There is but one God, the maker, preserver and ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
The trinity is the essence of who God is. If one misinterprets the trinity that person’s theology will ultimately have at thier core bad doctrine. A definition of the trinity is God eternally existing in one essence as three persons, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
The Bible is God’s self-revelation to humanity and was written by individuals through divine inspiration. Because God is the ultimate author of Scripture, the Bible is free from error and totally true and trustworthy. The central purpose of Scripture is to show God’s saving purposes in Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:21)
The origin and original sin
Sin has not always existed and it is not something created by God. It is something allowed by God that through His providential will, will bring him Glory. Sin began in heaven with the rebellion of angels, specifically, the rebellion of one angel named Lucifer. In Isaiah 14:12-15, we see this angel try to set himself above the God that created him; therefore, we get the first sin, pride; and the Lord cast this angel out of heaven.
In the garden of Eden, everything the Lord made was good. God declared the animals, trees, plants and humans to be good. That means they existed without the corruption of sin. Lucifer, the one with whom sin originated, tempted Eve in the garden. Eve chose to sin and tempted her husband to sin, which he did. Adam sinned and, being the father of the whole human race, his sin is imputed to us all. As Romans 5:12-21 explains, it was from this point forward that everyone born on earth is born a sinner and an enemy of God. (See also Ephesians 2:1-10.)
The Depravity and universality of sin
The evidence that sin is universal is found in every human heart, for from the heart flows lies, murder, stealing, killing, and idol worship and the Lord through his omniscience knows every human heart (Genesis 6:5). If people examined themselves honestly, they could evaluate themselves and see evidence of these sins in their lives.
It is not that we are a little sinful; every area of our person is corrupted- mind, will, and emotion. This does not mean that a person is not sensitive to the matter of the conscience and it does not mean that all people are equally sinful. Most people do not engage in every form of sin and are not as bad as they could be; yet they are still corrupted in every part of their person. This means that man is in a hopeless condition and unable to save himself unless acted upon by one of the persons of the triune Godhead, the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:3).
The nature of sin
One cause of sin is an active, ignorant heart that is hard and causes a person to be unable to respond to God on his own, which then impairs the person’s judgment. Some characteristics of this is an unwillingness to obey God’s moral law and this is seen through rebellion, perversion and abominations.
The results of sin
The results of sin are devastating. The God of all creation looks upon us with divine disfavor due to the hate that He has toward sin (Proverbs 6:16-19). The result is, we are guilty of punishment that we brought upon ourselves due to our sins that have been committed against this Holy God. The only thing we have to look forward to apart from the grace of Christ is punishment and death physically, spiritually and eternally in hell.
Salvation address the problem of man
When reading the Bible and looking around at the world around you, anyone can see there is a major problem. We look around and see killing and suffering and something inside says it should not be that way. The problem is sin. Everyone is affected by it (Psalms 51:5). We are delivered from the womb in sin. There is nothing good in us. But our solution is found in Jesus, for He dealt with the problem (1 Peter 3:18). It is only through Him that we can be made righteous. It is through His sacrifice that He conquers humanity’s greatest problem, sin.
Salvation explains the plan of God
In the fall of mankind in the garden of Eden, man rebelled. Afterwards God put a plan in action to redeem His people from their rebellion. The theme through the whole bible is the theme of deliverance, from God delivering the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, to the deliverance of the whole human race (John 3:16-17).
Salvation starts in a point in time
There is a specific time that salvation comes into a believer’s life. I believe it is a simultaneous act of repentance and faith.
- Repentance – A brokenness over one’s rebellion against God; a person sees at the time of repentance that they have done nothing but sin against God their whole life and are grieved by this fact. In this broken state they turn from sin to God. After true repentance there will be in one’s life the fruit of repentance (Matthew 3:8).
- Faith – In order to receive the gift of salvation one must come to Christ with faith, so there is no boasting on what a person has done, but instead the believer looks humbly to the work of Christ on the Cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). Looking on this daily takes faith every morning when a believer wakes up and only God through His Holy Spirit can give this faith; yet at the same time, the person must believe in the Gospel with faith. “Faith is marked by whole hearted trust/commitment, and evidenced by obedience/good works.” – Pete Schemm
Salvation confirms and perfects
Once a person is saved to Christ, they are continually and on a daily bases being transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18). This brings liberty to walk in the power of the Spirit instead of the sinful nature. And every believer one day will be perfected in Christ because of the power of Him who made us. The work was started by Him and it will be completed by Him on the day of His return (Philippians 1:6).
THE LORD’S SUPPER
THE Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another; but rather is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ’s death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy scripture; but is offensive to the plain words of Scripture, spoils the nature of a Sacrament, and leads to superstitions.
The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is Faith.
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was not by Christ’s ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshiped.
WHAT THE ONE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST FINISHED UPON THE CROSS
THE Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY, GENDER IDENTITY, DIVORCE, ABORTION, COMPLIMENTARIAN
“We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our infallible guide” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Since the Holy Bible does speak to the nature of human beings and their sexuality, it is imperative that we correctly understand and articulate what the Bible teaches on these matters.
We are committed to the home and family as set forth in Holy Scripture. We believe God has ordained and created marriage to exist between one man and one woman, with absolute marital fidelity. The Bible sets forth specific home and family values, which include the distinct roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers and children. It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth.”
Based on Holy Scripture and the constant moral teaching of the universal Church we believe the following:
- Marriage — We define marriage as the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. God has ordained marriage and defined it as a covenant relationship, therefore we as well as SFOI staff and evangelists shall only recognize and participate in Biblical unions between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33).
- Sexual Immorality — We believe that sexual acts outside of conjugal marriage are prohibited as sinful. Consequently, GGM evangelists and volunteers must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage — including but not limited to adultery, fornication, incest, zoophilia, pornography, prostitution, masturbation, voyeurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, sodomy, polygamy, polyamory, sologamy, or same-sex sexual acts.
Sexual immorality is a perversion of divine standards and homosexuality is a violation of nature and natural affections. (Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5).
- Sexual Identity — We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, GGM evangelists and volunteers must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex —including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or nonbinary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
- Sexual Orientation — We believe that God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. Consequently, GGM evangelists and volunteers must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2).
- Sexual Redemption — We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, baptism, and faith in Jesus Christ. Consequently, GGM evangelists and Evangelist must welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who experience same-sex attractions or confess sexually immoral acts but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and conforming their behavior to our Statement of Faith. While God loves the sexually immoral and offers salvation, those who continue in an unbiblical lifestyle stand in violation of our Statement of Faith. (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-10, I Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16).
- Celibacy — We believe that Holy Scripture grants two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal “one flesh” marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy. Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them. Celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed within GGM. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2).
- Divorce — We believe divorce is prohibited by our God except in the case of adultery and when an unbelieving spouse desires to leave a believing spouse. (Matthew 5:32; I Corinthians 7:10-16). If someone is married and divorced prior to faith in Jesus Christ they are considered to be forgiven of their sins and are able to participate with GGM.
- Remarriage — We believe remarriage for Christians apart from divorce because of adultery or death of a spouse is prohibited. (Luke 16:18). If someone is divorced and remarried prior to salvation they are considered to have been forgiven of their sins and are able to participate with GGM.
- Complimentarian — We believe God established men to lead His church and their families, that women are the weaker sex and need the leadership of righteous men and that women’s primary ministry is to other women. (I Timothy 3:1-13; I Peter 3:7; Titus 2).
STATEMENT OF FAITH: ABORTION
- We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our inspired, infallible, and inerrant guide. (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Because Holy Scripture speaks to creation and human life, it is imperative that we correctly understand, articulate, and abide by what Holy Scripture teaches on this matter.
- We believe that God has created mankind in His image (Imago Dei) and that human life begins at fertilization. God, in his infinite sovereignty, uniquely formed human beings and gave them a special dignity, personal freedom, and individual accountability among all the works of creation. Human beings have been made for relationship with God and to be good and faithful stewards of creation. God created each person’s inmost being, knitting each person together in his mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13). As God’s individualized and personal creation, each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). God has ordained all the days of each person’s life and written them in His book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16).
Based on Holy Scripture and the constant moral teaching of the universal Church, we believe:
- From the moment of fertilization until natural death, every human life is sacred because every human life has been created by God, in His image and likeness.
- From the moment of fertilization, every human life must be recognized, respected, and protected as having the rights of a person and the inviolable right to life.
- The right to life and physical integrity of every unborn human life is inviolable — it is not a concession made by society or the state, but is instead inherent to the unborn human life by virtue of its creation in the image of God.
- Because human life begins at the moment of fertilization, it is against our religious and moral conviction to formally or materially cooperate in the termination of unborn human life.
- We are strongly committed to the preservation and defense of unborn human life, which compels our religious, moral, and ethical duty to defend unborn human life from destruction, whether by surgical abortion or use of drugs, devices, or services that have the intent, design, effect, or risk of terminating unborn human life or preventing its implantation and growth post-fertilization.
- The Church and all her ministers and ministries should publicly witness to society and to the state regarding the intrinsic, inherent, and inviolable dignity of all human life, from fertilization to natural death.
In standing against abortion, this organization incorporates by reference the following Holy Scriptures (NIV), which are cited in the statements, resolutions, commentaries, or doctrines of Christian denominations that are expressly and vocally opposed to abortion: Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Presbyterian Church in America, and Southern Baptist Convention.
Genesis 1:26-27 – Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 25:21-22 – Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
Exodus 20:13 – You shall not murder.
Psalm 22:9-10 – Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Psalm 139:13-16 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Isaiah 44:1-2 – This is what the Lord says: he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 49:5 – And now the Lord says—he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength.
Job 10:8-12 – Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 – The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Luke 1:39-45 – Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
 David Paul Washer Heart Cry Missions