Statement Of Faith

Statement of Faith

 

The Godhead

We believe in one God, the eternal independent and self-existent Being, Who is absolute in dominion; the Sovereign of the universe, infinitely good, the most pure, the most spiritual of all beings.

God is infinite Wisdom; therefore He cannot err or be deceived. The perfections of' God's nature astonish all those who seriously and prayerfully contemplate them, and fill with, horror all who would attempt to give His glory to another. He is the sole object of adoration and He should be worshipped with the totality of one's being in reverence and-religious fear.

We believe that God grants freedom from guilt, power, nature and consequences of sin to all who trust Him fully through Jesus Christ, and .that He will support, defend, and guide to the end all true worshippers.

We further believe that the Eternal God exists in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost hence we stand upon the doctrine of the Trinity of the Godhead. It is to be noted that the word Elohim, which means God is plural in form and appears in many parts of the Bible to be confined to three Persons, infinite and indivisible in unity, one in will and purpose: (Gen 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; 31:7 & 53; 35:7; Deut 4:7 & 23; .Josh 24: 19 and I Sam 4:8; II Sam 7:23; Psa 58).

It should also be noted that creation itself testifies to the fact of the Trinity: Man has a body, soul and spirit; there is time, space and eternity; time=past, present and future; matter is divided into liquid, solid and gases. There are three types of rocks, the Bible refers to three heavens, and finally there is the trinity of evil: the world, the flesh and the devil - the pride of life, lust of the eyes, and the lust of the flesh: let all who read acknowledge these to be true.

Jesus Christ

We' believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead; that He was eternally one With the Father, known prior to His incarnation as the Ward of God. He was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that He is perfect man. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, was buried and rose again triumphantly the third day for our justification, (Rom 4:25; Acts 13:30,).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead; that He is ever present and eternally active in and with the Church of God, convincing the world of sin, transforming the hearts of those who repent and believe. We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies, unifies, guides and prepares believers for effective service for God and for the return of our blessed Lord.

We do not believe that the Holy Spirit is just an energy or force as some teach; He is a Person; He teaches, rebukes, reproves, speaks, can be grieved, can be resisted and can be quenched. The Bible exhorts us who have been born again to be filled with the Spirit. We believe that the Spirit-filled Christian is able to please God, can know the will of God for his life and is able to “follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Heb 12:14).

 The Depravity of the Human Race

We believe in the depravity of the human nature. As a result of Adam's disobedience to God, he lost the image and likeness of God. He was then invaded and indwelt by the devil. His nature was corrupted and perverted by sin. Hence the whole human race since Adam, was born with a depraved disposition, (with the exception of our Lord Jesus Christ), destitute of spiritual life, is at enmity with God.

Atonement

We believe that Jesus Christ provided full and complete atonement for all human sin by His suffering, shedding of His own blood and death, burial and resurrection; and that this atonement is the only basis of salvation. The atonement of our Lord is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of accountability only when they repent and believe. This atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for children who die in innocence.

Repentance

We believe that repentance is a sincere and complete change of mind with regard to sin, self and our blessed Saviour. It involves a sense of personal guilt before God, accompanied by deep sorrow for sin, resulting in confessing and forsaking of sins by the penitent and the turning to God for mercy and forgiveness on the basis of faith in the atoning work of Christ. The Spirit of God gives to all who truly repent of sin an assurance of forgiveness.

Justification

We believe that justification is the gracious and mighty act of God by which He grants full pardon from the guilt and penalty of sin to all who repent. It is in sum and substance deliverance from the guilt and condemnation of sin. (Rom 5:9; 8:1-2). We believe that justification is evidenced by the penitent obtaining peace with God. (Rom 5:1).

 Regeneration

We believe that regeneration or new birth is the gracious and mighty work of God performed simultaneously with justification in the heart of the repentant sinner whereby his moral nature is made spiritually alive, rendering the individual capable of believing, obeying and living for God:

Adoption

We believe that adoption is the judicial act of God whereby the justified and regenerated person is constituted a child of God.

Entire Sanctification

We believe that entire sanctification is an experience separate and apart from justification wrought in the heart of the believer subsequent to his conversion.

The convicted sinner is concerned with his sins, his devilish, rebellious and corrupted deeds while the justified person is concerned with himself and the inward perversion which renders it impossible for him to live a consistent and victorious Christian life. He realizes that sin is not just an act. It is also an attitude; not merely a deed but also a disposition; it is a mind as well as manifestation.

The sin principle or disposition is described in the Word of God as the "carnal mind", "the body of sin", "the old man", "the flesh" and “the stony heart".

Sanctification, therefore, is the "destruction", the "crucifixion", the "circumcision" of the old man, the carnal mind or the stony heart. This work is effected by the Word of God, the Blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit. The sanctified person has dethroned self and sin and enthroned Christ as Lord and King of his life. The indwelling Christ empowers the sanctified person not only to live victoriously in a sinful world, but also to witness effectively for Christ. We urge our people to hasten on to this glorious experience without which no man can please God.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the divine inspiration of' the Holy Scriptures by which we mean the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible contains all that-is necessary for our salvation, our direction, our correction and also for the regulation of our lives. It reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its histories true arid its decisions are unchangeable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.

 Free Agency

We believe that God created man a free moral being with ability to choose between right and wrong. This free will makes man morally responsible to God for all his deeds. It is by exercising this free will that man either chooses or refuses God's salvation.

We do not believe that salvation destroys this free will; consequently, we believe that after the experience of justification and sanctification, a man may fall from grace and apostatize and unless he repents of his sin, he will be hopelessly and eternally lost.

We completely disassociate ourselves from the teachings of unconditional eternal security; on the contrary, we believe that a man is eternally secured as long as he obeys God.

The Resurrection of Christ

We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, from the dead, and our hope of being raised from the dead to everlasting life and immortality is based on the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will come again, and that at His coming all the righteous dead will be raised and those people who have trusted Christ as their Lord and Saviour and are still alive and remain faithful and true to Him, will be caught up together with those who have been raised from the dead to meet the Lord in the air-tope; piloted to our eternal and heavenly home. (1 Thess 4:13-17; Acts 1:10-11).

The Final Judgment of Almighty God

We believe in the future judgment in which every man shall appear before the great God of the universe, to be judged according to his deeds in this life. (Heb 9:27). 

We are assured, however, that all who have elected to have their sins judged in God's substitute, our Lord Jesus Christ, who was delivered for our offences and raised for our justification will not be judged or punished for their sins. They will be judged and rewarded for the services which they have done for Christ. God's absolute justice will not demand payment for a debt that has already been fully paid. Those who have elected (by neglecting and rejecting God's salvation) to be judged as individual sinners will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of God and the glory of his power. (Matt 25:46; II Thess 1:6-10).

Heaven

We believe that Heaven is not just a state, but a place. It is the place where God dwells and it is the promised home of all those who by faith have trusted Christ for full salvation. We strongly and passionately urge all those who have suffered shame and pain, have been disappointed, frustrated, defeated, discouraged and damaged by Satan and sin, and all their attendant evils, to make sure of Heaven by trusting fully and only in the shed blood of God's Son for their final salvation. (1 Pet 1:3-5).

Hell

We believe that Hell is a literal place and that it is the final destruction of the lost. It is a place of everlasting punishment.

The Bible teaches: that in Hell, there' is no hope, no help, and no happiness. (Luke 6:22-31). It is termed the "bottomless pit", "everlasting destruction", "where their worms dieth not and the fire is not quenched", "the lake which burns with fire and brimstone."

We believe that in Hell there will be physical, mental, psychological and eternal suffering. Man goes to Hell by willfully resisting, denying and forgetting God. We implore you to use your God-given tendency of avoiding physical dangers and flee from the wrath to come.

Water Baptism

We believe that water baptism should be administered only after a person has repented of his sins and has fully trusted Jesus Christ for complete pardon. Hence, we do not believe in infant baptism as babies are incapable of repenting of their sins, and more so, they cannot exercise faith in the atonement of Christ.

We do not believe that water baptism can wash away anybody's sins; therefore we refute the teaching that one cannot be saved unless he is baptized. This is in fact an endeavor to nullify the efficacy of the Blood of Jesus Christ.

We believe that in Christian baptism, we are commemorating the, or identifying ourselves with the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and also, we are demonstrating to the world, our blessed hope in the glorious resurrection which is to come. Such symbolic acts cannot and should not be taken lightly by anyone.

The Lord’s Supper

We believe in the observance of the Lord Supper or "communion" as instituted by our Lord before his meritorious death on the cross, 'This sacrament is essentially a New Testament one, although there are Old Testament types. It should be administered to and received by those, and only those, who by repentance of sins and faith toward Jesus Christ, are in fellowship with God and right relationship with their brethren.

We believe that in observing this sacrament, we are gratefully and reverently commemorating God's "Passover" for us and we are also anticipating that glorious bridal morning when we shall, as the Church, triumphantly drink anew with our Heavenly Bridegroom on the jasper pavements of eternity.

 Tithes and Free Will Offerings

We believe in tithing as the principal means of supporting the gospel of Christ financially. All who are part of the Holiness Christian Church, are urged to contribute faithfully, one-tenth (1/10) of all their income as a minimum financial obligation to the Church, as well as a free will offering as the Lord prospers them.

It should be observed that God demands one-tenth (1/10) as His portion, while He deserves an offering. Any truly born-again person who robs God is guilty of sin and invokes the wrath of God. God has challenged all of His children to prove the limitless blessings He bestows on those who are Faithful in giving God His portion. (Mal 3:10).

Fundraising

In view of the scripture concerning the giving of tithes and offering for the support the gospel, and for the establishment of churches and the erection of 'church buildings, no Holiness Christian Church should engage in any method of FUND RAISING which would detract from these principles, impair the gospel message or mar the name of the church, discriminate against the poor, or misdirect the people's energies from promoting the gospel.

Support of the Ministry

"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (I Cor 9:14). The church is obligated to support its ministers, who have been called by God and who, under the direction of the church, have given themselves wholly to the work of the ministry. We urge, therefore, that the members of the church pay their ministers monthly in accordance with the decision of Conference.

 Divine Healing

We believe in the doctrine of divine healing as recorded in the Word of God. We urge our ministers to preach not only the saving power of our risen glorified Lord, but also His healing power, and that they urge their congregation to exercise faith in God for physical deliverances. We do not believe that any man can heal another, whether he be a minister, doctor or of any other profession. We do believe that all true healing come from God.

"1 am the Lord that healeth thee." (Ex 15:26).

We urge, therefore, that prayer be made for the sick as according to James 5:14- 16.

Modesty of Dress

We believe in the modesty of dress for all sexes and for all age groups. The Word of God has given clear guidelines as to the mode and manner of dress for the child of God. (Gen 35:1-4; Isa 3:16-24; Rom 12:1.-2; I Tim 2:9-10; 1 Pet 3:3-4).

We strongly urge that ministers' wives and children be an example of the believer in their dressing as well as their other conduct. We wish to remind all who may decide to indulge in pride of dress, behavior or rebellion the Word of God, that their attitude will be met with the full resistance of Almighty God. (James 4:6).

Songs, Literature and Entertainment

Songs, literature and entertainment not to the glory of God should be rejected and renounced by the child of God. The theatre, dance, circus, lotteries, games of chance, membership in or fellowship with oath-bound and secret societies, are completely forbidden for the child of God - and no member of the Holiness Christian Church shall be involved in ally of the above mentioned. Friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4; II Cor 6: 14-17). We urge our people to buy records, and read literature which are produced by genuine Christians and not by worldly entertainers, who forge religious songs and articles for financial gains.

Prohibition and Intemperance

Intemperance is excess of any kind of action or indulgence of appetites or passions whether of mind or body which will result in injury to the person or contrary to morality. The Word of God exhorts us to "be temperate in all things," (I Cor 9:25).

We believe in total abstinence from that which is harmful and doubtful, and a moderation in all things that are useful and profitable. The Holy Scriptures and human experience alike condemn the use of intoxicating drinks, the smoking of cigars, cigarettes and the use of ganja in any form. No person shall be accepted or retained in the local church who is guilty of using or trafficking in alcohol or tile dangerous drugs.

The Church and Politics

We believe that ministers of the gospel of Christ are called by God, consecrated and set apart for the service of the Lord. Consequently, no minister of the Holiness Christian Church shall take any active part in political campaigns, run for any political offices nor seek to impose their political persuasion on their congregation.

Any minister, who allows himself to be drawn into politics as stated above, shall be suspended from the ministry by the Board of Administration, until the next Conference, where his license shall not be renewed and he shall cease to be pastor of a church and shall not conduct any religious campaigns in any of our churches. The above rules do not preclude any minister or any member of our church from voting in a local or national election.

We do not believe in any minister openly opposing any government or political party unless a direct assault is made on the church, where the issues are eternally clear, a compliance or adherence to the requests or demand would mean denying God or compromising with the world.

We wish to remind our people that Joseph, Moses, Daniel and Nehemiah all found themselves in strange lands and among people who were anti-God yet by their faithfulness to God, and their loyalty to men, they were able to subdue those kingdoms, obtain righteousness, quench the violence of the lire, obtain the promises and see their people delivered by the Sovereign power of Almighty God. Let us therefore practice Paul's exhortation to young Timothy. (1 Tim 2:1-6).

 

The Lord's Day

We urge all our ministers to impress upon their congregation the vital importance of making the Lord's Day one of worship and rest. All individuals and families should command their children and their household to keep-the "way of the Lord by regular attendance to the public worship of Almighty God, both morning and evening and that if possible no one be left at home."

We have watched, with astonishment, the national and international desecration of the Lord's Day by organized sports, parties, beach-going and other functions which draw people away from the Savior of the world and His sanctuary.

Let us show our-people the personal, national and eternal evil of wasting God-given hours in visits or receiving company on the Lord's Day. Such practice generally results in the neglect of private prayer, the study of the Holy Scriptures and religious instruction of children. Let us exhort all our members not to mete out spiritual injury to employees household or otherwise who are needlessly kept at work on the Lord's Day.

Let us constantly remind and encourage all our members that in event of their removing into another parish, to secure a letter of Removal and to seek immediate connection with our church (if any) in the place where they go to reside.