||OUR DOCTRINAL STAND
※ Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus
(2 Tim 1:13).
※ . . . hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) (Heb 10:23).
The following is excerpt from our Church Constitution, Article 4 on Doctrine.
The doctrine of the Church shall be in accordance with that system commonly called the Reformed Faith, as expressed in the Confession of Faith as set forth by the historic Westminster Assembly together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, together with other Biblical doctrines that are not specifically stated in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
In abbreviated form, the chief tenets of the doctrine of the Church, apart from the Apostles Creed, shall be as follows:
We believe in the divine, verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the Supreme and final authority in faith and life;
We believe in one God existing in three co-equal and co-eternal Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man;
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but sinned through the fall of Adam, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word and deed;
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died a propitiatory and expiatory death as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified before God on the ground of His shed blood;
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His exaltation at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate;
We believe in the personal, visible, and premillennial return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to judge this world and bring peace to the nations;
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works, and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God;
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict and regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service;
We believe that Christ instituted the Sacrament of Baptism for believers and their children and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which sacraments shall be observed by His Church till He comes;
We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection, and eternal blessedness of the saved and in the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost; and
We believe in the real, spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood and the necessity of faithfully maintaining the purity of the church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God and the Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation from the apostasy of the day being spearheaded by the Ecumenical Movement (2 Cor 6:14-18; Rev 18:4).
OUR PRACTICE OF "BIBLICAL SEPARATION"
※. . . it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (1 Pet 1:16).
The following is an excerpt from our Church Constitution, Article 6 on ※Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation.
The doctrine of separation from sin unto God is a fundamental principle of the Bible. This separation is necessary to produce purity in all of life〞personal and ecclesiastical.
This doctrine arises out of the holiness of God. Both the purity and righteousness of God (Luke 1:75) are involved. ※Be ye holy; for I am holy (I Pet 1:16, 3:11, Exod 15:11, Isa 6:3, 2 Cor 7:1).
The Bible does speak of co-operation (※be of one mind, ※that they may be one, ※labourers together, ※keep the unity of the Spirit, ※Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord, also 1 Corinthians 12:25). However, biblical co-operation is based upon TRUTH. It involves the united effort of God's people. This is not a co-operation born of a spirit of undiscerning pluralism, or that of seeking ※truth in all religions.
We maintain that Scripture teaches a separation that is based on the holiness of God, producing purity in all of life, personal and ecclesiastical.
It is the duty of all the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ to make a clear testimony of their faith in Him, especially in these darkening days of apostasy in many professing churches, by which apostasy whole denominations in their official capacity, as well as individual churches, have been swept into a paganising stream of unbiblical modernism under various names and in varying degrees.
There has been a notable growth of autocratic domination on the part especially of modernistic leaders by whom the rightful powers of true churches are often usurped and are now being usurped.
The commands of God to His people to be separate from all unbelief and corruption are clear and positive: ※Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14; Matt 6:24; Rom 16:17; Gal 1; Eph 5:11; 2 Thess 3:6, 14; 2 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 3:10; 2 Pet 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1-3, 2 John 7-11; Jude 3, 20-23, and Rev 18:4). We beseech those believers who are part of any Christian churches, movements or organisations which are involved in compromise and error, to ※come out from among them (2 Cor 6:17), separate themselves unto the ※Father . . . the Lord Almighty (2 Cor 6:18), thus cleansing themselves, and ※perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor 7:1).
In loyalty to the revealed Word we, as an organised portion of the people of God, are obliged to reject and expose all forms of modernism, cultism, Romanism and false religions. Dialogue for the purpose of reaching a compromise between all true believers and representatives of such beliefs is impious, unbiblical and unfaithful to the holy God, as He has revealed Himself to us in His infallible, inerrant Word.
We are opposed to all efforts to obscure or wipe out the clear line of separation between these absolutes: truth and error, light and darkness (see Isa 5:20; 2 Cor 6:14-18). We refer to such efforts by Neo Evangelicals, Charismatic Christians, promoters of ecumenical co-operative evangelism and of the social gospel, and all churches and other movements and organisations that are aligned with or sympathetic to the Ecumenical Movement.
We are opposed to all attempts to introduce into the Church any of the unbiblical practices associated with the Charismatic Movement such as faith healing, miracles, signs and wonders, exorcism, tongues speaking, ecstatic utterances, prophecies, visions and dreams.
MAIN PRACTICES OF OUR CHURCH
The following is excerpt from our Church Constitution, Article 7 of Church Constitution "The main practices of the Church"
The observance of the Baptism of believers is by sprinkling, on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Infants of one or both the believing parents are to be baptised (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-42; 8:35-38; 10:44-48; 1 Cor 7:14).
Reaffirmation of Faith:
Baptised infants, upon coming of age in that they can satisfy the Board of Elders as to their faith, shall be received into communicant membership by reaffirmation of faith.
The Lord's Supper:
The remembrance of the Lord's death through the Lord's Supper shall be observed regularly, and normally all baptised believers (except baptised children of constituent members who have not been confirmed in their faith) whose conduct is consistent with their confession of their faith shall be received at the Lord's table (Luke 22:14-29; Acts 2:42, 46; 20:7; Rom 14:19; 15:7; 1 Cor 5:6-8; 11:23-26).
Fellowship and Discipleship:
Every member shall participate in fellowship, prayer and instruction with other believers and the exercise of spiritual gifts for the edification of the Church (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4:1-16; Heb 10:23-25; 1 Pet 4:7-11).
Evangelism and Missions:
The local Church in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, both as individual and collective witnesses, shall proclaim the Gospel to their families, neighbours, colleagues, friends, the nation as well as the regions beyond (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 2:9; 3:15).
Every member shall have the responsibility and privilege to contribute his gifts, talents, time and resources to the work of God and the extension of His Kingdom. It shall also be the responsibility and privilege of each member to tithe and contribute willingly, regularly and generously according to his ability as God enables (Rom 12:1-13; 1 Cor 6:19-20; 16:1-2; 2 Cor 8, 9).
The Church shall conduct a Christian education programme to build up the members on the most holy faith (Jude 20) through Sunday school, Bible study classes, Bible study groups, catechism classes, Christian publications, Gospel tracts and such other similar measures as the Church Session and /or Board of Elders may decide.
All members shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth. They shall meet regularly for the corporate worship of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and shall maintain family and personal devotions (Ps 27:4; Heb 10:24-25; Song 1:6; Ps 122:1; Ps 1:1-3). Believing parents shall endeavour to bring up their children in the fear of the Lord and to lead them into a saving knowledge of the Lord by regular instruction of the Word of God (Prov 22:6; Deut 6:4-9; Eph 5:21-33).
The church will solemnise marriages between born again believers. The groom must be a baptised believer and the bride either a baptised believer or a catechumen (2 Cor 6:14; Eph 5:21-33).
The normal practice of the B-P Church is to bury the dead. Christian funerals are to be conducted only for born again believers.