Tuesday, December 12Spiritual Warfare and Other Cool Bible Stuff

Statement of Faith

Below you will find a very detailed and itemized statement of faith. My goal is to be as transparent as possible about what I believe so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you would like to subscribe to any of my sites or listen to what I have to say. In an ongoing effort to ensure that my beliefs are clear, I may update this page from time to time with new information. All sites within The Awakening Network share the same statement of faith. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below.

The Bible

I believe the Bible is the word of God and that the original manuscripts are free from error and contradictions. I believe the Bible is truth (John 17:17).

Bible Versions

I use the KJV for a vast majority of my studies. However, I do occasionally reference other versions, because I do not have a “KJV only” policy. The original manuscripts were not handed down by God in English, therefore I believe it is our responsibility to look past the English versions and study the Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin versions as well.

The idea that the original versions are no longer needed is the same false doctrine that the Catholic Church taught before Protestants broke away. Many people attempt to use the Bible for manipulation and referencing the original versions can quickly put an end to that.

Be very cautious if you find any teacher with a “KJV Only” position. They usually have some sort of twisted doctrine that would fall apart without it.

God (The Father)

I believe that there is one God (Isaiah 45:6) and that He created the heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1). I believe that he is all knowing and all powerful (Isaiah 46:10).

Jesus (The Son)

I believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Mark 1:1). I also believe that He is God in the flesh and that He died and rose again the third day (Romans 14:9). I believe that He was present and participated in creation (John 1:1).

I’m aware that there is some debate over the name “Jesus”, and many correctly point out that there was no “J” in Hebrew. Because of that, I’ll more often than not refer to Jesus as Christ. It’s just a personal preference of mine, but I do not discourage anyone from using the name Jesus because I do not believe that God is bound by language.

Holy Spirit – Holy Ghost

I believe that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter sent by Jesus after He ascended into heaven (John 14:26). I also believe that the Holy Spirit lives within us once we are saved (John 14:16).

I believe that the Holy spirit is God because blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Mark 3:29). It is only possible to blaspheme God. Therefore, the Holy Spirit = God.

The Trinity

I believe that God (The Father), Jesus (The Son), and The Holy Spirit are three distinct manifestations / offices / embodiments / persons of God, but that they three are all one (1 John 5:7).

I’m also aware that the exact word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible. However, it is a word that describes the concept that appears in 1 John 5:7.

Salvation By Grace

I believe that if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus was raised form the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9).

Race Based Salvation

I reject the idea that race and ethnicity play a role in salvation. While I do teach that the true Israelites in the Bible were and are black, it has nothing to do with salvation by grace alone.

Works and Salvation

While I do believe that works are important in the general sense (James 2:26), I do not believe in salvation by works. It is a concept contradictory to scripture (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Angels In The Bible

I believe that some angels are servants of God, but the devil and his angels chose to rebel against the creator, and are now fallen (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Demons In The Bible

I do not believe that angels and demons are the same being, because there are no Bible verses that link them as one and the same.

Suggested Reading

Bible Prophecy

I believe that prophecy is a result of people being moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). However, I do not endorse any modern day prophets and I encourage you to test their spirit before you endorse or follow them (1 John 4:1).

Futurism

I believe that many prophecies have been fulfilled, but there are many more yet to come. While I do not adhere to all of the conclusions of the futurist beliefs, I do not believe God has fulfilled all prophecies in scripture.

The Rapture

I’m aware of all 4 teachings on the Rapture, but I do not adhere to any of them. I do believe that there will be a Rapture, but the timing of that event is of no importance as far as salvation and sharing the Gospel is concerned. The imminence of Christ’s return is not the sole reason for urgency to share the Gospel. Death is just as, if not more imminent than the Rapture, and should give anyone reason enough to preach the Gospel.

I’m also aware that the word “rapture” does not appear in the English version, but it does appear in the Vulgata Sacre, dating back to 321 A.D. The English word “rapture” is a variation of the Latin word “rapturo” or “rapimeur” which means to be “caught up”. The Greek variation of the word is “harpazo”, which means to be forcefully snatched away. This concept can be found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Negroes and Israel

I believe that true Israel was enslaved and scattered among the nations (Luke 21:24). Although I hold the belief that black people in the Americas are the true descendants of Israel, I am not associated with any Black Hebrew Israelite camp or doctrine. My belief is based solely on Biblical and historical evidence.

Ashkenazi and Israel

I do not believe that Ashkenzi Jews are Hebrew by birth. The reason for this is that Ashkenaz is linked to the lineage of Japheth in the Bible.

Khazars and Israel

History shows that the Khazars converted to Judaism in the 8th century A.D. but are not Hebrews by birth. This belief is based solely on historical evidence.

Suggested Reading

The Book of Enoch

From time to time I will reference portions of the Book of Enoch for historical and cultural perspectives only. I do not acknowledge it as scripture.

The Book of Jubilees – The Little Genesis

I reference this book in the same manner as the Book of Enoch. I do not hold this book to be scripture, but I do believe that it provides a good historical and cultural perspective.

Prosperity Gospel

I believe this is the biggest scam on earth in the way that it is taught. I believe that God will bless those that give for the right reasons, but when people like Mike Murdock start talking about sowing $1,000 seeds into his ministry, that’s just BS. Sorry to be frank, but that’s just what it is.

Replacement Theology

I do not believe in replacement theology at all. This rumor was started by Georgia Johnson, a follower of the false Serpent Seed doctrine. I believe that Israel is Israel and the Church is the Church.

Serpent Seed

I do not believe in this doctrine because it teaches that Eve as an adulterer and Adam engaged in a homosexual act with Satan. It is a blatant contradiction of Genesis 4:1 and puts outside sources on high spiritual ground than actual scripture.

Suggested Reading

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