Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement

I. ON THE BIBLE

We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are inspired of God and that they are written by the prophets and apostles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the complete truth and without error; it will allow no one to change it in any manner.

The Bible clearly describes God’s plan of redemption for man. The Bible is the highest standard of our faith, life and service. We are opposed to all those who deny the Bible as the Word of God; we are opposed to the view that the Bible is out of date; we are opposed to the view that the Bible has error; and we are opposed to those who believe only in selected sections of the Bible. We want to emphasize that the Scriptures must be interpreted in light of their historical context and within the overall context of Scriptural teachings. In seeking to understand Scripture, one must seek the leading of the Holy Spirit and follow the principle of interpreting Scripture by Scripture, and not taking anything out of context. In interpreting Scripture, one ought to consult the traditions of orthodox belief left by the church throughout the history of the church. We are opposed to interpreting Scripture by ones’ own will, or by subjective spirtualization.

II. ON THE TRINITY

We believe in only one true God, the eternally self-existing triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are the same in substance, equal in honor and glory, each having different personalities, and each having different functional roles in the work of redemption. The Father plans salvation, the Son accomplished salvation, and the Holy Spirit implements salvation. However, there is no division among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the three are one in unity; the Son manifests the Father, and the Holy Spirit manifests the Son; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all receive our worship. We pray to the Father through the Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God created all things, and that He created man in His own image. God controls and sustains all things; He is the Lord of human history. The almighty God is just , Holy faithful, and merciful. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He manifests His sovereignty in all of human history. God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are both eternal: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father and is not created; the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son. God is a Spirit; He has no visible shape or form. Christians worship Him in Spirit and truth. Aside from the Trinity, Christians have no other object of worship. We refute all mistaken explanations of the Trinity, such as one entity with three modes of manifestation (such as water, ice and steam), or one entity with three identities (such as a person can be a son, a husband, and a father; or as the sun is light and heat)

III. ON CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son; He came to the earth by way of incarnation (the Word became flesh). In His perfect humanity He was tempted, though without sin. He allowed himself to be crucified on the cross of His own will and there shed His precious blood in order to redeem those who believe in Him from sin and death. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father from whom He received the promise of the Holy Spirit, which He gives to all who believe in Him. In the last day, Christ shall come again, the second time, to judge the world.

Christians receive the status of son-ship, but they remain human; they do not become God. No one knows the specific date of the Second Coming of Christ, but we firmly believe that Christ will come again. We can also know some signs of His second Coming. We are opposed to the teaching that Christ has come the second time in his incarnated form. We are opposed to all who claim to be Christ. All who claim that Christ has already come the second time should be declared heretics.

IV. ON SALVATION

Anyone who repents, confessing his or her sins, and believes in Jesus as the Son of God, that He was crucified on the cross for their sins, and that He rose again on the third day for the remission of their sins shall be saved through being born again. We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation, at which time we become His children and receive the Holy Spirit through faith; and we become the sons and daughters of God through faith.

We believe that God will preserve His children in Christ to the end, and we also believe that believers should firmly believe in the truth to the end. We believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is the assurance (evidence) of being saved, and the Spirit of God bears witness with our Spirit that we are the children of God. We are opposed to all who take specific phenomenon or personal experience as the objective criterion for being saved.

We are opposed to the belief that one can sin because he is under grace (for example, “once saved, always saved,” and hence one may sin freely). We are opposed to the idea of multiple salvations (for example, one can be lost if one fails to persist in faith, and hence must go through repentance and faith anew). We are opposed to the belief that one can be saved by keeping the law.

V. ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Holiness. The Holy Spirit illuminates a person, causing him to know sin and repent, to know the truth, and to believe in Christ and so experience being born again unto salvation. The Holy Spirit leads believers into the truth to understand the truth, to obey Christ, and thereby bear abundant fruit of life. The Holy Spirit gives power and manifests the mighty acts of God through signs and miracles. The Holy Spirit searches all things.

We do not believe in the cessation of signs and miracles or the termination of the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the apostolic period. We do not forbid the speaking of tongues, nor do we impose on the people the need to speak in tongues; nor do we insist that speaking in tongues is the evidence of being saved. We refute the view that the Holy Spirit is not a person in the Trinity but only a kind of influence.

VI. ON THE CHURCH

The church is composed of believers God has called throughout the world together in Jesus Christ. Christ is the head of the church, and the church is the body of Christ built on the foundation of the truth of the Word of God. The church is both local and universal. The universal church is composed of all churches of orthodox faith currently existing in all parts of the earth and all the saints throughout history.

The administration of the church should be conducted according to the principles laid down in the Scriptures. Its spiritual ministry shall not be conducted or controlled by secular powers. Within the church all brothers and sisters are members of the same body, the body of Christ each fulfilling his or her own role, in love growing up in all things into Christ who is head of the body. In the Spirit, the universal church should come to the unity of the faith and be united into one in Christ.

The missions of the church are: proclaiming the Gospel, equipping, training and sending them to defend the truth. Christians meeting in the name of Christ shall not be limited by number or location. All believers are priests, and they all have the authority and the responsibility to preach the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. We are opposed to the unity of the church and state, and the intermingling of the church and political powers. We are opposed to the expansion of the church by relying on political power, whether domestic or international.

VII. ON THE LASTING THINGS

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and the bodily resurrection of those who are saved. Aside from the heavenly Father, no one knows the date of the Second Coming of Christ. When Christ comes again, He will come down in the clouds from heaven with power and glory. At the trumpet call of God, those who are asleep in Christ shall be raised first from the dead. After that, those who are alive who have been born again and saved shall be caught up together with those in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and they shall all receive a glorified body. The saints and Christ shall reign together for a thousand years. During this period of a thousand years, Satan shall be cast into the bottomless pit. After the thousand years, Satan shall be temporarily released to deceive the people until he is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. Then Christ shall sit on His throne and judge all nations and people. All the dead who were not raised before the thousand year period shall be raised, and they shall stand before the judgement seat. All those whose names are not written in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire.

Those whose names are written in the book of life shall enter the New Jerusalem and be with God forever. We believe that as believers wait for the Second Coming of Christ, they should be diligent doing the work of the Lord, preaching the Word of life, shining for the Lord on earth, and bearing abundant fruit in word, deed, faith, love and holiness. Those who do these things shall receive a reward. As to the interpretation whether Christ will come before or after the tribulation, we acknowledge that there are different views among different church groups and that we cannot absolutely endorse any view. The responsibility of Christians is to be alert and prepared to welcome the Second Coming of Christ