Sunday, August 11, 2013

Silverworks Ministries - Statement of Faith

So while I was straightening out the issue with the Radio Series, it occurred to me that I should put our Statement of Faith here on the Blog.  For the love of God, PLEASE, ALWAYS read a Ministries Statement of Faith before you devote your time, your family and put your money towards it.  Make sure that it not only fits Scripture, but that they're not calling out Scripture erroneously...

About Pastor Keith & Silverworks Ministries Beliefs

Here are our beliefs, they will be added to over time:

1. God is the creator of everything. (Genesis 1, Genesis 2:1-7, Mark 10:6)

2. While it's true that "God exists as 3 separate persons", this belief is usually made weak and is confused by most people.  God the Father exists in a manner above and beyond our human perception of understanding.  There are some Christians who have used "String Theory" in order to better explain how God the Father exists (not for the faint of heart).  God the Son, is clearly and succinctly described in 1 Timothy 3:16.  In order for God to forgive us of our sins, He decided to take all of our sin upon Himself by becoming the perfect sacrifice (John 1:29, Isaiah 9:6-7).  The Holy Spirit (the comforter) was left behind by Jesus to take up residency within each one who believes on Him (Acts 2:17, Acts 8:17, John 19:30, Romans 9:33, 1 Peter 2:6).

3. Once you receive your salvation, it can not be lost or taken away!  This is easily understood by reading Romans 8:28-30 & John 6:39.  As an aside, you can not lose what you never had.

4. Homosexuality is just as much of a sin as telling a lie, there are no "degrees" of sin.  The difference between the two, is that lying is something people usually do "spur of the moment", as a way to hide the truth.  This is certainly sinful, but is easily repented of.  Being a practicing homosexual is acting in blatant sin, in open defiance of God's Word.  How can you repent of something that you go out of your way to do on purpose?  God clearly tells us that He will not hear our prayers if we have not repented (2 Chronicles 7:14).  Practicing both Homosexuality and Christianity is impossible, as they are incompatible (2 Corinthians 6:13-18).

5. Marriage is defined as a covenant between a man, a woman and God (Malachi 2:14).  When a man and woman marry, they become one flesh through the act of procreation (Matthew 19:5-7).

6. The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21).  All of it.  Every last word.  Every single yud and tittle! (Matthew 5:18)

7. The absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation, because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace alone, through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19, John 5:24, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).

8. The resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).

9. Christians are examples of the love of God in this world.  It is this (agape love) that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians (1 John 4:16-17).  Bearing in mind however, that it was Jesus Himself that said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." (Matthew 10:34).

10. Jesus Himself gave the mandate for the entire Church to "go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every living creature". (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20)

11. Water Baptism and re-enactments of Communion are NOT mandated in order to be a Christian.  Baptism is however acceptable as an outward sign of an inner change (Mark 1:4-11).

12. The term "God's house" has been improperly used by Christians for at least 500 years.  God does NOT live in a building! (1 Corinthians 6:19, Acts 17:24)

13. God's "Chosen People" are the Jews (1 Chronicles 16:13).  Not the Muslims, not the Mormons, not the American Indians, not the blacks, & not the Christians.

14. As with #13 above, there is no "Replacement Theology" taught in the Bible.  The USA is never substituted for Israel.  Mormons are never substituted for Israel.  Blacks are never substituted for Israel, etc.

15. The following Religions are replete with false teachings and false doctrine: Mormonism, Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Pentecostalism, The Emergent Church, Church of God, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, Christian Science, Church of Scientology, The New Age Movement, The Unification Church, Unitarian Universalists, Buddhism, Hinduism & about 40,000 other man-made Religions.

Ephesians 4:4-6 - There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lordone faithone baptismone God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one GOD AND FATHER OF who?  OF ALL CHRISTIANS.

16. God sees all men as His perfect creations.  There are no races or ethnicities that God prefers over another (Genesis 1:31).

17. There are absolutely no Apostles or Prophets walking among us today (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Matthew 11:13, Luke 16:16, Hebrews 1:1-2).  If you know someone who calls themself by one of those titles, they are more than likely practicing false Christianity.  Do not follow them! (Matthew 10:16, Acts 20:29, Luke 17:23) As an aside, while there are certainly no more LIVING Apostles, we full well recognize that God could choose to send an ACTUAL Prophet at any time.

18. Satan (Lucifer) is an actual, real, created being (Isaiah 14:12, Job 1:7, Zechariah 3:1, Mark 1:13, Luke 10:18) To believe that Satan (or the Devil) is just an idiom for "evil", will leave you directly exposed to the threat he poses.

19. Hell (Sheol & Gehenna) are real places and without the Atoning Sacrifice of the Blood of Christ, you will find yourself squarely within its fires for eternity. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10)

20. The Bible was not originally written in English.  Therefore, any translation of the Bible is either incomplete, or in some cases severely dangerous!  We have faith in some of the translations because we also have the original Hebrew and Greek texts, which prove that some of the translations are faithful to the originals. (by "original" I don't mean the first, original document, I mean the original languages used to write them)

21. Abundant Life Theology (also referred to as the Prosperity Gospel) is a false teaching and the result of an inability to understand the clear Scripture given in John 10:10. (See John 1:4 & John 17:1-3 for the definition of "life")

22. The Word of Faith movement (also referred to as Word-Faith or simply Faith) is another heretical teaching that is very similar to #21 above and just as dangerous.  Notable heretics perpetrating this "crime of doctrine" include Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer (among many others).  The idea is that you have to "dream it so that you can achieve it".  That concept is so absolutely counter-Biblical, that the only way to show it to you is to do an in-depth Bible study.

23. Potential Church has the very latest in false doctrines, that is surely on its way up in the ranks of debauchery.  Directly related to #14, #21 and #22 above, the idea comes from their church slogan of "Partnering with people to reach their God potential".  The problem with this, is the inspiration for their slogan.  The inspiration comes from a mangled understanding of Jeremiah 29:11.  Chapter 29, is solely directed TO THE JEWS.  The irony of Jeremiah 29, is that God is detailing punishments that are going to be handed out to FALSE PROPHETS!

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (ESV) - I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.


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