Atonement For Sins
- We believe the central work of God in redemption was the providing of Himself in the person of Jesus Christ as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 12:27; Mark 10:45; I Tim. 1:15);
- that this act was wholly of grace (Heb. 2:9), wherein Christ, yet without sin, freely took upon Himself our nature, wherein He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and wherein He made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins by his death (II Cor. 5:21).
- We believe furthermore that His atonement did not consist of the mere setting of an example by His death as a martyr, but of the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust (I Peter 3:18)–that is, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree;
- that this work was essential so that God, while pardoning the guilty, might remain just, vindicating His holy nature (Rom. 3:26).
Salvation By Grace
- We believe that salvation is totally of grace apart from merit or works on man’s part (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 4:4-8, 16);
- that the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16; 3:24; Isa. 55:1, I John 2:2; Heb. 2:9; Rev. 22:17);
- that it is the immediate duty of all to receive salvation by a sincere, penitent, and obedient faith (Rom. 16:26; Mark 1:15; Rom. 1:16, 17);
- and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth buy his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel of Christ (John 5:40; Rom. 9:32; I John 5:10), which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation (John 3:19; Matt. 11:20; Heb. 10:29).
- We believe that upon repentance and faith, God immediately acts through the Holy Spirit to bring into being by the New Birth a new spiritual creation in Christ (II Cor. 5:17);
- that, in order to be saved, sinners must be born again (John 3:3-5);
- that the new birth is an instantaneous act of God and not a process;
- that in the new birth one dead in trespasses and sins is made to be a son of God (Rom. 8:14, 16; Gal. 4:5-7) and becomes a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4), receiving eternal life (I John 5:1, 11, 13), the free gift of God (Rom. 6:23);
- that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by natural birth, nor by the will of man (John 1:13), but wholly by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth (Titus 3:4-7; I Peter 1:23), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel;
- that the proper evidence of the new birth appears in the holy fruits of a new life (Gal. 5:22, 23; I Peter 1:2, 22);
- that this new life is worked out continuously in the heart through sanctification of the believer by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (II Thess. 2:13; II Cor. 3:17, 18);
- that the believer receives justification through the pardon of sins and the imputed righteousness of Christ (Rom. 4:5; 5:1, 2, 9).
Security of the Believer
- We believe that the work of regeneration is by nature an eternal transaction wherein God imparts everlasting life to the believer so that he will never come into condemnation (John 5:24);
- that he is sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13, 14) and is kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (II Tim. 1:12; John 6:39, 40);
- that all true believers will continue in the faith of Christ (John 10:27, 28; I John 5:4) and such faithful continuance is the grand mark that distinguishes them from those who superficially and falsely profess to be Christians (I John 2:19).