Beliefs

Rather than list a point-by-point statement of faith here, I’d rather just say that in general, I agree with evangelical Christian teachings.  I also believe that the Holy Spirit is actively working today enabling believers to live out our faith and guiding us in our understanding of God’s Word.  I believe also that it is crucial to test the spirits as we are told in 1 John  4:1. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  In general, I hold a pre-trib view of the rapture, but I don’t believe this is a salvation issue and am grieved by believers who are spitefully divisive over its timing.

I also want to make it very clear what I do NOT believe.  I do not believe that Jesus was born again after He bore all sin on the Cross as some are teaching in error today.  Jesus is fully God and was fully Man at the same time yet without sin.  Being without sin, he had no need to be born again for the remission of sins.  I firmly believe those teaching this are preaching “another Jesus.”  It is a deception that attempts to negate the deity of Christ.  In II Corinthians 11:3-4, we are told, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (KJV).”  I pray you are not deceived by this kind of teaching!

I also do not believe we need to return to keeping the law and the feasts because Jesus fulfilled the law (Romans 8:3-5, Romans 13:7-9, Galatians 5:14). Also, returning to keeping even part of the law puts us back under the whole law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10).  Having said that, since our Lord is descended from the peoples of Israel through his mother Mary, was most certainly taught by his father Joseph, and He came to the Jews first (Romans 1:16), I believe we gain much understanding of the Bible by learning about the culture and language of God’s “people, the children of Israel.” (Exodus 3:10, 5:1, 7:4, I Samuel  9:16, etc.)  Because of this, from time to time, I may refer to God’s established appointments on His calendar, also commonly called feast days or festivals.

May you be blessed!

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