Local church

We believe that the local church is the pillar and ground for all church age doctrines (1 Timothy 3:15).The local church is a body of called out believers in Christ who assemble for teaching and fellowship with God which consists in prayer and the Lord's Table (Acts 2:42). The local church is to protect the Word of God through sound bible based teaching. The local church is also the base from which missionaries are sent forth to teach the gospel (Acts 1:8, 20:1ff, Hebrews 10:25). Paul and his team were missionaries sent out to preach the gospel (Galatians 1:2, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Acts 13-28).

We believe the Bible teaches that the offices of Pastor-Teacher and Deacons are to be filled by males only. We do not believe in females holding the position of pastor or deacon. Any other office in the church may be held by an appointed man or woman. ( 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Acts 6, 1 Timothy 2:12, Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 20, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5, Revelation 2-3). The moderator of all business meetings will be the chairman of the Board of Deacons.

The head of the Board is the Pastor-Teacher and he appoints deacons as the congregation makes known their candidates. He seeks to appoint men of integrity and who are trustworthy based upon their past performance, attendance in prayer and Bible classes, enthusiasm about the ministry and reputation among the congregation members.

The Pastor-Teacher shall work with the Deacons in the decision making processes required to keep the ministry operating.

Universal church

We believe that the universal church to be the body of spiritually born again believers in Christ. The universal church will become the bride of Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

Separation

We believe that all believers are called into a life of biblical study and mental separation from the views of the world system. There is no agreement with the righteousness of God and the unrighteousness of the world, between God's light and the world's darkness, between belief and unbelief (2 Corinthians 6:11–14).

Believers are to maintain spirituality by confession of sins (1 John 1:9) which enables the Holy Spirit to lead the believer into biblical truth. The believer submits to God and is able to reject Satanic viewpoint, human good, human arrogance, sin patterns, cults and religious trends (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15–17, Romans 6:13; 2 Timothy 2:3–4; 14–26; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Hebrews 13:13; Romans 16:17–18; 2 Corinthians 6:11–12; Proverbs 1:10–19).

We reserve the right to separate from any person or religious organization, fellowship, or denomination and any secular group, organization, or fellowship who disagrees with any part of the West Houston Bible Church Constitution.

Spirituality

We believe that spirituality is an absolute. A believer is either spiritual or carnal at any given moment in time. One cannot be both spiritual and carnal simultaneously. When a believer confesses his sin(s) to God the Father then he is forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The filling of the Spirit then occurs and the Spirit is then able to teach the believer the truths of the Word of God (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 5:5). The filling of the Spirit is not an emotional or ecstatic experience. It has nothing to do with speaking in tongues, seeing visions, or hearing voices. Rather, it is an absolute which is described in the Bible by synonyms such as "yield" (Romans 6:11-13), "confess" (1 John 1:9), "present" (Romans 6:13), "mortify yourselves" (Colossians 3:5), "strengthen the hands that hang down" (Hebrews 12:12), "walking in the light" (1 John 1:7), "awake you that sleep" (Ephesians 5:14), and "judge yourselves" (1 Corinthians 11:31–32). All spiritual production in time depends upon the filling of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23).

Love is a fruit of the Spirit and therefore true spirituality is described in 1 Corinthians 13.

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