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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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 based on what God spoke. Thank you.

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

Explanations
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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 without spirit. So, we must be born again of the Spirit, which God gives. But, if we grieve and quench the spirit, we will die to the spirit, and we will be damned eternally.

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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 if we repent. 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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God will bless if we obey and curse us if we don't. In the Old, blessings and curses were given in the worldly things. Jesus says that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand," and so, it is now in our reach. So, we receive the blessing or curse, which is eternal life, now. God gives his disciples the keys to his kingdom, even now. 'The righteous' will inherit his kingdom.

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First covenant sacrifices could not "take away" sins. So, sins and sacrifices were repeated. It was not God's 'will'. So, God the Word became a man, became a sacrifice, and replaced the first covenant with the second. By ONE sacrifice, he took away sins, their addictions and he forgives our past sins. But, if we willfully sin again, God will devour us as his adversaries.

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8 How did Jesus born? '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; (Philippians 2:6-7). God did not father the baby, but created a body. This is how, 'God the Word' was made 'flesh', (John 1:14). > Explanation 8
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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 him to the world, that we being turned away from sinning that we might live holy through him (John 3:16, Acts 3:26, 1 John 4:9). If he could keep us, God will beget us, (1 Peter 1:3-5). Then, we will be Sons as Jesus Christ in heaven.

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God commanded Israel to take strict mandatory rest on the seventh day. So, Sabbath is not a worship day, but it is a rest day. It is not given to the Church, but it was given to Israel, in the Old Testament. As the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ revoked even the Sabbath day Rest. Worship God at any day. However, the general Sabbath day for the Jews is Saturday.

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11 Jesus Christ is the author of the gospel. He tells his disciples to teach his commandments as the gospel, for people to observe, Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:18-20. Apostles preached the same. And, Jesus Christ will take vengeance if we do not obey him, 2 Thessalonians 1:8. > Explanation
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Churches say that preaching of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the gospel, and we will be saved if we believe it. But, gospel is to love, fear, and obey God, to inherit his kingdom. Most Christians want Jesus as a sacrifice for sins, not as king to reign their life. Jesus Christ will kill all of them by eternal damnation, and will reward his good servants, Luke 19:14-27.

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Jesus Christ was God from the beginning, then he ceased to be God as he became a man in sinful flesh. But he lived as a man with no sin. He was crucified and died. He suffered, and tells us to follow his steps to inherit his kingdom, as joint-heirs with him. Now, he is God with Omni-Powers in heaven and on earth. If we obey his command, he will abide with us.

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Jesus Christ died for us to become the author of salvation and now he saves those who obey him, Hebrew 5:9. Isaiah also prophesied that WE will esteem falsely that he was beaten by God in our place, Isaiah 53:4, and Hebrews 5:8. Also, the phrase 'by his stripes we are healed' is a figure of speech, to be healed from our sinning addiction, but not from sickness.

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We are reconciled by the death of Jesus, and he is our atonement and propitiation to forgive our past sins, if we will live his life in the future, Romans 3:25, and 5:10-11. Since he died for us, we must live for him, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. Jesus bore our sins. So, we must die to sins, 1 Peter 2:24-25, and 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. If we do not live his life, we are not saved.

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Christians worship the Man Jesus as God as Hindus worship a hero as god. This Jesus will cover their sins in the judgment day for acquittal. But, true Jesus was God, became a man in sinful flesh, did not commit sin, and died for our sins. God raised him and anointed him as God. He will Judge us all according to our works, Revelation 22:11-12 and Romans 2:5-13.

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God baptizes his servants with the Holy Ghost, gives power and gifts. This is ordination and license to do his ministry. God fills them repeatedly to give power and boldness in ministry. Jesus Christ told his servants not to begin ministry until they receive Holy Ghost baptism, (Acts 1:4-8). But, most pastors do ministry with licenses and ordinations from their church.

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We must be born of the Spirit, so that the Holy Spirit may lead us to eternal life. If the word of God abides in us, God shall give us whatever we ask. Instead, if we live our life and do our ministry, calling him 'Lord, Lord', etc, we shall not enter into his kingdom. If we are his disciples, he tells us to abide in him and have him abide in us, yielding his fruits for proof.

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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. However, this gift cannot be cited as evidence of the baptism, since tongues are taught to speak in churches. Further, operating in gifts is not proof of true ministry, since God gives gifts to the rebellious (Psalms 68:18) and the devil also counterfeit the gifts.

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Satan sits in churches, shows himself as God and is worshiped (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). But, 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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Born of the Spirit is the first step in 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 the top, they cannot commit sin. They are New Jerusalem, the bride of the LAMB. They will be with Jesus Christ through out eternity.

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Our work attributes are from the body and character attributes are from the soul. Life of the body is blood and life of the soul is the holy spirit. God gives us the Spirit as we repent and ask for it. Then as living souls, we can live holy and righteous as God is righteous and holy. So, God commands us to live righteous and be holy, but doesn't ask us to do what he does.

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Jesus Christ tells his servants to give water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. If we believe in him and are baptized in water, we shall be saved. If not, we will be damned. Peter told all to be baptized for remission of sins, Acts 2:38. Paul was told to be baptized to wash away his sins, Acts 22:12-16. It is required for forgiveness of sins.

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Jesus Christ gives three rituals. They are Lord's Supper, foot washing, and holy communion (breaking of bread). Lord's Supper is for fellowship by eating together, and foot washing is symbolic to correct and edify one another. Communion is sacred, we partake of his broken body and shed blood. So, if we partake of it unworthily, we will be damned, even to death.

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Water baptism is by immersion. We commit our life to God in this ceremony. It is as we are dead, buried, and live a new life in him. If so, 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.

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Jesus Christ is the head and Savior of his body, the church. To edify and to perfect it to its fullness, Jesus Christ establishes some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He unites the church in faith and knowledge, and fitly joins the body together with the head. So, we are one with him, he as our head and we as his body, the Church. He is our Lord.

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Faith is to believe in God, and in what God says. If we have faith, we will do what God tells us to do, and it is proof of faith, "Hebrew 11:8". Faith is not positive confession or any such things. As the body without spirit is dead, faith without the works of obeying God, is also dead. But, God has void the works of circumcision, ordinances, observing sabbath, etc,.

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If, new birth, justification, regeneration, sanctification, redemption, etc, do not manifest in our lives, we don't have them. We must study the Bible in its own context. But, preachers teach doctrines of men as God's doctrine, twisting scriptures from their original contexts.

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Tithes and Offerings were for Levites and temple, but not for churches. But, churches teach tithes and offerings for their own monitory gain. 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, not to false preachers; and we must do good to the household of faith.

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Jesus Christ will come for four main events and we refer all of them as "second coming." They are: 1 to let you hear his voice, 2 to rapture his church, 3 to reign in the Millennium, 4 to end the world, to give a new earth and new heavens; and so, "second comings" are four.

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Jesus Christ is with us for 2018 years, Acts 3:26, John 3:16 & 1 John 4:9. The first "second coming" is that you hear 'him' warning you to turn from sins. It is passed for many. But, if you hear it today, harden not your heart, as in Hebrews 3:7-15. Those who harden their hearts, will not enter heaven. It is the only "second coming" that we will face in our life.

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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 Satan, who shows himself as God and is worshipped, 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 that Jesus Christ is their Messiah and call upon 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 Millennium and Satan will be bound and cast in the bottomless pit, so that he cannot deceive anyone in this time.

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At his last "second coming," heavens and earth, which is the present solar system, will be dissolved by fire. Jesus Christ will bring 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 another 2100 years. Then, Jesus Christ will judge everyone in truth and righteousness according to their works.

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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 Just' and casting 'the Wicked' in the furnace of fire.

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Most Christians believe that they have grace, they are saved, and so, they will go to heaven. But, God gives grace only to 'the humble', and grace is the power of Christ that rests upon a weak person that makes him strong and perfect. If this does not happen, he/she has no grace. Preachers turn the grace of God into lasciviousness and they are already condemned.

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God is no respecter of persons. He loves Jews, Gentiles, Christians, Non-Christians, and the entire world. All are his creation and he has no favorites. If we strive to obey God, we will receive grace, spirit, and power as we need. According to our strife, he accepts us as child, servant, son, or as bride. If we obey God, he will manifest himself to us and abide with us.

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Children, servants, sons, and the bride, all 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 bride, New Jerusalem, unto himself; so that the bride will be with him for ever.

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God says if anybody adds to or takes away from the word of God, God will add torment to them and take away heaven from them. Christian authors and pastors write their doctrines and preach enticing sermons. They add to and take away from the word of God. So, these Christian authors, theologians, preachers, pastors, etc, all will be in hell, but not in heaven.

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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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