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Distinctives

Distinctives

Where does Faith Bible Church stand on some of the controversial issues of our times?

Biblical Interpretation
We believe that the goal of the Biblical interpreter is to discover what the text of Scripture meant in the mind of its original author for his intended audience. The means of accomplishing this is by applying a grammatical-historical approach to interpretation. By grammatical-historical we mean the customary, socially-acknowledged meaning of a word or phrase within its context. The Bible uses figurative and poetic language, and these portions should be interpreted accordingly. However, we reject any attempt to allegorize or spiritualize Scripture which is not so intended.

 

The Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe that God has provided us, in the Scripture, everything necessary to nurture and sustain spiritual life. 1 That means we are committed to teaching and to counseling directly and exclusively from the Word of God. 2 We do not believe that secular psychology has any legitimate role in the sanctification of the believer.
Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3
Ps. 19:7; 119:9,11; John 15:3; 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 5:14; 2 Tim. 4:2; James 1:21

 

A Changed Life
We believe that all those whom God has genuinely saved by grace through faith alone are new creatures in Christ, and 1) will demonstrate that new life by submission to Christ and obedience to God's Word; 2) all Christians still sin; 3) sometimes they sin horribly, and sometimes for extended periods without repentance; but 4) a decreasing pattern of sin and an increasing pattern of holiness will characterize every Christian's life.
John 3:3; Rom. 6:4; 2 Cor. 5:17
Matt. 7:21; Luke 6:46-49; Rom. 10:9-10
James 3:2; 1 John 1:8-10
2 Sam. 11:26-12:15
John 15:1-11; Gal. 5:19-25; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:4-10

 

Temporary Spiritual Gifts
1) We believe that the miraculous sign gifts, including the gift of tongues (always the ability to speak in a previously unlearned, known language), along with the gift of healings, were temporal gifts, given by the Holy Spirit to validate both the apostles and their message before the close of the canon of Scripture and to establish the early church. 2) We do not believe that these are active gifts today. We believe that ecstatic outbursts and private prayer languages share nothing in common with the New Testament gift of tongues, and that they are patently unbiblical.

Acts 2:4-12; 8:15-17; 10:44-46; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 13:8-10.
Acts 14:3; 1 Cor. 14:22; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4
Acts 2:4-12; 1 Cor. 14:5, 13, 27

 

The Role of Women
We believe that both men and women bear the image of God and that those in Christ enjoy equal spiritual standing before God. 1) Scripture also teaches that God has assigned different roles and responsibilities to men and women. In the home, the husband is to be the gracious, loving head, and the wife is to submit to her husband's leadership. 2) God has provided equally clear roles in the church. While there are many ways women can serve, we believe that Scripture forbids women from teaching and leading men, or in any way exercising authority over men in the context of the church.
Gen. 1:27; 5:1-2; Gal. 3:28
Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Cor. 14:34-35; 1 Tim. 2:9-12; 3:1-2, 5

 

Creation
We believe Genesis is a straightforward, literal presentation of the historical events it describes. We teach, therefore, that God created everything in six literal twenty-four hour days. We reject every form of theistic evolution.
Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; Ex. 31:17
Isaiah 44:24; 45:18; John 1:3; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16

 

Human Sexuality
We believe that God created mankind in His own image. 1 In two separate acts, He created only two distinct genders: male and female. 2) The genders of Adam and Eve were established by God and defined by their physiological sex at creation. 3) Subsequent to creation, God determines the gender of all other humans by their physiological sex at the time of birth. 4) Thus, all attempts to redefine human sexuality beyond the physiological male-female distinction (whether framed biologically or culturally) and all attempts to change one’s birth gender are sinful rebellion against our Creator. As our Creator, God stipulates in His Word that the only legitimate and acceptable sexual desires and sexual acts are those between a man and a woman within the context of marriage.
Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9
Gen. 1:27; 5.1-2; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6
Gen. 1:27; 2:7, 22
Gen. 18:10; Lev. 12:2, 5, 7
Gen. 2:24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Matt. 5:28; 19:4-6; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 7:1-5; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; 1 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 13:4

 

Marriage
We believe marriage is a gift of God’s common grace to all mankind as a fundamental building block of society. 1) As the architect of marriage, God alone retains the right to define its constructs and guidelines, and He has done so in His Word. 2) In accordance with Scripture, we teach that God’s design for marriage is a public, formal, and official covenant between one male and one female. 3) God designed the marriage covenant to be a life-long bond, with divorce permitted only in the case of unrepentant sexual sin or desertion by an unbeliever. 5) Although sexual sins of thought are not justification for divorce, all sexual immorality, both thoughts and behavior, must be taken seriously as a transgression against God. 6) God intends that the union between two believers be a loving illustration of the relationship between Christ and His church, when carried out in obedience to the Bible and through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
Gen. 1:28; 2:18, 24; Ps. 127:3; Prov. 18:22; 31:10-11; Heb. 13:4
Gen. 2:18-24
Gen. 2:24; Prov. 2:17; Ezek. 16:8-14; Mal. 2:14
In keeping with the spirit of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, we urge reconciliation in most cases in the event of an unfaithful spouse who demonstrates sincere biblical repentance (cf. Hosea 1-3; 11; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13).
Mal. 2:16; Matt. 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; 1 Cor. 7:12-16, 24
Job 31:1; Matt. 5:28; 15:19; James 1:14-15
Eph. 5:18-33; 2 Cor. 6:14; 1 Peter 3:7