I Don D. Srail am in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America, and all others who would agree with this statement.
a. 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 1:1-2,14; Luke 1:35).b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in him is assured by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24 and 2 Peter 2:1).
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, he fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that he is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
b. We believe that he is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).
(5) The Total Depravity
of Man - We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of
God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became
alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly
unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans
5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).
(6) Salvation -
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and
received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was
shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12;
Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
(7) The Eternal Security
and Assurance of Believers
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5).
b. 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 the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
(8) The Two Natures of the Believer - 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 to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; Romans 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
- We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring
reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious
apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is
commanded of God (2Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; John 2:15-17; 2
John 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
(10) Missions -
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word
to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all
mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
(11) The Ministry and
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all his gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
b. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with his own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15).
a. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
b. 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; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
d. We believe in the ordinances of believer's water baptism and the Lord's supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense
reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's
responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of
salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man
according to his purpose. Three of these - the age of law, the age of the
Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed
revelation in Scripture (John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18;
Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; Ephesians 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25; Hebrews
7:19; Revelation 20:2-6).
(14) The Personality of
Satan - We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the
cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and,
that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah
14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
(15) 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 earth, with his saints, to
establish his millennial kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11;
Revelation 19:11-16; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6,12-13).
b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation+20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
Contrary to Faith
(1) Ecumenism -
Ecumenism is that movement which seeks the organizational unity of all
Christianity and ultimately of all religions. Its principal advocates are the
World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in
Evangelism - Ecumenical Evangelism is that effort to promote the gospel
by bringing fundamentalists into an unequal yoke with theological liberals
and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups.
- Neo-Orthodoxy is that theological movement which affirms: the transcendence of
God, the finiteness and sinfulness of man, and the necessity of supernatural
divine revelation of truth; but, while using evangelical terminology, seriously
departs from orthodoxy: in accepting the views of destructive higher criticism,
in denying the inerrancy of the Bible as historic revelation, in accepting
religious experience as the criterion of truth, and in abandoning important
fundamentals of the Christian faith.
(4) New Evangelicalism (Neo-Evangelicalism, New Conservatism) - These terms refer to that movement within evangelicalism characterized by a toleration of and a dialogue with theological liberalism. Its essence is seen in an emphasis upon the social application of the gospel and weak or unclear doctrines of: the inspiration of Scripture, biblical creationism, eschatology, dispensationalism, and separation. It is further characterized by an attempt to accommodate biblical Christianity and make it acceptable to the modern mind. We believe that these movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position of IFCA International and are inimical to the work of God.
I personally would add the Modern Charismatic Movement to this list of Movements contrary to Faith just to make it perfectly clear that they are the major cause in bringing our generation into the last Laodicean era of the Church Age. They, and all the feather bed Evangelicals who have given them the platform of main stream Christianity are all guilty. It is this Laodicean era that God says He would spew from His mouth! An era of such filth in inventing doctrines of worldliness that they turn the stomach. Folks, I tell you true, when the differentiation between the saved, and the unsaved is lost, it is time for God to pull the saved out of this world. It is time for dispensational change. It is time for the return of Christ to clean house, and re-establish true purity and holiness on planet earth.