A New Life in Christ: My Personal Testimony of Faith
Most of us think that our faith and beliefs are something to be kept in private but God's Word has proved me wrong. God's Word has shown me that we are to be salt and light in this world which means to open our mouth and speak to testify for what Christ has done for us and to witness to others of His plan of salvation. "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:13-14).
Galatians 2:20 ~ "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
Philippians 1:21 ~ "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Doctrinal Statement: What I Believe
The Bible ~ I believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God in the original autographs (2 Tim. 3:16-17), that it was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit of God (2 Pet. 1:20-21), and therefore without error. It is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
The Trinity ~ I believe in the Trinity of the Godhead; there is one God (Deut 6:4) eternally existing in three equal but distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
God the Father ~ I believe in God, the Father, and rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men (Dan. 2:21; 4:17), that He hears and answers prayer (John 15:16), and that He saves from sin and eternal damnation all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16,18; 6:44). I believe He has a paternal relationship to believers only (John 8:41-44, Rom. 8:15).
God the Son ~ I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16), born of a virgin (Matt. 1:23), sinless in His life (1 Pet. 2:21-22), Who atoned for the sins of the world by His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4). I believe in His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9), His perpetual intercession for His people (Heb. 7:25), His personal coming in the air for His church prior to the seven year tribulation (1 Thes. 4:13-18), and His return to earth at the close of the tribulation to establish His millennial Kingdom (Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
God the Holy Spirit ~ I believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4) Who convicts (John 16:8-11; 14:26), regenerates (Tit. 3:5), baptizes (1 Cor. 12:12-13), indwells (1 Cor. 6:19-20), seals (Eph. 1:13), and fills (Acts 4:31; Eph. 5). I believe Spirit baptism takes place at the time of regeneration (cf. Acts 10:44-47; 11:16) and that the filling of the Spirit is manifested by the fruits of the Spirit rather than by any specific spiritual gift (Gal. 5:16; 22-23; Acts 4:31; 1 Cor. 13:8). I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit—such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues has ceased to be operational because the Bible is complete and has been translated in different languages all over the world. I believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God in some instances may choose to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing but not in the same way as Jesus Himself or the Apostles during their time raised the dead and healed all manners of sicknesses instantaneously apart from any doctors (1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
Creation ~ I believe in the direct creation by God—of the physical universe, all spirit beings, man, and lower forms of life—in six solar days, without the process of evolution. The early chapters of Genesis are literal and accurate history. God sustains all creation but exists in no necessary relationship to it (Gen 1, 2; John 1:3, Col. 1:15-17).
Spirit Beings ~ I believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spirit beings (Col. 1:16; Heb. 12:22). One of these, though created holy by God, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan, the Devil, the enemy of his Creator, leading a host of angels in rebellion against God (Eze. 28:12-17; Rev. 12:7-9). He became the god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matt 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Eph. 2:1,2; Rev. 20:10).
Mankind ~ I believe that all men are sinners by nature (Rom 3:9-20; 5:12; Eph. 2:3) and under the condemnation of God (John 3:18,36). The only remedy for this condition is Holy Spirit regeneration through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as payment for one’s sins (John 3:8,14,18a; Heb. 9:22; 1 Pet. 1:18-22). I believe regeneration is the irrevocable act of God, thus securing the believer for all eternity (John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39). I believe the Bible does not teach that God created any person for the purpose of condemnation (John 3:16; 2 Pet. 3:9).
Human Sexuality ~ I believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. I believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, transvestism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1). I believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender (Gen 1:26-28; Deut. 22:5). I believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
Final Destinies ~ I believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23) and there remain until the resurrection of the body at the rapture when soul and body reunited shall stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works for the giving of rewards; and they shall then be associated with Christ forever in glory (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thes. 4:13-18). The souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the end of the millennium for judgment; the result of this judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thes. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15).
Separation ~ I believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a practice and that the separation principle runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I believe that true spiritual fellowship is the result of a common faith and practice. I believe there are four aspects of Biblical separation: (a) Political separation - the separation of the church from the state (Luke 20:25). (b) Personal separation - the separation of the believer from the world and sin in order to serve God. This involves a separation from acts of sin, the world system, the unbeliever, heretics, and false teachers (Josh. 24:15; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; 1 John 2:15-17; 1 John. 4:1; 2 John 10,11;). (c) Ecclesiastical separation - the separation of the church from apostasy. Each local church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any other ecclesiastical authority. I believe we are to reprove apostates rather than recognize them, to rebuke rather than to reason with them, to reject rather than to receive or unite with them. This includes but is not limited to the World and National Council of Churches and the Baptist World Alliance. I believe that loyalty to Christ also demands separation from those groups content to walk with or tolerate religious unbelief such as the National Association of Evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention (2 Cor. 6:14-17; 2 Tim. 4:2-4; 2 John 10-11). (d) Practical separation - the separation of the believer from an erring brother. I believe that we must separate from those who continue in disobedience to the Word of God. This includes the trouble maker, the disorderly, and the immoral brother (Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Thes. 3:6,14,15; Tit. 3:10).
The Church ~ I believe in the Church (Matt. 16:18), a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:16) and of which all regenerated people are members (1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 5:30). I believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41-42) baptized on an acceptable confession of faith (Acts 10:47-48), associated for worship, work and fellowship (Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25) and having two offices, pastor and deacon (Phil. 1:1). I believe that to these visible churches were committed, for observance throughout the church age, the ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 16:16-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26), and that God has laid upon these churches the task of witnessing to a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:6) and of building up the saints in the faith once for all delivered (Eph. 4:7,11-16; Jude 3). I believe that human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-products of the Gospel and edification (Eph 2:10; Gal. 5:22-23).
Believers Baptism ~ I believe that after a person got saved, to submit himself/herself, in the waters of baptism (immersion) in obedience to Christ. I believe that waters of baptism is a Saved Christian’s public demonstration of the profession of salvation in Christ, and to identify himself/herself in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. I believe that a person must be saved first, then baptized. I believe there is no infant baptism, but only for believers in the LORD Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:40-41; Acts 8:12-13; Acts 18:8; Acts 8:37-38; Acts 19:4-5; Acts 9:17-18; Acts 16:11-17; Acts 16:25-35; Acts 19:4-5; Acts 22:14-16; Rom. 6:4).
The True Woman Manifesto
1.) 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11
2.) Gen. 1:26-27; 2:18; 1 Cor. 11:8
3.) Gen. 3:1-7, 15-16; Mark 1:15; 1 Cor. 15:1-4
4.) Prov. 14:12; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:18, 8:6-7; 2 Tim. 3:16
5.) Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:12-14; Titus 2:14
6.) Josh. 1:8; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 3:15-16
7.) 1 Tim. 2:9; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Pet. 3:3-6
8.) John 15:1-5; 1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 2:12-13
9.) Gen. 1:26-28; 2:18; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 5:22-33
10.) Mark 9:35; 10:42-45; Gen. 2:18; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; 1 Cor. 14:34; 1 Tim. 2:12-3:7
11.) Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:7-9
12.) Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Cor. 11:3
13.) Luke 13:30; John 15:13; Eph. 4:32; Phil. 2:5-8
14.) Psalm 139:13-16
15.) Gen 1:28; 9:1; Psalm 127; Titus 2:4-5
16.) 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 1 Tim. 2:9-13
17.) Matt. 5:10-12; 2 Cor. 4:17; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 2:21-23; 3:14-17; 4:14
18.) Titus 2:3-5
19.) Deut. 6:4-5; Mark 12:29-30
20.) Psalm 25:4-5; Rom. 6:11-13; 16-18; Eph. 5:15-17
21.) Acts 17:11; 1 Pet. 1:15; 2 Pet. 3:17-18; Titus 2:1, 3-5, 7
22.) Psalm 5:2; Phil. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:1-2
23.) Prov. 31:10-31; Col. 3:18; Eph. 5:22-24, 33b