What We Believe (All Verses are Quoted Using the KJV)
Updated: Sep 12, 2022
God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons are themselves three separate beings that work in unison in what we call the Trinity (1 John 5:7). Each member of the Trinity always has existed and always will exist because they are infinite beings (Genesis 1, John 1). This means that we believe that Jesus Christ is not a created being, but was sent by God the Father from Heaven to Earth to live as a man (John 1, Micah 5:2, Revelation 1:1-8). We reject the idea that God is an essence or that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the same person (oneness/modalism). Regarding confusion about the Trinity, whenever we see "God" or "The LORD" mentioned in the Bible without context, it is safe to assume that it is God the Father speaking or being referenced.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). He was born of Mary while she was still a virgin before she had her other children. He lived a perfect, sinless life throughout the entire time that He lived on Earth (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21), being tempted just as each person does (Hebrews 4:15). He did not deserve death because he never sinned (Romans 6:23), but offered himself up as a sacrifice to pay the price for every sin that was ever committed and will ever be committed by every person that has ever existed and ever will exist (1 John 2:2). Finally, God the Father raised Him up bodily from the dead, conquering sin and death (Acts 13:33). He lived publicly after His resurrection, publicly ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11), and is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:55-56).
Any person who believes on Jesus Christ will go to Heaven when they die (Acts 16:31). This is called salvation or having been saved. A person gets saved in an instant. It happens the instant a person trusts in Jesus Christ being the son of God and his finished work (living a perfect life, being the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world) that God the Father sent him to Earth to do (John 6:39-40), and that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead according to the scriptures (Acts 13:33).
Salvation is a free gift (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). Other than believing on Christ, you do not have to do anything to get it. There are no works or good deeds involved in getting it, keeping it, or proving that you have it (Romans 4:1-5, Romans 11:6). A person cannot lose their salvation (John 6:37, John 3:16-18, John 11:25-26). A person does not have to turn from their sins in order to get saved, stay saved, or prove that they are saved (Romans 4:5, Jonah 3:10). Neither does any person have to be baptized, go to church, read their Bible, or do anything. It is by simple, childlike faith and trust in Jesus Christ paying for one's eternal life and accepting it as a free gift. It is this simple and easy because God wants everyone to go to Heaven (2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:3-4). It doesn't matter who you are. It is all inclusive to everybody (Revelation 22:17).
Anyone who adds to or takes away from this simple message of salvation is not saved. This means that if a person believes that they have to repent of their sins or do works to be saved or believe that it is evidence that they are saved, then they are not saved (Matthew 7:21-23, John 6:39-40). If a person tries to believe in Jesus and another god or another religion, then they are not saved (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5). If a person believes in a different Jesus, like those who believe in oneness/deny the Trinity or that Jesus didn't die for everybody, then they are not saved (2 Corinthians 11:1-4). Although salvation is very simple, it is also very specific.
To repent means to change one's mind or to turn. It does not mean to turn from one's sins. For a person to repent and get saved, that means that they stop trusting in one thing, and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation instead (Acts 17:30). An example could be a person trusting in Buddhism would repent of their Buddhism and put their faith in Christ. Another example would be an unsaved professing Christian repents of their trusting in their baptism or their effort in repenting of their sins, and puts all of their faith in Christ, leaving no faith in baptism or their attempts at living a clean life (Hebrews 6:1). While we do encourage people to put in effort to clean up their lives and try to live a holy life to honor God, it is not required to obtain eternal life because eternal life is a free gift (Jonah 3:10, Romans 4:5).
There are dozens of times in the Bible where God repents (Genesis 6:6-7, 1 Samuel 15:11), where God does something to prevent people from repenting (Exodus 13:17), where Judas Iscariot (the man who was possessed by Satan to betray Jesus) repents (Matthew 27:3-5), and many other contexts of repentance that show how versatile the word "repent" is. The definition of "repent" is totally dependent on the context that surrounds it.
Our organization rejects any predestination unto salvation outright, whether it be called election, fore-ordainment, God's eternal decree, or any other name. We believe that God, through Jesus Christ, is drawing everyone to Himself so they can accept the free gift of eternal life (John 6:44, John 12:32, 1 Timothy 2:5). He is doing this because he loves us (John 3:16). He does not want anyone to go to Hell (2 Peter 3:9) and He wants everyone to go to Heaven (1 Timothy 2:4). Regarding the concept of predestination in the Bible, we believe that a person obtains the destiny of having eternal life when they trust in Christ (Ephesians 1:11-12).