STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule
for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is
intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we
all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology
employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but
the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry.
No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that
it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
1. The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New
Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation
of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct
(2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. The One True
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent
“I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer
of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles
of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
THE ADORABLE GODHEAD
(a) Terms Defined
The terms trinity and persons, as related to the godhead, while
not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture,
whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the
doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished
from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak
with propriety of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity
or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural
(examples, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17).
(b) Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of persons in the godhead which He expressed
in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable
and incomprehensible, because unexplained (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians
1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 28:19; 2 Corinthians
13:14; 1 John 1:3,4).
(c) Unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes
Him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes
Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit
which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father
or the Son. Wherefore, the Father is the Begetter; the Son is the
Begotten; and the Holy Spirit is the One proceeding from the Father
and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the godhead
are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and
His name one (John 1:18; 15:26; 17:11,21; Zechariah 14:9). Statement
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(d) Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are never identical as
to person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to
the godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father
and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with
the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The
Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to
authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding,
as to nature, relationship, cooperation, and authority. Hence, no
person in the godhead either exists or works separately or independently
of the others (John 5:17-30,32,37; 8:17,18).
(e) The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation Lord Jesus Christ, is a proper name. It is never
applied in the New Testament either to the Father or to the Holy
Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God (Romans
1:1-3,7; 2 John 3).
(f) The Lord Jesus Christ, God With Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the
proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature,
He is the proper Son of Man. He is, therefore, acknowledged to be
both God and man; who because He is God and man, is “Immanuel,”
God with us (Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2,10,14; Revelation
(g) The Title, Son of God
Since the name Immanuel embraces both God and man, in the one person,
our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title Son of God describes
His proper deity, and the title Son of Man, His proper humanity.
Therefore, the title Son of God belongs to the order of eternity,
and the title Son of Man to the order of time (Matthew 1:21-23;
2 John 3; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 7:3; 1:1-13).
(h) Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the doctrine of Christ to say
that Jesus Christ derived the title Son of God solely from the fact
of the Incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of
redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal
Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial
of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial
of the Father and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (2 John 9; John 1:1,2,14,18,29,49;
1 John 2:22,23; 4:1-5; Hebrews 12:2).
(i) Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by himself purged
our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels
and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him.
And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit
that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end,
when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be
all in all (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11;
(j) Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the
Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth
to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit
to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of deity, and to give
Him all the honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles
of the godhead except those which express relationship (see paragraphs
b, c, and d), and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father
(John 5:22,23; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8,9;
Revelation 7:9,10; 4:8-11).
3. The Deity of
the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures
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a. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
b. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
c. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
d. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2
e. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39;
1 Corinthians 15:4).
f. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians
2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
4. The Fall of
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make
man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary
transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death
but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis
1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of
Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward
the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing
of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man
becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke
24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
(b) The Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit
(Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness
and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. The Ordinances
of the Church
(a) Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures.
All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be
baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with
Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness
of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).
(b) Holy Communion
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread
and the fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing
the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial
of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy
of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all
believers “till He come!”
7. The Baptism
in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly
seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and
fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was
the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With
it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment
of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49;
Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct
from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17;
10:44-46; 11:14- 16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit
come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit
(John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43;
Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication
to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for
His Word, and for the lost
8. The Initial
Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the
initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit
of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues
in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1
Corinthians 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil,
and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;
Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without
which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power
of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye
holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16). Sanctification is
realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with
Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily
upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually
dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians
2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).
10. The Church
and Its Mission
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through
the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her
Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral
part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which
are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save
that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body
of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being
of the Bethel Prayer Assembly as part of the Church is:
a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8;
Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16).
b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians
c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints
being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians
4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).
The Bethel Prayer Assembly exists expressly to give continuing emphasis
to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern
by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy
Spirit. This experience:
a. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying
supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20;
Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4).
b. Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with
God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12-
c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit
in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament
times for the edifying of the body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26;
1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians
11. The Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided
by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
(1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of
God (John 4:23,24), and (3) building a Body of saints being perfected
in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16).
12. Divine Healing
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from
sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege
of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
13. The Blessed
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their
translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church
(1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians
14. The Millennial
Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints,
which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ
with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah
14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This
millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel
37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Romans 11:26,27) and the establishment
of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6- 9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).
15. The Final
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be
raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found
written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels,
the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting
punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which
is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20;
16. The New Heavens
and the New Earth
“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a
new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter
3:13; Revelation 21,22).