terça-feira, 3 de março de 2015

Articles of Faith (1927)

I. We believe and accept the entire Bible as the infallible word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit; the only and perfect order of our faith and manner of living; to which nothing can be added or taken away, which is the power of God unto salvation to believers. 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Rom. 1:16.

II. We believe there is one only living and true God, eternal, with unlimited power, Creator of all things; and in the one God are three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Eph. 4:6; Matt. 28:19; 1 John 5:7.

III. We believe that the Son of God is the Word, made flesh, who assumed the human body through the Virgin Mary, and so is true God and true Man, two natures in one person, the Divine and Human; and therefore is the only Savior who in reality suffered death, not only for the primitive transgression, but also for the actual sins of man. John 1:14; Luke 1:27-35; 1 Pet. 3:18.

IV. We believe in the existence of a personal Devil, who with all evil spirits, will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. Matt. 25:41.

V. We believe that Regeneration or the New Birth is received only through faith in Christ Jesus; who was delivered up for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. They who are in Christ Jesus (cleansed through His blood), are new creatures, and have Him for wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption. Rom. 3:24,25; 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Cor. 1:30.

VI. We believe in Water Baptism by single immersion, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, according to Christ's commission. Matt. 28:18, 19.

VII. We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience received subsequent to Salvation, with the sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. Acts 2:4, Acts 10:45-47, Acts 19:6.

VIII. We believe that in the Lord's Supper, the body of Christ is given, received and eaten in a heavenly and spiritual manner. And the means of receiving and eating it is, in faith. Luke 22:19, I Cor. 11:24.

IX. We believe it is necessary to abstain from Things offered to Idols, from Blood, from Things Strangled and from Fornication, as decreed by the Holy Spirit in the General Assembly held at Jerusalem according to Acts 15:28,29; Acts 16:4, Acts 21:25.

X. We believe that Jesus Christ, Himself, bore all our infirmities, and therefore we obey the following commandment: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." Matt. 8:17, Jam. 5:14.

XI. We believe that the Lord, Himself, (before the millenium) 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; then we that are alive that are left shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 20:6.

XII. We believe there shall be a Bodily Resurrection of all Dead, just and unjust. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into Life Eternal. Acts 24:15; Matt. 25:46.

The Assemblies adhering to the above Principles of Faith will have CLOSED DOORS to all who preach or teach otherwise: 2 John, verse 10.

"Approved by the Italian Churches" 1927.

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