Lighthouse Baptist Church

Grand Prairie, Texas

                                  STATEMENT OF BELIEFS


THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the King James Bible (Hebrews 4:12a with Ecclesiastes 8:4 with
Romans 13:1 and Revelation 17:14, Mark 3:14,17-18, Romans 3:1-2 with Matthew 13:55
and James 1:1) is the inspired, infallible word of God providentially
preserved and translated without error in the English language
(Psalms 12:6-7, 119:160, Colossians 1:18, 1 John 4:2, Acts 24:14)
to be our self-sufficient final authority in all matters of faith and practice
(2 Timothy 3:16, Psalms 138:2, Colossians 2:8, Matthew 15:1-14, Romans 3:4, Acts 17:11)
and hence, no part of it can be improved upon (Exodus 20:25), "corrected" (Genesis 3:1, Mark 4:15, Proverbs 24:21), or conclusively defined (Genesis 40:8, 1 Corinthians 2:13
with supposed knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. (Acts 2:6, Matthew 1:23, Mark 5:41,
15:34, Mark 15:22 with John 19:17, John 1:38,41-42, 9:7, Acts 4:36, Hebrews 7:1-2

We believe that all the English versions produced after the KJV are corrupt
(2 Corinthians 2:17), lifeless (1 Peter 1:23) perversions of the word of God
(Jeremiah 23:28-36, Proverbs 30:5-6, Revelation 22:18-19, 1 Timothy 4:1, Mark 4:15, Matthew 7:15-18, Romans 1:25) that teach heresies (2 Peter 2:1, Romans 16:17),
weaken doctrine (Philippians 3:1, 2 Timothy 3:16), distort and hide the gospel
(Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:15), weaken Christians' faith
(1 John 5:13), hinder soul-winning (Titus 1:9, James 1:21, Romans 10:17, Acts 18:28),
cause confusion (Proverbs 20:10, Acts 19:32, James 1:8), cause apathy (Mark 1:22,
1 Timothy 4:2, Hebrews 4:12), weaken the church (1 Corinthians 1:10, Matthew 6:24,
Mark 12:24, Romans 15:4), make Christians vulnerable (Ephesians 6:13,17,
Luke 4:8, 2 Corinthians 2:11, Psalms 11:3, 119:10-11,105, Acts 17:11),
hinder spiritual growth (Acts 20:32, Psalms 119:9, 2 Timothy 2:15,
3:16-17, 1 John 2:1), insult God (1 Thessalonians 2:13, Titus 1:2), and
distort God's character. (Malachi 3:6, 1 Corinthians 14:33, 2 Corinthians 11:4)


THE CREATION


We believe in the Genesis account of a literal six-day creation (Exodus 20:11
roughly 6000 years ago, and that the theory of evolution is a satanic deception
(Genesis 3:4, 1 Timothy 6:20) with no scientific evidence to support it, and
anyone's attempt to reconcile belief in evolution with belief in the Bible is an
ignorant and cowardly compromise (John 12:43, Romans 12:2) representing a
distortion or rejection of the clear teachings of Genesis which nullifies the authority
of the rest of scripture (John 5:46-47) in the minds of them and their audiences.

We believe human life begins at conception (2 Samuel 11:5, Isaiah 7:14
with Matthew 1:23), and hence, abortion is murder. (
Psalms 106:38, 139:13-16,
Proverbs 6:16-17, Exodus 21:22-23, 2 Kings 8:12-13, Isaiah 48:8, 49:1,5,
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 20:14-18, Amos 1:13, Luke 1:41-44 with 6:20a,23a)


THE CREATOR


We believe God (Jehovah) is a Trinity -
the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost (the holy Spirit)
(1 John 5:7, John 1:1,14, 10:30,38, 14:92 John 1:3,7Genesis 1:26-27, 11:6-9,
Hosea 12:4-5, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Luke 20:42) and therefore, though the
Lord Jesus Christ is "the only begotten Son of God" He is also God Himself.
(Matthew 1:23, Luke 2:33, 8:39, John 1:1-14, 14:920:26-28Romans 8:9, 9:5
1 Corinthians 15:471 Timothy 3:16 with 1 John 4:2, Philippians 2:6, Isaiah 44:6
with Revelation 1:11-18, Romans 1:19-20 with Colossians 2:8-9Hosea 13:4 with
Matthew 1:21 and Luke 2:11 and John 4:42, Malachi 3:6 with Hebrews 13:8,
Acts 20:21 with Hebrews 6:1, Psalms 94:11 and Job 42:1-2 with Matthew 9:4
and 12:25 and Luke 6:8 and 11:17, 1 John 1:5 with Acts 26:13-15,
Psalms 107:19,23-29 with Matthew 8:23-27, Hebrews 1:8, Acts 20:28 with
Hebrews 9:11-12 and 13:12 and Revelation 1:5, 1 John 3:16
Exodus 3:14 with John 8:58)


THE GOSPEL


We believe that all men sin (Romans 3:23) and therefore are
destined to be punished forever in a literal, fiery hell
(Mark 9:43, Luke 16:22-24, Romans 6:23, Revelation 21:8)
unless they receive the gift of salvation, which is only (Matthew 7:14, John 14:6)
by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16, 1 Peter 1:5,9,
Acts 10:43-45 with 15:7-11) in the finished (John 19:30) blood atonement 
(Romans 3:22-25, Hebrews 9:22-28, 1 John 1:5-8, Ephesians 1:7, Revelation 1:5)
of the Lord Jesus Christ
(Acts 16:31, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Peter 3:18)
who came to earth in a man's body (John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16),
lived a sinless life (1 John 3:5, 1 Peter 2:21-22, Hebrews 4:14-15),
died to pay for our sins (Romans 5:8-9, 1 Peter 2:24), was buried,
and rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:7, Mark 16:6, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

We believe that Jesus died for everyone (John 3:17, 4:42, 12:47b, Romans 5:6,
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Timothy 2:3-6, 4:10, Hebrews 2:9, 2 Peter 2:1 with
1 Peter 1:18-19 and Acts 20:28, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 2:1-2, Ezekiel 33:11a)
so anyone can be saved. (John 3:15-16, Acts 17:30, Romans 10:12-13, Titus 2:11)

We believe that though man is depraved in general and very prone to sin
(Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, James 1:14-15), he does have the capacity
(and therefore the responsibility) to choose good over evil (Deuteronomy 30:19,
Joshua 24:15, 1 Kings 8:182 Chronicles 1:10-1219:3, Proverbs 3:31, 23:26,
Isaiah 56:4, 65:12, Jeremiah 17:10) and has free will to accept or reject Christ. 
(Exodus 25:2, Leviticus 1:3, 22:29, Ezra 7:13, Proverbs 1:24,29, Matthew 23:37,
John 1:11-12, 12:48, Acts 7:51, Romans 10:9-13,16,21, 2 Corinthians 5:20,
2 Timothy 3:8 with John 14:6, Revelation 22:17 with John 4:14 and 6:35, 1 Peter 1:2)

We believe in the eternal security of the believer -
once you are saved, you cannot lose your salvation.
(John 5:24, 10:28-29, Romans 5:118:38-39, 1 Corinthians 1:7-8,
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:9, 4:30,
Hebrews 7:22-27, 9:11-121 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, Jude 1:24-25)


THE CHRISTIAN LIFE


We believe that Christians should be baptized (immersed)
(Matthew 3:6,16, John 3:23, Acts 8:38-3916:13-15)
in water (Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:48, 16:10-15,30-34, 1 Corinthians 1:11-16)
after being saved (Acts 8:35-38, 10:47, Romans 1:16 with 1 Corinthians 1:17a),
as a symbol and a testimony to others. (Colossians 2:12, Matthew 5:16)

We believe Christians should be obviously separate
from the world in character, behavior, and choice of friends.
(Colossians 3, Romans 12:2, Psalms 101:4-7, Jeremiah 10:2,
1 Corinthians 5:915:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, 2 Thessalonians 3:6
2 John 1:9-11, James 4:4, Titus 3:8, Proverbs 13:2029:27)

We believe soul-winning (Proverbs 11:30, 2 Peter 3:9, Mark 5:18-1916:15
Acts 1:81 Corinthians 9:16) and Bible reading (Psalms 19:7-8, 119:9-11,105,
2
Timothy 2:153:16-17, Mark 12:24, Acts 17:11, 18:28, John 14:23,
Ephesians 6:17, Luke 4:4) should be high priorities for every Christian.


THE CHURCH


We believe the local church congregation should be autonomous
(independent, self-governing), not subject to the decisions
of any outside organization (Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 6:1,
Acts 14:23, 1 Peter 5:1-2, Acts 15:1 with 1 Timothy 3:2, Revelation 1-3),
Christ being head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23, Colossians 1:18)
and His Holy Bible being our only infallible written authority
by which to determine His will for the church (2 Timothy 3:16),
and every individual is free to expound and apply the scriptures 
at the liberty of his own conscience (2 Peter 1:20, Romans 14:5-12).

We believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5-9),
and two offices of the church - Pastor/ Bishop and deacon.
(Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1)


THE FUTURE


We believe in the pretribulational rapture of the Church
(
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, 1 Corinthians 15:49-55, 1 Thessalonians 1:10
and 5:9 with Luke 21:22-23 and Revelation 6:16-17, 16:1)
and the post-tribulational, premillennial return of Christ.
(
Matthew 24:1-30, Mark 13:24-26, Revelation 19:11 - 20:4)







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