Statement Of Faith
* This is a work in progress and is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of my faith *
Statement on God
I believe the God of the Bible is the one and only true God. I know that Scripture describes God as one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Mat 28:19)
I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity. (Mat 28:19)
I believe that God is self-existent, without a beginning or end. (Exo 3:14)
I believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. (Gen 35:11, Cor 6:18, Rev 1:8, 1 Sam 2:3, Rom 11:33, Deu 33:27, Rom 1:20, Psalm 41:13)
Statement on Jesus
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and God incarnate. (John 1:1-3)
I believe Jesus was supernaturally born of a virgin, the only begotten Son of God. (Luke 2:1-11, 1 Cor 15:45)
I believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, even though he was subject to the same trials and temptations we face daily. (Mat 4:1)
I believe Jesus is the only way to attain eternal life and a personal relationship with God. (John 3:15-16)
I believe that Jesus suffered humiliation, beatings, scourging, a crown of thorns, exhaustion, exsanguination, and brutal death on the cross as a once and forever willing sacrifice for everyone’s sins. (Mat 27:27-35)
I believe Jesus supernaturally rose from death to life on the third day after being entombed in a borrowed grave. (Mat 28:6-7)
I believe Jesus continued His ministry on earth for 40 days after his resurrection and was seen by over 512 eyewitnesses. Then in the presents of several eyewitnesses, he was transfigured and ascended into heaven. (Acts 1:3, 1 Cor 15:6, Matt 17:2, Mark 9:2)
Statement on the Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) is the third person of the Holy Trinity or Godhead and is fully God. (Gen 1:2, Mat 28:19, Acts 7:55)
I believe that after you are born again through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you receive the Holy Spirit, and He dwells within you as a constant companion. (John 14:26)
I believe that we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives, and we can feel his presence with us everywhere we go and in every choice we make. We are equally able to reject His leadership (to our inexorable detriment). (Luke 12:10)
Statement on the Bible
I believe the Bible is the inspired, Inerrant, Infallible Word of the Almighty God. I know the Almighty God is the God of the Bible, the Pentateuch, and the Jewish Messianic Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. I believe the Bible is God’s only accurate eyewitness testimony, both inspired by God and written by God through God's inspiration of specially selected men. (Exo 31:18, Deu 9:10)
I believe in Sola Scriptura, in other words, the Holy Bible alone as scripture.
I believe the Bible is the most studied, scrutinized, and analyzed book in history and still stands true as genuine factual history from Genesis to Revelations, and its prophetic books stand as the only verifiable prophecy in any doctrinal text from any religion or secular source.
I believe all the following are not Scripture: The Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Jehovah’s Witness Bible (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures), and any other scripture from any religious sect or religion. This truth includes the writings of the religions Atheism, Agnosticism, Humanism, and Naturalism.
I believe that the best three English versions of the Bible are the King James Version, the New King James Version, and the New American Standard Bible.
Statement on Holy Ordinances
There are only two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Statement on Baptism
I believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a representation of our Savior’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, through Whom I died to sin and rose to a new life. Baptism is to be performed under the local church’s authority, and it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. Gal 3:27; Matt 28:19
Statement on the Lord’s Supper
I believe the Lord’s Supper commemorates Jesus’ death until He comes again and should be preceded by solemn self-examination. I believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first and then the Lord’s Supper, and partakers in the Lord’s Supper should be baptized believers. (Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 42)
Statement on the Church
I believe that a local church is an organized congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers as pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties have their definition in the Scriptures.
I believe the church’s true mission is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have the opportunity. I hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals, organizations, or governments. And that the one and only leader of the church is Christ through the Holy Spirit. Each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation, and on all matters of membership, governance, discipline, and benevolence is the will of the local church. (1 Cor. 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Acts 2:41, 42).
I believe in the unity of all Bible believers in the church, which is the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Eph. 1:22, 23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23; Col. 1:18; Acts 15:13-18).
I believe we should attend a Bible-believing church with a pastor who preaches the Word of God without deviation from the Scripture. (2 Tim 4:2)
I believe in the doctrine of being free to choose Christ as our Lord and Savior and that God has foreknowledge but doesn’t compel us or choose for us. (Acts 15:11, Rom 5:9, Rom 10:13)
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
I believe that God, through genetic design, creates each person as male or female. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s plan and purpose for that person.
I believe that the sacred covenant “marriage” has only one purpose: the uniting of one man with one woman in a single, holy union, as defined in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)
I believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman that are married. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)
I believe that God has commanded that there should be no intimate sexual activity other than that of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Lev 18)
I believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
I believe that to preserve the purpose and integrity of www.davidleebrown-christianauthor.com as my web-based ministry and to provide biblical edification to the readers of my website and the community, I must adhere to this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thes. 5:22.)
I believe every person deserves compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior directed toward any individual are to be rejected and are not in agreement with Scripture nor the doctrines of www.davidleebrown-christianauthor.com. I believe that dismissing sin and sinful acts is inappropriate according to Scripture. (1 Cor 6:18)
I believe God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
Statement on the Biblical Creation
I believe in the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and mankind. That this account is neither allegory nor myth but a literal, historical account of God’s direct, immediate creative acts without any evolutionary process and that man was created by a miraculous act of God and not from previously existing forms of life. And that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race (Gen 1:2; Gen 1:26-27, Col 1:16, 17; John 1:3).
I believe God created everything in 6, 24-hour days, then rested on the 7th day because he was finished, not because he was tired. The creation of the universe and everything in it was virtually effortless to Him. (Gen 1 & 2:1-3)
I believe the Flood of Noah’s day was a global flood that lasted more than a year, with obvious and clear evidence throughout the geologic and fossil records. Noah was a genuine person who built an actual ship that carried 2 of each and 7 of some of all the created kinds of air-breathing land animals, birds, and the creeping things God created. He, his wife, his three sons, and their wives were the only survivors of the flood. (Gen 6:8 – 8:19)
I believe eight people, including Noah, were the progenitors of all the people alive today and that the repopulation of our planet started about 4,400 years ago (give or take a century). (Gen 6:17-18)
I believe the theory of evolution is nonsense. The theory violates the law of biogenesis, the rules of genetic heredity, and the Law of Information. No theory (notion or idea) that breaks well-tested, repeatable, and verifiable natural Laws can be valid. Darwin and his minions have had over 150 years to prove this outlandish theory and still haven’t proven it, primarily because it’s impossible to prove.
Statement on the Fall of Man
I believe man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker. However, by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sin because of him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; 1:18, 32)
Statement of Grace and being Born Again
I believe that sinners must be born again for salvation and that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus. That salvation is instantaneous and not a process and that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13; John 3:8)
Statement Concerning Israel
I believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that their dispersion was because of their disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that they are currently regathering in the Holy Land. After the church’s completion, Israel will achieve salvation as a nation at the second advent of Christ. (Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Ezek. 37)
Statement on the Rapture
I believe in the pretribulation rapture of the church, an event which can occur at any moment, and at that moment, the dead in Christ shall rise in glorified bodies, and then those that are living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-54; Phil. 3:20, 21; Rev. 3:10).
I believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David in Jerusalem and to establish the millennial kingdom on earth. (Dan. 9:25-27; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isa. 9:6, 7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Rev. 20:1-4, 6)
Statement of the Final Judgement
I believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified (redeemed, born again) by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His approval. Only those justified will enter into God's final kingdom.
I believe all that continue in unbelief are wicked and cursed in God’s sight. Eternal punishment is the result for humanity after death, in the everlasting conscious suffering in the lake of fire. (Mal. 3:18; Gen 18:23; Rom. 6:17, 18; 1 John 5:19; Rom. 7:6; 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21; Rev. 20:14-15)