MIRACLE INTERNET CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH
This internet congregation of Bible Believers is committed to the Holy Scripture as the infallible Word of God. In doctrine and practice, we seek to represent the Life of Jesus Christ and to live by the standards of both the Old and New Testament. We recognize that the New Testament is the interpretation of the Old and does not eliminate its principles of righteousness. Rather it strengthens them and then provides the believer with the grace of Christ to live holy in an unholy world. Our holiness is never a product of mere human struggle, but always the results of complete trust toward the mercy of our Savior. Self-righteousness is just as dangerous as worldliness, and we seek to escape both by abiding in Jesus Christ every hour.
Membership in Miracle Outreach Internet Church encourages your commitment to these Biblical principles.
Resolution Relative to Principles of Holiness of the Miracle Outreach Internet Church.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
We hereby remind ourselves that the Scriptures enjoin us at all times to examine our own hearts. The continuing and consistent life of holiness requires this. Conditions of our day desperately require it. The subtle encroachment of worldliness is a very real and unrelenting threat to the Church. We must therefore beware lest we become conformed to the world, or lest a love for the world take root in our hearts to manifest itself as lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, or pride of life.
For these reasons, we present the following:
- Whereas, the true church of the New Testament is historically a holiness church
- Whereas, we are enjoined by the Scriptures to be so
- Whereas, a tide of worldliness threatens the spirituality of the church world
- Be it resolved that we, Miracle Outreach Internet Church, reaffirm our standard of holiness in stated doctrine, in principles of conduct, and as a living reality in our hearts.
- Be it further resolved that we, as ministers, maintain this standard in our own lives, in our homes, and in our pulpits.
- Be it further resolved we, as ministers and members, rededicate ourselves to this purpose, and guard our lives against conformity to the world in appearance, in selfish ambition, in carnal attitudes, and in evil associations.
- Be it further resolved that we, as ministers and members, seek to conform to the positive virtues of love, mercy, and forgiveness as taught by Jesus Christ.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage,blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself as unto the Lord graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Statement of Faith:
Miracle Outreach Ministries ( Miracle Church at Jacksonville, Miracle Internet Church) is committed to presenting the Full Gospel of the Bible to the world. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, End Time prophecies, the exposing False Prophets and Prophetesses, identifying the One World Church, the existence of the Antichrist, the unveiling of the New World Order, Missions to the world, and defending the infallible King James Bible Version. We desire to help you to grow in your faith in Jesus Christ and to be effective through the power of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe that every Christian is a light of Jesus Christ who can reflect His glory in this sin-cursed world and be a soul winner for His kingdom. We stand firm in our belief in the working of God’s supernatural power through miracles, healing, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and His sovereign intervention.
Miracle Internet Church believes in:
1.The Divine Inspiration, Infallibility and Authority of the Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The Holy Bible is a treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any error. Therefore, all Scripture is absolutely true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore its truths will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian unity, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All scripture is a testimony to Christ Jesus, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. Living in the Word of God is important and beautiful. Obeying each word is the benefit of a godly life. We are holy by the great work of His cleansing blood and by His righteousness, and then we obey that righteousness with our heart by living in the Word. Jesus said, “But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4).We teach from the King James Version of the Word.
2. God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. In one God eternally existing in three persons: namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Scripture states that there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of the entire universe. God is infinite in holiness and perfect in every way. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future thoughts and decisions of His creations. To Him we owe and pledge our highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
3. JESUS CHRIST ~ GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son the Father; His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead; He ascended to heaven and is eternally alive today enthroned at the right hand of the Father as our Great Intercessor. We trust in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and incarnation of Jesus Christ according to the Word. “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth,” John 1:12-14. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God; He took upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identified Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience; by His substitutionary death on the cross; He made provision for the redemption of men and women from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body; and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. Jesus will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells, by the power of the Holy Spirit in all believers as the living and ever presence of the Lord in His death for sinners on the cross, His literal and bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His present exaltation, authority and intercession in heaven on behalf of His people.
4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures and enables mankind to understand spiritual truth; The Holy Spirit exalts Jesus Christ and convicts mankind of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit calls all mankind to the Savior, Jesus Christ and effects regeneration of souls. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption; His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer with the gifts of the Holy Spirit; and confers the fruit of Spirit and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
4. The Fall of Mankind
The fall of the human race, which was created pure and upright but fell by deliberate transgression and that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded by God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins. Human beings are the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning Adam and Eve were innocent of sin and were endowed by God the Creator with freedom of choice. By their free choice they sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan Adam and Eve violated the command of God, and fell from their original innocence thereby causing their posterity to inherit a nature inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as a person is capable of moral action, he/she becomes a transgressor and is under God’s condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring a person into His holy fellowship and enable that person to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man and woman in His own image, and in that Christ died for us; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
5. Restoration of the Soul~ Born Again
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, resulting in the changing work of the Holy Spirit in New Birth. Our new life is then motivated by love. Unless you are born again, you have no hope of enjoying the glories of heaven or escaping the terrors of Hell. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” (Jn. 3:3). Salvation is a free gift of God granted to lost and undeserving men who trust in the righteousness of Christ and humble themselves in submission to his will. Accept God’s Word that He loves you and wants to give you an abundant life.“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (Jn. 3:16). “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly,” (Jn. 10:10).
- Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
- Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
- Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in
Christ. Justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ; justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
- Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him; sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ, through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
- Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable and excludes boasting and promotes humility in the believer.
- All true believers endure and keep the faith to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring dishonor on the cause of Christ and temporary judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
- Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people. Holiness of life and conduct for service in obedience to the command of God attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Christ’s return.
- Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
6. HOLY SPIRIT IS PERSONAL BEING
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and magnifying God. The following chapters contain the five “parakleeton sayings” (Jn. 14:15-17; 14:26; 15:26, 27; 16:5-11, 12-15). The use of masculine pronouns and adjectives indicate we are to think of the Holy Spirit as a fully Personal Being. He is the Spirit of Truth and is seen preeminently as the One Who reveals Christ. As Jesus Christ is the truth, the Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14:17; 15:26; 16:13), lead the disciples to a full appreciation of his life and teachings.
- The operation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit enables.
- Divine healing and miracles are provided for all in the atonement; freedom from sickness through the divine healing and demons as given by God’s grace and the power of His Word.
- Deliverance is through divine authority of God. We believe in Casting out demons exactly as Jesus did. The deliverance ministry is as controversial today as it was when Jesus was alive. Religious people of His time charged that, He cast out devils by Beelzebub,(Lk. 11:15). Jesus had compassion for the demon possessed, oppressed, peoples above peer pressure.Moreover to see someone under the control and power of demons is a terrible site.
7. AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER
Christians receive their authority from Jesus Christ and all authority is vested in Him. Jesus’ power is always greater. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist,”(Col 1:15-17) shows Him victorious over Satan. It is true that Jesus Christ left awesome spiritual power to His church. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo am with you alway, even unto the end of the world, Amen,(Matt. 28:18:20)
The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship in the hearts of men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
9. The End Times
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and those in Christ who remain will be taken up. Jesus Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Evangelistic effort on the part of all Christ’s followers is commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness, a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is therefore a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any civilization is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtor ship to the entire world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute as unto the Lord of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
6 Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished. 7 From the days of your ancestors you have ignored my commandments and have not kept them! Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?’ 8 Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and contributions!9 You are bound for judgment because you are robbing me – this whole nation is guilty.
10 Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter, says the Lord who rules over all, to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all. 11 Then I will stop the plague from ruining your crops, and the vine will not lose its fruit before harvest, says the Lord who rules over all. 12 All nations will call you happy, for you indeed will live in a delightful land, says the Lord who rules over all.
The Miracle Internet Church stands for the whole Bible rightly divided. We believe that the whole Word of God is infallible and unchanging. All of His Book is our Standard.
- Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19
- Justification. Rom. 5:1; Titus 3:7
- New birth. John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9
- Regeneration. Titus 3:5
- Sanctification subsequent to justification. Rom. 5:2; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Thess. 4:3; Heb. 13:12
- Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19
- Holiness. Luke 1:75; 1 Thess. 4:7; Heb. 12:14
- Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the endowment of power for service. Matt. 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8
- Water baptism. Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:9,10; John 3:22,23; Acts 8:36,38
- Speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7
- Spiritual gifts.1 Cor. 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Cor. 14:1
- Signs following believers. Mark 16:17-20; Rom. 15:18,19; Heb. 2:4
- Fruit of the Spirit. Rom.6:22; Gal. 5:22, 23; Eph. 5:9; Phil. 1:11
- Divine healing provided for all in the atonement’s. 103:3; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; Jas. 5:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:24
- The Lord’s Supper. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26
- Tithing and giving.Gen. 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Mal. 3:10; Luke 11:42; 1 Cor. 9:6-9; 16:2; Heb. 7:1-21
- Restitution where possible. Matt. 3:8; Luke 19:8,9
- Pre-millennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 2:1.
- Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years. Zech. 14:4; 1 Thess. 4:14:2; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Jude 14:15; Rev. 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6
- Resurrection. John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:5,6
- Eternal life for the righteous.Matt. 25:46; Luke 18:30; John 10:28; Rom.6:22; 1 John 5:11-13
- Eternal punishment for the wicked. No liberation nor annihilation.Matt.25:41-46; Mark 3:29; 2 Thess. 1:8,9; Rev. 20:10-15; 21:8
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