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EveryDayBeliever Statement of Faith

I acknowledge that those who have come to Christ will have been drawn by the Father and that they would have chosen to learn from Him. Of such people He is expecting fruit to be delivered. Fruit is produced when His word is working in and through a follower of Christ. As such, the word of God is important to me. So is the everyday guidance of the Holy Spirit.

I believe that genuine Christians are born from above. They have literally received a new human spirit as given to them by the Holy Spirit. As such, they (their spirits) are born a second and final time. They are indeed "born again". Those who are born again are Christians.

I believe that having become Christian, believers will first have truly repented. Thus, I believe that without genuinely having repented no person can in reality have true faith; you cannot hold on to the will of Christ (faith) without first letting go of your your own will (repentance). As such, repentance must come before faith. Preaching faith before repentance brings a false sense of comfort and is doing Satan a favour. I believe that God's Spirit was given as our guide; our counselor and our teacher according to whose promptings we shall do God’s will on this earth; this to be salt and light on this earth.

I pursue personal inner change towards godliness first within myself and then within others also. Where there has been no change for the better, there will have been no salt and light either. The Bible encourages us to deliver good works. I believe that good works do not lead to repentance and faith, but repentance and faith lead to good works. As such, the evidence of salvation faith is clearly noticeable. "Good works" do not merely constitute kindness and good manners towards others. The decisions we make determine whether or not we are pursuing Kingdom treasure above earthy treasure and determine the extent to which we are making everlasting investments.

I believe the fruit of the Spirit and spiritual fruit are not the same things. Nevertheless, both are vital to the Christian walk.

I do not believe that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased. I believe they have remained amongst born-again Christians and that they are neccessary and relevant to equip the real Church. I believe in one body of believers - one Church. These are all who have been born again irrespective of the denomination or 'church' they attend. I believe that the government registered legal entities which have brand names, bank accounts and overhead costs and which call themselves "churches" are helpful but that they do not represent the "one Church" which the Bible talks about. I believe that Constantine the Great - Emperor of Rome - converted what was indeed Church into an institution that merely looks Christian but which does not act that way and does not truly believe that way either.

I believe that the ministries of the true, born again, Spirit-filled Church (Apostles, Prophet, Teacher, Evangelist, Pastor) have remained throughout the ages. Accordingly, I believe that having 'rolled them up into one' (the office of Pastor) is grave, unwholesome error.

I believe in submission to authority, albeit the type of authority which is not God's perfect will (persons in leadership positions who act outside their authority, or do not act at all). I believe true Church leaders and their families need prayer. So too do governments, husbands and parents generally speaking.

I believe men and women are of complete equal value. And I believe God gave a line of authority in spiritual matters which should not be circumvented; the Father, Jesus Christ, Husband, Wife (1 Corinthians 11). I do not believe that a wife submitting to a husband is an outdated concept inasmuch as I do not believe Jesus' submission to the Father is an outdated concept.

I believe that most Christian authors, teachers, speakers and pastors conduct their Christianity from the soul and not from a reborn spirit, which leads other Christians into error.

I appreciate it when I am challenged on the stuff that I write. I believe that we should test all things and retain only what is good.

I also believe that "the Great Commission" is not a biblical concept. It is a heading added to sum up Jesus' parting words. Jesus' words, notwithstanding, are to be taken very, very seriously. Notwithstanding, I believe God through the Apostle Paul defined what the Church's overall mission is with the phrase 'I was sent by God to preach God's mysteries to the intent that the many-sided wisdom of God may be proclaimed by the Church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places' (Ephessians 3:8-13).

To this end, I believe that the Church, for whatever else it might do that is good, if it does not do Ephessians 3:8-13, is pursuing the wrong objectives.

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Please consult the Bible and test what is written here. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this area. Keep that which is good and reject that which is not Scriptural. Should you come to a different understanding than I please let me know - perhaps I can learn from you.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

 

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