DOCTRINAL STATEMENT AND POSITION
EVANGELIST KEN LYNCH
“Here I stand, I can do no other, may God help me!”
(April 18, 1521 – Martin Luther)
There was once a time, though many years ago now, when it would not have been necessary to publish a statement such as this, and it is indeed sad that we find it necessary to do so now. It seems that, years ago, there were only two sides to the fence; fundamentalism and modernism. There was no real middle ground; you were known to be on one side or the other and that was that.
But then there developed a spirit of cooperation and dialog between some of the “fundamental” brethren and the liberals or the modernists, who deny the very faith you and I hold so dear! This third group (which attempted to bridge an “unbridgeable” gap) became known as New Evangelicalism, appropriately tagged by Brother William Ashbrook as the “New Neutralism.” Thus was the Christian church ushered into an age of theological compromise. Compromise, in any form, is more deadly to the cause of Christ and the effectiveness of the Gospel than anything else, and yet compromise is the one word which most adequately describes the New Evangelical movement. We are seeing today, more than ever, an alarming “softening” of attitude and “loosening” in position among so-called evangelicals with regard to this matter of ecclesiastical and theological compromise.
The Apostle Paul’s exhortation to the believer is to “stand AGAINST [not “for” or “in cooperation with”] the wiles of the devil…and having done all, to stand” We are further exhorted to “have NO [not “some” or “little, ” but NO] fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” As far as God is concerned, there can never be “peaceful co-existence” between the Truth of God and the Lie of Satan. If one is saved, he is to be fighting the Devil and the Devil’s crowd, not dialoging or fellowshipping with them. God’s Word demands that, if a person is going to be obedient to God, he must “come out from among them and be separate!”
In order to help those who desire to remain true to Christ and the Gospel to know what our position is in regard to doctrine and separation, we offer this statement.
WE FIRMLY BELIEVE AND PREACH THE FOLLOWING:
- The inspiration and absolute authority of the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments) as the Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
- The Genesis account of Creation by the direct act of God in six literal days and opposing all forms of evolutionary hypothesis. (Genesis 1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2)
- The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-14; 10:30; 14:9-11; Hebrews 1)
- The incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:26-35)
- The bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. (John 20:1-20; I Corinthians 15:12-19)
- Salvation by grace through faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ shed at Calvary for the sins of mankind. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:7)
- A “place with the Lord” for the redeemed and a literal Hell as a place of eternal torment, punishment and separation from God for all who reject the atoning work of Christ. (Matthew 10:28; Luke 16:19-31; II Corinthians 5:8)
- Biblical separation from ecclesiastical apostasy and modernism as exhibited in such organizations as the NCC and WCC; ecumenism as it is being exploited today; inclusive evangelism; new-evangelicalism; the unscriptural charismatic movement and all forms of CCM musical styles. (II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; 6:10-12)
- Biblical separation from all forms of worldliness in activities, conduct and appearance in order to be an example of the believer. (II Corinthians 6:14; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Timothy 4:12; II Timothy 2:19, 22; I John 2:15-17)
- The God-ordained ministry of the local church as the center of all Christian activity including fellowship, worship, service and evangelism. (Acts 12:5; 13:1; 14:23, 27; 15:41; 16:5; Romans 16:5; I Corinthians 4:17; 16:1)
- The pre-millennial, pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, the Body of Christ. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18)