Beliefs

I believe all spiritual truth comes from the Bible alone. It is God’s authoritative, perfect and complete revelation to mankind. Although the original manuscipt does not exist, there are thousands of copies attesting to the truth of the Scriptures. Following is a summary of my beliefs based on the Bible:

1. The Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1, 5:18, 14:9; Acts 5:3, 4; Heb. 10:15; Jer. 31:33, 34) 

2. God is Holy (morally perfect). (Rev. 4:8)

3. Because of Adam’s disobedience (sin), all people are sinners by nature and then by action. Sin caused spiritual death and physical death. Death in the Bible means separation. Spiritual death is the conscious existence of the soul separated from God. When Adam sinned, they hid from the Lord.   Man became a helpless sinner, separated from his Creator, unable to do anything that could restore the relationship. He had lost his righteous standing before the Lord. (Rom 5:18; Gen. 2:17, 3:8, Rom. 3:10)

4. But God loves us and provides the only way to restore the relationship. He went looking for Adam and Eve and provided an animal skin for a covering. It was the first sacrifice and demonstrated that an innocent victim had to die for the guilty. The penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death. Mankind needed a sufficient Substitute to pay the sin penalty. The sacrificial system in the Old Testament is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (Rom. 5:8; Gen. 3:21; Rom. 6:23; John 1:29)

5. Jesus, fully God and fully man, died by crucifixion, shedding His blood to pay our sin debt and to restore the relationship lost in the garden. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. He is the sufficient Substitute, providing the one and only acceptable payment for our sin. (Heb. 9:22, 26, 28)

6. Three days later He rose from the grave proving that God was satisfied with His sacrifice and that He has the power over sin and death. (I Cor. 15:4; Acts 13:33; John 2:19)

7. Jesus paid the sin debt of the entire human race. But it is only effective for those who believe in Him. Every individual must recognize their helplessness as a condemned sinner and believe that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection completely paid one’s sin debt. (Heb. 2:9; John 1:12)

8. When an individual believes (trusts) in Jesus as Savior, he or she immediately is totally forgiven and receives everlasting life that cannot be lost. If it could be lost it wouldn’t be everlasting. It would be temporary. Everlasting life begins at the moment of faith in Jesus. (Eph. 1:7; John 3:16, 6:47)

9. Additionally, the believer is declared righteous by faith in his position before God (Justification). All sin (past, present, and future) have been paid by Christ’s death and there is no longer any sin debt for the believer. Based on God’s word the sinner has positional perfect righteousness, the assurance of everlasting life, and will go to be with the Lord at physical death. (Rom. 3:24; II Cor. 5:8; 1 John 5:12, 13)

10. Because Jesus paid our sin debt so that we won’t be eternally separated from God, this should compel us to live for Him. His grace should motivate us to live godly and righteously. This is referred to as sanctification and looks differently for every individual. As believers we should grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (II Cor. 5:14, 15; Titus 2:11, 12; II Pet. 3:18)

11. When a lost person is saved by faith, he or she receives a new nature (favorable disposition toward God) indwelt by the Spirit of God. However, God does not remove the sin nature (unfavorable disposition toward God, also called the flesh). The new nature and the old nature are contrary to one another causing great conflict in the life of the believer. (John 3:3-7; Rom 8:8; Eph. 2:3, 1 Pet 1:23, 1 John 1:8, 1 John 3:9, Rom 7:15-25, Col 2:6-7, Gal 5:16-23)  

12. If a believer fails to live a sanctified life, it will result in loss of fellowship (not relationship) with the Lord. There will be consequences for sin, discipline from the Lord, and the loss of reward in heaven. However it cannot affect one’s everlasting life with the Lord. (Gal. 6:7, 8; Heb. 12:5-8; I Cor. 3:12-15)    

13. Salvation is a gift. It requires nothing other than a faith response to what God has done for us through His Son. (John 1:12; Eph. 2:8, 9)

14. In salvation from the penalty of sin, the meaning of repentance is a change of mind. A lost person gets saved when changing his mind by transferring his trust from himself (his personal goodness, religious rituals, or good works) to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can come to God just as you are. You do not have stop or promise to stop sinning to get saved from the penalty of sin. The phase ‘repent of sins’ is not in the Bible. (Matt. 3:2; Acts 19:4)

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