Truth That We Believe

Are You Saved?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Often people of varied church affiliations use the same terminology, but may mean something totally different by their terms. Multitudes around the world say they are “born-again” and yet their life-style demonstrates that their definition is one contrary to biblical teaching. I write this today, with the deepest concern for those who walk in bondage to sin.

Jesus said, “…except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” [John 3:3] and “verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” [John 3:5]. We must be born again of water and of the Spirit of God to enter into God’s kingdom in heaven. If we are not, we will not go to heaven.

Many people have experiences with Jesus and with the things of God, many even pray prayers to Jesus with tears, expecting Him to be the penalty for their sin, yet without their repentance there is no forgiveness of sin [Luke 24:47]. They go to church, “believe” in Jesus, and call themselves “born again.” Yet many lives remain untransformed by the Spirit of God. Many continue living after the flesh and the world. The Scripture says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” [Romans 8:6-8]. The Scripture says, “…whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” [James 4:4]. Do you believe that the enemy of God will have a place in heaven?

Jesus Christ has not said that the assurance of eternal life or going into heaven is to be based on a one time event in one’s life. Jesus said we must be born again to a new life, a life controlled by the Spirit of God and the water of His Word. Many are born again to see God’s kingdom. Many saw the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ and followed Him for a time, yet fell away from being His disciples [John 6:60,66].

Many today see parts of God’s kingdom for a time, and they feel that they are eternally secure, yet walk in their own ways. There is eternal security in Jesus Christ, but not for the unbelieving, so called “believer.” “Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ {they believed Jesus was their Lord} have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? {church goers & do gooders} And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity!” [Matthew 7:22-23].

Jesus Christ says we must be born again into a new life, one filled with the Spirit of God, a life where He KNOWS you! This means an intimate knowing between you and Jesus Christ the Son of God. We must KNOW Jesus as our best friend, as our Master and Lord, and as the director of our daily affairs. Jesus must know you as His obedient child. He must be your heart’s desire. This means we will not continue seeking our own desires, but will seek His desires as bond slaves to Jesus. Knowing Jesus Christ in this manner, is eternal life! Jesus said, “..and this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee, the only true God, and (KNOW) Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” [John 17:3]. This intimate knowing of Jesus Christ is NOT praying a sinners prayer, even though that can be the beginning of knowing Him intimately. Merely calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus to be saved or delivered does not mean eternal life, though calling upon the Lord can mean you will have eternal life. We must know Him just as a husband and wife know each other intimately. This kind of intimacy doesn’t happen by just calling one’s name. Two must become married, move in with one another, and grow into a relationship. Only then do they KNOW one another.

To truly know someone you must live with them. Does Jesus Christ live in you? Is there intimacy between you and the Savior? Knowing Jesus is complete surrender and absolute dependency upon Him. Recently, my wife was witnessing to some church going relatives and asked them, “Is Jesus Christ the most important desire in your life?” She asked them, “Be honest, is He?” She told them, “This is a true Christian, someone who is always wanting to please Jesus.” If we are to understand what knowing Jesus is and what Jesus was speaking of in Matthew chapter seven, we must first know His love for us. He proved His love for us by laying down His life for us. Therefore, we must love Him because He first loved us. Yet many will say “Lord, Lord’ and go to hell forever. We must have an intimate walk with Jesus Christ! This is being born again!

Some churches teach that those who practice sin, those Jesus referred to in Matthew chapter seven, were never saved, others teach that they fell away. These doctrinal differences will not matter if you are not totally devoted to Jesus; the end is the same, a Christless eternity {HELL, THE LAKE OF FIRE}. Please, I beg of you reader, examine Yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove to your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, see if indeed Jesus Christ is in you, unless you indeed fail the test? [2 Corinthians 13:5]. See if you are truly in the faith. Does Jesus Christ speak to you? Is He in you? If someone is living in you, wouldn’t you be totally aware of His presence? Is your life totally devoted to Jesus Christ, or do you indeed fail the test?

Remember that no one who dies practicing sin goes to heaven. Do not be deceived by preachers with empty words. Anyone who practices fornication (sexual intercourse in thought or deed outside the marriage bond), idolatry (loving something more than God), adultery (sexual unfaithfulness in thought or deed of a married person), homosexuality (sodomy – sexual activity in thought or deed with a member of the same sex in or out of a so called marriage agreement), stealing (taking anything that does not belong to you), covetousness (desire enviously), drunkenness (drinking alcohol and being overcome by it), revilement (abusing verbally), extortion (obtaining something by force and by improper means), immorality (against what God calls right living), impurity (not being pure), sensuality (being devoted to pleasing the senses), sorcery (operating in witchcraft and abusing drugs), enmities (mutual hatred – hating someone who hates you), hatred (having hate), contention (contending, argumentative – given to arguing), jealousy (suspicious of a rival), strife (given to conflict), outburst of anger (violent anger – strong feelings of disapproval with meanness), disputes (argumentative – given to argue), dissension (in discord – disagreeable), factions (given to dissension and strife), selfish ambitions (self motive and eager desire for success or power), heresies (teachings or opinions contrary to the teachings of Jesus, the apostles and prophets), envy (resentful of another’s advantage), murder (hating someone enough to put them to death in thought or deed, unlawful killing), carousing (boisterous, brawling, quarrelsome), lying (one who does not tell the truth, one who lies), abomination (anything revolting to God) SHALL NOT GO INTO HEAVEN. The Bible tells us explicitly not to be deceived about people who practice these sins. The Bible tells us that we can know for certainty that they will go to hell; that the wrath of God abides on all disobedience. We must all repent and turn totally away from all wickedness. If we do not obey God there is no hope of eternal life [1 Cor 6:1-9; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5; Col 3:5-6;Titus 2:11-12; James 4:4-10 and Rev 21:18].

Remember, to obey Jesus is a walk of faith. Faith in Jesus results in a life which produces the fruit of the Holy Spirit [Gal 5:22-23]. We do not work to be saved; we work because we are saved. We can only overcome sin by His grace, and God gives His grace to the humble. He will hear the cry of the humble and give them His grace which enables them to overcome any sin.

We must seek Jesus Christ as hidden treasure. If you knew that there was a chest of jewels, precious stones and gold, worth millions of dollars in a certain spot; you would dig and dig there to find it. Is your relationship with Jesus Christ worth any less? We will find Jesus when we seek Him with ALL our heart [Jer 29:13]. Jesus is hidden treasure, you must seek Him while He may be found [Isa 55:6-7].

Do you KNOW JESUS? Maybe you are a church goer and your church system calls knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord something different than “being born again.” Be sure of this, either you know Him intimately, or you don’t! If you know Jesus Christ and He is your Lord, you will obey Him out of a heart of love and devotion. Examine yourself, lest indeed you fail the test and windup in hell forever! Don’t be one who says “Lord, Lord” and have Jesus say, “I never KNEW YOU!” Jesus Christ died to set you free from your sins and give you life abundantly, now, in this life and in the one to come. He loves you! Cry out to Jesus, and confess your sins with a true heart of repentance. He will forgive you and strengthen you to live a godly life [1 John 1:6-9]. If you desire more help, we really want to help you. The Lord Jesus bless you.

The Truth That We Believe

I.  We believe in the inspiration of the Bible, God’s inerrant message to mankind [in the English language this is the KJV Bible], revealing Himself and His plan of salvation to all men; that it is the final authority and rule for all of life (2 Tim 3:15-16; 1 Pet 2:2).

II. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (Deut 6:4; Mk 12:29; Isa 43:10-11; Matt 28:19).

III.  We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His bodily future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years (John 5:23; Col 1:15-19; Heb 4:15; Acts 4:10; Acts 1:9; Matt 1:19-25; 2 Thess 1:7; Rev 19:11-14; Rom 11:26-27; Rev 20:1-7).

IV.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the only provision for man’s salvation, that God will accept man on no other basis than repentance of sin, complete surrender to the Lordship of Christ and faith in His atoning blood (Lk 13:3; Gal 3:26; Lk 9:23-24; 1 Cor 1:30).

V.  We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (John 3:3).

VI. We believe the ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Saviour and Lord. In so doing, they have their body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of cleansing, thus declaring to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Pet 3:21).

VII. We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death; and is enjoined on all believers until He comes (1 Cor 11:26; 2 Peter 1:4).

VIII.  We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer and is a privilege of all believers (Isa 53:4; Matt 8:16-17).

IX. We believe all believers are entitled to, and should expect, and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the Gifts and their uses in the world of ministry. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

X.  We believe the baptism of the believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. The speaking in tongues in this instance, is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but different in purpose and use (Acts 2:4; 1Cor 12:4,10, 28).

XI.  We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to Christ and believing the promises of God expressed in His Word (Heb 12:14; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 1 Thess 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6).

XII. We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven (Eph 1:22-23; 2:22; Heb 12:23).

XIII. We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose; [1] the evangelism of the world and [2] the edifying of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Eph 4:11-13).

XIV. We believe in the “catching-up” of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the blessed hope of the Church (1 Thess 4:16-18; Rom 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Rev 11:15).

XV.  We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead, of the just and unjust, and that all shall stand before the judgment bar of God to be judged according to His Word for the deeds done in the body while here on earth (2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15).

XVI. We believe the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment and torment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev 19:20; 20:10-15).