Statements of Faith



Vision:

Math 24:14 LITV
And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.


My Vision is to help bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to all the nations (not the gospel of salvation, Click here to see the difference: Click here ), to help usher in the reign of Christ.  

Also, to make available Kingdom and discipleship teachings for the church, the overcomers, and those believers after the rapture.  
 
 

Focus:

1 Cor 9:25: MKJV
25 And everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.


God has called me to be a balance. I try not to minister in extremes. I try to filter all my doctrine and teaching through this principle.  

It is my belief, that the people and church of God, in some capacity, in most cases, seek after His truth. During the coarse of history, the church became divided. It is my belief, that you can find pieces of truth from perhaps every denomination and movement of God. I like to say, "A broken clock is right twice a day."  Therefore, I try to see truth even where God has used those people whom I even disagree with. It is the pride of man that often separates men, and keeps them from seeing the work of God in others. As an example, how I have dealt with my greatest spiritual father, Watchman Nee (go to the bottom of this page for more about Nee: click here), is a good example of separating out what he mixed into God's revelations. 

Watchman Nee was a very balanced teacher, except when it came to entertainment. He condemns any entertainment that has any chance involved. He believes entertainment or games should have skill only. He even condemned the mixture of skill and chance. Any game with cards or dice, he would condemn. Playing games like UNO or even children's games like CandyLand, would be wrong. Why did he take this stance? Because his own mother was addicted to gambling. From the great pain of gambling, he failed to see a balance in entertainment. Therefore, I take out his imbalances. I have done the same from other ministers; Randy Shankle, Kenneth Hagin, and so on. I have even gleaned some truth from the Catholic church which protestants don't even teach about; the fiery judgment on unfaithful believers:  Click here

Many christians are so quick to judge and condemn, but if we repent of pride, we can easily glean truth from people who have missed God in some part.  

On the other side of the scale, we ought not to stand on doctrine just because others we agree with, believe it. We shouldn't build doctrine from tradition, nor refuse to listen to other doctrines because we or our group does not. Doctrines should be based on scripture alone. I go into detail about this kind of discernment here:  How can you be sure what method is correct in finding God?
 
 
 

Statement (Tenets) of Faith:

1. I believe there is only 1 true God.  

All other gods are false inanimate idols or demons in disguise:  

 1 Cor 8: 4: As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
5: For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6: But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Deut 32:
16: They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17: They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
 

2. I believe God has 3 persons.  

Man is triune, so is God.  

1 Thess 5:23 NKJV
 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

1 John 5:7 NKJV
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

3. Jesus is God.  

Jesus is part of the Trinity. ( Click here )  

1 Tim 3:16 MKJV
... God was manifested in the flesh, ... preached among nations, believed on in the world, and received up into glory.


Col 2:9 MKJV
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.


Acts 20:28 MKJV
Therefore take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He has purchased with His own blood.

4. The Bible is God's Word. The Word of God is the highest authority in any realm of existence. Jesus is the highest form of God's Word. The Bible is just a shadow of Him. The Bible also should be interpreted with itself and with the Holy Spirit. The Bible does not contradict itself, but does have paradoxes. If a scripture contradicts a doctrine, then we must change our doctrine, not reinterpret scripture.  

 The Word of God
 What is the highest standard to find God with?
 The Protected & Inspired Word of God

Psalm 138:2 LITV ...You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.

2 Tim 3:16: NKJV
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
 

5. I believe all of mankind fell into sin (except Christ) through the sin of Adam. Man is born separated from God. Salvation through Christ restores the relationship between man and God. Each part of man is saved separately. The spirit is saved instantaneously by grace through faith, not by works:  

Eph 1:13 LITV
13 in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise

Eph 2: LITV
8 For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God;
9 not of works, that not anyone should boast


Titus 3: MKJV
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit


Click here for: The Gospel of Salvation

But the soul is saved progressively:  

Heb 10: WEB
10:39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.  

Philp 2:12 NKJV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

James 1:21 MKJV
Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.


 Click here for: the Salvation of the Soul

The body is saved, futuristically at the rapture:  

1 Cor 15: MKJV
35 ¶ But someone will say, How are the dead raised up, and with what body do they come?
36 Foolish one! What you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
37 And what you sow, you do not sow the body that is going to be, but a bare grain (perhaps of wheat or of some of the rest).
38 And God gives it a body as it has pleased Him, and to each of the seeds its own body.
40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the glory of the heavenly is truly different, and that of the earthly different; 42 So also the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption;
43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

1 John 3:2 MKJV
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

6. I believe in a pretribulation rapture. But not for all christians.  

 Click here for The Rapture
 Or here: Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming?

7. I believe in Eternal Judgment. One of the Foundational Principles of Christ ( Click here ). I believe unfaithful believers or carnal christians will be purged with fire:  

 Eternal Judgment: of the Believer

But I do NOT believe in purgatory (see above link). I believe, the unbelievers will be put into God's wrath, the Lake of Fire (click that link for more info), and spend eternity there. I believe the Lake of Fire is part of God, therefore fulfilling all of creation being put into God. I believe the faithful christians will rule over the unfaithful Christians on the New Earth:  

 The Gospel of The Kingdom - part one

8. I believe that the sacraments (baptism, communion...) are all symbolic representations of a faithful christians walk.  

1 Pet 3:21 MKJV
which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God...


I also believe in full submersion of persons who can consciously make a commitment to Christ. Because sacraments are symbols, and because many people are in circumstances disallowing them, as well as scriptural evidence; sacraments are not mandatory for salvation. Salvation (of the spirit) is a free gift based only upon belief and acceptance. Salvation of the soul, however, is dependent upon the significance behind the sacraments, which are only a shadow of the obedience of the soul to God.  

9. The universal church is the Body of Christ. Scripture forbids me into claiming who goes to heaven and who does not:  

Rom 10: MKJV
6 But the righteousness of faith says this: "Do not say in your heart, Who shall ascend into Heaven?" that is, to bring Christ down;
7 or "Who shall descend into the deep?"; that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.


Scripture does not forbid me to label heresy or bad doctrine. For salvation to work you must have the correct Christ:  

Mark 13:22 NKJV
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

What details must be involved in determining whom the true Christ is? I am not certain, but it may be His divinity. Those who do not accept Christ as God, should really check their own fruits, and the fruits of their teachers. To see if they bear fruit of the Spirit, or division. But there seems almost a universal consensus of the christian church that Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses serve a different christ. If you study the christ they preach, it is VERY different than the christian Christ.  

I believe that certain elements of the church have failed (discussed here:  Has the Church Failed? ). I believe despite these short comings we are not to forsake the church:  

Heb 10:25 MKJV
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is , but exhorting one another , and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.


10. I believe all the New Testament spiritual gifts are available today. The Doma/5 fold ministry gifts (seen here: Click here ), the charisma's, and the manifestations. These being available until:  

Ephesians 4: KJ21  
12   for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ,  
13   until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;  
14   that we henceforth be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and their cunning and craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive 

11. I believe in a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on this earth. After which, the Father will continue to let Christ rule through eternity on the New Earth and in the New Heavens.  

12. Angels and demons are real. These are spirits that were never human. Scripture says these spirits were made to minister to believers and some to God.  

Heb 1: MKJV
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation?

Rev 4: MKJV
8 And each one of the four living creatures had six wings about him , and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.
9 And whenever the living creatures gave glory and honor and thanks to Him who sat on the throne, who lives forever and ever...

Perhaps 1/3 of the angels fell with satan:  

Rev 12: MKJV  
3 And another sign was seen in the heavens. And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads!
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them onto the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman being about to bear, so that when she bears he might devour her child.


13. I believe in a literal creation as told in Genesis. Scientific evidences here: Click here

14. I believe the governments are from God.

Romans 13: MKJV  
1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God.  
2 So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves.
3 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it.  
4 For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.  
5 Therefore you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.  
6 For because of this you also pay taxes. For they are God's servants, always giving attention to this very thing.  
7 Therefore give to all their dues; to the one due tax, the tax; tribute to whom tribute is due , fear to whom fear is due , and honor to whom honor is due.
 

15. Everything I teach and believe is by faith. God made it so that we need the church and ministers to teach us doctrine. The Bible is not meant to be a handi-book of easy to read doctrines. The doctrines must be dug out and taught. For this reason, ministers will receive a stricter judgment. While many of my beliefs are accepted through most of christendom and many of my more "rare" teachings are from a handful of ministers, I have gleaned many truths from many different sources. One of my favorite sayings is "a broken clock is right 2 times a day". One of the baptisms in the Bible is called the Baptism into the Cloud (click on that link for more info) (1 Cor 10:2). This baptism is God's calling the church to follow after Him. This is often results in the restoration of doctrine and theology. The Reformation is a prime example of this. What often happens though, is man follows God to a lost truth then makes a camp there, refusing to follow God any further. We can glean truths from such stale camps, but should continue to follow God further ourselves.

Isa 28:10: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

1 Cor 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Cor 2: LITV
2 For I decided not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ, and Him having been crucified.

 

Things I do NOT believe (That which is in italics is what I do believe):

1. You can escape tribulation through the rapture without maturing. Christ will physically appear in the desert or wilderness. Or He will appear in some meeting room. (Fire Insurance mentality, won't work. Jesus also explained He will not return in such a method.) See here:  Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming?

2. The Coming of Christ will manifest once the church has become or manifested perfection. (We don't get glorified bodies until after the rapture.)  

3. Everyone gets saved. (Everyone will be put in God, but not saved. Some will be resurrected to eternal torment, others to eternal life. Some will be put in His wrath. Nor do I believe that demons will get saved. For more, see here:  Universalism )  

4. Jesus is the Father. (Jesus is God, one part of the Godhead. The Father is another part. See here: Triune Godhead )  

5. There are other gods. (Nor are we gods, but are sons of God, when we follow Him and allow His Spirit to live in us. As for the saints being gods, it is better understood/translated as judges.)  

6. Infant baptism/infant regeneration. (I believe the children of the unsaved are given a grace covering until they are of age, or until they understand the gospel and are old enough to be saved, or until they have hardened their hearts. The children of the righteous may be covered while they are under the authority of the believing parent until they are of age. For more details read the last half of the answer to question #6, (almost half way down the page) see here:  Click here )  

7. Changes, additions, or subtractions to the Bible, the Old and New Testament. (No new books, no new revelations-I do believe certain doctrines have been lost, but are refound in scripture we always had. I also believe in prophecy, but not any that adds to God's Word. Personal prophecy doesn't add to God's word, but must not contradict God's word.)  

8. The Holy Spirit makes people break or add to God's Word. (Similar to #7, but in reference to other things besides revelations. The gifts and works of the Holy Spirit will always be in agreement with scripture. Please note that christians must be trained in the use of the gifts. If a person abuses a gift it is the error of the person, not God.)  

9. Certain groups of people are enemies to God based upon race. (God may favor the Jews in certain aspects, but this is the time of the gentiles {before the rapture}, and all people can be saved. See here for more: (about 2/3 down the page, look for info about Noah's flood)  Click here )  

10. Women can lead the church. (Women can minister and can manifest most gifts, but cannot lead the church. See here:  Click here )  

11. The Gap theory. (I discuss the Gap theory errors here: (near the top, only about 10% down the page, right before I quote Gen 1:1) Click here )  

12. God used evolution. (Scientific Creation evidence can be found here: Click here )

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