We do not presume to say that this Article of Faith represents the final word on Bible truth, and we shall probably have occasion to refine, revise, and enlarge parts of it as we pursue our way in God. We are persuaded however, that it is consistent with truth and right purpose to “Set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1). This Statement puts in the hands of the present membership a summary of the Fundamental Truths to which we bear witness. The phraseology ( A set of expressions used by a particular person or group) employed in this Statement is set forth to be held as an essential basis of a unified faith for members who are Joined to us in the Lord, and a basis of fellowship among us (i.e. that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10). Therefore, the ministries, programs and activities of the Church shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following beliefs:
(a) The government of this Church shall be theocratic, recognizing that Jesus Christ is the Lord, Head and Presiding Bishop of this EOM Body of Christ and that He has vested the authority to direct the affairs of the Church in the person of the Presiding Bishop (Senior Bishop and Chief Apostle) and spiritual Headship leader, being assisted by the EOM International Board (EOM Board of Directors). Therefore, the Presiding Bishop shall be recognized by the members and all concerned as the leader under Christ (Chief Apostle) of the national and international Body (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2,4). The business of this Corporation shall be managed by the EOM International Board under the final authority of the Presiding Bishop. This Church maintains its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of church life in accordance with its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. No decision shall become a corporate act without approval from the Presiding Bishop.
(b) This Church accepts the Holy Bible as its authority in matters of faith and practice. The following constitute the Church’s Tenets of Faith:
Section 1. The One True God. We believe that the one true God has 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 Spirit or the tri-unity of the Godhead (Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:10, 11; Mt. 28:19; Luke 3:22).
Section 2. The Bible Inspired. We believe that the Bible, the accepted Canon of the Sacred Scriptures, is a supreme revelation verbally inspired of God to man, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason, and is therefore our infallible, authoritative rule of faith and practice (John 17:17; Rom. 12:1, 2; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).
Section 3. The Deity Of The Lord Jesus Christ. We therefore believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His Person, that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that it is impossible to know the Father without knowing the Son (John 1:1-14; John 14; Colossians 1:15-19; 2; Hebrews 1). The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:30-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22); His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33, Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
Section 4. The Lordship Of Christ. Wherefore, we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things in heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth (Mt. 28:18; Acts 2:36; Romans 10:1-13; 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:9,10).
Section 5. The Fall Of Man. We believe that man, by voluntary transgression, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into a state of death in trespasses and sins, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual depravity and death or separation from God in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God until he is delivered by the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:21; Rom. 6:23; John 8:32-36).
Section 6. The Believer’s Foundation. We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his spiritual life of faith. These foundation stones are: repentance from dead works, faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment (Heb. 6:1,2).
Section 7. The New Birth. We believe the words of Jesus that “ye must be born again”; that being born again signifies the partaking in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (John 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4); that “by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). We further believe that the emphasis for a continual walk in grace should be of heart righteousness and purity. We hold that all believers must live a pure life, being an example to both the believing and the unbelieving (Rom. 4:1-5; 2 Cor. 7:1; Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12).
Section 8. The Work Of Repentance And Faith In God. We believe that repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, the believer is brought onto the grounds of the new Covenant and made a partaker of the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation, and is not to be considered synonymous with the complete work of the “new birth” (Luke 22:20; Rom. 5:1, 9; Heb. 13:20).
Section 9. The Ordinance Of Water Baptism. Believers who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should be recommended for water baptism, which is good for spiritual maturity (Heb. 6:1-3). We further believe that it is the means whereby those who have been justified by faith in the blood of Jesus receive the covenant sign of circumcision of heart, are made partakers in the burial of Christ, and becomes identified with Him in His resurrection. Moreover we believe that water baptism is the taking on of a great responsibility and should be administered only to those who have reached an age of accountability. The ordnance of water baptism is to be performed by immersion. It is a baptism into the Body of Christ rather than into a denomination or a dogma (Mt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 2:38, 22:19; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Col. 2:9-14; Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 3:20, 21; 1 Jn. 5:5-8; Rom. 6; See Article IX: Sacred Celebrations, Section 1-Water Baptism).
Section 10. The Seal Of The New Covenant. We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an important experience in the life of every believer, which is not dependent upon a believer’s worthiness, but is a free gift of God. We further believe that the receiving of the Holy Spirit is the seal of the New Covenant, and that repentance, water baptism, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit aids in the experience of regeneration or the new birth (John 3:3-7; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13).
Section 11. The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost. It is the overflowing of God's Spirit after a believer is filled with His Spirit. We therefore believe that all believers are entitle to, and should ardently expect to receive, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian Church (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 11:14-16). With the Baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of God’s Spirit (John 7:37-39); Acts 4:8); a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28); and intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42).
Section 12. The Physical Signs Of The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost. We hold that God has provided glossolalia as a prayer language for the purpose of intercession, praise and communication with God, and that all believers may and have the ability speak with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost are the physical signs of speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives utterance along with having the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); and afterwards has a continual two fold aspect, as speaking to God and speaking to men (Isa. 28:11, 12; Ezekiel 36:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:6; 1 Cor. 14). Additionally, 1 Corinthians 12 illustrates more operation of the Holy Ghost in spirit filled believers.
Section 13. The Sacrament Of Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is an expression of faith in our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16,17), and is enjoined on all believers till He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26; See Article IX: Sacred Celebrations, Section 2- The Eucharist).
Section 14. The Gospel Of Salvation. We believe that salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel. “As there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Words, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one,” so, “there are three that bear witness on the earth, the Spirit and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:7,8). Therefore, salvation gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing and soundness. Salvation is in three tense:
(a) The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin and is safe (Luke 7:50; 1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15; Eph. 2:5-8; 2 Tim. 1:9).
(b) The believer is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin (Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 2:19, 20; Phil. 1:19; 2:12,13; 2 Thes. 2:13).
(c) The believer shall be saved in the sense of entire conformity to Christ (Rom. 13:11; Heb. 10:36; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 3:2). Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without works (Romans 3:27, 28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8). The divine order is: first, salvation; then, works (Ephesians 2:9, 10; Titus 3:5-8).
Section 15. The Healing Of The Body. We believe 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 (Isaiah 53:4 ,5; Mt. 8:16, 17; Acts 4:30; 1 Cor. 12:9; James 5:14-16).
Section 16. The Unity Of The Body. We believe that we are one Body being members one of another, and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit (Ps. 133; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 2:13-22; 4:3-6; Col. 3:15).
Section 17. The International and Local Church. We believe in the autonomy of the local Church expression, and adherence to the Scriptural revelation of its life, ministry, and worship (Mt. 18:20; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 4-6; Heb. 13:17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3; Heb. 13:15; Phil. 3:3; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16).
Section 18. The Ministry Gifts Given To The Church. We believe in the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers given to the Church at the ascension of Jesus Christ, and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. These ministry gifts of men and women that have been recognized and ordained to the Office of Elder, are assisted by ordained Deacons and other ministries who serve this Church Body (Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Cor. 12:28; 1 Tim. 3:2-12; Rom. 16:1; Titus 1:5-9; Rom. 12).
Section 19. The Care And Discipline Of The Body. We believe that God has set elders in the local Church to watch over the souls of the believers and to offer discipline when necessary to keep the unity of the Church. We believe that discipline in the local Church is to be carried out by the elders in accordance to the Scriptures such as: Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:16-20; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:17, 18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 2:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:11, 12.
Section 20. The Priesthood Of The Believer. We believe that each Christian is called and chosen of God before the foundation of the world, to be a priest unto God and to minister unto the Father in praises, offering up the sacrifices of the fruit of his lips, his time and body for the service of the Lord, and his material holdings. We therefore hold that all true believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus and are not longer their own, but belong unto the Father to be used for His glory, and as possessions of the Lord, must give themselves to serving Him, finding their place in the Church, His body (Romans 12:3-8), and making themselves available by being present when the Church comes together, that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ (John 15:16; Eph. 1:4, 5; 1 Cor. 6:20; 12:18; Heb. 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5, 9).
Section 21. Total Prosperity.
(a) SPIRITUAL (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 19:9-10).
(b) MENTAL (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
(c) PHYSICAL (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
(d) FINANCIAL (3 John 2; Malachi 3:10,11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
(e) SOCIAL (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 19:9-10).
Section 22. The Tithe Is Holy. We believe that the tithe (10% of one’s individual gross earnings) is holy unto God. We believe that “bringing all the tithes into the store house” of the local Church and giving freewill offerings is to be practiced continually by all believers and is an outward expression of the Lordship of Christ in the believer and the unity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord. Additionally, the believer’s tithes and offerings are holy sacrifices to God for work of His Church here on earth. Believers should not take his or her sacrifice of tithing and offering to God lightly, (Gen. 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Heb. 6:20; 7:1-10; Lev. 27:30-32; Prov. 3:9, 10; Mal. 3:6-18; Mt. 23:23; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
Section 23. The Testimony Of Jesus. We believe that each believer has the potential to speak in tongues and covet to prophesy so that he might edify the whole Church. “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (1 Corinthians 14:31). We further believe that prophecy in the Church is the sign of the end time visitation of God, for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Joel 2; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 14:1-5; Rev. 19:10).
Section 24. The Manifestations Of The Spirit. We believe that the manifestations of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) should be and must be operative in the Church to enjoy the fullness of God. We also believe that these manifestations are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or are operated by this one and self-same Spirit, dividing or distributing to each one individually just as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11).
Section 25. The Laying On Of Hands. We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
(a) The confirmation and ordination of ministry by the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (Acts 13:1-3).
(b) That God will impartation spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6).
(c) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17, 18).
(d) The ministry of healing to the sick (Mark 16:18).
(e) The confirming of the believers in the faith (Acts 14:22).
(f) The blessing and dedication of children (Mark 10:16).
Section 26. The Blessed Hope. We believe in the resurrection of those who are dead in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (John 5:28,29; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 16:22b).
Section 27. The Personal Return Of Our Lord. We believe in the personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began (Matthew 23:39; 25:31; 24:42-44; Mark 14:62; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18).
Section 28. The Final Judgement. We believe that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death (Mt. 24:36-51; 25:46; Rom. 6:23; 2 Thes. 1:5-9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8).
Section 29. The New Heaven And New Earth. We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).
Section 30. Christian Life And Scriptural Conduct.
(a) Personal Christian Ethics. I can do anything I want to unless the Bible commands me not to; however, some things I could do may not be good for me, and I should refuse to any thing that would seek to control and to dominate any area of my life habits, apart from the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:12, NKJV): “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” We can always ‘justify’ that we are right, but is the Lord convinced? (Proverbs 16:12, NIV): “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Even if we believe that we have liberty to do certain questionable things, rather than please only ourselves, we must bear the concern of considering other Christians that we may influence if we know they believe those things are wrong. (Romans 15:2,3, Weymouth): “Let each of us endeavor to please his fellow Christian, aiming at a blessing calculated to build him up. For even the Christ did not seek His own pleasure. His principle was, The reproaches which they addressed to Thee have fallen on me. Substance Abuse; Addiction; Adultery; Immorality; Homosexuality, etc.: (Galations 5:21, NSAB): “Envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:10, NRSV): “Thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers – none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.” (Ephesians 5:18, NKJV): “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” (1Corinthians 3:16,17, Weymouth): “Do you not know that you are God’s Sanctuary, and that the Spirit of God has His home within you? I any one is marring the Sanctuary of God, him will God mar; for the Sanctuary of God is holy, which you all are.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20, Weymouth): “Or do you know that your bodies are a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit is within you – the Spirit whom you have from God? And you are not your own, for you have been redeemed at infinite cost. Therefore glorify God in your bodies.” (Exodus 20:14, NKJV): “You shall not commit adultery.” (Matthew 5:27,28, NKJV): “You have heard that is was said to the ancients, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (1 Corinthians 6:9, NKJV): “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit [the] kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals.” (1 Corinthians 15:11, NKJV): “But now I have written to you not to associate intimately, if any man called a brother [and is] either a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one not to eat.” (Leviticus 18:22, NASB): “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Romans 1:26-29, NASB): “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice: [they are] gossips.”
(b) Christian Family Household. (Exodus 20:12, NASB): “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” (Ephesians 5:22-31,33, MKJV): “Wives, submit yourselves to [your] own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ [is] the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself [as] the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So men ought to love their wives as their [own] bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his [own] flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord loves the church. For we are menders of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two of them shall be one flesh.’ But also let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and the wife that she defers to her husband.” (Ephesians 6:4, NKJV): “And fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”