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Statement of Faith and Doctrine

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1. Shepherd's Voice is not affiliated with ANY CHURCH DENOMINATION OR MOVEMENT. I am independant and non-denomination, though my original affliiation and training was Assemblies of God.

2. We believe that there is one God. We believe that He has revealed Himself to man through His Son, Jesus and that He continues to reveal Himself through the Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the Trinity, the three persons which make up the "Godhead". Those three persons consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three persons but still one God. The full understanding of this trinity is a mystery, yet God has shown Himself in all creation, wherein we see a pattern of the trinity. Man is a trinity. Space is a trinity. Time is a trinity. Matter is a trinity.

4. We believe in the Fall of Man and that all are born in "trespasses and sin" as sons of Adam.

5. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Second member of the Trinity.

6. We believe in the Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. We believe that Jesus was both fully God and fully man as He walked in the earth, Emmanuel, God with us.

8. We believe in His Sinless life and Atoning Work on the Cross, shedding His blood for our sins.

9. We believe that we are saved totally and completely by "Grace through Faith" in the finished works of Calvary. There is no other way to salvation and no means of earning or deserving salvation, for "all our righteousness is filthy rags" before God.

10. We Believe in the Bodily Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Assencion into Heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father.

11. We Believe that Jesus will come again for His body, the Church, as He promised after which we will spend eternity with Him.

12. We believe the only way into the kingdom of God is by being "Born again" of the water and spirit according to John 3:5. We do not believe in Baptismal Regeneration as the Church of Christ. We do not believe that you are saved by being baptized. If you are baptised as a sinner, you come up a wet sinner and still not saved. Salvation is by personal faith in the finished work of Calvary and professing your faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

13 We believe that Jesus did not just come to save men from their sin and ultimately from hell, but to save them from the power and work of sin and Satan in this life, and that we might have eternal fellowship with Him, beginning in this life. Jesus came to destroy the power and work of Satan in our lives and set us free from all sin and bondage and bring us into the liberty and freedom He alone gives.

14. We believe that all those who do not trust in Christ for their salvation and surrender their lives to His Lordship will spend eternity in a literal Devil's Hell.

15. We Believe that all men will be resurrected, some to eternal life and the others to eternal damnation. That God will reward all men according to their works and deeds.

16. We believe in living a holy separated life because we are in this world, but not of this world. We believe that we are now citizens of the kingdom of God. This kingdom is an invisible kingdom for Jesus said the 'kingdom of God cometh not with observation", the "My kingdom is not of this world" and "The kingdom of God is within you."

17. We do not believe in the Ecumenical Movement nor do we believe that the Roman Catholic Church, out of which the Ecumenical movement was begun, to be of God or True Christianity. There are articles that deal with these things on the Ecumenical and Roman Catholic page listing.

18. We believe in the Full Gospel and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as a separate experience from that of being "Born Again" of the Spirit. We believe that the power and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for us today. We believe in the Old time Pentecost (but not the Ecumenical movement of the Catholic Church). The Doctrine of the Apostles and the Faith once delivered to the saints cannot be compromised if the church is to fulfill it's mission as "the pillar and ground (or support) of the truth" according to 1Timothy 3:15.

19. We do not believe that "Speaking in Tongues" is necessary for salvation or that if you do not speak in tongues that you are not saved. This is also not scriptural. We do not believe that all who speak in tongues are of God, for people by demons can also 'speak in tongues' because Satan, though not an originator or creator, can imitate or counterfeit the things of God, including false gifts of the spirit, false miracles, etc. So as speaking in tongues is not necessary for salvation, by itself, it is also not a proof of salvation. Jesus told us that you will know the tree by the fruit it produces. Also we are told that we must have a discernment of spirits to know which spirit is of God and which is not of God. But we do believe that 'speaking in tongues' as all the gifts of the spirit are still for us today.

20. We do not believe in Unity at any cost, Unity at the cost of Truth and Biblical Doctrine. We do not believe in unity based upon a single experience or doctrine, as 'speaking in tongues.' We do not believe in such groups as the "Promise Keepers" that are a man-made Unity and not following the Full Gospel of Jesus Christ and Doctrines of the Apostles.

21. We believe in the power of Prayer for God still answers prayer today and so we have a prayer submission page. We are told to come boldly to the throne of Grace, we are told to ask in prayer, believing and that we would receive. If God can't and doesn't answer prayer, then He is not God. But, unlike idols of men and false gods, like Allah, The Lord God is The One True God and does heal today.

22. We believe that Divine Healing is for today and have experienced it and have seen many others experience it in person and in our ministry. We believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is still doing everything today that He did 2000 years ago. There are false/fake 'faith healers' today, but that doesn't stop the Lord Jesus from healing as He did when He walked among men.

23. We believe that men are still possessed of demons today as in Jesus day, but by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the Authority of His Word and calling, we believe and have witnessed people being set free from the bondages of demon powers and delivered from demons. Jesus still sets the captives free and delivers demon possessed people.

24. We believe that all the other gifts of the spirit are in operation today and in that the five-fold ministry to the body is being restored and there are modern day apostles and prophets as well as pastors, evangelists and teachers, but we do also recognize that not all who claim to be such, are. There have always been false apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers, even in the first century church. But that doesn't negate thoe who are true and called of God as such today.

25. We believe in living a holy, separated and sanctified life without with no man will see the Lord.

26. We do not believe that Women can have authority over men, either in the home or the church. We do believe and agree that women can do anything in a church that men can do as preach, teach, prophecy, operate in the gifts of the spirit, but we do not believe that they can be an Apostle or a Pastor (unless along side their husbands, who is the main pastor of the church and final authority in all things). A woman cannot usurp authority or have the ultimate authority in a church or home when decisions have to be made because God is a God of order.

27. We believe that in all cases, the truth and what is right Biblically is in the middle between the two extremes that are represented. Like a train that runs on two tracks. Like Law and Grace. You cannot have all one without the other. Some want all Grace and you end up with a license to sin. Others all Law and you end up with pure legalism. Such it is with any issue or doctrine, even as the issue of women's roles in the church above. There is always a balance in scripture which is in the middle between the two extremes that men try to make.

28.There are 12 major Doctines in the New Testament, and all other teachings come under those. There are many verses for each of these doctines, but only one is given here - the 12 major doctrines are:

1) Salvation Acts4:12,
2) Justification Rom.5:12,
3) Water Baptism Matt.28:19,
4) Sanctification 1Thess4:3,
5) Baptism of Holy Spirit Matt.3:11,
6) Laying on of hands Heb.6:2,
7) The Second Coming of Christ Act 1:11-12,
8) The Resurrection of the Dead Heb.6:2,
9) Judgment of the Righteous 1Pet.4:5,
10) Judgment of the Unrighteous Rev.20:11,
11) Eternal Life for the righteous Jn.3:15,
12) Eternal Punishment for the wicked Rev.20:4.

This is a short statement of faith.

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