The Bible is the Word of God, and that its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life. (2 Peter. 1:21, 2 Tim. 3:16). The Roman Catholic apocrypha is not inspired scripture. God God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8). He has always been God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Rev. 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jer. 32:17,27), Omnipresent (Psalm 137-12), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:8, 16); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12,22,26), etc. He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10;1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8). Trinity There is one God in whom there are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons -- the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God, not three gods, and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 10:35; 2 Cor. 13:14). Jesus Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is presently both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently a man, one person, with two natures where one is wholly God and the other wholly man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3,14) Virgin Birth Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary, (Luke 1:42). Resurrection Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in, after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds). He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19; 1 Cor. 15; Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord. Substitutionary Atonement God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law that was due us (Isaiah 53:4-6). He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). As a result, God's justice was satisfied and Christian believers are released from eternal punishment. (1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; Rom. 5; 1 John 2:2) Baptism Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ. It is not necessary for salvation. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the scacrifice for Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone. We are made right before God by faith, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3,5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48). Man's
Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by God's grace through faith (John 6:28-29; 15:5; Phil. 1:29), is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (John 6:44), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works, nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7). Eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness. (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 6:23) Divine
"From all eternity God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will," (Eph. 1:4-5). God's election is carried out in his act of predestination. Salvation Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgement of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (John 3:16) and not by out good works (Eph. 2:8-9). We are chosen for salvation by God (2 Thess. 2:13). Justification by
Justification is being declared legally righteous by God. This justification is received by faith alone, in the work of Christ fulfilling the Law in his earthly ministry, and his removing of sin by his sacrifice, (Eph. 1:1-11; 2:8, Rom. 3:23; Gal. 2:21). Regeneration Upon belief a sinner is regenerated; that is, he is changed into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and is then able to resist his sin and seek to increase in sanctification before the Lord. Those thus regenerated do not seek to abide in sin, though they do fall into it, but war against it and repent of sin before the Lord. Preservation "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand," (John 10:27-28). Christ has done all that is needed for our salvation and he says that those who have eternal life will never perish. Those who appeared to be Christian but fell away never were Christians to begin with (1 John 2:19). Preservation of of the saints does not mean that we have a license to sin (Rom. 5:21-6:2) and those who state thus do not understand God's ability to regenerate the sinner and turn his heart to repentance. Because of the diversity of opinion on this issue, A.C.T.S. does not condemn or pass judgment upon those who believe it is possible to lose one's salvation. However, A.C.T.S. opposes the position that salvation is maintained through a person's good works. Sanctification Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire and increases our ability to repent from sin -- by God's grace, (1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim. 4:4; 1 Peter. 3:15; 2 Tim. 2:25). This process continues all of the Christian's life and is the result of salvation, not a cause of it. Furthermore, the effort of sanctification does not maintain the believer's salvation. Christian
God calls Christians to his Church where the Word of God is preached, where baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) is administered, where believers are discipled and disciplined, and where believers serve to build up one another. (Matt. 16:18) Church
God calls qualified Christians to be ordained and to serve Jesus Christ in special leadership capacities, i.e. Elders, Deacons, Ministers of the Word, and Evangelists. The office(s) of pastor and elder is limited to qualified men only, called by God, recognized by the body, and who meet the biblical standard of eldership. Women are not to be pastors nor elders and are not to hold positions of authority in the Christian Church where that authority is exercised over men as the scriptures teach, (1 Tim. 2:11-15; 3:11-13; Titus 1). Rapture The event where, upon Jesus' return, those who have died in Christ and those Christians who are then alive will be physically caught up to the clouds and meet the Lord Jesus in the air. We will then forever be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2) Second
Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly come from heaven with great glory and majesty. Then all human creatures will appear in person before Him to be judged -- men, women, and children, who have lived from the beginning until the end of the world. The evil ones will receive everlasting torment. The faithful ones will receive everlasting life on a new world. So we look forward to that great day with longing in order to enjoy fully the promises of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Matt. 24; Rev. 19-21) Spiritual Realm There is a spiritual relm with angel & demons. As follwers of Christ we do not communicated with the dead. Eternal Judgment All who are not justified by the blood of Christ will face eternal and conscious and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God. Evangelism Part of the beliefs and Purpose of A.C.T.S. is to carry out the work of evangelism which means that we must teach the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as refute false doctrines, false religions, and whatever else might contradict the word of God including such sins as homosexuality, adultery, pornography, bestiality, lying, fornication, false gospels, false gods, etc., inside and outside of the church. Kingdom
Part of being a Christian means to particpate in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the giftings given him by the Lord (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12). Not all are pastors, or evangelists, or teachers (Rom. 12), but each Christian is expected to do his part to promote the gospel whether it be by prayer and/or giving, and/or teaching, and/or training children, and/or evangelism, etc. Morality Homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, cross dressing, trans-genderism, lying, bearing false witness, adultery, wife-swapping, pornography, fornication, and coveting are all sinful practices, against scriptural revelation, are contrary to proper living, and are not acceptable to A.C.T.S. ministries as normal or approved behaviors. Still, we do not hate those who practice these things but pray for their deliverance. Marriage Marriage is between one man and one woman.