Here you will find the main fundamental beliefs from God’s Word that I believe, honor and uphold:
1. God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He created all of creation in six whole days and rested on the seventh. He is omnipresent and sovereign over all that He has created. (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 139:1-12).
2. The bible is the infallible Word of God. All scripture is profitable for reproof, teaching, correction, and guidance (2 Timothy 3:16).
3. When Adam ate of the tree of good and evil, sin entered the world and separated man from God (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12). This is why it was necessary for Jesus, the perfect and blameless Lamb, to be a propitiation for us, so that our relationship with God could be restored (Romans 3:21-28).
4. The Trinity consists of the Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit (John 1:18, John 1:29-34, John 14:11). They are three separate persons, yet only one God that believers love and serve.
5. Jesus was conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit, was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life (Matt 1:18-24).
6. Jesus is the Son of God, and moreover, is God in the flesh. He is human and divine. He is the sinless and perfect Lamb that was sacrificed so that we may have eternal life. (Hebrews 2:5-18, John 1:1-5;14;18)
7. By Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, and the Holy Spirit coming upon Him afterward, shows the importance of water baptism for every believer (John 1:32-34). It is something that every believer naturally desires to do after being saved. It is never a prerequisite to salvation.
8. Jesus took on the sins of the world on the cross at Golgotha. He took the punishment we as humans deserved so that we may have eternal life through His death and resurrection. He was dead for three whole days and rose up on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Later on after appearing to various witnesses and the disciples, He ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-4, 1 Cor. 15:5-8).
9. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. There is no other way to heaven or to the Father. (John 3:16, John 14:6)
10. We are never saved by our own works. Works are the natural response and fruit of salvation. And good works are a natural by-product of faith in Jesus and from a continuous relationship with Him (James 2:14-17, John 15:5-8). We are saved by grace (God’s unmerited favor) through faith in Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:12-19, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:5-10, Romans 3:21-28).
11. Jesus is coming back again for His pure Bride, the Church (John 14:28), to reward them for their works and life on Earth, and to bring judgment to the devil and his minions. He will also bring judgment to those who have not accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and to those who are lukewarm (Matt 25:31-46, Heb 10:26-31). He will also set up a new Heaven and new Earth for His eternal and glorious reign (1 Cor. 15:24-28, Rev 21).
12. I am beginning to lean towards post-trib because of various signs of the times that have been occurring over the past several years, as well as the obvious warnings and prophecies the bible gives us. But I will continue to study this issue, so that I will not be deceived into false teaching. I’ll post up scriptures dealing with this when I get the chance. Either way, when Christ comes back, like a thief in the night, (which is why we need to stay ready at all times! Matt 25:1-13) those in Christ shall rise first and believers that are still on Earth will be transformed in a twinkling of an eye and will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Cor. 15:51-56, 1 Thess 4:13-18).
13. Heaven, Hell, the devil, demons and angels are very real (Ephesians 2:2, Isaiah 5:14). Spiritual warfare is very real (I am a witness!). (1 Timothy 6:12, Ephesians 6:10-17, 1 Thess. 2:18) We as believers must stand guard constantly against the fiery darts of the enemy that attempts to attack our lives, our family, and the world. That is why it is important for all believers to obey the Great Commission to tell others about salvation available through Jesus Christ so that no one may perish but have everlasting life. (Matt 28:16-20, 2 Peter 3:9)
14. Believers go through the process of sanctification (initial and then on-going process throughout one’s life) after receiving salvation . This is Jesus’ work in us that will be completed once we leave this earth and/or once He comes back before our time comes to leave (Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:12-13).
15. Every believer who receives salvation immediately receives the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). After wards, when one asks, seeks, and knocks, as the Word says, they can also receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matt 7:7, John 14:13-20;23, Acts 8:9-19). (This is also known as the empowerment and/or extra filling of the Holy Spirit. And every believer is promised to receive this if they just only ask for it and obey the Lord’s commands that He has already given in His Word. He manifests Himself to those who do this: John 14:21).
This is sometimes accompanied by speaking in tongues, but not always. Just because someone doesn’t speak in tongues does not mean they are not saved, and/or they are not empowered by the Holy Spirit. To think otherwise is false doctrine, since speaking in tongues is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives at His will (1 Cor 12:10). I used to not believe any of this, but God showed me this to be true one morning in October 2010 while reading Acts 8:9-19. Also see these sermons here from Illbehonest.com about this issue (He used these sermons here, here, here, and here to confirm this fact to me).
16. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit and that they are still in operation today (1 Cor 12). Nothing is impossible for God, so who am I to limit His awesome ability? There are so many testimonies of God doing miraculous things, that I truly believe the main reason why we may not see so many in our generation is because of lack of faith and because of the worldliness that has infiltrated the Church.
17. Prosperity Gospel and the Word of Faith movement are both false ideologies. This false teaching should be avoided at all cost. One can not name and claim something and have it just because one desires it. Yes, the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), but this teaching uses that scripture out of context and twists it.
God does not promise riches and everything that we desire and tells us to not seek after them, but to be content with whatever He provides (1 Timothy 6:6-10). He also tells us to stay clear of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). If He blesses us with riches, He expects us to use it for His glory and to bless others (1 Timothy 6:17-19, Proverbs 21:13). If He only gives us what we need, we should be content with that and lean and depend on Him to provide (Philippians 4:11-13, 1 Tim 6:6-8).
18. Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not abolish it (Matt 5:17). He is the same God of the Old Testament as He is of the New Testament. He is the Lord, He changes not (Malachi 3:6a, Hebrews 13:8). He gave us this new freedom that we received from when we first believed to serve others, not to indulge in our selves. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life bring death, but godliness is life and peace (1 John 2:15-17, Galatians 5:13-14).
19. There is a cost to following Christ (Matt 8:18-22, John 15:18-25, John 16:33). All that live Godly will suffer persecution and we must be willing to give up everything for Him and deny ourselves in order to conform to the image of Christ and to receive our great reward (2 Tim 3:12, 1 Peter 4:1-19, Matt 19:29, Hebrews 11:24-26).
20. Marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman before God. This union is the most unique of all of relationships, and is even referred to by the Apostle Paul as a great mystery. This is because it naturally reflects Christ’s unique relationship with the Church and should be honored and upheld. Nothing should defile it whatsoever. (Ephesians 5:31-32, 1 Corinthians 7:1-7)
21. Life is precious and is a beatiful gift from God our Creator. Each and every human is created in the image of God for the glory of God and should be respected and each one should be treated as we all desire to be treated (Genesis 1:27, Luke 6:31, Matthew 7:12). Life should be cherished and that is why it should never be intentionally taken away. This is the reason why every believer should be pro-life. (Psalm 139:13-18)