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I. The Person and Character of God

II. The Fall and Degeneracy of Mankind

III. Jesus Christ

IV. Salvation

V. Chastisement of the Child of God

VI. The Destiny of the Non-believer

VII. The State after Death

VIII. The Christian Rituals

IX. Christianity and Different Religions

X. The Holy Bible

XI. The Interpretation of the Word of God

XII. Study of the Bible

XIII. The Purpose of the Local Church

XIV. Attitude Toward Spiritual Gifts

XV. The Cessation of the Gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, and Knowledge

XVI. The Imminency of the Lord’s Return

XVII. The Leadership of the Local Church

XVIII. Ecclesiastical Associations

XIX. Ecclesiastical Censoring

XX. Individual Associations

XXI. Trying the Spirits

XXII. Angels, Demons, and Satan

XXIII. Spirit Activity in the Latter Times

XXIV. Views of Making Distinctions Toward People Because of Skin Color and Ethnic Origin

Detailed Doctrinal Statement for Windward Bible Church and Last Chance Ministries

I. The Person and Character of God -- God is perfect, [Matthew 5:48] holy, [1 Peter 1:15–17] all powerful, [Matthew 28:18] and one [Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:11, 21] existing in the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (lit. Holy Spirit). [Matt. 3:16–17, Mark 1:9–11, Luke 3:21–22] (Back To Top)

II. The Fall and Degeneracy of Mankind -- Adam and Eve, the first of Mankind, were created in the image of God [Genesis 1:26–27] to walk with God. [Genesis 3:6–9] But sin, that is disobedience to the Word of God, caused all mankind to fall from this place of walking with God. [Genesis 3:23–24] Therefore, mankind now needs a perfect Savior, or Redeemer, to restore each individual to that place of fellowship with God. [Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:22] (Back To Top)

III. Jesus Christ -- The Savior Redeemer is Jesus Christ, [Titus 2:13–14] the Son of God, born of a Virgin and thus free from the nature of sin. [Romans 8:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21] He is indeed God who came to Earth in human flesh. [Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1, 1:14, 10:31–33, 20:28] He also received worship as God [Matthew 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 28:9, 17] when God mandated that all men and angels bow in worship only to God [Exodus 20:5, Hebrews 1:6]. All godly men [Acts 10:25–26] and angels [Revelation 19:10, 22:8] are to refuse being worshipped. He was unjustly condemned and put to death, [Acts 3:13–15] but was bodily resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures. [1 Corinthians 15:3–4] He is now in heaven as the head and high priest of His body the Church. [Hebrews 4:14, 7:26–27] It is by His sinless sacrifice the sins of each individual has been paid. [Romans 5:12–19, 6:23] (Back To Top)

IV. Salvation -- is granted freely apart from works [Galatians 2:16] and completely to those who trust the person, work, and character of Jesus Christ. [Ephesians 2:8–9] To put one’s faith in Christ means one both trusts and confesses Jesus as Lord and Saviour. [Romans 10:9–10] Even though the Christian has been saved apart from good works, he or she has also been saved to do good works. [Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:14, James 2:14–20]

Thus, a person who has really been saved will began to practice good works because of their love for God. [1 John 4:19] When such persons put their trust in Jesus Christ they become a new creature in Him. [2 Corinthians 5:17] A new creature in Christ is a "born-again Christian." [John 3:3,7] When a person is "born-again" she or he then becomes part of the priesthood of all believers. [1 Peter 2:5,9] This person is given "everlasting life" which means they are kept saved by the power of God for all eternity. [John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 1 Timothy 1:16, 1 Peter 1:3–5] This person will also live and reign eternally with Jesus Christ in heaven. [1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, Revelation 22:2–5] (Back To Top)

V. Chastisement of the Child of God -- The Christian is called to live free from sin, [1 John 2:1] but because people live in bodies of sinful flesh, and also a sinful world which is contrary to the nature of God, each person will sin on occasion. [Romans 7:23–24, 1 John 1:10] When a person does sin this does not cause a person to loose their salvation, but it does break fellowship with God. [1 John 1:6–7] When a person sins they are to confess their sin to God to be cleansed and have the fellowship with God reestablished. [1 John 1:9] For Christians who practice sin God will discipline them as one of His children. [Hebrews 12:5–11] The Christian who refuses to accept this chastening and turn from sin will suffer in many ways, and ultimately even in death. [1 Corinthians 11:27–32] The person is still saved and goes to heaven to live eternally, but will have no eternal reward for living in this life. [1 Corinthians 3:13–15, 5:5] (Back To Top)

VI. The Destiny of the Non-believer -- Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith will go to hell when they die. [Luke 16:19–31] Then, when this world comes to an end, hell, and those in it, will be put into the "lake of fire" where they will be in torment for eternity. [Revelation 20:10–15] Once a person goes to hell, they are separated from God for ever. [Matthew 25:41–46, 2 Thessalonians 1:9] (Back To Top)

VII. The State after Death -- When a person dies who has trusted in Christ as their Savior, their body begins to sleep in death, [John 11:11–14] but their conscious spirit goes immediately to heaven to be with the Lord. [2 Corinthians 5:6–8, Hebrews 12:22–23] When one who has not trusted Christ dies, their body also begins to sleep in death, however, their spirit immediately goes first to hell and later to the lake of fire to be tormented forever. [Luke 16:22–23, Revelation 20:13–14] (Back To Top)

VIII. The Christian Rituals -- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or communion, are the two rites given for Christians to practice.

A. Baptism (i.e., baptismw a "dipping") is to symbolically and publicly identify each new convert with the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord. [Romans 6:3–4] Since one cannot be buried by someone pouring or sprinkling dirt on a corpse, neither can one be properly identified with the death, burial, and resurrection in being baptized by pouring or sprinkling. Thus the proper mode for baptism is to be submerged in water. [Matthew 3:11–16, Mark 1:8–9]

B. Communion is to remember the Lord’s death and coming, and it is to be practiced with broken unleavened bread and unleavened or non-fermented nonalcoholic juice. [Luke 22:1–18, 1 Corinthians 5:7–8, 11:24–26] The juice is to be served in separate cups which have been filled and previously passed out. The juice is to be drank after the bread has been eaten. [Luke 22:17–20, 1 Corinthians 11:33]

Baptism or communion does not help a person to be saved from sin no more than circumcision or any other "rite" can make one righteous before God. [Galatians 3:21, 5:2–4] In fact, if a person believes observing any particular rite helped them to be originally saved, they are not saved by the grace of God because salvation is by only trusting in Jesus Christ. [Galatians 5:4–5] Thus, if trust in Christ is shared with any rite then one’s trust is not completely in Jesus. Therefore, it is only by having one’s trust completely in Jesus Christ a person can be saved. [Galatians 5:6–9] (Back To Top)

IX. Christianity and Different Religions -- Religions are the philosophies of man and people have the right to believe and practice them as they wish. However, the Bible teaches that only through Jesus Christ can a person be saved and finally go to heaven. [John 14:6] The Bible also teaches that only God, the Father, can bring someone to Jesus Christ. [John 6:44] In addition, the Bible teaches that the understanding of other religions can be beneficial in winning others to Christ. [Acts 17:22–28, Titus 1:12] The Christian is only to teach the truth according to the Christian Bible, and expose error in humility and love. [Ephesians 4:15, 5:10–12, 2 Timothy 4:2] The practice of religions by people are to be respected, but it is the responsibility of Christians to strive to make it possible for all others, who will listen [Luke 8:8], to hear and understand the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ so they can make up their own minds according to what they believe. [Matthew 28:19–20, 1 Peter 3:15] (Back To Top)

X. The Holy Bible -- The Bible is the wholly inspired Word of God [2 Timothy 3:16], and the writing of it was finished, completed, and closed with the last book to be written by an apostle.  [2 Peter 3:2] The last book is the Book of Revelation written through John on the island of Patmos. [Revelation 1:1–9] We believe the Word of God to consist of the 66 Books of the Bible which have been recognized as being part of the inspired "Canon," or rule of God’s word. Some of the rules which determine which books are divinely inspired are as follows;

A. The book must be quoted by other books in the Canon. This shows each book is recognized as part of an established whole with each interdependent on the others. [Luke 24:44, Ephesians 2:20, Hebrews 1:1–2]

B. The New Testament books were all written by apostles with the exception of Acts and Luke. These two were written by Luke the physician, the personal disciple to Jesus and the companion of Paul the Apostle. All apostles had to have personally seen the resurrected Jesus Christ. [1 Corinthians 9:1, 15:6–8, 2 Peter 3:2]

C. Each book must not contain anything which contradicts anything in any other book. This shows the book shares authorship by God who is the same, yesterday, and for ever. [Psalm 119:89, Malachi 3:6, Hebrew 13:8] If God never changes, God will never contradict Himself.

D. The early church fathers, living from around A.D. 30 to around A.D. 150, would have treated the book as inspired and part of the Canon. If the early church, which was taught personally by the apostles, treated a specific book as inspired of God it was usually considered so.

Thus, based upon the above, the books of the Apocrypha such as 1st or 2nd Maccabees, Bell and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasseh, and any other books in the Apocrypha or Talmud, are not accepted as inspired of God. Nor or the works of the early church fathers accepted as being divinely inspired. They contain valuable "traditional" history worthy of historical consideration, but they are not the prophetic breath of God by which one should live. [Matthew 15:2–6, Mark 7:5–7, Colossians 2:8, 2 Timothy 3:16–17] Therefore no Christian teaching or doctrine should be founded on, or influenced by, anything other than the inspired Word of God. Interestingly, even the orthodox Jewish Canon does not include the above writings as inspired. (Back To Top)

XI. The Interpretation of the Word of God -- The interpretation of the Bible is to be singular in thought, although manifold in applications. Biblical understanding is not a matter of any private interpretation. [2 Peter 1:20–21] Thus, biblical interpretation is not subjective and determined by the individual according to their own preferences. Instead, the Bible has a clear meaning and understanding to each and all seeking its truth, regardless of whether one agrees with the message or not. In addition, the Bible is to be literally interpreted, which means it is to be taken at its actual wording, unless the language of the Bible deems it to be a parable, a type, a symbol, or an allegory. [John 16:25–30, 1 Corinthians 2:12–12, Romans 3:4] It is just as wrong to take a symbol literally as it is to take something literal and make it a symbol. (Back To Top)

XII. Study of the Bible -- Each believer has been commanded by the Bible to study the Word of God for themselves. [Acts 17:11] Whereas, in the end each will be judged according to what the Bible actually says, and not according to what someone claimed it said. [John 12:47–48] Thus, each person has to study the Bible on their own to judge what his pastor or spiritual leader has told them. [1 Corinthians 14:29, 2 Timothy 2:15] In addition, God divinely intervenes to reveal the truth to those who seek it. [1 Corinthians 2: 10–12, 1 John 2:27] (Back To Top)

XIII. The Purpose of the Local Church -- The believers are to meet in a local place for the purposes of encouraging one another, fellowship, partaking of communion, receiving biblical instruction, [Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24,25] and to help meet the needs of those who are hurting in real tangible ways. [Galatians 6:10, 1 Timothy 5:3–5, James 2:15–16] The church is to equip or "perfect the saints," (i.e., the living Christians) to carry out the work of the ministry and refute false doctrine. [Ephesians 4:11–14] The work of the ministry is to evangelize [Matthew 28:19–20, Luke 24:46–47] and spread the Gospel [the good news] of Jesus Christ, [Mark 16:15] and to minister to the needs of those in the body of Christ first, and last to reach out to and serve those in their community. [Galatians 6:10] (Back To Top)

XIV. Attitude Toward Spiritual Gifts -- The Bible teaches that "spiritual gifts" have been given to all believers. [1 Corinthians 12:7–10,28, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:10–11] These "gifts" have been given by God to profit, or benefit, the whole body of Christ. [1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10] However, they were not given for the benefit, nor for the profit, nor for the edification of the individual, but instead they are for the benefit and edification of others. [Romans 14:19, 15:2, 1 Corinthians 10:33, 12:21–22, 14:3–5, 12, 26, Ephesians 4:11–12] The Bible teaches that there is not any particular gift which every believer will have, [1 Corinthians 12:29–30] but each child of God has been given at least one. [1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10] The Bible does not teach that one receives any particular gift because they seek for it, but the gift is given as God determines for the profit of the whole body. [1 Corinthians 12:11] The Bible also teaches that some gifts have ceased operating today. (see next article) (Back To Top)

XV. The Cessation of the Gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, and Knowledge -- The Bible teaches that the three gifts which provided revelation of the Word of God directly from God ceased. [1 Corinthians 13:8]

A. These particular gifts ceased when that which was in "part," and also like a "dark glass," was completed and became clear. [1 Corinthians 13:9–12] That which was in "part" and like a "dark glass" was the Word of God [James 1:23–25] which was still being revealed by God. The completion of the Word of God occurred with the completion of the Book of Revelation penned by John who was the last living apostle. As article X., section B. has already stated, God worked through the New Testament apostles to give us the New Testament books. Thus, when the last apostle died the Word of God was finished.

B. The gifts which have ceased are prophecy, tongues, and the word of knowledge. [1 Corinthians 13:8] Those who practice either of these three gifts today, or any other practice to gain supernatural revelation from God, are operating from one of the two following sources. They are either operating from their own deceived minds, or they are operating by the deceiving power of Satan. [Jeremiah 14:14, 23:16–17, 23:25–26, 23:30–32, 29:8–9, Zechariah 10:2, Matthew 7:22–23, 2 Thessalonians 2:9] Just because a so-called revelation or prophecy comes true does not necessarily mean it is of God. [Deuteronomy 13:1–3] Whatever one says must comply completely with the Word of God. If a prophecy, word of knowledge, or interpreted tongue, does comply with the Word of God, then the revelation was in vain and not needed because it has already been revealed in the completed written word. [Ecclesiastes 5:6–7, Jeremiah 23:16, Ephesians 5:6]

C. The three gifts which have ceased were not for the personal benefit of any individuals, but for the completion of the Word of God [1 Corinthians 13:9–10] which would benefit the entire body of Christ. [1 Corinthians 12:7] Thus, Christians are commanded to live in daily hope by faith [Hebrews 10:37–38] The Christian is also commanded not to "take thought" for the days to come [Matthew 6:34, Acts 1:7] which would include seeking foreknowledge concerning future events in their life. When one seeks to know or see their daily future they are not living in hope by faith. [Romans 8:24–25, Hebrews 11:1] Living by any method other than faith is not pleasing to God. [Romans 14:23, Hebrews 11:6] In fact, the methods many Christians use to gain knowledge of the future is more akin to the practice of divination which is actually forbidden by God. [Deuteronomy 18:10–14, Acts 16:16–18] (Back To Top)

XVI. The Imminency of the Lord’s Return --  Simply stated, we hold to a 'pre-tribulational' rapture and 'pre-millennial' return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth in our eschatological beliefs. We believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ could come at anytime to take His church. His church is His body made up of all those who have put their faith in Him as their Savior. When Jesus comes to take His church this means He will catch away or "catch up" all Christians to meet the Lord in the air. [1 Thessalonians 4:15–18] This event could take place at anytime, thus believers are to be watching for Him by living according to the Bible. [Luke 12:36–40, 1 Thessalonians 1:9–10] Such anticipation of the Lord’s momentary return will have a purifying effect upon the Christian who is "watching." [1 John 3:2–3] After the church has been removed a terrible time of tribulation will come upon the Earth. [Matthew 24:3–31, 1 Thessalonians 4:15–18, 5:1–11] In addition, after this terrible time has run its course for seven years, Jesus will then come to and set His feet on Earth to destroy the armies of the wicked [Zechariah 14:1–7, 12–15, Revelation 19:15–21] and cleanse the Earth of all other wicked people. [Matthew 25:31–41] (Back To Top)

XVII. The Leadership of the Local Church -- The local church body is to have only one head, who is Christ, who leads the church through the elder pastor/shepherd. [1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 5:23] The elder pastor is to lead the local church by way of example and in teaching. [1 Timothy 4:11–15, 1 Peter 5:1–3] The elder pastor is to work to perfect and equip the lay people so they in turn can minister to each other and those outside the church. [Ephesians 4:11–13] The elder pastor is to also help prepare other men to serve as deacons and also elders or bishops. The terms "elder" and "bishop" are both terms which stand for pastors or assistant pastors. [Titus 1:5–9] The various leaders are to be ordained by others who have first examined them to ensure they each hold to proper doctrine. [Galatians 2:7–9, 1 Timothy 1:3–4, 2:7, 3:10, Titus, 1:5] (Back To Top)

XVIII. Ecclesiastical Associations -- Christians who take the Bible literally should recognize and accept the salvation experience of anyone in any "Christian church," regardless of church name, as long as one believes the above doctrines. [Romans 14:1–19] Any individuals who have experienced the new birth are entitled to be loved and accepted by all others in the church. The Christians holding to the literal understanding of the Bible do not believe they are better than anyone else; however, it should be their desire to stay clear of confusion which could occur because of differences in doctrine or practice causing strife among those attending a public service. [Amos 3:3, 1 Corinthians 14:13] Since each service is said to be "led of God," it is not in keeping with spiritual integrity for two or more people to get together and decide what God is not going to lead them to talk about for the sake of maintaining a face of unity in a public meeting. [Galatians 1:10] If any group agrees with the above points in doctrine, yet they have a confusing reputation concerning their beliefs and practices due to associating or working with those who are not in agreement with the doctrines and practices enumerated above, those holding to correct doctrine and practice should refrain from holding joint meetings or public services with such a group because of the ensuing confusion. [1 Corinthians 14:33, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, James 3:14–16] However, all and any who demonstrate a sincere interest to attend services in a peaceful manner should be welcome in attendance by those holding to the literal teachings of the Bible. (Back To Top)

XIX. Ecclesiastical Censoring -- Christian servants are forbidden by God to censor another servant simply because one servant does not join with them in public or joint efforts. [Mark 9:38–40, Luke 9:49–50]

A. Each servant is responsible to complete and specialize in their own ministry in which God has placed them. [Colossians 4:17, 2 Timothy 4:5] Since each person can only be in one place at a time, it is presuming upon God that one servant should automatically be led to work with another. Each servant has a particular ministry which will usually take them in a unique direction to a specific people and work. [Galatians 2:7–9] Thus, each servant is responsible to follow the Lord and please Him instead of man. [John 21:19–22, Galatians 1:10]

B. Since ecclesiastical cooperation requires a certain degree of common ground to exist in order for differing parties to work to together [Amos 3:3], this cooperation will usually mandate one party, if not all, must compromise in some areas of their practice or doctrine. Thus, ecclesiastical cooperation will probably not be beneficial to the literal truth of the Bible, but instead be used in bringing about a heretical one world religion. [Revelation 13:3–4, 13:15–16, 17:3–5, 17:18] In fact, the Bible instructs the Christian not to have any fellowship with that which is not of God and to expose all that is contrary to the literal teaching of the Bible. [Ephesians 5:11] (Back To Top)

XX. Individual Associations -- Each individual Christian enjoys the right to associate with whom ever they wish in a private fashion as long as the association is beneficial to all involved. The individual should be learning what is right and wrong from the leadership of their pastor and also from personal Bible study. [Acts 17:10–11, Ephesians 4:14] And in all things they are to speak the truth in love. [Ephesians 4:15] (Back To Top)

XXI. Trying the Spirits -- The Bible instructs the believer to determine if a "spirit" (a supernatural creature, i.e., an angel) or the teaching of any church or Bible teacher is of God by two biblical tests.

A. All spirits must readily confess Jesus to be "Lord." [1 Corinthians 12:3, Philippians 2:10–11] This is both a confession that Jesus is their personal Master [Hebrews 1:6] as well as confessing Jesus to be the LORD (i.e., the "I Am" [Exodus 3:14, John 8:58] and the "self-existent God" Jehovah or Yahweh [Exodus 3:15]) of the Old Testament.

B. The spirit must also readily confess Jesus Christ to have been resurrected and ascended in His resurrected body of flesh and bone [Luke 24:39, 1 John 4:1–3, 2 John 7–10], and that He will return to Earth in this same manner. [Acts 1:9–11] Any who do not confess this doctrine is not of God, but of Antichrist. (Back To Top)

XXII. Angels, Demons, and Satan -- The Bible teaches that angels are spiritual [Hebrews 1:13–14] and immortal [Luke 20:35–36] creatures which have been created by God [Psalm 148:2–5, Colossians 1:16]. However, these spiritual beings have a humanoid (i.e., anthropological or manlike) appearance [Genesis 19:1–5]. The Bible also teaches that angels who have rebelled against God are sometimes called evil spirits or demons. Satan (i.e., the Serpent of Old, the Devil, and the Dragon [Revelation 12:9]) is the leader of all evil angels [Matthew 12:24–26, Revelation 12:7], nevertheless, he is also merely an angel, but very powerful [1 Peter 5:8]. Angels, good or evil, have numerous supernatural abilities. They can induce visions [Acts 10:3, 30–32] and dreams [Matthew 1:20; 2:13, 19–20] to supernaturally make humans experience alternate realities. They can also make people experience conscience realities [Matthew 4:8]. These realities can be true, false, or partly true. [Deuteronomy 13:1–3]. Angels can also physically relocate or transport humans from one location to another [Genesis 19:15–16, Matthew 4:5, 8]. Angels freely travel and inhabit the heavens [Genesis 28:12, Revelation 12:7; 14:6] which is Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. Angels can conceal their presence [Numbers 22:22–31, 2 Kings 6:16–17] and they can change their appearance and appear as beings of light [2 Corinthians 11:14]. Angels can also kill humans [Numbers 22:33, 2 Kings 19:35].

A. Evil angels (demons or intelligent evil supernatural entities) work to ultimately ensnare and deceive for Satan’s purposes and plans [1 John 4:3]. They can also inhabit inanimate objects [1 Corinthians 10:19–20] to encourage the worshipping of idols. Demons can also animate inanimate objects to promote submission to Satan’s rule. [Revelation 13:15] They can also act to deceive people into believing certain human beings have supernatural, i.e., psychic, powers or abilities [Acts 16:16–19, 2 Thessalonians 2:9]. In addition, they are also ready to supply supernatural knowledge which can destroy humans [Genesis 3:1–6; Leviticus 19:31, 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:10–12]. Evil "spirits," or demons act contrary to the Word of God, i.e., the Christian Bible. However, demons also know the Bible and will try to misuse it to their advantage [Matthew 4:6]. Demons can also take control of humans’ bodies imparting supernatural strength [Mark 5:3–4] and speak with human mouths [Mark 5:7–8, 12]. They can also take control of animals [Mark 5:13]. Rebellious angels or demons can have a reptilian or an amphibian persona and they can influence control over the political and military affairs of mankind. [Revelation 12:9, 13:2–4, 16:12–14] Even though they can be stubborn, demons must obey direct commands given by God, or Christians acting [Mark 6:7–13, Luke 10:17] according to God’s will. However, demons can take advantage of non-Christian humans at will [2 Timothy 2:26].

B. Godly angels worship, bow to, and serve God [Hebrews 1:6]. They also refuse to accept worship from man and will instead point man to God [Revelation 19:10, 22:8–9]. They also minister serve, those who are heirs to eternal life (i.e., Christians) [Hebrews 1:14]. They also act in accordance to the teachings of the Christian Bible. (Back To Top)

XXIII. Spirit Activity in the Latter Times -- The Bible teaches that in the latter times, (i.e., before the return of Jesus Christ), demonic activity will continue to increase and evil spirits will gain more control over more and more people [1 Timothy 4:1, Revelation 9:20]. The Bible also teaches that evil spirits will perform any of all signs, miracles, or wonders that have been recorded [2 Thessalonians 2:9, Revelation 13:13-15] -- and also some that have not [Revelation 13:15]. (Back To Top)

XXIV. Views of Making Distinctions Toward People Because of Skin Color and Ethnic Origin -- The Bible teaches that all mankind -- regardless of ethnic origin or skin color -- has its ancestral origin in one common set of parents, Adam and Eve (Acts 17:26). Even modern genetic mapping has convinced scientists that all humans share one common mother. Since the Bible teaches that all mankind is descended from one set of parents, all are brothers and sisters in one family. Thus, we make no distinctions toward any persons regardless of skin color or ethnic origin. This includes marriage involving those of differing skin colors and ethnic origins. We also believe that making such distinctions -- or practicing 'respect of persons' -- is contrary to Scripture and is sin (James 2:9), which is grievous to the Holy Spirit of God and harmful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will not knowingly work with or cooperate with any individual, church, or group that does not hold to share this biblical standard. (Back To Top)

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