These foundational beliefs represent a general doctrinal reference for this website
- Jesus Christ is God in human flesh (John 1:1-18 John 20:27-29 I John 5:20 Titus 2:13-14).
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matt. 3:16-17 Matt. 17:4-6 I John 4:15 II Peter 1: 16-18).
- Jesus Christ is Lord. The Lordship of Jesus has both a universal and a personal meaning. Jesus is "The King of kings and Lord of lords" (I Timothy 6:13-15). Yet, you need to acknowledge Jesus as your personal Lord to receive salvation (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13 Acts 16:28-31, Acts 2:36). The root (Greek translation) meaning of the word "Lord" is "kurios" meaning God and Master.
- We believe that the central message of the Gospel is expressed in the words of Saint Paul from 1 Cor. 15:3-4: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
- We believe the only requirements for New Testament salvation are found in Romans 10:9 and verse 13 that says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." And, ". . .whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
- We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The male seed of Mary's conception was provided by the Holy Spirit. This makes God the "biological Father" of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God as the Scriptures teach. (Matt. 1:18, Luke 1:26-37)
- God is represented in Scripture as a "triune" God or "trinity". He is the "one" God represented as three persons who are coequal: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19 Luke 10:22 John 5:17-18 5:20-30 I John 5:20 Phil 2:5-6).
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
- God is love. (I John 4:16-17) John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."
- There are not many ways to God. Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation (John 10:7-9, 14:5-6, Acts 4:10-12).
- Jesus Christ is the only mediator between the Christian and God (1 Timothy 2:5). This is a New Covenant privilege that requires the Christian to prohibit any earthly human authority (pastor, minister, priest, etc.) to replace Jesus as "mediator" in their life. The Christian approaches God directly through the blood of our high priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:19-22). No other priesthood is needed. God and the Christian can talk directly with one another. No earthly mediating authority is needed to "hear" God for the Christian or to "absolve" them of sin.
- God guides and directs the Christian from inside the body (Luke 17:20-21, John 14:16-17, Ezekiel 36:26-27). When a person receives eternal life through hearing and receiving the gospel, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside them. This action is called "the sealing of the Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:13). It is NOT SYMBOLIC as many churches teach. This is why the body of the Christian is called "The Temple of God". God's house is not an earthly building made with hands (Acts 7:48-49). The New Testament temple of God is the body of the Christian--NOT A CHURCH BUILDING! (I Cor. 3:16, 6:19-20).
- Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says "...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," and "...There is none righteous, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14, 1 John 3:8).
- God's salvation is rooted in the ancient instituiton of the blood covenant. Scripture declares that "keeping covenant" is God's main character trait (Deut. 7:9, Neh. 1:5 Hebrews 10:29 Hebrews 12:22-24).
- Eternal life is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Romans 3:22,28 Romans 9:31-33 Phil. 3:8-9). The Bible calls this "saving" faith in the original Greek language of the New Testament, "pisteuo", which means--the entrusting of one's spiritual well-being to Jesus Christ as Lord (Strong's Concordance).
- Salvation (eternal life) is only available by God's grace. It cannot be earned or achieved. God gives it as a FREE GIFT. Grace is God's unmerited favor. Salvation can only be received by those who understand they cannot earn it through keeping religious law, religious performance or church affiliation (Romans 5:15, Romans 6:23, Galatians 2:16-21, Ephesians 2:8). Although our Heavenly Father offers eternal life as a free gift, it must be individually received by faith in Christ. At Rock of Offence, we oppose the popular Christian doctrine of “universal reconciliation”, which says that Christ’s gift of eternal life is “universally” given to everyone because God is love and won’t send anyone to hell. Scripture does not support this false belief. Each one of us must make the personal decision to receive Christ’s life -- or reject it.
- Hell is a real place. It is not a fable or myth. The Bible says it is the final destination for Satan, his angels and all those who fail to accept God's free solution (Jesus Christ) for their condition of sin (Matt. 25:41).
- God NEVER holds back salvation or any of its benefits and blessings from anyone. He gives liberally to all who ask in faith (James 1:5-7, Mark 11:24, Romans 8:32, II Cor. 1:20). However, Christ's New Covenant faith is the condition on which these things operate. God does not respect nor honor counterfeit faith, misdirected faith or an Old Testament performance-based faith.
- We are a "Full Gospel" Internet ministry. The full gospel teaches that all 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are to operate in the church today (1 Corinthians 12:1-12). It teaches that the believer in Christ should receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (some refer to it as "receiving the Holy Spirit") enables the Christian with power and carries the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:6). The apostles of the first century church considered the baptism in the Holy Spirit essential after believing on Jesus Christ.
- God's salvation provides many spiritual benefits and blessings. Physical healing for every sickness and disease is one such benefit. Jesus demonstrated his will to heal everyone who came to him in faith during his earthly ministry (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 9:35, Luke 6:17-19, Luke 9:11). Today, physical healing is still available (Acts 10:38, Mark 16:17-18) and is taught by the Scriptures as a necessary part of preaching the Gospel (Matthew 9:35, Matthew 4:23-24, Luke 9:6)...and as a sign that follows true believers in Christ. God's willingness to heal everyone hasn't changed.
- The blood of Jesus established a "New Covenant" (Luke 22:20 I Cor. 11:25). The New Covenant has replaced the covenant of the Old Testament (Hebrews 8:6-13). An understanding of the "blood covenant" is needed to properly understand all that Jesus' death accomplished.
- All true Christians belong to one Church established by Christ himself (Matt. 16:18 Eph. 5:23, Heb. 12:22-23). Christians do not join this church--they are placed there the moment salvation (eternal life) is received. This Church has no specific name and is not affiliated with any denomination or earthly religious system. The Christian's membership in Christ's Church IS NOT dependent (or validated) upon whether he or she joins or attends an earthly institutional church or religious organization. Any organization claiming to be God's only true church is false.
- We are currently in the last of the "Last Days". Concerning the resurrection of the just and the second coming of Jesus Christ--The angels said to Jesus' disciples, "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." His coming is imminent. When He comes, "...the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air..." (Acts 1:11, 1 Thess. 4:16,17).
Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 5:10, 20:6).
We believe the Biblical view of the endtimes is clearly Pre-tribulational and Pre-Millennial. The departure of the New Testament Church (commonly known as the rapture) is next on God's time-table.
- We are not affiliated with, nor do we agree with the following ideologies or groups found within Christianity. Believers face dangers on every side from within what's commonly called "the church". The Bible warns us that in the last days "perilous times" will come. This list is not exhaustive.
Dangerous Beliefs And Movements In Christianity
Our Position On Covenant Theology