Any doctrinal statement is at best but a fallible attempt
to define infallible, divine truth in a concise, yet always
inadequate way. Therefore, it is essential that such
statements be carefully re-evaluated from time to time to
insure that they are clearly understood as originally intended
from generation to generation. Divine truth does not
change! However, at times, word usage, and issues do!
We must protect our position from misunderstanding.
WE BELIEVE -
A. In the Holy Scriptures, accepting fully the writings
of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally
inspired in all of its parts and without error as originally
given of God, as our only infallible rule of faith and conduct.
We believe the canon of Scripture was closed with the Book
of Revelation and that we possess today an extremely accurate
and reliable text. II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,2l; John
17:17; Rev. 22:18,19.
B. The Godhead eternally exists in three persons --
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three
are one God, having the same nature, attributes and perfection.
Romans 1:20; Matt. 28:19; Deut. 4:35; John 17:5.
C. In the Personality and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ,
begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, truly
God and truly man. John 1:1; John 1:14; Matt. 1:20;
Luke 1:30,31; Phil. 2:5-7; I Tim. 3:16; Col. 1:19.
D. (1) In the Personality of the Holy Spirit, the source
and power of all acceptable worship and service, the infallible
interpreter of the infallible Word, who indwells every true
believer, and is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking
to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves or our experiences.
John 15:26; Acts 5:3,4; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26,27; I Cor. 2:12,14;
Romans 8:9; I Cor. 3:16; I Cor. 12:13; John 16:13,14.
(2) Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries, Inc.
adheres strictly to a non-Charismatic, non-Signs and Wonders"
position believing these manifestations were unique to the
Apostolic New Testament era as authenticating supernatural
gifts temporarily necessary for that relatively brief period
of time. Mark 16:15-20; Acts 2:42,43; Heb. 2:3,4; Acts
E. That man was created in the image of God, after His likeness,
as stated in the Word of God, but the whole human race fell
in the fall of the first Adam. Not only was his moral nature
grievously injured by the fall but he totally lost all spiritual
life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to
the power of the devil. "The carnal mind is enmity
against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot
please God." (Rom. 8:7,8) Therefore, he cannot
see or enter the kingdom of God until he is born again by
the Holy Spirit. That no degree of reformation however
great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture
however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes
and societies however useful, no baptism or other ordinance
however administered, can help the sinner to take even one
step toward Heaven; but a new nature imparted from above,
a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is
absolutely essential to salvation. Gen. 1:26,27; Rom.
5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; John 3:3,6,7;
F. That Jesus Christ became the sinner's substitute
before God, and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins
of the whole world. That He was made a curse for the
sinner, dying for his sins according to the Scriptures That
no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions,
no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations
of any church can add in the very least to the value of the
precious blood or to the merit of that finished work wrought
for us by Him who tasted death for every man. Rom. 5:8;
I John 2:2, Heb. 2:9; Gal 3:13; Rom. 4:4,5; Rom. 3:25, Col.
G. In the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus
Christ; that His body was raised from the dead according to
the Scriptures, and that He ascended into Heaven and sitteth
on the right hand of God as the believer's high priest and
advocate. Luke 24:39; Acts 1:10,11; Eph. 4:10; Heb.
1:3; I John 2:1.
H. (1) That Christ in the fullness of the blessings
He has secured by His death and resurrection is received by
faith alone, and that the moment we trust in Him as our Saviour
we pass out of death into everlasting life, justified from
all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure
of His acceptance, loved as He is loved and made one with
Him. At the time of acceptance of Christ as Saviour,
He comes to dwell within the believer and to live out His
life of holiness and power through Him. Heb. 9:15; John
5:24; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 4:3,23-25; Eph. 1:3; John 17:23; Gal.
2:20; Gal. 4:6,7; Gal. 5:16, Acts 1:8.
(2) When a person truly believes in and
receives the Lord Jesus as personal Saviour (and God is the
One who knows this) that person is born into the family of
God, and will (without any exceptions) be with Christ forever.
John 3:16; John 6:37,44; John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:35-39; Phil.
1:6, Heb. 13:5; I John 2:19.
I. That the Church is composed of all those who truly
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is the
body and bride of Christ. That every believer,
whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the body of Christ
by the Holy Spirit, and having thus become members of one
another we are responsible to find our place in the local
assembly of believers for worship, instruction, edification,
and fellowship, and to keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational
bigotry and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.
Heb. 10:24,25; Eph. 2:19-22; Eph. 1:22,23; Eph. 5:25-27,31,32;
I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 12:4,5; Eph. 4:1-3; I Cor. 1:10.
J. That all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are called
into a life of separation from wordly and sinful practices,
and should abstain from such amusements and habits as will
cause others to stumble, or bring reproach upon the cross
of Christ. Believers are created in Christ Jesus unto
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto
all men, especially unto them who are of the household of
faith." Gal. 6:10; I John 2:15,16; Rom. 14:13;
Rom. 13:14; I Cor. 10:31: Eph. 2:10.
K. In the evangelization of the world, that the supreme
mission of the people of God in this age is to preach the
Gospel to every creature. That special emphasis should
be placed upon the evangelization of children. Mark
16:15: II Cor. 5:18,19; Matt. 18:14.
L. We believe in the personal, bodily, pre-tribulational,
pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church,
His bride; that this return, the rapture, is the "blessed
hope" for which every believer is to be constantly watching
as an any moment possibility. Phil. 3:20; John 14:1-3;
I Thess. 1:10; I Thess. 4:16,17; I Thess. 5:9, Daniel 9:24-27;
II Thess. 2:6-8; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10.
M. That the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord
Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediatly pass into
His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the
resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body
re-united shall be with Him forever in glory. Luke 23:43;
Ii Cor. 5:8; Luke 16:22,25; Phil. 1:23; I Thess. 4:15-18.
N. That the souls of the lost remain after death in
misery until the final judgment of the great white throne,
when soul and body re-united at the resurrection shall be
cast "into the lake of fire" which is the "second
death," to be punished with everlasting destruction from
the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of His power. II Thess. 1:8,9; Luke 16:22,23,27,28;
Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:5,11-15; II Thess. 1:7-9.
O. In the reality and personality of Satan, "that
old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth
the whole world." Rev. 12:9; Eph. 6:11,12; I Pet.
5:8; Rev. 20:10.