We believe (a) the family was ordained of God; (b) that marriage is a life-long, exclusive covenant between one man and one woman; (c) that human sexuality is a good gift from God to be enjoyed only in the bonds of marriage; (d) that sexual activity outside of scriptural marriage is an abomination and sin; (e) that homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, bestiality, adultery and premarital sexual relations do not constitute marriage nor can ever be pleasing to God; (f) that divorce is not taught except for fornication (unscriptural marriage arrangements-ie; incest) or abandonment (where the offending individual leaves the marriage or sues for divorce); (g) and, that because of the teaching of the scriptures a divorced person can never marry(which would be to commit adultery), be a pastor or a deacon.

(a) Genesis 2:24

(b) Matt. 19: 6b; Romans 7:2

(c) I Cor. 7:3, 5a

(d) Lev. 18:29

(e) Leviticus 18:24

(f) Matthew 19:9; I Cor.7:15a

(g) I Cor. 7:11; Romans 7:3a; I Tim.3:2a; I Tim.3:12a

Explanatory

The word fornication as used in the Bible has a broader meaning than is commonly meant today. The word fornication as used by Jesus in Matt.19:9 has reference to the unlawful unions listed in Lev.17. The unscriptural marriage of I Cor. 5:1-5 is an example in the New Testament of a situation that had to be stopped by a divorce or a 'putting away'. There is also historical evidence that in the Jewish economy there was a betrothal period (usually one year) which could be broken if one of the spouses committed fornication before the marriage was consummated.

Remarriage is only permitted when the spouse dies and then "only in the Lord." I Cor. 7:39c.

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. of the Resurrection, (a) we believe that Christ rose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures;" (b) that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of God;" (c) that He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;" (d) "that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" -bodily, personally and visibly; (e) that the "dead in Christ shall rise first;" (f) that the living saints "shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" (g) "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;" (h) and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet."

(a) Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:3-6

(b) Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2

(c) "Heb. 8:6; Tim. 2:5; John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10

(d) John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 25:13; James 5:8; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28

(e) I Thess. 4:16; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Cor. 15:52

(f) I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:17; Phi. 3:20-21

(g) Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30

(h) I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6

We believe (a) that scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Faith; (b) that we are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week, as the Lord has prospered us, (c) that under grace we give as the Lord has commanded us concerning tithes and offerings(d) that we are commanded to bring our tithes and offerings into the common treasury of the church; (e) that giving is a foundational doctrine and that tithing is only a part of what the Scriptures teach on this subject.

(a) II Cor. 8:7

(b) I Cor. 16:2

(c) Heb. 7:2, 4; Matt. 23:23

(d) Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Acts 4:34-35, 37

(e) John 3:16; II Cor. 9:6-9; Matt. 6:42; Mark 14:7; II Cor. 9:15

Explanatory

Tithing is taught as a scriptural practice before (Gen.14:20b), and after (Matt.23:23) the Law was given to Moses. To say tithing is legalism is false. In fact the practice of the early churches was the concept of ‘grace giving’ as practiced throughout the book of Acts and as discussed in II Cor.8,9,10,& 11.

We believe that civil government is (a) of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; (b) that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; (c) except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in His Word; (d) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.

(a) Rom. 13:1, 3; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22

(b) Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-14; I Pet. 2:17

(c) Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18

(d) Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10; Rev. 19:16; Phil. 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11

We believe (a) that the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches; we do not accept mission boards or any other ecclesiastical bodies, associations, or fellowships as Scriptural organizations for doing the Lord’s work; the local church is God’s organization for getting His work done here on earth; further, (b) other methods for doing church work may produce results but do not enjoy the blessings of eternal reward; (c) it is churches doing God’s will and work God’s way that bring Christ honour and glory.

(a) Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Acts 13:1-4; Rom. 10:13-15

(b) II Tim. 2:5

(c) Eph. 3:21

We believe that (a) there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; (b) that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; (c) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; (d) and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved, in a place called Heaven and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost, in a place called the lake of fire.

(a) Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Pro. 11:31; I Pet. 4:18

(b) Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; I John 3:7

(b & c) Rom. 6:16

(c) I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23

(d) Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34, 41, 46; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14; Rev. 21:1a; Rev. 20:15

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