A very natural question arises
when people browse our website: they want to
know what denomination we are and what our
doctrinal statement is. These are common and
almost expected ways religious groups have of
identifying and categorizing themselves. Perhaps
the following will serve as an answer to that
type of question.
We are not
affiliated with any denomination, but seek only,
under the headship of Christ, to contend for the
faith once delivered to the saints. Our hearts
are open to all of God's elect remnant who
desire to be ready for the soon return of our
find it difficult, if not impossible, to fit us
into any religious category. Our "doctrinal
statement" is the Bible. We actively acknowledge
Christ as the Head of His Body, the Church and
look to Him to feed the sheep from the Word as
we have need.
with all the revelation he had, said, "We know
in part, and we prophecy in part." (I Cor.
13:9). Prov. 4:18 says, "But the path of the
just is as the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day." The mistake men
have made has been to establish rigid systems of
doctrinal interpretation out of their partial
understanding. Thus we have at least hundreds of
doctrinal systems at serious variance with one
another. Which shall we believe? Which set of
"religious glasses" shall we use when we read
wants to fit us with glasses; the Lord wants to
open our eyes. Religion, if it shows us the word
at all, shows it to us through a filter of
tradition. The Lord wants us to be free to
preach and believe the word as it is.
with doctrinal traditions is that they become a
substitute for the word. Instead of preachers
being called and taught of the Lord to minister
as He reveals and anoints, they are trained to
become defenders and promoters of their
tradtition. Even where they may believe some
true things, all to often, the truth is dead and
[ The above
is credited to a Christian brother, Phil Enlow
of The Midnight Cry Messenger. His comments were
entitled: "What is Your Doctrinal Statement?"
Midnight Cry Messenger is a publication of
Midnight Cry Ministries, Southern Pines, NC. It
appeared in the April-May-June 2000 Issue. I'd
like to invite you to read a little of his book
entitled: "Light In This Present Darkness." If
you get just 'a taste,' I think you'll want to
read the whole book (SMILE). The link is found
on the Main Page...click below! ]
this as a proposed Statement of Faith. The basic
principles for rule and discipline of the church
as well as for its articles of faith, are
recorded in the Word of God. Any statement of
faith or operating policy should be in harmony
with those principles. Based on this premise:
Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be
the inspired Word of God, the complete
revelation of His Will for the salvation of men,
and the Divine and final authority for all
Christian faith and life.
2. In One
God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect
and eternally existing in Three Persons; Father,
Son and Holy Ghost.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, truly God and
truly Man, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born
of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a
sacrifice for our sins according to the
Scriptures. He was resurrected bodily from the
dead, ascended into heaven where at the right
hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High
Priest and Advocate.
4. That the
ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the
Lord Jesus Christ. He is working in the
regeneration of sinners, the sanctification of
believers, to indwell, instruct and empower for
godly living and Christian service.
5. That man
was created in the image of God, but through
disobedience he became a lost sinner, and only
through regeneration can salvation and
reconciliation with God be obtained through the
Atonement of Jesus Christ.
6. That the
true Church is composed of all redeemed persons
who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are
united together in the one body of Christ of
which He is the Head. We believe in the royal
priesthood of believers and in the exercise of
spiritual gifts in the church.
water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper
are ordinances to be observed by the church.
believe in the Kingdom of God as proclaimed and
established by our Lord Jesus Christ during His
earthly ministry, and as perpetuated by His
believe in the Personal Second Coming of Christ.
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the
final judgment of all mankind, the eternal
reward and everlasting life of the believers and
the eternal punishment of the unbelievers.
to make it clear that we believe the Word of
God. Needless ta say, we probably don't
understand everything perfectly. It is our
desire to obtain a clearer understanding, and as
the Holy Spirit reveals to us, we want to "walk
in greater light".