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5.We believe that salvation (i.e., eternal life) is by faith alone in Christ alone. PDF Print E-mail
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Salvation is a gift of God brought to us by grace through faith alone (as the sole condition that's needed to be born again) in Christ alone. In fact, since universal sin through death entered the human race through one man, no one can enter the kingdom of God (or have eternal life) unless they are born again. No degree of reformation however great, no attainment of morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or any other type of ordinances or religious rituals or practices however administered, can help mankind born sinful to take even one step to heaven; but a new position has to be imparted from above at the very moment of faith in Jesus Christ and His promise to give eternal life to all who solely believe in Him (Gen 15:6; Lev 17:11; Isa 64:6; John 3:1-16; 4:10-13; 5:24; 6:47; 11:25-27; Rom 4:3-5; Gal 3:13; 6:15; Eph 2:8-9; Phil 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; Jas 1:18; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 23; Rev 22:17). Thus only those who believe Christ's promise alone are eternally saved and become sons of God (John 1:12-13)

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6.We believe in assurance. PDF Print E-mail
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We believe that assurance is of "the essence of saving faith." That is, the immediate moment one believes in Christ for the free gift of eternal life, one cannot lack assurance or expect works to prove their salvation, for this is not assurance based on faith in Christ. Assurance improperly placed on works becomes no assurance since believers will never be perfect in all practical sense. Therefore, those who initially lack complete assurance at the moment of saving faith did not believe the gospel offer of Christ because Scripture only knows two adequate responses to accept the free offer of eternal life. Either Christ's claim to give eternal life is believed, or it's not. There is no such thing as having 99% (or less) assurance. This would simply mean one has not understood the simple gospel that promises eternal life for anyone who simply believes Christ. This is why we believe it's the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very moment they take Him to be their Savior and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God's very Word, the Bible. This should excite within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience (John 11:25-27; Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 5:13).

However, we do not mean that a believer due to licentiousness cannot lose assurance. This would be tantamount to saying, "We believe in the indefectibility of assurance," which we do not believe. Believers may lose salvation-assurance if they chose to live sinful or depart from Christ, though they may in fact be eternally secured apart from their subjective experience.
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7. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. PDF Print E-mail
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All believers are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. Because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, because His freedom to exercise grace (unmerited favor) on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of all the saved, those who simply believed/trusted in Christ alone by faith alone will be secure forever.

Nevertheless, we believe that since God is holy (i.e., pure from any and all sin. He is separated from it, which is not and can never be part of His nature) and a righteous (all that He does is righteous whether or not we can make sense of it) Father, He cannot overlook sin in His children. Therefore, if believers persistently sin, it does not prove they are not saved or lose their salvation (eternal status). Yet, God will chasten believers and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to once an for all save and keep them forever, apart from any human merit, He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them, who once believed in Christ alone by faith alone, faultless and blameless before the presence of His glory. Thus all believers will be conformed totally to the image of His Son one day (John 5:24; 6:37-38; 10:27-28; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom 8:1-39; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 1:14; 4:30; Heb 5:11-6:12; 7:25; 10:19-39; 12:4-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; 3:2; Jude 24).
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8. We Believe in the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:24

A) We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, though truly blessed and omnipresent in all eternity, manifested Himself by taking His rightful place in the world-in a special sense-on the day of Pentecost. He's the One who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, who baptizes all believers in the body of Christ (therefore uniting them in one body at the very moment a person believes in Christ), indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30).

B) We believe He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all Christians to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:12-15; Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27; 1 Cor 2:13-14).

C) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer, and the Holy Spirit accomplishes His work in the world through the service and teaching gifts. The sign gifts of speaking in tongues and healing were unique to the apostolic period-as foundational gifts, which purpose served to confirm revelation and judgment of the Jews who rejected the Messiah-but were never designed as the common or necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit or salvation. As foundational gifts that began the new period called the "church age," this doesn't mean God is inoperative today in working miracles. He's always working miracles in the lives of people. Nevertheless, the office of "apostleship" and "prophets" and accompanying gifts of this period are not operative today, because the foundation (i.e., Scripture as the basis for all to believe) has been laid once-and-for-all. Furthermore, speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit, and delivering the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the future resurrection of the body at glorification (Acts 4:8, 31; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 1:22; 13:8; 12:7-11; 14:21-23; 15; Eph 2:20-21; 4:11-13; 1 Thess 4:13-5:11; 1 John 3:2).

D) The Holy Spirit never departs from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ. Though the Spirit permanently indwells all believers, Christians can grieve and quench the Spirit due to unconfessed sins (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:9). His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the church age (John 14:16-17; 16:12-15; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:22; 4:30; 2 Thess 2:7).
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9. We believe in the church and unity of believers. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:23

We believe that all who are united (from the moment of faith) to the risen and ascended Son of God, Jesus Christ are members of the church, the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. All of its members are constituted as such regardless of membership in a local church. The same Spirit baptizes all believers in this age into the body of Christ, and thus eradicating previous distinctions how God worked with Jews and Gentiles in this dispensation. Hence Jews or Gentiles are now members together in God's plan and entity (the church) used of God in the present (Rom 11:15-25; Eph 2:11-22; Gal 3:28). Both groups, now one, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, by loving fervently one another with a pure heart.

The establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. In addition, God commands (the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control) the continual unity, worship and strengthening of one another (Matt 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 20:17, 28-32; 20:28; Rom 12:5; 16:1, 41 Cor 3:9; 11:2; 12:12-27; Eph 1:20-23; 4:3-10, 17-29; Col 3:9-15; Heb 10:24-25).
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Dr. López at the GES Conference

Dr. López's GES 2014 conference presentations of the outline and ppts named, "What Does It Mean to Be Elect In Christ in Ephesians 1:4?" and paper "Does Romans 9 Teach Calvinistic Election?" ARE NOW DOWNLOADABLE <click here> (and scroll down and look for the three sources bearing the perspective names).

 

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Ariel returns from Starkville, Mississippi after a tremendous evangelism outreach illusion show!

Not only did we do three illusion shows with a message Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-8), but I also spoke and did various illusions in two chapels with small children and high school students where I also shared God's message of grace and salvation.


I was also invited to speak at a men's meeting where pastors, leaders and men from the community attend. After a wonderful Asian lunch I did an illusion and shared (from John 8:30-33) regarding the distinction between how one is freed from the penalty of sin by simply believing in Jesus and how one can continue to experience that freedom by "abiding" (following) Jesus everyday in discipleship.


Furthermore, I was also invited to be on WCBI a CBS local affiliate of Starkville, MS (click here for a photo gallery - part of that which was taken by one of the camera men—as a favor to me—with my i-phone).


I also taught at Emmanuel Baptist Church Sunday school (by having a Q & A time) preached in worship service.


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Friends and family, I was a guest speaker at the mega-church Christ the Rock Community Church. I spoke four times in two days over the weekend. For those of you interested and would like to hear the half-hour message, see below. May the Lord speak to you through this message.

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