TENETS of FAITH-What I Believe the Bible Teaches

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ITSELF TEACH?

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TENETS OF FAITH

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STATEMENTS OF FAITH 

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WHAT I MYSELF PERSONALLY BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT THE BIBLE ITSELF TEACHES!

          

          Here at AMatterOfTruth.com the clear, plain, simple word of Almighty God is taught in simplicity to all whom God leads to read these in-depth Bible studies in his word of truth. So if you are truly seeking to know only the truth of the whole word of God according to Acts 17:11 to search the word of God daily for yourself to see if you are being taught the truth and according to 2 Timothy 2:15 to study to show yourself approved unto God so that you will not be confused, then I will do my utmost to be apt to teach you in gentleness and patience according to 2 Timothy 2:24. May God bless you richly as you open your heart to his word and seek his truth basing your faith upon the WHOLE word of God.

          Many of the readers here at AMatterOfTruth.com have written to me asking what I myself personally believe. I have been reluctant to post a summarized Tenets or Statements of faith, because I know that some Christians just quickly skim through the list of statements of faith when they visit different websites and if they find even one tiny little thing that they do NOT agree with, then they simply move on to find another website. It is like they are not TRULY searching for the truth, but rather they surfing the web to find those that support or agree with what they themselves have been already been TAUGHT by their particular church denomination. 

          Well, I want to assure you by straight out telling you right now up front that there is not a single website on the Internet that will teach EVERYTHING that any Christian will be in TOTAL agreement with based upon what they have PREVIOUSLY been TAUGHT by their particular church denomination. 

          I assure you that there will be SOMETHING that I teach on this website that you will find, with which you will NOT agree with what your particular denomination has PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT you. And the reason WHY you will find at least one teaching on this site that you do not agree with is because OF what you have previously been TAUGHT.

          So then, the question is "Has your particular denomination taught you CORRECTLY, by teaching you the TRUTH, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING but the TRUTH?" "How do you know for sure if everything you have been taught is the truth?" Have you searched the word of truth for yourself in order to see whether or not you have been that the truth of the WHOLE word of God?"

          You see I was taught many things in the different church denominations that I have attended over the years, which I accepted as being the truth without question UNTIL I started seeing CONTRADICTIONS in some of those church doctrines that did NOT AGREE with the clear, plain, and simple word of God. You see, dear child of God, the Holy Spirit is opening OUR eyes to the TRUTH of his word to see that many of the church doctrines that WE were PREVIOUSLY taught are NOT ALL SOUND BIBLICAL teachings. And if you are here reading these studies here on this website or any other website, then you are here for one of three reasons:

          #1. The Holy Spirit has led you here and you are TRULY seeking the TRUTH with all your heart.

          #2. You are here because you want to find others, who AGREE with what you yourself already believe, or you are seeking others, who are being SHOWN the same things that you yourself are being taught by the Holy Spirit from the Bible itself.

          #3. The Holy Spirit has led you here to LEARN how to be saved and receive eternal life in the world to come.

          So then, most all of you who are here already know what the mainstream church denominations teach.

          

                    BUT WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ITSELF TEACH?

           

          The following is a summarized list of statements of faith in which I myself have found that the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of God teaches us in SIMPLICITY with absolutely NO interpretation needed to understand what the Bible itself teaches. Some of the statements of faith listed below are ESSENTIAL TRUTHS from the whole word of God, which we MUST believe in order to be saved. While other statements of faith in this list we SHOULD believe, because they are clear, plain, and simple FACTS that are STATED so as FACT in simplicity directly from the Bible itself with NO interpretation needed to understand what these verses are teaching. 

          And then following at the end of this #NUMBERED list #1. , #2. , #3. , and so forth, I will add what I do NOT believe is clearly and plainly taught in the WHOLE word of Almighty God, which will be LETTERED as A. , B. , C. , D. , and so forth to avoid confusion. I separate these two lists because SOME church denominations dogmatically teach many of the things in the LETTERED list as being the truth when in all honesty they are NOT clearly and plainly taught in simplicity with NO interpretation needed in the Bible ITSELF. But rather they are traditions of men that have been handed down from generation to generation all through the history of the church, which at times have been extremely controversial even to the putting to death those Christians who denied to accept these man made teachings as being sound Biblical teachings.

          So then, here is the numbered list of what I myself personally BELIEVE that the Bible ITSELF clearly, and plainly teaches us in SIMPLICITY with NO interpretation needed to understand what the Bible ITSELF states as FACT. With each statement of faith, there is Scripture verse or verses and a blue LINK to an in-depth Bible study with all the verses of scripture that shows why I myself personally believe that this is what the Bible itself clearly teaches us in simplicity.

         

TENANTS OF FAITH

WHAT THE BIBLE ITSELF TEACHES!


          #1. I believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of truth written by men of old, who were inspired by Almighty God to write down as the record of what Almighty God himself desired to be written according to 2 Timothy 3:16. And I myself personally believe that the Bible alone should be the foundation on which to base ALL church doctrine according to the same verse.

           2 Timothy 3:16.

          ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

          

          #2. I believe that the Holy Bible in its original form in the original language in which it was first written to be infallible and without error or contradiction. Any error or contradictions that may SEEM to be found are caused by man's own personal interpretation, and, or these contradictions are caused by the translating the Bible into other languages for all translations do NOT AGREE with each other and all the many church denominations do NOT AGREE with each other. So then, I myself personally believe that the word of God, the Holy Bible, is the word of TRUTH according to John 17:17 where Jesus is praying to Almighty God the Father concerning the SCRIPTURES, the WORD of God, the Holy Bible. But I do want my readers to know WHY NOT ALL Bible translations AGREE with each other.

          John 17:17 where Jesus is speaking to Almighty God the Father concerning the WORD, the Holy Scriptures, written in the Old Testament of the Bible.

          John 17:17.

          Sanctify them through YOUR truth: YOUR word is TRUTH.

           

          #3. I believe that the Bible teaches us as Christians that there is but ONE God, who ALONE  is the ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God, which the Word of truth ALWAYS clearly identifies as being the Father alone according to 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 1:3, and James 3:9 along with many other verses confirming this truth.

          1 Corinthians 8:6

          But to us, there is but ONE God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 

          2 Corinthians 1:3

          Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 

          James 3:9

          Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 



          #4. I believe that Almighty God has a SON and the NAME of his ONLY begotten SON is Jesus, or Yeshua, which means Yahweh saves or the salvation OF Yahweh, or YHWH, who is Almighty God, the Father alone. And I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is clearly and plainly identified as being the SON OF Almighty God the Father according to 1 John 4:14,15 along with many other verses far too numerous to quote in this summarized tenets or statements of faith.

          1 John 4:13,15 

          And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 

         15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the SON OF God, God dwells in him, and he in God.


          Even the devils knew that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God, the Father according to Luke 4:41 and many other verses as well.

         Luke 4:41

         And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, You are Christ the SON OF God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

          

          #5. I believe that Jesus is the CHRIST, which means the anointed one and Messiah who was sent or commissioned by Almighty God the Father to go out into the world to become the way of salvation for mankind by suffering and dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world, so that whosoever believes on Jesus as the SON OF God who died for their sins shall be saved according to John 20:31, Matthew 16,17, and John 3:14-18.

          John 20:31

          But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is THE CHRIST, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.

          Matthew 16:16,17

          And Simon Peter answered and said, You are THE CHRIST, the Son of the living God. 

          17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven.

          John 3:14-18

          And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up (or crucified on the cross for the sins of the whole world)

          15.  That whosoever believes IN him should NOT perish, but (or but rather) have eternal life.
          16.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY begotten SON, that (or so that) whosoever believes IN him should NOT perish, but (rather they shall) have everlasting life.
          17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
          18.  He that believes ON him (Jesus the SON OF God) is NOT condemned: BUT he that believes NOT is condemned ALREADY because he has NOT believed in the NAME of the only begotten SON OF God.


          So then, this is a MUST BELIEVE statement of faith in order to be saved. If you are NOT ABSOLUTELY SURE that you ARE save, then I implore you to read the study "HOW CAN I BE SAVED?"

         

          #6. I believe that Jesus is the ONLY NAME given among mankind whereby the human race MUST be saved and that no human being can come unto Almighty God the Father except they come through the name of Jesus according to Acts 4:10-12 and John 14:6.


          Acts 4:10-12

         Be it KNOWN unto you ALL, and to all the people of Israel, that BY the NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole. 

         11. This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
         12.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved.
 


          John 14:6

          Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN comes unto the Father, BUT BY ME. 


           

          #7. I believe with all my heart that Jesus, of his own free will, became obedient to Almighty God his Father to suffer and die on the cross being crucified for the sins of the world, so that or in order that whosoever believes in their heart that Jesus died for their sins and CONFESS their faith in Jesus, the SON OF God, who died for them and that God raised his Son from the dead shall be saved according to Romans 10:8-13.

          But what says it? The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your HEART: that is, the word of FAITH, which we preach; 

          9.  That if you shall CONFESS with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your HEART that God has RAISED him from the dead, you shall be saved. 

         10.  For with the HEART man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.
         11.  For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
         12.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto ALL that call upon him.
         13.  For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


          #8. I believe that Jesus was crucified for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD and that God RAISED his Son from the dead after three days and three nights of Jesus being dead and buried in the grave to be alive forever more never to die again according to the above verse in Romans 10:8-13, which you just read, and according to Romans 6:9, Revelation 1:18, John 3:14-18, and 1 John 2.

          Romans 6:9  

          Knowing that Christ being RAISED from the dead dies NO MORE; death has NO MORE dominion over him. 

                 Revelation 1:18
           I am he that LIVES, and WAS dead; and, behold, I am ALIVE for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

          John 3:14-18

          And AS Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up:(on the cross to be crucified for the sins of the whole world) 

         15.  That WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
         16.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
         17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

         18. H
e that believes ON him (speaking of Jesus the SON OF God) is NOT condemned: BUT he that believes NOT (that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the Father who has ANOINTED his SON Jesus to be the CHRIST) is condemned ALREADYbecause he has NOT believed in the NAME of the only begotten SON OF God.


            1 John 2:1,2

           My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if ANY man sin (or ANY human being's sins), we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 

          2.  And he is the propitiation (or Jesus is the atonement or the sacrifice) for our sins: and NOT for ours ONLY, but ALSO for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.

          

         #9. I believe in the BODILY resurrection of the dead in Jesus Christ meaning all who believe in Jesus unto the end shall be raised from the dead, be given eternal life, and be given a LITERAL new glorified IMMORTAL BODY of FLESH and BONE just like Jesus has now sat down on his Father: throne at his Father's right hand. And we shall live and reign with Jesus in the world to come for a LITERAL 1000 years. According to Luke 24:39, 1 John 3:2,  John 11:25, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 6:14, 2 Corinthians 4:14, Revelation 20:4-6, and many other passages of scripture.

          Luke 24:39 

          Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.


           1 John 3:2

           Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear (or we have not obtained as yet) what WE shall BE: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE shall be LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he IS. 


           John 11:25

          Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the LIFE: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he LIVE:


           Romans 8:11

          But if the Spirit of him that RAISED up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall ALSO quicken (or shall ALSO make ALIVE) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. 


                  1 Corinthians 6:14

                  And God has both RAISED up the Lord, and will ALSO RAISE UP US by his own power. 

           2 Corinthians 4:14

          KNOWING that he which RAISED UP the Lord Jesus shall RAISE UP US ALSO by Jesus, and shall present us with you.


                 Revelation 20:4-6
          
          And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they LIVED and REIGNED WITH Christ a thousand years
         5.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 
         6.  Blessed and holy is he that has part in the FIRST resurrection: on such the second death has NO power (meaning that ONLY those who are believers IN Jesus will be given eternal life at his second coming to rule and reign for a 1000 years on the earth), but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall REIGN WITH with him a thousand years.

        


           #10. I believe in TWO and ONLY TWO resurrections of the dead that will still yet occur AFTER the resurrection of Jesus. The FIRST of these two resurrections is for ONLY those of us, who are BELIEVERS IN Jesus Christ, who have remained faithful unto the end. And the second and final resurrection is for ALL the REST of the dead. The FIRST resurrection is our blessed HOPE and it is called a BETTER resurrection for many reasons such as we shall LIVE forever and the second death will NOT have any power over those of us, who partake in the FIRST resurrection according to Revelation 20:4-6, Hebrews 11:35.

           Revelation 20:4-6

          And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they LIVED and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

          5.  But the REST of the dead lived NOT again UNTIL the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST resurrection.(speaking of  faithful believers in Jesus who will LIVE and reign with Jesus for a 1000 years) 
          6.  BLESSED and holy is he that has part in the FIRST resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


          Hebrews 11:35

          Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance (from persecution or martyrdom); THAT (or so that or in order that) they might obtain a BETTER resurrection:


          In the SECOND and final resurrection AFTER the 1000 year reign of Jesus where ALL the REST of the dead shall be raised to appear before the JUDGMENT there will be BOTH righteous people and wicked people raised from the dead in this final resurrection according to John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15, and 1 Corinthians 15:21.

          John 5:28,29

          Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

          29.  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of LIFE; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of DAMNATION.

 

                 Acts 24:15

          And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, BOTH of the just AND unjust.

          1 Corinthians 15:21

          For since by man came death, by man came ALSO the resurrection of the dead.

 


          #11. I believe in what has been come to be called the RAPTURE of the church by many different church denominations according to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:50-53. The word "RAPTURE" is not actually found in the Bible translations that most Christians use today, but the actual EVENT of literally being CAUGHT UP to be with Jesus IS indeed clearly taught in the Bible itself, and that is what the word "Rapture" or "rapturo" from the Latin Vulgate translation or "harpazo" from the original Greek literally means to snatch away. The word rapture in simplicity means the CATCHING UP or the snatching away of the SAINTS to forever be with Jesus, which again is clearly and plainly taught in the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Now most Christians do indeed believe in the RAPTURE of the church. The CONTROVERSY among Christians is the WHEN the rapture will take place, BEFORE the great tribulation, MID tribulation, or AFTER the tribulation. Please see LETTER A. in the section at the end titled what I do NOT believe that the Bible ITSELF clearly and plainly teaches in simplicity with NO interpretation needed to understand. Here are two main verses in the Bible that teach us about the rapture of the church.

          1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

          But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have NO hope (meaning ONLY those who believe IN Jesus as their ATONEMENT will take part in the FIRST resurrection and be given their new immortal body of flesh and bone like Jesus AT the time of the RAPTURE. ALL others have NO hope of obtaining eternal life at the RAPTURE of the CHURCH. So be READY!).

          14.  For IF we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep IN Jesus will God bring with him.
          15.  For this, we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
          16.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead IN Christ shall rise first:
          17.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
          18.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


          1 Corinthians 15:50-53

         Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 

          51.  Behold, I SHOW you a mystery (or a secret that God has kept secret until the church age); We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be CHANGED,
          52.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED.
          53.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on IMMORTALITY.


         #12. I believe in the POST tribulation RAPTURE of the church, which means that the rapture of the church will take place immediately AFTER the time of great tribulation AT the SECOND coming of Jesus right before Jesus pours out the WRATH of Almighty God according to many, many passages of scripture too numerous to quote so please read ALL the IN depth studies related to the RAPTURE of the church that take place AT the second coming of Jesus IMMEDIATELY AFTER the great tribulation and right BEFORE the WRATH of God just as Matthew 24:29-31 plainly teaches. I have many in-depth studies on this subject teaching in SIMPLICITY all sides of this highly controversial topic. Please see the side menu bar our the tab at the top of the page marked Prophecy-The End Times for the complete list of studies on this subject of the rapture and the second coming of Jesus.

       

          #13. I believe in the soon coming WRATH of Almighty God that will without fail come upon ALL who do NOT believe in Jesus and upon ALL, who are DISOBEDIENT to the commandments of God and the teachings of Jesus to keep themselves PURE in the eyes of God according to John 3:36, Romans 1:18, Ephesians 5:6, and Hebrews 12:14 along with many other verses as well. 

                John 3:36

         He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes NOT the Son shall not see life; BUT the WRATH of God abides on him. 


          Romans 1:18

           For the WRATH of God is revealed from heaven against ALL ungodliness and (ALL) unrighteousness of men (or of ALL of mankind), who hold the truth in unrighteousness;


                 Ephesians 5:6
          
             Let NO man DECEIVE you with vain words: for because of these things comes the WRATH of God upon the children of DISOBEDIENCE.


          Hebrews 12:14

          Follow peace with all men, and holiness, WITHOUT WHICH (or WITHOUT HOLINESS) NO man shall SEE the Lord: 


          

          #14.  I believe that all FAITHFUL believers who are OBEYING the teaching of Jesus KEEPING themselves pure in the eyes of God are NOT APPOINTED to the WRATH of God according to 1 Thessalonians 5:9, and 1 Thessalonians 1:10.

          1 Thessalonians 5:9

          For God has NOT APPOINTED US to WRATH, BUT to obtain SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ, 


                 1 Thessalonians 1:10

           And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which DELIVERED US from the WRATH to come.


          #15. I believe in the SECOND COMING of Jesus to be revealed from heaven to FIRST rapture or catch up his faithful believers in him, reward them with eternal life and a new immortal glorified body of flesh and bone like Jesus has now, then SECOND, once we are safe with Jesus in the air. then Jesus will execute the WRATH upon all who do not believe on him and upon those Christians who have been deceived to return to a lifestyle of sin and who are living in a lifestyle of sin when Jesus returns. Please read the study "IS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED BIBLICAL?", but for now please closely consider Revelation 22:12-15

          And, behold, I COME quickly (speaking of the SECOND COMING of Jesus); and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

          13. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 

          14. Blessed are THEY (speaking of ONLY those of us) that DO his commandments, that (or so that) they may have right to the tree of LIFE, and may ENTER in through the gates into the city.
          15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER loves (speaking of any and all sexual sins) and makes a lie.


          AND Hebrews 9:27,28 as well as many other verses which clearly teach us that Jesus is coming AGAIN!

          Hebrews 9:27,28

          And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the JUDGMENT: 

          28.  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and (ONLY) unto THEM that LOOK for him shall he appear the SECOND TIME without sin unto SALVATION.


          

           #16. I believe in ETERNAL DAMNATION, which is NOT to be confused with ETERNAL TORTURE or TORMENT IN HELL of the ALL who do NOT believe in Jesus as the SON OF God who died for their sins. I believe in eternal DEATH or Almighty God DESTROYING both the body and the soul of ALL, who do NOT believe on Jesus, obey the gospel and who do evil, by casting them ALIVE into the lake of fire on the day of judgment according to Mark 3:29, Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, and Revelation plus many other verses as well.

          Mark 3:29

          But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost has never forgiveness, but is in danger of ETERNAL DAMNATION: 


          John 3:16-18

         For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should NOT PERISH, but have everlasting life. 

         17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
         18.  He that BELIEVES on him is NOT condemned: BUT he that believes NOT (on Jesus that he is the SON OF God who died for their sins) is CONDEMNED ALREADY, BECAUSE, because he has NOT BELIEVED believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


                Matthew 25:46

          And these shall go away into EVERLASTING punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


          2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

          And to you who are troubled (or persecuted) rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 

          8.  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know NOT God, AND (them) that obey NOT the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
          9.  Who shall be punished with everlasting DESTRUCTION from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;


          Revelation 20:14

          And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second DEATH.


          Romans 6:23

          For the wages of sin is DEATH (and NOT eternal torture in flames of fire. Please see the studies Does Revelation teach eternal torment?); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."


          #17. I believe that Jesus is the Son of MAN  as well as being the SON OF God. In other words, I believe in the VIRGIN BIRTH of Jesus as the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD being born of a woman in like manner as all human beings, EXCEPT that Jesus was NOT conceived in the womb of a human woman by an EARTHLY father, but rather Jesus had a miraculous conception in the womb of the VIRGIN Mary. I believe that Jesus is the only unique begotten Son of God having a virgin birth without a human father as all other human beings according to Luke 1:26-35.

          Luke 1:26-35

          And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 

          27.  To a VIRGIN espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
          28.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
          29.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
          30.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.
          31.  And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.
          32.  He shall be great, and shall be called the SON OF the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
          33.  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
          34.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
          35.  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: THEREFORE (or for this very reason) also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the SON OF God.


          #18. I believe that Jesus was ANOINTED by Almighty God according to Acts 10:38 and that the works Jesus did he did through power of the eternal Holy Spirit who dwelt in him according to John 14:10 and Hebrews 9:14 plus many more passages of scripture some of which we have already covered under #5 where I believe that Jesus is the CHRIST. But in this statement of faith I want to emphasize that just as Jesus was ANOINTED by the Holy Spirit DWELLING IN him I believe that WE now have been ENDUED with POWER from on High being given the SAME gift the Holy Spirit who NOW DWELLS IN US as believers in Jesus to live our lives free from sin and do the SAME works Jesus did according to Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and  

          Acts 10:38

          How God ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was WITH him.


          John 14:10

          Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the FATHER IN me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the FATHER that DWELLS IN me, HE does the works.


          Hebrews 9:14

          How much more shall the blood of Christ, who THROUGH the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


          Luke 24:49

          And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be ENDUED WITH POWER from on high.


          Acts 1:4-8

         And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but WAIT for the PROMISE of the Father, which, said he, you have heard of me. 

          5.  For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
          6.  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
          7.  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power.
          8.  But you shall RECEIVE POWER, AFTER that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


          1 Corinthians 3:16

          Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells IN you?


           John 14:12

          Verily, verily (or TRULY TRULY), I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do ALSO; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

 


           #19. I believe in WATER BAPTISM by submersion completely in water. Now while I do NOT believe that water baptism by submersion is a MUST WITHOUT FAIL in order to be saved I DO strongly believe that every believer SHOULD OBEY if at all possible the ordinance of being baptized by submersion in water. I fully realize that some circumstance like death bed repentance to obtain salvation may prevent those believers from being baptized before they die, and in some cases where believers may have a handicap preventing them to be submerged under water, because God looks upon the HEART. The EXCUSE that the thief on the cross was NOT baptized was BEFORE the resurrection of Jesus and the day of Pentecost when the actual preaching of the gospel of salvation BEGAN to be preached is NOT an excuse not to be baptized by submersion in water. After the church began on the day of Pentecost it is made clear in the Bible itself that BAPTISM in water was both taught and practiced according to Acts 2:36-41, and Acts 10:47,48 plus many more verses as well.

          Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
          37. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, WHAT SHALL WE DO?
          38. Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, AND be BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
          39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
          40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (by BELIEVING and OBEYING the gospel of salvation) 
          41. Then they that gladly RECEIVED his word WERE BAPTIZED: and the same day there were added unto them (those who were already saved) about three thousand souls.

           Acts 10:47,48

          Can any man FORBID water, that these should NOT be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 

          48 And he COMMANDED them to be BAPTIZED in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

          

          #20. I believe that the Holy Spirit IS a  PERSON and NOT just a mere IMPERSONAL force or power that is simple USED by Almighty God according to the Holy Spirit's PERSONAL attributes that only a person or divine being can have. ONLY a person can be grieve or lied to as we are clearly taught in Ephesians 4:39, Acts 5:3 and many other verses as well.

          Ephesians 4:39

         And GRIEVE NOT the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.


          Acts 5:3

          But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 




          #21. I believe that the Holy Spirit IS ALMIGHTY God HIMSELF, as in, ONE and the SELF-SAME being as the ONE TRUE ETERNAL GOD, who is SPIRIT. This truth is nowhere in the Bible ITSELF plainly stated as FACT in ONE single verse, but rather we have to COMPARE scripture with scripture in order to see this truth. None the less this truth that the Holy Spirit IS the FATHER is still yet clearly and plainly taught in SIMPLICITY, but some interpretation is needed. Please click on the link above for an IN  DEPTH study in God's word with ALL the verses which clearly teach this truth that the Holy Spirit IS ALMIGHTY God, the FATHER, HIMSELF, as in, the Holy Spirit is ONE and the SELF-SAME divine eternal being as Almighty God, the Father.


          #22. I believe that all nine GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are indeed for the church today and that they have NOT passed away with the early church or the Apostles as some falsely claim. And we are to SEEK the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to be used of God according to 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-11

          1.  Now there are diversities of GIFTS, but the SAME Spirit.... 

          5.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
          6.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the SAME God which works all in all.
          7.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
          8.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
          9.  To another faith by the SAME Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the SAME Spirit;
         10.  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
         11.  But all these works that one and the SELFSAME Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
 


           Now divers or different kinds of tongues or speaking in many different languages is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used in edifying the body of Jesus Christ and is NOT referring to the speaking in other tongues when we are Baptized in the Holy Spirit. I believe that ALL believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them and that ALL believers can and should speak or pray in other tongues after they are FILLED with the Holy Spirit and then STIR UP this gift of the Holy Spirit that is IN them to intercede for others and praise God in their private devotions with God. And in a church service, the gift of tongues should only be used when one is there who has the gift to INTERPRET other tongues by the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, pray in other tongues quietly in intercession to not draw attention to yourself.


          #23. I believe in the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues, which some call being FILLED with the Holy Spirit or RECEIVING the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38,39, and Acts 10:44-48 along with many other passages of scripture.

          Acts 2:4

          And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


          Acts 2:38,39

         Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall RECEIVE the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

          39.  For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall CALL.


          Acts 10:33-48

         While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 

          45.  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
          46.  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
          47.  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
          48.  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.


         

          #24. I believe in DIVINE healing and that EVERY believer in Jesus has been GIVEN the AUTHORITY to USE the name of Jesus and COMMAND any and every sickness or disease to leave their body and be healed.


          #25.  I believe that ALL believers have been GIVEN the AUTHORITY to USE the NAME of Jesus to cast out devils and to HEAL the sick.

          

          #26. I believe that Jesus has FREED us from the bondage of sin and we can live FREE from SIN THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit who DWELLS IN us

           

          #27.  I believe that when a Christian dies physically that their SOUL&spirit goes immediately to heaven to be in the presence of Almighty God and his Son Jesus to await the first resurrection which is when they will be clothed upon with their new glorified immortal body of flesh and bone like Jesus has now.

          #28. I believe that the old serpent, that old red dragon called the Devil and Satan is a REAL being who is God's enemy that goes about to deceive the whole world. Jesus called him by his NAME saying Satan get you behind me.


          #29. I again believe what the Bible ITSELF clearly, and plainly STATES as FACT in SIMPLICITY with NO interpretation needed to understand, AND what the Bible clearly and plainly teaches by comparing scripture with scripture to easily understand with simple logic and common sense, which does NOT CONTRADICT other parts of God's CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word stated a FACT in SIMPLICITY with NO interpretation needed. I could probably add a hundred more things in which I believe are clearly taught it the Bible itself. Now I have listed only the above 26 statements of faith, because I myself believe that these 26 statements of faith cover the basic beliefs, while many other church doctrines others should NOT be listed as ESSENTIALS of faith. For example, I myself personally believe that Jesus is GOD INCARNATE IN THE FLESH, but I do NOT believe that Jesus is God incarnate in the WAY that the MAIN stream church denomination teach. Please read the study for all the scriptures that clearly teach us that Almighty God HIMSELF became flesh and NOT that the SON OF Almighty God the Father became flesh. There is a BIG difference and it affects the power and the authority of many Christians who are taught wrongly that Jesus, the SON OF God became flesh.


           

          Above are the points of faith that I MYSELF MUST believe, because they have been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit as being the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. Now some of the above statements of faith are indeed ESSENTIAL to a believer's faith in order for a person to be a TRUE born again new creature in Jesus Christ, while some of the other above listed statements of faith SHOULD be believed, but they are NOT must without fail absolute have to be believed in order to become a born again new creature in Jesus Christ. For example, a Christian will still receive eternal life in the world to come even if they do NOT believe in divine healing. Now they may not receive the BENEFITS of divine healing now in this PRESENT world, but just because a Christians does NOT believe in divine healing does NOT mean that they are NOT saved. A Christians may believe in a PRE-tribulation rapture, but that does not mean that they are not saved. In other words, these are MY statements of faith, which a truly believe with all my heart are clearly, and plainly taught in SIMPLICITY in the WHOLE word of God.

         Now I MYSELF MUST believe all of the above statements of faith, because the Holy Spirit has revealed to ME that they are indeed the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God, but at the same time not ALL of the above statements of faith are a MATTER of salvation. However just as the Holy Spirit BEARS WITNESS to me that I am saved, so also does the Holy Spirit bear witness to ME that all the above statements of faith are the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. If you DISAGREE, then I strongly IMPLORE you to search out the WHOLE matter for yourself by reading the IN depth studies I have written on each tenet or statement of faith. Please click on any link highlighted in blue type that is underlined to read the related studies.


                    WHAT THE BIBLE ITSELF DOES NOT TEACH

or

WHAT I MYSELF DO NOT BELIEVE


          In this section of my tenets of faith I will LETTER with the letters of the alphabet; A. B. C. and so forth the list of what I do NOT believe that the WHOLE word of God clearly, and plainly teaches us in SIMPLICITY. 

            ALL of what is LETTERED below are NOT essential doctrines that must without fail have to be believed in order to be saved. Also if YOU yourself DO INDEED believe SOME of the doctrines below, this does NOT mean that you are NOT saved. You see I myself USED to believe some of the doctrines below and I KNOW that I KNOW I was saved during the time that I myself was being deceived by these man-made doctrines list by LETTERS below.

            So please understand that I am NOT dogmatically demanding that you MUST believe everything that I myself have come to believe, but rather I am merely pointing out to you my readers and seekers of the TRUTH the doctrines of the mainstream churches, which are already highly controversial subjects between DIFFERENT church denominations. Also please understand that this is just a LIST ONLY with no scriptures quoted so for all the SOUND BIBLICAL EVIDENCE of WHY I myself do NOT believe the church doctrines listed below please click on the highlighted blue LINK to take you to all the related studies exposing the errors of INTERPRETATION upon which that particular teaching is based.

          Now as for ME, I MYSELF MUST hold fast to ALL of what I DO believe listed in the ABOVE section AND I must hold fast to ALL of what I do NOT believe that are listed BELOW, because the Holy Spirit has led me to believe what I have come to believe after THOROUGHLY searching the word of TRUTH for ALL of the evidence that SOUNDLY supports all of what I teach on this website at AMatterOfTruth.com


                Following below is what I do NOT believe.


          A.  I NO LONGER believe in the man-made doctrine of the PRE-tribulation rapture of the church.

          B.  I NO LONGER believe in the man-made doctrine of ETERNAL TORTURE or TORMENT in HELL

          C.  I NO LONGER believe in the man-made doctrine of ORIGINAL SIN that falsely teaches we are BORN with SIN and therefore we must be baptized as babies in order to be saved if one dies as a baby.

          D.  I do NOT believe the man-made doctrine of baby BAPTISMS that saves a person. Babies are INNOCENT before God.

          E.  I do NOT believe in the man-made doctrine of UNIVERSALISM, which FALSELY teaches that ALL of mankind will EVENTUALLY be SAVED.

          F.  I do NOT believe in the Calvinistic / Baptist man-made doctrine of ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED, which FALSELY teaches that a true born again Christian is ETERNALLY SECURE and can NEVER LOSE their salvation no matter what.

          G.  I NO LONGER believe in the man-made doctrine of the TRINITY, which took centuries to be formed and made to be accepted by the threat of death and excommunication from the church if it was denied.

          H.  I do NOT believe in the man-made doctrine of ONENESS or MODALISM that FALSELY teaches that Jesus himself IS ALMIGHTY God the FATHER HIMSELF, as in, being ONE and the SELF-SAME being.

           I.  I do NOT believe that Christians MUST without fail KEEP the SABBATH day in order to be SAVED or to please God.

          J.  I do NOT believe that Christians MUST keep ALL the law of Moses in order to be saved, nor in order to please God. Thus I do not believe ANY Sabbatarian group like the Seventh Day Adventist, the 119 Ministries, or any Hebrew Roots Movement fellowship.

          K. I do NOT believe the teachings of MORMONISM are sound Biblical teachings, but I will not judge Mormonism to dogmatically demand that not one single Mormon is saved and truly loves Jesus.

          L. I do NOT believe the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses are sound Biblical teachings, but I will not judge those who follow the Watch Tower teachings. Nor will I dogmatically demand that not one single Jehovah's Witness is saved and truly loves Jesus as some in the mainstream churches do calling all who do not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity a CULT.

          M. I do NOT believe the teachings of CALVINISM are sound Biblical teachings.

          N.  I do NOT believe in the doctrine of the IMMORTAL SOUL OF MAN.

          O.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PURGATORY.

          P.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PRAYING FOR THE DEAD.

                Q.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PRAYING TO THE SAINTS.

          R.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PRAYING TO MARY.

          S.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PRAYING THE ROSARY.

          T.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of TRANSUBSTANTIATION.

          U.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine of PETER BEING THE FIRST POPE.

          V.  I do NOT believe in the Roman Catholic doctrine that they ALONE are the ONE TRUE CHURCH.

          W. I do NOT believe the teaching that the Holy Spirit is an IMPERSONAL FORCE or POWER that is used by God and that the Holy Spirit is NOT a person or divine being.

          X. I do NOT believe the teachings of FULL PRETERISM, nor PARTIAL PRETERISM.

          Y. I do NOT believe that the Apostle Paul is a FALSE Apostle and a FALSE teacher as some claim.

          Z. I do NOT believe that Almighty God SENDS sickness and disease on people to teach them something or that God is the cause of all EVIL as some claim.


            And I QUESTION ANY church that makes the CLAIM that THEY ALONE have the TRUTH and that you MUST be a member of THEIR church in order to be SAVED. To ME any church that makes such a CLAIM is a borderline CULT. And IF they practice SHUNNING to try and keep their members in line or for QUESTIONING THEIR doctrine, then I MYSELF question their TRUE motives particularly if they make it mandatory to pay TITHES ONLY to their church denomination.

            

          This document is STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION for God is continuing to show me teachings that I have never heard of before that do NOT AGREE with the WHOLE word of God.

         I am now convinced and believe the ISLAM IS the MARK of the BEAST!