We believe that God created the universe in six, literal, 24-hour days and rested on the seventh. We reject the idea that there was a pre-Adamic people before the account in Genesis 1:2 as Romans 5:12–14 indicates sin entered the world by one man and death was the result. We believe the heaven and earth were created on the first day as reinforced by Moses’ statement in Exodus 20:11, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning Sacrifice through His shed blood on the cross, in His burial, and in His bodily resurrection. Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” Acts 5:3–4 clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is a Person. He has a will (1 Corinthians 12:4–7), He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), He searches the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10), and He indwells the born-again believer (Romans 8:9–17).
We believe that all have sinned against a Holy God and thus deserves eternal punishment in a literal Hell. However, God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for us. One must come to a realization of their sinful condition, repent from that sin, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This salvation is available to all. Christ’s atonement is sufficient for all. We reject the Calvinistic view of election as well as the Arminian view of salvation. Faith is not the gift referred to in Ephesians 2:8–9. A literal interpretation of these verses indicates that the “gift” is salvation by grace. All people have the ability and choice to place their faith in whatever and whomever they so choose. (Romans 10:9–10; Luke 5:32; Luke 13:3; 2 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 2:8–9)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. We find throughout Scripture that copies of inspired Scripture are inspired, and copies of copies of inspired Scripture are inspired. As long as a copy perfectly preserves inspired Scripture, that copy is inspired. We reject the view that only the original manuscripts were inspired. If that were so, we have nothing to point to as the authoritative Word of God. What verses could we trust? We find in Scripture that not only copies of inspired Scripture are inspired but accurate translations of Scripture are inspired as well. We know that God has always and will always preserve His Word (Psalm 12:6–7). As such, there is one English translation which we trust to be the accurate, inspired, infallible Word of God. This is the King James Bible. At no time in English history was the English of the King James Bible used as a spoken language. The English of the King James Bible was unique to the Bible and was used to most accurately reflect the texts of the original languages. In no other time in history has there been a Bible translation project to match the skill, effort, organization, and precision of the men who worked on the translation of the King James Bible. In the time that the King James Bible has become the standard, the Gospel has been spread throughout the world like never before. (1 Corinthians 2:12–14; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
The Second Coming
The early church was not looking for a defined time of tribulation but the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and to be caught up together with Him. Born-again believers should now still be looking forward to the imminent return of Christ. We believe the next major event in regard to the Second Coming of our Lord is the Rapture of the Church. Immediately following will be seven years of tribulation in which Israel will be chastened and refined while the rest of the world is plagued and punished for its rejection of Christ. At the end of the seven years, the armies of the world will come against Israel, but this refined Israel will call upon the name of the Lord. The Lord will come to rescue Israel, defeat His enemies, and begin a literal 1,000-year reign of peace on the earth. After this, Satan will be loosed for a season and wage another battle against the Lord. The Lord will defeat this army, do away with Heaven and Earth and create a new Heaven and new Earth. The Redeemed of the Lord throughout all history will live in peace with the Lord for the rest of eternity. (1 Thessalonians 4:15–18; Revelation 20–22)