Statement of Faith

Article – I (The Holy Scriptures)

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God.  The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life.  The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man and shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. We believe that God has preserved His word for all generations. We further believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for English-speaking people and shall be the official and only translation used by Chil Chil Theological Seminary (Ps 12:6-7; Ps 19:7-11; Ps 119:89,105,130,160; Isa 8:20; Isa 40:8; Jer 23:29; Ezk 12:25; Mt 5:17-18; Mt 22:29; Mark 12:26; Lk 24:44-45; Jn 12:48; Jn 17:17; Jn 20:30-31; Rom 3:4; Rom 15:4; Eph 6:17; II Tim 3:16-17; Heb 4:12; I Pt 1:23-25; II Pt 1:19-21; Rev 22:18-19).

Article – II (The Godhead)

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God; having precisely the same nature; attributes and perfection, and worthy of precisely the same homage; confidence and obedience (Matt.28:18-19; Mark 12:29; 1 Jn. 5:7-8; Acts. 5:3-4; II Cor.13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).

Article – III (The Angels, Fallen and Unfallen)

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings, known as angels, that one, “Lucifer, son of the morning” the highest in rank sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active at his ungodly purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day’ (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; I Tim.4:1; II Pet.2:4; Jude 6; Isa. 6:2; Eph. 3:10; Heb. 1:14).
We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Luke 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:12). We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that, in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels (Heb. 2:6-10).

Article – IV (Man, Created and Fallen)

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped; and that he who in the beginning said, “I will be like the most High,” in his warfare appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, which systems in every case are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone (Gen. 3:1–19Rom. 5:12–142 Cor. 4:3–411:13–15Eph. 6:10–122 Thess. 2:41 Tim. 4:1–3).

Article – V (The First Advent)

We believe  that as provided and proposed by God and as preannounced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into the world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the redeemer of the lost world. To this end, He was born of the virgin, and received human body and a sinless human nature (Isa. 7:14; Lk.1:30-35; Jn.1:1, 14, 18; 3:16; Heb.4:15; Jn. 8:55).

Article – VI (Salvation)

We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation, however great, no attainments in morality, however high, no culture, however attractive, no baptism or other ordinances, 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, and only those thus saved are the Sons of God. We believe also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our stead (Lev. 17:11; Jn. 3:7-18; 5:10-15; Rom.5:6-9; Eph.1:7; James I: 18; I Pet. 1:18-19).

Article – VII (The Holy Spirit)

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He, as the indwelling one, is the source to Christ in one body, and that He, as the indwelling one, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. We believe that He never takes His departure from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ; seeking to occupy believers in Him and not with themselves not with their experiences. We believe that His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the Church (Jn.14:16-17; 16:7-15; I Cor.6:19; Eph.2:22; II Thess. 2:17).

Article – VIII (The Church, a Unity of Believers)

We believe that the true church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons (I Cor.12:12-14; IICor.11:2; Eph.1:22-23; 5:25-27).  We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 2:42-47; 14:27; Tit. 1:5-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-27).We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; I Pet. 5:1-4).

Article – IX (The Ordinances)

We believe that water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt.28:19; Lk.22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; I Cor. 11:26).

Article – X (The Blessed Hope)

We believe that, according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain unto His coming, and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and that this event is the blessed hope set before us in the Scripture, and for this we should be constantly looking (John 14:1–3; 1 Cor. 15:51–52; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; Titus 2:11–14).

Article – XI (The Tribulation)

We believe that the translation of the church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1–19:21) during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israel’s seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close. The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), which our Lord called the great tribulation (Matt. 24:15–21). We believe that universal righteousness will not be realized previous to the second coming of Christ, but that the world is day by day ripening for judgment and that the age will end with a fearful apostasy.

Article – XII (The Second Coming of Christ)

We believe that the period of great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person in the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God’s covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Deut. 30:1–10; Isa. 11:9; Ezek. 37:21–28; Matt. 24:15– 25:46; Acts 15:16–17; Rom. 8:19–23; 11:25–27; 1 Tim. 4:1–3; 2 Tim. 3:1–5; Rev. 20:1–3).

Article – XIII (The Eternal State)

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne judgment at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19–26; 23:42; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess. 1:7–9; Jude 6–7; Rev. 20:11–15).