STATEMENT OF FAITH
10.1. The Trinity.
It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons— Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
A.God the Father.
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.
C.The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism with the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
10.2. The Scripture.
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
10.3. The Atonement.
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Savior. We affirm that salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and as a covenant between the Father and the Son, we are beneficiaries of its benefits and cannot alter it by our actions.
The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is affected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification) and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. In love, God chooses man to be saved and follow Him. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior.
10.5. The Christian Life.
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Therefore, God’s provision for His children is total, and His promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests and warfare against a spiritual enemy. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.
10.6. The Church.
The goal of the church is to make disciples of all nations through the government and the establishing of the Kingdom of God on Earth and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministries listed in Ephesians 4 governs the church, along with the Elders and service of the deacons as mentioned in 1 Tim 3, as well as other leadership roles mentioned in Scripture. We affirm the church’s purpose as offering worship to God, fellowship, ministry and instruction to itself, and evangelism and service to the world. It is essential to the life of the church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the church.
10.7. The Priesthood of the Saints
All believers have the calling to function as a priest (God’s representative) to fulfil effectively and efficiently the purpose of God in the body of Christ, their family and society as a whole.
10.8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The Word of God places on the church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is affected in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our loving participation in Him. Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.
10.10. Spiritual Realm
We affirm God reigns over a spiritual realm in which a spiritual battle is taking place between the Kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.
10.11. Beginning of human life
We affirm the sanctity of human life and that life begins at the moment of conception.
10.12. Purity in the Church
We affirm chastity for Christian single men and women; and the sacredness of Christian marriage.
We define marriage as a union between one born as a man and one born as a woman and that romantic and sexual contact between the same sex is sinful according to Romans 1: 26 – 27 and 1 Cor. 6: 9-10. Therefore, we reserve the right to marry couples that are recognized to be Biblical.
Healing—body, soul and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated by faith.
10.15 Religious Exemption
In conjunction with the ministry’s Statement of Faith, Pneuma, Inc. believes that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in, outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Pneuma, Inc. believes that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, transgender, incest, fornication, adultery, including bigamy and polygamy, and any other form of sexual immorality are sinful as defined by the Bible. We also believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
Pneuma, Inc. and its elders reserve the right to refuse to perform any ceremony that would be contrary to the marital beliefs of Pneuma, Inc. Pneuma, Inc. also reserves the right to refuse use of facilities for any ceremony or event condoning such practices. Pneuma, Inc. and its ministries, including its schools, reserve the right to dismiss or not to hire anyone who, being single or married, is practicing sinful sexual behavior. Anyone professing or discovered to be practicing any form of sexual immorality contrary to the beliefs of Pneuma, Inc. cannot hold office or job within Pneuma, Inc. or its ministries. Furthermore, Pneuma, Inc. reserves the right as a religious organization to prohibit the physical expression of such practices within our ministries. Pneuma, Inc. also reserves the right to remove from its property anyone who is openly exhibiting acts of sexual immorality.