Faith

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True, pure Christianity as opposed to man-made, American “Churchianity” with its man-made traditions which allow for abuse and twists in Scripture (Mark 7:13).

Christ’s finished work for salvation and salvation by grace through faith, i.e., justification, reconciliation, regeneration (as opposed to Brigham Young, for example, who stated that Christ’s blood cannot cover our sins, or David Koresh, who thought he had to complete the job; see Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Bible’s authority (as opposed to the cults who reduce the Bible’s authority or have a new approach to interpreting scripture, like Jehovah’s Witnesses who retranslate the Bible, or like Kenneth Copeland, who thinks his teachings come from “revelation knowledge”).  The Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21). The Bible should be interpreted only in its proper historical context taking into account the original Greek and Hebrew meanings.

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons (the trinity): the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).  Definition of the Trinity is as follows: there is one infinite, personal, independent Spirit who is self-existent, good, holy and just (Isaiah 44:24).  Three personal instances of this one undivided essence exist at the same time (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  There is only one God, and each person of the Trinity has deity).

The false views of the Trinity are as follows: Tritheism (three gods, denies there is only one God); Modalistic Monarchianism (one person in Godhead, yet successively plays three roles, but never simultaneously, thus denying all three persons as distinct persons); Unitarian (including Jehovah’s Witnesses, orthodox Jews, Muslims, who all claims that there is one person in the Godhead, and that Jesus is a just a man empowered by God); Mormons (Polytheists which means an infinite number of finite gods which is monotheism); United Pentecostal (Modalistic Monarchianism which is Sabellianism).

The deity and divinity of Christ (John 10:33) and His hypostatic union (God and man); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).

The absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that we are saved by grace through faith (this is a gift from God) and not by works nor the law of Moses (John 3:16-19; 5:24, Romans 3:23; 5:8-9, Galatians 3:24; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).

True Christians will have obedience to God’s commands and holiness rather than hypocrisy, and the Holy Spirit is a gift given to those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:16; 2 Timothy 2:19; Matthew 7:19; John 14:15; Revelation 14:12, 20:11:15 and 22:14).  The present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).  We as Christians are examples of the love and truth of God in this world. It is this (agape) love and truth that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians. Important to note is that love, grace and truth go hand in hand (John 1:14; I John 4:16-17).  True Christians live “alert”, “sober-minded” and “ready” lives while exhibiting “good fruit”! (Matthew 24 and 25; Luke 12; 1 Peter 5:8).

It is the mandate of the whole Church to go into the whole world and to preach the Gospel to every living creature (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20).

Both men and women can be disciples and witnesses (John 4:29; Acts 9:36; Matthew 28:20).  Both men and women should use their spiritual gifts (Acts 21:9; Galatians 3:28; Matthew 5:19; Ephesians 4:14,15; 1 Cor. 12 and 14:4; Acts 18:26; Matt. 25:14-30; etc.) including the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1,12,39).  Prophecy is for men and women (Acts 2:17) and is for the New Testament church (Acts 2:17; Acts 21:9; Rev. 10:11;11:3). Prophecy is from the Greek word “prophēteuō” (Strong’s Concordance g4395) which literally means “to speak forth and declare the truth” among other meanings.  This is not referring to a formal, authoritative pastoral/teaching role over men, but “speaking the truth in love” is a characteristic of any Christian, regardless of gender (Eph. 4:15; Psalm 15:2).  True prophecy will never contradict Scripture (Rev. 22:18,19).

It is a cultic tactic to emphasize miracles and/or experiences at the expense of doctrine because it diminishes the authority of Scripture.  Cultists work hard at reducing Biblical authority in order to reject contrary passages and to elevate their own supposed divinity (such as about Jesus’ deity or full humanity).

There is no pre-tribulation “secret rapture” because it is a man-made, escapist scenario. Look at the Bible closely, and the Bible says that the dead in Christ must rise “first” (before those who are alive; Scripture says “first, then”) and this will happen “at” the seventh or “last trump”, not seven years prior to the seventh or last trump (see 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52). Christ coming for his church is a loud event, not a secret disappearance as portrayed in the fiction series Left Behind (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The resurrection and “rapture” (the catching up) is at the last day – not seven years prior to the last day (John 11:24).  The Left Behind series is fiction (from Hollywood).  Believers will not experience God’s wrath, but will experience persecution as they always have (please look up “tribulation” in Greek which is an entirely different word than “wrath”). Furthermore, where in the New Testament are the words “secret rapture” or “seven year tribulation”?  Corrie Ten Boom wrote a letter in the 1970’s saying that the false teachers promote the erroneous “secret pre-trib rapture”.

We believe in “naming names” of the “wolves in sheeps’ clothing”, silencing false teachers and cultists who seek to control and dominate others by way of oppressive thought-control tactics.  Mind control and psychological domination over other humans is the opposite of Christ’s “law of love” (2 Tim. 2:16,17;  Titus 1:9-11).  The word “silence” in Greek means to muzzle an animal. Exposing – via fair use commentary – what a cultist actually teaches is not slander because slander is speaking falsehood (lies).  The false teachers are the ones who truly slander and then accuse those who expose them (with the truth) of slander.  False teachers should not be given teaching authority, non-profit tax-exempt status nor do they exist for the public good.

We are physical, social, psychological, and spiritual beings, and the ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.