What We Believe 
Adopted October 16, 2014
divider
 
The Memorial Tabernacle Christian Life Center
 

Embraces the following statements concerning the Truth. The Bible is our all sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Luke 1:1-2). No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines. We do not presume to say the phraseology employed in this Statement of Fundamental Truths is inspired or that it is the final work on Biblical Truth. However, we are persuaded it is proper and consistent with the Holy Scriptures to “set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1).

That the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments were written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit (Ghost) and are God’s revealed Word to man. They are the sufficient, infallible rule and guide to salvation and all Christian worship and service (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13). The Bible is the inspired Word of God, equally in all parts and in the whole is totally inerrant in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme revelation from God and of God, superior to conscience and reason; it is therefore our infallible rule in all manners. The totality of the Scriptures center on the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, no portion is properly read or understood until it leads to Him. 

That Scripture teaches that there is one and only one true and living God, who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth and the redeemer of mankind. That He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Spirit), the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-l1; Luke 3:22). These three Persons are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same homage and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3,4; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6). The mode of His existence, however, is a subject far above the understanding of man. He is the fountain of all perfection and happiness. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship (Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 3:14; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:12-19, 20; Job l1:7; Psalms 19:1, 2; 145:10; 150:6; Exodus 34:14). 

 

Creation
Of the World -?God spoke into existence the world and all that it contains, for His own pleasure, and the enjoyment of His creatures. (Genesis 1&2, I Timothy 6:17, Revelation 4:11). ?
Of Man?- God created man in His image according to Genesis 1:26 as a triune being consisting of spirit, soul (which is made of the mind, will and emotions), and a body. ?
 
 
Created Man and His Fall?
 
That our first parents, were created in innocence and were upright. Mankind was created righteous in the opinion and judgment of God. They we also upright in their mental aptitude and physical form. They had no knowledge of good and evil. However, they were created with a free will. A will that was under their control and afforded them the ability to choose to obey or to disobey God. Being influenced by Satan, they made a decision to disobey God, and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 3) Adam was the legal representative of all that were born to him. Therefore, his decision affected the whole of mankind born of him, for all were in the loins of Adam. As a consequence of Adam’s decision, sin entered the world and man’s spirit died; separating him in relationship from God. Mankind as a whole, became unwilling to obey God and is inclined to do evil. Their minds are at enmity with God. Hence, none, by virtue of any natural goodness or mere work of their own, can become the children of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3: l-7; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Psalms 51:5; John 6: 44; Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 2:14). As a result of this sin, all mankind is subject to the death of the body. The soul does not die with the body, but immediately after death enters into a conscious state of happiness or misery according to the character here possessed either by rejection or acceptance of the Savior (Romans 5:12; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Philippians 1:23).
 
Jesus Christ
 
  1. The WORD of God, Son of God and the Son of Man, was born miraculously of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1: 23; Luke 1:31-35).
  2. He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22).
  3. He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin (John 3:17-19; 5:24, II Corinthians 5:21, I Corinthians 15:34, Romans 5:12-21),
  4. Offered His blood as an atonement (Romans 5:9-11) and made it available to all who exercise faith in Him.( John 1:12 ; 3:15-18;5:24; 6:27-29)
  5. Physically he was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:5-7; Luke 24:19-23, 34- 39; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
  6. He is exalted and sits at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-l1; Hebrews 1:1-3).
  7. His divinity is proved from His titles, His attributes, and His works (John 1:14; 5:36, 9:3-7, 15:24, Luke 1:26-36; Acts 4:10-12).
    He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed. (Romans 8:34)
  8. We also acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all things in Heaven, and in Earth, and under the Earth. We also hold to the imminent return of Jesus Christ to gather His Church to Himself and establish His eternal dominion over the universe. (Philippians 2:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:17-18; Revelations 19, 20).
 
The Holy Spirit (Ghost)

The Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit (Ghost) the acts and attributes of an intelligent Being. He guides, knows, moves, gives information, commands, forbids, sends forth, and reproves. As the instrumental segment of the God Head in the liberal dispersion of spiritual gifts, He can be sinned against and grieved. (John 16:7, 8, 13; Mark 3:29; Acts 7:51, Acts 10:19, 13:2-4; 16:6; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:30).

The works of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit (Ghost); creation; inspiration and giving of life (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; II Peter 1:21; I Peter 3:18).

Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we become partakers of His holiness; that it is begun at rebirth (regeneration); and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (Ghost) in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (Romans 8:5; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Philippians 2:12-13;1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 John 2:26-29;).

 
The Salvation of Man
  1. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Ghost), being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit and the outward evidence to all men of a life of righteousness and true holiness (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:10-13; Ephesians 2:8-13; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5-7; Romans 8:9-16; Ephesians 4:22-24).
  2. Salvation is an inclusive word, which gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes, i.e., justification, redemption, deliverance, imputation, sanctification, glorification, etc. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without human works (Romans 3:24-28, 4:1- 25, 6:23, Ephesians 2:8). Salvation is in these three tenses:
    1. Condition of Salvation – The grace of God, which brings salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and, being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:8-9).
    2. Evidences of Salvation – The inward evidence, to the believer, of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of unconditional love, righteousness, and true holiness, demonstrated by the fruit of the Spirit (John 13:35; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:24).
    3. Final Result of Salvation – The spirit of the believer who dies in Christ immediately goes to be with the Lord until the establishment of Christ’s Lordship over all creation at which time the believers will rule and reign along with Christ forever and ever. (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 23:42-43; 2 Corinthians 5:8, Revelation 22:1-5).