ARTICLES OF FAITH
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you,
and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." - Jude 1:3
We uphold the following fundamental pillars of the Early Christian Church:
We believe the Bible to be the inerrant and infallible Word of God; the foundation of all doctrine, the basis of all reform, and the Christian’s sole rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God through our Lord Jesus Christ; and that sinners are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, and not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16).
3. Second Coming
We believe in the literal, personal, and visible second coming of Christ in power and great glory, and accompanied by all of the holy angels. (John 14:3; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:30-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
We believe in the binding claims of the 10 Commandment Law of God, including the Seventh-day Sabbath; and that the regenerated Christian will keep Christ’s commandments, not to be saved, but because we love Him. (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 23:52-56; Acts 13:42-44; John 14:15).
5. State of the dead
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead – both righteous and wicked; that man in his natural state is mortal and subject to death; that death is described in the scriptures as an unconscious “sleep”; and that immortality is a gift of God given to the believer at the resurrection of the just. (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; John 5:28-29; 11:11-14; Ecclesiastes 9:5-6).
We believe that, upon His bodily ascension, Jesus Christ became our Great High Priest in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary; is seated at the right hand of God; that He ministers in our behalf, offering full pardon for sin and complete atonement through His blood; and ever lives to make intercession for us. (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16; 6:19-20; 7:24-25; 9:24; 10:19-20).
We believe that the New Testament enjoins upon the Christian standards of godly living, and includes the following rules and principles: the union of one man and one wife in marriage covenant; biblical headship of the man in his home and family, and in church leadership; recognition of the biblical view on the value of human life and the blessing of children; modesty of dress and deportment; recognition of the body as the temple of God, and the abstinence of harmful substances – including recreational and/or illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco in all its forms. (Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
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