Beliefs

WLBC STATEMENT OF FAITH

Recognizing that no statement or confession of faith includes all the truth of the Scriptures, we do set forth the following as an abbreviated summary of the doctrinal position of this church:

We believe the Bible is the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given as our only rule of faith and practice (2 Tim 3:l6; 2 Pet 2:21).

We believe in one God revealed in Scripture as three distinct Persons:  The Father, Son, and Holy  Spirit, each of whom is to be honored  and worshipped equally as true God, (John 5:26; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the only unique Son, our great God and Savior; that without any essential change in His divine Person, became man by the miracle of virgin birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true man, one person with two natures; that as man, He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose again from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died; that as our great high priest He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our advocate and intercessor (John 3:16; Matt 1:23; Heb 4:15; 1 John 2:1).

We believe in the Holy Spirit who is the Third Person of the Triune God, the divine agent in nature, revelation and redemption; that He convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who believe, and teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God through Christ (Matt 28:19; John 14: 26).

We believe in the creation and fall of man:  that he was the direct creation of God, spirit and soul and body not in any sense the product of an animal ancestry, but made in the divine image; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race, who are universally sinful in both nature and practice, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation (Gen 1:26-28; Gen 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23).

We believe in salvation by grace through faith:  that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation includes the whole man, spirit and soul and body; and apart from Christ there is no possible salvation (Eph 2:8-9; 1 John 5:13).

We believe that all who are truly born again will live a faithful obedient life, not to earn or secure our salvation but as evidence of our salvation; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who have learned they are not under law but under grace, and who are thankful for the  infinite and undeserved grace and mercy of God (Rom. 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10).

We believe in the existence of Satan:  who originally was created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and sinful ambition rebelled against God; thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, the deceiver and god of this present world; that he was defeated and judged at the Cross, and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God and by the Blood of the Lamb (Is 14:13-14; 2 Cor 4:4; Rev 20:10).

We believe that Jesus is coming again:  He will come for His church; then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, afterward descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years, and finally as the Son Of David deliver up His Messianic Kingdom to God the Father in order that as the Eternal Son He may reign forever with the Father in the New Heaven and the New Earth (1 Thes 4:16-17; Rev 6-18;  Rev 21-22).

We believe in future life, resurrection and judgment:  that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until His second Coming, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body, at which time their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment which may issue in the loss of rewards, but not the loss of the soul; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the place of final and everlasting punishment  (2 Cor 5:8; 1 John 3:2; 2 Pet 2:9; Rev. 20:11-15).

We believe in the one true church:  the mystical body and bride of the Lord Jesus, which He began to build on the day of Pentecost, and will complete at his second coming; and into which all true believers of the present age are baptized immediately by the Holy Spirit; that all the various members of this one spiritual Body should assemble together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, united testimony, and the observances of the ordinances of our Lord; that the only Scriptural officers of the Church are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons; whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus (Eph 4:4; 1 Cor 12:12-13; Heb 10:25).

We believe in two Scriptural ordinances, baptism and communion: that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit, to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful testimony of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of  Church membership; that the Communion is the partaking of the bread and the cup by which believers commemorate together the love of Christ in His death, preceded always by solemn self-examination (Matt 28:19; Col 2:12; Matt 26:26-39; 1 Cor. 11:28).

We believe in the uniqueness of the lifestyle of the believer:  that since our citizenship is in heaven, as the children of God we should walk in keeping with our position, (Col 1:9-12).