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BIBLICAL POSITION

1. The Bible is the inerrant infallible Word of God in the original languages.
2. The Bible is “Sola Scriptura” (final authority) on all matters relating to the Church and for moral and spiritual issues.
3. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Sacred Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16).
4. The Word of God is the living revelation from God and is the Sword of the Spirit (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6: 17).
5. The Word of God is the medium of salvation (I Peter 1:23).
6. The world was created by the God of the Bible (Genesis 1:1-2).
7. Man was created male and female in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27).
8. Man was tempted in the Garden of Eden by the serpent, Satan, and fell into sin (Genesis 3).
9. Man is a sinner by birth and choice and by evidence of the sin nature (Psalms 51:5; Rom. 3: 10, 23; Rom. 5:12).
10.  The Godhead is a trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16).
11.  Jesus is the only begotten Son of the living God (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18).
12.  Jesus was born of a virgin and was sinless for he had no earthly father (Matt. 1:16, 18-24) as the sin nature is passed by fallen man (Rom. 5:12).
13.  Jesus is the true God and the only way to the Father (John 14:6; I John 5:20).
14.  Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross and shed His innocent blood as the forgiveness of man’s sin (Matt. 27; Mk. 15; Lk. 23; Jo. 19; Mk. 14:24; Jo. 19:34; Rom. 3:25; 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:7-14).
15.  Jesus rose bodily from the grave on the third day (Matt. 17:23; Lk. 24:7-21; 24:46).
16.  Jesus ascended to the Father and is waiting to return at the appointed time (Acts 3:18-21).
17.  The Holy Spirit was sent to permanently indwell and seal believers (John. 14:16-17, 26; 16:5-15; Acts 2: 1-4; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
18.  Salvation is the work of God not of man’s works (Eph. 2:8-10).
19.  Sinners must be drawn to God and convicted by the Holy Spirit to be saved (John. 16:9-11).
20.  Believers who are truly born-again of the Holy Spirit cannot lose their salvation if they remain faithful to the end (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; John 10:28-29; Heb. 3:6,14).
21.  The Church is the body and bride of Christ and the true Israel of God (Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:18, 24; Rev. 19:7; 21:2, 9; Gal. 6:16).
22.  The elect are the one people and family of God of all dispensations and the “One New Man” (Eph. 2:11-22; Gal. 3:26-29; Rom. 9:6-13; Rom. 11).
23.  The Jews rejected Jesus and therefore God is no longer working through the nation of Israel, but the Church. Individual Jews and Gentiles who accept Jesus become part of the Church and fulfill both the spiritual and physical promises to Abraham (Matt. 21:43; 23: 38-39).
24.  There is coming a seven-year tribulation period divided into two parts with the last part – 3 ½ years called the Great Tribulation. It will be a time of judgment upon the unbelieving world both Jews and Gentiles. God will use the tribulation to destroy apostate Judaism and save the remnant of Jews who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. It will also be a time of judgment upon the Gentile nations who follow the Antichrist and submit to His “mark.” The Church will go through this period and many Christians will be martyred, as the Bible does not promise the Church an escape via a secret rapture. (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24; Rev. 2:22-23; 6:9-11; 7:9-17; 11:15-19).
25.  Christ’s return is posttribulational and is the time of the First Resurrection and Rapture, Armageddon, the seventh trumpet and the Day of the Lord. (Matt. 24: 29-31; Rev. 11:15-19; I Cor. 15:50-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thess. 2: 1-5; Rev. 6:12-17; 16: 13-16; 19: 11-21; 20: 4-6).
26.  Believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be examined for their works – some will be rewarded and some will lose rewards (Rom. 14:10; II Cor. 5:10).
27.  Only the overcomers will reign with Christ in His millennial Kingdom (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26-27; 3:5, 12, 21; 20:4).
28.  There is a literal Hell and Lake of Fire where unbelievers will be judged and tormented for an eternity (Matt. 10:28; Lk. 16:23-28; Rev. 19:20; 20: 10-15).
29.  All unbelievers will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).
30.  These are the last days evidenced by the increasing apostasy within professing Christendom, the emergence of the New World Order, and the signs that Jesus gave in the Olivet Discourse (II Thessalonians 2: 1-9; II Tim. 3:1; I Tim. 4:1; Matt. 24; Daniel 7: 7-8; Rev. 12: 3; 13:1).
31.  The “Kingdom of Heaven” is a term meaning God’s rule on earth. When Christ returns, He will rule the nations with a rod of iron along with the overcoming saints. Man’s rule apart from God will end when Christ returns to setup His earthly kingdom. (Matt. 13: 24-52; Ps. 2:7-9; Rev. 2:7; 12:5; 19:15; Zech. 14; ).  

Dr. Allen M. Barber