Statement of Faith

This is the statement of faith for this website. As you read this, keep in mind that we do not require you to change your beliefs or to submit to these if you are in disagreement. What we do hope is that you respect these beliefs, and respect the members of this website that hold them to be true. You may of course differ, and even voice your difference in opinion to us.

1) We believe in one God. We believe that there was no God before Him, nor shall there be any other God after Him. We believe that He exists in, and presents Himself in, three personas: The Father, The Son/Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal, co-eternal, and fully God.

2) We believe that the Bible, including Old and New Testaments in their autographs, is the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God. Our understanding of the Scriptures can be errant, but the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in conjunction with Biblical study using the historic-grammatic-cultural approach, leads us towards truth.

3) We believe that our Triune God made all things ex nihilo, or "out of nothing". We believe that God did not use macro-evolutionary processes, but used a combination of fiat (intelligent design/ intervention) and micro-evolutionary processes.

4) We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, but with the entrance of sin into the world through the exercise of free-will, we are now a fallen race and are by nature sinners. By this we mean that we, by our very nature, are naturally inclined towards sin. We believe that no one has ever lived, except for the Lord Jesus, who has been sinless [Romans 3:23]. We believe that anyone who claims to be without sin at any point in life is deceiving him/herself [I John 1:8].

5) We believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning the Messiah. We believe that He died on the cross at Calvary as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. We believe that He died, was buried, and rose on the third day. We believe that Jesus Christ is 100% man and 100% God. He was born to the virgin Mary and after he died, He was resurrected in a bodily state, albeit a glorified body.

6) We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again in the same manner that he left and that every eye will see Him, and no one will have to be told that He has returned [Matthew 24:26].

7) We believe that there is one and only one mediator between God and humans. That mediator is Jesus. We do not believe that it is proper for a Christian to pray to anyone but God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Neither spirits of any form, mediums, psychics or the like thereof, nor departed humans mediate for us.

8) We believe that it is essential, particularly for those who have heard and understood the gospel, to be born again. Without this, there is no eternal hope for him/her. To be born again means that we have received the Spirit of God because of our conscious declaration of faith in Christ Jesus. This rebirth does not happen to someone apart from their knowledge. [I Peter 3:21] We believe that the born-again believer should enter the fellowship of a Bible-believing church and be baptized.

9) We believe that salvation is found through Jesus Christ only [Acts 4:12]. Salvation is by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, apart from our works. We believe that our "good works" merit us nothing in terms of salvation. Good works are a consequence of salvation, not a prerequisite. If you are truly saved, you will perform good works as a consequence.

10) We believe that persons who have rejected the Christian God will experience conscious punishment after death. The punishment will be proportional to their sin. We do not believe that God will annihilate anyone immediately after death (or immediately after the judgment), nor will the punishment be upon those in an unconscious state. We also do not believe in "soul sleep". We believe that at the moment of death, our soul enters either eternal bliss, or punishment dependent upon one thing (for those who have heard and understood the gospel): Did we truly believe in Jesus and receive His Spirit? We do not believe in purgatory.

11) We believe that the Holy Spirit has distributed miraculous, supernatural gifts in the past, as outlined in the Bible. We also recognize that true born-again Christians can disagree about the current state of the Holy Spirit's outpouring of these gifts. We do NOT believe that any or all of these special gifts must be exercised to demonstrate salvation [i.e. speaking in tongues, handling snakes, healing, etc].

12) We believe that God has called His people to unity in the midst of diversity. We believe that there are certain essentials of the faith that one must believe to be saved. We also believe that there are other issues which are considered to be peripheral, rather than central, to faith in Jesus. In these matters, we shall not pass judgment on one another [Romans 14:13], and we will strive also to not unduly offend our brother or sister [Romans 14:15]. These peripheral matters include, but are not limited to: Music styles, clothing, games, food, moderate use of wine and other alcoholic beverages, end-times prophecy beliefs, Calvinism and Non-Calvinism doctrines, money, debt, Bible translation, and age of the universe preferences.

Adapted, with grateful acknowledgements, from thechristiandefense.