Reconciling Pentecostals International
We believe in. . .
One True God who manifested Himself as the Father in creation, Son in redemption, and the Holy Ghost in regeneration. The Father is the fullness of God invisible. The Son is the embodiment of God's fullness in flesh. The Holy Ghost is the fullness of God in the church by emanation. Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Hosea 13:4; Mark 12:29 & 32; I Cor. 8:4-6; I Tim. 2:5; James 2:19.
Christ's Absolute Deity as the One True, Almighty God manifest in the flesh. Jesus Christ was fully human and fully divine. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary death and bodily resurrection. II Cor. 5:18; Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Heb. 4:15; Acts 10:38; II Cor. 5:21; Acts 2:31-32; John 1:1 & 14; John 10:30; Col. 2:9; Col. 1:19; II Cor. 4:6; I Tim. 4:10; Titus 2:13; Jude 25.
The Bible is utterly trustworthy and reliable as the final authority for faith and practice. It is the divinely inspired, infallible Word of God and as such must be understood and interpreted correctly, maintaining its original historical and cultural context. We make no contention for a perfect translation but believe that the Bible as we know it today is trustworthy and reliable as the final authority for faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16; Matthew 24:35.
A Sinful Nature has been inherited by every person who has also sinned of their own volition, making them sinners in need of a Savior. Psalm 51:5; Rom. 3:23.
The Salvation experience is received by grace, through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is initiated by God and calls for our surrender and acceptance. It is available to all who receive it. God's grace is appropriated through faith, which we demonstrate by obeying the New Testament plan of salvation as preached by the early church. Today as back then, a person is saved/born again by faith in the Lord jesus Christ, which is evidenced by obediently identifying with His death, burial and resurrection. This is accomplished by the Blood of Jesus Christ through:
John 3:3-5; Mark 16:16 & 17; Acts 2:4,38-39; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:46-48; Acts 19: 5-6; Acts 22:16; I Cor. 14:5,18; Rom. 8:9,11,15 & 16, I John 5:8; I Cor. 15:1-4; Heb. 9:22; Romans 6:4-6; Titus 3:5.
Holiness unto the Lord and separation from evil and all addictions of the flesh is essential and should characterize everyone who has been spiritually regenerated. We are to flee worldliness and carnality in pursuit of the righteousness of God in our lives. I Peter 1:15-16; I Thess. 5:22; II Cor. 6:17; I John 2:15.
Our Mission is to make disciples, relieve suffering and minister to those in need. Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Matt. 25:35-46; James 1:27; I Cor. 11:23-30.
Healing and Deliverance has been provided by God in the atonement and can be manifested in response to the prayer of faith. Luke 10:9; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; I Peter 2:24.
Jesus Christ's Imminent Return for His church will happen at the appointed time, and someday all will stand before Him to receive eternal reward or face eternal punishment. There will be a literal seven year tribulation during which time the anti-Christ will be revealed. Following the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought and will culminate in Christ's victory and His one thousand year reign of peace. There will be a final judgment where the souls of men and women will be assigned eternal punishment or reward in a literal Heaven or Hell. Matt. 24; I Cor. 15:15, 52; I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 7:14; Rev. 16:16; I John 2:18; II Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 19:1-22; Rev. 7.
Intimate Relations, Marriage and Divorce Since we have been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ according to Galations 3:27-28, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and Greek, bond and free, male and female; we are all one in Christ. And whereas God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), we believe same-sex relationships are held to exactly the same Biblical standard as heterosexual relationships in the sight of God. Marriage is a sacred, lifelong covenant between two people and their God, in which sexual fidelity is maintained. We call upon human governments to recognize the equality and dignity of same-sex unions, providing all the same benefits afforded their heterosexual counterparts. Until such time as this equality is realized, we encourage those entering into same-sex unions to acknowledge their sacred marriage vows before God in a specific ceremony witnessed by others.
With regards to sexual conduct, we strongly admonish our ministers and members to conduct themselves according to the Bible standard of intimate relations. We acknowledge one standard for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation. We believe the only acceptable form of sexual expression between two people is that which takes place within the context of marriage (Heb. 13:4).