Our Statement of Faith
 

The Holy Bible is the Main Source of our Faith and

Here are Its Most Important Doctrines or Teachings?

Psalm 43:3 “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” We of Truth and Light Ministries believe the following are the basic, fundamental, and most important teachings of the Holy Bible.

1. The Holy Scriptures of the Holy Bible were originally written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are the only proper guide for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (Pr. 29:18; Is. 8:20; Jer. 36:2; Jn. 12:48; Acts 1:16; 1 Cor. 2:13; Gal. 1:8; 1 Tim. 6:3; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; and 2 Pet. 1:21).

2. The supreme God of the Holy Bible, who is called God the Father (1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Pet. 1:17; and 2 Jn 1:3) is a living personal God (Jn. 17:1-3) and “a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24).

3. The Christ or the Messiah, the Son of God the Father (2 Pet. 1:17 and 2 Jn. 1:3) came in the flesh as the Jesus of Nazareth (Mt. 16:16; 21:11; and 1 Jn. 4:2,3).

4. Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus was the only begotten son of God the Father and was born of a virgin called Mary, who was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit (Mt. 1:18,25; and Jn. 3:16). Note: We believe that the people who believe that Jesus has no FATHER have no problem, because at the right time, Jesus will introduce his FATHER to them.

5. God created all things through Jesus Christ and this Jesus “is the head of the body, the church; for he is a beginning, a first fruits of the resurrection from the dead, that in all things he might be the first” (Col. 1:16,18; and see 1 Cor. 15:20,23).

6. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) but whosoever will continue to believe, trust, and rely on Jesus Christ shall not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16), for by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8, 9).

7. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once . . .” (1 Cor. 15:3-6).

8. Jesus provided for our salvation and there is no salvation by any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12 and Rom. 3:24).

9. The righteous, who have done good works will have a resurrection of life (Jer. 17:10; Mt. 16:27; Jn. 5:29; 6:40; 11:25; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 4:14; 5:10; 1 Thes. 4:13-17; and Rev. 22:12) and the unrighteous, who have done evil works will have a resurrection of condemnation (Jer. 17:10; Mt. 5:20; Jn. 5:29; Acts 24:15; Rom. 2:8, 9; 2 Cor. 5:10; Heb. 10:27; 2 Pet. 2:13,17; and Rev. 22: 12).

10. We must “repent . . . and be converted,” and that our sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19 and see also Mt. 3:2; Lk. 13:2; and Acts 2:38).

11. Immersion in water baptism is the teaching of the New Testament (Mt. 3:6 and Acts 19:3-5)

12. Christians or preferably Believers (John 2:22; 4:53; 8:30; Acts 24:14,15; and 2 Tim. 1:12) must “continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel” (Col. 1:23 and see also Joshua 23:7; Mt. 10:22; Mk. 13:13; Jn. 15:9; Acts 11:23; 1 Cor. 15:58; Heb. 3:6; 4:14; 10:23; 12:1,7; Jas.1:12; 5:11; and Rev.3:3, 11).

13. Jesus is coming again to take us to where he is (Jn. 14:3 and 1 Thes. 4:14-17). In the meantime he is our advocate with the Father (1 Jn. 2:1), a great high priest (Heb. 4:14), and the one mediator between God and men (Rom. 8:34 and 1 Tim. 2:5).

14. As Believers we have a Comforter, that of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, who also convicts of sin, regenerates us, baptizes or cleanses us and seals us into the Body of Christ, which is the true Christian Church of born again believers (Jn. 3; 14:16,17; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13,14).

15. It is the duty and privilege of all believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who enlightens, guides, and empowers the believer to live a consistent Christian life (Jn. 16:13; Acts 2:4; 4:31; 7:55; 11:24; 13:9; 13:52; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:18; 1 Jn. 2:20,27).

16. God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit are divine and are one, as they work together as a united family or divine team (Gen. 1:1,2; De. 6:4; Ps. 51:11; Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:23; 28:19; Mk. 12:29,31; Lk. 3:22; Jn. 3:31; 4:24; 5:18,23; 8:23, 42; 10:30; 14:26; 15:26; 17:22; Acts 5:3,4; 1 Co. 8:4 - 6; 2 Co. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2; and 1 Jn. 5:7).

17. There is a reality and personality of angels and other spirit beings, both good and fallen, including Lucifer (Isa. 14:12) as Satan, the arch enemy of God and man, but whose end is sure (Job 1:6,7; Psa. 103:20; Mt. 4:11; Lk. 2:13; Heb. 1:14; and Rev. 20:10).

18. There is a necessity to share our faith as seen in the great commission to go and teach all nations, converting them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever Jesus commanded (Mt. 28:19,20; Mk. 16:15, 16; Lk. 9:2-6; 10:1-10; Jn. 4:35-38; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:5,11, 12; 5:26; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Pet. 3:21). Note though that it says “name of,” not “sentence phrase of.” If you will check these references of Acts 2:38; 3:6; 4:18; 5:40; 9:27; and 16:18, the apostles or ambassadors of Jesus, understood that he meant his own name, Jesus, for it includes his father’s name of Jeh, as in Jehwah.

19. Whereas “[Jesus] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (Eph. 4:11-13), we therefore must expect to find similar gifted people in the Church today and pray that God will supply to some of us in the Church the necessary gifted people to bring about the purposes mentioned above.

20. Whereas God executed miracles and wonders in the Old and New Testament eras that mankind might know the power of Almighty God (Miracles: Ex. 6:7; 8:10; 16: 12; Jos. 3:10; 1 K. 18:37; Is. 45:3; Jl. 2:27; Zec. 4:9; Mt. 9:6; Jn. 10:38; 14:31; 17:23 and Wonders: Ex. 4:21; 15:11; Jos. 3:5; Ps. 77:14; Da. 4:3; Jl. 2:30; Ac. 6:8), be instructed properly (De. 4:5; Ne. 9:20; Jn. 6:45), aid their faith (Ex. 4:5; 19:9; Is. 41:20; 43:10; Jn. 1:7; 11:15,42; 13:19; 14:29; 17:21; 19:35; 20: 31), and realize that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah (Jn. 2:9,11; 4:46, 54; Lu. 5:6; Mk. 1:26; Lu. 4:35; . . . Lu. 24:6) we should therefore also expect similar miracles, wonders, divine instructions, aids to our faith, and proofs that Jesus is the Messiah in our own day and age.

21. Whereas God is no respecter of persons (Eph. 6:9), whether male or female, Jew or Gentile (Ro. 10:12), young or old, poor or rich, (Ac. 10:34,35) and whereas even the un-named Seventy nobodies were used by God to perform miracles, to heal the sick, and to cast out demons in (Lu. 10:1-20) Jesus name and were given “power . . . over all the power of the enemy” (Lu. 10:19), you and I can expect to do and see the same results too, provided we too follow Jesus and fast and pray like they did (Ac. 10:34, 35).

22. The end of the world is near (Mt. 24:14), Jesus is coming soon (Mt. 24:29, 30), and only they who endure or have patience to the end shall be saved (Mt. 24:13 and see Mk. 13:1 ff. and Lu. 21:5 ff.).

23. The righteous followers of Jesus, since the resurrection of Jesus, go immediately or very shortly into the presence of Jesus. Sometimes this may be within seconds to many minutes. According to the experience of Henry Gruver of Joyful Sound Ministries, who was dead for about twenty minutes, and others who died, went to heaven, and then returned from the dead or from trances or visions they all got to see heavenly things or even Jesus within minutes. Bible references: 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5: 8; Luke 9:30,33; 16:22-26; Revelation 6:9-11 The phrase “on the Earth” is similar in meaning to “under the sun” which was used twenty-nine (29) times in Ecclesiastes. See Ecclesiastes 9:5,6; 12:7; Revelation 19:10; and 22: 8,9. On checking the references and many good old commentaries, one must conclude that it is simply referring to our fleshly earthly being and not the spirit soul that goes to meet its maker in the unseen world (Sheol). Some very good Bible commentaries are Adam Clark’s, Albert Barnes, 1599 Geneva Bible Notes, Family Bible Notes, Jamieson-Fausset-Brown, John Wesley’s Notes, Matthew Henry’s, and The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

24. The meek shall inherit the Earth and not the strong wicked ones. In other words there is no secret rapture to get the Believers or saints out of this wicked world and leave it for the wicked. Christ Jesus’ parable about the Tares and of the Bad Fish reveal this. Matthew 13:24-52. Isaiah also revealed this regarding the day of Jehweh (day of LORD) in Isaiah 13:9.

25. The so-called “Coming Millennium Reign of Christ Jesus” has already occurred. Jesus has been reigning in the lives of his saints for nearly two thousand years. The main passage that is used to teach this error (Revelation 20:1-15) is about only one devilish being, the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan that gets to be removed from the Earth and placed in a bottomless pit. In other words, all his billions of evil spirits are still left to roam the Earth and tempt mankind to sin. They just lose their leader for awhile, like for 1,000 years. During this time, God allows the saints who get martyred for Jesus to reign with him. In other words, it is a reign of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus. (Revelation 20:4). If their heads have been cut off, how can they be living on Earth with Jesus reigning. Again, it is not about Jesus reigning but about the beheaded ones reigning with Jesus (verse 4). A puzzling passage in this chapter is the first part of verse five, which is not found in the Aramaic version of the Bible. It is But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This could have been added by a copier or by a translator of the text into the Greek. It should also be obvious, that we are in the period of verse eight (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

26. We should be praying in Jesus’ name and not just closing off our prayer with an “Amen,” as if we are so holy and important, that we can get to talk to God the Father without having to go through his son Christ Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 16: 17; John 14:13,14; 15:16; 16:24, 26).

27. The importance of teachings in the Bible are indicated by the number of times the teaching is mentioned.

28. The truth of anything should be determined by the principles taught in the many reference about two or three witnesses (Mt 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. {before: or, under} Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:(KJV). In other words, if there is just one Scripture to support a doctrine, it should not be regarded as a doctrine, in case there is a misunderstanding.

29. The Bible teachings of the Old and New Testaments for the regular day of worship is clearly Saturday, the seventh day. The Bible day starts at dusk, about a half-hour after Sunset (Genesis 1:5,8, 13, 19, 23, 31) and not midnight as determined regularly today. The practice of Sunday worship is mainly through the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893: “The Catholic Church,...by virtue of her divine [or is it rather its devilish] mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.”

Sunday therefore is the Roman Catholic Sabbath and almost all her off-spring in Protestantism, erroneously follow her philosophy than God’s plain teachings in the Holy Bible. See Genesis 2:3; Exodus 16:26; 20:8-11; 31:17; 34:21; Nehemiah 13:17, 18; Psalm 89:27-34; 111:7, 8; Isaiah 56:2,6; 58:13; 66: 22, 23; Jeremiah 17:20-27; Daniel 7:8,21,25; Zecharia 14:2; Matthew 5:17, 18; 12:1-13; 19:17; 24:20; 27:66-28:1-6; Mark 2:27,28; 16:1, 2; Luke 4:16; 23:56; 24:1; John 20:1; Acts 13: 27, 42, 44; 15:21; 16:13; 17:2, 3; 18:4, 11; Hebrews 4:3,4,8, 9; Revelation 22: 14 (See our article: Who Changed the Sabbath?).

30. God’s true name is declared to be very important and a blessing to those who love it and cherish it and a curse to them who despise it. It has been hidden from view in most Bibles though. We should therefore declare God’s name as to what it is most likely and then use it in sacred or respectful ways. Wherever it is found in the original texts, it should be pronounced as it was originally. It should also be spelled in such a way as to help indicate its proper pronunciation. God has revealed that in English, the tetragrammaton of JHWH should be written as Jeh-wah. The initial Je though, should be pronounced as the Je in Jesus. The reason for this is that the name of Jesus means Jeh-wah is salvation. The letters Je and Jeh are abbreviations for Jeh-wah. This is seen in the names of Jehoash, Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and other similar ones (See the chapters: The Man of Galilee: his Name and Pronunciation and The Name of God the Father for more details.). Here are some references on God’s holy name: Exodus 9:16; Isaiah 42:8; 43:7; 48:11; 52:5,6; 65:1; Jeremiah 16: 21; 44: 21; Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 22, 41; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 1:6,11; 2:2; and 4:2.

31. We believe that Christ Jesus was not born on December 25 of whatever year some may say but on the Festival of Purim ("lots" in Hebrew) (see The Book of Esther, chapter 9, verses 20-30). This festival is a celebration of deliverance and of salvation from being exterminated by their enemies in the Persian Empire of a certain year under King Xerxes I (485-465 B. C. E.). This insight was revealed to Clifford Besson on 22 November 1970 after he prayed that God would reveal this event to him, as no one seemed to really know when Jesus was born. (See a more in-depth article elsewhere on this website.)
 
 
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