Most religious groups produce a
“statement of beliefs”—a
summary of their understanding of the most important teachings of the
Bible. Such statements are often regarded as the group’s reason for
existence: the members of the group believe that their understanding is
a little (or a lot) better than other religious groups. Unfortunately,
when people personally “accept” a statement of beliefs, it usually
hinders them from learning new things directly from the Bible and the
Holy Spirit. If their study should lead them to understand something
contrary to their church group’s statement of beliefs, many groups
might spurn them or even reject them as members.
The Bible teaches that the
spiritual Church should
not be divided into different groups following different leaders (John
17:22, 1Cor 1:11-13; 3:1-15). There is obviously a need to reject
flagrant false teachers (Titus 3:10; 2John 1:10-11; Rev 2:2, etc.), but
other Scriptures show that mature brethren can tolerate mistaken
beliefs of others (Rom 14). The “seven churches” in Revelation chapters
2 and 3 had some severe errors, but Christ still called them all “His
churches”. When the Bible mentions different church groups, it is
always because they were separated by distance: there was a church at
Ephesus, another at Corinth, etc. There is no mention of multiple
competing congregations in the same city. Nevertheless, the forming of
denominations is just one of many sins affecting believers. Much of our
Father’s work has been done in spite of denominationalism and other
It is our hope that all people,
believe and practice only truth, not error. However, we realize that we
do not have a perfect understanding of truth, nor do we know of anyone
who does. Throughout history, most people have had extremely limited
access to the Bible, either in their own language or in its original
languages. We find no consistent set of doctrines held by any Christian
religious group for the past 1900 years. Each person will be judged
primarily by what they do with the knowledge they have (John 9:41; Luke
12:47-48; Rom 2:12-16; 14:23; Jms 4:17). People with the gift of
teaching should teach truth to those who will hear it. We believe that
the Bible reveals essential truth (2Tim 3:15-17, John 17:17), though
small parts of the Scriptures may have become corrupt in the process of
copying and translation (Isa 28:9-13).
Not publishing an extensive
“statement of beliefs”
does not mean that we not study or have beliefs! However, we do not
think it wise to state doctrinal conclusions without corresponding
detailed explanations from the Scriptures. If a person reads several of
our detailed articles and finds them Biblically accurate, he or she
should not automatically accept all of our other doctrinal conclusions
without similar study—that would be “following a man,” not our Messiah.
On the other hand, a person can disagree with our teaching on one
subject, but still benefit greatly from our explanation of other
subjects. We do not knowingly publish error, but we have limited human
minds, we do not have a perfect relationship with the Eternal, and
Satan is trying to deceive us as he is trying to deceive everyone else.
Nevertheless, we do believe that the Eternal wants us to teach, and
that he has given and is giving us a substantial amount of truth to
For the benefit of those seeking
truth, we quote
what we believe are fundamental Scriptures, below. This will not answer
all questions, but as far as the New King James Version of the Bible
allows, it is truth:
In the beginning God [Hebrew YHVH or Elohim
created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1).
And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the
Lord [Hebrew hwhy, exact pronunciation is in dispute] your God, who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You
shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a
carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or
that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your
God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the
children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but
showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My
commandments. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and
do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your
God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter,
nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor
your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made
the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested
the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and
hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be
long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not
murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall
not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your
neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his
male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor
anything that is your neighbor’s. (Ex 20:1-17).
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you
today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your
children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you
walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up (Deut 6:4-7)
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge
against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor
as yourself: I am the Lord (Lev 19:18). (Quoted in Matt 22:37-40, Mark
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all (Eccl 12:13).
For this is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (1Jn 5:3).
He who does not love does not know God, for God
is love (1John 4:8).
Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives
by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord (Deut 8:3, Matt
4:4, Luke 4:4).
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom
are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ [Yeshua the
Messiah ], through whom are all things, and through whom we live (1Cor
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is
given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will
be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince
of Peace (Isa 9:6).
For there is one God and one Mediator between God
and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1Tim 2:5).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).
Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to
God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we
shall be saved by His life (Rom 5:10).
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest
anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ
Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk
in them (Eph 2:8-10).
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to
you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1Jn 1:8-2:1).
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a
living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to
an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you (1Pet 1:3-4).
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so
much the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb 10:25).
Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the
foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of
the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the
dead, and of eternal judgment (Heb.6:1-2).
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but
after this the judgment (Heb 9:27).
For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body,
according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2Cor 5:10).
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has
not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is
revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1Jn 3:2).
The kingdoms of this world have become the
kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and
ever! (Rev 11:15)
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and
judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had
been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who
had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his
mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned
with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live
again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first
resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first
resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall
be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand
years (Rev 20:4-6).
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with
them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and
be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there
shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more
pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the
throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,
“Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Rev 21:3-5).
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