This statement of faith represents Beyond The Fundamentals Ministry. It does not necessarily reflect the official statement of faith of any local church, regardless of anyone’s association therewith. The Purpose of this statement is for identity and clarity so that those who consume media produced by this ministry can be aware of the general perspective from which it originates. All statements are deducted from comparative passages of Scripture and are subject to revision upon identification of error, or upon a better understanding of scripture being attained. These statements do not composite an authority of faith, but merely an identity of perspective. Scripture is the sole authority for faith.
1.The Divine Authority and Inspiration of the Scriptures
Scripture is the Christian’s absolute, final, sole authority in all matters of life, faith and practice. The God who inspired the Scriptures is powerful enough to preserve them in the manner for which He intended believers in every age to have them. Scripture affirms the providential PRESERVATION of the true word of God, as well as the providential INSPIRATION of the word of God; and that the purpose of this is to preserve the Infallibility of the Inspired Original Text. The providential preservation of the New Testament concentrated itself on the GREEK text within the sphere of the Greek Church through Antioch of Syria, and the text of the majority of manuscripts from this area is the providential preserved and AUTHORIZED text; the text of the majority is the standard text. This text is the Textus Receptus of the Syrian (Byzantine) extraction coming to the English speaking people through the Reformation of the Balkans and Germany. The final and outstanding representative of this text is the Authorized King James, A.V. 1611, which represents a purified, neutral, inerrant text (Beza’s fifth edition with improvements over Erasmus). (Ps. 12:6-7; II Pet. 1:17-21; II Tim. 3:16-17; Deut. 3:3; Matt. 24:35)
2.The Triune Godhead (or Trinity)
The Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Mark 12:29; John 1:1; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:31; II Corin. 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)
3.The Deity and Virgin Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Place in the Scriptures
Scripture affirms the Deity and the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that all the scriptures from the first to the last, center about Him, in His person and work, and in His First and Second Coming; and hence that no chapter, even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-27; Luke 24:44; John 3:16-18, 35-36; John 5:17, 25-29; Acts 17:2-3; Acts 18:28; Acts 26:22-23; Colossians 1:15-19)
4.The Personality, Deity and Present Work of the Holy Spirit
Scripture affirms that the Holy Spirit as a Divine person is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service; and that He is our abiding Comforter and Helper; and that He never takes His departure from His church, nor from any of His saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves or our experiences. (John 7:38-39; John 14:16-17; John 15:26; John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Philippians 3:3; Ephesians 4:30)
5.The Personality of Satan
Satan is a person, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning and the great deceiver of all the nations; he will finally be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ as the Seed of woman, and he will be cast into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years, and finally shall be committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented forever and ever. (Job 1:6-12; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:12-16; Revelation 20:1-3; Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28:12-19)
The Genesis account of creation is neither allegory nor myth, but it is a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; man made up of spirit, soul, and body was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; all of mankind is descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 19:4; John 1:3)
Hell literally exists and consists of literal fire; it is a place prepared for the devil and his angels. Hell is the conscious punishment of all unsaved persons. The final, enduring and eternal form conscious punishment into which death and hell will be cast is the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-45; Mark 9:43-50; Revelation 20:14-15; Revelation 21:8-15)
8.The Fall of Man
Man, originally created by God in His image and after His likeness, fell from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as a consequence of his disobedience, the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grievously injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins and subject to the power of Satan. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17; John 5:40; John 6:53; Ephesians 2:1-3; I Timothy 5:6; I John 3:8)
9. The Sinfulness of Man
Due to Adam's sin (Romans 5:12) and the consequent curse (Genesis 3), all of Adam's descendants are born "in Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:22), with the effects of the curse (Genesis 3:17-24). Man cannot keep God's law without offending in at least some point (James 2:10; Romans 2:25). Man's actions are sinful and transgress God’s law (1 John 3:4), and therefore every man falls short of the glory of God (Roman 3:23). Through the law, God has judged that the whole world is guilty before him (Romans 3:19). Thus, keeping the law is not and cannot be a means of justification or righteousness (Romans 3:20). God therefore determined that righteousness and justification would be an act of mercy (Romans 11:32) upon all that believe (Romans 3:22-28). Christ reconciled the world to himself by blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against sinners and nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14). Men, starting with the apostles, have been given the ministry of reconciliation, whereby sinners are urged to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthian 5:18-21). There is no scriptural reason that any lost person in the church age cannot respond to the ministry of reconciliation with trust, reception, and belief.
10.Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
Owing to the universal death and depravity in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again; and no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies however useful can help the sinner take even one step toward Heaven; but a new nature imparted by the Holy Spirit through the word is absolutely essential to salvation. Belief of the Gospel is not a step toward salvation; it is the precondition upon which God has sovereignly chosen to bestow salvation. It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those that believe. Salvation is accomplished by regeneration, and occurs as a sole act of God subsequent to the sinner’s belief of the Gospel (John 3:5; John 3:16-18; Galatians 6:15; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Acts 10:43-45; Acts 15:9-11)
11.Atonement by the Blood of Christ
The redemption of mankind has been paid solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and a curse for us, dying in our room and stead. This redemption and atonement is not to be confused for, or substituted for salvation which is by Christ’s life (Rom. 5:10), not his death. No repentance, feelings, faith, good resolutions, sincere efforts, or submission to the rules and regulations of any church or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the apostles can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to the merits of that finished work, wrought for mankind by Him, who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity. Christ’s phrase “it is finished,” is not a reverence to the completed salvation of any person or group of persons. It is only a reference to the completed price of redemption which “bought” (2 Pet. 2:1; 1 Cor. 6:20) sinful mankind. (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:31; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19; Heb. 10:1-10)
Salvation is the unmerited gift of God given to man by grace and received by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19; John 1:12; Acts 13:38; Acts 16:30-31) We believe that the shed blood of JESUS CHRIST and His resurrection provided the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe; and only such as receive JESUS CHRIST are born of THE HOLY SPIRIT, and thus become children of God. (Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 5:11; John 3:16)
13.The Assurance of Believers
All those “in Christ” are kept by GOD’S power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; John 5:24; John 3:36; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 4:30; I John 5:13; II Timothy 1:12) It is a privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s word; however, the Word forbids the misuse of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin. (Romans 12:13-14; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14; I John 3:5-9)
Believers are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; and so to live in the Spirit, believers shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature through the power of the indwelling Holy spirit and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13; Romans 8:12-13; 13:14; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9)
All the saved shall live in a manner such as not to bring reproach on the Savior and Lord; separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God; each believer shall be separated from the world and should show this in action and dress; therefore, the dress of believers should be consistent with scriptural prerequisites. Any person in leadership capacity (choir, nursery, teaching, pianist, organist, assistants, etc.) shall be consistent in dress in the manner set forth in the scriptures. (I Timothy 2:9; I Peter 3:3) No one shall serve in any leadership capacity who partakes of any substance that would constitute disobedience to the following: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:8; Romans 13:1-13; 2 Peter 2:13; Romans 14:13-23; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8; Titus 2:2-6; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 2:12; Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-35; Hebrews 5:14; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:7; Isaiah 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:11. Leaders in the Body of Christ will strive to live above reproach, and will exercise due diligence in matters that are culturally, perceptively, or frequently deemed “questionable” in light of 1 Thessalonians 5:22 and Romans 14:13-23. Each person shall dress appropriately and modestly as benefits one who walks in the image of God.
Christian ministry is one of a faithful witness to all persons; teaching them in the Gospels so as "to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God; that they might receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by the faith that is in me..." Acts 26:18
Christians are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; therefore, separation from others whose teaching are contrary to the direct, clear and revealed word of God, is to be strictly adhered to. (Ephesians 5:11; II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14; II Corinthians 7:1)
16.The Eternal Blessedness of the Saved and the Eternal Punishment of the Lost
The souls of those who have trusted in Christ for salvation, do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in the glory; and that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in hell until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting torment from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-23; Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Revelation 6:9-11; Revelation 19:11-16)
17.The Pretribulational-Premillennial Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
The world will not be converted during the present dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgement, while there will be a fearful apostasy in the professing Christian body and the Lord Jesus Christ will come to redeem and catch away His church before the Tribulation and shall return at the end of the Tribulation to execute wrath and judgement and to introduce the millennial age, when Israel shall be restored to their own land and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, and that his personal and premillennial advent is the blessed hope set before us in the Gospel for which believers should be constantly looking. While the Lord tarries, He has left us a commission to be His witnesses, and to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God to every creature. (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 12:35-40; Luke 18:1; Acts 15:14-17; Romans 1:14-17; I Thessalonians 1:18; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:9; II Thessalonians 2:3-8; II Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 2:11-15; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 19:11-16)
The church is obligated by the word to carry the Gospel forth to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19-20; Matthew 28:19-20) The local assembly shall endeavor to set up and support a home and foreign mission program with prayers, offerings, and all other means.
19.Separation of Church and State
The local church has autonomous authority which is separation from political and state entanglements; the local church is taught to be a self-governing autonomous body, separate from the state or ecclesiastical interference through religio-politico bosses. (Acts 6:1-7; Acts 5:29; Acts 19:20; Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)
All believers have unity in the Body of Christ, which was established on the day of Pentecost, and all believers, from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to this Body by the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the exact time that they trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Christ’s Body is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws in accordance with the Pauline revelation; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; and that its officers are bishops and deacons (Phil. 1:1) whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scripture. We believe the true mission of the church is for the edification, perfection, exhortation and comfort of its members in spiritual matters; the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; Leaders of the flock are known in scripture a bishops, pastors, elders, and presbyters, which terms may be used interchangeably depending on the context. The pastor is the under-shepherd of Christ in relation to the local church. As an elder, the pastor may have additional elders assist in the administration of the church.
Timothy was left in Ephesus with a charge to maintain sound doctrine, and to make charges and commands of his own. Titus is left in Crete to set things in order and to ordain elders in every city.
Thus, today’s local pastor/elder is to charge some that they teach no other doctrines, to set things in order, command and teach, and ordain elders in every city, with Jesus Christ being the Head and Chief Shepherd over the entire church; it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Ephesians 1:10, 22, 23; Ephesians 3:1-6; Galatians 3:26; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:4, 41, 47; I Corinthians 11:12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-7; I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:7, 17; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23; Acts 15:13-18)
21.Spiritual Gifts, Miracles, Signs and Wonders
The gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12 are given, today, for the ministry to all parts of the body of Christ with the exception of those gifts which are specifically called "signs". Those gifts which are signs, wonders, or miracles were given by the Spirit during the beginning of the church in the book of Acts for these purposes: (1) to identify an "apostle"; (2) to get the Jews to listen to the gospel or to believe a new revelation; (3) to confirm the word of scripture that was being spoken by the apostles, but not yet written in form as we have the scriptures today. Since there are NO apostles present today and since the gospel ministry is to the whole world which is predominantly Gentile, and since we have a complete Bible, "speaking in tongues" and "supernatural healing" is no longer the means by which God promulgates or validates the truth He reveals today. (God heals today in accordance with His word and divine will through faith and confession.) Satan’s produces ”lying signs and wonders" in these last days to deceive the whole world, and this activity of Satan’s accounts for the vast majority of signs and wonders-based ministries. (I Corinthians 12:1-11; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 2:4, 5, 43; Acts 3:7, 12; Acts 5:12; II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 1:21-22; I Corinthians 14:21-22; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:3-4; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 11:30-32; II Thessalonians 2:8-9; I Timothy 4:1-2; Matthew 24:5, 11, 24)
22. Water Baptism
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and our resurrection to a new life. Only one baptism is necessary in the life of a believer, hence we will not accept any baptism before salvation. Exceptions to complete immersion are considered on a case-by-base basis where non-emersion methods of baptismal simulation due to validated medical or other outstanding reasons (Matthew 3:13-16; Romans 6:1-5; Acts 8:36-38; I Peter 3:21)
23.The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper or Communion is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. The Lord’s Table is not a barrier to separate believers, but rather a sacred place where all true Christians meet in his remembrance; therefore, we do not adhere to any "closed" communion. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
In scripture, no lost people are ever predestinated to be converted.
Only saved people are predestinated, and the predestination is not initiated until after conversion.
Post-conversion believers are predestinated to three future things according to scripture.
1. To be conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).
2. The redemption of the body, called “adoption” (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:23).
3. Inheritance in Heaven (Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:1-9).
All of these are future things that happen long AFTER conversion.
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