A little bit about me, and what I believe

     I am a Born-Again Christian who pastors a church in Washington state.

     I believe the Bible to be the inspired, innerrant, infallible, immutable Word of God. I don't just 'say' that I believe that; I genuinely do. I believe that the Scriptures alone hold the key to eternal life (John 5:39) by revealing the person of Jesus Christ, and the free (without cost to us) gift of Salvation. Although the Bible CLEARLY teaches that God sovereignly elects all individuals who go to heaven according to his will and pleasure (Eph 1:5; Rom 9:22-24) and that this salvation is by grace [unmerited favor] alone and not by works (Eph 2:8-9 Rom 9:16), We have a response to that Salvation which is pursuing righteousness and producing good works (again; these do NOT save us or cause us to be born again).
     Also, we should take literally those passages in the bible which are meant to be taken literal (not trying to 'spiritualize' straight-forward passages). Metaphors should be read as metaphors, cultural sayings/statements understood as the people listening would have understood, etc.

     Doctrinal Statement

    I believe in one tri-une Holy God [1 Jn 5:7-8; Deut 6:4], who exists in 3 persons (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit [Jn 6:27; Heb 1:8; Acts 5:3-4]) the creator of the universe (according to His Word [Gen 1:1-2:3]) who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient [Gen 17:1; Rev 19:6; Psalm 139:7-10; Acts 17:24; Jer 17:10; Jn 2:24-25] and that those three persons are co-equal in power, authority, majesty and glory.

   I believe the Bible is the Inspired, Infallible, Inerrant Word of God as originally given [2 Pet 1:20-21], and that it contains a complete account of Salvation, and is useful in all facets of the Christian life [2 Tim 3:16-17]

    I believe in the sinful condition of all Mankind [Rom 3:10, 23, 6:23], which separates us from God, started by Adam [Rom 5:12], And the only cure for this condition is redemption by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross [Jn 19:30; Rom 5:15-18]. I believe that Jesus Christ is God, and He gave the perfect sacrifice for sin, by which the believer is saved, by grace through faith and NOT by works [Heb 9:22-26; Eph 2:8-9]. I believe Christ came to earth, put on flesh by means of virgin birth and that He was sinless [Isa 7:14; Lk 1:27; ]. I believe Jesus will return a second time to gather his church to Himself [1 Thess 4:15-17; Heb 9:28].

    I believe in a literal Heaven and Hell as defined by Scripture [2 Pet 2:4; Rev 20:14-15], and that every person has an immortal soul which is eternal, and that each person will spend eternity in one of two places, Heaven or Hell. [Heb 9:27; Matt 7:13-14]

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