Statement of Faith

 

Statement of faith of the Church Maison de Refuge Multiculturelle Inc.

These fundamental doctrinal points are some of the important teachings of the Bible and should be accepted and taught as such in our Congregation(s), Baptism Class and by our affiliates!

We strongly believe!

  1. That the Bible is the Good News of Jesus-Christ and truly is the Inspired Word of God given to men for instructions. That Science and Archeological Discovery support what the Bible reports! Such as: the Arch of Noah, Golgotha, Jesus’ tomb, the Dead Sea scrolls etc… 2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

  2. That there is one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit whom are equivalent, indivisible, and eternal! Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Corinthians 13:14.

  3. That Salvation comes to us by way of Jesus-Christ dying on the cross for the remission of sins and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin! That Jesus-Christ is the only begotten Son of God. That He was conceived of a virgin birth by the Holy Spirit, He came to die to redeem humanity, and He is the true God, and Eternal Life. Acts 28:28, Hebrew 9:22, 1 John 5:20.

  4. That the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. That He was sent as a promise in order to convince us of Sin, of righteousness, and of Judgment. John 14:16-17.

  5. That the Lord’s Supper, the Water Baptism, and the Washing of Feet are three ordinances that Jesus-Christ established for our observance! 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Romains 6:3-4, Mark 16:15-16, John 13: 4-5.

  6. That Repentance is a sincere regret of our evil deeds that it is necessary for Salvation and is the act of turning from and forsaking sin! Matt 3:2-8, Acts 2:38.

  7. That Justification is the act of being made just even when we did not deserve it, and it’s done by faith! Romains 5:1.

  8. That Regeneration is an act of God performed in a justified heart and that works hand in hand with the New Birth or being Born Again! Titus 3:5.

  9. That being Born Again is becoming a new creature and a child of the Most High God! And the being Born Again is a direct result of Repentance, Justification, and Regeneration. Moreover, being Born Again is a prerequisite for experiencing Sanctification.

  10. That Sanctification is the setting a part of the born again believer by the Holy Spirit with the Blood of Christ. That is done in order for the sanctified believer to follow and live for God alone. Sanctification reestablishes mankind in his Adamic state before the fall. Ephesian 5:26, Hebrews 13:12.

  11. That Holiness is a life’s principle that God requirements from his people! Romans 6:19, Romans 6:22; Eph 1:4; Tit 1:8; 1Pe 1:15.

  12. That Water Baptism is the act of being immersed in water according to the instructions of Christ. Although this ordinance has no power to wash away sin, it represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Only those who have already been born again are eligible for water baptism. 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8-10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47, 48; 16:33.

  13. That the baptism of the Holy Ghost which is subsequent to sanctification is the endowment of power for ministry. This baptism is sometimes accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. It is the filling of the temple already made clean by sanctification and is a gift of God in answer to the prayer of Christ. Joel 2:28, Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:4-8.

  14. That the gifts of the Spirit were set in the Church to be operated by the Spirit according to the will of God. They are manifested through individual members. The gifts are given to the Church and not to individuals. These gifts were all operated in the early Church and were restored to the Church in these last days. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.

  15. That Jesus’ promise miraculous signs will accompany the work and ministry of true believers. Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.

  16. That a Spirit-filled life should manifest the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. These virtues are divine in origin and spring from a Spirit-filled heart. Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.

  17. That the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary (the Cross) provides not only for the salvation of the souls of men but also for the healing of man's physical ailments. Divine healing is healing accomplished by the power of God and is available to all who believe, the same as salvation. Mark 16:17-18; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.

  18. That the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ and is a sacred ordinance which we are commanded to observe in commemoration of Christ and His death. Only sinless and consecrated Christians are eligible to partake of this Supper. Luke 22: 17-20; 1 Corinthians 1 1:23-33.

  19. That Feet Washing was instituted by Jesus on the night of the Last Supper and is a New Testament ordinance we are enjoined to observe. Its observance was taught by the apostles and practiced by the early Church. John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:10.

  20. That Tithing is paying of one tenth of our increase into the treasury of the Church. It began with Abraham, continued under the law and received Christ's approval. Giving differs from and is in addition to tithing. Both are part of God's plan to finance His work on earth. However, because Tithing is not solely mentioned or written in the New Testament, we believe in free giving without putting any burden on the giver as stated in Luke 6:38. Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 1 1:42; 1 Corinthians 1 6:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Hebrews 7:1-21, Luke.

  21. That Restitution is the act of restoring something wrongfully taken or the satisfying of one who has been wronged. God requires those who become converted to perform such tasks if at all possible. Matthew 3:8; Luke 1 9:8, 9; Romans 13:8.

  22. That resurrection of the dead saints and rapture of the living saints to meet Jesus in the air are imminent. Matthew 24:27, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. ..In the Second Coming of Jesus, to reign on earth a thousand years. Zechariah l4:4, 5; Luke 1:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21;20:4-6.

  23. That All the dead will be resurrected. That the righteous dead will be raised in the first resurrection which is at Christ's appearing. That the resurrection of the wicked dead will occur after the thousand years reign of Christ on earth. Isaiah 26: 1 9; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.

  24. That those who die in the Lord and those who are serving Him when He returns will receive a reward of eternal life. Matthew 25:46; Luke 1 8:30; John 10:28; Romans 6:22; 1 John 5:1 1-13.

  25. That the unconverted and the wicked are doomed to eternal punishment, from which there is no escape, no liberation or annihilation. Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 3:29; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8.

  26. That the Bible expressly forbids the use of intoxicating beverages. Even slight indulgence is not in keeping with the Scriptural standard of holiness. Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-32; Isaiah 28:7; 1 Corinthians 5:1 1; 6:10; Galatians 5:21.

  27. That the use of tobacco and the habitual use of narcotics are sinful practices which defile the body, the temple of the Holy Ghost, and are an outward evidence of an impure heart. Isaiah 55:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31, 32; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:3-8; James 1:21.

  28. That the New Testament makes no rigid rule concerning what the Christian shall eat or drink (with the exception of strong drink). We have no right to judge what our brothers and sisters eat or what they drink. Romans 14:2-3, 17; 1 Corinthians 8:8; 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

  29. That the observance of the Sabbath was a requirement of Jewish law and as such was not carried over into the Grace Dispensation. That Sunday is not the Sabbath but is merely a day set aside to give special attention to the worship of God. That Instead of keeping only the Sabbath day holy, we are required in this dispensation to keep every day holy. The Jewish Sabbath is a type of Christ, who is our rest, rather than the day. Hosea 2:11; Romans 14:5, 6; Colossians 2:16, 17; Hebrews 4:7.

  30. That wearing excessive gold for ornament or decorations such as finger rings, bracelets, earrings, lockets, tattooing, etc. Ornaments of precious stones and metals may be evidences of a prideful heart and are not fitting to a child of God. "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:3-4). Timothy 2:9; 1 John 2:16.

  31. That the Bible is opposed to the people of God being unequally yoked (marrying) together with unbelievers; it is opposed to deeds done in secret. Many secret societies require the taking of an oath, which is expressly forbidden in Scriptures. Matthew 5:34; John 18:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; James 5:12.

  32. That the taking of an oath is a vain thing and is condemned by the Scriptures. An affirmation to the truth of anything is sufficient. Matthew 5:34-37; James 5:12.

  33. That Divorce and remarriage constitutes the sin of adultery and may have direct implication of the person’s eternal life. That the only allowable causes for remarriage are fornication and death. However, fornication is not unfaithfulness or simple adultery, but is a state of being married to another's wife or husband. Matthew 5:32; 14:3, 4; 19:3-12; Mark 10:12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 13; 6:9, 13, 16-18; 7:2, 10, 11; Acts 15:28, 29; Revelation 2:20-22.

In conclusion, the Bible mentions these:

John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: John

20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might

have life through his name.

Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

These principles may not be the only principles to observe, they may be added on, and/or may be objected by a few.

Nonetheless, we feel that these principles will truly help us stay pure in heart.