The nature of God:
We believe in the existence of one true God (Deut. 6.4, John 17.3, 1 Tim 2.5, Eph. 4.6), who is revealed in Jesus-Christ, His only begotten son (Christological monotheism). He is the transcendent God of the Old and New Testament. He is Spirit (Jn. 4:24). His attributes fall into two groups: virtue and greatness. By virtue, He is perfectly holy (Lev. 19:2), righteous, just (Deut. 32:4), faithful, patient, and loving (1 Jn. 4.17). In greatness, He is almighty, all knowing (1Sam 2.3), all present (Psalm 139.7-12), infinite, sovereign and self-existent (Isa. 41.4). In the words of Apostle Paul, "there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life" (1 Cor. 8:6). And we were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph. 1:13).
The process of creation:
God is the creator of heaven and earth, as stated in the book of Genesis. God made all things; without Him, nothing was made (Jn. 1.3). There was no intrinsic evil in God’s creation. He created it for His glory. God created the earth in six days.
The general view of the apologist fathers is that the human being is a dichotomy consisting of body and soul; in a strict literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation. The human was created in the image and likeness of God. We are a soul; we live in a body; and we have a spirit (1 Thes 5.23).
The fall of man:
Spiritual death is the banishment from the presence of God (Gen2.17, Eph 4.18). Physical death is the progressive deterioration of the material substance of the human being, through sickness and diseases, until he dies and returns to the dust. The immaterial nature will be exiled eventually to the place of eternal torment and damnation. The human race inherited, at birth, the curse and responsibility for Adam’s sin, and the dominion of sin from the adamic nature. This dominion is the bondage of the will, intellect and emotion.
Sin is a word, deed, desire in opposition to the eternal law or will of God. When Adam sinned, the race was in him, positionally and cellularly. Thus, when he was condemned, the human race was condemned in and with him. Sin and its shackles are hereditary, so is the responsibility and curse for it. These shackles are the bondage of the will, emotion, and intellect. Sin is universal in a threefold sense. It is spread throughout the person’s being, or members, or faculties, leaving nothing intact (Is. 59:3–11; Rom. 3:13–18; Titus 1:15). It affects human life from beginning to end (Gen. 8:21; Pss. 51:5; 58:3). No human, except Jesus only, can truly claim to be free from its effect (1 Kgs. 8:46; Ps. 14:3; Eccles. 7:20; Jer. 17:9; Prov. 20:9; Jas. 3:2; 1 John 1:8).
Grace and salvation:
Man, in the state of bondage, fall, and alienation from God can never do any spiritual good in the eyes of God; he cannot please God. Man’s righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa. 64.6), Isaiah says. God did not save us against our will, but by His will. This free will is the result of God changing the disposition of our heart (John 6.44, Phil 1.29)). God saved the believer by His grace when he/she believed. And no one can take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8, John 10.28).
The Old Testament sacrificial system is a figure of the realities of the New Testament. God’s covenant of law with national Israel was a type of His covenant of love with spiritual Israel which includes believers from all nations and races. Through the sacrificial system, the blood of the substitute is shed (Mat. 26.28); God’s wrath is transferred from the guilty to the substitute, the innocent (Rom. 6.23); and God is appeased (Lev. 17.11). That, by bloodshed, life is transferred from the innocent to the believer (Jn. 10.15). The believer is covered, cleansed and reconciled with God (Rom. 5.11). Thus, through the blood of Jesus, he is redeemed from the bondage of sin (Ti. 2.14), and, ultimately, the wrath of God (1Thess. 1.10). Christ died for the him (Isa. 5.12, Mr. 10.45). Christ died that the believer may have the fullness of life, spiritual and physical (1Cor. 15).
The Bible says, “Seek peace with all people and sanctification, without which none will see the Lord” (Heb. 12.14). This passage emphasizes the requisiteness of sanctification. It is the platform of relationship with God. Sanctification is (1) the divine act of making the believer actually holy, (2) the effectual work of God setting the believer apart for Himself by the blood of Jesus, once and for all, and forever (Heb. 10:14), and (3) the eventual removal of believers from the presence, effects, and temptation of sin. Moreover, it is personal obedience to God to daily abstain from the path of the ungodly and the counsel of the wicked (Psa. 91.1-3). Absolute perfection is not attainable in this life. But the believer presses on so that he/she may lay hold of that for which also he/she was laid hold of by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:12). Sanctification is a process which requires the periodic disciplining and training by God (Heb. 12.6-11), as needed.
The content of the church:
The church is God’s body of believers, called to leave the world and cleave to Him (Eph 4.12, 1 Cor 12.13). Thus, there is one church, the new covenant of brothers and sisters. It transcends the denominations, races, cultures, and nations. It comprises the elect of all ages (Gal 3.28, Rev 7.9). Yet, it is built on the foundation of the cross of Christ and the ministry of His apostles (Eph 2.20). The cross is the crucial moment of the church’s existence. The church was made official and inaugurated on the day of Pentecost.
Gifts have been given to the church by the Holy Spirit in order for the church to be equipped and be used to encourage and build up one another. These gifts are for today and are active within a healthy church. Every Christian has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ and was given spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12.13). Every gift is the evidence of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12.7). Born-again believers will manifest various gifts of the Spirit according to the Spirit’s choosing. (Matt. 3:11; 1 Cor 12, Rom 12.6-8, Eph 4.11-12, 1 Pet 4.11).
Man lives by God’s will, through his love, mercy and justice, and for His glory and pleasure. Marriage is the monogamous union between a male and woman (1 Cor 7.2). Anything else falls short of God’s purpose in creating man. Marriage is a covenant that was instituted by God and governed by his law. God hates divorce. Unlawful divorces violate the covenant (Mal 2.14), frustrate the divine purpose (v15) and anger God (v16). Jesus commands that no one separates what God has joined together (Mat 19.6).
The Bible tells us God is involved in our creation from the womb (Job 31:15; Psa. 22:9-10; Psa. 139:13-16; Isa. 44:2, 24). All of the aforementioned verses imply that God considers us human from the womb; for all practical purposes, from a biblical perspective, abortion, at any point, is murder, by Bible-believing Christians.
We believe that, at the consummation of this age, at the sound of the trumpet, the born-again Christian will receive immortality and incorruptibility and be taken to the perfect and eternal life with Christ. The wicked we be taken to the white throne judgment to receive the official sentence of condemnation. There, he will be judged because of the adamic sin and his personal sins. In this sense, the believer is already judged in Christ (Jn. 3.18), for there is no condemnation (Rom. 8.1, 31-34). The resurrection of the believer is for the judgment seat of Christ, a judgment of deeds, which is followed by the transition to the eternal states (2 Cor. 5:10). After death, the soul of the unbeliever will be transmitted automatically to a temporary place of torment awaiting judgment, while the soul of the saint is transported to the presence of Christ (Phil. 1.23).
The Kingdom of God:
We believe that the Kingdom of God came in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to expand by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ when he returns to the earth to judge the living and the dead. Jesus Christ is king and presently ruling in power and glory (Mat 28.18, Rom 1.3). We believe that after Christ returns, he will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells and in which he will be worshipped forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-28,50-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21).