Statement of Faith

We have a Christ-centered, Biblical world view.

We believe that the Bible is the absolute authority in matters of faith and practice, and that it is the inspired word of God. We further believe that the Holy Spirit is actively engaged in the world to teach and guide us. We believe there are parts of the Bible which are clearly written and intended to be interpreted literally. Just as we also believe there is poetry, metaphors, stories, and parables that, while not literal, are intended to teach us the values, character, and ways of God.

We believe in one God; eternally existing in three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); in the fall of man who brought destruction on himself when he chose to sin against God through Satan’s temptation; in an eternally secure salvation and resurrection by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; that Jesus Christ was both fully man and fully God; and in the imminent return and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination, but support all Christian denominations which are rooted in biblical teaching and who view Jesus Christ as the way to eternal life. We hold to the essential teachings, while accepting discussion and sometimes disagreement on the non-essentials, with an attitide of grace and humility.

We submit to the accountability of the Holy Spirit and our local church (LifePoint Church, Plano, TX), and since our mission is international in scope, we also submit to the teaching and accountability of fellow mature Christians around the world.

Comments

  1. Mike says

    After reading some of your articles and your position, I will unsubscribe from your site. I am a true biblical believer in Christ and a Biblical Christian. I suspect from what I read that your views and mine would not be the same. Mike

    • Tim says

      Mike, perhaps you do have a better understanding of some doctrinal points. Is it really a good reason to separate from the family?

  2. George Lockhart says

    Yes I agree with the written statement. A more complete denture of my statement of faith is the southern baptist faith and message

  3. Helen says

    I have been blessed by having been raised and nurtured in the living faith by faithful parents and local churches along my life’s path. I cannot imagine how folks can live without the Living God in their lives. In terms of ministry, I am a better tender of new plants than the sower. My biggest problem is when I work w/new Christians, I assume they already know the Bible when they don’t. I have to dial it back and bring them up to speed. The statement of faith is orthodox and fits my understanding of the Scriptures quite well. The Baptist Faith & Message is a good piece of gear, too, as are many of the catechisms in the backs of numerous denominational prayer books. Double predestination Calvinists and I usually butt heads since the “God made some of us for hell” lacks concrete Scriptural backing. I have no problem w/single predestination…some folks like Moses and Paul are going to get the job done, even if they did not originally have plans like that. However, most of us get what Matthew got: Come, follow me. I’m far more likely to point to the Bible and its principles than I am to a specific theologian of any given denomination. I count myself as a Protestant in the line of Arminius’ reminder that “whosoever may come” rather than the school of Calvin. That is not to say that Calvin does not have good points, but he sometimes fails to leave room for the gift of free will that our Lord has given us by holding back His full sovereignty. There are some Catholic theologians who have good points, even though I may disagree w/some of the other points like related to the papacy and Mary, mother of Jesus. I do not know much of the Eastern Orthodox tradition other than to say it generally follows Scripture as do Catholics and Protestants.

  4. Bill says

    I believe the Bible is the very Word of God from “In, to, Amen.” I believe the Old Testament is literal, and the New Testament the same with the exception of a few of the parables that Jesus used as teaching tools. If you can use me I am willing to be used.

  5. cj cheetham says

    After reading your statement of faith I am struck by the fact that Mahatma Ghandi disagreed with almost everything in your statement of faith. Yet you quote Ghandi and seem to want to use him as a baromoeter of whether Christians are meeting the standards set by Christ. Since Ghandi is by Biblical definition in agreement with what John calls antichrist, I am wondering why you quote him?

    • says

      We use the quote not to endorse Ghandi or his beliefs, but to make a point that he made very eloquently…Christians are so unlike Christ. Ghandi disagreeing with our statement of faith merely says what everyone already knows…he was not a Christian.

  6. Tom says

    I agree with much of what is written above, although perhaps in different terms. However, I am curious as to how you decide what are “essentials” and what are “non-essentials”? Yours in Christ.

    • says

      Thanks Tom. If you read the statement of faith, the essentials boil down to this: 1) the Bible is God’s word and can be trusted as his revealed message to the world. 2) man is fallen and in need of a savior 3) Jesus, both fully God and fully human, is the only savior able to redeem us, and that he DID die and rise for the purpose of saving those who believe. 4) The trinity, God-the father, God-the son, and God-Holy Spirit. You can’t get more essential than that. And other beliefs beyond those simply get farther and farther away from what we would call essential beliefs important to salvation. But it’s a fun discussion if anyone else wants to join in. What would you call essential and what would you call non-essential Christian beliefs. There are plenty of website devoted to this single issue. Feel free to share your thoughts.

  7. Marianne says

    I agree with your statement of faith. As the world grows darker, the need for true believer to stand for what is right and to not back down has never before been so important. Too many watered down gospels are misleading and deceiving most. Christ is looking for those who will not compromise the truth. http://mblordi.com

  8. Leo says

    I agree with your statement of faith, except that the statement, “an eternally secure salvation and resurrection by grace through faith in Jesus Christ” needs clarification. Please let me explain. I do believe that Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection redeems mankind and provides the means for our salvation. However, our salvation is not eternally secure, as Paul himself stated that he hoped that he, in leading so many to salvation through Christ, might forfeit salvation himself, “I pummel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). “See then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off” (Rom. 11:22; see also Heb. 10:26–29, 2 Pet. 2:20–21). In otherwords, God spoke through Paul to let us know that our salvation is contingent upon our daily acceptance of His grace and our cooperation with His grace (we must daily pick up our cross and follow Him). Our cooperation with God’s grace is an action of our faith in His redeeming sacrifice, but is not a one time action. It must be a daily walk with God. God will always respect our free will, even if that means to walk away from Him and abrogate our salvation. As the Bible says, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5–8), but I’m also being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be saved (Rom. 5:9–10, 1 Cor. 3:12–15). Like the apostle Paul I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2, 2 Tim. 2:11–13).

  9. Sandra Carpenter says

    I would certainly agree with the statement of faith…One God in form of three…Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That there is ONLY ONE way to the Father…that is through Faith in Jesus Christ…who was offered up as a PERFECT SACRIFICE…once and for all and There Be NO OTHER NAME Under Heaven by which men might be saved!! I”m certainly glad that our Father In Heaven loved us so much, knowing we could never get it right, that He….MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH…could leave the Glory of Heaven and wrap Himself Up in the form of His Son Jesus, and suffer the things He suffered to death that we might could live, breathe, be happy and peacful…GLORY BE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST “MY LORD AND SAVIOR”…because He knew If I could screw it up…I’m gonna!! That’s why I say LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE PEOPLE…He IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS….not by anything we can do or do not do…it’s ALL BECAUSE OF WHO HE SAYS “HE IS”!! All we have to do is step up and take our place in HIM and declare HIM AS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. As He said to Peter…”WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? PETER REPLIED THE SON OF GOD…AFTER THAT JESUS TOLD PETER WHO HE WAS. There will always be apples vs oranges…but I find when you keep things simple…there’s a lot less chance of being swayed by every wind of doctrine as Jesus simply put it!! So let’s keep the main thing the main thing, stay single minded, love God with All Your Heart, Mind, Strength and Soul and love one another as yourself!! K.I.S.S. The WhomSoEver

  10. Ken says

    After reading your statement of faith, I am now more convinced than ever that your sense and notion of what it means to be a living breathing Christian believer is extremely short sighted and even historically backwards. Jesus Christ the living God established His one, holy catholic and apostolic Church to be the pillar and ground of truth (1Timothy 3:15 D-R) before a single letter of the NT was penned, and given His Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to first Bishop St. Peter his apostle and subsequint successors. Furthermore, it is the Church with the guidance of the Holy Spirit which compliled and authorized the Canon of holy Scripture some near three hundred years after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the 120 faithful disciples and apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14). Lastly, it is a good thing that the Bible is not the absolute authority, otherwise the Catholic Church would be equally divided with 35,000 denoninations that believe such a ridiculous non-scriptural and non-historical falsehood and with wholesale disagreements and tens or even hundreds of millions of individuals claiming their own knowledge of divine truth because they believe in the absolute authority in the Bible? I had hoped that you’d of been better than most of the heresies, but no, you’re exactly the same as all the other heresies. Sorry, no thanks.

    • Elizabeth says

      Ken,utn. I was like you many years ago – I relied on words instead of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I agree Jesus established his church. Were the words get tricky is the word catholic which only means universal. That part of the Apostle’s Creed is used in many denominations. Ex: Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, and even in some non-denominational churches. .It does not mean the Catholic Church is Christ’s only church. cath·o·lic [ káthlik ] all-inclusive: including or concerned with all people useful to all: useful or interesting to a wide range of people all-embracing: interested in or sympathetic to a wide range of things Synonyms: wide-ranging, broad, wide-reaching, all-embracing, extensive, varied The word catholic (derived via Late Latin catholicus, from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “universal”comes from the Greek phrase καθόλου (katholou), meaning “on the whole”, “according to the whole” or “in general”, and is a combination of the Greek words κατά meaning “about” and όλος meaning “whole”.The term “Catholic” was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope. You might want to purchase a Bible that has the Greek along side of the English interpretation of the Word. That helped me a lot to better understand the original meaning of words. I personally believe that only Jesus has the “Keys to the Kingdom” and they were passed to no mortal man. I also believe the Bible is the absolute final authority. I do believe the Holy Spirit helped guide the church fathers in determining the Canon but remember that was hundreds of years after the Crucifixion. I see no heresy in this Statement of Faith and I would caution you about labeling something a heresy when it may just be that you don’t have a complete enough understanding of the history or the Word. I know I have been guilty of saying something was non-Biblical before when it was just that I had not been given the spiritual understanding of it yet by the Holy Spirit. Maybe you might consider being mentored by someone who has the theological background to help you with your faith and your possible conflicts with the history and doctrine of churches and just learning how to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ. All we have to do is ask the Holy Spirit to give us the understanding and provide the means for us to learn and it will happen. “Because of Jesus”

  11. Ken says

    Without going into too much depth, my non-christian life’s journey began with the first 23 years of my life not even knowing there was a god. As a child there was a santa, easter bunny, leprechauns, flying reindeers, etc.. I do not recall ever going to church with my parents. However, as per my parents [and extended family] always maintained in their casual conversation and jokes, the word/name “god” was used in colorful metaphors, as well as a frequent reminder that all Jew’s [whoever they were] are going to hell [whatever that was] because they killed a guy named Jesus [whoever he was.] Also, all Catholic’s [whoever they were] are going to hell [whatever that was] because they worship idols [whatever any of that was.] Even when I enlisted into the USN I was asked what religion I prefered. I had nio idea what the heck they were asking me, thus my old dog tags (which my wife still have) declare religion – “no pref.” Again without going into any serious details, after many years of drug abuse a miracle happened and I believed in God. From there I joined the only religious affliation I felt was reasonably available to me, and this due to my family and extended families cultural Protestantism indoctrination, thus I joined in membership with the Southern Baptist denomination. Even though my families did not practice a particular religious faith, they certainly taught me what not to practice, i.e. don’t be a Jew or a Catholic. I loved my new Christian faith and the fellowship and the brothers and sisters in Christ. I believed my pastors. However, over time, I began to notice that the “dots” wrere not matching up and anytime I challenged or contested something within the Bible, less than desiable things occurred or worse simple told “I was out of line for bringing such matters up.” A few years later and after enduring a year or more of spiritual desert, and in search of the one true Bible Church, and due yet to another incrediable miracIe I found it in the most unlikely place imaginable, the Roman Catholic Church. After a few months of Catechesis and receiving a conditional baptistism, holy eucharist and my children baptized and my marriaged blessed I have been a member of the Catholic Church ever since. After about 10-11 years I began to teach and to build a third year catechism confirmation course to teach youth and teens how to access and study the Bible and any book, chapter and verse in 15 seconds or less. My family and I have moved a number times since then, and I continued to to teach in whatever capacity needed wherever we moved in to whichever parish we resided for these past 14 or so years. I have taken 2 years of Catholic doctrine and theology. I love my Catholic faith. Why then you might be asking have I been browsing around here at this non-catholic site? I have browsed many non-catholic sites, most are awful. This one seemed on the surface to be slightly and even possibly a little different. Yet, as I witnessed in this sites “statement of faith,” demanding that I declare and swear that the Bible is the absolute authority, I discovered it is no different. Thus I knew it would be rediculous to go any further. After all, I have been there and done that and found this belief simply and plainly false. By the way, is your interpretation of the Bible or any single word there in “infallible?” If not, why ought anyone listen to anything you would have to say to them in regards to the Bible? I knew and learned most perfectly that my interpretation certainly was not infallible. If you would like to discuss such matter further, I would welcome to investigate some Catholic Apologetic sites I enjoy and Catholic sites in general. If you wish to converse with me further, you’re welcome to do so, feel free to e-mail me anytime, you have my e-mail address.

  12. Chylene E Ramsey says

    I believe that religon is man’s finite attempt to grasp an infinite God. When we attempt to define, label, organize or make God into OUR image, we are bound to trivilize Him and render him just another tool for our use. Therefore, we need to be careful not to interpolate things into His scriptures that simply are not there. This has been done. This is why there are 35,000 different denominations, and why the Pope thinks he’s God. Jesus did not split into three people. If he were God, he would not have been able to die on the cross, and his resurecction would have not been a miracle, and therefore would hve been insignificant, and would have no meaning. His sinlessness would have taken no effort, and therefore would have meant nothing. His death on the cross would not have been an act of sacrfice, an obidient son obeying the will of the Father, but a demonstration. His transformation fter his death, his ascension into heaven, all show what lies in store for us, as humans, which would not be the case if Jesus were a god-man demonstrating His diety. This does not exactly fit your beliefs, and if you do not wish to accept me as a mentor, I will understand.

  13. Elizabeth says

    Ken said “Yet, as I witnessed in this sites “statement of faith,” demanding that I declare and swear that the Bible is the absolute authority, “……… found this belief simply and plainly false” Okay Ken, if the Bible is not the absolute authority what or who is? We as Christians don’t “swear” to anything so that is rather a side issue. I don’t believe it says swear.

  14. Elizabeth says

    Ken, I took a Catholic Apologists’ course in college. (many years ago) and there are a lot of things I like about the Catholic faith. A few I don’t necessarily agree with like Regenerative Baptism, but I don’t discount it as wrong as there is the possibility I just don’t understand it yet. Why don’t you explain that to me please.

  15. greg.moses@rocketmail.com says

    What is this sites view on Hell? Is it a real place? Do people go there? Which people go there? Is Satan a ruler or is he a fellow “inmate”? Is it eternal or do the inmates get cremated?

  16. Carrol Pugh says

    I am a believer of YHWH the Creator of life, known as God the Father. I believe in the only begotten Son of YHWH, whose real name is Yahshua Ha Mashiach, commonly known as Jesus Christ. I believe the Bible to be the true Word of YHWH(God) and that it is complete, nothing is to be added or taken away. Salvation comes through the shed blood of Yahshua(Jesus) when He died on the Tree of Calvary. May the blessings of YHWH(God) be with this ministries.

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