Our Statement of Faith
The following are seven essentials we believe in:
- One God, eternally existent in three distinct yet unified Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
- The Bible (consisting of the sixty-six canonized books; excluding the Apochrypha) is the Holy, inspired, infallible, and ultimately authoritative Word of God;
- The Deity, Lordship, and Headship of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to sit down at the right hand of God the Father, and His personal return in power and glory;
- Mankind is fallen, sinful, lost, and separated from God; and is only justified, restored, redeemed, and regenerated by grace through faith in Christ and the infusion of the Holy Spirit;
- The present and continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit within the believer to sanctify and guide, and through believers to minister by means of the unction, anointing, and manifestation gifts to others;
- The essentialness and availability of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, initially evidenced by supernatural “unknown tongues,” unto all believers who but ask for it;
- The resurrection of the saved unto eternal life and glorification and the lost unto eternal death and damnation.
In addition to the above seven essentials we would also like to offer the following affirmations and denials to further help to explain our position on some teachings that have emerged in the Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal movements. We do this in an attempt to be totally forthright as to what we believe and to minimize the potential for misunderstandings and breaches of fellowship based on doctrine. We want it to be known that it is our desire to relate and fellowship with all genuine believers and legitmate Christ-centered ministries around the world, and that our relationship and fellowship be based solely on the Agape Love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts through Christ, rather than on whether or not we believe precisely alike on all points of our doctrine. That, we believe, should be the primary premise of all relationships in the Body of Christ!
The Manifest Sons of God Theology
WE AFFIRM that “the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19), and that “all who are being led by the Spirit of God (obedient believers), these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14) who presently possess “the first fruits of the Spirit” and “groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons” (Rom. 5:23), which will be fully realized when “the redemption of our body” (i.e., the eradication of the sin nature) takes place “at the last trump of God” when Christ returns to claim the true Church as His Eternal Bride —
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (thus we will not inherit these promises as mortal humans); nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be CHANGED — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (this is when the full/final redemption will take place). For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible (sin nature eradicated), and we shall be CHANGED. For this corruptible must put on INCORRUPTION (eradication of sin nature), and this mortal must put on immortality. So WHEN this corruptible has put on incorruption (and not before), and this mortal has put on immortality, THEN shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.'” (1 Cor. 15:52; NKJV)
WE DENY that we will experience the fullness of our inheritance as sons of God BEFORE Jesus returns. We further deny that believers in this age can attain unto a level of supposed “faith” that elevates them to Divine-like status or enables them to attain Divine qualities and abilities that resurrected believers will possess after the resurrection. Although with the redemption of the Cross of Christ believers have been granted “the firstfruits of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:23), and have “TASTED…the powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:5), and have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3), nevertheless we have not yet received the full inheritance we will receive when we receive our full redemption, which is the redemption of our bodies that will result from the eradication of the sin nature that will transpire at the resurrection and rapture of the Church.
The Latter Rain
WE AFFIRM the Church will experience the greatest outpouring of the Spirit in history before Jesus returns (Joel 2:28–32; Acts 2:14-21). This outpouring will result in a great harvest of souls and restoration and renewal of the Church so that it walks in godliness as declared in the Sermon on the Mount (Mat. 5–7). We also affirm the continued operation of the Fivefold Ministry and the Fivefold Ministry Model for the spiritual maturing, edifying, and equipping of the saints (Eph. 4:11–13). We also affirm the validity of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the resulting “charismata” or “Manifestations of the Spirit” delineated in First Corinthians 12.
WE DENY the distinctive deviant doctrines that cannot be reasonably and hermeneutically supported by Scripture that emerged during “The New Order of the Latter Rain Movement,” which began in 1948 in New Battlesford, Saskatchewan, Canada, and have been reintroduced and proliferated during the Charismatic Movement; e.g., Joel’s Army, Phinehas Priesthood, Manifested Sons of God, First Fruits, Amillenialism, Pentecostal Gnosticism, Modalism, Restoration of the Tabernacle of David, et al.
WE AFFIRM that God’s purpose is for Jesus to come back to fully establish His Kingdom Rule over all the Earth. After the Second Coming, the saints will rule the Earth under the leadership of Jesus Christ when He sets up His government on the Earth in the Millennial Reign (1 Cor. 6:2; Rev. 5:10; 20:3–6). We believe that believers in the present age are called to serve Jesus in politics, government, the arts and entertainment, educational systems, the business and entrepreneurial realms, and in every segment of society where righteousness and justice and the principles of the Kingdom need to be established. We do NOT have the assurance that ALL laws and governments will be changed until after the Second Coming of Jesus to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
WE DENY that the Kingdom Rule of Christ will be established prior to the return of Christ and the commencement of the Millenial Reign of Christ, and that the Word of God indicates or predicts that the Church will take over governments of the nations of the Earth before the return of Christ, or that there will be an en masse revision of laws and restructure of national governments prior to the return of Christ and the commencement of His Millenial Reign.
The Tabernacle of David
WE AFFIRM the Holy Spirit is effecting a global emphasis on worship and intercession that petitions God to intervene in the affairs of men worldwide to bring forth the purposes and plans of God upon the Earth (Luke 18:7–8; Mat. 21:13; Rev. 5:8, 8:3–5, 22:17; Isa. 62:6–7; Joel 2:12–17 and 32). “The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men” (Psa. 115:16), thus the prayer and petitions of God’s people grants Him “permission” to intervene in the affairs of men. As one Bible teacher said, “It’s as if God can do nothing unless and until somebody (a human) asks Him.” Jesus’ instruction to ask, seek, and knock is an affirmation of this concept concerning the necessity of prayer. The Biblical prediction of the restoration of the Tabernacle of David is typology that symbolizes the establishment of Kingdom Reign of Christ beginning with the commencement of His Millennial Reign. The context of Amos 9:11,12 speaks of the governmental rule of Christ over all the nations from His Kingdom Throne in Jerusalem. At the conclusion of the Jerusalem Council, James extrapolated from the Amos 9:11,12 the spiritual essence that following the Cross of Christ no requirement existed for Gentiles to convert to Judaism in order to enter the Kingdom and that the Kingdom was open to Gentiles and Jews alike (Acts 15:13–18).
WE DENY that the Word of God calls for or predicts the literal restoration of the “Tabernacle of David,” and that any such literal restoration would have any spiritual efficacy other than symbolic or typological in the endtime Church, and that it portrays, represents, or signifies a worldwide or international concerted prayer or saints movement that God will orchestrate in the endtime through which He will fulfill His purposes and plans on Earth. We also deny that the nascent so-called “prayer movement” that has emerged in some sects, primarily those affiliated or related in some way to the “Kansas City Prophetic Movement” of the 1980s is a genuine move or orchestration of the Spirit, but rather a man-made movement designed and propagated by streams espousing beliefs and teachings associated with “The New Order of the Latter Rain Movement.”
WE AFFIRM believers are saved by grace through faith and even that (faith) is not of ourselves, but God: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
WE DENY the Biblically unfounded, fallacious, and heretical assertions of hyper-grace proponents and adherents. We agree wholeheartedly with the counter-assertions and apologetic treatises of Dr. Michael Brown on this topic as represented in his book, Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message, and strongly recommend all believers study it in this hour when Jesus prophesied that “even the elect” will be deceived. This matter may be the most egregiously dangerous spiritual issue in existence in this last hour before “the end of all things” comes. The stakes are the eternal destiny and destination of all humans. [More details to come soon.]