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Statement of Faith

Not necessarily in the order of importance.

(Still in the process of refining)

  • God is good ALL THE TIME; All the time GOD IS GOOD.

  • God is not good because he is God, He is good because he is good.
  • God is good simple because that is what he is. Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19.
  • Goodness is not an arbitrary thing that God created out of nothing, it is a virtue in and of itself.

  • God is not an ego maniac that wants to be worshiped for worship sake.
    • However Satan is an ego maniac that wants to be worshiped.
  • God is the only one that can receive worship with out being vain, God is perfect.
    • Which is why only God deservse worship, and why God doesn't want you to worship idols.
      • For your own good.
  • God should be worshiped because he deserves to be worshiped, not because one is trying to get on God's good side.
    • God knows your heart, you can't fool him.
  • The whole reason for knowing God is to have a relationship with him and to love your neighbor.
    • If all you want from God is what you can get, then you aren't getting anything from God.
      • (Other than the common grace he gives to all mankind, while living on earth.) Matthew 5:45.

  • God is love and desires all men to come to a saving knowledge of the truth.  All means ALL. 1 Tim 2:1-6.
  • However, God does not force anyone to accept him, nor does he reject anyone. 
  • Individuals must choose to accept or reject him. Joshua 24:15.
  • If one rejects the goodness and salvation of God then the only alternative in the next life is judgement (i.e. hell).

  • The 66 books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as originally written, are the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
    • When reading the Bible one needs to take everything in context, not only of the individual book but the context of the whole Bible.
    • The Bible is true and does not contradict itself, and is not paradoxical. If it appears otherwise, something has been misunderstood.
    • Where as the Bible is true, not all statements in the bible are true. 
      • For example when quoting what some one says, it is an accurate quote of what that person said, but the person being quoted isn't necessarily speaking truth.
    • The Bible is consistent with true science. i.e. with reality.
    • The original autographs are no longer available, but God has preserved his word. 
    • Translating from the any language to another is not a word for word endeavor, so this is why various good translations may use different wording to say the same thing.
    • Paraphrased versions are not good for doctrinal study. (I would recommend avoiding them altogether.)
    • However there are many good translations. 
    • The King James Version is a good translation, but it is not more inspired than the originals and is not the only good English translation.
    • The Bible is God's word, NOT a magic book.
    • The Bible is God's word to man, but it does not cover every possible topic.

  • Discernment is necessary if a Christian is going to grow in their walk. Check all teachings (doctrines) with Scriptures so as not to be deceived.  Acts 17:10-11; 1 Peter 2:1-2; 3:14-18;

  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost).  Genesis 1:1; Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 45:21-22; Isaiah 53:11; Hosea 13:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13, 4:4-6.

  • Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ; His deity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4, 14, and 29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:14-15.

  • A literal six-day creation. God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh.  Genesis 1 - 2:3; Isaiah 45:18; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11.

  • All human kind comes from the original two people (Adam & Eve) created as documented in Genesis. (i.e. There is only one race, the human race.) Genesis 2:7, 2:21-25, 3:20.

  • Sin entered the world when Adam disobeyed God and God placed a curse on the whole of creation. Genesis 3; Romans 5:12.

  • The sin1 nature is universal in humanity. All of us have a sinful nature, and it affects every part of us.  Isaiah 53:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 7; 1 John 1:8.

  • All men (i.e. male and female) everywhere are lost (unsaved) and face the judgment of God until they accept Jesus Christ of their own free will. Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.  For the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, God will reward the saved with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the lost to everlasting punishment in hell. Once saved a person cannot lose their salvation. Once an unsaved person dies, there is no second chance.  Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; Romans 3:21-24; Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Galatians 3:22-29; Ephesians 1:7, 13 and, 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 1:9.
    • Salvation is not a work, or a magic prayer. It is a result of repentance of sin and acceptance of the God of the Bible as their Savior and Lord.
      • Praying a prayer isn't, in itself, going to save anyone.
    • Salvation is not just a pass to Heaven or out of Hell; it is the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the God of the Bible and results in a life that is dedicated to living in a manner that is pleasing to the God of the Bible.
    • The Bible implies an age of accountability but does not say what that age is, so at what age a child is responsible for salvation isn't clear.  God knows.
      • I personally would recommend introducing a child to Christ as early as they can understand, and continue to teach all thier life by word and example; the rest is up to God.

  • Once saved God gives one a new nature that is able to please God. However, one still has a sin nature, until they are freed via physical death or resurrection. The Christian walk is a growing process.  Romans 6; 1-Romans 7; Romans 8:23-25; 1 Peter 2:1-2; 3:14-18; 1 John 1:6-10.

  • The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who's indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.  John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:1-11; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.

  • The resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.  1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15.

  • The spiritual unity of true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church.  1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23.

  • The ministry of evangelism (sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation only possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (helping followers of Christ grow up into maturity in Christ) are the responsibilities of all followers of Jesus Christ.  Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15.

  • God created only two human genders, male and female.  Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6.

  • God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, i.e. that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female, (till death do they part) as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.  Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 20:13 (note: God's grace in - 1 Corinthians 6:11) ;Matthew 19:4-12; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

  • We must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.  Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-40, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.

  • Human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen.  Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.

  • Concerning the roles of men and women in the church; only married men of good report are to be pastors (bishop, overseer, elder, etc), or deacons. Women are not to teach or to exercise authority over a man. 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:9-15.

  • Christ's body i.e. the 'Church' consists only of all those who are saved regardless of their physical location. The Church is not a building, denomination or necessarily any particular congregation. Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:17-23, 5:23; Colossians 1:24.

  • God is good ALL THE TIME; All the time GOD IS GOOD.

"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'"

(Mat 22:35-40 KJV)

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

(Mat 5:38-48 KJV)

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

(Mat 7:12 KJV)

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."

(1Ti 2:1-6 KJV)

"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

(Hebrews 10:1-31 KJV)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

(Hebrews 12:1-4 KJV)

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”"

(Rev 21:1-8 ESV)

1sin (sîn) noun

  1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
  2. Theology.
    1. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.
    2. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
  3. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong. See synonyms at OFFENSE.

verb, intransitive
sinned, sinning, sins

  1. To violate a religious or moral law.
  2. To commit an offense or a violation.

[Middle English sinne, from Old English synn.]

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