Latter-Day Sense Ministry Statement of Faith
The Holy Bible, comprising of its 66 books that make up the Old and New Testaments, is the only scriptural canon and is the only inspired work in existence. The Bible is inerrant in its original manuscript, and is without error. There is no other book(s) that will ever be scriptural in nature, and the Bible is sufficient and beneficial, as well as the final authority over matters of the life and spirituality of the believer.
There is one God, who is eternal and uncreated in three persons: the Heavenly Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in purpose and in essence.
We believe that God is holy and perfect in all His ways, and that He is not a cosmic force, but is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega the ultimate divine reality. God is not an exalted man, nor are there any other gods that exist besides Him.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was born of the virgin Mary, begotten of the Holy Ghost, died on the cross for our sins, was resurrected on the third day, and ascended into heaven. Christ is the only way to the Father and no man may be saved other than through the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our living Prophet, High Priest, and King! He came to earth as the Lamb of God, and He will come again as the Lion of Judah!
The Holy Spirit is our comforter, and the one who indwells and guides us in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, we are sanctified.
Man is fallen in nature because of original sin in the Garden of Eden, but Christ, being the Second Adam, came to justify us so that our sins may be forgiven. No one is good, and all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, so Jesus came to redeem us from our sins.
Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and not of our own works or merit in any way. We are justified by the blood of Christ shed for us on the cross of Calvary. Good works are a by-product of our faith in God.
Heaven and Hell
Heaven is the eternal, literal, and physical place of residence for those who have died or been raptured who have a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. Heaven is located in the north of the universe. Hell is the eternal, literal, and physical place of residence for those who have died without a relationship with Christ. This is the abode of the evil and wicked, and is located underneath the earth.
Morals and Values
Good works stem from a relationship with Jesus Christ. The fruits of the Spirit are, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, as well as love our neighbors as ourselves. Scripture states, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) We are to stand firm in the Word and love others, just as Christ commanded us to!
Baptism by immersion in water for the remission of sins is a symbolic gesture of submission to God after one has been saved under the redemptive covenant of God. Baptism is not essential for salvation, though it is recommended. Infant baptism is null and void, because water baptism is a post-conversion event in the life of a believer. Baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the believer is a specific empowering experience for the believer that comes either during conversion or as a result of the regeneration of man, signifying the power of God in one’s life.
Christ’s Church is not an organization, but rather, an organism, made up of His believers world-wide. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are valid ministries in Christ’s church today (Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Cor. 12:28)
We are living in the last of the last days. Israel was restored as a nation in 1948, Jerusalem became its capital again in 1967, and the gospel has been preached to every nation. We are seeing the “birth pains” of the Second Coming of Christ. In other words, the world is becoming more wicked, and the Christians must remember not to be deceived by the world’s ways. Even though the world becomes more evil (the birth pains), just remember, right before the birth (Christ’s Second Coming), the water breaks! Meaning, the Holy Spirit will send an Awakening and revival to this generation or the next on a scale that we have never yet seen! Jesus will rapture His Church in the near future, and afterwards, an Islamic caliphate will sign a 7-year “peace” treaty with Israel, signifying the start to the seven-year Great Tribulation. Leagues of nations will form around the world. During those 7 years, the Antichrist, (the Islamic Mahdi), will rule in partial peace for the first half of those 7 years. The Antichrist will align with the False Prophet (a defective Roman Pope who rejects the divinity of Christ and accepts all religions), and set up base in Jerusalem, taking over the Temple Mount platform when the Jewish temple is rebuilt. At the end of the 7 years, Jesus Christ will soon return to earth to usher in His millennial reign, as He returns to earth to throw the Antichrist and False Prophet alive into the bottomless pit, and Satan will be bound for all eternity as well. We will be joint-heirs with Christ during the millennium and those in heaven will be in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for all eternity! (See Perry Stone’s materials on Israel and Bible Prophecy at: http://www.voe.org and at http://www.ociministries.org/ for more information.)