My Beliefs..

   In 1991 my faith took a giant step forward, not because of anything I did but because of a calling of the Lord. With the laying on of hands by my Pastor, the Elders, and one of the area ministers from the Southern Baptist convention associated with our church I was called into the Gospel Ministry to a function beyond what I had served prior to that. Today I recognize that the Lord has called many men into the ministry who are not ordained and who have not had hands laid upon them but there was a change in the seriousness of my dedication to the Lord which came over time as I realized my function. I have some major disagreements with the current "Statement of Faith" of the Southern Baptist convention.   My family observes the Sabbath as taught in the Bible, from Sundown on Friday till Sundown on Saturday (and that means no driving etc. so we worship at home.) Retail Christianity does not sit well with me. I do not believe there is a necessity for a church building. I also do not believe we should ever refer to the Lord by a name not given Him in the Bible. This means that although I don't dispute, per se, the doctrine of the "trinity," I do consider it blasphemous to call God by the name trinity since it appears nowhere in Scripture. I therefore would never participate in the singing of songs which use the term "holy trinity." Furthermore, I preach as the missionaries for the Southern Baptists in Muslim countries preach in that I do not condemn polygamy whether it is against the law or not. The Old Testament is every bit as valid as the New Testament. The elimination of the need for continuing sacrifices as well as the elimination of the priesthood did not invalidate the Old Testament but was a fulfillment of prophecy. In other words, we were instructed in the Old Testament that the change would be coming and to come to understand that it would be the Blood of Jesus that Cleansed "and almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22
   The blood of Yeshua (Jesus)  the Messiah (Christ) being sufficient to cover all sins and Messiah therefore became our One and Only High Priest and Intercessor between the LORD and us.
    "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16 This passage leaves no room for confusing the Old Testament with the Old Covenant. The instructions other than those for sacrifices remained the same so please give proper respect to what the Old Testament says. Hebrew chastity which includes celibacy, monogamy, and polygyny (you know it as polygamy) is still valid today and in the over 1000 pages of the Bible the Lord never changed His definition of it. Jesus quoted the Old Testament when he said "Thou shalt not commit adultery." so any definitions of adultery must be taken from the very book that Jesus quoted. Besides, there is no definition given in the New Testament for adultery or fornication. Jesus only clarified one aspect of divorce but didn't change it. He only corrected the understanding of it held by some. Furthermore, the New Testament is full of nuances because of the overwhelming likelihood that the Greek is a translation of Hebrew and Aramaic done by Roman Priests. Now if we throw out tradition because it came from Roman Priests then we must throw out those translations that specifically contradict what we already know to be Scripture for Paul, in the verse above, most certainly was referring to what he, a Jew, considered Scripture; the Old Testament. This was the only Scripture they had at that time.
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