My Dear Brother

Writing a "Statement of Faith for a Local Church is neither a simple nor easy thing to do. The following was emailed to me recently by an Pastor ready to start a new Church: Here is his statement:

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What We Believe at Our New Church

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

(II Corinthians 13:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2).

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is our guide for our faith, our family, our community and all aspects of our daily living.

( II Peter 1:21, II Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 3:15-16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

We believe Man was created in the image of God, but sinned and fell into disobedience, and that the entire human race shares in man’s lost and decadent nature.

(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 5:12-19, Romans 3:23)

We believe that Jesus Christ is God and man, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died and rose again bodily, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father.

(I Timothy 3:16, (Matthew 1:23, Colossians 1:19, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 1:25, Hebrews 7:26, II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:33 ).

We believe that Christ’s atonement for sin was made by the sacrificial and substitution death for each of us upon the cross. it is only through repentance of our sins and faith in Jesus’ redeeming blood through that loving sacrifice that we are saved.

(Hebrews 9:22, John 1:12-13, 3:16, 10:10, Romans 5:8, 10:9, Ephesians 1:4-5, 2:4-9, I John. 1:9).

We believe the victorious redemptive labor of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy in sin, lies, deceit, sickness and torment.

(Isaiah 53:4, 5, Matthew 8:17, I Peter 2:24).

We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for themselves by obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Holy Spirit; aspiring to be Christ-like in all that they do.

(Mark 12:29-31, Acts 17:2, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, 10:23-11:1)

We believe the Holy Spirit is the living and fulfilled Promise of the Father, the Comforter and counselor who indwells and places every believer in the Body of Christ, bestows spiritual gifts upon the Church and its members.

(John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and it is for all believers as a definite endowment of power for service and is subsequent to, and separate from, conversion.

(Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 11:14-16, Acts 19:1-6, I Corinthians 14:1-6).

We believe Christ will literally return to the earth in power and great glory to fulfill the prophecy and reclaim creation for God. Judgment will be made in the resurrection of the saved and the lost: The saved shall enter into eternal life and the lost into eternal punishment.

(John 5:28-29, Acts 1:11, I Corinthians 15:51-52, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, II Thessalonians 2:1, Titus 2:13, Revelation 20:4-15).

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My Dear Brother

What you have here, is well written, and is as many Full-Gospel Churches have, but it also includes some extremely serious errors, that in our MODERN WORLD . . . our Denominations and Movements are mostly too Lukewarm, blind, asleep, and deceived to see clearly:

Most of the Modern Church Movement errors are in

> > [A] Priority, they ignore the "Priorities" of Jesus Christ

> > [B] Omission, they simply "leave out" that which Jesus said was extremely important.

**A founder of a new Church need to decide early on if you are going to BASE ALL BELIEFS and RULE OF PRACTICES on God's Holy Word . . . or just blindly follow the dead tradition of Churches up and down the road from yours.

[1] For example, you have God existing in three-persons. Are you saying God is just a person, like me and you and Barack Obama? When did God become a "person"? when did God stop being Divine, a Spirit as Jesus said in John 4, . . . God is neither a person nor an Angel: God is the One True God . . . a Spirit, separated from all other Spirits as our great God is the Holy Spirit!

[2] In all of the "Trinity-Confusion of recent centuries we Modernists limit the Godhead to three revelations . . .and we separate Him from His Eternal inerrant Word..How do we have the right to SEPARATE GOD FROM HIS WORD???

John 1:1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the Word was WITH God, and the WORD WAS GOD!!! The "SAME" WAS IN THE BEGINNING . . .

How do we have the right to take away GOD'S WORD from God when GOD SAYS they are One? Did not Jesus say, "These WORDS that I Speak unto you they are SPIRIT and they ARE LIFE . . . then Jesus also claim that HE WAS LIFE just as the WORD was Spirit and Life so we really have no justification for REMOVING GOD'S WORD From the Godhead!

We Modernists REMOVED GOD'S WORD from the GOD-HEAD 300 years ago, and NOW we wonder why the world, and half of the Church no longer believes in the Inerrancy & infallibility of God's Word!!!

Bro Jeff, the problem with "Belief Statements" is that ALL OF THEM break one of God's Basic Principles that God commanded NOT to ADD to His Word and NOT to LEAVE OUT anything from His word.

[1] Every belief statement LEAVES OUT WHAT GOD SAYS IS HIS INERRANT ETERNAL TRUTH, and disobeys God's Command t not to add or delete!!!! WHY????

[2] What do you thing Jesus would think of this "typical-Full-Gospel statement of faith that LEAVES OUT EVERY THING JESUS SAID WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT??????

> > Jesus PLAINLY said there are Weightier matters: and He said there is a Greatest Commandment: What is Jesus' Greatest commandment? Does anybody know what it is? Doesn't any body care what is "TOP PRIORITY" TO JESUS? Do we care enough to KEEP the Greatest Commandment as the GREATEST COMMANDMENT??? (I think Christ would be pleased . . .) NOTE: This first commandment is Heavenly, God centered0

> > Jesus also PLAINLY said there is a Second Greatest Commandment: That makes it more important THAN ALL OTHER COMMANDMENTS - except the First. Does this matter to any modern Church? Does anybody know what it is? Does any body care what is "TOP PRIORITY TO JESUS - [and this is TOP-PRIORITY EARTHLY SPEAKING] Do we care enough to KEEP the Greatest EARTHLY Commandment as the GREATEST EARTHLY COMMANDMENT??? (I think Christ would be pleased . . .)

> > Jesus further PLAINLY said to SEEK YE FIRST . . . how can a true Church have a belief statement that either doesn't know, doesn't care, or doesn't intend to obey what JESUS COMMANDED TO DO FIRST. Shouldn't that which Jesus Commanded to "SEEK YE FIRST" be what your church emphasizes and has "front and center" for all to learn and do?

> > Jesus prayed one thing 5 times the night before He died, perspiring blood in this prayer, praying for this ONE THING more than anything else He ever prayed for. How can a true church leave out Christ's TOP PRAYER PRIORITY??? [You'll find this in John 17]

> > Jesus said there was ONE-and-ONLY ONE WAY - this world we are trying to win - would believe He is the true Messiah: Since this is what we are trying to convince the world of, shouldn't we know this ONE-and-ONLY ONE WAY that Jesus said would get the job done??? Do you have any idea what it is???

> > Jesus said there was ONE-and-ONLY ONE WAY -- this world we are trying to win - would know who His true disciples are: is it Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Methodists, baptist, Full Gospel, . . . what did Jesus say was the ONE-and-ONLY ONE WAY - the world would know if we are true disciples??? Shouldn't a true Church know so they can practice what Jesus will be pleased to bless? Churches are such a mess today that the world is CONFUSED . . . they have no idea where to find truth . . . and many have just given up: How do we convince them of true disciples?

> > Jesus commanded us to pray FOR ONE GREAT REQUEST of His that most churches IGNORE: Jesus said pray ye the Lord of the Harvest that HE WILL . . . since 99% of churches REUSE to pray for what Jesus commanded seriously . . . they have little or no harvest! What is this Bro Jeff: do you know, do you care???

> > Jesus gave one great command to for Christians to do to be obedient: Go ye two by two . . .into the Highways and hedges, into the streets and lanes of the city, AND COMPEL THEM TO COME IN . . . THAT MY HOUSE MAY BE "F-U-L-L" -!-!-! Here again Modern churches don't want to do this . . . we want to have a praise band and clowns and turn Christian meetings for training into a circus and HOPE to FILL the house WITHOUT OBEYING CHRIST and GOING TO THE HIGHWAYS & HEDGES . . . we want the easy blessing.

> > Paul also said to PRAY YE FIRST OF ALL FOR . . . but we modern Churches . . . we don't have to do this . . . we are smarter than Paul, . . . we're gonna pray for OURSELVES first . . . so modern Churches are lukewarm, no converts, unblessed, struggling, and dying and praying for them selves

> > Jesus gave ONLY ONE GREAT COMMISSION - the GREATEST MISSION OF THE WHOLE CHURCH - after His resurrection - and it's the only Command He gave Five Times! (4-gospels & Acts) How can we put together a Statement of faith with 50 Scriptures and leave out the GREAT COMMISSION OF THE CHURCH . . .??????????????

> > Jesus also PROMISED GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL YE DO. . . isn't this of TOP PRIORITY??? Most Churches have NO HARVEST of souls . . .

***Bro Jeff:

Please don't take these things as personal criticism. You are JUST STARTING it is not expected that you know them . . . it is very sad that mature ministers who really do love God . . . and TRY VERY HARD . . . and wonder WHY their Churches aren't blessed with with an abundance of Souls when they IGNORE ALMOST EVERY PRIORITY JESUS SPOKE OF????

***The Good News:

Bro Jeff:Sooner or later EVERY CHRISTIAN within 25 miles is going to become dissatisfied with their Church not being effective . . . hear of your Church . . . and consider whether they should "join you" and support a Someone getting the job done!.

You are going to get to discuss TRUTH with many people, and if you can LIVE & TEACH THE PRIORITIES OF CHRIST and to your people . . . and discuss them with those who are thinking about joining you . . .

Memorize Matthew 15:9

[a] Show them your wisdom, by pointing out the "silly and blatant errors of their Church . . . and why it can't be blessed, such as the ridiculous idea that God is a person . . . or even 3-persons . . .

[b] That "modern Churches have TAKEN THE WORD AWAY FROM GOD - by limiting His REVELATION TO A TRINITY when JOhn1:1-2 says God cannot be separated from His Word

[c] Teach them the EXTREME importance of the TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS - as Jesus Himself declared.

[d] Teach them how true disciples are identified

[e] To pray as JESUS COMMANDED TO HAVE A HARVEST OF SOULS

[f] Take your men to the Highways & hedges and teach them HOW TO WIN SOULS

[g] and the other things and there are a few more.

**** The modern Church has MAJORED on MINORS (not untruths but MINORS)

and if we will MAJOR ON MAJORS . . .GOD WILL BLESS THAT OBEDIENCE and PROPER PRIORITY!

Because NO ONE will be able to refute your simple but powerful truths . . . and ALL of the denominational Churches are LOCKED into man-made DIVISION . . . . (What did Jesus say about a Divided House?????) It comes to DESOLATION - that's a MAJOR factor wrong with the modern Church USA . . . and it's decline into 10,000 factions!

IF YOU WILL BE WISE, Bro Jeff, . . .in 15-25 years most of the churches in your area will close in despair, and they will all be coming to YOUR Ministry in UNITY & TRUTH & POWER and A great harvest of souls!!

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Consider SCRAPING the Belief Statement:

[1] Have your Church Name

[2] Have Christ's definition of Church: > > Where two or three are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them

> >"I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church

[3] Have your Vision Statement (actually your calling)

[4] Use the Whole Word of God for Your Belief statement: add nothing and delete nothing

THEN call for all of God's people to COME OF OF HER YE MY PEOPLE (the false, dividing denominational churches . . . and those who "pick-&-choose" for their doctrine . . . REJECTING MOST of Christ's PRIORITIES and REJECTING the "Whole Counsel of God" that Paul Preached (Acts 20:18-22)

[Bro Jeff: This premise CANNOT BE REFUTED for Bible People: in time you'll get 90% of them all!]

Let me know if you have questions OR if something doesn't make sense!

More later,

DP