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1. We believe and are committed to the Inerrancy of Scripture and relevant and applicable Biblical teaching.

We believe the entire word of God is inspired by Him (Prophets attest to this, e.g., 2 Sam 23:2-3; Isa 59:21; Jer 1:9, as well as Christ in Matt 5:18; 22:42-43; Mark 12:36; John 10:35; 16:12, and finally the apostles in Luke 10:7; Acts 1:16; 4:24-25; 28:25; 1 Cor 2:13; 14:37; Gal 1:7-8; 1 Thess 4:2, 15; 2 Thess 3:6, 12, 14; 1 Tim 5:18; Heb 3:7; 10:15-16; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 3:16). The Scriptures come to us without error in its original words. Therefore, we believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be verbally and plenary the inspired Word of God, in the original manuscripts. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and as the sole rule of life and sole revelation of God to man as 2 Timothy 3:16 states. Since the entire word (i.e., the sixty-six books of the Bible) of God is inspired, we are committed to teaching the entire counsel of God in the OT and NT.
Since the Scriptures are both "timeless and timely," we believe that its relevance and applicability is for people of all ages and all times. Thus we are committed to teaching the applicability of Scripture in our lives by showing believers how they can put it to work in their lives (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21).


2. We believe in the God-head.

We believe in one Triune God, externally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each co-eternal and co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. These three are one God worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor 13:14; Heb 1:1-3; Rev 1:4-6).


3. We believe in the total depravity of man.

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but due to Adam's sin the human-race fell and inherited a sinful nature, thus becoming alienated from God. This resulted in man's spiritual and physical death. By spiritual death we mean man is totally separated from God's eternal life blessings and devoid of a positional justified standing before Him, unable to please or produce a godly life. However, by spiritual death we do not mean that man is spiritually insensitive and unable to respond to God's drawing. Thus man is not like a rock who has no spiritual sensitivity. Man is spiritually sensitive which answers why throughout world history he has always searched for a "spiritual" deity to please, which proves their "spiritual sensitivity." Hence God can blame humanity for denying His existence through natural revelation (Rom 1:18-32). As a result of sin, man also died physically (Gen 3:1-24). Total depravity means men are incapable of earning and righteous standing before God and thereby eternal life through meritorious works (Rom 3:10-12, 20, 23; 5:12). Furthermore, total depravity does not mean men are incapable of doing humanitarian good deeds. He can because God's image was not totally eradicated at the fall (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 6:5; Psalms 14:1-3; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; 5: 40; 6:35; Romans 3:10-19, 22-23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:6 1 John 3:8).


4. We believe in the Person and Work of Christ:

A) We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2, 14; 3:16; 2 Cor 5:19-21).
B) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through, first living a sinless life to God's mandates, then died on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world (John 3:16; Rom 3:21-4:25; 5:9-10; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 John 2:2); and that our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead making our resurrection sure (Rom 10:9-10; Acts 2:18-36; 1 Cor 15:1-58).
C) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate on behalf of believers (Acts 1:19-11; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).


5.We believe that salvation (i.e., eternal life) is by faith alone in Christ alone.

Salvation is a gift of God brought to us by grace through faith alone (as the sole condition that's needed to be born again) in Christ alone. In fact, since universal sin through death entered the human race through one man, no one can enter the kingdom of God (or have eternal life) unless they are born again. No degree of reformation however great, no attainment of morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or any other type of ordinances or religious rituals or practices however administered, can help mankind born sinful to take even one step to heaven; but a new position has to be imparted from above at the very moment of faith in Jesus Christ and His promise to give eternal life to all who solely believe in Him (Gen 15:6; Lev 17:11; Isa 64:6; John 3:1-16; 4:10-13; 5:24; 6:47; 11:25-27; Rom 4:3-5; Gal 3:13; 6:15; Eph 2:8-9; Phil 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; Jas 1:18; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 23; Rev 22:17). Thus only those who believe Christ's promise alone are eternally saved and become sons of God (John 1:12-13)


6.We believe in assurance.

We believe that assurance is of "the essence of saving faith." That is, the immediate moment one believes in Christ for the free gift of eternal life, one cannot lack assurance or expect works to prove their salvation, for this is not assurance based on faith in Christ. Assurance improperly placed on works becomes no assurance since believers will never be perfect in all practical sense. Therefore, those who initially lack complete assurance at the moment of saving faith did not believe the gospel offer of Christ because Scripture only knows two adequate responses to accept the free offer of eternal life. Either Christ's claim to give eternal life is believed, or it's not. There is no such thing as having 99% (or less) assurance. This would simply mean one has not understood the simple gospel that promises eternal life for anyone who simply believes Christ. This is why we believe it's the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very moment they take Him to be their Savior and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God's very Word, the Bible. This should excite within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience (John 11:25-27; Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 5:13).

However, we do not mean that a believer due to licentiousness cannot lose assurance. This would be tantamount to saying, "We believe in the indefectibility of assurance," which we do not believe. Believers may lose salvation-assurance if they chose to live sinful or depart from Christ, though they may in fact be eternally secured apart from their subjective experience.

7. We believe in the eternal security of the believer.

All believers are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. Because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, because His freedom to exercise grace (unmerited favor) on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of all the saved, those who simply believed/trusted in Christ alone by faith alone will be secure forever.

Nevertheless, we believe that since God is holy (i.e., pure from any and all sin. He is separated from it, which is not and can never be part of His nature) and a righteous (all that He does is righteous whether or not we can make sense of it) Father, He cannot overlook sin in His children. Therefore, if believers persistently sin, it does not prove they are not saved or lose their salvation (eternal status). Yet, God will chasten believers and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to once an for all save and keep them forever, apart from any human merit, He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them, who once believed in Christ alone by faith alone, faultless and blameless before the presence of His glory. Thus all believers will be conformed totally to the image of His Son one day (John 5:24; 6:37-38; 10:27-28; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom 8:1-39; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 1:14; 4:30; Heb 5:11-6:12; 7:25; 10:19-39; 12:4-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; 3:2; Jude 24).

8. We Believe in the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.

A) We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, though truly blessed and omnipresent in all eternity, manifested Himself by taking His rightful place in the world-in a special sense-on the day of Pentecost. He's the One who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, who baptizes all believers in the body of Christ (therefore uniting them in one body at the very moment a person believes in Christ), indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30).

B) We believe He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all Christians to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:12-15; Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27; 1 Cor 2:13-14).

C) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer, and the Holy Spirit accomplishes His work in the world through the service and teaching gifts. The sign gifts of speaking in tongues and healing were unique to the apostolic period-as foundational gifts, which purpose served to confirm revelation and judgment of the Jews who rejected the Messiah-but were never designed as the common or necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit or salvation. As foundational gifts that began the new period called the "church age," this doesn't mean God is inoperative today in working miracles. He's always working miracles in the lives of people. Nevertheless, the office of "apostleship" and "prophets" and accompanying gifts of this period are not operative today, because the foundation (i.e., Scripture as the basis for all to believe) has been laid once-and-for-all. Furthermore, speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit, and delivering the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the future resurrection of the body at glorification (Acts 4:8, 31; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 1:22; 13:8; 12:7-11; 14:21-23; 15; Eph 2:20-21; 4:11-13; 1 Thess 4:13-5:11; 1 John 3:2).

D) The Holy Spirit never departs from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ. Though the Spirit permanently indwells all believers, Christians can grieve and quench the Spirit due to unconfessed sins (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:9). His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the church age (John 14:16-17; 16:12-15; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:22; 4:30; 2 Thess 2:7).

9. We believe in the church and unity of believers.

We believe that all who are united (from the moment of faith) to the risen and ascended Son of God, Jesus Christ are members of the church, the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. All of its members are constituted as such regardless of membership in a local church. The same Spirit baptizes all believers in this age into the body of Christ, and thus eradicating previous distinctions how God worked with Jews and Gentiles in this dispensation. Hence Jews or Gentiles are now members together in God's plan and entity (the church) used of God in the present (Rom 11:15-25; Eph 2:11-22; Gal 3:28). Both groups, now one, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, by loving fervently one another with a pure heart.

The establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. In addition, God commands (the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control) the continual unity, worship and strengthening of one another (Matt 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 20:17, 28-32; 20:28; Rom 12:5; 16:1, 41 Cor 3:9; 11:2; 12:12-27; Eph 1:20-23; 4:3-10, 17-29; Col 3:9-15; Heb 10:24-25).

10. We believe in the sacraments or ordinances.

We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church. These are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. Such ordinances have no salvation value but are mere commemorative ceremonies that recount the one time event of salvation. Baptism should only be practiced once to express externally the conviction of faith in Christ that occurred internally. However, the Lord's Supper ought to be celebrated regularly to remember Christ's sacrifice and His second coming (Matt 28:18-20; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 18:7-8; 1 Cor 11:24-26).


11. We believe in the Christian's walk of sanctification.

We believe that we are called to walk holily (i.e., to separate from any and all sinful practices). Believers should not walk after the flesh but the Spirit. Therefore, believers are empowered by the indwelling Spirit by not fulfilling the lust of the flesh. The adamic nature known as the flesh resides with us from birth and remains with believers until death. Thus, the fallen adamic nature is never eradicated but remains during one's earthly pilgrimage, and needs to be kept under control through the Spirit in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in the lives of believers to the end of dishonoring the Lord (Rom 5:1-8:39; 12-13; Gal 5:16-23; Eph 4:22-24; Col 2:1-10; 1 Pet 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7; 3:5-9).

We believe that sanctification, which refers to believers being the set apart daily unto God, is threefold: (1) It is already complete for every saved person because his position in Christ toward God. (2) However, believers retain their sin nature that cannot be eradicated in this life (as mentioned above). Therefore, while a Christian's standing before God remains perfect, their present state is no more perfect than their daily experience. Christians grow progressively in sanctification and are changed by the power of the Spirit as they partake in daily reading of the Word, prayer, and church participation and fellowship. (3) Finally, a believer will one day be permanently fully sanctified in his state once standing before Christ (John 17:17; 2 Cor 3:18; 7:1; Eph 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thess 5:23; Heb 10:10, 14; 12:10, 14; 1 John 3:2).

12. We believe in Christian service.

We believe that the Spirit upon all who are saved bestows divine enabling gifts for service. While there is a diversity of gifts, the same Spirit energizes each believer, and calls believers to service to do His will. Certain gifted believers existed in the apostolic church known as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers appointed by God to do the work of the ministry. Though today the office of apostle and prophet are inoperative, other gifts operative today to build the church are evangelists, pastors and teachers (Rom 12:1-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 2:20; 4:11-13).

At salvation all believers receive at least one gift to benefit the church. Rewards are promised according to the faithfulness exercised by each believer in God's service for the Lord. These rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after He comes to receive His own to (1 Cor 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2 Cor 5:10; 2 Tim 2:12; Heb 1:9, 14; 2:1-3).

13. We believe in dispensationalism.

We believe that Scriptures, when interpreted in their natural and literal sense, reveal divinely determined periods of time in which God operated in specific ways, in order to fulfill His purposes. Regarding future events, the Scripture teaches the personal, immanent return of Christ who will rapture the Church prior to the seven years literal tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Millennial Kingdom that was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps 89:3-4; Dan 2:31-45; Matt 24:42-51; 25:14-30; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:13-5:11; Revelation 19:1-20:10).

Dispensations are stewardships by which God works His purpose on the earth through man under varying responsibilities. Changes in the dispensational dealings of God with man depend on changed conditions or situations in which man is successively found in relation to God, and that these changes are the result of the failures of man and the judgments of God. Different administrative responsibilities given to man are evident in the Bible, and each dispensation ends in the failure of man under the respective test and follows and ensuing judgment of God. There are at least three of these dispensations or rules of life that are subject of extended periods of revelation in the Scriptures, viz., the dispensation of the Mosaic law, the present dispensation of grace, and the future dispensation of the millennial kingdom. These are distinct and are not to be intermingled or confused, as they are chronologically successive.

Dispensations are not ways of salvation or different methods of administering the so-called Covenant of Grace. They are not in themselves dependent on covenant relationships but are ways of life and responsibility to God that tests the submission of man to His revealed will during a particular time. If man trusts his own efforts to gain favor with God or to be saved under any dispensational test, because of inherent sin and failure to satisfy the just requirements of God, condemnation will follow. In fact, according to God's eternal purpose, salvation in every dispensation always comes "by grace through faith." God has always been gracious, regardless of the dispensations, but that man has not always been under an administration or stewardship of grace is true, as now the present dispensation shows (Eph 3:2; 3:9, 11; Col 1:25; 1 Tim 1:4).

It has always been true that "without faith it is impossible to please" God, and that the principle of faith was alive and prevalent in the lives of OT saints. However, it was historically impossible to know all the details concerning the coming Messiah. Only progressive revelation could have revealed it. Although details, specifics, or other things concerning the understanding of the object of faith was impossible to be known in past dispensations (e.g., manner of death, name, etc. . . .), a conscious object of faith was necessary in all dispensations to be saved (Gen 15:6; Isa 52:13-53:12; Mic 5:2; Luke 24:25-27; John 5:39; 8:56; Rom 3:21-22; 4:1-8; Heb 11:1-40).


14. We believe in the eternal state.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. The believer will be resurrected to eternal life, and the unbeliever to eternal judgment. At death the spirits of believers pass immediately into Christ's presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon the spirit and body reunite and remain with Him forever in glory. However, the spirits of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and misery in hell until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when the spirit and body of unbelievers reunite to be cast into the lake of fire, not annihilation. Thus unbelievers will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (Matt 25:46; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).


15. We believe in the person of Satan.

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. He is the declared enemy of God and man; he and his fallen angels shall be eternally punished in the lake of Fire (Gen 3:1-15; Job 1:6-7; Isa 14:12-17; Ezek 28:11-19; Matt 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev 20:10).


16. We believe in angels, unfallen and fallen.

We believe God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels. One of them known as "Lucifer," meaning "son of the morning," who seems to have possessed the highest in rank of any angel in heaven, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (adversary). One third of the angels followed him and are his active agents in accomplishing Satan's unholy purposes. Some of those angels that fell committed a specific sin in Genesis 6 and were "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment day" (Isa 14:12-17; Ezek 28:11-19; 1 Tim 3:6; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 6; Rev 12:4).

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby, accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to sin. Satan is the number one enemy of God and His people, opposing and exalting himself above God. Satan at the beginning said, "I will be like the most High." He appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, which systems in every case are characterized by denial of efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone (Gen 3:1-15; Rom 5:12-14; 2 Cor 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Eph 6:10-12; 2 Thess 2:4; 1 Tim 4:1-3).

Satan was judged at the cross, though not bound yet. He is a usurper and presently rules as "a god of this world." At Christ's second coming Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years he will be released for a little season and then "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone," where he "will be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Col 2:15; Rev 20:1-3, 10).

Great companies of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who will inherit salvation (Luke 15:10; Eph 1:21; Heb 1:14; Rev 7:12)

Man was made lower than the angels. At Christ's incarnation, He took on humanity that He might die and regain what was lost at paradise. As a result of this he lifts believers to His own sphere above the angels, not to deity but to a higher level of creation.


17. We believe in creation.

We believe that God created the world in six literal 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap-theory, the Re-Creation theory, and theistic evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. Not that these theories are heretical (except "evolution") but unable to be validated with solid exegesis (Gen 1-2; Exod 20:11).


18. We believe in civil government.

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: home, church, and state. Every person is subject to these authorities, in the home to the father, in church to the elders and in the government to the authorities appointed. However, all of these authorities are answerable to God. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblical assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-24; Heb 13:4).


19. We believe in human sexuality.

We believe that God commands intimate sexual activity within marriage alone between a husband and wife. Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, fornication, incest, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex (Gen 2:24; 19:5, 13, 30-38; 26:8-10; Lev 18:1-20; Rom 1:26-29; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4).


20. We Believe in Marriage and the Biblical Exceptions of Divorce and Remarriage.

We believe that God is the author of marriage. Marriage is the foundational unit of society, and therefore sacred and to be preserved unto death of one of the spouse dies. Yet, because man became sinful, provisions were made to protect the innocent and guiltless parties. That is, there are two exceptions that allow a party to divorce: adultery with an intent to remarry and abandonment. Nevertheless, forgiveness and restoration in ought to always be sought and pursued before divorce be considered an option. Furthermore, divorce and remarriage under the correct biblical exception does not exclude a person from obtaining the office of "elder" or "deacon." First Timothy refers to "character quality" not a "form" list (married only once) but a "function" (not a womanizer). (Gen 2:21-24; Deut 24:1-4; Hosea; Mal 2:14-16; Matt 5:31-32; 19:1-9; Rom 7:1-3; 1 Tim 3:2-13 Tit 1:6).


21. We are against abortion.

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified and unexcused taking of an unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching which protects abortion in any form (Job 3:16; Pss 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa 20:15-18; 44:24; 49: 1, 5; Luke 1:44).


22. We believe that lawsuits between believers are unbiblical.

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. The church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. However, Christians may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. Christians may also seek legal compensations outside of local church disputes (1 Cor 6:1-8; Eph 4:31-32).


23. We believe in giving.

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of the portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. God in the OT established the tithe as a basis but in the current age giving is governed by grace; and it is to be characterized by sacrifice, regularity, joyfulness, and should be the first financial priority of the home. However, as a measure the tithe is not a bad place to start but should not end there (for remember that the first century church was under grace-giving-principles and gave all). Grace giving is done in support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and spread of the Gospel (Gen 14:20; 28:22; 1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 9:6-7; Gal 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; Eph 4:28; Phil 4:15-19).


24.We believe in the rapture ("blessed hope") and the tribulation.

We believe that the Church will have no part in the Tribulation period and will be translated before this period begins (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-53; 1 Thess 1:10; . 4:13-5:11). The rapture is also known as the "blessed hope." According to the Word of God, this is the next great event on the prophetic calendar. This prophecy reveals that the Lord will come and receive the church those who remain alive at His coming and also all those who have died in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, since this is an imminent event believers must be constantly watching for it. After the rapture the tribulation will fulfill Israel's seventieth week during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israel's seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close pronounced in Scriptures (Dan 9:27; Luke 1:30-35; 21:24; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb 4:15; Rev 6:1-19:21).


25. We believe in the second coming (advent) of Christ.

We believe that the period of great tribulation will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth as He left, in person on the clouds of heaven; likewise He will return with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, bind Satan and place him in he abyss, lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Deut 30:1-10; Isa 11:9; Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 37:21-28; Matt 24:15-25:46; Acts 15:16-17; Rom 8:19-23; 11:25-27; 1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Rev 20:1-7).


26. We believe in the Great Commission.

We value lost people, or as some term it the "unchurched," and will pursue them by using all available "Christ-honoring" means to win them to Jesus Christ. People are not only to be eternally-saved but disciple to be fully-functioning-followers of Christ.

(Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; 20:30-31; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:18-20; 1 Pet 1:17; 2:11).

27. We are committed to an elders' rule church.

We believe the Scriptures teach an elders' rule government for the local church (1 Tim 3:1-7; 5:17; Tit 1:5). The term elder (Gk. presbuteros) is also called an overseer (Gk. episkopos) designated under the same office as found in Titus 1:7, Acts 20:17, 28. "Elder" is an office (e.g., like the President of the United States) while "pastor" is a gift (Eph 4:11). Today these are used synonymously, but technically there is a distinction. On the one hand, one can be an Elder and not necessarily be the pastor of a church, bbut must be able to pastor. On the other hand, one can exercise the gift of pastoring without being an Elder. A senior Pastor should also be an elder. Churches in the apostolic era were ruled by a plurality of elders. In fact, a singular elder is not found in the NT. However, it is possible that when Paul mentions elders in the plural he was addressing a large city composed of various house churches each ruled by a single elder, yet accountable to an eldership body within a larger group. The functions of the elders are as follows: they are to rule (1 Tim 3:4-5; 5:17), to teach (1 Tim 5:17), to guard the Scripture from any doctrinal errors (Tit 1:9) and to oversee the church as a shepherd of the flock (John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 5:1-4). Other elders confirm new elders. However, if there are no elders but mature Christians in a church plant, one must then get a backing by another established leadership board using the same criteria found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5. Obviously, all elders are commissioned by the Holy Spirit of God (Acts 20:28) directly as in the apostolic era or now indirectly by personal and public confirmation of the calling into the eldership office.


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Dr. López at the GES Conference

Dr. López's GES 2014 conference presentations of the outline and ppts named, "What Does It Mean to Be Elect In Christ in Ephesians 1:4?" and paper "Does Romans 9 Teach Calvinistic Election?" ARE NOW DOWNLOADABLE <click here> (and scroll down and look for the three sources bearing the perspective names).


If you want to listen to the following lecture "Does Romans 9 Teach Calvinistic Election?" then <click here>

Ariel returns from Starkville, Mississippi after a tremendous evangelism outreach illusion show!

Not only did we do three illusion shows with a message Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-8), but I also spoke and did various illusions in two chapels with small children and high school students where I also shared God's message of grace and salvation.

I was also invited to speak at a men's meeting where pastors, leaders and men from the community attend. After a wonderful Asian lunch I did an illusion and shared (from John 8:30-33) regarding the distinction between how one is freed from the penalty of sin by simply believing in Jesus and how one can continue to experience that freedom by "abiding" (following) Jesus everyday in discipleship.

Furthermore, I was also invited to be on WCBI a CBS local affiliate of Starkville, MS (click here for a photo gallery - part of that which was taken by one of the camera men—as a favor to me—with my i-phone).

I also taught at Emmanuel Baptist Church Sunday school (by having a Q & A time) preached in worship service.

Thanks for your prayers. Please consider supporting our ministry and partner with us (click here).

(click here for a photo gallery) We're planning for the next shows already. If you have a church that would like to have us come and do an illusion show/program outreach let us know.

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"Ariel the Illusionist" Evangelistic Church Outreach Show


Click here for a new video from a recent "Ariel the Illusionist" Evangelistic Church Outreach Show.

Email or call us to do this in your church: info@scriptureunlocked.org or 972-693-3232


See videos below from Ariel shows, schools, and parties where the message was spread.









Dr. René López Presents the Gospel

Click on the pic to see Dr. López presenting the Gospel—via three small illusions—at the end of an "Illusions with a Message" show.



Ariel Makes the News

Southern Baptist Texas Convention wrote this month an article piece on us in their magazine, which you can see online:

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Friends and family, I was a guest speaker at the mega-church Christ the Rock Community Church. I spoke four times in two days over the weekend. For those of you interested and would like to hear the half-hour message, see below. May the Lord speak to you through this message.

God Is Able by Dr. René López


Jesus Family Tomb Examined

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Those who enjoy reading mysteries will enjoy this book’s exposure of the real conspiracy involved in Cameron’s “documentary.”


—Craig S. Keener, Ph.D.,

Author of countless books, and

Professor of New Testament

Palmer Seminary



René López gives the Jesus family tomb theory the thorough debunking it so richly deserves. He points out countless errors and lapses in logic on the part Simcha Jacobovici and his associates, who have foisted on a naive public and gullible media a highly implausible scenario. Critical scholars and laity alike are appalled by this travesty. The Jesus Family Tomb Examined will go a long way toward setting the record



—Craig A. Evans, Ph.D.

Payzant Distinguished Professor

of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College



René López’s work skillfully dismantles point

by point the arguments made by these advocates and shows cogently how Jesus’ tomb continues to remain empty, because He rose physically. I wholeheartedly recommend this work.


—Josh D. McDowell

International Author and Speaker