Theology

As 2 Timothy 3:17 says, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”. I believe the Bible is, as it says it is, the Words of God. Holy men of God wrote the Bible as they were led through the power of God to do so. The Word of God is pure, inerrant. The King James Version is clearly the English version which has God’s stamp of approval on it and it is what I have chosen to live my life by. God has faithfully preserved it for mankind as He promised and I reject all other versions.

The scriptures

1 John 5:7 says, “For there are three that bare record in heaven, the Father the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity. There is one God, and as Jesus said many times, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”. Each part of the trinity has a different role, but each part does not detract from the primary aspect that Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father are God. After Jesus lived a life void of sin on this earth he completed the work of our redemption through raising from the dead. Before Jesus ascended into heaven he was seen by many witnesses on earth who testified to many of who He was. One day, all those who have believed and put their faith in the message of Christ will experience a grand rapture where all the saints will be reunited with our Lord in the air.

Jesus Christ became flesh, was born miraculously of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and became the sinner’s voluntary substitute on the Cross by His death for man’s sin. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended bodily into Heaven, and will come to rapture His saints to be with Himself. His coming for His saints is imminent, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial. God the Holy Spirit provides a vital role: convicting the lost, sealing the believer, opening our understanding of the Scriptures, and giving us spiritual gifts that equip us to serve God in our local, New Testament Church (I Corinthians 13:8-10 tells us upon completion of God’s Word, sign gifts would cease such as tongues, prophesying, and healing).

The Church

I believe that all men are born in sin. All have sinned; because of that sin we all deserve eternal punishment in Hell. By God’s grace, He made a way for us to escape the punishment that we deserve by what Jesus Christ did for us. Salvation is by grace through faith in the completed work of Christ on the Cross. It is not by works. All sinners are immediately saved when they look to Christ in repentance and faith. I believe in the eternal security of the believer. Praise God!

Salvation

I believe that the only Scriptural definition of a church is a local, visible, New Testament Baptist church. I believe that Jesus Christ established the first church during His earthly ministry. The membership of the local church should be the saved and baptized only. The local church should be an independent, self-governing body. Local New Testament Baptist Churches were authorized by Christ to carry out the Great Commission (Go, Preach, Baptize, and Teach). The church has two ordinances, Baptism (of the saved, by full immersion) and The Lord’s Supper (only to be observed by the saved, baptized, membership of the local church). The church is to be the “pillar and ground of the Truth” and was given the authority to ordain and send out men of God for the purpose of establishing other New Testament Baptist Churches.

Creation

I believe that the Bible clearly teaches that Creation took place in six literal days, “and the evening and the morning were the _ day.” I reject the heresies of evolution, theistic evolution, the Gap Theory, etc…