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What We Belive

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The Authority of the Scriptures

The Holy Scriptures shall be accepted as final authority on matters relating to faith and practice by the members of Harvest Bible Church.

We believe that the Holy Bible is supernaturally inspired and was written by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. His Word is absolute truth without any mixture of error, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. All of the believers’ actions, beliefs, thoughts, speech, goals, and desires must be founded upon the Word of God. 

  1. By "The Holy Bible", we mean the collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which was originally written. It does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.
  1. By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such adefinite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspiredand free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever will beinspired.               

We also believe that God has providentially and fully preserved His Word for us today. We believe that God exclusively speaks to us through His sufficient Word. We believe that God has preserved His unchanging Word in the many ancient manuscripts, versions and translations – not just one text family or translation. We do not believe that any one English translation is free of error, and that an English translation is God’s Word, inasmuch as it faithfully adherers to the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts (such as the King James, New King James, and the New American Standard Bibles).

II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 28:25; Psalm 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45; John 17:17; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Romans 3:4; I Peter 1:23; Revelation 22:19; John 12:48; Isaiah 8:20; Ephesians 5:1-21, 6:17; Romans 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psalm 19:7-11; John 5:39, 45-47.

The One And Only True God

We believe that there is one, and only, one living and true God. He is the infinite, intelligent Spirit who is the maker and supreme Ruler both of heaven and of earth. God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, worship, and love. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. He is the One who spoke the worlds into existence and created all things. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in perfection and execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. 

Genesis 1:1, 17:1; Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24; Psalm 147:5; Psalm 83:18; Psalms 90:2; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 15:11; Revelation 4:11; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30, 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5-6; Ephesians 2:18; II Corinthians 13:14.

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is a Divine Person and is equal with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit who reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1, 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3, 15:1, 20:1; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:6; I Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3, 15, 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10, 17:13; Matthew 6:9, 7:11, 23:9, 28: 19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24, 5:26, 14:6-13, 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; I Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:19; I Peter 1:17; I John 5:7.

God the Son

We believe that Jesus is a Divine Person and is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and that He is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God the Father, taking upon Himself human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and in His substitutionary death on the cross. He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before the crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where He is the one Mediator, fully God and fully man. He will return in power and glory for His bride the church and to judge all of mankind. 

Genesis 18:1; Psalms 2:7; 110:1; Isaiah 7:14; 52:13-53:12; Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 11:27, 14:33, 16:16,27, 17:5,27, 28:1-6, 19; Mark 1:1, 3:11; Luke 1:35, 4:41, 22:70, 24:46; John 1:1-18,29, 10:30,38, 11:25-27, 12:44-50, 14:7-11, 16:15-16,28, 17:1-5,21-22, 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56, 9:4-5, 20; Romans 1 :3-4, 3:23-26, 5:6-21, 8:1-3,34, 10:4, I Corinthians 1:30, 2:2, 8:6, 15:1-8, 24-28, II Corinthians 5:19-21, 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20, 3:11, 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22, 2:9; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; I Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15, 7:14-28, 9:12-15, 24-28, 12:2, 13:8; I Peter 2:21-25, 3:22; I John 1:7-9, 3:2, 4:14-15, 5:9; II John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16, 5:9-14, 12:10-11, 13:8, 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person and is equal with God the Father and God the Son. He has the same nature as the Father and the Son, and was active in creation. He restrains evil until God's purpose is fulfilled, and He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony, and He is active in the new birth. He seals, guides, indwells, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer in their walk with the Lord.

John 14:16-17, 26; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3;
II Thessalonians 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 14:26, 16:13; Romans 8:14, 16; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; Romans 8:26-27; Galatians 5:13-26.

The Devil or Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors. Through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and brought with him a host of fallen angels. He is now the wicked prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. The Bible describes him as man's great tempter, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness. He is destined however to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son and to the judgment of the Lake of Fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4; Ephesians 2:2; John 14:30; I Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3; I Peter 5:8; Matthew 13:25, 37, 39; Luke 22:3-4; Revelation 12:10; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 2:22, 3:8, 4:3; II John 7; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 19:11, 16, 20; Revelation 12:7-9, 13:13-14, 20:1-3,10; Matthew 25:41.

Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of the six, twenty-four hour days of creation. It is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. Man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness. Creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through millions of years from lower to higher forms.  Therefore all of creation and this universe were made directly by God. His established law was that all forms of life should bring forth only "after their kind."

Besides creation being made for the glory of God, this world was also made for the benefit of man. God placed man, who was made in His image, as a steward on this earth to take care of and protect His creation, while at the same time wisely using the resources that God has given to him. Man was created to worship God, His Creator, and not the creation.

Genesis 1:1-2:25; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:6-11; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 11:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6.

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence by his Maker, but by voluntary choice sinned and fell from his sinless and happy state which brought the curse of sin, death, and suffering into this world. All of mankind are now born sinners because of Adam’s disobedience, but the Bible also describes man as a sinner by choice (Isaiah 53:6). Therefore they are without defense or excuse. Each person is responsible for his actions because of his willful rebellion against God, and is condemned to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Man is completely sinful and cannot save himself, because he is totally depraved. This means that sin affects every area of the person – the person’s thoughts, actions, attitudes, desire, will, and speech. It is only by the mercy of God and through Jesus Christ that men can be saved.

Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:9-23, 5:12, 19; Romans; Ephesians 2:1, 3; Ezekiel 18:19, 20; Romans 1:18-32; Galatians 3:22.

The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s son, was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner. He has no human father, but was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man ever was or can ever be born of a woman. He is both fully God and fully man, and who we refer to as the God-Man.

Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psalm 2:1; Galatians 4:4; I John 5:20; I Corinthians 15:41.

The Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is completely of grace through the intercessory work of Jesus Christ the Son of God who was appointed by the Father. Jesus freely took upon Himself our nature, yet He was without sin. He honored the Divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place. He was the Just dying for the unjust. Christ, the Lord, bore our sins in His own body on the cross, rose from the dead, and is now enthroned in heaven. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, all-sufficient Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-9;  Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-30, 5:8, 6:23; John 3:36; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; I John 2:2, 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; I Corinthians 15:20;  Hebrews 2:14, 7:25, 9:12:15, 12:2.

Grace in the New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again.  At the new birth, the individual is a new creation in Christ Jesus.  It is instantaneous and not a process. In the new birth the sinner who was dead in his sins and trespasses is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God.  Salvation is brought completely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with Divine truth. Evidence of the new birth appears in the fruits of repentance, faith, and obedience to God’s Word.

John 3:3; I Corinthians 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 1:12-13, 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9.

The Freeness of Salvation

We believe in God's electing grace. The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the immediate duty of all to repent of one’s sins in obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth to come to Christ, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel. This rejection results in eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire.

I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:13; John 6:37; Isaiah 55:6-7; Acts 2:38; John 3:15-16, 18, 36, 5:40; I Timothy 1:15; I Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 2:4-5.

Justification

We believe that justification is the forgiveness of sin and the removal of the consequences of it to those who call on the Lord to be saved. This blessing is bestowed upon the believer not in consideration of any works of righteousness on his part, but solely through faith in Jesus Christ and His redeeming blood. His righteousness is imputed to us which refers to God giving the righteousness of Christ to believers. When God the Father looks at believers, He sees the righteousness of Christ and not their sin. This is called positional holiness which means that our position in Christ is perfect, because when God looks at the believer He sees the righteousness of Christ.

Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 1:17, 5:1,9, 8:1; Titus 3:5-7; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Romans 4:1-8; Hebrews 10:38; Ephesians 2:8-9.

Repentance and Faith

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations of one who is truly saved. The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin, a realization of the danger of eternal judgment, and the total helplessness of saving ourselves. The way of salvation is by Christ alone. We turn to God with a broken heart over our sin, confess to Him our sinfulness, and ask for His mercy. At the same time, we whole-heartily receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and openly confess Him as our Lord.

Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:9-13; Psalm 51:1-4, 7; Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Matthew 5:1-12, 7:13-27.

The Church

We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the universal church. The universal church is composed of born again believers in Jesus Christ from all nations from Christ’s first coming until He returns again for His church.  The local church is the visible aspect of the universal church in a particular location. The local church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. It is to observe the ordinances of Christ: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church is governed by the Word of God. The church officers are pastors (elders) and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in scripture. We believe the true mission of the church is to glorify God by making disciples and equipping the saints through the teaching and instructing from God’s Word. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. We believe the head of the church is Christ. It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel. The local church decides through Biblical principles which churches to cooperate and fellowship with, as well as on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence.

Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11; I Corinthians 5:11-13, 6:1-3, 12:4, 8-11; Acts 6:5-6, 14:23, 15:23, 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Matthew 16:13-19, 28:19-20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3, 4; II Corinthians 8:23-24; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 27:32.
Baptism

We believe Christian baptism is to show forth in a solemn and beautiful picture, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It shows our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is to be done by immersion in water, because of the meaning of the word in the Greek language and the examples given in Scripture.
The ordinance of baptism does not add to or produce salvation.

Matthew 3:16, 28:1, 9-20; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-11.

The LORD’S Supper

The Lord's Supper, enjoyed by true believers, is to commemorate together the death and resurrection of Christ and His precious blood that washes away all their sins. As the believer participates in the Lord’s Supper, He is reminded of Christ’s substitutionary and sacrificial death on the cross and that the Lord will return for his church. It must be preceded by solemn self-examination and confession of sin when necessary. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper does not add to or produce salvation.

Matthew 26:26-29, 28:1, 9-20; Colossians 2:12-14; I Corinthians 11:18-32.

Perseverance of the Saints

We believe genuine believers endure to the end (death or the Rapture). Their persevering in the faith is the grand-mark that distinguishes them from false professors. We believe a special Providence watches over their welfare and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. Therefore, genuine believers cannot lose their salvation.

John 8:3-32; Colossians 1:21-23; I John 2:19; Matthew 13:19-21, Romans 8:28, 35-39; Matthew 6:20; Psalm 121:3; Hebrews 1:14; I Peter 1:5; Philippians 1:6; John 10:28, 29, 16:8.

 Civil Government

We believe that civil government is appointed by God for the interests and good order of human society, and to punish evil doers. Our government leaders are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed. The only exception is when they tell us to do something that is opposed to the will of our Lord which is revealed clearly in Scripture.

Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-14, 17; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 10:28, 23:10; Philippians 2:10-11; Psalm 72:11.
The Resurrection and Return of Christ

We believe in and accept the Scriptures’ teaching of Christ and the end times at their full, face value. Concerning the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily from the grave. He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,” and  that “this Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”  We believe that “the dead in Christ will rise first," and that the living saints “will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” This means we believe that Christ will return for His Bride the church (the rapture). We also believe that there is a time established by God when He will bring terrible judgments on the world during the “Great” tribulation. We also believe in a literal millennial kingdom of Christ when “the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;” and that Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness “until He has put all enemies under His feet.” After the millennial kingdom, the Lord will sit on the “Great White Throne” to judge the nations and those who are lost. They, along with Satan, will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. Then the Lord will destroy the heavens and earth with fire and create new ones. There will be an end to sin, death, sickness, and suffering. The believer will be with God forever.   

Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2, 4-6; Acts 1:9,11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9-10; 8:1; 9:28; John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; II Thessalonians 2:1-12 Matthew 24:27,42; I Corinthians 15:25, 42-44, 51-53; II Peter 3:10-13; Philippians 4:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:1-4, 6.

Missions

The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable. Christ commanded the church to preach the gospel to all the nations. Therefore we joyfully desire to support and send out missionaries and church planters throughout the whole world as we share the gospel to the lost in our area: our neighbors, friends, family, and community.

Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Romans 10:13-15, Acts 1:8.

The Grace of Giving

Out of love, we desire to give back to the Lord because of all that He has given to us. Scriptural giving is one of the basic acts of Christian obedience. By giving our offerings, we acknowledge that the Lord owns all of our possessions. Therefore, based on biblical principles given in the Old Testament, giving ten percent of our finances is a minimum that we should start with. Also, because the Lord loves a cheerful giver, we believe that we should also give according to how the Lord has blessed us.

Matthew 23:23; II Corinthians 8:1-15, 9:1-15; Acts 4:34, 35, 37; I Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 7:2, 4; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9-10.

The Family

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.        

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant relationship until death. It is God’s unique gift to picture the union between Christ and His church.  It also provides the man and the woman with companionship and the framework for intimate relations, the channel of sexual expression according to Biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, protect, and spiritually lead his family. The wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. They are to teach their children spiritual and moral (biblical) values, and to lead them through consistent example, and loving discipline to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents through both their actions and attitudes.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Joshua 24:15;  I Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5, 71:1-8; 127; 128, 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20, 6:20-22, 12:4, 13:24, 14:1, 17:6, 18:22, 22:6, 15, 23:13-14, 24:3, 29:15, 17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32, 18:2-5, 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; I Timothy 5:8, 14; II Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7.

Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality (biblically identified as sodomy), lesbianism (also biblically identified as sodomy), bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, masturbation, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.

Genesis 2:24, 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29;
I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.

The Sanctity of Life

We believe that man was created in the image of God and therefore we hold that the life of every individual is sacred. Human life begins at conception, and therefore the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion, which the Bible calls murder, is the unjustified, unexcused taking of an unborn human life. We reject any teaching that abortions are acceptable for pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects (mental or physical), gender selection, population control, or the “supposed” mental well-being of the mother.

Genesis 1:26-28; Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44.

Lawsuits between Believers

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians. When necessary, the church is to resolve personal disputes, because we believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between its members. However, we do believe that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.    

I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32.

Religious Liberty

The church and state should be separate powers. The state gives to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom, no church or denomination should be favored by the state more than anyone else. Because civil government is ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience to it in all things not contrary to the Word of God. The church should not resort to civil power to carry on its work. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind, and has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A church in a nation with religious freedom is the Christian ideal. This means that believers have the right to assemble and worship God and the right to form and express beliefs without interference or punishment by the government.

Genesis 1:27, 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7, 24; 16:26, 22:21, John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2, 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1, 13; Philippians 3:20; I Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; I Peter 2:12-17, 3:11-17, 4:12-19.

Biblical Holiness

We believe in Biblical separation which applies to both the individual believer and the local church, because this is based on the holiness of God. When a person or object is referred to as being holy in the Bible, it meant that it was set apart for a special purpose. There should be a distinct difference from the holy and unholy, the clean and unclean. God is referred to as being holy or separate from sin. God demands that believers are to be like Him, which means they are to be separate themselves from sin and the lifestyle of the world.

Believers are to not only separate themselves from sin and the system of this present age, but they are also to separate themselves from false teachers and their false doctrines and heresies. The Word of God is to remain pure from false teachings and doctrines, because Satan seeks to pervert the Word of God. The believer has been entrusted with the Word of God, which means it is our responsibility to keep His Word pure. Believers have the responsibility to not fellowship with believers who are being disobedient to God’s Word. There is a difference between someone who is struggling with sin and a person who has hardened his heart against God’s Word. When we separate from those who are in sin, we do with hopes, prayer, and by pleading with them so that they will repent of their sin and turn back to God.

This church will separate itself from sin, the lifestyle of the world, false teachers and their false doctrines, and any church or “Christian” organization that are not obeying the Word of God which means we will not join with them in the work of the “Great Commission.”    

Psalm 99:1-3; Isaiah 6:1-5, 57:15; I Peter 1:15-16; I John 1:5, 2:1; Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 1:4; I Corinthians 5:9-13; II Thessalonians 3:6-14; Titus 3:10-11; I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 2:16-26; Galatians 1:6-12; II John 6-11; Jude 10-16; II Corinthians 6:10-14; James 4:4.

 




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