STATEMENT OF FAITH
“....and [they] cast their crowns before the throne,
saying, Thou art worthy, O
by Bob Thompson
Sylvia and I, by the
grace and sustaining love of God, have for
many years believed the following:
We believe in the Virgin birth of Christ—God’s voluntary entrance into
the realm of fallen man. We believe
that in life He perfectly fulfilled for us “every jot and tittle” of the law,
thus qualifying Himself as “the Lamb
of God which taketh away the sin of the world” and that by dying in our stead He
received the punishment our sins so richly deserve.
Three days later He rose from the dead to die no more forever! Matt.
1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 53 with
68:18; Luke 1:27-35;
John 1:29; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Heb. 10:11-14; 1 Tim. 2:4-5.
We believe SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE, that no man can by good
sacrifice, suffering, or by his own ingenuity enter into “the kingdom of
God’s dear Son.” Rom. 3:19-26;
Eph. 2:8-9; John 6:29; Col. 3:1-3, etc.
Sylvia and I received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior from
the guilt and penalty of sin at ages 7 and 15, respectively.
We believe in the ETERNAL SECURITY
of the believer for “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” [RSV].
God can not and will not go
back on His Word. See Num. 23:19; Psa. 23:6; 37:28; 1 Cor. 1:8; John 10:27-30; 1
Cor. 1:8. When God says He gives eternal
life, we believe it is eternal, not probationary.
We believe “All Scripture is
given by inspiration of God and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness,” and that by these Scriptures we have, throughout the years, been
“THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS”
[2 Tim. 3:17]
We believe that where God has clearly
spoken to us in his Word “rightly divided,” we Christians are to “be perfectly
joined together in the same mind and in the same
judgment” 1 Cor. 1:10; 2
We believe Christ is building but one church [Matt. 16:18], that He alone admits
the members and permits no counterfeits. Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 1:18].
This rules out any and
all denominations— from Roman Catholicism on down to the youngest sect in
Christendom—as being the church Christ is building.
is incapable of building a religious system that Satan can not get his
We believe sectarian churches commit
two evils—they name and program Christians
apart —in violation of Col.
3:17; Rom. 15:6; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:15; Eph. 4:1-7; Phil. 1:27; 2:2; 4:2;
and 1 Peter 3:8), while binding saved
and unsaved members in an unequal yoke—in
violation of 2 Cor. 6:14-18!
We believe 2 COR. 6:18 contains a
red-letter promise from God that is overlooked by the vast majority of
Christians today: It reads as
follows: “Wherefore come out from
among them [any and all religious ties with unbelievers - see vss. 14-16] and be
ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch
not the unclean thing; [NOW NOTE]:
and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.” 2
Cor. 6:17 through 7:1; Heb., 13:13;
Since God became our Father and we His sons and daughters the moment we
were born again, it follows that this promise of a Father-Son-daughter
relationship, is a very special one,
reserved only for Christians who refuse to be unequally yoked together with
We believe God has commanded each believer to WALK IN HIS [own] FAITH,
not that of others.
Hab. 2:4. We
therefore have desired to be as the Bereans in Acts 17:11, to prove all things
for ourselves; to walk in what we
truly believe—not in what we’ve been told everybody should believe!
We believe faithful ministers of Christ will follow Paul’s example of preaching
“THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD.....”
i.e. everything essential to Christians achieving spiritual maturity.
We believe PHYSICAL ORDINANCES have
no place in God’s program today, that the fleshly rites of Judaism [water
baptism, Sabbath keeping, the priesthood, the Passover - today called “the
Lord’s supper,” etc.] - “are a shadow
of things to come, but the body is of Christ.”
[Col. 2:13-23]. We believe
the Bible reveals a dual walk for Christians during the book of Acts period —
Christian Jews continuing to observe the physical ordinances of Moses, with
God’s blessings, while obedient Gentiles refrained from “any such thing.” [Acts
15:1-29; 21:24-25; Rom. 14:1-6].
We also believe Christian Jews and Gentiles are
NOW to walk as “one new man in
Christ” apart from all national,
racial and ceremonial distinctions.
Please read these verses carefully:
Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 2:6; Phil. 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:16-17; John 6:63
“CHRISTMAS” and “EASTER” are
Babylonish, Popish and pagan, [see modern encyclopedias] and make a tragic
mockery of Christ. Highly esteemed,
solemnized and venerated by Christians and non-Christians around the globe [see
Luke 16:15], we believe these two Satan-inspired holidays should be firmly
rejected by all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth.
1 Cor. 2:14 says that, “The natural [unregenerated] man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him....”
What spirit, then, annually leads untold millions of religious celebrants
to lavish their affection on the babe in the manger while they reject the man on
We believe the NEW COVENANT, promised
to Israel in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (and
repeated in Heb. 8:8-12), has no place in the body of Christ during this age of
grace. The New Covenant is almost
universally accepted in Christendom as being in effect today, due to an almost
universal oversight: the New
Covenant can not be put into force
until all evangelism is brought to a halt, when Christians will
no longer urge friends and neighbors to “know the Lord,” as we now do.
(Note Jer. 31:34 in particular).
The body of Christ is blessed under the
not the New Covenant.
See Gal. 3:6-9.
If Christ’s blood connects Christians to the New Covenant, then His blood also
connects us to the Palestinian and Davidic covenants, for all three were sealed
by His blood. [Heb. 9:16] Yet no intelligent, Spirit-taught Christian believes
the body of Christ will inherit the land of Palestine with national Israel or
that the earthly kingdom of God is our “blessed hope.”
Our hope is found in Col. 1:15 and Titus 2:13.
We believe “LOVE.... is the
bond of perfectness,” that without it we are nothing and that all we might say
or do for God profits nothing — apart from love.
We believe it alone can so
bind our hearts together as to resolve doctrinal differences that we may present
a united front to a divided, warring, scrapping world — in obedience to 1 Cor.
1:10; Phil. 1:27; Eph. 4:1-6, etc.
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
another.” John 13:35; 1 Cor. 13:1-7;
To the above, we do hereby joyfully set our hand and seal
in grateful allegiance to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bob and Sylvia Thompson
Married April 8, 1945