What We Believe
At 4ourLord, we believe and assert that Jesus Christ is the Great I AM (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58 ESV). He is the Son of Man (Matthew 9:6 ESV); the Son of God (Matthew 16:16, John 6:69 ESV); the One and Only Son of the Father (John 3:16 ESV); and a member of the Trinity (a complex unity as there is only one God); Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19 ESV).
Jesus was fully God and fully man; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1–2, ESV) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, ESV) “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:18, ESV)
As stated above, Jesus came to earth as fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life as described by Peter, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth,” (1 Peter 2:22, ESV) and paid for our sins by his death on the Cross. As the Apostle Paul tells us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23, ESV). Through his crucifixion, we receive salvation, as Peter writes of Jesus, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV), and continuing to Paul, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)
Jesus was the Creator of all things, “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:3 ESV) The Apostle Paul tells us, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15–17, ESV)
We hold to Pentecostal / Charismatic doctrine, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Nicene Creed.
We are saved and receive eternal life through confessing and repenting of sin, and asking Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. Paul tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9, ESV) There is nothing we can do to earn eternity in heaven; by turning to Christ, we receive the gift of salvation.
In the Foundations of Pentecostal Theology (Duffield, G. P., & Van Cleave, N. M.), we see that “The Baptism with the Holy Ghost is a definite experience, subsequent to salvation, whereby the Third Person of the Godhead comes upon the believer to anoint and energize him for special service. This experience is designated, in the New Testament, as the Spirit “falling upon,” “coming upon,” or being “poured out upon” the yielded believer in a sudden and supernatural manner. (p. 307) This is not for Pentecostals only. “The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all, in all ages, who believe on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and are children of God through Him. It is intended to be the normal Divine provision for a fully adequate Christian work and witness, available to all believers of all stations, all times, all races, and all callings. (Duffield, G. P., & Van Cleave, N. M. (1983). Foundations of Pentecostal theology (pp. 312–313).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is generally evidenced by Speaking in Tongues, as it “the only phenomenon mentioned every time Scripture supplies details concerning the Baptism experience. Of the five instances in Acts which recount the experience of believers being baptized in the Spirit, three supply details. Speaking in tongues is the only one that occurs each time (Acts 2, 10, 19). In the Acts 10 account, tongues is specifically mentioned as proof that “the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues” (Acts 10:45, 46). The relationship between the phenomenon and the experience cannot be ignored. (‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’, accessed 12/07/2016, <www.ag.org>)
That said, I have not witnessed these gifts, but hold that they are Biblical and therefore available for all when and only when the Lord deems necessary. It is unfortunate that charlatans would fake these remarkable gifts to get attention or make money.
Feigned Spiritual Gifts
I cannot begin to enumerate how often and with a broken heart I have seen ‘healings’ that were not healings at all (people jumping out of wheelchairs and dancing across the stage but never available for a for a medical test), large groups of believers being ‘slain in the Spirit’; televangelists speaking on the importance of giving your ‘first fruits’ to the Lord – by sending THEM the offering; deceptive television pastors claiming that if you release the money in your hand, the Lord will release the money in His hand – a faith gift. It is no wonder that many Evangelical Church leaders come down hard on Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. What they see on television is a version of Christianity that is designed to take advantage of those in need. I am deeply saddened that these fraudulent ‘pastors’ claim to teach a true gospel; many falsely claim a relationship with Pentecostal or Charismatic organizations. Please don’t let the charlatans discourage your faith, they do not stand with us nor do they stand for the Lord. We hold that the gifts are available to those the Lord sees fit.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only–begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
It is the mission of 4ourLord ministries to provide cogent and factual arguments to those who are in doubt, to those that find themselves in the position to shine the light of Truth to a seeker, or to someone lost in a false religion or belief system. Through Apologetics, we will demonstrate that the Christian Faith is not blind faith, but an active faith that holds up to scrutiny. The Christian Faith is not a retreading of Ancient Egyptian mystery religions with a new twist. Nor is it a religion created by the Church for power. It is a Faith based on the Bible (which is accurate as we will see at a later date), and the historical accounts of Jesus Christ’s time on earth (by New Testament accounts as well as accounts outside the Bible – again we will cover this in another post).
It is our prayer that you will find this site useful, enlightening, and encouraging.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24–26, ESV)