Doctrinal Statement

Because of our desire to uphold and teach the truth of Holy Scripture, we set forth the following statement as basis upon which we shall build and operate. All of Gospel Defense staff shall subscribe to this statement.

We believe that:

1) The Holy Scriptures, composed of the Old and New Testaments, are fully inspired by God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings and completely trustworthy in all areas in which they speak, the supreme and final authority in faith and practice.

2) There is one Eternal, Almighty and Perfect God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3) Jesus Christ, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, true God and true Man, is the only mediator between God and man. He alone was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience.

4) The Holy Spirit is the Regenerator and Sanctifier of the redeemed, the Bestower of spiritual fruit and gifts, and the abiding Comforter and Teacher of the church.

5) In Adam the human race was created in the image and likeness of God. Through the fall of Adam man became radically corrupt, alienated from God, and disintegrated at the heart of his being. The desperate need of man is restoration to fellowship with God; yet man remains totally unable to restore himself.

6) Eternal salvation, the gift of God, has been provided for men solely by His grace and through the vicarious death of Jesus Christ. Men are justified before God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Works are not required for salvation, but are produced as a result of the work of God in the believer’s life.

7) Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead; ascended into heaven; and will return at the consummation of the age to both resurrect and judge the just and the unjust.

8) Eternal, conscious punishment, including separation and loss of fellowship with God, is the ultimate destiny of unregenerate man, along with Satan, with all his hosts.