Steve's Beliefs

Steve's Doctrinal Statement

  • I believe the Bible is the complete and inerrant Word of God, supernaturally-inspired as it is revealed in its original documents. It was, it is, and it will continue to be the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  • I believe there is one God. I believe He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal in power and glory, identical in their essential nature, and worthy of receiving the same honor, confidence, obedience and love.
  • I believe Jesus Christ was virgin-born, and that He is both true God and true Man. He died a substitutionary sacrificial death for the sins of the entire world and He physically rose from the dead.
  • I believe man was created innocent and pure, but He chose to sin. By sinning, he introduced corruption and he brought spiritual and physical death to himself and to the entire human race.
  • I believe no single or collective act(s) of obedience such as water baptism or taking the Lord’s Supper may be added to faith, or considered a part of faith, as a condition for receiving eternal life. Man brings nothing to the salvation transaction between God and man. It is simply the giving and receiving of a free gift by grace through faith.
  • I believe the Church is composed of all truly born-again people, and is the Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head. I believe the church began on the day of Pentecost and that all believers, whether Jew or Gentile, from that day to the time when Christ comes in the Rapture for His Church, are united by the Holy Spirit in this one Body.
  • I believe the blessed hope of the Church is the Rapture, the “catching up” of the saints to meet Jesus Christ in the air before the time of the Tribulation. This Tribulation is a seven-year period – the “time of Jacob’s trouble” - during which God, once again, gives special attention to the purging and restoration of Israel. I believe this terrible time of judgement will conclude with the physical, visible return of Jesus Christ to earth to subdue all His enemies and to set up His earthly kingdom, headquartered in Jerusalem, for one thousand years.
  • I believe that upon physical death the souls of those who have trusted fully in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence where they are conscious and able to interact in this blessed state. Upon Christ's coming for His Church in the Rapture, their bodies will be instantaneously raised in a glorified nature and will be reunited with their souls to be with Jesus Christ forever in glory, and transformed into His likeness.
  • I believe that all those who reject God's gracious offer of salvation in this life remain, after death, in conscious anguish until the Great White Throne judgment at the conclusion of the Millennium. At this point, their souls will be reunited with a body which is equipped to experience, without annihilation, the dreadful and eternal torments of the lake of fire apart from the presence of the Lord.
  • I believe in the personality and physicality of Satan, and that he and his fallen angels are doomed to eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Until such point, Satan is committed to overthrowing God’s prophetic plan, but he will not succeed.

I stand firmly and uncompromisingly on the Word of God and in its literal interpretation. I choose to steadfastly maintain a separation from any movement or appeal which seeks the organizational unity of all so-called “Christianity” - and ultimately of all religions.

Steve's Mission

My mission is to educate and equip believers in the fundamental tenants of the Christian faith, to exalt the Gospel of grace as it is revealed in the entirety of the Scriptures, and to accurately and clearly teach Bible prophecy through a literal hermeneutical approach.

To educate and equip believers in the fundamental tenants of the Christian faith:

  • My focus is directed to those who are of the Christian faith and who desire to learn, to grow, and to be challenged.
  • My method is expositional teaching which ensures important issues in the Word of God are dealt with forthrightly as God intended.
  • My style is dynamic and creative. Effective communication is important, whether it is through speaking or writing.

To exalt the Gospel of grace as it is revealed in the entirety of the Scriptures:

  • The Gospel is an important theme throughout the entirety of God’s Word. Its foundations were laid in the Old Testament, and the Gospel culminated in the New Testament in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  • The Gospel is the good news of salvation. We are saved because God is gracious in extending to us unmerited favor through faith.
  • Some portions of the Bible are direct with the message of the Gospel while others are not. Responsible exposition of God’s Word seeks to understand and accurately explain the divine intent of each portion.
To accurately and clearly teach Bible prophecy through a literal hermeneutical approach:
  • I believe in dispensationalism, and in its evident association with the evangelical fervor of the early church. Dispensationalism adheres to a literal interpretation of the Bible, particularly concerning the prophetic Scriptures. It also holds to the view that Israel is separate from the church in God’s divinely-ordained program.
  • Dispensational views abated around the 4th Century as heretical views like replacement theology emerged in the wake of allegorical interpretations of portions of God's Word. Classic dispensationalism was regained in the late 19th Century as an emphasis on literal interpretation was renewed, and it was once again associated with a surge in global missions.
  • As members of the Church, believers’ destinies are centered upon the “blessed hope” of Jesus Christ’s imminent return. This event is the Rapture, and no fulfillment of specific prophecy is necessary before it can take place, which is why Christians through all ages have lived in the expectation of this wonderful occasion.
  • A literal interpretation of God’s Word leads to a premillenial view (Jesus will physically return to the earth before the onset of the physical Millenial Kingdom which He will personally set up and rule over) and a pretribulational view (The Rapture will occur before the Tribulation begins).
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