‘Aha Hui Mamala Hoa Christian Ministry
‘Aha Hui Mamala Hoa, Inc.
Articles of Faith
I. The True God
We believe that there is one and only one true and living God (Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 42:8); and infinite (Job 11:7; Ps. 139:7-12; 147:5); eternal (Ps. 90:2); self-existent (Isa. 40:28); immutable (Mal. 3:6); Holy (Isa. 6:3); just (Ps. 89:14; Deut. 32:4); omniscient (Ps. 147:5); omnipotent (Ps. 62:11; Dan. 4:35); omnipresent Spirit (John 4:24; Jer. 23:23-24); whose name is Jehovah (Ps. 83:18); the creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1; Dan. 4:35); that, in the unity of the one essence, nature, and being of the Godhead, there are three eternal distinctions that are revealed to us under the figure of persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:25; Matt. 3:16-17; John 14:16; 15:26); that these three are equal in every Divine perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption, being worthy of precisely the same honor, worship, and obedience (Rev. 4:11; Mark 12:30).
God had decreed in Himself, before the world was, concerning all things, whether necessary, accidental or voluntary, with all the circumstances of them, to work, dispose, and bring about all things according to the counsel of His own will, to His glory: (Yet without being the [chargeable] author of sin, or having fellowship with any therein) in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, unchangeableness, power, and faithfulness in accomplishing His decree: And God hath before the foundation of the world, foreordained some men to eternal life, through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of His grace; [having foreordained and] leaving the rest in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of His justice.
Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11, Rom. 11:33, Ps. 115:3; 135:6, 33:15; 1 Sam. 10:9, 26, Prov. 21:6; Exod. 21:13; Prov. 16:33, Ps. 144, Isa. 45:7, Jer. 14:22, Matt. 6:28, 30; Col. 1:16, 17; Num. 23:19, 20; Rom. 3:4; Jer. 10:10; Eph. 1:4,5; Jude 4, 6; Prov. 16:4.
In the beginning God made all things very good; created man after His own image, filled with all meet perfection of nature, and free from all sin; but long he abode not in this honor; Satan using the subtlety of the serpent to seduce first Eve, then by her seducing Adam; who without any compulsion, in eating the forbidden fruit, transgressed the command of God, and fell, whereby death came upon all his posterity; who now are conceived in sin, and by nature the children of wrath, the servants of sin, the subject of death, and other miseries in this world, and for ever, unless the Lord Jesus Christ set them free.
Gen. 1:1, Col. 1:16, Isa. 45:12, 1 Cor. 15:45, 46; Eccles. 7:29; Gen. 3:1,4,5; 2 Cor. 11:3, 1 Tim. 2:14; Gal. 3:22; Rom. 5:12, 18, 19, 6:22; Eph. 2:3.
God in His infinite power and wisdom, doth dispose all things to the end for which they were created; that neither good nor evil befalls any by chance, or without His providence; and that whatsoever befalls the elect, is by His appointment, for His glory, and their good.
Job 38:11; Isa. 46:10,11, Eccles. 3:14, Mark 10:29,30; Exod. 21:13; Prov. 16:33, Rom. 8:28.
II. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that all scripture was given by verbal inspiration of God, by which we mean the sixty-six books of the so-called Protestant canon (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21); that this inspiration was accomplished Miraculously by the providence and power of God, and is not to be compared with the inspiration attributed to works of human genius (1 Cor. 2:13; 14:37; Acts 1:16; 3:21); yet not in such a way as to impair the reality of human agency, which is abundantly manifest in the Revelation 1:10-12; Ps. 68:11; that it is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fully to each part of the Bible, whether it be historical, legal poetical, prophetical, or doctrine, extending even to the words themselves as found in the original manuscripts (Matt. 5:18; Gal. 3:16; Isa. 34:16); that this inspiration covers historical and scientific references as fully as matters of doctrine, so that the Bible is free from all error as to fact, as well as being free from error as to doctrine (John 10:35; Ps. 12:6); that the Bible, therefore, has God as its author, truth without any mixture of error as its matter, and the salvation of men as its end (2 Tim. 3:16; Prov. 30:5-6; John 5:39); that it is and shall remain the true center of Christian unity, the only authoritative standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions should be tried (John 17:17; Isa. 8:20).
III. The Sovereignty Of God
We believe that God is an absolute sovereign (Psa. 115:3); having mercy on whom He will and hardening whom He will (Rom. 9:15-18); doing according to His will or purpose in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth (Dan. 4:35); working all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph. 1:11); efficiently causing all good and wisely and holy, permitting all evil that comes to pass for reasons known to Himself only and overruling it for His own glory and the good of the redeemed (Rom. 8:28; Prov. (16:4).
IV. The Holy Spirit
We believe that The Holy Spirit is a Divine personality and not a mere emanation, influence, or force (John 14:26; 16:13); equal with God The Father and God The Son and of the same essence and nature (2 Cor. 13:14); that He was active in creation (Gen. 1:2); restrains that wicked one until God's purpose is fulfilled (2 Thess. 3:7); and convicts of sin (Acts 2:37); that He is the agent of God in the new birth (John 3:6; 6:63); that He comes into the heart in regeneration, there to dwell continuously, sealing (Eph. 1:13); witnessing (Rom. 8:16); counseling (1 John 2:20); teaching (1 John 2:27); guiding (John 16:13); and sanctifying (1 Cor. 6:11); that the believer, therefore, is not to pray or seek for the Holy Spirit, but to surrender to Him, so as to be filled with Him (1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 5:18).
V. Christ And His Mediatoral Work
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner of Mary, a virgin, without human father (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35); that He is, therefore, both the Son of God and God the Son, that He by the appointment of the Father freely took upon the Divine law by perfect obedience (Gal. 4:4-5); who Himself did not sin and could not have sinned being God The Son (John 1:1; 1:14); and by His vicarious death made full atonement for all the sins of all who have and shall ever believe, together with those who die in infancy and native idiocy (John 9:39-41; 10:15); that having risen from the dead (Luke 24:46); He is now enthroned at the right hand of God, making intercession for the believers, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with Divine perfections, being, therefore, in every way, a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour (Heb. 1:3-4; 4:14-16; 7:25-27; 9:24-28).
VI. The Personality Of Satan
We believe that the Devil or Satan is a personal evil spirit, formerly a holy angel, from which estate he by transgression fell, drawing a host of angels with him (Ezek. 28:12-18; Isa. 14:12-17; Rev. 12:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:4); that he now presides over these evil angels as their leader, being the prince of the power of the darkness of this world (Eph. 2:2; 2 Cor. 11:13-15); that he is the enemy of God (Matt. 13:25); the tempter and accuser of the saints (1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:10); possessor of the power of death (Heb. 2:14); as allowed by God, that he is author of all evil and of all false religions (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 4:3-4; 1 Tim. 4:1); the chief power back of the present apostasy (1 John 4:1-3; 2 Thess. 2:3-7); and that he is destined to final defeat and eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10).
VII. The Creation Of The Universe
We believe that the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not figuratively or allegorically (2 Tim. 3:16); that man was Divinely created by direct act in the image of his maker (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7); and not through the so-called process of evolution from the lower species (1 Tim. 6:20); that all animal and vegetable life was likewise directly created and, placed under God, inviolable law that they should bring forth only after their kind (Gen. 1:20-25).
VIII. The Fall And Depravity Of Man
We believe that man was originally created upright (Eccl. 7:29); and finitely perfect (Gen. 1:27-31); but, by voluntary transgression, he fell from his happy and holy estate (Gen. 3:6-24); in consequence of which disobedience and threatened death was then and there inflicted (Gen. 2:16-17; Rom. 5:12); and trespasses and sins and becoming subject to the power of the Devil; that Adam's sin was imputed to his entire race (Rom. 5:18-19; 1 Cor. 15:22); and that the corrupt nature has been transmitted to all his posterity by ordinary generation (Gen. 8:21; Job 14:4; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Isa. 48:8); hence, every descendant of Adam is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3); totally destitute of spiritual life (John 5:24; Col. 2:13); at enmity with God (Rom. 8:7); wholly inclined to evil (Job 15:1-16; Jer. 13:23; 17:9); and without strength (Rom. 5:6); or hope (Eph. 2:12); unless saved by Christ (Matt. 1:21); and made alive by the Holy Spirit (John 3:3; 3:5; 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:6).
IX. Free Will
We believe that man by nature possesses free will or free agency, by which we mean that, in relation to God, he always acts without compulsion and in accordance with his own dominant desires and inclinations, being impelled from within in all his actions (Mark 7:21-23; John 3:19); that this is true while he is yet a sinner under the power of the Devil, even though he cannot of his own strength free himself therefrom (Eph. 2:1; 4:17-19; John 6:44, 65); that it is also true, in the exercise of repentance and faith, under the regeneration power of God and in service after regeneration, as God works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Eph. 2:8-10; John 6:37; Phil. 2:13).
X. God's Purpose Of Grace
We believe that elective purpose of God, according to which He predestinates (Rom. 8:29); calls (Rom. 8:30); regenerates (2 Cor. 4:6); sanctifies (1 Cor. 6:11); saves (2 Tim. 2:9); and glorifies (Rom. 8:30); sinners; is eternal, personal (2 Thess. 2:33); and unconditional (Rom. 9:11); that it is the most glorious display of His sovereign goodness, being infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable (Eph. 1:14); that it comprehends all the means in connection with the end (2 Thess. 2:13-14); that it utterly excludes boasting, promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, and the active imitation of His free mercy (Eph. 1:4); that it is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man (Rev. 22:17); that it is to be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel (1 Thess. 1:4-10); that to ascertain it, with regard to ourselves, demands and deserves utmost diligence (2 Pet. 1:10-11).
XI. The Effectual Call
We believe that those and only those accountable persons whom God has elected and predestinated to salvation, God does, in His appointed and accepted time in this life, effectually call by His Word and Spirit out of the state of sin and death in which they were born, to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, regenerating their hearts, enlightening their minds, renewing their wills, thus drawing them to Christ in repentance and faith (John 6:37; 10:16, 26-27; Acts 2:39; 13:48; Rom. 8:28-30; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 2:9-10).
XII. Salvation Of Infants And Mentally Incompetents
We believe that whereas all men by nature are SPIRITUALLY incapable of coming to Christ (John 6:44, 65); infants and the mentally incompetent are NATURALLY incapable of such, in that they have not the necessary faculties of mind and heart to comprehend and receive a sense of right and wrong or the gospel (John 9:39-41); therefore, we believe that those who die in infancy and native idiocy were included in the atonement and will be saved by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit and sovereign application of the blood of Christ; that the salvation of those will be accomplished in essentially the same way that adults are saved (Rom. 11:5-6); that is, that they are brought to repentance and faith through the sovereign working of the Spirit through the work supernaturally revealed to them (1 John 5:20; John 17:3).
XIII. The Condition Of The Unbeliever
We believe that no accountable person can be saved without hearing and receiving the gospel in this life (John 14:6; 17:3); therefore, we hold that the unbelievers without the gospel are lost and will be judged by the light of conscience which is given to every accountable person (Rom. 2:12-16).
XIV. The New Birth
We believe that, because of human depravity involving spiritual death, no one, whether infant or adult, can enter the Kingdom of God either here or hereafter without the new birth (John 3:3); that the new birth consists of the purification of the soul or spirit and the implanting of a new nature (2 Cor. 4:6; 5:17); that it is accomplished in the region of the soul below consciousness in a supernatural manner above our comprehension by the power of The Holy Spirit in connection with the Word of God (John 6:63; 1 Cor. 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:23); so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life (Rom. 6:17-18).
XV. Repentance And Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (Acts 11:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:3, 9; Gal. 5:33; 1 John 5:1); whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness (Ps. 116:3-5; Isa. 6:5); and of the way of salvation by Christ (John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31); we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy (Luke 18:13; 2 Cor. 7:11); at the same time, heartily receiving The Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, relying on Him alone as The Only and all-sufficient Saviour (Acts 3:22-23; Rom. 10:9-11; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25).
XVI. Way Of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace through faith in the finish work of Christ (Eph. 2:8-9; Acts 16:31); that the full benefit of Christ's obedience and death are received by faith alone and wholly apart from works (Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:16); that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Christ, who was made to be sin for us, dying in our room and stead (Gal. 3:13); and that no repentance, no faith, no feeling, no resolutions, no sincere efforts, no ordinances can add the least to the value of the precious blood of Christ (Gal. 3:21; Rom. 10:4).
We believe that all who believe in Christ are justified in the sight of God (Acts 13:39); that justification includes the pardon of all sin (Acts 13:38); and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness (Rom. 5:17-21); that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness we have done or shall do, but solely through faith in Christ (Rom. 3:28); by means of which His perfect righteousness is freely and fully imputed to us of God (Rom. 10:4; 5:1-8); that it brings us into a state of blessed peace and favor with God (Rom. 5:1); and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (Rom. 8:32-23).
We believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again of The Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very day they came to know Christ as Saviour (1 John 5:20); that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word (John 20:31); and the witness of The Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13; Rom. 8:16); exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience (2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 John 4:10).
We believe that sanctification belongs to all who have been regenerated (1 Cor. 6:11); that it is both instantaneous (1 Cor. 1:30); and progressive (1 Thess. 4:3); that instantaneous sanctification consists of our being objectively separated from the world of unbelievers and set apart or consecrated to God, while, at the same time, we are made holy in the eyes of the law and a new life is established in the soul (2 Thess. 2:13-14); that this phase of sanctification is accomplished in regeneration and admits of no degree, being possessed fully and absolutely by all the saved (1 Cor. 6:11; Heb. 10:10); that progressive sanctification is begun in regeneration and is carried on by the presence and power of The Holy Spirit, wherein, by the use of the appointed means -- especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer, and practice of all godly exercise and duties, we are subjectively separated from the world to live unto God (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 2:21); that this phase of sanctification is only relative and never issues in sinless perfection in this life (Phil. 3:13-14).
XX. The Two Natures Of The Believer
We believe that regeneration is the implantation of a new life (John 17:3; Rom. 6:23); and not the eradication or reformation of the old nature (Rom. 7:18); that the old nature remains in the believer to the end of his earthly existence and is in constant conflict with the new nature so that the believer is never free from the presence of sin in his life and never able to fully obey the will of God (Gal. 5:17; Rom. 7:14-25).
XXI. The Christian Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk, not after flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Rom. 8:1-7); but the flesh, being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept in subjection to Christ or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name (1 Cor. 9:27); 2 Pet. 1:3-12).
XXII. Good Works
We believe that while good works have nothing to do with saving us (Titus 3:5); they are ordained of God for His glory and will certainly follow regeneration (Eph. 2:10); that it is our duty to engage in them under the leadership of the Spirit and the instruction of the Word of God (Titus 3:14); that our eternal reward in the presence of God is dependent upon them (1 Cor. 3:11-15).
XXIII. The Perseverance Of The Saints
We believe that those who are truly saved, having been predestinated to both justification and glorification and being born again of The Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away and perish (Rom. 8:28-30); but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (1 Pet. 1:5); that they are thereby made to endure to the end (Ps. 91:11-12); yet not in such a way as to impair responsibility (Phil. 2:12-13); and that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark that distinguishes them from superficial professors (1 John 2:19; Heb. 6:9; 10:39).
We believe that baptism is immersion in water (Acts 8:38); of a penitent believer (Acts 8:37) on the authority of a New Testament Church (Matt. 28:18-20) in The Name of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19-20); not in order to obtain the remission of sins (Acts 10:43); but to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem of death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4); that it is a prerequisite to membership in the Church (Acts 2:42-47); and participation in the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:41-42).
The person designed by Christ to dispense baptism, the Scripture holds forth to be a disciple; it being no where tied to a particular church officer, or person extraordinarily sent the commission enjoining the administration, being given to them as considered disciples, being men able to preach the gospel.
Isa. 8:16; Eph. 2:7; Matt 28:19; John 4:2; Acts 20:7, 11:10; 1 Cor. 11:2, 10:16,17; Rom. 16:2; Matt. 18:17.
XXV. The Lord's Supper
We believe that The Lord's Supper is not a sacrament, but a solemn symbolic ordinance placed in the church by our Lord (Matt. 26:26-30); in which the members of the one church observing the ordinance (1 Cor. 11:18-23); by the use of unleavened bread and wine, commune not with one another, but The Lord (2 Cor. 10:16); that it shows forth, not their love for one another, but their Lord's death till He comes (1 Cor. 11:24-26); that the one loaf of the supper points to the unity of the body observing it (1 Cor. 10:17); which unity is essential to the scriptural observance of the ordinance (1 Cor. 11:18-34).
XXVI. The Church
We believe that a New Testament Church on earth is a body of baptized believers necessarily local rather than universal, voluntarily associated together in the faith and fellowship of the Word of God (1 Cor. 12:12-13); observing the ordinances instituted by Christ (1 Cor. 11:2); governed by His laws as its only head (Eph. 1:22); and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges vested in it by Christ (Matt. 16:19); that such a church is the body of Christ in its locality, with which all the regenerated should affiliate (1 Cor. 12:27); that its officers of ordination are pastors (Eph. 4:11) and deacons (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Acts 6:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:8-13); that the mission of the church is clearly set forth in the great commission (Matt. 28:19-20); that each assembly has the absolute right to self-government as led by The Holy Spirit, free from any interference whatsoever from any organization, group, convention, association, or individual; that it is scriptural for assemblies to cooperate with each other for the furtherance of the gospel and the doctrines of the Word of God (Acts 15:1-31; 2 Cor. 8:23-24; 11:8-9; Phil. 4:15-16); but that each church is the sole human judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that only sound New Testament Churches today preserve the essential apostolic faith and practice; that Christ's promise to build His church has been fulfilled in only these kinds of churches, the first of which He organized during His earthly ministry (John 1:29-51; Matt. 16:18); and gave to it, and to others that should descend from it, the great commission; that these true churches on earth alone possess Divine authority (Matt. 28:18); therefore, we brand as unscriptural, open communion, alien baptism, pulpit affiliation with heretical ministers, mission boards, ecumenicalism, unionism, modernism, modern convention associationism, one-church dictatorship, preacher-dictatorship, and all kindred evils arising from these practices.
XXVII. The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (Gen. 18:23; Mal. 3:18; 2 Cor. 6:14); that such only as are regenerated, being justified through faith in Jesus Christ and sanctified by The Spirit of God, are truly righteous (Rom. 1:17; Phil. 3:7); while all those that continue in impenitence and unbelief are wicked in God's sight and under His righteous curse (John 3:36; Gal. 3:10); that his distinction holds among men both in life and after death (Rev. 22:11); that the souls of the righteous do at death pass immediately into the presence of God, there in conscious bliss to await the first resurrection, at which time the soul and glorified body will be reunited and associated forever with The Lord (Luke 16:22; 1 Thess. 4:17); that the souls of the wicked will pass at death into conscious misery to await the judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body shall be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord (Luke 16:23; Rev. 20:11-15).
XXVIII. The Second Coming Of Christ
We believe that Christ is now King over a spiritual Kingdom, but that He is reigning now, not on His throne (the throne of David), but with The Father in His throne, where He will remain until He comes again (Col. 1:13; Luke 1:32; Rev. 3:21; Matt. 25:31); that His second coming is to be pre-millennial, bodily, visible (Rev. 20:1-4; Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7); that it will consist of two stages: His appearance in the air and His revelation on the earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17; Zech. 14:4); that, at the time of His appearance in the air, all those who sleep in Christ will be raised in glorified bodies and caught up together with all saints who live and remain on the earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52); that, at His revelation on the earth, He will sit on the throne of His glory for the first time, judging all men, then living on the earth, receiving the righteous into His Kingdom and sending the unrighteous away into everlasting fire (Matt. 25:31-46); that the two stages of His coming will be separated by a period of time during which the woes depicted in the book of Revelation will be poured out upon the earth (Rev. 6:1-19, 21); that this period will be marked also by the revelation of the man of sin, or beast, who will rule over the world by the power of Satan and will finally gather the armies of the nations together for the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:13-16; 19:17-19); that Satan will be bound a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3); and the saints will reign a thousand years with Christ on earth (Dan. 7:18, 27; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 1:5-6; 2:26-27; 5:9-10; 20:4-6).
XXIX. The Resurrections
We believe that there will be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the wicked (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; 26:8); that there will be one thousand years of time intervening between the resurrection of the righteous and of the wicked (Rev. 20:4-6); that the dead in Christ shall rise first (1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Thess. 4:13-18); and that, at the expiration of the one thousand years, the wicked will be raised and judged (Rev. 20:4-11).
XXX. The Sabbath and Lord's Day
In Christianity, there are those who observe the seventh day as Sabbath and those who observe the first day as the Lord's day, or the day of the resurrection of Christ. .Many Christians affirm commonly that communal worship is not limited to Sabbath (Acts 2:45), and that "Sabbath was made for man", meaning all mankind (Mark 2:27). Accordingly, we recognize both the last day and the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day. For those branches and sects of Aha Hui Mamala Hoa that want to select the last day of the week as the Sabbath, they are welcome to do so. Likewise, for those branches and sects of Aha Hui Mamala Hoa that want to select the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day, they are welcome to do so. “Do not let anyone judge you…with regard to a religious festival…or a Sabbath day” (Col. 2-16).
XXXI. The Grace Of Giving
We believe that Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith (Matt. 22:17-21); that we are to bring our gifts into the common treasury of the church upon the last, or first ,day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2); that under grace we give and do not pay (Heb. 7:1-4); that all giving should lose the identity of the giver and assume the identity of our Lord Jesus Christ through His body, the church (Acts 4:32-35); and, in order not to rob God, our gifts must not be less than ten percent (10%) (Mal. 3:8-11; Heb. 7:4).
We believe that the common command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable, and this commission was given to the church (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15); that it shall be the policy of this church to support only New Testament Baptist efforts, sound in faith and practice (Amos 3:3).
XXXIII. Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment and arrangement, for the best interests and good order of human society (Gen. 9:1-7; Ex. 18:23; Deut. 16:18; 2 Sam. 23:3; Jer. 30:21; Rom. 13:1-7); and that magistrates are to be prayed for (1 Tim. 2:1-3); conscientiously honored and obeyed (Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13); except in matter opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Dan. 3:15-18; Matt. 10:28; Acts 4:18-20; 5:29); Who is the only Lord of men's conscience, and the only Prince of the Kings of the earth (Ps. 72:11; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4, 9-13; Rev. 19:16).
XXXIV. The Sign of the Cross
We believe the cross that believers in Christ display is the symbol of the sacrifice by which Christ saved them, as the instrument of Christ's triumph, according toColossians 2:15 ("Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross"). Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, also known asTertullian (c. 160 – c. 220 AD),was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature. In his book De Corona, written in 204, Tertullian tells how it was already a tradition for Christians to trace repeatedly on their foreheads, signum crucis, the sign of the cross. In Luke 14:27, Jesus tells his disciples: And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” In Matthew 10:38 Jesus says: “…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Again, in Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Accordingly, we will take up our cross and follow Jesus.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen