We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired word of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16). We believe that God has preserved His word for us intact and without error in the Authorized Version of the King James Bible first published in 1611 (Psalm 12:6-7).
We believe that there is one true and living God. He is declared in the scriptures (Genesis 1:1) and evidenced by His creation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). This one God has three personages: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and they are co-equal in deity, performing different yet harmonious offices (I John 5:7).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith without works (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is a gift to be received not a reward to be earned (Romans 6:23; 4:5). This salvation comes through Jesus Christ and is dependent upon the individual’s repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). Salvation was paid for by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and offered through the fullness of the gospel, which is Christ’s death for sinners, His burial and His resurrection from the dead according to the scriptures (I Corinthians 15:1,3-4). Thus, Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12). We believe this salvation to be a place of joy with God for all of eternity (Psalm 16:11).
We believe in the eternal security of the believer. Once an individual is born again, that birth cannot be undone. Once Jesus Christ has been received as one’s personal Saviour, that person has the promise that Jesus will never leave him nor forsake him (Hebrews 13:5). See also John 10:27-29 & Romans 8:35-39.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again in person to rapture those that have taken Him as their personal Savior (I Thessalonians 4:16-18). After this, the great tribulation period will take place on earth. At the end of the tribulation Jesus Christ will come back with His saints and set up His millennial kingdom on this earth (Revelation 19:11-20:4). After this 1000 year reign, the Great White Throne Judgment will commence (Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe in a literal hell of fire and torment where the lost will spend eternity (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:14-15).
The Local Church
We believe that believers should join themselves to a local Bible Believing New Testament Church. Here they can grow through the teaching and preaching of the word of God; here they can be edified by their fellowship with other like-minded believers; here they can serve the Lord both within the local church, without in the surrounding community and beyond. Here they can be educated in the area of worldwide missions; here they can interact with missionaries that come through the church on a regular basis; and, here they can strengthen their own personal walks with God. (See the whole New Testament). If you need to belong to such a church we invite you to visit with us and look into the ministry of Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church in Gates New York.