We accept the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopt the Statement of fundamental Truths of the Crown Heights Gospel Church, Inc., to wit:
The Scriptures Inspired: The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet, 1:21).
The One True God: The one true God as revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ: The lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
- a) His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35). b) His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet.2:22). c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38). d) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3; 2Cor. 5:21). e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4). f) His exaltation to the right hand God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil 2:9-11; Heb. 1-3).
The Fall of Man: Man was created perfect; for God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:17; Rom. 5:12-19).
The Salvation of Man: Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
a) Condition to Salvation – Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
b) The Evidence of Salvation – The inward evidence of Salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12).
Ordinances of a Church:
a) Baptism in Water – The ordinance of Baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Rom. 6:4).
b) Holy Communion – The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine. Is the symbol expressing our sharing the Divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He Comes!”
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost: All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power of life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their use in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4. 8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from the subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 9:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8, a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost: The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost, is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification: Is an act of separation from that which is evil, and a dedication unto God (Rom. 12:1. 2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12). The scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1Peter. 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:1, 13; 8:1, 2, 12: Gal, 2:20; Phil. 2:12, 13; 1 Pet. 1:5).
The Church: The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church for the First-born, which written in heaven (Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
Divine Healing: Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
The Blessed Hope: We believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord. This is the imminent and blessed hope of Church.
The Final Judgment: There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death ( Mat. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:9).