FROM ERIC EXPANDED WORDS3

 


Our Doctrines



We Believe:


 1.  that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we
understand
     the whole of the Book called the Bible; nor do we take the statement in the
     sense in which it is sometimes foolishly said that works of human genius
     are inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very Words of the
     sacred writings to holy men of old: that His divine inspiration is not in
     different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings,
     historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical, and to the smallest word, and
     inflection of a word, provided such word is found in the original manuscripts
     (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Mark 12:26, 13:11;
     Acts 1:16, 2:5).


 2.  that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, The Father, The Son,
     The Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the
     same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same
     homage, confidence and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:14;
     Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3;
     Revelation 1:4-6).


 3.   that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell
      from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as the
      consequences of his disobedience, the threatened penalty of death was
      then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grievously
      injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in
      trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the Devil
      (Genesis 1:26, 2:17; John 5:40, 6:54; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:6;
      1 John 3:8).

 4.  that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been
      transmitted to the entire race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted;
      and hence every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which
      not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and
      unchangeably bad, being enmity against God, and incapable by any
      educational process whatever of subjection to His law (Genesis 6:5;
      Psalm 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; Romans 5:12-19, 8:6-7).

 5.  that, owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter
      the Kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation,
      however great; no attainment in morality, however high; no culture, how-
      ever attractive; no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies,
      however useful; no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can
      help the nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit
      through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation (Isaiah 64:6;
      John 3:5, 18; Galatians 6:16; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:8;
      1 Peter 1:23).

 6.  that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord
      Jesus Christ, Who was made to be sin, and made a curse, for us, dying in
      our room instead, and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good
      resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations
      of any church, or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the
      Apostles, can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to
      the merit of that finished work, wrought for us by Him Who united in His
      person true and proper divinity with perfect and sinless humanity
      (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21;
      Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).


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