I. The Infallibility of Scripture
“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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Tim. 3:16-17). We contend that there is true harmony in all the scriptures, when rightly divided (II Tim. 2:15). There is no salvation outside of that contained within the pages of the Bible. The only rule of faith and conduct is the Bible.
Bible is the inspired Word of God to man. It gives a true history of the creation of the heavens, the earth, and of mankind. It contains a correct prophecy concerning the destiny of man and of all things. We believe that the Word of God is inerrant and infallible.
II. The Oneness of the Godhead (The Deity of Christ)
Both Old and New Testaments affirm the solemn fact that there is but one God (Deut. 6:4, Gal. 3:20, Eph. 4:6). God is a Spirit and there is but one Spirit (John 4:24; Eph. 4:4). There is but one God in essence and in person. The one God is the eternally self-existent One, the eternal “I Am” (Ex. 3:13-15), the Creator of the heavens and the earth and of all mankind. He is the one true God from whom and in whom there is a divine three-fold manifestation and relationship made known as Father (Creator, Source and Origin of all things and of all souls) (Isa. 43:10, 44:6), Son (Redeemer in time) (Matt. 1:21, John 3:16) and Holy Ghost (Indwelling Spirit, Comforter, Sustainer, Keeper and Regenerator in the Church) (John 14:16-26, Rom. 8:11). The Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ, is that God.
III. The Atoning Blood of Jesus Christ
Without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin (Heb. 9:22). The need for atonement arises from the fall of Adam into sin (Rom. 5:12). It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul (Lev. 17:11). Since mankind was unable to redeem himself due to his fallen nature, Jesus Christ, because of His Holy and righteous nature, was the only one qualified to provide atonement (Heb. 7:26, Rom. 5:11). First Peter 1:18-19 states, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot…” Christ has made peace through the blood of His cross (Col. 1:20).
IV. The Virgin Birth
Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary, first prophesied in the Old Testament (Isa. 7:14, Jer. 31:22). The angel revealed to Joseph and Mary that this conception was without the knowing of any man, but was of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 1:30-38).
V. Faith and Repentance Toward God
A person must come to God by faith in the gospel message (Heb. 11:6, Rom. 1:16, Mark 16:15-16). We believe that saving faith leads one to obey the gospel, and that obedience based upon such faith brings salvation. We also believe that the only means of sinners being accepted by God is by genuine repentance of their sins. Repentance is a change of heart, mind, and attitude toward sins (Isa. 55:7). “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Ps. 51:17). John the Baptist preached repentance. Jesus proclaimed it, and before His ascension, commanded “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47).
VI. The Essentiality of Water Baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and not, as some teach, “just an outward form of an inward cleansing”. Without proper baptism, it is impossible for one to be saved. Without proper baptism, one cannot enter into the kingdom of God (God’s true church) (John 3:5). Baptism is not merely a part of local church membership.
Water baptism can be administered only by immersion (John 3:5, Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12). Jesus said, “… born (to bring forth) of the water…” (John 3:5). Paul said, “We are buried with Him (Lord Jesus Christ) by baptism.” (Rom. 6:4). The purpose of water baptism is for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16). It is in baptism that the blood of Jesus Christ is applied to the believer in purification of the conscience and in the cleansing of the soul (Heb. 9:22, Acts 2:38, Rom. 6:4, I Peter 3:21).
VII. Essentiality of Being Filled With the Holy Ghost
All true believers must be filled with the Holy Ghost, as promised by our Lord (John 7:37-39). The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5), necessary to place the believer in the kingdom of God or the body of Christ (the Church) (I Cor. 12:12-13). The outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost marked a “new dispensation” in the Spirit’s dealings with humanity as prophesied in the Old Testament (Isa. 28:11-12, Joel 2:28-29). The baptism of the Holy Ghost was also foretold by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:11), and promised by Jesus Christ (John 14:26, 15:26). It was first poured out on the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and finally upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46, 19:6).
VIII. Holy Communion
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance commanded by Jesus Christ (Matt. 26:26-29, I Cor. 11:23-32). Melchizedek administered the same (Gen. 14:18, Heb. 6:20). It is our conviction to use (unleavened) bread and wine (Matt. 26:17, I Cor. 5:6-8). The bread and the wine are legitimate representatives of the broken body and the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 26:26-28, I Cor. 11:24-25).
IX. Feet Washing
We should follow the example of Feet Washing set forth by our Lord and Master in John 13:2-15. Feet Washing is not arbitrary. We are commanded by our Lord to practice it (John 13:14-15). We are instructed by our Lord Jesus to “teach them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you”. (Matthew 28:20). Feet Washing is an example of humility or of lowly and willing service. In I Timothy 5:10, the Apostle Paul cited Feet Washing as an observance of the faithful and dedicated.