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Satan is the Great Counterfeiter. As the Father of Lies, he specializes in deception. From the beginning, he has tried to substitute an inferior alternative for the real deal, always with devastating results. Let’s look at the record.
He offered himself as a replacement for God and ended up banned from heaven. He substituted a lie for the truth about the forbidden fruit, resulting in the spiritual death of the human family. He filled the world with idolatry, causing people to stray from God’s path and forfeit His blessings. He rewrote the origin of the world, replacing creation with random theories and atheism. And he has deluded the world into believing that an unborn baby is just a choice, leading to the disposal of millions of precious lives.
He has convinced countless women that the critical role of wife/mother is beneath them, suggesting instead that they assume the man’s role. The outcome? Children being raised by “a village” of strangers instead of their own nurturing mothers, and thousands of unfulfilled, guilt-ridden women. Additionally, he has nearly succeeded in persuading the world to discard God’s ordained structure for the family, with a man and woman as its nucleus, in favor of abomination incapable of perpetuating the race, leading to social chaos and divine judgment.
Even more disturbing are the false prophets who discard or dilute the Gospel of Jesus Christ, offering in its place a vague and casual mental acceptance, devoid of conviction, repentance or contrition. The result? Millions damned to perdition. The only antidote for all this deception is truth. It is the truth of God which sets free those enslaved by Satan’s lies, and lifts from their eyes the scales of delusion. May we, as the children of God, strive to advance His Church, the pillar and ground of the truth. May we bear witness to true salvation and expose Satan for The Great Counterfeiter that he is.
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The Holy Spirit uses the gospel of Christ to bring deep conviction upon your soul. You experience the terrible feeling of being separated from God. Some people say conviction is the worst feeling they have ever experienced. Someone once said, “the pains of hell got hold upon my soul.” Conviction is the state of being lost; without God; separated from God; undone; without hope. It is a suffocating, sin-sick feeling. Whenever the Holy Spirit brings conviction upon your heart (makes you know in your heart that you are a sinner) you should seek God for Salvation.
Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom that thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
II Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Psalms 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
DRAWING OF YOUR HEART
After the deep convicting power of the gospel of Christ is felt, the Holy Spirit draws your heart to God our father. Without conviction, and without God’s drawing power, you cannot be saved. You cannot make yourself be saved. Only God can do this. You must completely submit yourself to God and allow him to do all the work. No human can interfere; this experience is between you and God. Only God knows your heart.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the father (God) which hath sent me draw him.
John 6:65 And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my father.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things that were spoken of Paul.
Lu 18:17 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein …
HUMBLE YOUR HEART AS A LITTLE CHILD
Once you have suffered the pains of conviction and you feel God drawing your heart, you must humble yourself as a little child. Little children are humble. They are dependent upon others to teach them what is right and wrong. You must depend upon God to teach you and change you. Only when you realize that you can do nothing for God will you become truly humble. Upon humbling your heart, you must REPENT of your sins and your sin of unbelief.
Matthew 18:1-6 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:9-18 And he that humbleth himself shall be exalted … Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein …
There can be no salvation without true repentance. God looks upon your heart (soul). He expects a complete unreserved trust in him. First you must REPENT (regret with great godly sorrow, to be sorry to God with much hurt inside; to ask for forgiveness); trust in the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and soul.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine persons, which need no repentance.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.
Matthew 3:2 And saying Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 13:3 Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
GOD’S FORGIVENESS (MERCY)
When you have truly repented to God, he will forgive you of all your sins. You can only truly repent if you are humble and sincere. God is a merciful God. He said he will cast our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. Jesus made this forgiveness possible by dying on the cross for our sins. Through the blood of Christ, we are forgiven.
Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Ephesians 1:10 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. .He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Please read Chapter 17 in Luke. It tells about Jesus teaching forgiveness. Also read Matthew 18:21-35. Again, Jesus speaks of forgiveness.
GOD’S GIFT OF SALVATION
God is truly a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. God grants his gift of Salvation to those who have truly repented. When he grants his gift of Salvation you will truly feel a salvation experience. He replaces a heart of stone with a heart of love, joy and peace. These feelings are truly heart-felt! The Holy Spirit will reveal it to you if you have been saved. The gift of Salvation is given by God, and God alone. No one can tell you that you are saved. It is an experience between you and God. He is the only one who knows your heart. There is a witness (proof); God’s Spirit bears witness with our spirit when we are his children. His Spirit will let your spirit know if you are saved. God is all-powerful and all-knowing; He doesn’t rely on someone else to tell you when you have been saved-He does it himself! Salvation is God’s gift through Christ to save our souls. It is a gift that we do not deserve, and we can do nothing to earn it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man shall boast.
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. (Also Ezekiel 11:19)
THE TWO NATURES OF MAN
When God has granted you the wonderful gift of Salvation, you will experience a conflict of two natures. Your outward being of flesh is your natural and carnal nature. It retains the carnal nature with its inclination (temptation) to sin. The Bible repeatedly warns us to resist the devil and his sinful influences. God’s chastisement (punishment) awaits his children who give in to the desires of the flesh; but such chastisement is an expression of his love. He wants us to produce fruits of righteousness, but we cannot produce such fruit when we are in sin.
When you are saved, your inward, spiritual nature becomes opposed to your carnal nature. This opposition, or conflict, does not exist prior to salvation. Because before you get saved, your two natures are harmonious. Prior to salvation your heart (soul) is not pure. When God saves us, he changes our heart (soul) and seals it. Our heart cannot change back to its old ways, but our flesh can. This is what causes conflict between our two natures. However, we cannot sin when we are living in God’s Spirit. The scriptures advise us to walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lusts of our flesh.
Romans 7:14-19 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.. .. For I know that in’ me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not do, that I do.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Romans 3:10 There is none righteous, no, not one.
I Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
Please read Romans 7:10-25.
Please read Romans 5:11-21 These verses are about sin through Adam, and salvation through Christ.
Please read Romans 6: 1-13 These verses are about freedom from the power of sin.
Chapter Three in I Corinthians is about how the carnal mind hinders the growth of the Spirit.
Please read Chapter 15 in I Corinthians. It speaks very clearly on the natural and spiritual body.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (SALVATION)
We are not saved by our works of righteousness, but according to God’s mercy. When he saves us, God keeps our Salvation. We are not in charge of it. Therefore, once we have passed all of God’s requirements (not man’s), we cannot lose our Salvation. His Spirit is with us forever. When we are saved, we are given eternal life. God paid the price for our sins through his son. He convicts us, saves us, and keeps us by his power. Salvation changes people. Remember-hearts of stone become hearts of love, joy and peace. Love, joy, and peace will make you feel different; new. These are fruits of the Spirit. You actually change inside (your soul) when you are saved.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
God’s Spirit brings life. He rescues us from the death of sin and breathes new life into us. God intended for us to have a full life. His Salvation provides us with that opportunity. The scriptures tell us that we truly do not live until we are saved. (John 10:10) In fact, the Bible says we are dead in sins when we are lost sinners. (James 2:26, Ephesians 2:1-5)
Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our Spirit, that we are the children of God.
II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord (God) is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Please read Romans 8:1-39.
LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU
The Bible speaks emphatically against the deceivers working in the world who deceive people straight into hell. There are deceivers who say that you can get saved simply by saying a sinner’s prayer, or by shaking the preacher’s hand. Others tell you to “accept the Lord.” BEWARE! Read what the scriptures say on this subject. The idea that we accept Jesus into our hearts is wrong! This would put us above him if it were true. What can a beggar give a King? We must humbly ask him into our heart when the Holy Spirit leads us. We cannot “make a decision” to become Christian. Salvation is not a mental process; it is heart-felt change that begins and ends with the Lord. These differences may sound like splitting hairs at first, but when you study the scriptures you will find that there is a vast difference between what the Lord taught when he was here on earth and what a lot of people are teaching today. Let the Lord witness his truth to your heart.
Remember, no one knows your heart but God. No one else has any authority over, through, or by God to tell you that you are saved. No one else even has the right to tell you how to be saved unless they simply tell you to seek the Lord. Others can pray with you or for you; but they cannot tell you how long to pray, what to pray, or if you have prayed enough. God will let you know when you have satisfied him. It is between you and God only.
I John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you.
I John 4:1-4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things commeth the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Please read Matthew 24:4-14.
Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depths of the sea.
Please read Galatians 1:3-24.
Galatians 1:3-8 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God our Father …. but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It has an entire library of books between its covers. In it, God himself speaks and the Spirit witnesses to you. The Bible was given to us through divine inspiration by God-not by the will of man. It is God’s love letter to us as his children. In it, you can find out how to conduct yourself (how to talk, act, and dress), and how to live your life. Some parts of the Bible are very difficult to understand, especially for someone who is not saved, but it is very important for all of us to read and study the Bible. It explains how God created the world, and what it will be like in the last days before he destroys the world. Regardless of who you are, reading and studying the Bible can help you grow.
Note: Due to the lack of space, and the vastness of the subject matter, not all of the appropriate verses could be quoted. Please read the suggested chapters from the Bible. You will find that everything in this article is supported by biblical scripture.
Articles of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and it is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. II Tim. 3: 16-17, II Tim. 3:15; Prov. 30: 5-6; Rom. 2-12; Phil. 3:16; I John 4:1.
THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. John 4:14; Ps. 83-18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Ps. 147:5; Isa. 6:3; I Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 4:6-8; Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer. 2:12-13; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 5:17: John 14:23; John 17:5 & 10; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14; Rev. 1:4-5.
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. Gen.1:27; Gen. 1:31; Ecc. 7:29; Acts 15:26;, Gen2:16; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5: 12; Rom 5:15-19; John 3:6; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 8:7; Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9I X; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18-32; Rom. 2:1-16: Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:1920; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:22.
THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the Mediatorial office of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely look upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience; and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and all sufficient Savior. Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; I John 4:10; I Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; Heb. 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9 & 14; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 42:21; Phil 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; Rom. 3:21-26; I John 4:10; I John 2:3; I Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. 1:8; Heb. 1:3; Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18 Heb. 7:26; Ps. 89:19; Ps. 45.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemers’ blood, by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. John 1:16; Eph. 3:8; Acts 13:39; Isa. 3:11-12; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43; Rom. 5:17; Titus 3:5-6; I Peter 3:7; I John 2:25; Rom. 5:21; Rom 4:4-5; Rom 6:23; Phil. 3:7-9; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:24-26; Rom. 4:23-25; I John 2:12; Rom. 5:1-2; Rom. 5:3; Rom. 5:11; I Cor. 1:30-31; Matt. 6:33; I Tim. 4:8.
THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Luke 14-17; Rom.16:26; Mark1:15; Rom.l:15-17; John 5:40; Matt. 23-37; Rom.9:32; Pro.1:24; Acts13:46; John3:19; Matt.11:20; Like 19-27: II Thes. 1:8.
GRACE IN REGENERATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that it’s proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; John 3:6-7; I Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; Rev. 21:27; II Cor. 5: 17; Ezek. 36:26; Deu. 30-6: Rom. 2:28-29; Rom. 5:5; I John 4:7; John 3:8; John 1:13; James 1:16-18; I Cor. 1:30: Phil 2:13; I Peter 1:22-25; I John 5:1; Eph. 4:2024; Col. 3:9-11; Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:15-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; Matt. 7:20; I John 5: 4 & 18.
REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour. Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; I John 5:1; .John 16:8;; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 16:3031; Luke 18:13; Luke 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; II Cor. 7:11; Rom. 10:12-13; Ps. 51; Rom. 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23; Heb. 4:14; Ps, 2-6: Heb. 1:8; Heb. 8:5; II Tim. 1 :12.
GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel, that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and desires the utmost diligence. II Tim. 1 :8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; I Peter I: 1-2; Rom. 11 :5-6; John 15:16; I John 4:19; Hos. 12:9; II Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14; Ex. 33:19; II Tim. 1:9; Rom. 11:32-36; I Cor. 4:7; I Cor. 1:26-31; Rom. 3:27: Rom. 4:16; Col. 3:12; I Cor. 3:5-7; I Cor. 15:10; I Peter 5:10; Acts 1:24; I Thess. 2:13; I Peter 2:9; Luke 18:7; John 15:16; Eph. 1:16; I Thess. 2: 12; Tim. 2: 10; I Cor, 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; II Peter I: 10; I Thess. 1:4-10; Isa. 42:16; Rom, 11:29; II Peter 1:10-11; Phil 3:12; Heb. 6:11.
We believe that sanctification is the Process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means – especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer. I Thess.4:3; I Thess5:23; II Cor, 7: 1; II Cor. 13:9; Phil.3:12-16; John2:29; Rom. 8:5; Eph. 1:4; Pro. 4:18; II Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14; Phil 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; Luke 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18; Eph. 4:30.
THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. John 8:31; I John 2:27-28; I John 3:9; I John 5:18; I John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9; Rom.8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32-40; Ps. 121:3; Ps. 91:1112; Phil. 1:6: Phil 2:12-13; Jude 24-25; Heb. 1:14; II Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; I John 4:4.
THE HARMONY OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of this moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law is one great end of the gospel and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5:17; Luke 16:17; Rom. 3:20; Rom. 4:15; Rom. 7:12; Rom 7:7,14:22; Gal. 3:21; Ps. 119; Rom 8:7-8; Josh. 24:19; Jer. 13:23, John 6:44; John 5:44; Rom. 8:2-4; Rom. 10:4; I Tim. 1:5; Heb. 8:10; Jude 20:21; Heb. 12:14; Matt. 6:1718; I Cor. 12:28.
A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistle to Timothy and Titus 1 Cor. 1:1; Matt. 18:17;Acts 5:11;Acts 8:1; Acts 11:31; I Cor. 4:17; I Cor. 14:23; III John 9; I Tim 3-5; Acts 2:41-42; II Cor. X:5; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 5:12-13; I Cor. 11:2; I Thess. 3:6; Rom. 1:17-20; I Cor. II :23: Matt. 18:15-20; I Cor. 5:6; II Cor. 2:7; I Cor. 4:11; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; John 15:12; I John 4:21; John 14:21; I Thess. 4:2; II John 6; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:7; I Cor. 14:12; Phil.1:27; I Cor. 12:14; Phil 1:1; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22; I Tim. 3; Titus 1.
BAPTISM AND THE LORDS’ SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name or the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lords Supper in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; John 4:12; Matt. 28: 19-20; Mark 16:16;Acts 2:38;Acts 8: 12; Acts 16:32-34; Acts 18:8; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:26-28; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 12:16; Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; I Cor. 11:28; I Cor. 5:1-8; I Cor. 10:3-32; I Cor. 11:17:32; John 6:26-71.
THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath; and it is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. Acts 20:7; Gen. 2:3; Co. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27: John 20:19; I Cor. 16:1-2; Ex. 20:8; Rev. 1:10; Ps. 118:15,24: Isa. 58:13-14; Isa. 56:2-8; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; Acts 13:44; Lev. 19:20; Ex. 46:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2-3; Ps. 26:8, Ps. 87:3; Heb. 4:3-11.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.Rom.13:1-7; Deu. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:23; Jer. 30:21; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Tim. 2:1-8; Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:28; Dan. 3:1518; Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Ps. 72:11; Ps. 2; Rom. 14:9-13.
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death. Mal. 3:18; Pro.12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19;Acts10:34-35; Rom.6:16; Rom.1:17; Rom. 7:6; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom.6:18-22; I Cor. 11:32; Pro.11:31; IPeter417-18; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Ps. 10:4; Isa. 55:6-7; Pro.11:31; I Peter 4:17-18; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Ps. 10:4; Isa. 55:6-7; Pro.14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Pro.10:24; Luke 12:4-5; Luke 9:23-26; John 12:25-26; Ecc.3: 17; Matt. 13, 14.
THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the end of this world is approaching; that at the Last Day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to the final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. I Peter 4:7; I Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-13;; Matt. 24:35 I John 2:17; Matt. 28:20 Matt. 13:39-40; II Peter 3:3-13; Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:1-11; Acts 4:15; I Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; John 6:40; John 11 :25-26; II Tim. I: 10; Acts 10:42; Matt. 13:49; Matt. 13:37-43; Matt. 24:30-31; Matt. 25:31-33; Matt. 25:35-41; Rev. 22:11; I Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; II Peter 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:22; II Cor. 5:20-22; John 4:36; II Cor. 4:18; Rom. 3:5-6; II Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; I Cor. 4:5; Acts: 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 22:11-12; I John 2:28; I John 4:17; II Peter 3:11-12.