What We Believe
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God , the final authority for faith and life: inerrant in the original writings , infallible and God breathed. 2 Tim. 3: 16 , 17 ; 2 Pet. 1: 20 ; Matt. 5: 18 ; John 16: 12,13 .
WE BELIEVE IN ONE TRIUNE GOD, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Co-eternal in being; Co-identical in nature; Co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. Gen. 1: 26,27 , 11: 7 ; Isa. 6: 8 : Matt. 3: 16,17 : Matt. 28: 19 ; John 14: 16 ; 2 Cor. 13: 14 . Each person of the Godhead possess the same attributes of Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence.
GOD, THE SON – JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God ; became man , without ceasing to be God , having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary ; in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. John 1: 12,14 ; Luke 1: 35.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His shed Blood and Death on the Cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal , physical resurrection from the dead. Rom. 3: 24,15 ; Eph. 1: 7 ; 1Pet. 1: 3-5 ; 1Pet. 2: 24 .
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father: where as our High Priest , He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. Acts 1: 9,10 ; Heb. 9: 24,25 , 7:25 ; Rom. 8: 34 .
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person and proceeds from God the Father and from God the Son: and is therefore eternal and of the same essence, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son. We believe therefore the Holy Spirit is truly God, the third Person of the Godhead.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment: and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body (Church) of Jesus Christ, indwelling them and “sealing” them unto the “day of redemption” . John 16: 8-11 ; Rom. 8: 9 ; 1 Cor. 12: 12-14 ; 2 Cor. 3: 6 ; Eph. 1: 13,14 .
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in Adam’s sin the whole human race fell, and inherited a sinful nature, and all men became alienated from God. We believe that all men are totally depraved and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Gen. 1: 26,27 ; Rom. 3: 22,23 ; Rom. 5: 12 ; Eph. 2: 1-3 , 12
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by Grace, and received by personal faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son: whose precious blood was shed on Calvary’s Cross for the forgiveness of our sin. John 1: 12 ; Eph. 1: 7 ; Eph 2: 8-10 ; 1Pet. 1: 18,19; 1 John 2: 2
SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God, and thus are secured in Christ eternally. John 6: 37-40 ; John 10: 27-30 ; Rom. 8: 1 , 38 , 39 ;1Pet 1: 5 .
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word ;which however ,clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to yield to the flesh. Rom. 13: 13,14 ; Gal 5: 13
THE BELIEVERS TWO NATURES
We believe that every “saved” person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims of the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Rom. 6: 13 ; Rom. 8:12,13 ; Gal. 5: 16-25 ; Eph. 4: 22-24 ; Col. 3: 10 ; 1 John 3: 5-9
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ , is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. 1Cor. 12: 12-14 ; 2Cor. 11: 2 ; Eph. 1: 22,23.
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Acts 14: 27 ; Acts 20: 17 , 28-32 1Tim. 3: 1-13 ; Titus 1: 5-11 .
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
Baptism We believe that all who have trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour should be baptized. We believe that the mode of baptism is by immersion. However this mission organization does not baptize; believing this is a responsibility of the local church. Matt. 18: 19 ; Mark 16: 16 ; Acts 2: 38 ; Acts 8: 36-40 ; Acts 10: 47,48.
The Lords Supper We believe that every Believer should participate in observing the “Lords Supper ” according to the instructions provided in 1 Cor. 11: 17-34.
We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation, but reject the extreme teaching known as ” Hyper Dispensationalism ” , such as that teaching which opposes either the ” Lord’s Supper ” or water baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. Matt. 28: 19,20 ; Acts 2: 41,42 ; Acts 18: 8 ; 1 Cor. 11: 23-26.
THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he will be eternally punished in the ” Lake of Fire ” . Job 1: 6,7 ; Isa. 14: 12-17 ; Matt. 4: 2-11 ; Rev. 20: 10 .
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in that ” Blessed Hope ” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His ” redeemed ones ” ; and in His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints , to establish His Millennial Kingdom”. Zech. 14: 4-11 ; 1Thess. 1: 10 ; 1Thess. 4: 13-18 ; Rev. 3: 10 ; Rev. 19: 11-15 ; Rev. 20; 1-6.
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the “”saved ” to eternal life and the ” unsaved ” to judgment and everlasting punishment. Matt. 25: 46 ; John 5: 28,29 ; John 11: 25,26 ; Rev. 20: 5,6 ,12,13 .
We believe that it is the obligation of the ” saved ” to witness by life and word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures: and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. Mark 16: 15 ; Acts 1: 8 ; 2 Cor. 5: 19,20 .
THE BIBLICAL STANDARD FOR PERSONAL LIFESTYLE OF “SEXUAL”, “MENTAL”, AND “PHYSICAL” PURITY.
Any person wishing to be ” associated ” in any capacity with Bible Mission to Native Americans MUST adhere to the following policies which reflect the true Biblical faith.
A PERSONAL LIFE STYLE OF SEXUAL PURITY
This prohibits those who either advocate the acceptance of, and /or those who practice any of the following:
HOMOSEXUALITY as per Romans 1: 24-32 ” Wherefore GOD also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies between themselves; Verse 25 Who changed the truth of GOD into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever amen. Verse 26 For this cause GOD gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women, did change the natural use into that which is against nature. Verse 27 And likewise the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their own lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Verse 28 And even as they did not like to retain GOD in their knowledge, GOD gave them over to a reprobate mind , to do those things which are not convenient. Verse 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wicked ness, covetousness, maliciousness full of envy, murder, debate, malignity, whisperers, Verse 30 Backbiters, haters of GOD ,despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Verse31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, Verse 31 Who knowing the judgment of GOD, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same , but have pleasure in them”. First Corinthians 6: 9,10 ” Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of GOD? BE not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminates, nor abusers of themselves with mankind , Verse 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extorioners, shall inherit the kingdom of GOD.”
ADULTERY as per Exodus 20:14 ” Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Deut. 5: 18 ; Matt. 19: 18 ; Rom. 13: 4 ; Jude 7
INCEST as per 1Cor. 5: 1 ” It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much among the Gentiles, that one should have his fathers wife.”
POLYGAMY as per 1 Tim. 3: 2 ” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife.” 1 Tim 3: 12 ” Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife.” Titus 1: 6 .
ABORTION as per Jeremiah 1: 5 ” Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, a prophet unto the nations.” Psalm 127: 3 “Lo children are an heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” Exodus 20:13 ” Thou shalt not kill.” The Hebrew verb ( to kill ) means intentional slaying . Matt. 5: 21 ; Matt. 19: 16 ; Mark 10: 19 ; Luke 18: 20 .
A PERSONAL LIFE STYLE OF MENTAL PURITY
This prohibits those who either advocate the acceptance of, or those who practice any of the following: on the Biblical grounds as provided in the following statement.
- The regular use of vulgar and/or blasphemous terminology.
- The use of pornographic material.
- The practice of “visualization”, “channeling”, or other “New Age” means to attain “cosmic consciousness”.
- Backbiting, gossiping, lying, faultfinding.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES COVERING THE ABOVE
Psalm 19: 14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and redeemer.”
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES Ps. 24: 4 ; Ps. 31: 18 ; Prov. 6: 16-19 ; Prov. 12: 22 ; Matt. 19: 18 ; Rom. 1: 30 ; Rom. 13: 9 ; 1 Cor. 3: 16,17 ; 1 Tim 1; 9-11 .
A PERSONAL LIFE STYLE OF PHYSICAL PURITY
This prohibits those who either advocate the acceptance of , or those who practice any of the following: on the Biblical grounds as provided in this statement.
- The use of tobacco products in any and all forms.
- The use of or the addiction to alcoholic products for consumption – except as prescribed by a medical doctor for health reasons.
- The use of drugs, except as prescribed by a medical doctor and used as prescribed.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES COVERING THE ABOVE
1 Cor 5: 19,20 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Verse 20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” Also 1 John 3: 2,3.
A PERSONAL LIFESTYLE OF SOCIAL PURITY
This prohibits those who either advocate the acceptance of, or those who practice any of the following:
- Membership in a lodge and / or oathbound society and / or secret organization.
- Attending dances.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE COVERING THE ABOVE
1 Cor. 6: 15,16 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them a member of a harlot? “God forbid, Verse 16 What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two he saith shall be one flesh.
2 Cor. 6: 14-18 ” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? And what communion hath light with darkness? Verse 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel ? Verse 16 And what agreement that the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said ,I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God , and they shall be my people. Verse 17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean things, and I will receive you, Verse 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”