Statement of Doctrinal Unity
Statement 7 – Regarding sin and salvation.
I believe that all man is incapable of a sinless life, both because his nature is corrupt, and because his choices are corrupt.
I believe that Jesus reveals Himself to every man on at least one occasion. Failure to receive the revealed Jesus is counted as rejection.
I believe that receiving salvation is a work of God the Spirit. No man can choose when he will receive salvation.
I believe that salvation is one of the many actions of God that can be counterfeited through the external appearance of an action of man. While no man can judge whether a man was saved as an act of the Spirit, or whether he was saved by his own will, and that not of the Spirit, it is each believer’s responsibility to be assured that the working of the Spirit in his life produces fruit which is consistent with the Spirit’s will.
I believe that there are two and only two categories of salvation: yes or no. The category is forever sealed either upon salvation for those saved, or upon physical death for those not saved. It can neither be changed later, nor confused by explanation.
I believe that “freedom from the law” has scope limited to freedom from having your eternal security determined by your adherence to the law. Except for dietary restrictions (which God revealed to Peter to be lifted) and sacrifices (fulfilled forever by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God), the law remains as the expression of God’s will for His people.
I believe that God is under no obligation to provide reasons for His commandment such that His command does not take effect until it makes sense to us.
I believe that there are people who are physically alive, but for whom because of sin, salvation will never again be made available to them. I believe that such a person cannot be identified, and should be witnessed to the same as any other believer. I believe that God intentionally provided inadequate data for any man to be able to identify such a person with a certainty.