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Whole Bible Christianity statement of faith short list - Quick listing of our beliefs.

Beliefs that go into a whole Bible Christian walk of faith.

This is whole Bible Christianity

We have here a summary of some of the major beliefs of a whole Bible Christian. For those without a lot of time and a desire to quickly see if our beliefs are compatible, we list here without much description most of the non-negotiable doctrinal points. Negotiable items are those of man's opinions that are not directly stated in the Bible. For instance, if you want to eat vegetables only, that is a negotiable item of opinion. Non-negotiable beliefs are those directly stated in the Word, or can be directly inferred.

The body of Christ is one...

...and it isn't the church. The Church is not found in the Bible. Only in translations, and not very consistently at that. The Greek word ecclesia simply means congregation or assembly. Not a single one of the churches in existence now can be found in the Word. Most just hijack the terms in the Bible and apply them to their organizations. The reason this is important is that many churches are blocking entrance into God's Kingdom and refusing to go in themselves. That's right. We just called a bunch of the church modern day Pharisees.

The remnant is composed of all sorts

The body of Christ, the remnant, bride, olive tree, saints, ecclesia, qahal, and so on are all just different names for believers. Believers follow God's instructions wherever they are found or given. This is what marks a child of God, a friend of Jesus, a mother or brother or sister of our Messiah. Jewishness is not the identifier. Judaism or Christianity are not the marks of believers either. It is those who do the will of the Father who belong in these categories.

Short List of Doctrinal Beliefs of The Word of God Ministries

This is the Won't Make It To Mainstream ministries short list of doctrinal beliefs.  It is just a series of statements on what we believe minus the explanation of the Doctrinal Specifics page.  Hopefully this will be a quick reference for those who need such a thing.  They are numbered in no particular order of importance because they are all important.  For more extended explanations go to the Doctrinal Specifics page. You can also access our book Whole Bible Christianity for greater depth.

  1. We believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but we do not believe the trinity quite the way it is usually represented. For instance, Revelation tells us that there are seven spirits of God. There are three individuals mentioned in the Bible that are God (the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit), but there is more to God than we know.
  2. Jesus is God in the flesh, fully human and fully God.
  3. The entire Protestant cannon we receive as the Word of God, inerrant in the original languages.
  4. God fills the believer with His Spirit and gifts are sometimes manifested first through His Word, then through more mystical processes.  If a person teaches something against the Word the Spirit is not with that person.
  5. We use the Literal interpretation method for the Bible, which we define as the meaning the author intended.  There is only one meaning although there are many applications (or significance).
  6. The Bible is one book, not two testaments.
  7. Salvation is by grace through faith. Believers are saved from a life without God to a life with Him for all eternity.
  8. Faith is trusting God and acting like it. Trusting obedience.
  9. Faith without works is dead. Belief includes both faith and works. Believers are saved, then behave like it.
  10. Works, or good deeds, do not by themselves save anyone. Nor does following some rules, even rules from the Bible.
  11. Merit is another way to state the concept of works or works salvation. God does not owe us anything for doing a good work, particularly salvation. The book of Galatians is about merit versus faith. It is not a polemic on the Law.
  12. The Torah (Instructions) of God (first five books, but also everything God says in all of them) is a valid discipleship method and lifestyle for the believer. We believe that the Torah, which some call the Mosaic Law or the Law, is still in effect for believers as much as we are able to follow it. There is one law (or faith) for one body. The entire Bible is the Law, or as Stephen called it "living oracles."
  13. The Satan is a fallen angelic being with great power who has usurped rule over the earth from God.  He is not the brother of Jesus.
  14. The Body of Christ is composed of all those who have been saved by accepting the sacrifice of the Christ and who act like it. The nation of Israel is not the Body of Christ, and the church is not the Body of Christ although some in Israel and some in the church are part.
  15. The remnant, olive tree, bride, saints and believing Israel are all names for the one Body of Christ.
  16. The church is a collection of people who wear the name of Jesus and call themselves Christian but do not follow the Bible. They follow the bureaucracies and rules of their respective denominations (even the non-denominational). They include some of the Bible, but eliminate parts due to fractured thinking and unwillingness to obey God. There are some in the church that are part of the Body of Christ, but the church is not the Body of Christ, the remnant, the olive tree, or the bride of Christ.
  17. Israel has not been replaced by the church, but is still the focus (after the Messiah) of God's plan on earth and heaven. Believers pray for and promote Israel wherever they can because God asks us to, not because they are so righteous.
  18.  There are three groups called Israel in the Bible - the whole nation (starting with Jacob and his kids), Ephraim, and the remnant or those who actually follow God and do what He says. Nevertheless we do not generally use Israel to describe ourselves. We prefer believer or whole Bible Christian.
  19. The visible church is not the biblical Remnant, but some of the people in the church are part of the Remnant.
  20. Jew is the modern word used to describe people of the nation of Israel. A Jew can be genetic or converted to Judaism. Judaism is a set of beliefs and practices based in part on the Bible and part on tradition and rabbi's rulings.
  21. Gentiles literally are "strangers." Strangers to God, strangers to the Word, and strangers to the covenants. In modern times we think of Gentiles as non-Jews.
  22. The Remnant consists of people who choose to follow God by living as He dictates and are scattered throughout the world among the Gentiles and Jews.  It has always existed from the beginning.
  23. Community government should be by a group of leaders rather than one man.  The community charter or constitution is the Torah.
  24. We use Promise Theology, which is based on Biblical Theology, for those who know such things and want to know where we stand in shorthand form.  We do not agree with Covenant Theology or Dispensationalism.
  25. The two house philosophy is Scriptural, but not the way in which many groups preach it today. God has already made the two sticks of Israel (Ephraim and Judah) into one stick as He said He would. We do not self-identify with the supposed lost tribes of Ephraim.
  26. The divine invitation theory some groups teach is a weak mixture of Jewish arrogance that the Law is only for Jews and the anti-law teachings of the church. It ignores specific Scripture telling us that there is only one faith given by one Lord and God to one body with one baptism.

 

More explanation of these and other issues is found on our Doctrinal Specifics page. A full treatment of whole Bible Christianity is in the book by Bruce S. Bertram titled Whole Bible Christianity.

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