-9; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:18,19,23)

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16,18,36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16,17; 3:22-26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal. 3:22)

Section VIII—The Extent Of Salvation

We believe that when an unregenerated person exercises that faith in Christ, which is illustrated and described as such in the New Testament, he passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old creation into the new; being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according as Christ, His Son, is accepted, loved as Christ is loved, having His place and portion as linked to him and one with him forever. Though the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of His blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God, he is as soon as he is saved, in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely completed in Christ and is, therefore, in no way required by God to seek a so-called “second blessing”, or a “second work of grace”. (John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10; I John 4:17; 5:11,12)

Section IV—Sanctification

We believe that sanctification, which is a setting-apart unto God, is threefold. It is already complete for every saved person because his position toward God is the same as Christ’s position. Since the believer is in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart unto God. We believe, however, that he retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated in his life. Therefore, while the standing of the Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life. There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification wherein the Christian is to “grow in grace” and to “be changed” by the unhindered power of the Spirit. We believe, also, that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in his standing in Christ when he shall see his Lord and shall be “like Him”. (John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Eph. 4:24; 5:25-27; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10,14; 12:10)

Section X—Eternal Security

We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God. toward the object of his love, because of his freedom to exercise grace toward the merit less on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the prayer of the Son of God while here on earth, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and all true believers everywhere, once saved, shall be kept saved forever. We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit. He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son. (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:29; I Cor. 6:19; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:1,2; 5:13; Jude 1:24)

Section XI—Assurance

We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior. And that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude and obedience. (Luke 10:20; 21:32; II Cor. 5:1,6-8; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 10:22; I John 5:13)

Section XII—The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost, according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer, and by His baptism, unites all the Christ in one body and that he has, as the indwelling one, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. We believe that he never takes His departure from the true church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever-present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy believers with Him, not with themselves nor with their experiences. We believe that His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the church. (John 14:16,17; 16:7-15; I Cor. 6:19; Eph; 2:22, II Thess. 2:7)

We believe that in this age, certain well-defined ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit and that it is the duty of every Christian to understand them, to be adjusted to them in His own life and experience. These ministries are: The restraining of evil in the world to the measure of the divine will; the convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness and judgment; the regenerating of all believers; the dwelling and anointing of all who are saved; thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption; the baptism into the one Body of Christ of all who are saved; and the continued filling power, teaching and service of those among the saved who are yielded to Him and who are subject to His will. This ministries of regeneration, indwelling, baptizing and sealing, all take place once and for all in the instance of salvation. The ministry of filling may be repeated many times in the believer’s life, as this depends upon our unyieldedness and obedience. (John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:13; Eph 4:30; 5:18; II Thess. 2:7; I John 2:20-27)

We believe that the sign gifts of the apostolic days were given to establish the testimony of the Gospel, as being of God, but upon the completion of the New Testament, were no longer necessary; therefore, the ecstatic gift of tongues, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles, the gift of prophecy (foretelling events) and the gift of revelations are no longer bestowed upon men today.

We believe that the normal course for this, which the Scriptures teach, is that the redemption (or healing) of the body will not be until the Lord Jesus comes, and until that time, “we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house (body) , which is from heaven” “waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body.” (Heb. 2:3,4; Acts 4:8,31; Rom. 8:23; I Cor. 13:8; II Cor. 5:1-6)

It is to be noted that the things mentioned in the preceding paragraph refer to special gifts to individual men. We do believe that God can, does and will perform miracles in relation to the sick and afflicted as well as the needs of life in answer to the prayer of faith, according to the good pleasure of His will. (John 14:13-15; 16:23,24; James 4:2,3)

Section XIII—The Church A Unity Of Believers

We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. Its members are constituted as such, regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth. We believe that by the same Spirit, all believers in this age are baptized into and, thus, become one body that is Christ’s, whether Jews or Gentiles, and having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. (Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-27; Rom. 12:5, I Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-24; 4:3-10; Col. 3:14,15)

Section XIV—The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the church, and they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:19,20; Acts 10:47,48; 16:32,33; 18:7,8; I Cor. 11:26)

Section XV—The Christian’s Walk

We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the flesh, with its fallen, adamic nature, which in this life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord. (Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2,4,12,13; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 1:4-7; 3:5-9)

Section XVI—The Christian Service

We believe that divine, enabling gifts for service are bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved. While there is a diversity of gifts, each believer is energized by the same Spirit and each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. In an apostolic church, there were certain gifted men—apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who were appointed by God for the perfecting of the saints unto their work of the ministry. We believe also that today some men are especially called of God to be evangelists, pastors and teachers and that it is to the fulfilling of his will and to his eternal glory that these shall be sustained and encouraged in their service for God. (Rom. 12:6; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11}

We believe that, wholly apart from salvation benefits, which are bestowed equally upon all who believe, rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for his Lord and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after he comes to receive His own to himself. (I Cor. 3:9-15; 9:18-27; II Cor. 5:10}

Section XVII—The Great Commission

We believe that it is explicit of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom he has saved, that they are sent forth by Him into the world, even as he was sent forth of His Father into the world. We believe that, after they are saved, they are divinely reckoned to be related to this world as strangers, pilgrims, ambassadors and witnesses and that their primary purpose in life should be to make Christ known to the whole world. (Matt. 28:13,19; Mark 16:15, John 17:18; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:18-20; I Peter 1:17; 2:11)

Section XVIII—The Tribulation

We believe that the translation of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week (Dan 9:27; Rev. 6:1-19,21), during which the Church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israel’s seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole world, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close. The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), which our Lord called the Great Tribulation (Matt 24:15-21). We believe that righteousness will not be realized previous to the second coming of Christ but that the world is day by day ripening for judgment and that the age will end with a fearful apostasy.

Section XIX -“ The Eternal State

We believe at death, the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, where upon soul and body, reunited, shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death, conscious of the condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of The Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body, reunited, shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23-42; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

Section XX—Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (I Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11;-I John 2:15-17; II Cor. 6:18; 7:1)