We believe the Holy
Bible teaches, among other things:
- Its own divine
authority, absolute accuracy, and verbal inspiration. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
- That the one true God
eternally exists in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt.
28:19; 2 Cor. 13:4).
- That Jesus Christ is
the only begotten and eternal Son of God, miraculously born of the virgin Mary,
and the only one whose life was absolutely sinless. (John 1:1; Matt. 1:18,23;
1 John 3:5).
- That man is ruined by
the fall of Adam in Eden, and is universally and utterly sinful by nature, and
that it is impossible for him to be saved by his own works or religious observances.
(Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5).
- That man is entirely
unfit for the presence of God in his natural state, and must be “Born again”
before he can enter heaven. (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23).
- That on Calvary's
cross, Christ fully and eternally paid the penalty of sin and completed the
work of redemption, God attesting to this finished work in raising Him from
among the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in heaven. (1 Cor. 15:17–20; Romans 4:25; Acts 2:32).
- That in accepting Him
by faith the sinner is saved, is born again, his sins all forgiven through the
merits of His blood shed on the cross. (Acts 16:31; John 1:12; Col. 1:14).
- That all who are saved
should be baptized by immersion in obedience to His will. Also that they should
remember Him by observing the “Lord's Supper” each Lord's day. However, only those who are clean in life and
sound in doctrine are qualified to partake of this feast. (Matt. 28:19; Mark
16:16; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23–26).
- That all who die in
Christ go to be “with Him” in heaven, but that all who die unsaved go down to
hell into conscious eternal torment. (2 Cor. 5:6–8; Phil. 1:23, Psalm 9:17;
- That Christ is coming
again, to rapture the living saints and raise the dead in Christ; later to
establish His kingdom upon earth. (John 14:3; 1 Cor. 15:51–54; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; Rev. 20:4).
- That all the
unconverted dead will rise again to the judgment of the "great white
throne", and will there be judged according to "those things which
were written in the book", and finally cast into the "lake of
fire". (John 5:28,29; Acts 17:31; Rev. 20:11–15).