LLEM Doctrinal Statement

 

 DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

  
Section 1: The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books which constitute the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, the complete and unalterable special revelation of God, and our final authority.   We believe the Scriptures are to be interpreted in their normal, literal, grammatical-historical meaning (Matthew 5:18; John16:12, 23; II Timothy 3:16, 17; I Peter 1:20,21).
                 
Section 2: The Godhead
We believe in the one and only triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

Section 3: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe 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 and lived a sinless life.   He came that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1,2; 3:16; Philippians 2:5-11).

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing  unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world, and our justification is verified by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24,25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 1:3-5; l John 2:2).

We believe 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; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2).

Section 4: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who in this present age convicts the world of sin, unrighteousness, and judgment; who regenerates and baptizes into the body of Christ those who believe; and who indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11;  Romans 8:9; I Corinthians: 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14).

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth;  and it is the privilege of believers to be filled with, and their duty to work in, the Holy Spirit (John16:13, Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; I John 2:20, 27).

Section 5: The Total Depravity of Man
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God; in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and man is totally depraved and unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

Section 6: Salvation and Security
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all people, and all who trust Him are saved by grace through faith on the grounds of His shed blood, accepted in the beloved, kept by God’s power, and thus secure in Christ forever (John 1:12; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8: 1, 38, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-6; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:5, 18, 19).
           
Section 7: The Church

We believe the Church, which began with the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, is the body and bride of Christ.   It is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons in the present age (Acts 2: 1-36; I Corinthians 12:13, 14; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 23, 5:25-27).

We believe  the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-30; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).           

Section 8: The Personality of Satan
We believe Satan is a created being, the author of sin, the tempter in the fall, the declared enemy of God and man, and the god of this age.   e shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6, 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Section 9: The Eternal State
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; John5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12, 13).

We believe 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 and glorified to be forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; revelation 20:4-6).

We believe the souls of unbelievers are, at death, absent from the body and 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 (Matthew 25: 41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11-15).

Section 10: Missions
We believe that Christ commissioned individuals in the church to make disciples from among all nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19, 20).

Section 11: Creation
We believe the triune God by free act of His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being—immediately and instantaneously in six literal days by the word of His mouth—the whole visible and invisible universe (Genesis1:1-27; Exodus 20:8-11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104:25, 26; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:16, 17).

            Section 12: Abortion
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.   Consequently, abortion constitutes the unjustifiable, inexcusable taking of human life and is equivalent to murder (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

Section 13: Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no person should engage in intimate sexual activity outside of marriage between one man and one woman.   We believe any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, fornication or adultery are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Genesis 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).

We believe that God instituted marriage to be the joining of one man to one woman (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23).


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