Statement of Faith – Alan Manson 

The Authority of Scripture

THE KING JAMES BIBLE VERSION is the only reliable, spiritually inspired Word of the Living God. It contains everything we need to know regarding salvation (2 Tim 3:15) and how to behave in order to please God (1 Thes 4:1-8) and to live peaceably with other people on the Earth. It is the final authority, and is completely sufficient in itself for all matters dealing with doctrine and how we practice what we believe (2 Tim 3:16-17). THE BIBLE is applicable to all generations of mankind (Matt 24:35). Correction and teaching must be supported by all related verses of scripture throughout the Bible for beliefs in it to be valid.

Creation

IN THE BEGINNING God created the original heavens and the Earth in all their beauty and glory, however, conventional theology believes the original Creation commenced from Gen 1:3 onwards when the Earth was overfloowed with water (Gen 1:2), but scripture indicates this is not the case. Scripture reveals that both the heavens and the Earth have “generations” (Gen 2:4) in the same manner as humanity comprises a father, a son, a grandson, etc.; where God originally created the planets of our solar system and the stars comprising the “old” heavens and Earth both beautiful and perfect (Gen 1:1). This Original Earth had inhabitants that sinned so much that their offences provoked the Lord to fierce anger (Jer 4:26). This caused Him to destroy the Earth with water, which destroyed cities, the birdlife, the fruitful lands that existed then (Jer 4:26) by the first worldwide flood (2 Peter 3:4-7). At that time, God also extinguished all light emanating from the sun, moon and stars while the Earth remained in a darkened state of judgment for possibly millions of years (Jer 4:23-26).

IN THE SIX DAYS OF CREATION, scripture indicates that God the Father sent Jesus as the "light of the world" (John 9:5)to revive and re-establish the original Earth back to its former glorious state (John 5:19-21, John 17:1-10; Gen 1:2). Jesus being “the light of the world” (John 8:12) restored it in 6 days, and then He rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2-3). Scripture now refers to this planet as the Present Earth (2 Peter 3:6-7), which has seen the same sinfulness of mankind force God to bring about Noah’s Flood (Gen chapters 6, 7 and 8) and the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:29-30) to be consistent in His judgment towards the inhabitants of the Earth throughout all generations (Acts 10:34). God has since confirmed He will never again flood the Earth, and reaffirms this covenant between Himself and the inhabitants of the Earth whenever a rainbow appears in the sky (Gen 9:11-17).

ON THE SIXTH DAY God created man (in the form of Adam) out of the dust of the Earth (Gen 2:7). To give him life, God placed Adam’s spirit within Adam (as a ‘statue’) and it was at this time that Adam became a living soul (Gen 2:7). God found that it was not good for Adam to live alone (Gen 2:18) so God created Eve out of one of his bones (Gen 2:21) as his wife (Gen 2:23) and to help him do the will of God in maintaining God’s garden (Gen 2:19-20).

After the Fall

AFTER ADAM AND EVE FELL FROM GOD’S GRACE because of their rebellion towards God (Gen 3:7) God judged them for their disobedience (Gen 3:9-19) and they were cast out from His presence that day as now being spiritually ‘dead’ (Gen 2:17). All people born on the Earth since then are the natural descendants of Adam an Eve (Gen 3:20) and are all born into this world spiritually dead towards God and have by nature, inherited the sinful nature of our ancestors (1 Cor 15:22; Rom 6:11-12).

GOD REQUIRES ALL MEN AND WOMEN TO MARRY AND PRODUCE CHILDREN (Gen 1:28; 1 Tim 2:15). To obey this commandment, every man is to have one wife (Eph 5:31-33; 1 Tim 3:12) and to produce more than two children for a multiplication factor to be achieved (Gen 1:28). All marriages are to generate natural offspring that create ongoing generations of descendants from the couple (Matt 1:17).

GOD HAS PLACED EACH MAN AS THE PRIEST (1 Cor 14:35) and the legal authority in his own home (Esther 1:17-20; Eph 5:23) as one who will have to give an account of how he has conducted himself in his domestic affairs (Col 3:23-25) at the Judgment. He is required to love his wife in the same manner as Christ so loved the church and gave his life for it (Eph 5:25-27). Husbands are not to become bitter against their wives (Col 3:19) but to be patient and encourage them and their children (Col 3:21). They are not to divorce their wives (Mal 2:15-16) except if they become unfaithful (as in adultery - Matt 19:9). All fathers of children are to instruct them in the ways of God (Prov 22:6).

GOD KNOWS THE SPIRITUAL WEAKNESSES OF WOMEN that Satan is more able to deceive them than to deceive a man (1 Tim 2:14). For this cause, God requires women to be married and to love both their husbands and their children (Titus 2:4) and be industrious in the home (Titus 2:5; Prov 31:10-31). Women are required to become “godly” (1 Tim 2:9-11) and to encourage other women to be so (Titus 2:3-4).

Beliefs about God

God is the one infinite and perfect being (Matt 5:48b), who has been, is and will be existent for all eternity (Exo 3:14), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7, 8), omnipotent (Gen 18:14; Matt 19:26), omniscient (Psalm 147:5; Heb 4:13) and immutable (Mal 3:6), and who has displayed His attributes to mankind (Isa 45:21-24) by being holy, righteous, just, good (i.e. loving, kind, merciful, gracious) and truthful. He has revealed Himself as triune (Gen 1:26; 1 John 5:7), meaning that there are three eternal distinctions in the one divine essence, known respectively as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19b). Each Person in the Trinity is co-eternal, so that the Father is rightly referred to as God (2 Cor 1:2, 3), the Son is rightly referred to as God (John 1:1; John 8:58; John 20:28; Acts 20:28; 1 Tim 3:16; Titus 1:3, 4; Heb 1:8), and the Holy Spirit is rightly referred to as God (Acts 5:3, 4; 1 Cor 12:4—6). God the Father is "greater" than Jesus (John 14:28). God is distinct from His creation of the universe and everything in it (John 4:24).

JESUS CHRIST existed before the Old Heavens and the Old (or original) Earth were created (John 1:1-2). He emptied Himself of this glory He had with the Father (John 17:5) before coming to Earth and became as God manifested in the flesh (Micah 5:2; John 1:1 cf. 1:14; etc.) and became a man known as Jesus Christ (Matt 1:19-25) when born of a virgin (Matt 1:23; 1 Tim 2:5). He lived a sinless life (1 Pet 2:22), shed His blood on the cross for those who believe upon Him (1 Cor 15:3; Col 1:20), and died there (Luke 23:46 cf. James 2:26). His body was raised from the corruption of death AFTER the third day (Matt 27:64 cf. Matt 12:40). Therefore, His death occurred at around 3 p.m. Wednesday (Matt 27:45-46 on the Gregorian Calendar) and He rose very early in the morning of the following Sunday (Mark 16:1-2). He ascended later into Heaven (Acts 1:11) and will return to the Earth again in two phases: IN THE CLOUDS at the First Resurrection (- the Secret Rapture, 1 Thes 4:15-18) and when His feet touch the ground at the SECOND COMING (Rev 19:11-21). The Lord's work on the cross, where He obtained our complete redemption (John 19:30), was both infinite and final (Heb. 10:10-12) and was for every individual who has lived on the Earth since His death (Rom 5:6; 1 John 2:2). This atonement through His substitutionary sacrifice was made in His blood, because without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sins (Heb 9:22).

Faith

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Faith comes through the hearing of the Word of God (Rom 10:17), being evidenced by simple trust that what God has said is true and action upon this fact. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6) and whatever is not of faith is considered by God to be sin (Rom 14:23). Salvation is obtained through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8, 9). In order to appropriate God’s promises, all Christians are required to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7), speak (i.e. confess the Word of God) in faith (Mark 11:22, 23; Rom 10:8; 2 Cor 4:13) and pray in faith (James 1:6, 7). Faith without works of faith is "dead faith" (James 2:26). Works of faith are initiated in Heaven by God as His will for the Christian (Matt 7:21; Matt 12:50) and are performed by His 'servants' - the disciples of Jesus Christ here on the Earth in faith (Luke 19:22-25). Christians often make their faith appear as a shipwreck and scripture warns against this (1 Tim 1:19-20).

Mankind's True Nature

MANKIND is naturally sinful (Rom 3:23) and is in desperate need of salvation (John 3:36; Eph 2:12). Without seeking and obtaining personal salvation, one is considered spiritually dead in his or her sins (Eph 2:1) and also considered spiritually blind (2 Cor 4:4) and under the control of his or her sinful nature (Rom 7:5). Remaining in this state will result in him or her ending up in the eternal Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41) to suffer an eternal punishment (Matt 25:46). This punishment will be inflicted on his or her eternally resurrected body that can never die (Rev 14:11). The larger percentage of mankind enter into Hell (Isa 5:14) and will remain in it even when the present Earth becomes the New Earth (Isa 66:22-24).

EACH PERSON’S HEART is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked – without exception (Jer 17:9); as God has created all of humanity this way (Psalm 33:15). It is God who tries our hearts daily (Psalm 7:9; Prov 17:3; 1 Thes 2:4) to see if we are able to spiritually circumcise it (Deut 10:16; Joel 2:13), and in doing so, put off our ‘old-man’ (or Adamic) nature (Eph 4:22) by demonstrating we now have a heart like God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). This is the BIG challenge for every Christian to achieve in their new life in Christ (Col 3:9-10).

Beliefs about Salvation

SALVATION is defined as being saved from something dreadful. Initial salvation from the penalty for dying in one’s sins is obtained from God by grace alone and NOT by any works we can do to earn it (Eph 2:8,9). In other words, we are saved by grace through faith alone in Christ (Acts 4:12; 10:43; etc.) and by accepting His blood atonement for our sins (Heb 9:22). Complete repentance - or the turning away from all sinful behavior (Luke 13:3, 5) is necessary for complete forgiveness of sins by God (1 John 3:6) and for salvation to be fully appropriated (Acts 3:19-21). Repentance is not just a change of mind, for Jesus equated it to turning away from one's evil ways (Matt 12:41 cf. Jonah 3:10). At the point of initial salvation (Luke 19:9) one is declared righteous (Rom 4:3-6) and given the gift of eternal life (Rom 6:23) and deemed to be a child of God (1 John 3:2); however, it is up to the individual Christian to retain this Heavenly status by exercising his or her free will to “eschew evil” when tempted to commit new acts of sin each day (Job 1:8; 2:3). Those who belong to Christ Jesus have overcome the sinful nature with its passions and desires (Gal 5:24) by crucifying it (Gal 2:20), which if continued in, will ultimately lead such a Christian towards living the same ‘sinless’ lifestyle that Christ lived (1 Cor 15:34; 1 John 2:1; 3:6; 5:18-19). This new lifestyle will make that person an enemy of those in the world around them (John 15:18) particularly members of his or her family and friends (Matt 10:36).

SALVATION IS FINALLY APPROPRIATED by undertaking ‘works of faith.’ Spiritual 'works' are necessary in God's kingdom as they demonstrate to God (and others) each Christian's level of practical faith (e.g. it takes more faith to speak to a mountain and say, "Be lifted up and go into the sea" than it does to simply believe in Jesus Christ for salvation - Matt 21:21-22). Such 'works of faith' are always initiated by God as representing His will for the Christian to perform (Matt 8:9-10), and if performed by him or her to the required level of faith, such acts will deliver the required "fruit" God desires into His kingdom (Matt 9:37-38). If a Christian fails to produce such “fruit,” he or she is deemed by God the Father to be a fruitless branch grafted into Jesus (John 15:2). Once pruned from Jesus, the Christian then becomes spiritually dry (and therefore useless in God's kingdom - John 15:6). NOTE: It does take a great deal of opposing God's grace before He finally removes such a branch from Jesus the Vine (Luke 13:6-9; John 15:1-8), however, for those branches that do produce the required spiritual fruit, these have to endure regular pruning (or hardships) by God the Father so they will produce MORE fruit for Him in His kingdom (John 15:2).

All who would come to God must be born again (i.e. a spiritual birth into God’s family) to enter into His Kingdom and to inherit all of its benefits (John 3:3-8). This requires full repentance from all sin (Acts 3:19), a commitment to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and His ways (Acts 2:38; Acts 26:20; John 6:35), and an acceptance of God’s free gift of salvation by receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord (John 1:12; Rom 10:9, 10, 13; Eph 2:8; 2 Cor 5:17). By faith, the believer can then be secure in the fact that God has washed away all their sins by His own blood (John 6:53). The believer is called to live a holy life (1 Thes 4:7) and to appropriate full salvation (1 Thes 5:23).

Grace

TRUE GRACE is provided by God towards ALL sinners, freely (Rom 11:6). God’s grace enables ALL sinners to fully repent from their sinful ways for the sole purpose they may become sinless like their Master, Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1-6). Grace teaches us to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives (Titus 2:12) by withholding God's judgment towards sinners. God’s grace can be frustrated by Christians (Gal 2:21) to the point where their abuse of His grace eventually causing it to be removed (Heb 12:14-15) and occasionally followed by acts of judgment (Acts 5:1-11; Heb 10:31). The Bible commands Christians to GROW in grace (2 Peter 3:18) and in doing so, learn by one's mistakes to become more Christ-like (1 Cor 2:16) in thoughts, words and deeds (2 Cor 10:5-6). 

Healing

Healing of spirit, soul and body is in the redemption provided by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sickness is a part of the curse of the law (see Deut 28:15—68) and is of devilish origins (Acts 10:38; Job 2:7; Mark 1:34; Luke 13:16). The Lord Jesus Christ has “redeemed us from the curse of the law” (Gal 3:13) and by the stripes that were laid on Him we “were healed” (1 Peter 2:24b; Matt 8:17). Divine healing and health is “the children’s bread” (Matt 15:26) and is appropriated by faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:16; Acts 4:30; James 5:15).

Baptism in Water

Water baptism is an ordinance of the Church required by God for all disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19). Only believers may be baptised (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38), the method being by full immersion of the believer by another believer into a body of water (Acts 8:38, 39; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:23). Water baptism is a public symbol of the inner work done in a person, that of being raised from spiritual death into eternal life in Christ (Rom 6:3, 4). Baptism can be performed on a new believer when he or she chooses to be baptized by anyone professing to be a disciple of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:36-37).

Fellowship of the Saints

All believers (i.e. the saints of God) must continue in fellowship with other believers at a local church assembly (2 Thes 2:1; Heb 10:25). An ordinance of God is the requirement of the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper to remember the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 11:23-28).

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Spirit and His associated gifts are for the operation of the Church in the Earth today. The gifts are needed by the Church until the Lord Jesus Christ returns. The Lord Jesus Christ baptises the believer in the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8). A person who has gone through this experience is “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Compare Acts 1:5 with Acts 2:4), having “received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17). This is an experience to be differentiated from salvation, since its purpose is to open believers to the spiritual realm involving faith towards God, so that they can be effective witnesses for God (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:20). Not all Christians speak in an unknown tongue (1 Cor 12:30) however speaking in an unknown tongue (or language), is a spiritual gift (1 Cor 12:10) - together with an interpretation. Even in Old Testament times, when anyone was baptised with the Holy Spirit, he or she prophesied (1 Sam 10:10-11).

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

According to His will, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers for the edification of the Body of Christ, the Church (1 Cor 12:1-3). Nine of the Holy Spirit's manifold gifts are listed in 1 Cor 12:8-10. God wants believers to desire the gifts and to operate them according to His will (1 Cor 12:31; 1 Cor 14:12; Mark 16:17—20). Care must be taken to operate the verbal gifts in an orderly and decent manner (1 Cor 14:33, 40).

The Two Resurrections

BODILY RESURRECTION occurs on two separate and distinct days for all mankind - one for the 'born again' Christian (John 3:3-6) who has experienced the New Birth (Acts 9:17-18) and one for the remainder (John 5:29; Rev 20:11-15 and Rom 2:6) - the non-born again Christians and the unbelievers (Luke 12:46). The First Resurrection occurs at the ‘Rapture’ of the church – 1 Thes 4:15-18; 1 Cor 15:52-57). The Second Resurrection occurs more than 1,000 years later (Rev 20:5). Those Christians who patiently “endure to the end” of their life in Christ while on the Earth (Heb 6:15; Rom 4:16-17), will be saved (Matt 10:22), and enter into the kingdom of God at their death (John 14:1-4) to reign with Him (2 Tim 2:12) and live upon the New Earth throughout eternity (Rev 21:1-7). The wicked (comprising the vast majority of mankind, (Matt 7:13-14) including unbelieving Jews and Christians (Matt 5:21-24; Rom 11:21-22; 1 Pet 4:17; Rev 2:16-17) will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15) to be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:15) where they will experience conscious torment forever (Rev 20:10 cf. 21:8) in their immortal body. Future generations of mankind will be able to view their toment in Hell (Isa 66:24) as a warning about rebelling against God or His laws.

The Person of Satan

The notes related to this section have been taken from the Dake Annotated Reference Bible.

Satan is a real person (1 Chron 21:1; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Psa 109:6; Zech. 3:1-2; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Rev 12:7-12). Jesus dealt with him as with a person (Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13) and waged war on Satan as on a person (Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8). Christ taught that Satan was a real person (Luke 10:18; Rev 12:7-12; Rev 13:1-4; Rev 20:1-10) and the apostles fought with Satan as with a real person (Eph 6:10-18; 1 Thes 2:18; 1 Peter 5:8-9) and warned men against a personal devil (Eph 4:27; Eph 6:11; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9). Personal singular pronouns are used of Satan (Matt 4:7-11; Matt 12:26; Luke 11:18) and personal statements are made to him (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Isa 14:12-14; Ezek 28:11-17; Zech. 3:1-2; Matt 4:1-10; Jude 1:9). Personal conversation is carried on with him (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Isa 14:12-14; Matt 4:1-10; Jude 1:9) and personal descriptions are given of him (Isa 14:12-14; Ezek 28:11-17).

The personal names and titles that are given to him are:

  1. Lucifer (Isa 14:12-14)
  2. The Devil and Satan (Rev 12:9)
  3. Beelzebub (Matt 10:25; Matt 12:24)
  4. Belial (2 Cor. 6:15)
  5. The adversary (1 Peter 5:8-9)
  6. The dragon (Rev 12:3-12; Rev 13:1-4; Rev 20:1-3)
  7. The serpent (2 Cor. 11:3; Rev 12:9)
  8. The god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4)
  9. The prince of this world (John 12:31)
  10. The prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:1-3)
  11. The accuser of our brethren (Rev 12:10)
  12. The enemy (Matt 13:39)
  13. The tempter (Matt 4:3)
  14. The wicked one (Matt 13:19,38)
  15. That wicked one (1 John 5:18)

 

The personal acts and attributes ascribed to Satan are that he is an angel with a body, soul, and spirit like all other angels (Ezek 28:11-17; Rev 12:7-12) and is described as a most beautiful creature who fell through personal pride over his own beauty (Ezek 28:11-17; 1 Tim. 3:6).  He has been seen with a body (1 Chron 21:1; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Psa 109:6; Zech. 3:1-2; Matt 4:1-11; Rev 20:1-3) and will ultimately be bound physically with a chain and cast into a prison (Rev 20:1-3). He has a heart (Isa 14:12-14); pride (Ezek 28:17; 1 Tim. 3:6); speech (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Matt 4:1-11); knowledge (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Matt 4:1-11; Rev 12:12); power (Job 1:6-22; Job 2:1-7; Acts 10:38; Acts 26:18; 2 Thes 2:8-12; Rev 13:1-4); desires (Luke 22:31); lusts (John 8:44; Eph 2:1-3); and many other physical parts, soul passions, and spirit faculties. He goes from place to place in a body like anyone else (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Matt 4:10-11; Mark 4:15) and has a kingdom (Mark 3:22-26).  He has access to heaven (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-6; Rev 12:9-12) and is a great celestial and terrestrial ruler (John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph 2:2; Eph 6:10-18). He rules the business, social, political, and religious activities of the majority of mankind. His realm is divided into organized principalities and powers in the heavenlies (Dan 10:12-11:1; Matt 12:24-30; Eph 6:10-12) and his subjects are fallen angels, fallen men, and demons of various kinds (Matt 25:41; John 8:44; James 2:19; 1 John 3:8-10; Rev 12:7-12). He is head of some religions and is a leader in religious affairs (2 Cor. 11:14; 2 Cor. 2:9; 2 Cor. 3:9).

 

The Overcoming Christians

THE OVERCOMING CHRISTIAN (Rev chapters 2 and 3) will receive the same glorified, imperishable and immortal body that Jesus Christ received at His resurrection (Phil 3:21; 1 Cor 15:53). It will never age, get sick, be injured or die (Luke 20:36; 1 Cor. 15:53). It will be a tangible body of flesh and bones (Phil 3:21 cf. Luke 24:39) but without blood (John 20:24-28). With that type of body, the Lord Jesus was able to enter a room with locked doors, (John 20:19) and eat the same kind of food we do now (Luke 24:42-43)! His body is also adapted to move between Earth and Heaven, for He sits at the right side of the Heavenly Father (Luke 20:42-42; Heb 1:13) reigning with Him in His flesh and bone, glorified body (Luke 24:39). Those people who are lost forever in the Lake of Fire will also have a physical body, which will NEVER be destroyed (Mark 9:44-48; John 5:29) or annihilated (Rev 20:10 cf. 20:15) as they suffer in that fire that God prepared especially for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41).

The promises Jesus has made to all Christians who overcome Satan's lies and deceptions are these:

  1. He will eat of the Tree of Life (Rev 2:7)
  2. He will not be hurt of the Second Death (entry into the Lake of Fire - Rev 2:11)
  3. He will be given to eat the "hidden manna" and be given a white stone with his or her new name written in it (Rev 2:17)
  4. He will be given authority to rule nations in the Name of Jesus Christ (Rev 2:26-27)
  5. He will be given white raiment to wear and Christ will NOT blot his name out of the Book of Life (Rev 3:5)
  6. He will become a pillar in the temple of God. He will not go out any more and will have the name of God and the city of God written upon him (Rev 3:12)
  7. He will sit with Jesus and administer the affairs of the world with Jesus (Rev 3:21-22).

Jesus requires every born-again Christian to "overcome" all temptations from Satan to commit acts of sin (James 1:13-14;  Matt 4:3-4; 1 Thes 3:5) in the same manner as Jesus overcame these same temptations throughout His earthly lifetime (Rev 3:21).

God bless,

Alan

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