Grace Bible Church of Titusville

Declaration of Faith

A. The Scriptures And Dispensations

         

                    WE BELIEVE in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the 66 books of Scripture. That is, the Holy Spirit supernaturally enabled the human authors of the Scriptures to accurately pen in the original manuscripts the things that God wanted said (2 Pet.1:19-21). This enablement was consistent with the style, vocabulary and personality of each writer. Thusly, the words were inspired, that is to say, God breathed, not the writer. The writer was subject to sin as any other man  (2 Tim. 3:16). The Old and New Testaments comprise the Word of God. God did not reveal all He could in the Bible (John 21:25; Rom. 1:18)
 

                    Translations of Scripture reflect what God wanted known to the degree they accurately represent the original manuscript. Revelation is that supernatural presentation of truth that would not otherwise be known. (Deut. 29:29; 2 Co. 12:1-7) Scripture teaches there is no further revelation being given today. God has said all that He will to the Church in the canon of Scripture. Believers today are illumined to the written Word. Illumination is that means whereby the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of believers to areas of Scripture (Eph.1:18; Heb. 10:32; 1 Co. 2:12-13).

 

                    WE BELIEVE that Scripture teaches that all of the Bible is to be believed, but not all of the Bible is to be practiced by the Grace Believer (1 Co. 10:6-11; Rom. 15:4)

 

                    WE BELIEVE Scripture illustrates that a proper understanding of Scripture comes as a result of a literal interpretation (2 Pet. 3:15-16;   Matt. 4:4,7,10; John 1:45; :16-17)

 
A literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of Scripture results in a Dispensational application of Scripture. There are three Dispensations named in Scripture. They are as follows:

            1. The Dispensation of the Grace from God (Eph. 3:2; Col.1:25-27; 1 Co. 9:17).

            2. The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times (Eph. 1:10).

            3. The Dispensation of Law (Gal. 4:2,4).

It can be concluded from Scripture that there are four other dispensations: Innocence, Conscience; Human, Government and Promise (Gen. 2:7; 4:3; 9:1; 12:1-3).

 

A Dispensation is a phase in God’s program for mankind in which He, by use of a steward or stewards, regulates the lives of mankind by imposing specific rules for their daily lives. (Lk. 12:42; Col. 1:25)

 

An Age is a period in God’s program where He is  revealing something to created beings about Himself by comparison or contrast. Ages are exterior of time. Dispensations are in time only. (Eph. 2:7).

 

B. God

 

        WE BELIEVE that Scripture teaches that there are three aspects that explain what God is: Essence, Attributes and Nature. Scripture also teaches that there are three Persons that share this God quality: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Essence

                    God’s essence is that spirit substance that is God. There are seven qualities about God’s essence to consider. God’sessence is self-existent. That is, God’s substance is self-sustaining. God does not need anyone or anything to sustain Him. God has life in Himself. This self-existence has no beginning nor does it have any end. (Ex. 3:14; John 18:6-8; Matt. 22:32).

           

        The unity of God describes the aspect of the essence whereby it will always exist as spirit and can never be changed to any other substance, nor do the three members of the Godhead divide the essence for use. This essence can only exist as one spirit substance. (Deut. 6:4; Ja. 2:19).

                    The simplicity of God‘s essence refers to God‘s spirit substance being incorruptible, invisible, and never becoming part of another substance. (1 Tim. 6:16; John 4:24).


The immensity of God’s essence describes the extent of His spirit substance. This substances is so vast that it is immeasurable. God’sessence is immeasurable because it stretches beyond any spatial limitations. It cannot be contained in any area. It stretches beyond the Third Heaven (Ps. 148:13;  8:1; 1 Kings 8:27).

                    Omnipresence  is the relationship of the immensity of God’s essence to the creation of the material universe. Before any creation, there was nothing for the three Persons to be present to except Themselves. With the creation of the material universe within the confines of Their essence, it can be said that, there is no place in time and space, where one can escape from God’s presence. Though God’s essences encompasses all things in time and space, His essence remains distinct from the things residing within His essence (Ps. 139:7-9; Matt.   5:34-35).


Residency
 is the unlimited personal emphasis expressed by any of the three Persons of the Godhead, of their Person, within the essence. This personal emphasis does not  change the relationship of any member of the God head to the essence. This residency is only in relationship to the universe. The Holy Spirit is resident on earth in this Dispensation of  Grace (Acts 2:2-4), while both the Father and Son are resident in the Third Heaven (Acts 7:55-56). The Holy Spirit will depart from the earth after this dispensation leaving no person of the Godhead resident during the Tribulation period (2 Thess. 2:6)

                    Indwelling is that aspect of God‘s essence where members of  the Godhead do inhabit Grace Believers. The indwelling is a limited personal emphasis by the Godhead of the divine essence within the believer without God‘s Person or spirit substance losing it distinction from that of the believer. This indwelling of believers is limited to those whom God determines to indwell. Hence, only Grace Believers benefit from such indwelling. Indwelling differs from residency in extent and amount of personal emphasis. Residency is a more intensified manifestation of the Person of the Godhead in one place in the essence  (Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:9; 2 Co. 6:16-17; John 7:37-39;  John 16:17; Is. 40:13: 46:9-10; Mk. 5:30 -32).

Attributes

                    Goodness is that ability of God whereby He maintains His own happiness and that of others. God is seen in Scripture as a happy God who desires His children share in this happiness (1 Tim. 6:15). One of the two ways God has provided for the happiness of the Grace Believer is through the provision of a good news concerning His glory and through the believer’s suffering for righteousness (1Tim. 1:11; 1 Pet. 4:13-14). God manifest Himself to the Gentiles in His provision of the things pertaining to physical life (Acts14:16-17). Under law, God manifest His goodness to the Jews who lived in accordance with the Law by giving them health, wealth and happiness (Deut. 28:1-14).

God is omnipotent in that He has unlimited, inexhaustible power. According to Scripture, God’s use of this power is consistent with His nature. This divine power is only limited in the sphere of that which is inconsistent with God’s nature. God will never do anything inconsistent with His nature. Consequently, the three Persons will never determine to sin, lie or say no to Themselves or fail because this would be inconsistent with the character of God (Rev. 1:8; 19:6, 15; Heb. 6:18; Zep.3:5).

God is truth. He is genuine. Because He is truth, God  accurately sees Himself as He is and others as they really are. Therefore, there is nothing about God that is inconsistent with what He says that He is. Because God is truth, He is faithful. God will not disappoint by failing to live up to His opinion of Himself. (Ps. 143:1; 1 John 1:1, 14)

God’s love is that ability of God which prevents disunity among the members of the Godhead. This love is defined as a delight in the well-being of the object loved to the point of self-sacrifice. Each of the members of the Godhead express this delight to one another. Because the Son loved the Father, He became incarnate in order to die on behalf of sinful men. The Son also loved the Holy Spirit. The Father loved the Son and the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit loved the Father and the Son. it was from this love that sinners were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. (John 15:9; 14:31; 3:16; Eph. 1:4; 1 Cor. 13:4-5). God’s holiness has to do with His separation of the Persons unto Themselves. Before the creation of the material universe, God was Holy. Thus, holiness is not related to sin, but to the Members of the Godhead being set apart unto Themselves. Consequently, each Member of the Godhead remains distinct in His relationship to the other Persons. (Lev. 11:44; 1 Pet. 1:16; 1 John 2:20) God’s righteousness is that attribute in which He always acts right. God is righteous in all of  His ways. He can be  counted on always to do that which is right (Ps. 111:23). God’s judgment and forgiveness are based upon His righteousness (Ps. 9:8; 1 John 1:9). God’s righteous demands were satisfied by the price Christ paid on the cross (2 Co. 5:21; Rom. 3:21-22). This righteous demand, having been satisfied, the one believing the gospel for salvation can now enjoy peace with God. (Rom. 5:1).

Nature
 
 


God’s nature is the sum total of His essence and His attributes. God’s nature is free, meaning that there is nothing compelling or constraining God’s use of His nature inconsistently with that determined by the three Members of the Godhead. God’s sovereignty is a characteristic of freedom and denotes that has he right to use the divine nature for His purpose or decrees without having to answer to his subjects. (Rom. 9:18-23; Job 38)

                    God’s nature is also eternal, meaning that the nature transcends and is not subject to time. God has always existed and always will exist. (Ps. 90:2; John 8:58; Ex. 3:14).


God’s nature is immutable. It cannot be changed by adding to it. The three Members of the Godhead cannot change (Rom. 1:23; 1 Tim. 1:17; Is. 45:5-8)

                    The nature of God is infinite. God is infinite because He has no bounds or limitations. The three members of the Godhead lack nothing and are complete. This infinity is related   to the material universe. Man is finite. Man has bounds and limitations. God, in contrast to man, is infinite (Micah  5:2)


Mobility
 is that characteristic of God where the Persons of the Godhead are free to change their attitude, activities or choose to use a particular attribute. As a result of this mobility, the Son became incarnate in human flesh, choosing to lay aside His outward manifestations of glory (Gen. 18:1; Phil. 2:5-10 1 Tim. 6:15-16)

 

C. Trinity

 
WE BELIEVE that Scripture teaches that there are three Persons who share equally the attributes, essence and nature of God (Matt. 28:19; 2 Co. 13:14). Evidence of the existence of the Trinity is consistent with progressive revelation. The nation of Israel was taught to believe in one Person as God (Deut. 6:4). Yet, there was also revelation in the Old Testament which hinted a plurality of Persons shared the Godhead (Gen.1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Is. 6:8).

                    Evidence of the existence of a plurality was seen by Old Testament references to the Angel of Jehovah (Jud. 13: 1-22; Zech. 3:1-2) and the Spirit of the quality of God (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13)


In the New Testament, three Persons are seen possessing and using the nature of God: the Father (John 4:23; 14:31; Matt. 6:14; 6:6; Ja. 3:9); the Son (John 20:24-28; Rev. 5:11-12; John 1:14, 20-31: 15:12; Eph. 4:6); and the Holy Spirit. (1 Co. 2:10-11; Rom. 8: 16, 26-27)

D. The Father

                    WE BELIEVE that Scriptures teaches that the Father is the ultimate source of all things (1 Co. 8:6). The Son duringHis earthly ministry, ministered according to the desirous will of the Father (John 3:17;5:36;8:42; 11:42). Grace believers are saved out of this present evil age according to His desirous will (Gal. 1:4). The Father is seen in Scripture as being equal to other Members of the Godhead and greater than the Son in their Economical relationship (John 14:28). The Economical relationship is seen in that the Father sends the Son and the Holy Spirit but He is not sent (John 15:26). The Father answers communication (John 16:23). The Father forgives the sins of believers (1 John 1:9).

 

E. The Son

                    WE BELIEVE that the Son of God, the Second Person of the Godhead, existed eternally as the Son before His incarnation (Ps. 2:7). The incarnation was the result of the Son assuming an impersonal human nature by individualizing the human spirit, soul and body (Heb. 10:5; Matt. 1:20; Lk. 2:48-52).

                    WE BELIEVE that the Son of God, the Second Person of the Godhead, existed eternally as the Son before His incarnation (Ps. 2:7). The incarnation was the result of the Son assuming an impersonal human nature by individualizing the human spirit, soul and body (Heb. 10:5; Matt. 1:20; Lk. 2:48-52).
                    
Thusly, the Son became the Theantropic Person at the incarnation, having the ability to experience both the human and Divine realm of consciousness (Mk. 5:30-32; 4:38-39). The Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit, were participants in the incarnation (John 1:14; Heb. 10:5; Matt. 1:20). The Son’s conception was supernatural. His birth was of a virgin (Matt. 1:20; Lk. 1:35)

The Son died physically as a substitute for the sins of men by dismissing His own human soul and spirit from His body (Matt. 27:50). He was resurrected on the third day (Matt. 28:1-6; Acts 2:24). He ascended into Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool (Acts 1:9-11; 7:55-56; Heb. 10:12-13). 

The Son separated spiritually for the sin nature of men by determining to move in the realm of His human consciousness, and in that realm not be aware of any fellowship or relationship with the other members of the Godhead (Ps. 22:1-6; Matt. 27:45-46).

The Son will return to rapture His church before the Tribulation Period (1 Thess. 4:16-17). The Son will return after  the Tribulation Period to put into effect the promised Millennial Kingdom (Matt.24:29-31; 25:31-34). It is the Son who will judge the unbelieving world of mankind following the MillennialKingdom (John 5:22; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4, 11-15).  After the Kingdom, the Son will then hand the Kingdom over to the Father and the Godhead will return to their pre-creation relationship (1 Co.15:24-28). 

God the Son intercedes on behalf of Grace Believers today to keep the believer saved (Rom. 8:34; Heb.7:25).


F. 
The Holy Spirit

 
WE BELIEVE, the Holy Spirit, as a member of the Godhead, can exercise any and all attributes of the nature of God (Job 26:13; 33:4). He can both determine and desire (Heb. 2:4; 1 Co. 12:11), and has at least three manifestations of personality attributed to Him in Scripture. Therefore, He is a Divine Person (Eph. 4:30; Rom.. 8:26; Gen. 1:2).

                    WE BELIEVE, the Holy Spirit, as a member of the Godhead, can exercise any and all attributes of the nature of God (Job 26:13; 33:4). He can both determine and desire (Heb. 2:4; 1)

 
There is specific New Testament Scripture authenticating the deity of the Holy Spirit ( Acts 5:3-4). From the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit began a baptizing ministry that immerses Grace Believers into the body of Christ (1 Co. 12:13; Acts 1:4; 11:15-17).  As a result of this baptism, the Grace Believer has positions and possessions (Eph. 1:6; 2:10, 13; Rom. 6:1-5, 8:1; Gal. 6:1-5). These include the Grace Believer, in Christ, being redeemed and sanctified. (1 Co. 1:30; Eph. 1:7), part of the New Creation (2 Co. 5:17; Eph. 2:15), given a spiritual gift (1 Co . 12:4-8), placed as a priest (1 Pet. 2:5), placed as Sons position ally (Eph. 1:5), forgiven by God (Eph 1:7), accepted in the beloved (Eph. 1:6), made near to God (Eph. 2:13), seated in the heavenlies (Eph. 2:6), counted to have died with Christ in His death, buried with Him and resurrected with Him as a substitute (Rom. 6:1-8) and seen as having no condemnation (Rom. 8:1).


Because of His regenerating ministry, Grace Believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Col. 6:19-20), the Father (Eph. 4:6), and the Son (Col. 1:27). Other ministries of the Holy Spirit include: His teaching ministry in which He teaches the believer (1 John 2:27); His sealing ministry in which He seals the believer in Christ until the day of complete redemption (Eph. 4:30; 1:13); His filling ministry in which He fills the believer (Eph. 5:18); His intercession ministry in which He intercedes for the believer in the believer’s communication with the Father (Rom. 8:26-27); His indwelling ministry in which He joins Himself to the believer as an indwelling Person (John 14:17) and His restraining ministry in which He is currently restraining the Man of  Lawlessness until God’s appoint time (2 Thess. 2:6-8).

           

                    The Holy Spirit removes a blind from the eyes of unbelievers so that they can believe the gospel for initial salvation (2 Co.4:4). No one is saved apart from the Holy Spirit’s removal of the satanic bind. (Tit. 3:5; John 16:7-10)

 

G. Salvation

                    WE BELIEVE that the Bible teaches that man is saved on the basis of faith alone, apart from works (Eph. 2:8-9). This faith is a gift from God so that no man can boast (Phil.1:29; 1 Co. 3:5). This salvation was made necessary as a result of  the condemnation that came to the whole human race because of personal participation in Adam’s trespass (Rom. 5:17-19). Christ’s death on behalf of sins, His burial and His resurrection are necessary for one to be justified before God because of this condemnation. It is these facts that comprise the gospel for salvation. The belief in these facts alone are essential for one to be saved (Rom. 1:16; 1 Co. 15:1-4; Rom. 3:24-25). This salvation is by Grace apart from works (Eph. 2:8; Tit.2:11).  As a result of believing the gospel, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (1 Co.12:13).  At that time, the believer is reconciled to God, being forgiven all trespasses (2 Co. 5:19; Col. 2:13).


Christ’s cross work was on behalf of all mankind.  By His cross work, He redeemed all men (1 Tim.4:10; Rev. 5:9; 1 John 2:2). But, the application of His work is to the elect (Rom. 5:15-19; Eph. 1:4). 
The elect are those chosen by God, before the foundation of the worldto receive salvation (Eph1:4; Acts13:48Rom. 8:30). 

                    Election is not on the basis of anything that the elect have done, nor is
 this election based upon God’s foreknowledge (Rom.9:11-12).  The elect are treated as unbelievers and act as unbelievers until the time ordained that they would believe (Rom. 3:23; Acts 13: 48). 

 
Salvation has always been by God, by grace, through faith. The object 
of this faith, however, varies in each Dispensation. 


    
In the Dispensation of Grace, men are saved by Faith in the 
physical death, burial and resurrection of Christ on behalf of sins (1 Co. 15:1-4). As a result of salvation, the believer is regenerated in the realm of his human spirit (John 3:6); the believer possesses eternal life (1 John 5:11-12); the believer can participate in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Co. 2:16)the believer has a renewed mind(Rom. 12:2Eph4:23); and the believer has a Divine Teacher  (1 John 2:20
, 27).

                    According to Scripture, there are three aspects to man’s salvation 
in the Dispensation of Grace: Past (Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5), Present (Rom5:10Heb7:25),and Future (Phil3:21; 1 Pet. 1:9;Rom. 13:11). Past tense salvation is that point when a believer believed the gospel  for salvation and was saved in the realm of his spirit.
 
                    The believer’s present tense salvation involves the fact that the 
believer is being saved, by the life of Christ and from the power of the sin nature, as He directs the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the life of the believer (John 16:12-14); He directs the proper feeding ofthe believer (Eph4:11-14Col.2:19); He disciplines the believerwhen necessary (Heb12:5-111Co. 11:31-32); and He sufferswith members of His Body which are upon the earth (Acts 26:14; Phil. 3:10). Consequently, the believer can never lose his salvation because Christ keeps the believer saved by His intercession (Heb.7:25; Rom. 8:34), His advocacy (1 John 2:1-2), by hiding our life with His in God (Col. 3:3), and by the believer being seated with Him at the Father’s right hand (Col. 3:1-3; Eph. 2:6). The believer’s future tense salvation occurs at the Rapture and includes the salvation of his body and soul (Phil. 3:21; 1 Pet. 1:9).


H. Spirit Beings


                    WE BELIEVE that Scripture teaches that all spirit beings were created by God.  These spirit beings are separated into three categories:

                    
CherubimSeraphimand AngelsAngels are organizedinto five categoriesThe Archangel,ThronesDominionsPrincipalities andPowersThese spirit beings serve a variety of purposesAngels are the group of spirit beings that serve as God’s messengers, ministering to the elect among the human race (Heb.1:14).  There are some elect angels (1 Tim. 5:21). These angels were chosen before the world began not to follow Lucifer in his rebellion (Rev. 12: 4, 8).Lucifer was created as the highest spirit being that God made.  (Ez. 28:16)

He was the anointed cherub who served over the government of God upon the earth (Ez. 28:14). Lucifer was created a perfect being (Ez. 28:15).  Lucifer became the originator of his own sin when he acted upon the temptation that originated in him because of his beauty (Is14:12-14).  

                    Lucifer’s temptation was to be like God.  Lucifer sinned and became Satan when he tried to exalt his throne over God’s throne (Is. 14:13-14).  As a result of his sin, the earth was thrown into a chaotic state (Gen. 1:2; Is. 45:18).  Satan also took with him in his rebellion one third of the angels known as principalities and powers (Rev. 12:4).  These spirit beings work with him to accomplish his plans and purposes today (Eph6:12Col.1:16).

                    Satan tempted Adam through Eve to act independent from God, thereby bringing sin into the world (Rom5:12). Satan was judged on the basis of the death of Christ on the Cross (John 12:31).  His sentence has yet to be executed (Is. 14:15-17). Satan presently is allowed access to God on the basis of thereconciling work of Christ on the cross (Rev12:7-9). He uses this access to accuse believers before God (Rev. 12:10).

                    Satan is also the rulerof the world system and the god ofthis age and the Prince and Power of the air (2 Co. 4:4; John 12:31Eph.2:2). The execution of his judgment is a future event.  He will be confined to Hades for the duration of theMillennial Kingdom (Rev20:1-3).

I. The Church

WE
 BELIEVE  that Scripture teaches that a local church is a 
group of regenerated, baptized believers, organized and meeting together for the equipping of the saints for their ministry (Eph. 4:11-12); for provoking one another to love, good works and for exhortation (Heb. 10:24-25); for the exercising of spiritual gifts (1 Pet. 4:10) and for the observance of two ordinances: the Lordian Table (1 Co.10:15-17) and Baptism by Immersion(Acts 10:46-48).

The Body of Christ began on the Day of Pentecost with the 
baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5; 11:15-17; 1 Co. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23). The local church is a limited manifestation of the Body of  Christ (Eph. 1:1; Phil 1:1; Rev. 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1).  The local church is an independent, autonomous and congregational government  which has the authority to: discipline and exclude members (1Co. 5:1-13); judge grievances between members (1 Co. 6:1-5); appoint time and place of the Lordian Table (1 Co. 11:17-18; 26); to appoint time and place of meeting (1 Co.11:17-18); to appoint their own deacons (1 Tim. 3:10); to appoint their own missionaries (Acts 13:1-4); to appoint their own messenger (1 Co. 16:3; 2Co. 8:19); to consider charges properly brought against their own pastor (1 Tim. 5:19-21); and to appoint their own pastor (Acts 14:23).

Scripture teaches that the pastor, or bishop, is one of two 
officers of the local church (1 Tim. 3:1). The office of pastor can be occupied by one or more elders (Acts 20:17-18; Phil. 1:1). The pastor’s realm  of authority includes: the preaching of the Word of God as the Holy Spirit leads (2 Tim. 4:2; 1 Tim. 5:17); to set spiritual objectives for the flock (Heb. 13:7, 17); to oversee that Scripture is followed in the church’s activity (Heb. 13:17; 1 Tim. 3:2; 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 2:14-26); to warn of false doctrine and spiritual dangers (Acts 20:28-31; 1 Tim. 4:1-6); to lead by example (1 Pet. 5:3; 1 Tim. 4:12); and to seek a pastorate (1 Tim. 3:1). 

The pastor has no authority to be dictatorial over the flock (1 Pet. 5:3). The pastor should meet and maintain the Biblical qualifications to pastor (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:7-9). The other officer of the church is the deacon, who also should meet the Biblical qualifications of a deacon before he can be appointed deacon (1 Tim. 3:8-13). The church does not exist for the unsaved (1 
Co. 14:23; 1 Thes.. 4:12; 1 Tim. 3:7; Col. 4:5), but reaches the unsaved by providing a witness through the individual lives of believers (1 Pet.3:15; Phil. 2:14-15)  and through a capable evangelist who evangelizes the lost (Eph. 4:11; Acts 8:26-40; 21:8
)

                    The evangelist is one of the 11 permanent gifts listed in the New Testament. The other 10 include:  faith - the ability to do the impossible through believing God, teacher - has an ability to teach the proper use of Old Testament Scriptures, helps- that gift one uses to encourage believers, administration - the ability to coordinate, seeing that all parts fit together, organization - the ability to organize functions in the church,  mercy - an ability to show pity to those suffering because of Adam’s sin;  ministry - an ability to do the menial task that allows the pastor-teacher gift to teach, and the pastor-teacher is that ability one has where he shepherds the flock by feeding and by his example (1 Co. 12:8-9, 28; Eph. 4:11). 

Some temporary gifts, including tongues, knowledge and prophecy, ceased with the canonization of Scripture (1 
Co. 13:8-12).

 J. The Christian Life

WE BELIEVE
 that Scripture teaches that the believer has three enemies that can prevent him from reaching maturity.  These three enemies are: the Flesh, the Devil, and the World System.  Each of these enemies are equipped with strong desires that can lead the believer into temptation.  All of the lusts are mental and can be explained by the believer (James 1:13-16).  

Scripture teaches that the World System and Satan are two enemies that attack from without the believer, while the Flesh, or sin nature, attacks the believer from within (James 4:1; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 John 2:15-17). It is possible for a believer to overcome these enemies by the doctrine called “the faith ” (2 Tim. 3:8; 1 Tim. 6:10; 3:9).

“The faith”
 is a body of doctrinein Scripture that teaches the believer how to have victory over all his enemies (1 Tim. 3:9; 4:1; 6:10).

The doctrine of “the faith”includes “the truth” which instructs the believers how to overcome the sin nature (John 8:32; 1 Tim. 6:5;  2 Tim. 3:7; 4:4)

 “The faith,” as a body of doctrineis unique to this Dispensation of Grace. It was impossible for those believers before the Day of Pentecost to reach maturity. The revelation, whereby, the grace believer could mature as a result of his position in Christ, was a mystery not made known in times past, but was revealed to the Church (Heb. 7:19; 9:9; 10:1; Col. 1:25-28).

K. Man and Sin

WE BELIEVE 
that Adam was created in the image and likeness of God.  But, because he chose to disobey a direct command from God, he trespassed, sinned and transgressed (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom.
5:12-15). No man is created today. Adam and Eve were the only humans created.  Theirs was a fiat (by act of God) creation (Gen. 1:27; 2:7).  Men are born today as a result of procreation (Gen. 5:3). Today mankind reflects the fallen image of Adam (1 Co.15:49). Mankind today, though perverted, still possesses the likeness of  God. (James 3:9)

The image of God that Adam possessed was the garment of light given to him by God.  This garment was lost when Adam sinned in the garden.  The grace believer is promised that he will possess this garment at the Rapture (Gen. 3:7; 1Co. 15:49; 1 John 3:2; 1 Tim. 2:6; Psalms 104:2).

Scripture teaches that man is a trichotomous being.  That is, he is composed of body, soul and spirit (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 1 Co. 15:44;2:11; Matt. 16: 25; Rev. 18:14; Rom.7:14).  The sin  nature is a bent of will that affects man’s body, soul and spirit.  Consequently, man’s nature became depraved, which is called total depravity.  This depravity is passed on throughout the human race by procreation (Rom. 5:12-15; 1:24-31).

Men sin because of this depravity(Rom. 7:18-24).  Sin is lawlessness; that is, acting as if God has no rules for your life (1 John 3:4).  In this state, it is impossible for fallen man to please God (Rom. 3:11-18).  God counted all men to have sinned in Adam in order that He might save some (Rom. 5:12; 3:23).  As a result, all unsaved men are under the penalty of death (Rom. 6:23).  Because of this condition, all men not believing the gospel for salvation are condemned to eternal punishment (Rev. 20:11-15).

 

L. Last Things

 WE BELIEVE that Scripture distinguishes between the destinies of the Church, the Gentiles and
Israel. The Dispensation of Grace, according to Scripture, will end in failure (2 Tim. 3:1-3), culminating in the Rapture of all who are in Christ before the seventieth week of Daniel or the Tribulation Period (1 Thess.4:13-18). The Tribulation Period is a judgment on the Nation of Israel(Dan. 9:24-27).

The Church will not go through the Tribulation Period
 (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rom. 5:9).  Immediately following the Rapture, the Church will take part in the Bema Seat Judgment where every grace believer will have their works judged as to whether they were consistent with those works foreordained by  God (1 Thes.. 4:17; 2 Co. 5:8-10). These works are those planned for the grace believer before the foundation of the world in order that the believer might walk in them (Eph. 2:10). All works not consistent with God’s plan and purpose will be consumed by fire (1Co. 3:13, 15). 

The grace believer will receive rewards for those works not
consumed (1 Co. 3:14), and each believer will have praise from God at the Bema  Seat (1 Co. 4:6). Those believers who die before the Rapture will return with Christ at the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Upon death, these believers are given an intermediated body (2 Co. 5:1).At the Rapture, the earthly bodies of the saints will be resurrected and changed into their glorified bodies (1Co. 15:35-45). Until the Rapture, these believers are in the presence of the Lord, functioning in His heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18).

T
he grace believer has been promised that he will reign with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom (Rev. 5:10; 22:5). The grace believer has also been promised that he will judge the world and the fallen angels together with Christ. (1 Co.6:1-3). Grace believers are promised a habitation in the New Jerusalem during the Millennial Kingdom (John 14:2; Rev. 21:2)

The Gentiles, who die before the Tribulation period, go to 
Hades where they await the Great White Throne judgment (Lk. 16:22-24;21:24). Those Gentiles, alive at the rapture, will enter the Tribulation period where they  will suffer the wrath of God along with Israel (2 Thess. 2:9-12). 

At the end of the Tribulation Period will be a separation of the sheep and the goats (unsaved Gentiles). The sheep alive at the completion of the Tribulation Period will enter into the Millennial Kingdom while those unsaved Gentiles, alive at the completion of the Tribulation period, will be cast into Gehenna, the Lake of Fire (Matt. 25:40-41, 44). There will be some Gentiles who will believe because of the ministry of the 144,000 Jews during the Tribulation Period.  These Gentiles will enter the
Millennial Kingdom (Rev. 12:17). 

All unsaved Gentiles will revoltand be destroyed by fire coming down from Heaven at the end of the millennium (Rev. 20:7-9) All other unsaved Jews and Gentiles will be raised and judged at the Great White Throne of Judgment and both their spirit and souls will be reunited to a resurrected body and cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-13,15). The casting of the unsaved into the 
Lake of Fire is the second death (Rev. 20:14)

The Nation of Israel, according to Scripture, will also go through the Tribulation Period, where God will separate the elect of Israel from the non-elect (Rom. 11:21-27).  At the end of the Tribulation Period, those elect from Israel will enter into the Millennial Kingdom where they will reign over the nations of the earth along with the resurrected Jews from the Old Testament (Is. 11:10-16; Zec. 8:18-23; Rom. 11:26-27).