God - God is a Trinity, not
a plurality of gods or only one at a time as found in
Oneness or Modalism. God consists of the Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit in perfect unity (Matthew 28:19 & 1 John 5:7).
Each of them are God, are equal, and eternal with no
beginning or end. His name is "I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus
3:14), known to us also as YHWH, or Yahweh.
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the Word, and the Word is God (John 1:1). He took on flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect and sinless life, died for man's sins on the cross taking the wrath of God for us, shed His blood for remission of sins, spent three days and nights in the tomb and rose again in bodily form, and ascended to the Father where He sits on the right hand and will return to gather His church and judge the world reigning as King from Jerusalem during the 1000 year reign. His work was finished on the Cross just as He said, and made one sacrifice for all time with nothing that we do being able to add to it. Every knee will bow to Him. He is the Creator of all things, and all things consist because of Him. Though many religions have a Jesus figure in them, those of faiths such as Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, etc are not the Jesus, nor the God of the Bible!
Salvation - Jesus is the sole Redeemer as God and God alone is Saviour, through the finished work of the Cross when He shed His blood and died for us. Salvation is the free gift of God through His grace, and is by faith alone, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). This faith produces works, they are a product of it, but do not add to salvation (James chapter 2). Repentance is part of Salvation, and together with the good works discussed above, plus righteous living that is not worldly, is proof of conversion and being sealed by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is available to all.
The Bible - The Bible is inspired by God and written by man. It is the authority to which everything is compared. No other revelation has been given, nor has anything of doctrine or practice been changed. There are no traditions or other books needed or accepted (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It consists of 66 books with an Old Testament and New Testament, and no Apocrypha. The King James Version is the most correct translation in English. There are no contradictions in the Bible.
Water baptism is an outward sign of the old man dying and
being born again new in Christ. It is not a part of
Salvation, it points back to it. It does not wash away sin,
or remove original sin only (Catholics), nor can one be
baptized for the dead (Mormons). The baptism that does save,
is the baptism of the Holy Spirit which happens to all who
truly repent, believe, and confess Jesus Christ and live by
Communion- This is done in remembrance of Jesus Christ. It is for saved ONLY, not unbelievers. It is to be done as often as we gather. It is symbolic of the flesh and blood of Jesus, not actual flesh and blood each time (Catholics).
Creation- In the beginning there was nothing. In six literal 24 hour days, God spoke the entire universe and all within it into existence. God didn't use evolution as His Word clearly tells us He formed man and breathed the breath of life into Him. Genesis 1 shows a step by step account of Creation, where chapter 2 expounds on it but not in chronological order. There are not two different Creation accounts.
Hell - Hell is a literal place of eternal torment originally reserved for the Devil and his fallen angels, but now opened up to unsaved man. Those who Blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and deny Jesus Christ will spend an eternity in hellfire and brimstone where the worm dieth not. If the worm dieth not, then those who are there certainly will not!
Church- This word appears in the New Testament 110 times and is NEVER about a building, it is about the Body of Christ, or Bride of Christ which is made up of those who are saved. The Body of Christ can gather to worship in homes, buildings called churches, caves, basements, mountain tops, or anywhere else, and not just in large buildings that mainstream people have propagated as the church.
The Rapture of the Church - The rapture of the church takes place before the Great Tribulation period. Paul taught that "God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9). It is ludicrous for someone to believe that Jesus would allow His Bride to go through such things when they themselves would not think of doing that to their own spouse!
In His Grace,
Mike Harris Jr.
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