author of this website believes that a statement of faith
is important. However, in his experience he has found
that such a statement becomes meaningless if it is not supported
by both Biblical evidence and, most importantly, correlating
works. It is far better to preach what you live and
live what you preach, than to just preach.
Therefore, this statement of faith is qualified by the declaration
that all of the below are essentially absolutely meaningless
if those of us who say we abide by such articles of faith
do not exemplify and practice the words of 1 John 3:16-18:
"By this we know love, because He laid down His life
for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for
the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods,
and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from
him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little
children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed
and in truth."
And the second is like unto it: James 2:14-17:
"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says
he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save
him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily
food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be
warmed and filled,' but you do not give them the things
which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is
God wants us to honor Him with our lips and our hearts,
and therefore lip service should be accompanied by "heart-service"
and actions that speak more volumes than mere words.
Although my views are essentially the same as those represented
have decided to formulate a statement in my own words.
With that said, I will now enumerate my beliefs based on
1 -There is only one, true God. This God has revealed
in Scripture, through progressive revelation, that He is
a Trinity. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one
Being who eternally self-exists in three divine personalities.
These are not mere manifestations but attributes of the
very essence of God.
2 - The Bible is a collection of writings that have been
produced by the breath of God, as He moved supernaturally
upon holy people to write according to His will. The
Bible, in its original languages of Hebrew (Aramaic) and
Greek, is without essential error and stands above all other
"holy" books as unique and historically substantiated
by a vast body of historical, archaeological, and scientific
3 - Jesus was born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem
and raised in Nazareth by His "parents," Joseph
and Mary. He always existed and is the eternal God
with the Father and Holy Spirit. He is not and never
was a created being (John 1:3; 8:58). While on earth
He was both God and man, as Philippians 2:5-10 explains
that He existed in the essential form (Greek, morphe) of
God prior to His becoming human, and that He continued to
be God as He walked in human form. This is more clearly
seen in the Greek of the above passage.
He gave up His life to redeem humanity from spiritual and
physical death and the ultimate consequences of Hell (Hades)
and eternal punishment, which is separation from God.
He was crucified under the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate,
and died on a wooden cross. He was buried in a tomb
and rose again from the dead on the third day, according
to the Scriptures and His own words. He ascended into
heaven in plain sight before many people with the promise
that one day He would return to earth in like manner.
Jesus will return again to earth, not as a babe in a manger
but as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
4 - The Holy Spirit is God, also known as the third Person
in the Trinity. His primary role in salvation is regenerating
and renewing those who have repented of sin and accepted
Jesus as Savior.