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What We Believe
2.01 - 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 (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 14:26; 16:12-13).

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

2.03 - The Person and Work of Jesus 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 men (John 1:1-2, John 1:14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6, 7:14; 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 3:23-25; 1 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, He fulfills the offices of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; and
1 John 2:1-2).

2.04 - 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; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14). (b) We believe that He is the divine teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (1 John 2:20; 1 John 2:27; Ephesians 5:18).

2.05 - 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 himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

2.06 - Salvation
We believe that salvation is the free 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 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 3:16).

2.07 - Separation We believe that all the saved 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 pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

2.08 - The Second Advent of Christ We believe in the personal and visible return of Christ for His church  (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13).

2.09 - 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 the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and immediately 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; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). (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 for their sins (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).

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

2.11 - Other Beliefs of Specific Interest
(a) We believe that to add to, subtract from, twist, or change the Bible, or to intentionally take the words of the Bible out of context for man's own purposes is an act of heresy, and that those who do such things are heretics and not true believers. (b) We believe that everything in the Bible is absolute truth and relevant to our lives today, tomorrow, and forever. (c) We believe that the redemption of our sins took place at the point of Jesus' death on the cross. (d) We believe that while man was created by God, and in the image of God, man is not God, and cannot become God. (e) We believe that faith is simply the complete trust and firm belief in God, who cannot be physically perceived, but is very much alive and active in the spiritual life of each of His followers. Faith is a belief, not a force, and has no power to create or to change the mind or actions of God. (f) We believe that the Holy Bible consists of exactly 66 books, 39 from the Old Testament, and 27 from the New Testament.

2.12 - Extent of Our Faith
The foregoing statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith provides a true representation of the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all persons serving or served by the Corporation.

HOW CAN I KNOW FOR SURE THAT I
WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN? The only way to know for sure is by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us why we need Jesus and how to receive the gift of salvation. Each one of us has sinned and disobeyed God's commandments in one way or another.  No one is perfect.

 (Romans 3:23) The penalty for sin is death.  Our sins condemn us to hell, but eternal life is a free gift from God.

 (Romans 6:23) We cannot make up for our sins by doing good deeds.  We cannot get to heaven by being better than other people.

Ephesians 2:8-9) God doesn't want you to go to hell.

 (2 Peter 3:9)  He loves you so much He sent his only son to die in your place.

 (John 3:16) We deserve the death penalty, but because of His love for you, Jesus took your place and died for you.  He paid the death penalty for your sins.

 (Romans 5:8) If you declare that Jesus is your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved from hell.

 (Romans 10:9-10) God promises that once we believe that Jesus died in our place for our sins we can know for sure that we have eternal life, and this eternal life can never be lost. 


(John 10:28) PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST
AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR: Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that I need to have a saving relationship with your son Jesus.  I confess my sins and repent from them, and I ask you to forgive me for those sins.  Jesus, I believe that you died in my place for my sins and then rose from the dead in victory over sin.  I ask to be saved and I want you to be Lord (take ownership) of my life.  Thank you Jesus for loving me.  Amen.


WHAT NEXT????? Welcome to the family of God!!! We would like to pray for you and send you some materials that will help you grow in your new faith.

Please write to us at: Heralds of the Cross M/M; P.O. Box 95514, Palatine, IL 60095-0514,  or E-mail us at
Heralds@heraldsofthecross.org. We look forward to hearing from you!!  

Scripture Verses in the
New Living Translation:
Romans 3:23:  For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.
Romans 6:23:  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9:  God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Romans 5:8:  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 10:9-10:  For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Romans 10:13:  For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
John 10:28:  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me.