believe all Scripture, Old and New Testament, is inspired by God.
This refers to the original autographs as written by the prophets
and apostles. Thus, the Bible is inerrant and without mistakes in
the original words. We believe all Scripture points to the Lord
Jesus Christ and reveals the mind of God to man, and the only way
of Salvation through Christ. The Scriptures also are the only
guide for our practical moral and spiritual instruction.
15:4; 1 Cor.
2 Tim. 3:16; 2
Interpretation of Scripture
in some ways, interpretation of Scripture would not be considered
'doctrine,' yet it is extremely important as to the
method that one approaches in the study of the Bible. In this
sense, interpretation becomes an essential doctrinal issue.
is the science of interpretation. There are evidences in both the
Old and New Testaments as to the method that Biblical truth is to
be interpreted. Conservative, normal, and literal hermeneutics
takes a very tried and true approach to understanding the Bible
that should include observation, interpretation, and application.
It would argue for but one sense or meaning for each passage of
Scripture. As well, normative hermeneutics leaves no room for a
new 'complementary hermeneutics' approach in the
popularly labeled system of Progressive Dispensationalism.
taking the Word of God literally, and at face value, in classical
hermeneutics there is room for poetry, figures of speech,
illustrations, types, and symbols. But these literary devices do
not take away from the foundational or normal interpretative
understanding of Biblical truth. Normal interpretation also
argues for progressive revelation, i.e., that the Holy Spirit
over a period of time revealed certain truths in a progressive
fashion. For example, the revelation of Jesus Christ starts in
Genesis but is not fully complete until the book of Revelation.
Literal interpretation is in opposition to allegorical
interpretation. Though the Apostle Paul in Galatians 'creates'
an allegory in order to make an isolated point or illustration
allegory as a system is but an unacceptable philosophical
approach to understanding the Word of God. It is clearly contrary
to proper Biblical interpretation.
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 the precise same nature, attributes, and
perfections and worthy of precisely the same honor, confidence,
Acts 5:3-4; 2
believe that according to the 'eternal purpose' of God
salvation in the divine reckoning is always 'by grace
through faith,' and rests upon the basis of the shed blood
of Christ. We believe that God has always been gracious,
regardless of the dispensation, but that man has not at all times
been under an administration or stewardship of grace as is true
in the present dispensation of the Church.
Col. 1:25; 1
Sovereignty of God
God is Absolute Sovereign over all creation and history, He is
not the author of sin. Yet in some mysterious way, His decrees
include all that takes place in the universe. God has a
'determined plan for the whole world' and no one can
alter His purposes (Isa. 14:26-27).
What He has planned that He will do (Isa. 46:11).
And, He 'works out everything in conformity with the purpose
of His will' (Eph. 1:11);
'Surely as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand' (Isa. 14:24).
also extends to the providence of God whereby He sustains all
creatures, giving them life and removing life as He pleases
In sovereignty, all things were created for the glory of God and
all things exist for Him (Rev. 4:11).
The sovereignty of God also extends to the doctrine of divine
election whereby those chosen by the council of the Lord's own
will, shall come to Him in faith (Jn. 6:37,
Eph. 1:3-18; 2
And yet, even though difficult to reconcile in human
understanding, the sovereignty of God does not remove the
responsibility of man (Habakkuk 1:6,
Fallen and Unfallen
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 as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his
unholy purposes, while others who fell are 'reserved in
everlasting chains under darkness until the judgment of the great
1 Tim. 3:6; 2
Pet. 2:4; Jude
Created and Fallen
believe that man was originally created in the image and after
the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin and as a
consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in
trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of
the devil. Paul adds that the lost are mentally blinded by Satan,
the god of this world, and that the truth of the gospel is veiled
from those who are destroying themselves (1 Cor. 4:3-4).
The Word of God makes it clear, there is no one who seeks after
God (Rom. 3:11).
So God has given mankind over to the lusts of the heart and to a
depraved mind (Rom. 1:24,
Apostle further argues that men who live to indulge the flesh and
the mind with lusts, are by nature the children of wrath, and in
life, walk after the course designed by Satan, the 'spirit'
presently working in the sons of disbelief (Eph. 2:2-3).
Theologically, this 'deadness' and darkness of mind and
heart along with all the sins that come forth, has been rightly
called Total Depravity (Rom 1:28).
Following the sin of Adam, man could only produce descendants who
would be sinners. Therefore all mankind is under the death
sentence and penalty of sin (Rom. 5:12-18)
and thus are all condemned. This doctrine is important because it
stands in opposition to the philosophy of humanism that is the
moral and spiritual scourge of modern man. Only through the
reconciliation of Christ, by His death, are human beings who are
enemies of God being saved (Rom. 5:10).
The result is that sinners are justified by Christ's blood, and
are rescued from the wrath of God.
First Advent of Christ
believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as preannounced
in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came
into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill
prophecy and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He
was born of the virgin, and received a human body and a sinless
believe that in fulfillment of prophecy He came first to Israel
as her Messiah-King, and, being rejected of that nation, He gave
His life as a ransom for all according to the eternal counsels of
believe that, according to the Scriptures, He arose from the dead
in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and
died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body
which ultimately will be given to all believers .
Salvation Only Through
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 attainment in morality however
high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other
ordinance 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
sons of God.
Extent Of Salvation
the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his
blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through
the yielding of his life more fully to God, he is, as soon as he
is saved, in possession of every spiritual blessing and
absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore, in no way
required by God to seek a so-called 'second blessing,'
'second work of grace,' or a 'second baptism.'
1:3; Col. 2:10;
1 John 4:17;
believe God keeps eternally all those He has elected and called
to salvation and that none are lost. God will, however, chasten
and correct His own in infinite love; but having undertaken to
save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit, He,
who cannot fail, will in the end present every one faultless in
Christ, and on His merits, before the presence of His glory and
conformed to the image of His Son.
1:3-17; 1 John
believe that believers can have eternal assurance that they are
the children of God and thus, are eternally kept. This assurance
gives confidence and helps the believer grow in inner peace and
believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the 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 of all power and all acceptable worship and
Eph. 2:22; 2
believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or
necessary sign of the baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit.
Rom. 8:23; 1
believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ
to those whom He has saved that they are sent forth by Him into
the world to make known Christ to the whole world.
Acts 1:8; 1 Pet
believe that 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.
14:1-3; 1 Cor.
Apostasy Of The Church
designating a specific time table, the Apostle Paul warns of a
'falling away' from the faith (2 Tim 4:1)
that will lead to a heeding of deceitful spirits and the
teachings of demons (1 Tim 4:2)
Paul simply says it will occur in the 'later times' and
produce hypocrisy and a searing of the conscience. This apostasy
will be religious and moral in nature (2 Tim 3:1-7)
and will happen prior to the rapture of the Church and before the
revelation of the son of destruction, the Antichrist (2 Thess.
further teaches that the seeds of apostasy are present in the
Church but they will also completely mature in the last days,
which he describes as 'difficult times' (2 Tim. 3:1).
Apostle Peter continues the theme of the apostasy that will come
upon the Church in the future (2 Pet. 2:1-2),
that is, during the 'last days' (2 Pet. 3:3)
when men will be mockers asking 'Where is the promise of His
coming?' (2 Pet. 3:4).
argue, as is true, that the apostasy is ever-present and not
simply a future departure from the Word of God. Yet, the Bible
still predicts a future religious phenomenon whereby the truth is
maligned and the righteous will be exploited by greed and false
words (2 Pet 2:2-3).
believe that the rapture of the church will be followed by the
fulfillment of Israel's seventieth week (Dan. 9:27;
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 (Mt. 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
Second Coming of Christ
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. The millennial age will follow, with Satan bound. Israel
will be restored to her own land and the Abrahamic Covenant will
be fulfilled by the consummation of its three divisions - Land
(Palestinian Covenant), Seed (Davidic Covenant), and Blessing
(New Covenant finally brought to complete fruition). The whole
world that survives will be brought to a complete knowledge of
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 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.
23:42; 2 Cor.
1:23; 2 Thess.
1:7-9; Jude 6
- 7; Rev.
believe that the Bible presents the fact that God has not always
dealt with mankind the same way in every age. According to
Biblical terminology these distinct periods are called
'administrations' in regard to the purpose of God or
'stewardships' concerning the responsibility of man as
originated from the New Testament usage of the Greek word,
oikonomia (Eph. 1:10;
We believe that classical or traditional dispensationalism is the
system that best represents the Biblical teaching on this matter.
Classical or traditional dispensationalism is distinguished by
consistent literal interpretation
clear distinction between Israel and
into account progressive revelation
the glory of God as the ultimate purpose of God in the world.
believe that corruptive influences have always been working
against the Church, the body of Christ. Along with
anti-moral forces, the SODT repudiates the man created
philosophies of secular humanism, materialism, evolution, and
feminism. This includes the influences of secular psychology.
While some truths may be imprinted into what man can observe,
basically, they are counter to the revealed truths of Scripture.
believes that much of what is commonly identified with the
'Church Growth' movement encourages, perhaps
unintentionally, dependence upon the flesh and worldly methods,
rather than means ordained by God. SODT acknowledges that, in this
age of grace, the Head of the Church has given His servants great
freedom to trust Him for creative strategies and methods as they
pursue by the Spirit the fulfillment of our Lord's mandate, the
Great Commission. However, SODT repudiates dependence on the flesh
and upon worldly strategies in all aspects of the Lord's work.
than a detestable lifestyle (Lev. 18:22;
homosexuality is hedonism which claims its own rights no matter
what the consequences. Some churches are confused and say, 'we
don't have to accept the practice but we must love the person.'
When men and women blatantly jeopardize the lives of others and
defiantly shake their fists at God and human authority, tolerance
reaches a limit. Though God detests every sin, those sins that
destroy human life, He moves against, giving them 'over to a
depraved mind, to do those things which are not right' (Rom.
homosexuals repent before God and ask for forgiveness, as found
only in Christ, they should be accepted and supported.
Christians must continue to fight against the socialization of
homosexuality in government and education. Believers must
also continue to witness about God's gracious ability through
Christ to rescue even from the most detestable of sins.
Cor. 6:9; 1
believe that in the body of Christ men and women stand
spiritually equal and constitute the Church universal. We
believe women have had and always will have their God-given gifts
and roles within this body. Accordingly, as the primary role of
believing men is to be husbands and fathers, so the primary role
of women is to be wives and mothers. But modern secular feminism
has destroyed the importance of these positions and blurred the
differences between men and women. The SODT encourages women to
have personal ministries. But the Scriptures are clear that male
leadership is called to the local church positions of deacon,
elder, and pastor-teacher. No amount of debate can water down
what the Bible says about the individual and distinct callings of
both sexes, in regard to gifts and positions. The SODT equally
encourages women to pursue diplomas but the role of
pastor-teacher is Biblically reserved for men.
2:1-8; 1 Cor.
Of God, Progressive Dispensationalism, Preterism
SODT repudiates the theories known as the “Openness of God”.
This theory proposes that God does not exhaustively know the
future, that He learns as He observes the unfolding of history,
and that He is 'open' to the free actions of His
creatures, altering His plans in response to the exercise of
their free agency and previously unknowable acts. This theory
violates both the omniscience of God and the fact that in
sovereignty, He has ordained all things. In fact, this theory may
be classified as heretical.
SODT repudiates the theories of Progressive Dispensationalism. The
central disturbing tenet in this view is that the Lord Jesus
Christ is now spiritually reigning on the throne of David in
heaven. The Scriptures do not teach this view. The Lord is seated
at the right hand of the Father presently in glory, but this is
not the prophesied Davidic rule that will take place in time and
history. Progressive Dispensationalism arises from a faulty,
inconsistent and complementary hermeneutic, and a misplaced
desire for rapprochement between Dispensational and Covenant
SODT repudiates the theories of Preterism. Preterism is an
eschatological viewpoint that places many or all Eschatological
events in the past, especially during the destruction of
Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Preterism, in it’s full or
“consistent” form asserts that Christ’s second
coming has already occurred, that the Scriptures do not speak of
any future eschatological events, and that we are now living in
the New Heavens and the New Earth. The SODT believes that the
Preterist view is exegetically unsupportable and represents a
compromise with Liberal Theology by downgrading the veracity of
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