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Biblical Beliefs

The Mission Station - Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures The Tri-Unity of God God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit
Origin of the Universe Man's Sinful Nature Salvation Virgin Birth Devil or Satan
Eternal Security Sanctification Seperation Rapture of the Church Local Church
Ordinances Priesthood of Believers Judgment of All Men Missions Religious Liberty
Abortion Human Sexuality Civil Government The Ecumenical Movement Neo-Orthodoxy
Neo-Evangelicalism The Charismatic Movement Evangelics and Catholics Together Hyper-Calvinism KJV Onlyism

The Mission Station is an independent, fundamental, Bible-believing, Baptist organization, standing without apology for "the faith once delivered to the saints".
We are a local-church based ministry that operates under the oversite of Open Door Baptist Missions, a ministry of Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC,

Statement of Faith

The Psalmist David, king of Israel, wrote:

"The Heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1)

and the apostle Paul declared:

"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world
are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" (Romans 1:19, 20).

All creation gives unmistakable evidence that God is the Almighty Creator of the universe and ALL it contains.

All humanity is without excuse because of its fall in sin in Adam (Romans 5:12).

All come into this world lost, guilty and under the just condemnation of God. David at the direction of God wrote: "The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon
the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there
is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalm 14:1-3).

All creation shows God's power BUT it does not reveal His remedy for man's tragic lost condition. We must ask therefore whether He has given a
plan to man about how He would save fallen mankind? HAS GOD SPOKEN? Yes, He has. What God has spoken has been written in the Bible by
God's servants as He directed them. Peter put it this way: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:20, 21). The
apostle John wrote: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life
through his name." (John 20:31).

God promises in the Bible to us that: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how
shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings
of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:13-17).

Therefore, according to Jesus, the MISSION of His people is to: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:19,20).

The good news which God has given MUST be believed. Believing that there is a God or a Supreme Power, as even the creation proves, is not
sufficient to save anyone -- "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:19).

The Gospel in its most concise statement is that, "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
It is not simply believing the historical facts about Jesus Christ such as: His Virgin Birth, sinless life, moral teachings, death on a Roman Cross,
burial in a borrowed tomb, bodily resurrection on the third day and His ascending into the Heavens forty days later. The GOOD NEWS is that Jesus
Christ -- God the Son Who "became flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14) -- did all these things "FOR OUR SINS."

In order to become a child of God one "MUST BE BORN AGAIN" (John 3:7).

Keep in mind that you cannot save yourself. John points out in unmistakable terms that it is ONLY "But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
of man, but of God." (John 1:12, 13. See also Romans 9:15, 16).

Salvation is by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:1-10). All those who do not receive Jesus as their Savior "shall go away into everlasting
punishment:" in the "lake of fire" (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

Jesus is the ONLY Savior. Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6).

Finally Jesus promised to return to receive His people unto Himself (John 14:6). After His resurrection and forty day ministry among His followers,
and having BEEN SEEN by very many, we are told: "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud
received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9-11).


What We Believe

The Holy Scriptures

The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. The Cannonical Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament make up our ONLY infallible rule of faith and practice.
The text of the Scripture is without error or flaw in the original autographs, which have since been lost, but well preserved in the texts that we have today. The
words as well as the human instruments were inspired as they wrote under the power of the Holy Spirit. The King James version of the Bible is the current,
accepted text for public, unified reading. However, the New American Standard Bible, reflects a more accurate and literal translation of the manuscripts that exist
(II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21)

The Tri-Unity of God

God is Triune, and is therefore three eternal, co-equal, Divine persons in the Godhead. These three are one God.
(Exodus 20:2,3; Deuteronomy 6:4; 4:35; Psalms 9:7; Matthew 3:16,17; John 10:30; 14:26; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7; Revelation 4:11)

God the Father

God is the Father, and that God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is also the Father of all those who believe on and receive His Son, the Lord Jesus
Christ, as Savior.

God the Son - The Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ came into this world through the conception of the Holy Spirit, uniting in His Person a human nature without loss, or disruption of His Deity. Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, is one Person with a divine nature and a human nature. He is not a human person and a divine person, and therefore does not have dual

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God! He is the Third Person of the Godhead. The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy
Spirit also is a witness in and through the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit leads believers into all the truth of the Word of God as we rely on Him.
The Holy Spirit is the supernatural agent in regeneration. He baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ simultaneously with their new birth, and at the instant of
new birth, He indwells and seals the believers unto the day of redemption.

Origin of the Universe

The Genesis account of the Origins of the Universe is neither allegory or myth, but a literal and historical account. The universe and all that was created, were
created in a literal six, 24 hour days. The universe, along with the earth is very young, being only thousands of years old, and not billions. The flood of Noah's day
was universal, covering the entire globe, and that the majority of the geological column was laid down in this catastrophe and the rest from subsequent erosion
and catastrophes. Theistic Evolution, the Gap Theory, the Ruin and Reconstruction theory, the Day-Age theory, and any other theory that attempts to introduce
additional time into the Genesis Creation Week, deny the Inspiration of the Bible, and are merely man's pathetic attempts at compromise.
(Genesis 1,2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17)
Man's Depravity (Sinful Nature)
Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that by Adam's voluntary sin the original nature created by God was marred, resulting in alienation from
God and condemnation. Spiritual death was the immediate result of Adam's sin, with physical death becoming an inevitable future judgment. Adam's race
consequently inherited the sinful nature, the resultant alienation from God (spiritual death), and the judgment of physical death. Therefore, man is in a state of
depravity and utterly unable of himself to remedy his lost condition.
(Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 3:10-19,23; 5:12,19; 1:18,32; Ephesians 2:8,9, 2:1-3; Titus 3:5)

God's Remedy for Man's Depravity - Salvation

Salvation from man's depravity is accomplished solely by the substitutionary atonement of Christ's death on the Cross. Christ took upon Himself our sin, and
received in Himself the punishment required for our sin. Salvation is made free to all by the Gospel. This is accomplished apart from any human work.
(Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; Acts 15:11 Romans 3:24,25; Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 2:14; I John 4:10)

The Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, who was a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of
woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7;14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:18)

The Devil or Satan

We believe in the literal personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and ruler of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgement of an
eternal justice in the lake of fire.
(Matthew 4:11; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; I John 3:8; 5:18; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 20:10)

The Eternal Security of the Believer

Every true child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and cannot
lose his salvation.
However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement.
Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth, and guaranteed by God; fellowship, however, is dependent upon the obedience of the believer.
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which, however, clearly forbids the
use of Christian liberty as a license to sin
(Psalm 121:3; Matthew 6:20; 13:19-21; John 8:31-32; 10:28-29; 16:8; Romans 8:28,35-39; I Corinthians 3:11-17; 5:1-5; 11:30-32; Philippians 1:6; Colossians
1:21-23; Hebrews 1:14, 12:5-11; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:19)

We believe that sanctification is a setting apart unto God (Jn 17:17, 19). It consists of three steps in the believer's life:

Positional: Every believer, by his being "in Christ" and partaking of all He is, has a complete standing before God
(1 Cor. 1:2, 30, 6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14). This takes place in the believer's past, at the moment of salvation, and is simultaneous with justification and regeneration.

Progressive: Yet every believer, because he retains a sin nature, lives in a present state that is imperfect to the extent that he fails to appropriate the power of
the Holy Spirit by which to live the Christian life. Therefore, he is in need of a progressive sanctification by growing in grace unto spiritual maturity.
(2 Cor. 3:18, 7:1; Eph. 4:24; Heb. 12:10). This takes place in the believer's present.

Ultimate: Every believer will be fully and completely sanctified when he shall see the Lord and shall be like Him
(Rom. 8_29; Eph. 5:25-27; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Jn. 3:2) . This takes place in the believer's future and is referred to as glorification.

We believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a practice and that the separation principle runs through the entire Bible. We believe that true spiritual
fellowship is the result of common faith and practice. We believe there are several aspects of biblical separation.

Political Separation: the separation of the church and the state.

Personal Separation: the separation of the believer from sin in order to serve God
(Josh. 24:15; Rom. 12:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Tit. 3:10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17, 4:1; 2 Jn. 10-11).

Ecclesiastical Separation: the separation of the church from apostasy

(2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; 2 Tim. 4:2-4; 2 Jn. 10-11).

Familial Separation: the separation of the believer from an erring brother, when doctrinal or ethical compromise creeps into his life or ministry
(Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15).

The Rapture of the Church

We believe in "that blessed hope"; the personal, pre-tribulational, pre-millenial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when the Church will be
"gathered together unto Him."
(John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Thessalonians 2:1-13)
The Local Church
We believe that a local New Testament Church is an organized body of believers immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, having two offices
(Pastor and Deacons), congregationally in polity, autonomous in nature, and banded together for work, worship, the observance of the ordinances and the
worldwide proclamation of the gospel. We further believe in the church which is Christ's body, the spiritual organism consisting of all believers born-again after
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 6:5-6; 14:23; 15:22-23; 20:17-28; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 6:1-3; 11:2; 12:4,8-13; 16:1-2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11; 5:23-24;
Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:1-13 I Peter 5:1-3)

The Ordinances
We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord's Supper and are to be administered by the local church only; that Baptism, by
immersion, should be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death for our sins, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
and as a testimony to the world of that belief; and that the Lord's Supper should be partaken of by baptized believers to show forth Christ's death until He returns
to earth.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)

The Priesthood of Believers

We believe in the priesthood of all believers, Christ is our Great High Priest, and through Him every born again person has direct access into God's presence
without the need of a human mediator or priest. The believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures, guided by the Holy
(Hebrews 4:14-16; I Timothy 2:5; II Timothy 2:5; II Peter 1:20,21; Revelation 1:6)

The Judgment of All Men

We believe that everyone, saved and unsaved, shall face God in judgment. According to the Scriptures, the judgment of the saved will be separate from the
judgment of the unsaved. We believe that the Scriptures teach that these judgments are as follows:

Saved: Christians shall at this time be judged according to their works from the time they received Christ Jesus as their Savior until the time they stand before
Him in judgment. They shall be rewarded or they shall suffer loss according as their works shall be. This takes place at the judgment seat of Christ.
(I Corinthians 3:11-15; Ii Corinthians 5:10)

Unsaved: All unsaved shall at this time be judged according to their works and cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer forever according as their works shall be. This
is called the Great White Throne Judgment.
(Revelation 20:11-15)

We believe that it is the privilege and obligation of believers to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all
nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
(Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:46-48; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:19-20).

Religious Liberty
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it.
Church and State should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom
no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to
render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The
gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The
state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and
unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.

Regarding individual religious liberty, we believe in individual soul freedom. We believe individuals have the right to choose their own beliefs. We believe that
Christians are under compulsion by God to preach the gospel to all men, but that Christians are to endeavor to win men by persuasion through the power of the
gospel and the Holy Spirit, not through coercion of any kind
(Gen. 1:27, 2:7; Matt. 6:6-7, 24, 16:26, 22:21; Jn. 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Rom. 6:1-2, 13:1-7; Gal. 5:1, 13; Phil. 3:20; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Jam. 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:12-17, 3:11-
17, 4:12-19)

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified and unexcused taking of
human life and is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, the
“mental well-being” of the mother or the unborn child, or any other reason is acceptable according to the Word of God.

We also believe that, while Abortion is Murder, God does not give man (outside of government) the right to physically punish or harm those who perform murder.
The murder of a baby does not justify the murder of the Dr. who performs abortions. Or, the murder of a baby does not justify the willful destruction of private
property, even if it is against those who perform abortions. One wrong NEVER justifies another wrong. (Exodus. 21:22-23; Job 3:16; Psalm 139:14-16; Isaiah.
44:24; Jeremiah. 1:5; Luke 1:44)

Human Sexuality
We believe that God created intimate sexual activity as a beautiful expression of love between husband and wife. We believe also that ANY sexual activity outside
the marriage covenant between a husband and wife is declared to be sinful by the Word of God. We further believe that any form of homosexuality, bisexuality,
bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, or pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sexual intimacy.
(Genesis 2:24; Genesis 18:20; Genesis 26:8-10; Leviticus. 18:6-23; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-10; Hebrews 13:4)

Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for,
conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming
Prince of the kings of the earth.
(Exodus 18:21-22; 2 Samuel 23:3; Psalm 72:11; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19-20; 23:5; Romans 13:7; Philippians 2:10-11; Titus 3:1;
1 Peter 2:13-14,17)

The Ecumenical Movement

The ecumenical movement seeks the eventual union of all religions into one super church. This means that every church, religion or religious body participating in
the merger must compromise its beliefs in areas of faith and practice to conform to the will of the whole body. We are opposed to the World Council of Churches
and its affiliates as they are the leaders of this movement. We are opposed to the ecumenical movement and to any dialogue with these groups. We purpose to
stand true to the purity of the Scriptures, the deity of our Lord and the Christian Faith as outlined in the New Testament.
(I Corinthians 6: 11 -18)

Neo Orthodoxy is a subtle form of liberalism involving alteration of Biblical terms without strict adherence to the truth of the Scriptures. We oppose this
movement. We believe and teach that the Word of God is completely without error, and its authority does not depend upon its acceptance or rejection by man.
(Jude 3; Ephesians 5: 11)

New-Evangelicalism is a movement which seeks to modify the Word of God through the substitution of man's reason for God's Revelation, placing love above
sound doctrine as a basis for Christian fellowship, and advocating the rethinking of the fundamentals of the faith. We take a firm stand against New
Evangelicalism and that which promotes this position. (Colossians 2:8; I John 5:2,3)

The Charismatic Movement

The Charismatic Movement is a counterfeit of true Christianity and as the catalytic agent for a one-world church of antichrist; condemns it as subjective and
experience-oriented rather than objective and Christ-centered; we warn Bible-believers against charismatic ministries such as Pat Robertson and The 700 Club, the
PTL Club, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Jimmy Swaggart, LOGOS publishers, Melodyland School of Theology, the Full Gospel Businessmen's Organization, and the
Oral Roberts' ministries.

We consider the so-called laughing revival that is the rage in charismatic circles as a Satanic deception and a substitute for true revival in which there is
conviction, repentance, and confession of sin and a renewed emphasis on the might and majesty of Almighty God. We believe it to be further evidence of the
subjectivity and mysticism which permeates the charismatic movement and makes it a catalytic agent for the one-world church of the antichrist. This ecumenical
spirit is caused by an emphasis on a subjective experience that overshadows reliance on the objective Word of God. It is experience-centeredness causes the
movement to move more and more into a false mysticism and to live on the edge of an illuminism with its claims to direct divine revelation.

We further believe that the Gift of Tongues ceased with the Early Church, that they were current languages used at the time (not unintelligible babblings), and
that they were meant to show God's approval of the new church, rather than being a means of detecting ones religious status.
(Portions taken from FBF Resolutions)

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Evangelicals and Catholics Together is a movement led by Chuck Colson and Richard John Neuhaus to unite Evangelicals and Catholics as fellow Christians and co-
laborers in the gospel. The movement is motivated by a desire to downplay doctrine in order to join forces to fight the moral landslide in our society.

We believe that these movements are out of harmony with the Word of God, even though genuinely saved people may exist within them, and are to be the object
of reproof by biblically grounded Christians.

Hyper Calvinism
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, and, therefore, we do not embrace any position which
negates or eliminates human responsibility in either the proclamation or reception of the gospel message. We believe the saved are the foreknown of God, chosen
in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, and that God's sovereignty does not negate man's freedom and responsibility, so that all men are invited
genuinely to believe and be saved.

King James Onlyism

While we believe that the King James Version of the Bible is a wonderful translation that has been used mightily by God for over 300 years, we recognize the fact
that it is not the original autograph given by God to the writers of the scriptures, and thus not perfect. Those who have fallen prey to the devious plot of the Devil
to split Bible-Believing Christianity apart over this issue, rely on Historical tradition, rather than Biblical fact in holding to a 1611 King James Only infallible Bible.

The King James Bible currently in use bears little resemblance to the 1611 version, and has gone through over 100 years of additional editing. Just as God led
men to translate the King James Version, God has continued to touch men over the centuries to continually place the scriptures in the hands of the common
people. This was understood by the translators of the KJV themselves, and can be clearly seen in their Translators to the Readers. Just as the translators of the
KJV understood the need for a Bible in the language of the day, so to, we understand that there is a need for this to be done today. We do not speak King James
English today, "Doest Thou?"

We highly recommend the New American Standard Version of God's Word, as it is the most literally accurate (in the English language) of the versions available

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