Declaration of Faith

 

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA

Declaration of Faith

Jesus Christ is building his Church with people such as should be saved. Believers continue steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine. Even now, the true disciples of Jesus Christ give water baptism, teach his commandments to obey, to partake in breaking of bread, and to participate in the fellowship of the brethren. But most churches do not follow the doctrine of Jesus Christ, which is also the apostles' doctrine. Churches declare their own faith and beliefs to show their doctrine. As a pastor, I also have to declare my church doctrine. As of now, I am retired and I do not have a church. My website is private, and it is mine. Declaration of Faith differs among churches. Theologians write doctrines. Doctrines are not biblical truth; even though they appear to have come from scripture. Doctrines serve religion, but not God. So, I have decided to write, what is the 'declaration of faith' according to the Bible. I have given scriptures and explanations for each declaration, in the link beside it. If you find any declaration that contradicts the scripture (KJV Bible), write to me (mail box below). If it contradicts the Scripture, I will stand corrected and rectify the error. But, if they are scriptural, then you should have no problem to adopt them as your own. They are from the word of God. Thank you.

 Our Declaration of Faith that is based on Pure Word of God

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The Bible is inerrant and infallible. God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But, people made modern translations for profit and to favor false doctrines.

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God is the only Omnipotent Spirit, who has three Souls within. The Persons in God are "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost." In the Old Testament, they were "the Most High, the Word, and the Spirit of God." Also, the Bible refers; "the Holy Spirit", "the Holy Ghost", and "the Omnipotent Spirit"; all these three as "the Spirit of God," since they all are of God.

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God created us in his own image by making our souls as his Soul. God made us after his likeness, by giving us the Holy Spirit that resembles the Holy Ghost. God does not have a flesh body. God refers to his hands, eyes, heart, etc, to make us understand his deeds.

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Adam and Eve sinned, died that same day, but their body did not die, the spirit of glory left them, so they became naked, and it was their spiritual death. It passed upon mankind, so we are born with no spirit, and so we must be born again, that is to receive the Spirit. God will give us the Holy Spirit, if we ask, seek, and knock. But, if we grieve and quench the spirit, the spirit will depart, which is again spiritual death and the end will be eternal damnation.

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The Holy Ghost is not the Holy Spirit. But churches say that both are same. The Holy Ghost is one of the three persons in God, and the Holy Spirit is a gift that God gives to us. If God seals the Spirit in us, we are born of the Spirit. One is God, the other is a gift. And, the holy spirit is the light, that God has created on the first day. So, holy spirit is a creation.

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Concerning the birth of Jesus; 'God the Father' and 'the Holy Ghost' have created a body in the womb of virgin Mary (Hebrews 10:5-7, Luke 1:35); the soul of 'God the Word' left the Spirit Body of God, entered the flesh body in the womb of Mary; and was born as a baby boy (Philippians 2:6-7). God the Word was made flesh, Jesus the Son of man (John 1:14).

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Priests offered sacrifices in the Old covenant, but they could not "take away" the sins. So, sins and sacrifices were repeated. It was not God's 'will'. So, God the Word became Man Jesus, and sacrificed himself as the Lamb of God. As the High Priest, he made the second covenant in the place of the first. By his ONE time sacrifice, he takes away all our sins, and unrighteousness, which is addiction to sin, so that we don't have to sin again. He forgives all the past sins and sanctifies us ONCE for all. But, if we willfully sin again, there will be no more sacrifice to forgive, and God will devour us as adversaries in the judgment.

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God will bless us if we obey him and curse us if we do not obey him. In the Old Testament, blessings were given as prosperity, good health, strong children, victory over enemies, etc, and curses were given in reverse. Jesus preached, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." So, in the New Testament, the kingdom of heaven is in our reach. So, repent and we will receive our eternal rewards, not in this world, but in the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus Christ gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to his true disciples even now.

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God declared Jesus Christ as his only begotten Son when he raised him from the dead, but not when he was born. Then, God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we being turned away from sins might live through him (John 3:16, Acts 3:26, 1 John 4:9). God will beget us also to this lively hope to an inheritance, if we are being kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:3-5). God is able to keep us faultless from falling (James 1:23-24).

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God created man/woman and begets him sons from them. God the Word became Man Jesus when he came down from heaven, to do the 'will' of God the Father. God is not respecter of persons. God beget sons for him, from those who believe in Jesus. God gives them power and the Holy Spirit. As many as are led by the Spirit will live righteous holy life. They will be adopted as Sons of God in heaven. The Sons of God will be like Jesus Christ in eternity.

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11 Jesus Christ is the author of the gospel. He tells his disciples to preach the gospel, that is to teach his commandments to all nations, for them to obey, Mark 16:15-16 & Matthew 28:18-20. The apostles preached the same gospel that Jesus Christ preached, and it is the only true gospel. Jesus Christ will take vengeance on them that do not obey him, 2 Thessalonians 1:8. > Declaration
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Churches preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel; but there is nothing to obey. Apostles preached about Jesus Christ also. He is the author of the gospel. Obeying the gospel that Jesus Christ preached will save us, but knowing or believing about his death and resurrection will not save anyone and it is not the gospel for eternal salvation.

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Jesus Christ was God from the beginning, then he ceased to be God, and became a man in sinful flesh, but he lived without sin. He was crucified and died. He suffered, and tells us to follow his steps, and to inherit his kingdom, as joint-heirs with him. Now, he is God with Omni-Powers in heaven and in earth. If we do what he tells us, he will be with us always.

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"Isaiah 53:4.. he hath borne our griefs, ... yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God. Hebrews 5:8.. by the things which he suffered; 9 .. he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Our preachers, thinking that they exalt (esteem) Jesus by saying that God the Father has smitten him, and thus fulfill Isaiah 53:4. Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice, and became the Savior, to save them that obey him. "By his stripes we are healed" means "by his death we are saved." This is not for our physical healing.

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We are reconciled by the death of Jesus, received atonement, and shall be saved if we live his life, and it is not for healing, (Romans 5:10-11). Atonement and propitiation forgive past sins, if we will live his life in the future, (Romans 3:25). Since he died for us all, those who live should not live for ourselves, but live for him who died for us, (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). Now, we are reconciled to God. Since Jesus bore our sins, we will die to sins, and live righteous, (1 Peter 2:24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21). If we are saved, we will live his life.

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Most Christians think that Jesus was God when he lived as a man. They elevate that Man Jesus, and worship him as God, as Hindus worship their dead heroes as gods. That Jesus is a phantom, another Jesus, (2 Corinthians 5:16, 11:3-4) and false Christ (Matthew 24:24), but not God. God the Word, creator of all things, became a man of sinful flesh, yet did not commit sin, and died for our sins. So, God raised him from death, gave him Omni-Powers, and anointed him as God. He is God again. One is a miracle working phantom Man Jesus, and the other is; resurrected Jesus in Omnipotent Spirit, who is God. Who do you worship?

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God baptizes his servants with the Holy Ghost, gives power and gifts. These are ordination and license to do his ministry. God fills them with the Holy Ghost repeatedly, to give power and boldness as they need to do ministry. Jesus Christ told his servants not to start ministry until they receive the Holy Ghost baptism, (Acts 1:4-8). Most churches do not have license from the Lord Jesus Christ, but they do ministry with their own licenses and ordinations.

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We must be born again, that is, to receive the Holy Spirit that God gives to his children, for them to have eternal life. Then, if his words abide in us, God shall give us whatever we ask. Instead, if we do our own ministry and life, calling him 'Lord, Lord', etc, we shall not enter into his kingdom. If we are his disciples, he tells to abide in him and have him abide in us. Then, we will yield fruits as proof with goodness, righteousness and truth.

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God gives power and gifts with the Holy Ghost baptism. The gift to speak with tongues will be one of them. Rebels will argue this, but sincere students and disciples will understand it. However, the gift of "speaking with tongues" cannot be cited as evidence of the baptism, since tongues are taught to speak, even in churches. Further, operating in gifts is not proof of holiness, or truthful ministry, since God gives gifts to the rebellious also, (Psalms 68:18).

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Satan sits in churches, shows himself as God, and is worshiped, (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). He is another Jesus. Such churches oppose holy life and perfection, (2 Corinthians 11:2-4). False Christs also show signs, miracles, including healings; they deceive even the very elect. In the end, Satan, the devil, the anti-Christ, the deceiver, will be cast into the lake of fire.

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Being born of the Spirit is the first step in the Born Again process. If we keep the spirit, we will reach paradise (new earth). Born of water (word) is the next step. If we keep it, we will enter the new heavens as sons of God. Born of God is New Jerusalem. They will be the bride of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. They will be with Jesus Christ through eternity.

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Our physical attributes are in our body. Life of the body is in the blood. Character attributes are in the inner person, the soul. Life of the soul is in the holy spirit. God will give us the spirit if we ask him. God created us in his image by making our souls as his soul. So, our living souls, that is souls with the holy spirit, are capable to live as holy as the Soul of God is holy. So, God commands us to be righteous and holy, since God is righteous and holy.

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Jesus Christ commands us to give water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus says, if we believe in him and are baptized in water, we shall be saved. If we don't believe him, we will not take water baptism, and so we will be damned. Peter told everyone, to be baptized for the remission of sins. Ananias told Paul to be baptized to wash away his sins. So, water baptism is required for the forgiveness of our sins.

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Lord Jesus Christ gave us three observances. They are, the Lord's Supper, foot washing, and holy communion (breaking of bread). The Lord's Supper is that believers eat together for fellowship, like potluck. Foot washing is a ritual to show that we should correct and edify one another. Communion is a sacred ritual. As we partake of his broken body and his shed blood, remember him and show his death in our life. If we take it unworthily, we take damnation, even physical death. So, we must examine ourselves before we partake of it.

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Water baptism is by immersion. We commit our life to God in this ceremony. It is as we are dead and buried with him, to walk his life. Then, we are in Christ. In communion, Jesus is the bread that was broken for us, the wine is his blood that was shed for us, we partake his body and blood, and so he is in us. We are in him by baptism, he is in us by communion. However, we are one with him, he as our head and we as his body. He is in us as our Lord.

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Jesus Christ is the head, Church is his body, and he is our Savior. Jesus Christ gives a few apostles, few prophets, few evangelists, few pastors and teachers, for ministry to edify his body and to perfect the saints unto the fullness of Jesus Christ. He unites them in faith and knowledge. Then the Church, which is his body, will fitly joined together with the head.

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Faith is believing in God, and in what God said. If we have faith, we will do what God told us to do. "Hebrew 11:8 By faith Abraham,. obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Obeying is proof for faith. Faith is not positive confession or such things. As the body without the spirit is dead, faith without the works that God tells us to do, is dead also. But, works of circumcision, ordinances, observing sabbath days, etc, are not proof for faith.

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New Birth, Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, Redemption, etc, are to manifest in our lives as we teach them. We must teach the bible in its own context. But, preachers teach their own doctrines, quoting and misinterpreting scripture against its own context.

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Tithes and Offerings were for the Levites and temple. It is not mentioned for churches in the Bible. Yet, churches preach tithes and offerings for their better income. However, God ordains that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel; we must honor those who labor in the word and doctrine in truth; and must do good unto the household of faith.

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Jesus Christ will come for four main events and we refer each of them as "second coming." They are: 1 To turn us from our sins, 2 To rapture his church, 3 To reign in the Millennium, 4 To end the world and to give a new earth and new heavens. So, second comings are four.

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God raised his Son Jesus from his death and sent him to turn us from our SINS, Acts 3:26, John 3:16 & 1 John 4:9. So, his first of the four "second coming" happened 2018 years ago. If you hear his voice today that turns you from SINS, harden not your heart, as in Hebrews 3:7-15. If you harden your heart, you will not enter heaven. It is the only "second coming" that we (our souls) will face, if it didn't happen yet. We will face no other "second coming."

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Jesus Christ will raise those who are dead in him, and catch away those who are alive and abiding in him. This "second coming" is known as 'the rapture'. Churches preach that it may happen at any time. But, this will not happen until the person of sin and perdition, the anti-Christ, another Jesus and false Christ, who shows himself that he is God and is worshipped in our churches, is revealed. It will not happen for another 300 years according to the Bible.

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At the end of the great tribulation, Jews will recognize Jesus Christ as the blessed Messiah and call him to save them. Jesus Christ will come with his saints and reign in the promised land for a thousand years. It is the third "second coming." It is called the Millennium. Satan will be bound and cast in the bottomless pit. So, he cannot deceive for this thousand years.

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At his last "second coming," heavens and earth that is the present solar system, will perish by fire and Jesus Christ will present a new earth and new heavens. That day will come as a thief in the night, as men least expect it. But, it will not happen for 2100 years. Then, Jesus Christ will judge everybody according to their works. His judgments are true and righteous.

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Jesus Christ is our High Priest, Mediator, Advocate, Intercessor, and he saves us from sins, while we are still living and striving to obey him. On the judgment, he will be the righteous impartial judge, giving eternal life to the righteous and eternal punishment to the wicked.

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Most Christians believe that they will be in heaven for saying that they are saved by grace. But, grace is the effectual working of the power of Christ that may rest upon us that makes a weak person strong and perfect. God gives grace to humble and obedient people. Ungodly preachers turn the grace to tolerate and promote sin. They are ordained to condemnation.

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God is no respecter of persons. He loves the world, Jew, Gentile, Christian, Non-Christian, you and me, all are his creation, and he has no favorites. If we obey his commandments, he will manifest himself to us and abide with us. As we strive, we will receive grace, spirit, and power as we have need. Accordingly, God will accept us as his child, servant, son, or bride.

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The children, servants, sons, and the bride, will inherit the kingdom of God. Children will dwell on the new earth, which is paradise. Servants will serve in the tabernacle on the new earth. Sons will be like Jesus and be with God in new heavens. The Lord Jesus Christ will receive the New Jerusalem, the bride, unto himself; that the bride will be with him always.

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God gives pastors and teachers to perfect the saints. But Christian authors and pastors write and preach different doctrines and new sermons. That is, they add and take away or pollute and deny the truth of the word of God. God says if anybody adds to or takes away from the word of God, God will take away their names from the book of life and heaven. That is, all these Christian book writers, authors, theologians, and preachers will be in the lake of fire.

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Eternal punishment for the wicked will be torment in hell and then in the lake of fire that is prepared for the devil and his angels. It is neither liberation nor annihilation.

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