We believe in the absolute essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces the unbeliever of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Holy Spirit regenerates, sanctifies, iluminates, guides, comforts, seals baptizes, indwells and desires to fill (control) all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord (John 3:3, 6, 7; 14:16, 17,26; 16:8-11; Romans 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18: 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14). The evidence of being filled with the Spirit is joyfulness, thankfulness, and submissiveness and the fruit of the Spirit as taught in Galatians 5:22,23; Ephesians 5:18 - 6:9 and Colossians 3:16 - 4:1.
We reject the teaching that the baptism of the Holy Spirite is an experience subsequent to conversion (1 Corinthians 12:13) and that the gift of tongues is or ever was the common or necassary sign of Spirit-baptism or Spirit-filling (Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 5:18-21).
We reject the teaching that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to conversion (1 Corinthians 12:13) and that the gift of tongues is or ever was the common or necessary sign of Spirit-baptism or Spirit-filling (Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 5:18-21). We believe that the gift of tongues was but one of many spiritual gifts in operation in the early Church. We believe that, instead of being the most important gift, it was the least of the gifts. We believe that the purpose of the gift ceased after the destruction of the temple and with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures (1 Corinthians 12 and 14).
We believe God has the power to heal and has demonstrated that power throughout history (John 5:9, Acts 4:8-11). We do not believe, however, that healing is part of the atonement (Romans 8:18-25; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10), nor do we believe that so-called "Divine Healers" are God's method for today. We also believe that the gift of healing, like tongues, miracles and prophecy, was a temporary gift for the establishment of the Church and a means of authenticating the apostles. James 5:13-16 is the Scriptural approach for healing in the Church today.
Articles of Faith