Our Beliefs

1. The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures (66 Books) of the Old and New Testaments to be the only verbally, plenary, infallible, inspired Word of God; inerrant in the original writings, and providentially preserved in its inspired state while maintaining infallibility and inerrancy in the King James Bible. We believe that the King James Bible is the only Bible, in the English language, that God would have us to use, preach ,teach, study, and memorize from, because it is the God preserved translation of the Masoretic Text and the Textus Receptus. The Bible teaches that the providentially preserved Holy Scriptures are and shall remain the only complete unerring and unchanging standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe in the authority of the Scriptures as our only guide for faith and practice. We do not hold to man’s “words of wisdom” but rather “…let God be true, but every man a liar… (Romans 3:4)" We believe that the Authorized Version (King James Bible) is the inspired, preserved, and perfect Word of God and we look to it for all our means, methods, and messages.
Psalms 12:6-7; Psalms 119:9,11,89,160; Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; John 20:30-31; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19

2. The Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God/God the Son. He existed in eternity past with God the Father and the Holy Ghost. The Man, Jesus Christ, was conceived as a miracle of the Holy Spirit, born into this world through the womb of a virgin named Mary, and that He lived 33 1/2 years; 100% God and 100% man, that he might fulfill the plan of redemption; dying as a sacrifice for all mankind's sin. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and on the third day arose from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which he suffered and died. He is now our High Priest in Heaven appearing before the presence of God as our advocate and intercessor.
Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalms 90:2; Isaiah 9:6; John 8:58; John 14:9; John 20:31; Romans 5:21; Galatians 3:13-14; I Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:14, 24

3. The True God
The Bible teaches one God presented in the triune Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are co-equal in power and glory, co-eternal in time, and co-existing as only God can be.
Isaiah 45:18; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-10, 14; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30; I John 5:7

4. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Triune God, equal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and bears witness to the truth. He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer; that He indwells them permanently, sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe that certain of the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as apostleship, prophecy, tongues, healing, baptism with the Holy Spirit, and revelation were temporary and are not to be expected today. We believe that the Holy Spirit testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads any person, at any time, contrary to the teaching of the Bible. We believe that through the power of the Holy Ghost we have power over sin and can live a victorious life in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 12:31; Luke 12:12; John 14:16-18, 26; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18; II Timothy 3:16

5. The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all mankind is born with a sinful nature, is totally unable, on their own, to regain their former position, and is therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin in a literal hell without defense or excuse before God.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7, 16-17; Genesis 3:6; Romans 3:9, 23; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; I Corinthians 15:21; Galatians 3:22; I John 1:8-10; Revelation 21:8

6. Salvation
We believe that salvation is by the grace of God, received as a free gift to a repentant sinner who in faith trusts Christ as Lord and Saviour. Salvation was accomplished by Christ's death and, most importantly, through His sinless shed blood upon the cross. Without His shed blood salvation could never be possible. We reject the false teachings of Calvinism and the idea that man could lose his salvation. Salvation is solely upon the merit of what Christ has done for us, including His resurrection from the dead on the third day.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that change in the soul by the Holy Spirit by which a new nature and spiritual life, not before possessed, are imparted, and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and without it salvation is impossible. We believe that the salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of regeneration. This security is guaranteed to each believer by the fact that the life received is eternal life, by the keeping power of God, by the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, and by the interceding ministry of Christ.
Luke 13:3; John 3:1-19; John 5:24; John 10:26-30; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:1; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 7:25; I Peter 1:18-23; I John 5:11-12

7. The Two Natures
Every believer possess two natures (the old man and the new man). All claims as to the eradication of the old nature are heretical. We will never lose the sin nature until we are called up to be with Christ.
Romans 6:6; Romans 7:22-25; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10; Hebrews 12:1

8. The Local Church
We believe the church was started by Jesus himself during His earthly ministry. We reject the belief that the church was started at Pentecost but rather the Holy Spirit empowered the church on that day. Each local church is to be independent, autonomous, and free from political authority or ecclesiastical hierarchy, the Lord Jesus being the only Head. We believe all ministries should go through the local church and under its authority. Furthermore, the local church is not a building, but a called out assembly of born-again, baptized believers that have been called out by Jesus Christ to form together for the purpose of evangelizing the world, exalting the Saviour, and edifying the saints. We believe that the Bible teaches two offices of the church and that they should be held by men only: Pastor and Deacons. We further believe that there are only two ordinances of the church: Baptism and Communion.
Matthew 4:19-23; Matthew 16:18; Luke 5:10-11; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:18-22; Ephesians 4:11-12; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:1-28; Ephesians 5:23-24, 30; Colossians 1:18

9. Offices of the Church
We believe that pastors (elders & bishops) are under-shepherds of the Lord; called by God to feed His local flock. The qualifications and duties of the Man of God are clearly outlined in the Word of God. The titles elder, bishop, and pastor are interchangeable and refer to the duties of a pastor (i.e. to be the example (elder), responsibility and oversight of all operations of the church (bishop), and to feed the flock of God (pastor)).
Deacons are servants of the church. Their job, as outlined in the Bible, are to perform the general tasks that would take the Pastor away from studying the Word of God and prayer time. No place in the Bible does the Lord make the deacon an overseer of the church or in charge of any of its operations.
John 21:15-17; Acts 6:1-6; Acts 20:28-29; Philippians 3:17; Philippians 4:9; I Thessalonians 5:12-13; I Timothy 2:7, 9-12; I Timothy 3:1-13; I Timothy 4:11-16; I Timothy 5:17-18; I Timothy 6:11-14; II Timothy 2:2, 15-16, 22-25; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Timothy 4:1-2; Titus 1:5-9; Titus 2:15; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24; I Peter 5:1-3

10. Concerning the Ordinances
Every person who has truly been born-again is already a member of the family of God. Every person who has been born again is to seek a local, New Testament, Baptist church and obey Christ's command to be baptized by the authority of the church. In obedience to the Lord he or she should be immersed in water to demonstrate his faith in Christ and to typify the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the first act of obedience to Christ as a Christian.
The Lord's supper should be done often as a memorial of what Christ has done for the believer. As clearly taught in the Bible, the wine is un-fermented and therefore "new" as a symbol of the spotless blood of Christ, and the bread is unleavened as a symbol of the pure and spotless life of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord's supper should only be administered to the members of the individual local church (Closed Communion). The Lord's Table is to be administered to the church "as oft as" they will.
Matthew 3:16; Matthew 26:26-28; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:10; John 4:1; Acts 2:38, 41-42; Acts 8:12, 36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 10:16; I Corinthians 11:23-29, 33-34; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:5; I Peter 1:19; I Peter 3:20-21

11. Missions
We believe the command of Christ to preach the gospel to all nations is clear and that this commission was given to the churches to carry out. We believe that soul winning and missions should be one of the main objectives of the church because all need to hear the Gospel and have the opportunity to accept Christ, "and how shall they hear without a preacher?" We support evangelist (Biblical missionaries) through the Biblical program of Faith Promise.
Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15, 18; Colossians 1:23

12. Separation
Godly living is the fruit of being born-again. We are taught by the grace of God to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our mind. The Bible teaches us to be separate from worldliness which includes pagan and heathen practices, immodest and sensual appearances, immorality, and all sinful and evil pleasures.
The Bible, in principle, clearly teaches us to separate from all apostasy and heresy, including Liberalism, Feminism, Modernism, Ecumenism, Pentecostalism, Charismatics, Hyper-Landmarkism, Calvinism, Arminianism, Amillenialism, Post-millenialism and all other movements not in agreement with the Holy Word of God.
Leviticus 20:7; Amos 3:3; Luke 1:74-75; John 17:17; Romans 6:19; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 16:17; II Corinthians 6:14; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 1:4; I Thessalonians 4:3-4, 7; I Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 2:11-13; I Peter 1:14-16; I Peter 4:2; II Peter 3:11; I John 2:16

13. The Christian Home
Our church and society will be no stronger than the home. The home is where Biblical principles are to be applied first. Children should obey their parents, wives should submit and be obedient to their own husbands, and husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church. The younger women should be taught by the older women to stay at home, love their children and husbands, and to guide the house. The husbands are to provide for the wife and children in all areas i.e. spiritual leadership, physical needs, and emotionally. We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that Biblical and natural marriage is between one man and one woman. We believe that divorce should never happen but that God is willing to forgive a penitent heart. Homosexuality (sodomy) is an abomination in the eyes of God, is unnatural, and can lead to being given over to a reprobate mind. Preaching against sodomy is not a hate crime but a command from God that they might repent and be converted.
Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:18, 21-24; Leviticus 18:22-23; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 1:26-28; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:2-4, 10-16, 27; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 6:1-4; Ephesians 5:22-25, 28-31; Colossians 3:20-21; I Timothy 5:8, 14; Titus 2:3-4; I Peter 3:1-9

14. Civil Government
The Bible teaches us to be submitted to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake. The only exception is when legitimate government establishes laws contrary to the Word of God then we ought to obey God rather then men.
Proverbs 8:15-16; Matthew 22:21; Romans 12:18; Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-15

15. Creation
Man is not a product of evolution, but was created in the image of God. All things were made by Christ and by Him all things consist. We resist any theories that try to make a bridge between creation and evolution such as the GAP Theory.
Genesis 1:1-31;Psalm 33:6; Isaiah 45:18; John 1:1-4, 10; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2; Revelation 4:11

16. The Holy Angels and Satan's Host
Satan is a person (once called Lucifer) and is the author of sin and the cause of the fall. He and an innumerable host of angels fell by reason of their rebellion against God. For Satan and his host, there is reserved eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. The Holy Angels, on the other hand, are ministering spirits, sent to minister to those who are heirs of salvation as well as minister around the throne of God.
Job 4:18; Psalms 91:11-12; Isaiah 14:12-15; Matthew 25:41; John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2; II Peter 2:4; I John 3:8; Jude 6; Revelation 20:2-3

17. The Coming of Christ and the Last Days
The Bible clearly teaches the following order: 1) A marked increased in the wickedness of man to the point of great apostasy. 2) The rapture of the saints caught up to meet the Lord in the air. 3) The seven years Tribulation upon the earth and God establishing or continuing His program with that nation that is the Apple of His Eye, the nation of Israel. All heretical teachings concerning the coming of Christ (Mid-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath) are the result of robbing Israel of its promises, for God clearly makes a marked distinction between the Church and Israel. 4) The Second Advent of Christ to judge the world and separate the sheep from the goats. 5) The Millennial reign of Christ and the final fulfillment of God's promises to the nation of Israel. 6) The Great White Throne Judgment of the unsaved dead who will be cast into the Lake of Fire. 7) The bringing in of Eternity.
Matthew 24:30-31; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; II Thessalonians 1:7; I Timothy 4:1; II Timothy 3:1-9, 13; II Timothy 4:3; II Peter 3:3; I John 2:18; Jude 18; Revelation 11:12; Revelation 20:5-15

18. The Eternal State
All men shall receive a bodily resurrection; the saved to eternal life and unsaved to eternal damnation. Prior to the resurrection death holds the presence of God for the believer in soul and spirit with the body resuming to the grave, asleep, and awaiting the future resurrection. For the unbeliever, death means the departure of the soul and spirit into hell-fire, with the body also awaiting a future resurrection, at which time death and hell shall be cast into the Lake of Fire.
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but, that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery in Hell until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.
Matthew 7:22-23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Luke 16:19-26; Luke 23:43; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; I Corinthians 15:50-58; II Timothy 2:19

True Light Baptist Church

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