Doctrinal Statement

 

 

  The following tenets constitute Chosen Prophetic Ministry's statement of faith and doctrine:

 

 

 

                                                   THE SCRIPTURES

 

          We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the original writings of the sixty-six books of the Bible, the Word of God, and that it is the full and complete revelation of God's will for man, the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

 

 

                                                    THE GODHEAD

 

          We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

 

 

                                      THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

 

          We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.

 

          We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our complete redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, propitiary and substitutionary sacrifice, a redemption made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.

 

          We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate.

 

 

                              THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

          We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, possessing all the attributes of deity, and that in essence He is equally God.

 

          We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration and sanctification, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling equally and permanently all believers, and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

 

          We believe that every unregenerated person, the moment he exercises faith in Christ as Savior, immediately possesses the Holy Spirit.

 

          We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, that He sovereignly bestows a spiritual gift upon each believer, and that it is the privelege and duty of all the saved to be filled and controlled by the Spirit.

 

 

 

                                         THE DEPRAVITY OF MAN

 

          We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but through Adam's sin the whole race fell, became alienated from God and inherited a sin nature, is therefore depraved, possesses no spark of divine life, and, of himself, is utterly helpless to remedy his lost condition apart from the grace of God.  However, if human beings will sincerely seek the truth about their condition with all their hearts, God will answer their quest and reveal the One who is The Truth, His only Son who was sent to remedy the breach between man and God and to provide reconciliation for spiritual rebirth.

 

 

                                                          SALVATION

 

          We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and shedding of His precious blood.

 

 

                                                   SANCTIFICATION

 

          We believe that sanctification is a setting apart unto God.  It consists of three steps in a believer's life:

          (1) Positional: Every believer, by his being "in Christ" and partaking of all He is, has a complete standing before God.

          (2) Progressive: Yet every believer, because he retains a sinful nature, lives in a present state that is imperfect to the extent that he fails to appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit by which to live the Christian life.  Therefore he is in need of a progressive sanctification by growing in grace unto spiritual maturity.

          (3) Ultimate: Every believer will be fully and completely sanctified when he shall see the Lord and shall be like Him.

 

 

                                        THE COMFORT OF THE BELIEVER

 

                   We believe, because of the eternal purpose of God, the nature of the Word and promise of God, and the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and interceded for by Christ and are therefore secure in Christ forever.

 

          We believe that God, as a Holy and Righteous Father of all the redeemed, cannot overlook the sin of His children.  And, when they persistently sin, He will chasten and correct them in infinite love.

 

          We believe that it is the universal privelege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which truth excites within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience.

 

 

                                                THE CHURCH

 

          We believe that the universal church, which is the body and the bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age which began at Pentecost and will be terminated at the rapture.

 

          We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures, being composed solely of believers.  These churches are free to choose any day of the week for gathering themselves together as a body for edification, encouragement, and the worship and glorification of God.

 

                                                          ISRAEL

 

          We believe that Israel and the Jewish people remain the Chosen people of God, "the Äpple of His eye."  We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ and Israel are separate and distinct from each other.  We further believe that God has not abandoned His Chosen people, and when the Church of both believing Jews and Gentiles is raptured, God will once more turn to the Jewish nation, raise up 144,000 of their number as evangelists and at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation, Christ will return, pour out His Spirit upon the nation Israel, and as it is wrtten, "thus all Israel shall be saved."

 

                                 THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS

 

          We believe God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, and that the gift of evangelist, pastor-teacher are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today.

 

          We believe that every believer possesses a spiritual gift for the edifictation of the body of Christ.

 

                                                 THE CHRISTIAN WALK

 

          We believe that every normal person possesses two natures.  We believe that the Christian life consists of the positive nature abiding in union with the living Christ and by living in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that the fruit of the Spirit is produced in the life in contrast to the lusts of the flesh.

 

          We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, that separation from all religious apostasy, all wordly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.

 

          We believe that every believer should be a faithful steward of all his substance for the furtherance of the Gospel at home and abroad.

 

 

                                                THE GREAT COMMISSION

 

          We believe that it is the obligation of all believers to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.

 

 

                                         THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN

 

          We believe that Satan is a personal being, the highest rank of all angelic creatures, that he sinned through pride, thereby becoming author of sin and the cause of the fall of man, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

 

                                                  THE BLESSED HOPE

 

          We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the imminent, personal, pre-tribulation return of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain unto His coming and also all who have fallen asleep in Him, and that this event is the blessed hope set before us in Scripture. and for this we should be constantly looking.

 

 

                                                  THE TRIBULATION

 

          We believe that the translation of the church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel's seventieth week of Daniel during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven.  This entire period of seven years 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.  The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacob's trouble, which our Lord called the great tribulation.

 

 

                                       THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

 

          We believe that the period of the great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to introduce the millenial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests on the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God.

 

 

 

                                                 THE ETERNAL STATE

 

          We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and at the Great White Throne, the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

 

          We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.

 

          We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.