Our Statement of Faith

KBC Statement of Faith:

Since many have departed from the faith in these last days, and have fallen into doctrinal error, we hereby declare our belief in the following fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

Section 1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe in the literal, grammatical, and dispensational view of Bible interpretation. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13)

Section 2. God
a. We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14)

b. We believe God is spirit, from everlasting to everlasting the same, creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. (John 4:24; Luke 24:39; Galatians 3:6; Psalms 90:2, 139: 7-10, 147:5; James 1:17; Isaiah 44:24; Revelation 19:6; I John 3:20; Jeremiah 23:34)

Section 3. The Person and Work of Christ
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; II Philippians 2:5-8)

b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24, 25; I Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7)

c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, fulfilling the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2)

Section 4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16: 8-11; Romans 8:9; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14)

b. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18)

Section 5. The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, totally unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

Section 6. Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, 2: 8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19)

Section 7. The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; I Corinthians 2:6-16; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9)

Section 8. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 2:8-9; I John 5:10-13; I Peter 1:5)

b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s work which forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11-15; I John 5:10-13;)

Section 9. The Church
a. We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age. (Acts 2:41-42; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2)

b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

Section 10. Ordinances
We believe in the two church ordinances: Water Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, both for believers. (I Corinthians 1:14, 11:23-24; Acts 8:12, 35-37, 10:47, 48)

Section 11. Separation
We believe that all the saved should recognize that they belong to Christ and should be separated unto Him; that they should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful practices is commanded by God. (I Corinthians 6:9,20; Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:9; II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1,2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; James 4:4)

Section 12. Missions
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19, 20)

Section 13. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfection of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)

b. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; I John 5:14, 15)

Section 14. The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4: 2-11, 25:41; Job 1:6,7; Revelation 20:10)

Section 15. The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pretribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6)

Section 16. The Eternal State
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)

b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21)

c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; Jude 6, 7; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)

Section 17. Dispensationalism
We believe that the scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these – the age of law, the age of the church, and the age of the millennial kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in scripture. (John 1:17; I Corinthians 9:17; Hebrews 7:19; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10, 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24, 25; Revelation 20:2-6)

Section 18. Creation
We believe the Triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being -immediately and instantaneously in six literal days by the word of His mouth — the whole universe. (Genesis 1:1-27; Exodus 20:8-11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104:25,26; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:16, 17)

Section 19. Marriage and Family
a. We believe that marriage and family are sacred institutions ordained by the Lord God Himself from the very beginning of human history. Marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. Any other definition of marriage is contrary to the clear teachings of the Holy Bible and hence against the expressed will of God. Sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between a man and a woman within the love and bonds of marriage. We believe that attempts to alter one’s sex by surgery or appearance reflect a heart that does not submit to God’s good and sovereign right to determine our sex and thus are disapproved of and forbidden by God (Genesis 1:27; Jeremiah 1:5; I Corinthians 6:9)

b. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children, God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:20b-24; Psalms 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 6:20-22, 13:24, 22:6,15, 29:15,17; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; I Thessalonians 4:3-5; I Timothy 5:8,14; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7).