Key Doctrinal Statements

  1. God is the Holy, Righteous and Perfect Judge. He is fair and just by standards so much higher than our own. (Romans 2:5, 1 Peter 1:15-16)
  2. Sin is much worse than we perceive, and God’s holiness is much more pure than we realize. (John 8:34)
  3. All sin must go punished. Some will receive that punishment in eternal death in Hell or the Lake of Fire, while others who put their trust in Jesus transfer the punishment to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and enter eternal life with God. (Romans 2:5, Romans 1:18)
  4. There is a Hell. Hell is not the wrath of Satan, it’s the wrath of God towards sinners.  Satan’s eventual destiny is the Lake of Fire… he’s not subjected to his own wrath, but rather a Holy God’s. (Revelation 14:10-11)
  5. Salvation is necessary and required for eternal life… you are being saved from the eternal effects of your own sin. (Acts 4:12, John 5:24)
  6. Salvation is only achieved by faith or trust in God. It is not achieved by your own goodness or actions which according to the Bible are as worthless as filthy rags. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  7. You’re not good enough. That’s the point.  Christ was good for you. (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)
  8. All humans are woefully depraved. There is none that are righteous, not even one.  We are not good.  We are evil according to God’s standard. (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23)
  9. Our system of justice and fairness is skewed by our fallen nature. What we call right is not right… and thus positions ourselves on the seat of God. (Romans 12:19, 2 Chronicles 19:7)
  10. Attempting to achieve salvation by penance, ordinances, or any other action is offensive to a Savior that said, “It is finished.” It’s as if to say… no it wasn’t finished, and I must do something in addition to your sacrifice. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  11. The Bible is the authoritative Truth of God… His very Word. It is not a best practices recommendation, or a recommendation at all.  Believers MUST hold it as the ultimate barometer of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:16-17, Revelation 22:18, Psalm 19:7)
  12. Follow your heart is the WORST thing you could do. Our hearts are deceptively wicked.  Follow and trust only in Jesus. (Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 28:26, Ecclesiastes 9:3, Matthew 15:19)
  13. The law is GOOD. The law is God’s standard for holiness.  We broke the law.  We’ve broken all Ten Commandments.  This is why we needed Jesus… to fulfill the standard of God on our behalf.  All of it. (Romans 7:12, Romans 3:31, Romans 7:7, Romans 2:12, Psalm 19:7)
  14. The way a Christian lives is important, but it’s not to be done in our own strength. We are to submit to God, resist the devil… and allow the transformative work of the Holy Spirit to renew our minds in Christ Jesus.  This is done by reading the Word of God and prayer. (1 Peter 5:8-9, James 4:7-8, Romans 12:1)
  15. God is not an experience. Chasing after a “feeling” generated by what we think or call the Holy Spirit, while refusing to walk in God’s ways is blasphemous.  This is nothing more than seeking to get high off an intangible experience, rather than humbly prostrate yourself before a Holy and Righteous God. (John 4:24)
  16. Love is not acceptance if that acceptance involves a mutual agreement to ignore sin. Love is mutually exclusive with Truth.  Any “love” that covers up Truth is but a lie, and the worst kind of hate.  How bad do you have to hate someone to let them live silently in a lie that will kill them? (Galatians 6:1, 1 John 3:18, Ephesians 4:14-16)
  17. One day you WILL meet God face to face. This moment will either be the worst moment of your existence or the best.  You’ll either get on your knees because you want to, or because you have too.  If you aren’t taking God seriously, I would reconsider now. (Philippians 2:10-11, Acts 17:3, Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 12:36, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Ecclesiastes 12:14)
  18. God is FOR those that love Him. But that being “for” doesn’t always mean things will turn out the way you want on this Earth.  Sometimes that good is in great suffering for the Kingdom.  God had good plans for the apostles and all, but one was brutally executed, and all were persecuted.
  19. God does not exist for your pocketbook, nor to guarantee physical healing. God does choose to bless some financially and heal some physically.  Both of these are not guaranteed in this life. (Acts 10:34-35)
  20. Jesus is the ONLY way by which a man might be saved. He substituted Himself on the cross in our place willingly because of His immense Grace and love for us.  His death on the cross the final act of redemption, and His resurrection a miracle of life. (John 14:6)