A very natural question
arises when people browse our website: they want
to know what denomination we are and what our
doctrinal statement is. These are common and
almost expected ways religious groups have of
identifying and categorizing themselves. Perhaps
the following will serve as an answer to that
type of question.
are not affiliated with any denomination, but
seek only, under the headship of Christ, to
contend for the faith once delivered to the
saints. Our hearts are open to all of God's
elect remnant who desire to be ready for the
soon return of our Lord.
will find it difficult, if not impossible, to
fit us into any religious category. Our
"doctrinal statement" is the Bible. We actively
acknowledge Christ as the Head of His Body, the
Church and look to Him to feed the sheep from
the Word as we have need.
Paul, with all the revelation he had, said, "We
know in part, and we prophecy in part." (I Cor.
13:9). Prov. 4:18 says, "But the path of the
just is as the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day." The mistake men
have made has been to establish rigid systems of
doctrinal interpretation out of their partial
understanding. Thus we have at least hundreds of
doctrinal systems at serious variance with one
another. Which shall we believe? Which set of
"religious glasses" shall we use when we read
Religion wants to fit us
with glasses; the Lord wants to open our eyes.
Religion, if it shows us the word at all, shows
it to us through a filter of tradition. The Lord
wants us to be free to preach and believe the
word as it is.
happens with doctrinal traditions is that they
become a substitute for the word. Instead of
preachers being called and taught of the Lord to
minister as He reveals and anoints, they are
trained to become defenders and promoters of
their tradtition. Even where they may believe
some true things, all to often, the truth is
dead and ineffective.
The above is credited to a Christian brother,
Phil Enlow of The Midnight Cry Messenger. His
comments were entitled: "What is Your Doctrinal
Statement?" Midnight Cry Messenger is a
publication of Midnight Cry Ministries, Southern
Pines, NC. It appeared in the April-May-June
2000 Issue. I'd like to invite you to read a
little of his book entitled: "Light In This
Present Darkness." If you get just 'a taste,' I
think you'll want to read the whole book
(SMILE). The link is found on the Main
Page...click below! ]
offer this as a proposed Statement of Faith. The
basic principles for rule and discipline of the
church as well as for its articles of faith, are
recorded in the Word of God. Any statement of
faith or operating policy should be in harmony
with those principles. Based on this premise:
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to
be the inspired Word of God, the complete
revelation of His Will for the salvation of men,
and the Divine and final authority for all
Christian faith and life.
In One God, creator of all things, infinitely
perfect and eternally existing in Three Persons;
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, truly God
and truly Man, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and
born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a
sacrifice for our sins according to the
Scriptures. He was resurrected bodily from the
dead, ascended into heaven where at the right
hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High
Priest and Advocate.
That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to
glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He is working in
the regeneration of sinners, the sanctification
of believers, to indwell, instruct and empower
for godly living and Christian service.
That man was created in the image of God, but
through disobedience he became a lost sinner,
and only through regeneration can salvation and
reconciliation with God be obtained through the
Atonement of Jesus Christ.
That the true Church is composed of all redeemed
persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ
are united together in the one body of Christ of
which He is the Head. We believe in the royal
priesthood of believers and in the exercise of
spiritual gifts in the church.
That water baptism by immersion and the Lord's
Supper are ordinances to be observed by the
We believe in the Kingdom of God as proclaimed
and established by our Lord Jesus Christ during
His earthly ministry, and as perpetuated by His
We believe in the Personal Second Coming of
Christ. We believe in the resurrection of the
dead, the final judgment of all mankind, the
eternal reward and everlasting life of the
believers and the eternal punishment of the
want to make it clear that we believe the Word
of God. Needless ta say, we probably don't
understand everything perfectly. It is our
desire to obtain a clearer understanding, and as
the Holy Spirit reveals to us, we want to "walk
in greater light".