Satan and the fallen angels

We believe that Satan is real and a literal enemy of God. His former name was Lucifer (Isaiah 14). He rebelled against God by claiming to have a better plan for the angels (Isaiah 14:12–14). His rebellion is the basis for the ongoing angelic conflict between God and His elect angels and Satan and his fallen angels (demons).

Satan tempted man in the Garden of Eden and enticed Adam and Ishah (later renamed Eve) to sin. Through their fall Satan gained rulership of the world. He is called the prince and power of the air (Ephesians 2:1–4). He has been given a limited time by God to prove that his plan is superior to God’s plan. If he fails, and he will, he is destined to the lake of fire which was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). He will be judged and cast into the lake of fire to suffer for all eternity (Revelation 20:1–10). In the meantime he is loose on earth and is the father of evil and all rebellion against God. He seeks to control nations in order to promote his concept of a perfect world where he is god and receives the worship of mankind. He will not be bound until the time of Christ’s future Millennial Kingdom.

Judgment

We believe in the separate, bodily, physical, resurrection of the dead. The justified ones (believers) will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ at the Rapture to receive their rewards (Romans 14:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18, 1 Corinthians 3:11–16). They will spend eternity with the Lord with no more tears, no more sorrow, and no pain (Revelation 21:4—22:9) in a state of rejoicing and peace.

On the other hand, the unbelievers will be gathered at the end of the Millennium at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11–15). Since their names do not appear in the Book of Life, they will have to stand on their own works. Their works will not be an adequate substitute for faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness so they will be condemned and cast into the lake of fire where they will spend eternity in agony. (Revelation 19:20; 20:15).

Water baptism

We believe that immersion is the only method of water baptism taught and commanded in the Scriptures. While it is an important ritual, it has no saving or delivering or sanctifying power. As a ritual it portrays the believer's new position in Christ and his belief in his own future bodily resurrection. Spiritual rebirth is necessary before water baptism is to be performed. When a believer is taken into the water he is publicly identifying with the death and burial of Christ. When he comes up out of the water he is identifying with the resurrection of Christ and his own future bodily resurrection.

Communion service

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's spiritual substitutionary death on the cross in payment for our sins. This is the basis for mankind's reconciliation with God (1 Corinthians 11:23–25, 2 Corinthians 5:17–21). Believers are to partake of the elements of communion which are unleavened bread and and wine (non fermented grape juice may be substituted). Communion is a time when Christians express their faith and positive volition to God in worship as well as time of intimate fellowship with God.

The unleavened bread symbolizes the perfect sinless humanity of Christ who was tempted in all ways but was without sin. He never went against the Father's will at any time and therefore arrived at the cross sinless. The cup symbolizes the last three hours of Christ's spiritual substitutionary sufferings as He bore our sins and was violently judged by the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21–24, Isaiah 53:10–12). The unleavened bread and the cup are symbols of these things and never actually become the physical body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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