Our Statement of Faith contains a very in-depth, biblically sound, orthodox listing of our beliefs about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and Christianity as a whole. As attacks on the Christian Faith grow, as our beliefs are increasingly questioned and maligned, and because there are many various cults (those whom ignore the Bible, change it’s message, or add their own beliefs to the Bible’s message); we believe this Statement of Faith is an absolutely necessary and vital part of this ministry’s responsibility to it’s fellow Christians and the world as a whole to let them know Wherein we Stand and What we Believe.
We also believe the Holy Spirit will continuously open our eyes and teach us deeper and greater truths as we press forward in our research and prayer for deeper knowledge of His Word. Consequently, this Statement of Faith will evolve over time. This current version represents our knowledge of God’s Word as it is today. As we’re taught new things, we’ll make the necessary updates to this Statement of Faith to reflect those new truths. It is vitally important each of our readers remember this simple fact: We are mere humans, and our words here at Bible Based Believer(s).org are exactly that, human words and teachings. As children of God, it is the responsibility of each person to research God’s Word for ourselves, asking the Holy Spirit for guidance and understanding as we go. (2 Timothy 2:15 – KJV) and (I John 2:27 – KJV)
Holy Bible [A1]
We believe the Holy Bible is the true, living, and only Word of God. We stand firm in the belief the Bible is the one and only infallible, inerrant, authoritative, true Word of God. That is to say, it is: (never failing, always effective and incapable of making mistakes), (incapable of being wrong), and (able to be trusted as being accurate or true; reliable).
We believe God, in His immeasurable wisdom and strength, has preserved His Holy Word throughout the ages of time, even to this present day. We also believe the King James Version of the Holy Bible to be the most accurate representation of the original manuscripts and we consider it our final and absolute authority above and beyond all other authorities here on this earth.
If your Bible is a King James Bible, it preserves God’s words because it was translated using “formal equivalence.” All other Bibles were translated using “dynamic equivalence,” in which the translator is free to change words as long as he conveys the “idea.” – Jack Chick
Definition: Dynamic and Formal Equivalence – Wikipedia
The following scriptures from the Holy Bible are left for us as a reassurance of our beliefs about the Holy Bible.
God promises to preserve His Word [A1-2]:
“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever”. (Psalms 12:6-7 – KJV)
God’s Words will never pass away [A1-3]:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away”. – Jesus Christ, Son of God (Mark 13:31 – KJV)
God cares about His Words [A1-4]:
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add though not unto his words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar”. (Proverbs 30:5-6 – KJV)
God will curse those who change His Word [A1-5]:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19 – KJV)
Do you believe the Apocrypha is the inspired Word of God? [A2-1]
I urge you, dear reader, to remember how important the fact is that we here at Bible Based Believer(s).org are not scholars, theologians, doctors of divinity, or highly educated in any manner. We are, however, followers of Jesus Christ, believers in the same, guided by and taught of His Holy Spirit. During our course of reading and research, we have discovered many interesting facts and questions concerning the Apocrypha. Our thoughts include ideas and questions such as:
- Why was the Apocrypha preserved for over 2,000 years, then simply removed within the last 200 years? Did it suddenly stop being the Word of God, or was it placed there by man when it never should’ve been there in the first place?
- Why do most Americans believe that the Apocrypha is Catholic in it’s origin, when clearly it was written before Catholicism was ever even thought or heard of? Hint: Do your research (through prayer) before simply repeating what others have been saying for the last 100 years, and claiming that as fact.
- If we ARE truly Bible Believing Christians, we believe the Word of God is true and unfailing, and we believe the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide in all things, why don’t we go to Him in prayer over this issue just like we do all other issues?
- Please let us not forget the following scriptures, and let us not forget to rely on the Word of God that we do have (E.g. The 66 books that make up the current version of the cannon of scripture currently in print today.) God’s Word is chocked completely full of words of wisdom and guidance for us.
- Contained within those books are the following scriptures:
- Proverbs 8:17 – 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
- Jeremiah 29:13 – 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
- Matthew 7:7-8 – 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
- This is a very small sampling of His scriptures of promise for us. Our point is simply this: If you are wondering anything about the Apocrypha, or scripture, or life, or absolutely anything of significance to you, search the scriptures, and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance! He WILL answer you! It is real, HE IS REAL, HE IS ALIVE, and HE LOVES YOU! He wants to help you, and He wants to guide you! Please let Him do that for you. You’ll never regret a decision such as this. Eternal Life is real my friend, and it is here, now! Not in some far off by and by.
- Please use the following list of scriptures from Knowing-Jesus.com as a reference for scriptures concerning seeking God.
We believe God is the Great ‘I AM’ (Exodus 3:14 – KJV). God alone can make the statement “I AM”, because God alone is. Everything else, and everyone else, becomes. If I say ‘I AM’, I speak falsely of myself. When I refer to myself, I should state that I am something; “I am a man, I am a preacher, I am a teacher, etc.” There’s an excellent reference here from Charles Kingsley on the Great I AM.
We believe strongly, with Biblical proof, that God is neither contingent nor derived. He has the power of being within Himself. He is completely self existent and depends on absolutely nothing else for His Holy existence or life. Rev 4:11 (KJV) says: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Only one God [B2]
God is the only Supreme (Sovereign) Being and there have been no Gods created before or after Him in all of time. Deuteronomy 10:17 (KJV) – 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: (Psalms 99; Ephesians 1:22; 2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalms 115:3 – KJV).
God is to be worshiped (Gen 24:26; 2 Chron. 29:28; Rev. 7:11), He is to be served (Matt. 4:10; Heb. 9:14; 1 Cor. 6:19), and He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8).
God created the World [B3]
We believe God created the World, it did not evolve. Genesis 1:1 “1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” While many will tell you the Holy Trinity of God is not mentioned or taught in the Bible until the New Testament, we believe that scripture teaches us otherwise. Quite literally, even in the beginning – Genesis 1 (the divine creation of the world) we are shown the evidence of the Trinity of God.
- Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Mentions God)
- Genesis 1:2 – “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.“ (Mentions the Holy Spirit)
- Genesis 1:3 – “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Mentions the Son of God – Jesus) – John 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – Further reading of John 1:10 shows us that Jesus was The Light, and the world was made by Him. We also read in Colossians 1:15 He is: “15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”
God is a Holy Trinity [B4]
As we’ve just been discussing, God, the Holy Trinity, is mentioned all the way back in the beginning, in Genesis 1. We believe this is our (Christians) proof that not only is God a Holy Triune, He wanted us to know this Triune was involved in everything that God has done since the beginning of time. The Holy Trinity or Triune is defined as: “the Christian Godhead as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” That is to say, God is one, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, whom are infinite in their glory, power, love, holiness, wisdom, and justice for all.
God’s Will [B5]
We believe, without a shadow of doubt, God does have a ‘Will’. Daniel 4:35 “35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Again in John 6:38-40, John lets us know what Jesus said His will was: “38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Finally, Pastor John Piper has an excellent sermon regarding the Will of God, that we highly recommend reading. We have the utmost respect for Pastor John and his teachings. Our goal is that you would learn of the things of God’s Word, whether or not they come from us or another pastor is of no importance to us.
Jesus Christ – Son of God [C]
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He is the Word (God), and He became the one and only true God-man. Jesus, through His incarnation (a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality), was conceived of the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18-25 – KJV). Jesus Christ walked this earth as God, in a mans body for a period of time after His earthly birth, yet He lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; 2 Cor 5:21; Luke 1:35; 1 John 3:5). He performed miracles, and taught the message of salvation to sinners everywhere He went (Mat 8:24-27; Luke 8:26-39; John 3:1-21).
Jesus was crucified for our sins, but by the power of God was raised from the dead on the third day (John 19; John 20). Jesus tells us in John 3:15, that: “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life”. Jesus will return to judge all humanity. In Isaiah 66:15-24, the prophet tells us of Jesus return to rule the and judge the earth. In John 5:22-23, Jesus tell us: “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son”. Finally, Jesus IS the “I AM”, the messiah. Look at: John 20:31; John 4:25-29. The woman at the well perceived that she was speaking to the Messiah, to which Jesus instructed her saying: “… I that speak unto thee am he”.
Holy Spirit [D]
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son. 1 John 5:7 says: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” This verse is sufficient as the basis for the entire doctrine of the Trinity. We also see in multiple other scriptures there is but one God: (1 Corinthians 8:6; Isaiah 44:6-8; Deuteronomy 4:35-39), and one more scripture showing His Almighty greatness: “For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols.” (Psalm 96:4).
Before the Jesus ascended back into heaven (John 3:13) to sit on the right hand of the Father, He told His disciples He would send the Holy Ghost to them (Acts 1:8-9), and in (Acts 2:1-4), the Holy Spirit did indeed come upon them. We also believe the Holy Spirit lives in us (Ezekiel 36:27; 1 Cor 3:16; 1 Cor 6:19), guides us (1 Kings 18:12; Luke 4:1; Rom 8:14; John 16:13), and teaches us (1 John 2:27), regenerates the sinner who believes (John 3:5; John 3:8), and convicts the world of sin (John 16:8). We encourage you to continue reading the book of John for a deeper explanation of the Holy Spirit. we know you will be truly blessed!
We believe those whom believe on Jesus Christ, will receive the Holy Spirit. In Ezekiel 36:27, God told His people: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” In Acts 2:33, Peter says: “ Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” … and in Acts 2:38, Peter tells us how to receive the Holy Spirit: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Man was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27). However, all men have fallen into sin through the sins of Adam (Genesis 3; specifically Genesis 3:17). Paul tells us in Romans 5:12 that sin entered into the world by one man: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Because of this sin, a man can not see the kingdom of God unless he is born again of God (John 3:3). In 1 John 1:8-10, John tells us that: “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
A man can not perform the work of righteousness in himself in order to clear himself from sin. The Holy Bible is very explicit in stating the fact that we can not and do not create our own righteousness. John 8:24 is a great example of this: “ I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
We believe Jesus Christ was given to us as a gift from God (because God so loved the World), that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). We do believe that Jesus Christ gives us salvation, by grace, not of ourselves, lest any should boast (Eph 2:8), but we beg of you not to stop reading there…, ignoring (Eph 2:12-13). Let us not forget the Who (Jesus) by focusing too much on the What (salvation).
Jesus Christ, my friends, is our true gift!
Jesus is the greatest gift there is. That is a staple of Christian theology. Yet as soon as we hear this statement, we’re apt to collapse it into a statement about some other gift, like salvation. Being given Jesus, in our minds, quickly morphs into being given forgiveness, or rescue, or eternal life. Jesus himself, the gift who perfectly embodies God’s generosity and goodness, gets bumped to the third page.
The Gospels don’t do that. From his Incarnation to his Ascension, Jesus Christ puts the liberality and largeness of God on display. It is not just at the Cross, or even in the Resurrection, that Jesus represents the grace, the gift-giving-ness, of God to us. In every miracle, every parable—simply by being in the world at all—Jesus is proclaiming, “God is good, he loves giving, and I’m here, among other things, to prove it.”
Even Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, … to give His Life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45) – “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Gal 1:3-4) – “3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” and (2 Cor 9:13-15)
We believe that whosoever believeth in Jesus Christ shall be saved (John 3:15-17). We also believe that man did not and can not create his own salvation. John 4:10 tells us: “… thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”; and John 4:14 tells us: “ But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”, quite simply, we do NOT give ourselves eternal life (salvation). Furthermore, no one can come to the Father unless the Father draw him (John 6:44).
However, we are instructed to believe (John 3:15-17; John 3:36), we are instructed to obey and follow His Words and Sayings (John 14:23-24), and we are instructed to watch and be vigilant for ye know neither the day nor the hour… (Mat 25:13). This is a great teaching of Jesus, bearing great importance in our relationship with and walk with Christ (in all of chapter 25). Also we should not neglect (Rev 3:20), which again teaches us of the importance of our relationship with Christ and His desire to ave a relationship with us. This is a deep subject requiring further investigation, and teaching, which we have done here.
Jesus’ Return [G]