✟We believe in the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD existing in three Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each active in creation (Genesis 1:1,2, 26), and redemption (John 1:1-14). And we firmly believe and preach that JESUS CHRIST is GOD (1 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 5:20) who IS COME in the Flesh (1 John 4:2-3; 5:20, and 2 John 1:7).
✟We believe the King James Bible to be the infallible, inspired words of the living God; purified and preserved without any provable error for us in the English Language (Psalm 12:6,7). It is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. And, we believe and accept that the King James Bible is our law and book of instruction and it is our duty to judge all things by it, believing and reserving the right to judge all church matters within the church itself, according to the word of God, as we rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
✟We believe that Adam, the first man, was created in God's image (Genesis 1:26), but through willful sin he fell. All other men descended from him are born in his (Adam's) image (Gen. 5:3) with a sinful nature (Romans 5:12), and are therefore under the just condemnation of God (John 3:36), and in need of a Saviour (Acts 4:12) and the new birth (John 3:3,7, 1:12). Further, because men are inherently evil (Matt.7:11, Luke 11:13), we believe in, adhere to, and hold fast to our God-given right to bear arms to protect ourselves (self-defense) from such evil men who might seek to do us harm, and we recognize the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States as not only a political declaration of that right, but more importantly, (as the founding fathers stated on many occasions), we recognize it as a GOD-GIVEN right to ALL MEN, that is clearly granted to us from the Bible itself (Luke 22:36,38).
✟We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35), and that he shed his Divine blood (Acts 20:28) on the cross of Calvary as a vicarious substitute for all sinners (1 Timothy 2:6). He was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) by his own power (John 10:18), and ascended to the right hand of the father, from whence He will personally return for all those that accept Him as their personal Saviour at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17). Therefore, the main goal of this ministry is to preach the right Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), revealed unto us by our apostle, the apostle Paul (Rom. 11:13), which is the only means of salvation for us today (Rom. 1:16), for all men will be judged someday by that Gospel, according to Rom. 2:16. We believe that the Gospel is the biblical bloodstained gospel of a JUST GOD seeking to be the SAVIOUR of the world, rather than the modern, perverted, bloodless gospel of social justice, in which man seeks to right his own preconceived wrongs based upon his own preconceptions of right and wrong. We further believe that the Bible is the standard of true morality and that the SCRIPTURES (66 books) tell us what is right from wrong.
✟We believe that the penalty for sin has been paid by the ONE sacrifice forever of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary (Hebrews 10:10-12) through the blood atonement (Leviticus 17:11, Romans 5:11), of his offering himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God, but that His blood is not applied to a sinner's soul until he accepts the free gift of eternal life by faith (Galatians 2:16). That is to say that all men have a FREEWILL to either accept or reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour. But whether they do or not, Jesus did all that was necessary to save sinners, and it is up to them to receive salvation of their own accord. WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN CALVINISM (1 John 2:2, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 Timothy 4:10, John 1:12, John 3:16, Joshua 24:15, Prov. 24:24-26)! Nor do we believe in "self-atonement" or salvation by any works that MEN DO, rather it is the WORK OF CHRIST JESUS alone, and his ONE SACRIFICE FOREVER (Heb. 10:12), that extends God's means of salvation to the lost and dying world.
✟We believe that salvation is offered freely (Romans 6:23) to all men, and is only obtained by GRACE through FAITH (Acts 15:11, Ephesians 2:8) in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:25) without any mixture of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:9, Romans 3:28, 4:5).
✟We believe that once a sinner trusts Christ's shed blood and righteousness for salvation, he is immediately sealed with the Holy Spirit of God until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13), and is eternally secure (John 3:16, 10:27-29 ; Ephesians 5:30).
✟We believe that all true born again believers in Christ are a part of the body of Christ, a spiritual organism the scripture calls the Church (Ephesians. 1:22,23), which is Christ's bride. Once a man is born again, it is recommended that he seek a good bible-believing local church as an organization (if he can find one nowadays) in which to fellowship with others and hear the preaching of the word of God in order to help him grow as a Christian. We do not believe there is more than one body or bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
✟We believe in the priesthood of every believer (Revelation 1:6, 5:10), and that God commands each believer to walk in the Spirit and not after the flesh (Galatians 5:16), and, that believers are in the world, but not of the world, and should therefore live by the standards set forth in the word of God to show the world that they are different (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). We also believe that we are instructed from the scriptures to follow our own consciences, and we should never be forced by religion, the state, political pressure, or any other organization to sin against our own conscience (2 Cor. 4:2; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 1 Tim. 3:9, and 1 Peter 3:16). And in such cases that a secular power should attempt to force us to sin against God; we, as the holy apostles before us did, must conscientiously object, and resist such tyranny and oppression, as did the great saints of old, even dying for our faith in Christ Jesus as Christians have for centuries when oppressive regimes came to power and persecuted them for their faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:35-39).
✟Example: Should the government ever forbid the preaching of the Gospel, and the meeting together of Christians for bible study (as do all communist governments), we most certainly will not comply, choosing rather to obey GOD rather than men (Acts 5:29). (We believe that the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is not just a government granted right, rather a God-given right, therefore, we believe in freedom of speech and not "banning" others rights to fully express themselves.
✟We believe that Satan, or Lucifer, is a real being (Matthew 4:10,11, Revelation 12:9), who seeks to deceive mankind (Rev. 12:9 and 13:14) and damn their souls to Hell. We believe that hell is a literal place of fiery torment (Mark 9:46-48, Luke 16:24) for all souls that reject Jesus Christ and his sacrificial blood atonement for their sins, and all souls therein are destined to an eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15). We believe all men have a free will to either choose or reject Christ as their Saviour (Joshua 24:15, Mark 1:15, John 3:18, Acts 17:30).
✟We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial return of Jesus, which is two fold: First, in love to receive his bride unto himself at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, and 1 Corinthians 15:51-55), and secondly, in wrath to destroy his enemies, and to set up a literal, visible kingdom of one thousand years upon this earth with Him as the Ruler, as prophesied in the book of Revelation chapter twenty. We further believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church.
✟We believe in two distinct judgments to come for all individuals. One, for a Christian, called the Judgment Seat of Christ, not to judge whether or not he is saved or lost, but to determine his rewards in service for Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15, and 2 Corinthians 5:10). And, the other, called the Great White Throne Judgment, for the lost who will be judged according to their works and cast into a lake of fire for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Saviour. (Revelation 20:12-15).
✟We believe that Marriage, according to the Bible, is between a man and a woman, and is a type of Christ and his bride, the Church (Eph. 5), and since Christ cannot divorce his bride (Hebrews 13:5) and believers cannot lose their salvation (1 John 5:11), that divorce should never be an option for a Child of God (Matthew 19:8, Mark 10:5-9) as it breaks the type of Christ and the church. We further believe that GOD himself instituted the institution of marriage, and that according to HIM and HIS word, marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman, and can never be between people of the same sex, for this breaks the beautiful type of Christ and his Church.
✟We believe the head of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:22, 4:15, 5:23; Col. 1:18), who is the head of all principality and power of the church (Col. 2:10), and not a man, an organization, a diocese, a religious denomination, or a secular government.
✟We believe, because of the teachings of the Bible and because of the witness and testimony of history, that Communism and Socialism are not compatible with Christianity (as they seek to make the state god, as they always kick out the one true God and the Bible); for they have continually persecuted and even executed many Christians throughout the entire world (over 100 million deaths attributed to communism and counting) where their pernicious political ideals gain a foothold. Therefore, we reject any and all socialistic and communistic doctrines and ideas, choosing rather to follow the word of God. We further do not and will not accept, practice, comply with, or promote in any way, shape, or form the modern political view of "political correctness," rather we eschew it, and recognize its origin from Communism and communistic, atheistic ideals, acknowledging that such teaching is ANTI-BIBLICAL, and therefore not Christian. We view all Communistic and Socialistic practices, therefore, as satanic in origin, as coming from Lucifer himself, rather than God, and are political regimes with the sole intent of working towards building Satan's Anti-christ kingdom, otherwise known as the "New World Order," in which the Bible prophesies will come in the last days, and will reach its peak after the rapture of the Church in the tribulation period, and will at the battle of Armageddon be destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
✟Finally, we believe that Christianity is a teaching of GRACE, LOVE, and SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS (JOY), and is in NO WAY a "Terrorist" organization or is engaged in "terrorizing" others in any way, shape, or form. There are thousands of hymns within Christianity which prove the great theme of GOD loving us enough to DIE for us in our place. Yet nowhere within Christianity, nor in the Bible itself, do we find any commands for Christians to DIE as "martyrs" while killing others to obtain the favor of God. We, therefore, do not believe in or practice the senseless religious "killing" of others, thinking, (as some so-called religions do), that this will grant us a place in "paradise." Rather we believe that our entrance to heaven is only through the offer of salvation given through Jesus Christ and what he's done for us because he so LOVED the world (John 3:16). We therefore seek NO harm towards others, rather we desire only to see them SAVED from a devil's Hell through the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.
✟To reiterate, we do not believe in: "holy wars" or "crusades" or "jihads" or any such like, believing our warfare is SPIRITUAL and not CARNAL! (2 Cor. 10:1-4). Thus, we believe that a Christian in no way desires to KILL, MAIM, HARM, or DESTROY others, rather only to UPLIFT, EDIFY, EDUCATE, and INSTRUCT others on how to live a godly life of peace, joy, and good will towards others.
✟We believe, therefore, that it is not the mission of the Church, nor of individual Christians, to "terrorize" anyone. Nor do we seek to purposely "offend" anyone. However, we also understand, from the Scriptures themselves, that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Tim. 3:1-4), and EVIL men shall wax worse and worse (2 Tim. 3:13), their consciences being defiled by SIN (Titus 1:15). Because of this, we realize that there will be many scoffers and mockers of Christianity (2 Peter 3:3), and so if someone claims to be offended with Christian doctrine, the Bible, Christianity, and/or the God of the Bible, we recognize that according to the authority of the word of God we instantly know two things about such people: 1. They do not LOVE God or his law (the bible), and 2. They have no PEACE. For Psalms 119:165 clearly states: "GREAT PEACE have they which love thy law: and NOTHING shall OFFEND them."
✟We, therefore, view ourselves and Christianity in general as a NON-OFFENSIVE teaching, which seeks to offend NO ONE, rather only to teach people the way to have PEACE with their Creator, and their fellow man (Rom. 12:18). We, therefore, as peaceful believers in Christ, reject all violence done in the name of religion.
✟We, however, view all opposition to Christianity and the teachings of God and the Bible as satanic in origin by reprobate (Rom. 1:28, Titus 1:16), degenerate people filled with HATRED (John 5:42) towards: God, purity, holy living, goodness, righteousness and godly piety. We further understand that because they have not a love of the truth, but find pleasure in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Thess. 2:12), they have been corrupted by sin, and therefore HATE all things pure and holy; for the which they mock, ridicule, and attack Christianity making fun of what they know not. To such, we desire no retaliation, rather we pray for them and hope they will see their evil and pernicious ways and repent before an almighty God. We further encourage such people, therefore, to practice tolerance, and to follow the law of the land, and the religious freedom that all religions enjoy under the constitution of the United States of America, and put up with what they don't like, even as we put up with them and their ungodly iniquity and sin. We might not like what they do, but we know that where "sin abounds, GRACE doth more abound" (Rom. 5:20), and our prayer is that God will give them time to repent of their evil, in the hope that they will be saved.
✟We believe that teaching from the Bible is not "Hate Speech" even though critics of the Bible might viciously, and with unabashed malice, attempt to label it such. Rather we accept the Scriptures as the words of the Living God (the Creator) who tells us what sin is (right from wrong), and we as Christians have a mandate and duty to proclaim to the lost and dying world exactly what the Bible says whether people like it or not (2 Tim. 4:2-4), whether it be popular or no, and/or whether it be "politically correct" in the eyes of others. To remain silent, or to change the message of God for the benefit of the hearer is unthinkable and impossible for the Christian, as we are to remain faithful preaching the word as God has given it to us (Titus 1:9-16), for to do otherwise is to sin against our own conscience and disobey the God of heaven, the author of our Salvation (Titus 2:12-15).
✟We, who are redeemed, desire only the redemption and eternal salvation of others, so that they might dwell in heaven with us for all eternity.
Did you know that there is a penalty for sin? That’s
right, just as man demands punishment for crime, God demands a
punishment for sin. The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Rom. 6:23 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of
life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:14,15.
But God, in his mercy and through his grace, gave his son,
Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for us. He now
offers Salvation from hell as a free gift, without any works on our
part, to anyone who will accept it. In order to accept this gift, you
Admit that you are a sinner: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Rom. 5:12 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Rom. 3:10.
Believe that Jesus Christ Died for your sin: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;…” I Tim. 1:15 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” I Cor. 15: 3,4
Receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved. Right now, if you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and you would like to, simply go to God in prayer. If you’re not sure how to pray, you might pray something like this:
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus Christ was my substitute when he died on the cross. I believe that his shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive him as my Saviour. Thank you for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation, and everlasting life, because of your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen."
These are not some magical words that you repeat to get to heaven, they’re just an example of what you might pray to God if you honestly believe it and want to be saved.
If you have received Christ as a result of this message, please feel free to contact us to let us know, and we’ll be glad to pray for you and answer any questions you might have.
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