21 September 2021

Nathan A. Hughes, Esq.

Soli Deo Gloria

What I Believe

Holy Scripture

The 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament make up the 66 holy, inspired and inherent Word of God. He used holy men to pen His word over a period of approximately 1,500 years (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:2). As the Bible is God-breathed every area of life is addressed in Scripture, therefore mankind will do well to read it, live it and be transformed by it. (Rom 12, Jam 1:22) I believe the Bible is the supreme authority for church doctrine and practice. There is no text that is divinely inspired beside the 66 books of the Protestant Bible.

Doctrine on God

God is the creator of everything (Gen 1:1, Col 1:16). At the beginning of time, God created everything in 6 literal days. The universe is less than 10,000 years old.  God spoke all things into existence (Heb 11:3) All that God created was good (Gen 1:31). The Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were present in the creation events (Gen 1:26) All of mankind is created in the image of God (Gen 1:26 – 27) All mankind are made of one blood (Acts 17:26, Gen 3:20) Therefore God created all mankind of every creed, tongue and nation. God created man first then woman (Gen 2:17-22).

Almighty God is the creator of the earth (Gen 1, John 1:3) God is sovereign (Rom 8:28-29) God is holy (Isa 6:3) God is unchanging, he never changes, he is the same today as He has always been. God is immutable (Heb 13:8, Jas 1:17) God is omnipotent, He is not limited in power (Jer 32:17, Rev19: 6) God is omnipresent, meaning He is always present (Ps 139:7-10, Job 6:9, Col 1:17) God is omniscient, He is all-knowing (Ps 139:1-2, Mat 10: 30) God is truth (Jer 10:10, John 14:6, John 17:17) God is Spirit (John 4:24) God is self-existent (John 5:26) He is outside of time (Isa 57:15) God is righteous (Ps 11:7) God is love (1 John 4: 8) God is perfect (Mat 5:48) God is faithful (1 Thess 5:24) God is merciful (Eph 2:4) God is gracious (2 Cor 12:89) God is triune, meaning God has revealed Himself in 3 divine persons. God, the Father, God, the Son and God, the Holy Ghost. (John 1:1, 1 Tim 3:16)

Doctrine on Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is both divine (God) and man (human). Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man (1 Tim 3:16) he is the sinless Son of God (1 Pet 2:22, 2 Cor 5:21, Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary (Gal 4:4, John 3:13) He left the glory of Heaven and took on the human form (1 Tim 3:16) He is Lord and Saviour to all who repent and believe in Him (Rom 10:9) he was crucified in the place of his elect (Rom 10:13) and paid the price of sin for His Church (1 Cor 6:20, 1 Pet 3:18). Christ also overcome sin and death by rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion (John 11:25, 1 Cor 15: 12-15) His resurrection was physical and bodily (Luke 24:39). The resurrection of Christ gives God’s children the power to live the Christian life (Phil 3:10) After His resurrection he ascended to Heaven (Mark 16:19) Christ is the intercessor for his people (Heb 7:25) Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5) Jesus Christ is now in Heaven preparing a place for His people (John 14:2). In the future Jesus Christ will return to earth as judge, this is known as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 

Doctrine of Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the divine Godhead (1 Cor 2:11) The Holy Spirit is omniscience (1 Cor 2:11) eternal (Heb 9:14) omnipresence (John 14:17) omnipotence (Zec 4:6) and holy (Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the author of divine revelation (2 Pet 1:21). The Holy Spirit dwells in a believer at the point of regeneration (Rom 8:9-11) Only a believer can rightly discern the Word of God (1 Cor 2:11-14, Eph 1:18).

Doctrine of the Fall of Man

When both Adam and Eve sinned, they brought sin and death into the world. As a result, God pronounced the punishment of death for sin. We are all born sinners. This means that we fall short of God’s standard of perfection (Rom 3:23) The law of God is written on the heart of every living soul (Rom 2:15) God is not responsible for sin, man is the author of sin (Job 34:10, Jam 1:13-15) The originates of sin is in the heart (Mat 15:19, Heb 3:12, Jer 17:9) All mankind is totally deprived (Ps 51:5, Tit 1: 15, Rom 3:10). Man must be drawn to God by God himself for salvation (Eph 2: 8-9, John 1:13, John 6:44) God does not always allow man to be as wicked and sinful as he can be. However wicked will wax worse (2 Tim 3:13) Sin is the only thing that separates mankind from God (1 John 1:6) the penalty for sin is death both physical (Rom 6:23) and spiritual. Spiritual punishment is an eternity in Hell. In Hell, the wicked are separated from God and under His just condemnation. God will cast Hell into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14).

Doctrine of Salvation

Salvation is only for those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Man does not have the ability to repent and believe, so God grants us the grace to believe (Eph 2: 8-9, Rom 3:24) A sinner is justified by faith alone without works (Rom 3: 28) God’s elects souls for salvation (Rom 8: 29, 1 Thess 2:14, 1 Tim 4:10). The elect sinners of God’s salvation were chosen before the foundation of the earth (Eph 1:4). This election is based on God’s will and his pleasure alone (Eph 1:7-14). Christ’s death on the cross was sufficient for all mankind but only efficient for those who truly repent and believe in Christ with a contrite heart (Rom 10:13). God regenerates the believer to new life (Eph 1:18, 2 Cor 5:17) All believers in the only Saviour Jesus Christ are declared righteous (Rom 5: 1) and thus freed from the penalty and condemnation of sin. Holiness and sanctification is the outworking of the Holy Ghost in the heart of a believer and the fruits thereof (Eph 4:24, Tit 3:5) The Christian grows in grace and becomes more conformed to the image of Christ as sin no longer controls them (Rom 6:12, 2 Pet 3:18) Sinless perfection is not possible on earth (1 John 1:8). Sinless perfection is only possible when a believer is taken from earth to the Kingdom of God (Rom 8:30, 1 Cor 15:51-52). True believers in Christ have an assurance of salvation from God (1 John 5:13). A believer can never lose their salvation (John 10: 27-30, 1 John 5:10-13).

Doctrine on The Church

The only legitimate Church is made up of sinners who have been redeemed by Christ. The true marks of a biblical Church are, correct preaching of God’s Word and the faithful declaration of the Gospel, the partaking of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the discipline of Church members, contending for the faith, encouraging evangelism and/or missions, the teaching and training of members, and complete submission to Christ (1 Tim. 3:13; Matt. 28:19; 16:19; 1 Cor. 11:24-26). A local Church should be governed by the elders and members (1 Tim.3:1-7).

I Affirm the Following

Presbyterianism, Amillennial, Creationism, Doctrines of Grace, Covenant theology, Evangelism, Social conservatism, Non-conformity, Pro-life, Modest apparel, Complementarianism, Protestantism, Trinity (Godhead), Original sin, Biblical Inerrancy, Canons of Dort, Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Westminster Confession of Faith, Westminster Catechism, and the use of the 1650 Psalter

I Reject the Following

Antinomianism, Annihilationism, Dispensationalism, Legalism, KJV onlyism, Roman Catholicism, Pantheism, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormonism, Materialism, Arminianism, Syncretism, Hyper-Calvinism, Paganism, Prosperity Gospel, and Universalism.

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