What is Antipas Ministries?
Antipas Ministries is an affiliation of Christians who
believe that, if we are in the "Last Days", we need to
do more than talk about it. We are not here to just discuss, expose,
discern, study, but to act! We believe, that if ever there was
a generation that is called to lay everything, including our lives
on the line, it is this one, possibly the last generation before
prophetic events of the last seven years overtake us. So what
is Antipas? (Continue...)
Statement Of Faith
We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,"
by which we understand the whole Bible is inspiried in the sense
that holy men of God "were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write
the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration
extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings - historical,
poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical - as appeared in the original
The Gospel Message
If for whatever reason you feel you do not know the Jesus we
preach - the Jesus of the Bible, not the hate-filled Jesus many
in the Religious Right preach - then we invite you to get to know
Him - to come to "a saving knowledge of Him!" It's easy to do,
and you can do it right now, in the privacy of your own home.
What is Antipas Ministries?
- We are not a "discernment ministry" whose role is to expose
heresy. If these are the "last days", none of us should be
surprised to see the Church fall away because the Bible clearly says
that it will. If we understand our true enemy, Satan, we don't need
to look for conspiracy under the carpet (the Masons, the Iluminati,
the international bankers, the CNP, UN, New Agers, etc). In fact,
we don't have to look far, because the Lord warns that the real problem
for the "last days" Christian is not the heathen but the apostate
- We do not believe the church is going to suddenly rapture, leaving
the most crucial moment in all of mankind's history to those who are
"left behind." The doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture
is either true as presented, or one of the false teachings of the
apostate church and part of the "last days" deception.
- We do not believe the prophetic Scriptures are so cryptic and difficult
to understand that we will be left in the dark as we contemplate images
of beasts, ten headed dragons, plagues, multi-colored horses and the
like. We do not believe that we need the experts with initials after
their names, to interpret the plain Word of God for us. We believe
that God Himself will unfold the plain meaning of His Word to those
who have an open heart and mind, who seek Him. He will make it clear
as we have a "need to know." But if we are so steeped in traditional
"wrong" teaching, we will not hear what the Spirit is saying
to the churches.
- We do not take the position of most evangelicals that, since the
United States of America does not appear to be mentioned in prophecy,
that it will fade away into oblivion so God can get on with the real
prophetic players. We look at Scripture and specifically Revelation
18, and we see a commercial, political empire that dominates the earth
like no other nation in the history of mankind, commercial Babylon!
There is no other nation on the face of the earth that fits that description.
- The U.S. is the only economic and military superpower left. It
also happens to be one of the only friends of that new little nation
of Israel that was miraculously restored after 2,000 years. We see
that the world is focused on that little piece of real estate and
Jerusalem is truly "a cup of trembling" to the nations. We
know from Daniel 9:27 and other verses that a great leader, the king
of Babylon, will make a covenant with Israel, setting off the "seventieth
week of Daniel," known more commonly as the Tribulation. No other
nation could or would even want to guarantee Israel's safety.
- One of the greatest dangers for the Church is that it will get
caught up in the "right and wrong" of the political process,
the managed media, and the lust for money. Our writings endeavor to
expose current political, social and economic events for what they
really are and how these things affect the Christian establishment
- not what we are told by the mass media. The apostate church will
join in an "unholy" alliance with the Beast - and that is not
just our opinion.
- Finally, we are not just concerned with studying and writing about
these issues, but we want to join with people who will act. We don't
want to be just "hearers" but "doers" of the Word. Prophecy
is given not so we can have enlightened and stimulating discussion,
but we need to "DO" something about what we see!
Statement Of Faith
INSPIRED BY GOD
We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,"
by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense
that holy men of God "were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the
very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration
extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings - historical,
poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical - as appeared in the original
We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore WITHOUT
CHRIST, THE CENTER OF ALL SCRIPTURE
We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus
Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and
hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read,
or understood, until it lead to Him.
THE BIBLE AS PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION
We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical
THE BIBLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD LITERALY
We believe that the Scriptures must be taken in their LITERAL,
and COMMON SENSE meaning, unless such meaning is CLEARLY shown and/or
stated to be allegorical or figurative. For example, "Israel" is
to be understood as literal Israel and not something else - for
instance the Church; with regard to any particular passage, the
most simple sense - or that which most readily suggests itself to
an attentive and intelligent reader, possessing competent knowledge
- is in all probability the genuine sense or meaning. The Scriptures
must be interpreted in the usual, natural, literal sense.
(Mark 12:26,36; 13:11; Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16;
17:2-3; 18:28 26:22-23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2
Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21.)
THE ONENESS AND UNITY OF GOD
We believe that the Lord our God is one God, in whose being continues
unchanged, three persons.
THE THREE PERSONS OF GOD
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in these three persons
- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - and that these three
are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and
perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence,
(Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14;
Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6.)
We believe that the Father is all-sovereign, maker of heaven
and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, that as
our heavenly Father, He is all-loving, all-forgiving, full of
mercy and grace, holy without compromise, and righteous and
just in all His ways.
(Ps. 95:6; Isa. 51:13; Rom. 1:25; Rev. 11:17; Ex. 34:7;
Ps. 47:8; 99.)
We believe that the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the only-begotten
Son of God, the messiah of both Jews and Gentiles, Light of
Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one substance
with Father, being the radiance of His glory and the exact representation
of His nature; the one whose name is called Wonderful, Counselor,
the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace,
the one through whom all things were made.
(Isa. 9:6; John 1:1 1:18; 10:30; John 1:4-5,9; 20:28; Heb.
1:3,8; Col. 1:15-16.)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Lord and life-giver,
that proceedeth from the Father and the Son; the Comforter,
Teacher, and Guide into all truth and worship, the one that
ever testifies of the Son, Jesus, the Lord and promised Messiah.
(John 4:23-24; 15:26; 16:13-14; 2 Cor. 3:17-18.)
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
THE PREADAMITE AND SATANIC FALL
We believe that long before God created the present earth, He created
an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as
angels, and second group of beings with physical bodies known as
demons [Greek (daemon), meaning "intelligent ones" and "bearers
We believe that one of the angels, LUCIFER, "son of the morning"
- the highest in rank - sinned through pride, thereby becoming
SATAN; and that a great company of the angels and all of the
demons followed him in his MORAL fall.
(Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; 1 Tim. 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:4;
The Originator of Sin
We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that,
under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our
first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing
their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity
to his own power.
The enemy of God and the People of God
We believe that he is the enemy of God and the people of
God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called
God or that is worshipped: and that he who in the beginning
said, "I will be like the most High," in his warfare appears
as an angel of light.
The Essence of All False Religion
We believe that Satan is the essence of all false religion,
even counterfeiting the works God by fostering religious
movements and systems of doctrine, WHICH FALSE SYSTEMS IN
EVERY CASE ARE CHARACTERIZED BY A DENIAL OF THE EFFICACY
OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND OF SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE.
(Gen. 3:1-19; Rom 5:12-14; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Eph.
6:10-12; 2 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 2:1-3.)
The Fallen Angels
We believe that the fallen angels are spiritual beings, possessing
angelic bodies and who, with Satan, still inhabit the heavens,
with access to the earth; they are those spiritual intelligences
originally appointed by God to rule and reign with Him in the
heavens, but who now assist Satan in his rule in the present
world system - constituting today the evil "principalities,"
"powers," and "rulers of darkness" in "high" (heavenly) places
as discussed by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians.
We believe that God created a second class of beings (God's
ruling agents in the earth - the counterparts in the earth to
God's ruling agents in the heavens, i.e., the angels) who populated
the earth in physical bodies (as opposed to spiritual bodies)
before the ruin described in the second verse of Genesis, and
who, at the time of the great destruction, were disembodied
by God, and left still under the power, and ultimately to share
the fate of the leader in whose sin they acquiesced. They are
the "devils" spoken of so often in the New Testament, who -
because they now lack bodies and suffer a wandering unrest and
wearisome lack of ease because of the disembodied state - seek
now to seize upon the bodies of men and women endeavoring to
use them as their own. So intese is their craving that, if they
can satisfy their lusts in no other way, they will even enter
into the filthy bodies of swine.
We believe that Satan (and all his followers) was judged at the
Cross, though not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules
as the "god of this world;" that, at the Second Coming of Christ,
Satan - with all his followers - will be bound and cast into the
abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years he will
be loosed for a little season and then "cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone," where he "shall be tormented day and night for ever
(Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:1-3, 10.)
We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate
and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth
as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of
(Luke 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:11.)
CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
We believe that man was originally created in the image and after
the likeness of God
We believe that fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his
sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins,
and that he became subject to the power of the devil.
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF HUMAN NATURE
We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of
human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man,
the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every
child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only
possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeable
bad apart from divine grace.
THE FUTILITY OF REFORMATION
We believe that man's fall was so total, that all of his attempts
either alone or as expressed corporately are utterly futile.
(Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6;
5:40; 6:35; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6-7; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John
THE DISPENSATIONS OF GOD
GOD'S ULTIMATE PURPOSE: TO GLORIFY HIMSELF IN HIS CREATION
We believe that the dispensations are time periods through which
God moves to accomplish His ultimate purpose of glorifying Himself
in both HEAVENS and the EARTH; that essentially the dispensations
are the means divinely chosen by God to build up an expression first,
in the earth through Israel, and second, in the heavens through
the Church. We believe that three of these dispensations are the
subject of extended revelation in the Scriptures:
The dispensation of Israel (from Abraham to Pentecost) wherein
God chose out form among the nations through the operation of
divine grace (and not according to merit) the nation of Israel
to be a "peculiar treasure" to Him above all the other nations
and through which He would glorify Himself in the EARTH.
The present dispensation of the church (from Pentecost to the
present) wherein God is presently called out form among all
the peoples and races of mankind (Jew and Gentile alike) a "peculiar
people" to be lifted above the earth and to sit down with Him
in heavenly places, there to rule and reign with Him in glory
in the HEAVENS.
The Millennial Kingdom
The future dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom wherein Israel
and the Church will unite together (still as two separate entities)
their mutual testimonies (the earthly expression of God's glory
through Israel and the heavenly expression of God's glory through
THE DISTINCT NATURE OF EACH DISPENSATION
We believe that these dispensations are distinct (except for short
transitional periods between each dispensation) and are not to be
intermingled and confused, as they are chronologically successive.
THE DISPENSATIONS ARE NOT DIFFERENT WAYS OF SALVATION
We believe that the dispensations are not different ways of salvation
nor different methods of administrating the so-called Covenant of
Grace, but that they are the means through which God is preparing
for the ultimate manifestation of His glory and authority in the
two distinct spheres of His divine creation: the heavens and the
Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe that salvation comes only through Christ Jesus -
the King over Israel and the Head over His Body, the Church.
We believe that wherever man trusts in his own efforts to gain
favor with God or to obtain eternal salvation under any dispensation,
he must ultimately fail because of inherent sin and his inevitable
failure to satisfy fully the just requirements of God.
Salvation Is By Grace Through Faith
We believe that according to the "eternal purpose" of God (Eph.
3:11), salvation in the divine reckoning is always "by grace
through faith," and rests upon the basis of the shed blood of
Christ. We believe that God has always been gracious, regardless
of the ruling dispensation, but that man has not at all times
been under such grace as is so fully evident in the present
The Full Revelation Of Grace Through Faith Apparent Only
In the Present Dispensation
We believe that it has always been true that "without faith
it is impossible to please" God (Heb. 11:6), and that
the principle of faith was prevalent in the lives of all the
Old Testament saints. However, we believe that it was historically
impossible that they should have had as the CONSCIOUS object
of their faith the incarnate, crucified Son, the Lamb of God
(John 1:29), and that it is evident that they did not
comprehend as we do that the sacrifices depicted the person
and work of Christ. We believe also that they did not understand
the redemptive significance of the prophecies or types concerning
the sufferings of Christ (1 Pet. 1:10-12); therefore,
we believe that their faith toward God was manifested in other
ways as is shown by the long record in Hebrews 11:1-40.
We belive further that their faith thus manifested was counted
unto them for righteousness.
(cf. Rom. 4:3 with Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:5-8; Heb. 11:7; 1 Cor.
9:17; Eph. 3:2; 3:9, ASV; Col. 1:25; 1 Tim. 1:4, ASV.)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST
THE FIRST ADVENT
We believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as pre-announced
in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came
into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy,
and become the Redeemer of a lost world.
BORN OF A VIRGIN
We believe HE WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN, and received a human body and
a sinless human nature.
(Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb. 4:15.)
PERFECT MAN AND PERFECT GOD
We believe that on the human side, He became and remained a perfect
man, but sinless thoughout His life; yet He retained His absolute
deity, being at the same time very God and very man, and that His
earth-life sometimes functioned within the sphere of that which
was human and sometimes within the sphere of that which was divine.
(Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Phil. 2:5-8.)
CAME FIRST TO ISRAEL; ISRAEL TEMPORARILY PUT ASIDE (BLINDED)
SO THAT THE CHURCH COULD BE "BUILT UP"
We believe that in fulfillment of prophecy He came first to Israel
as her Messiah-King, and that, being rejected of that nation [as
foreordained by God who, according to His divine purpose, had temporarily
blinded Israel (Rom. 11:11-12, 25-26) so that salvation could
now be made available to all the world (Rom. 11:30)] He,
according to the eternal counsels of God, gave His life as a ransom
(John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:6.)
THE DIVINE SACRIFICIAL LAMB
We believe that, in infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily
accepted His Father's will and became the divinely provided sacrificial
Lamb and took away the sin of the world, bearing the holy judgments
against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. His death
was therefore substitutionary in the most ABSOLUTE sense - the just
for the unjust - and by His death He became the Savior of the lost.
(John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Pet.
THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
We believe that, according to the Scriptures, He arose from the
dead in the SAME body, though glorified, in which He had lived and
died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body
which ultimately will be given to all the believers.
(John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21.)
THE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD IN HEAVEN
We believe that, on departing from the earth, He was accepted of
His Father and that His acceptance is a FINAL ASSURANCE to us that
His redeeming work was PERFECTLY ACCOMPLISHED.
CHRIST AS HEAD OVER ALL THINGS
We believe that He became Head over all things to the Church which
is His body, and in this ministry He ceases not to intercede and
advocate for the saved.
(Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1.)
SALVATION ONLY THROUGH CHRIST
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can
enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again; and that no degree
of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however
high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance
however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step
toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life
implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential
to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons of God. We believe
also, that OUR REDEMPTION HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED SOLELY BY THE BLOOD
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, who was made to be sin and was made a
curse fo us, dying in our room and stead; and that no repentance,
no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no
submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the
churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add
in the very least degree to the value of the blood, or to the merit
of the FINISHED WORK wrought for us by Him who united in His person
true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity.
(Lev. 17:11; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom. 5:6-9;
2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5;
James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, 23.)
THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through
faith in Christ and the repentance is a vital part of believing,
and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition
of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism,
prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition
(John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom.
1:16-17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal. 3:22)
THE EXTENT OF SALVATION
We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises that faith
in Christ which is illustrated and described as such in the New
Testament, he passes IMMEDIATELY out of spiritual death into spiritual
life, and from the old creation into the new; being justified from
ALL THINGS, accepted, loved as Christ is loved, having his place
and portion as linked to Him and one with Him FOREVER. Though the
saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings
and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding
of his life more fully to God, he is, AS SOON AS HE IS SAVED, in
possession of every spiritual blessing and ABSOLUTELY COMPLETE IN
CHRIST, and is therefore in no way required by God to seek a so-called
"second blessing," or a "second work of grace."
(John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph.
1:3; Col. 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12.)
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God,
The Believer's STANDING Before God
It is already complete for every saved person because his position
toward God is the same as Christ's position. Since the believer
is in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which
Christ is set apart unto God.
The Believer's STATE Before God
We believe, however, that he retains his sin nature, which
cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, while the standing
of the Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is
no more perfect than his experience in daily life.
Growth In Grace
There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification wherein the
Christian is to "grow in grace," and to "be changed" by the
unhindered power of the Spirit. We believe, also, that the child
of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state (#2 above) as
he is now sanctified in his standing (#1 above) in Christ when
he shall see his Lord and shall be "like him."
(John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Eph. 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thess.
5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:10.)
We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God toward
the objects of His love, because of His freedom to exercise
grace toward the meritless on the ground of the propitiatory
blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift
of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession
and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability
of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating,
abiding precence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who
are saved, we and all true believers anywhere, once saved shall
be kept saved forever.
"The Unforgivable Sin"
We believe that it is impossible for Christians to commit the
"unforgivable sin;" that this sin has special reference for
unbelievers during the Tribulation - of their being "marked
out" or "sealed" by the mark of the Beast, which seal has no
effect on those already "sealed" by the Holy Spirit.
The Chastening Of God
We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father
and that, since He cannot overlook sin of His children, He will
when they persistently sin chasten them and correct them in
Conformed To His Image
We believe, however, that having undertaken to save them and
keep them forever, apart from all human merit, He, who cannot
fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before
the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His
(John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor.
6:19; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; Jude 24.)
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who
are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed
in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very
day they take Him to be their Savior and that this assurance is
not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or
fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word,
exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience.
(Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Cor. 5:1, 6-8; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 10:22;
1 John 5:13.)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE WORLD
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed
Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode
in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according
to the divine promise.
THE HOLY SPIRITY IN THE BELIEVER
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, and by
His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He, as the
Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship
THE HOLY SPIRIT NEVER LEAVES THE BELIEVER
We believe that the Holy Spirit never takes His departure from
the Church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present
to testify of Christ; seeking to occupy believers with Him and not
with themselves nor will their experiences.
(John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22.)
THE MINISTRIES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that, in this age, certain well-defined ministries are
committed to the Holy Spirit, and that it is the duty of every Christian
to understand them and to be adjusted to them in his own life and
experience. These ministries are:
The restraining of evil in the world to the measure of the
The convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness,
The regenerating of all believers.
The indwelling and anointing of all who are saved, thereby
SEALING them unto the day of redemption.
The baptizing into the one body of Christ of all who are saved.
The continued filling for power, teaching, and service of those
among the saved who are yielded to Him and who are subject to
(John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18;
1 John 2:20-27.)
A UNITY OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son
of God are members of the church which is the body of Christ, which
began at Pentecost AND IS COMPLETELY DISTINCT FROM ISRAEL. Its members
are constituted as such regardless of membership or nonmembership
in the organized churches on earth.
The Holy Spirit, The Only Measure Of The Church's Unity
We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this age
are baptized into, and thus become, one body that is Christ's,
whether Jews or Gentiles, and having become members one of another,
are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, and loving
one another with a pure heart fervently.
(Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27;
Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15.)
No Distinction As To Members
We believe that within Church there is no distinction of races,
classes, or cultures, or between Jewish and non-Jewish believers,
but that within Christ we are all one and as such, no partiality
should be shown or practiced.
(James 2:1-13; Col. 3:11.)
AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH
The Head Over The Church
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the head and sole
authority of the Church.
Plurality Of Leadership
We believe that within the Church God does not delegate His
authority to one single man the way He did in the Old Testament
(e.g., Moses and David), but that His authority is vested only
in His Son and is delegated to a PLURALITY of men known in the
New Testament as "elders."
(Matt. 28:18; Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Pet. 5:1-4.)
The Limits Of The Elders Authority
We believe that the elders or leaders of the Church do not
have unlimited authority, but that any action or decision must
be acknowledge by the Church, the Holy Spirit, and must conform
to the Bible.
(Acts 15:22, 28.)
The Elders To Lead By Example
We believe that the elders or leaders of the Church rule only
by example and encouragement, not by unquestioned authority
and power. They should not lord it over God's flock, but prove
to be examples to the flock through love.
(1 Pet. 5:1-4; Matt. 20:25-26.)
The Believer's Liberty In The Lord
We believe that submission to authority in the Church should
never be based upon fear, but upon love that is willing to follow
the example set forth by the elders or leaders; authority in
the Lord, but rather an attitude of humility. INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE
BEFORE GOD CAN NEVER BE SUBORNED BY A BLIND SUBMISSION TO OTHERS,
WHETHER THEY BE ANGELS OR MEN CLAIMING TO BE AGENTS OF GOD AND
POSSESSING THE HIGHTEST SPIRITUAL CREDENTIALS.
(Matt. 20:25; Gal. 1:8; 2:5-6; Phil. 2:3; Col. 2:8, 16-19.)
The Authority Of Scripture Supercedes All Authority
We believe that the authority of Scripture can never be compromised
BY ANY PERSON OR LEADER of the church, no matter what his position
THE SACRAMENTS OR ORDINANCES
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only
sacraments and ordinances of the Church and that they are a scriptural
means of testimony for the Church in this age.
(Matt. 28:19; Luke 22: 19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8;
1 Cor. 11:26.)
THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that it is the EXPLICIT mission of the Church, NOT to
reform the present and totally corrupt Gentile world-system of government,
culture, society, etc. (which is altogether to be judged and utterly
destroyed by God), but rather, to save souls from the wreck which
is to come; as such, we have been sent forth into the world with
Gospel of Salvation. We are to reckon ourselves as strangers and
pilgrims to this world, and as ambassadors and witnesses unto God.
Our primary purpose in this life - as the Church - is to make Christ
known to the whole world.
(Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-20.)
ISRAEL NOT FORSAKEN
We believe that the Church does not repace the nation of Israel;
that God has not forsaken His people, the Jews.
THE REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL
We believe that soon the Redeemer, who we know to be Jesus, the
Messiah, will come from Zion, at which time He will wholly redeem
Israel back to Himself.
ISRAEL: THE EXPRESSION OF GOD'S EARTHLY GLORY
We believe that Israel will ultimately be the expression of God's
earthly glory, the counterpart to the church, God's heavenly expression.
THE BELIEVER'S PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARDS ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH
We believe that a divine love should fill our hearts for God's
people, the Jews, and that we should repent in behalf of Christianity
for all the centuries of hate and prejudice heaped upon the Jews
by Christians everywhere. (Dan. 9:1-20; Rom. 9:1-3.) We believe
that our love for the Jews should not be in word only, but also
in deed by support for the Jews the world over, both physical and
spiritual - and that above all, a true unprejudiced, humble sharing
of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Messiah.
(Luke 7:2-5; Acts 10:1-2; 1 Cor. 10:32; Rom. 11:1; 25-26; Isa.
59:20-21; Ezek. 37:1-3; 39:25-29.)
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power
of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lusts of the
flesh. But the flesh with its fallen, Adamic nature, which in this
life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our earthly
pilgrimage, needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly in subjection
to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives
to the dishonor of our Lord.
(Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2, 4, 12-13; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col.
2:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7; 3:5-9.)
All Believers Have Received Spiritual Gifts For Divine Service
We believe that divine enabling gifts for service are bestowed
by the Spirit upon all who are saved. While there is a diversity
of gifts, each believer is energized by the same Spirit, and
each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the
Spirit may will; these gifts, which are give for the building
up of the Church, are:
The Duty Of The Gifted Ones
The duty of these gifted ones is not to do the work of the
Church themselves, but rather to perfect the saints for that
work, not to misappropriate it unto themselves.
The Sustenance And Encouragement Of The Gifted Ones
Moreover, it is God's will that these shall be sustained and
encouraged in their service for God in the building up and perfecting
of the saints.
(Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11.)
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
We believe that - wholly apart from salvation - rewards are promised
according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service to
the Lord, and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgment
seat of Christ after the Rapture and the Resurrection.
(1 Cor. 3:9; 9:18-27; 2 Cor. 5:10.)
We believe that, according to the Word of God, the next great even
in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the Tribulation, the accomplishment
of "Daniel's Seventieth Week."
(Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1-19; 21.)
THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIBULATION: TRIAL AND JUDGMENT
We believe that this is the time specifically chosen of God to
judge the earth and the nations of the earth as promised in the
THE TWO WITNESSES
We believe that the Two Witnesses spoken of by the Apostle John
in Revelation are Israel and the Church (Rev. 11); and that
while the church is not appointed to wrath, but to obtaining full
and complete salvation (1 Thess. 5:9). The presence of both
the Church and Israel during the Tribulation is crucial to God's
righteous judgment, for without the witnesses of two, there can
be no judgment.
(Num. 35:30; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; John 8:17.)
THE CHURCH AND THE TRIBULATION
We believe that the Church is never promised escape from the tribulation
and with regard to THE TRIBULATION, there is a distinction to be
remarked upon between the "Wrath of God" and "tribulation." The
presence of the Church in the Tribulation is not predicated on the
fact that it requires some sort of "refinement" just prior to its
appearance before the Lord (because Christ's work upon the cross
in behalf of the Church is full and complete), but simply and only
because its presence during the Tribulation was foreordained from
the foundations of the world to accomplish God's glory during this
period of time as one of the Two Witnesses, the other Witness being
(Matt. 24:29; 1 Thess. 2:14-16; 2 Thess. 1:4; 2 Tim. 3:12; Heb.
10:32-34; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; Rev. 2:8-11; 12:17; 13:7.)
We believe that the Antichrist is to be a PERSON, the embodiment
of evil - a GENTILE, not a Jew, who shall persecute the people of
God, both Jews and Christians, as the Two Witnesses.
(Rev. 13:1; Dan. 9:26; Dan 7:21, 25; 8:24, 25; Rev. 13:7; Rev.
THE RAPTURE AND THE RESURRECTION
We believe that at the end of the Tribulation and before the "Wrath
of God," the Lord Jesus Christ will return in bodily form at which
time the Resurrection and the Rapture will occur.
(Isa. 65:19-25; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:7-10;
2:1; Rev. 19:11-12; 2:4.)
THE FULL SALVATION OF ISRAEL
We believe that when the Lord returns, He will save all of Israel
and again establish Israel and Jerusalem as a praise and joy in
all the earth.
(Isa. 60; 62.)
THE ETERNAL STATE
BELIEVERS: ETERNAL JOY AND GLORY
We believe that at death, the spirits and soul of those who have
trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately
into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the
resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own,
whereupon soul and body shall be reunited and shall be associated
with Him forever in glory.
UNBELIEVERS: ETERNAL DAMNATION
But the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death
in conscious condemnation and in misery until the final judgment
of the great white throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul
and body shall be reunited and shall be cast into the lake of fire,
not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord and fromt he glory of His power.
(Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-9;
Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15.)
The Gospel Message
If for whatever reason you feel you do not know the Jesus we preach
- the Jesus of the Bible, not the hate-filled Jesus many in the Religious
Right preach - then we invite you to get to know Him - to come to "a
saving knowledge of Him!" It's easy to do, and you can do it right now,
in the privacy of your own home.
The Bible says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
This means that God doesn't care who you are or what you've done -
He loves you and wants to bring you into a living, loving relationship
with Him - right now!
The first thing we must do in order to be accepted by Him is confess
that we are not "perfect" - that should be easy to do because deep down
we all know that we "fall short." But remember - God doesn't fall short
- He is a God of absolute righteousness; He cannot tolerate sin - this
is why He seems so far away from us sometimes. Our sins have separated
us from Him - and that's true not only with regard to you, but all of
us. The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God" (Rom. 3:23); and it goes on to say, "If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8)
But He has done something to breach that separation, to end it - not
by overlooking what we have done - He never could do that and continue
to maintain His righteousness. Instead He has paid the price for our
sins by sending His own Son to die on the cross for us. The Bible says,
"God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us" and justified us "... by His (own) blood ..." (Rom.
We receive this gift by acknowledging the fact that we are sinners,
and have need of His gift. The Bible says, "If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9).
Once we have acknowledged the fact that we need Him as savior, we
must invite Him into our heart - the Bible says, " Behold, I (i.e.,
Jesus) stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with
me." (Rev. 3:20)
When we invite Him into our heart, the Lord promises that He will
indeed come in - you don't have to worry about that; no matter what
you feel, or what you experience, He will surely come. The Bible calls
this, "being born again." Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must
be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:
so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:1-9)
All you need to do now is to pray, "Lord, I acknowledge that I am
a sinner and have need of a savior. I accept what you did for me on
the cross and invite you RIGHT NOW to come into my heart and make your
home with me."
It's done! You're born again! - yes, it was that easy; only "false
religion" makes it difficult. Now, just thank Him for what He has done
and begin your walk with Him right now by turning to the Bible and reading
it - begin first with the Gospel of John and read a few chapters each
day. He will speak to you and show you what to do. Remember, He is a
living, loving Person. Then write to us and let us know how you're doing.
If you would like to contact someone about receiving Christ as
your personal savior or just to talk about it, please contact email@example.com.