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I once had a very lengthy description on this page detailing our family’s belief.  The truth is, Jesus himself – our Lord, God Creator in human form, made it very clear and very simple.  And so these are my words proclaiming my beliefs and disbeliefs.  Any scripture quoted will always be in King James version (KJV), this is because I believe this version to be the purest.  I don’t understand why someone would willingly read a version that has been polluted with man’s words and interpretations, or read a version that completely deletes words our own Saviour proclaimed, while adding in words that have no relation to the original Hebrew/Greek definition text.  Furthermore, Jesus was a man (in flesh).  The only perfect, sinless man to walk this earth.  A recent version of the NIV indicates Jesus as being androgynous.  I do not trust and will not ever promote modern Bible versions.  Our world is becoming darker and though it saddens me to a degree, it also encourages me to dig deeper into scripture knowing with excitement the anticipated hope of Jesus’ 2nd coming is near!

So, unofficially, I believe:

All humans are sinful; from birth we are filled with a sin nature.  Our only hope of salvation and spending eternity in heaven with our Creator God is to believe upon Jesus Christ as our sacrificed Saviour.  We are to confess our sins, believe that Jesus died for us, know that he was resurrected and ascended to heaven, and live with hope and anticipation of His return.  No one can get into heaven because they were good people, because of good acts (John14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”).  I also believe a prayer of confession and faith can be said at anytime, anywhere – there is NO NEED for another to speak to God for you, to intercede on your behalf.  Jesus’ crucifixion took care of that and now you have direct access to the one and only Holy Throne – God.  I believe after accepting Jesus, a true Bible-believing and preaching-straight-from- scripture-only church needs to be found (if not already) and that mature Christians (does not necessarily mean older) should step up and mentor the newly accepted brother-in-Christ.  The new believer should be encouraged and supported to be in his Bible daily learning about our Father and Saviour, establishing the most important relationship of his life, and thus allowing the Holy Spirit to change him from the inside out.  That’s it.  The above is what I believe.

What I do not believe:

Worshipping and singing in church more than being in the word.   Though there is nothing wrong with either worshipping/singing, unfortunately some only hear our God’s word on that Sunday (even then it is the Pastor’s words, they don’t even attend with a Bible), so deliver His word and be not ashamed about it.  And let the Word be true Scripture, not the watered down, wimpy, half-hearted ‘if you’re happy, God’s happy’ lies.  Don’t cherry-pick through His word, instead read it all (expository preaching – look it up)!

I also do not believe that any Christian here on earth is somehow more blessed to judge another while ignoring the plank in their own eye.  A sin is a sin is a sin.  Period.  Besides, this action does not promote unity, yet division, anger, and hurt feelings.  Please do not be the ‘Christian’ that feels better about themselves only when judging, gossiping, and/or putting another Christian and/or sinner down.  If you haven’t walked in their shoes – hush.  If you have a problem with someone, go to the Lord first in prayer and then if need be approach this terrible person in love (italics here are meant to promote tongue-in-cheek … weren’t we all terrible at some time).  Even in our faith-walk, don’t we all sometimes stumble now and then?  I know I do.  Though we don’t want to do this, and though it will happen, let’s not forget grace – I’m not saying accept a sinful action, but lovingly make an approach with grace in your heart.  All Christians will be made perfect in heaven, until then be patient with one another, watching your own attitude & actions lest you sin yourself.

I also do not believe that to be in your Sunday best means $1,000 suits and dresses/skirts.  Shouldn’t your Sunday best mean preparing your heart to hear His word and allow it to change you?  More importantly, don’t you think a prepared heart is the best way to worship our Holy God?  Yes, a church is full of sinners saved by and needing His grace daily, I do get that; however I know too many Christians dressed up, fitting the worldly image of Sunday best when their hearts are not pure.  I also know wonderful folks who stay away from church as they do not have the ‘right’ clothes and are embarrassed to attend.  Please, do you NOT believe this to be sad and wrong?  Will you stand before Jesus on Judgment Day explaining why this was so important?  Please do not confuse my thoughts on Sunday best with modesty.  I do know what God says in the Bible regarding dress and if you’d like to go down that road with me, let’s discuss scripture, all of it.  Let’s also be prepared to discuss women showing up in church in dresses that are similar to what a prostitute would wear.  Just sayin’ … I am a grateful wife thankful toward a lady, with a Godly heart, in modest pants and blouse, blue jeans, even capris, any day over the latter!

I don’t believe in taking communion if you have a difference with another, nor bowing down at an altar if you need to tell someone you are sorry.  Matthew 5:23,24 – “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” – this verse defines Sunday best to me.  Simply follow it.

All people who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour will get to worship Him in heaven, together.  Why don’t we get into the habit now of obeying Jesus’ second greatest commandment and simply forgive/love one another in the present (Matthew 22:36-40  – “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”)?

Now, officially –

1. I believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.   The King James Bible is the Sole Authority for Faith and Practice (II Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”)

2. I believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. I believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

4. I believe that man was created in the image of God; that man sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from a Holy God; that, as a result of this sin first committed by Adam, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, are accountable as sinners in thought, word and deed.

5. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representation and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

6. I believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present living life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.

7. I believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

8. I believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and only thereby become children of God.  I further believe that the Christian life is exemplary of the teachings found in the New Testament as the Holy Spirit reproduces the life of Jesus Christ in and through each obedient believer.

9. I believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust,  judgment of both (Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”), the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment by the lake of fire of the lost (Rev 20:12-15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire).

 

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