In our Reformed Calvinistic stand, we affirm the following:
- We believe in the Divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Bible, God's infallible Word.
- We believe in one God existing in three coequal eternal Persons - God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the 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 fully God and fully 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 grounds 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, bodily 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 again.
- We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection, and eternal blessedness of the saved and the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost.
- 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 principles and practice of biblical separation from the apostasy.
BAPTISM: 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 (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-42; 8:35-38; 10:44-48; 1 Corinthians 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 reaffirmed 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; Romans 14:19, 15:7; 1 Corinthians 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 (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 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 (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9, 3:15).
STEWARDSHIP: 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 (Malachi 3:10; Romans 12:1-13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8, 9).
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The Church shall conduct a Christian Education programme to build up the members in 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.
WORSHIP: All members shall meet regularly for the public worship of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and shall maintain family and personal devotions (Psalms 27:4; Hebrews 10:24-25; Song of Solomon 1:6; Psalm 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 (Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:4)
WEDDINGS: The solemnisation of marriages is between born again believers (consisting of one man and one woman). The groom must be a baptised believer and the bride either a baptised believer or a catechumen (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:21-33).
FUNERALS: The normal practice of the Church is to bury the dead. Christian funeral is to be conducted only for born-again believers.
PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF BIBLE SEPERATION
The doctrine of separation from sin unto God is a fundamental principle of the Bible, one grievously ignored in the Church today.
- 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.” (1 Peter 1:16, also 3:11; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; 2 Corinthians 7:1)
- The Bible does speak of co-operation (“be of one mind”, “that they may all 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 true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ 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 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 Corinthians 6:14; see also Matthew 6:24; Romans 16:17; Galatians 1; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 3:10; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; Jude 3, 20-24; and Revelation 18:4). We reach out to those who are part of any human system which involves compromising with error, and who thus ought to “come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:17), separate themselves unto the “Father ... the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18), thus “cleansing themselves” and perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
- In loyalty to the revealed Word we, as an organised portion of the people of God, are obliged to oppose all forms of modernism, cultism, Romanism, and false religions. Dialogue for the purpose of reaching a compromise between all true Bible believers and representatives of such beliefs is impious, unbiblical, treasonous 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 Isaiah 5:20, 2 Cor 6:14-18. We refer to such efforts by New Evangelicals, Charismatic Christians, promoters of ecumenical cooperative evangelism and of the social gospel, and all churches and other movements and organisations that are aligned with or sympathetic to the Ecumenical Movement.
PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT
The Church, in setting forth the form of government which it maintains as being founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God, reiterates, by way of introduction, several cardinal principles which are basic to and regulative of its form of church government.
- "God alone is Lord of the conscience" and "hash left it free from the doctrine and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to His Word, or beside it in matters of faith or worship." Therefore we consider the rights of private judgement, in all matters that respect religion, as universal and inalienable. We do not even wish to see any religious institution aided by the civil power further than may be necessary for protection and security and, at the same time, be equal and common to all others.
- In perfect consistency with the above principle of common right, every Christian Church, or union or association of Christian churches is entitled to declare the terms of admission into its communion and the qualifications of its ministers and members, as well as the whole system of its internal government which Christ has appointed. In the exercise of this right it may, notwithstanding, err in making the terms of communion either too lax or too narrow; yet, even in this case, it does not infringe upon the liberty or the rights of others, but only makes an improper use of its own liberty and rights.
- Our blessed Saviour, for the edification of the visible Church, which is His body, appointed officers, not only to preach the Gospel and administer the Sacraments but also to exercise discipline for the preservation both of truth and duty; it is incumbent upon these officers and upon the whole Church, in whose name they act, to censure or cast out the erroneous and scandalous, observing in all cases the rules contained in the Word of God
- Truth leads to goodness; the great touchstone of truth is its tendency to promote holiness; according to our Saviour's rule, "by their fruits ye shall know them." No opinion can be either more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon a level and represents it as of no consequence what a man's opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty; otherwise it would be of no consequence either to discover truth or to embrace it.
- Under the conviction of the above principle, we think it necessary to make effectual provision that all who are admitted as teachers be sound in the faith. We also believe that there are truths and forms with respect to which men of good character and principles may differ. And in all these we think it the duty both of private Christians and societies to exercise mutual forbearance toward each other.
- Though the character, qualifications, and authority of church officers are laid down in the Holy Scriptures, as well as the proper method of their investiture and institution, yet the election of persons to the exercise of this authority, in any particular society, is in that society.
- All church power, whether exercised by the body in general or in the way of representation by delegated authority, is only ministerial and declarative; that is to say, the Holy Scriptures are the only rule of faith and conduct; no church court ought to pretend to make laws to bind the conscience in virtue of its own authority; all its decisions should be founded upon the revealed will of God. Now though it will be easily admitted, that all synods and councils may err through the frailty inseparable from humanity, yet, there is much greater danger from the usurped claim of making laws than from the right of judging upon laws already made and common to all who profess the gospel, although this right, as necessity requires in the present state, be lodged with fallible men.
- If the preceding Scriptural and rational principles are steadfastly adhered to, the vigour and strictness of its discipline will contribute to the glory and happiness of any church. Since ecclesiastical discipline must be purely moral or spiritual in its object and not accompanied by any civil effects, it can derive no force whatever but from its own justice, the approbation of an impartial public, and the countenance and blessing of the great Head of the Church universal.