Our Belief here at CLCBC is that God spoke and men by the Inspiration and help of the Holy Spirit put it into writing. We see the Bible as the final say.
1. The Holy Bible –
Consisting of 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, is the inspired Word of God. We take the Bible as final authority in all matters concerning Christian conduct and work. II Timothy 3:16-17, Revelation 22:18-19.
2. The Godhead
Consists of three separate, distinct and recognizable personalities perfectly united in one. The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are different Persons. Matthew 28:19-20.
3. The Virgin birth Jesus Christ
4. The total depravity, sinfulness and guilt of all men since the fall, rendering them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation
This is a complete turning away from all sins and its deceitful pleasures and that is required from every sinner before he can truly and effectively believe in Jesus with saving –faith Ezekiel 18:21-23; Mark 1:15.
This is making amends for wrongs done against our fellowmen, restoring stolen things to their rightful owners, paying debts, giving back where one has defrauded, making confessions to the offended and apologizing to those slandered so as to have a conscience void of offence toward God and man – Genesis 20:1-8, 14-18; Exodus 22:1-7.
7. Justification (or regeneration)
This is the act of God’s grace whereby one receives forgiveness and remission of sins and is counted righteous before God, through faith in the atoning blood of Jesus, standing before God as though he had never sinned – Psalms 32:1-2.
8. Water Baptism
This is essential to our obedience after reconciliation with God. Water Baptism is one immersion (not three) “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”, as Jesus commanded–Matthew 28:19:13-17; Mark-16:15,16.
9. Lord’s Supper
Was instituted by Jesus Christ so that all believers (all members of the family of God) might partake thereof regularly, to show the Lord’s death till He come”. The emblems used are “unleavened bread” and the juice of “fruit of the vine”. Anyone who eats and drinks unworthy brings “damnation” punishment and chastisement upon himself – Matthew 26:29; Luke 22:1720, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30.
10. Entire sanctification
This is a definite act of God’s grace, subsequent to the New Birth by which the believer’s heart is purified and made holy. It cannot be attained progressively by works, struggle or suppression, but it is obtained by faith in the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ; Holiness of life and purity of heart are central to Christian living – Luke-1:75; John 17:15-17.
11. Baptism in the Holy Ghost
This is the enduement of power from on high upon the sanctified believer. It is “the promise of the Father” and when one receives the Baptism in the Holy Ghost”, the initial evidence is speaking a language unlearned previously. We do not teach or instruct people how to speak in tongues: the Holy Spirit gives utterance. We also stress the necessity of purity before power. The gifts of the Spirit are for today-Corinthians 12:1-31.
12. Redemption from the curse of the law, Healing of sickness and disease as well as continued Health are provided for all people through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ
13. Personal Evangelism
It is a God-given and God-ordained ministry for every believer. Jesus commanded it and God requires every believer to be a compassionate and fruitful soul winner, bringing others to Christ-Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15.
This is binding for life. Monogamy is the uniform teaching of the Bible. Polygamy is contrary to Scriptural teaching, divorce and remarriage are forbidden while the first companion lives. When a person becomes converted, necessary restitution, on this line, must be done without delay if he has married wrongly- Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 7:1-4.
15. Rapture (commonly referred to as the first phase or stage of the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST)
This is the catching away from the earth, of all saints and all who died in the Lord. The rapture will take place before the Great Tribulation and can happen any time from now, “in a twinkling of an eye” without a moment’s warning, “the trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord”- John 14:1-3; 21:34-36.
16. Resurrection of the dead is taught in the Bible as clearly as the immortality of the soul.
17. Great Tribulation will occur after the rapture and will be a time of terrible suffering on earth.
It is also referred to as the time of “Jacob’s trouble” – Matthew 24:21-22,29; Revelation 9:16; Mark 13:2; Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation13. During this time, the antichrist will take possession of this world for a reign of terror. He will not be a system or organization but a person- a supernatural, diabolical being, in the form of a man who will blaspheme and proclaim himself to be God. (Daniel 8:23-25; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 13:1-10).
18. The Second Coming of Christ will be just as literal and visible as His going away, and He is coming to execute judgment upon the ungodly.
19. Christ’s Millennial Reign is the 1,000 years literal reign of Jesus on earth, which will be ushered in by the coming of Jesus back to the earth with “Ten Thousands of His saints”.
At this time He will judge the nation that dwells upon the face of the earth-Jude 14:15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10. During this time the devil will be bound- Revelation 20:2-3. It will be a reign of peace and blessing- Isaiah 11:6-9 65:25; Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 14:9-20; Isaiah 2:2-4.
20. The Great White Throne Judgment
This is when God finally judges all (the living and the dead, small and great) who have ever lived on the face of the earth, according to their works. This is after Millennium. At this time the final judgment known as the Great White Throne Judgment will be held.
People from all ages who have not yet been judged (believers’ judgment, as sinners was accomplished by Christ on the Cross-John 5:24; 3:17-19) will stand before God at this time. The devil and his angels are judged at this time also and sent to the lake of fire forever- Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 10:15.
21. The New Heaven and the New Earth “wherein dwelleth righteousness” will be be made by God and the redeemed shall dwell with God forever.
22. Hell fire
This is a place of everlasting punishment where sinners (all who do not have their names in the Book of Life) will suffer torments for ever and ever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41) but God has decreed that the wicked and those who forget Him and reject Christ will also be cast there because of their sins and neglect of His salvation- Psalm 9:17; Matthew 25:46; Luke 12:4-5; 16:19-31.