Statement of Faith and Beliefs
For Christian Ministries And Services International And Its Associated Ministries
Our Statement of Faith incorporates these Scriptural truths:
• SOLA SCRIPTURA - the scripture alone is our final authority in every area of life, because it is the Word of God;
• SOLA CHRISTI - Christ alone, in his perfect life and atoning death in the sinner's place, is the basis for our acceptance by God;
• SOLA GRATIA - the grace of God alone in Christ, not works of human merit or effort, is how God saves sinners;
• SOLA FIDE - faith alone is the means by which sinners receive or appropriate this grace of God; and
• SOLI DEO GLORIA - to God alone be the glory for saving sinners and for everything else in this life and the life to come, eternal. Praise be unto God.
The founding principles which shall govern all of the activities of Christian Ministries And Services International, herein referred to as Christmas Int’l and its associated ministries are contained in the following Statement of Faith and Beliefs.
Christian Ministries And Services International and its associated ministries, is committed to the belief that:
The Bible compromised only of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is the inspired, authoritative, inerrant, and the only infallible word of God; preserved by God and provided to mankind to educate them in His Word to lead them to faith and repentance and as the only guide the Christian should follow in daily living.
There is but one eternally existent God whom humanity knows in His three Personages: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; these three identities being descriptive of the one true God;
Jesus, God's Son, is the human incarnation of God - Immanuel- being fully human and fully God who was: born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death as sinful mankind's substitute, rose bodily from the grave, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return personally in glory for all believers;
Man was created in the image of God, but fell through sin, and, as a consequence, is lost and in need of regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ as the personal Lord and Savior of the individual;
Salvation is a gift to the believer who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and any claim to salvation apart from Christ's Lordship is false. Man cannot do anything to merit salvation. It is a gift freely offered and freely given by God through faith alone in the atoning work of Jesus Christ alone.
TRUE BAPTISM - FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES – For centuries people have argued over the proper form of baptism by mistakenly using the word baptism to mean Jesus was completely immersed into the Jordan. The obvious problem with that is that Baptism in the Greek text actually can mean dipped, poured, sprinkled, or immersed. How then do we know for certain that baptism means the person is completely immersed in the water? How can we know the only scriptural means of baptism is by immersion? As we must always do, we must use Jesus examples and God’s word as our only guides.
The answer is found in the examplee of Jesus as noted in Mark 1:9 "and was baptized of John into (greek = st?? ???da??a) the Jordan." The preposition “into” here in the Greek text is used with the accusative case. That is a crucial point because when used with the accusative case the preposition always means to be completely inside of something. Therefore, it may only be understood in this construction as Jesus being baptized completely inside of the Jordan. He was not just in the Jordan when He was baptized by someone sprinkling or pouring water on Him or dipping Him slightly into the water. This makes it clear Jesus baptism was one in which He was placed completely inside of the Jordan or completely immersed.
We believe in the eternal security of the believer. Man can do nothing to merit salvation and can do nothing to lose their salvation. God, also being the Holy Spirit, has given Himself as a seal for our redemption. Therefore man has no power, and can do nothing, to break the seal of the Holy Spirit and lose the salvation sealed by the Lord God Himself.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ; convict mankind of their sin and unrighteousness, to bring to those who accept God's free gift of eternal life, to empower the life of the believer; to indwell the Christian enabling him to live a Godly life in obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; and to work in the individual to bring about the exercise of their spiritual gifts in order to reach unbelievers and bring them the truth of the Gospel to wit: that whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved (receive eternal life.)
All believers will be resurrected unto eternal life, and all who reject God's provisions of grace through Jesus Christ are lost and will be resurrected to eternal judgment; and
The unity of believers is the Body of Christ made up only of true believers who have "confessed" Jesus as Lord, not those who have merely made a profession of faith. "That If thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe with thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We believe in the real existence of Satan, previously one of God's most powerful Angels, who in an attempt to become like God, became a fallen angel with great powers. Satan now leads an army of powerful fallen angels known as demons who constantly strive to take back control of the believer, and strives to oppose and try to defeat God's plan for mankind.
We believe in an ardent effort to free local churches from the bondage of feminism, itself a product of demonic influence. Satan uses women to control and beset the church in order to weaken the church and defeat God's purpose for local churches; thus having rendered them of limited ability to proclaim and practice God's commandments and lead others to do so, have exchanged the truth for a lie
Men and woman should walk, talk, look, dress, and act in a way which reflects scriptures including Titus 2:3-5; Proverbs 31, and 1 Corinthians. 11 (key verses being 14-15 and 4-5).
Christian children should be raised by faith-based parents according to biblical ideals and morals and who support the use of Faith-based education whenever possible that teaches Children biblical ideals and morals.
We reject as a false and heretical concept "homosexual Christians" there being no such thing. Acceptance of such, is a direct confirmation of any person or church, having been a false professor. The Holy Spirit prevents true believers from believing or proclaiming this blasphemous lie. God declares that homosexuality is a direct attack against His image in man. Both homosexuals and those who support or defend them are also guilty of death before God. It is the responsibility of the governments set over us for carrying out this sentence and their refusal to do so places them in opposition to God and worthy of the same punishment. It is the responsibility of church leaders to teach God's Holy word about Homosexuality and teach Christians that it is an evil of great wikedness that is abhorrent to God. Their refusal to do so places them in opposition to God.