The following basic doctrines contained in the Scriptures are adopted by Pleroma Bible Church. A full explanation of these doctrines can be found in Article III of the Church Constitution.
The Bible – We believe the Holy Scriptures contain God’s complete and coherent message to man. We believe this message to be the plenary verbally inspired Word of God and absolutely sufficient for living a life that glorifies God. We believe that the correct method of interpreting Scripture is the consistent application of the literal, grammatical, historical hermeneutic. Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
The Trinity – We believe in the co-equal, co-eternal, and co-infinite existence of a triune God who is One in essence existing in three Persons. Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
God the Father – We believe that God the Father is the first Person of the Godhead, whose relationship with the Second and Third Persons of the Trinity has existed from eternity past, and that they are co-equal and co-eternal in essence. The Father has absolute authority and does as He pleases without compromising His integrity. It pleased the Father to send the Son to pay the penalty for the sins of the human race. The Father was propitiated by the Son’s sinless sacrifice on the cross, and those who accept the Son as Savior enter into the family of God. Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 33:27; John 3:16-18, 8:42-44, 58, 17:5, 20:17; Romans 3:25; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 3:26, 4:5-6; Ephesians 1:5, 9; Colossians 1:19; Hebrews 2:10.
God the Son – We believe that God the Son is co-equal and co-eternal with and possesses the same divine attributes as the Father and Holy Spirit. The Son agreed to the incarnation in order to glorify the Father and redeem mankind from the slave market of sin. The Son (deity) united with perfect humanity to become Jesus Christ, the begotten by the power of the Holy Spirit to the virgin Mary. Because He did not have a human father, He was not imputed with Adam’s original sin and did not possess a sinful nature. Throughout His earthly life, Jesus Christ was never guilty of any form of personal sin, arriving at the Cross in a state of complete perfection and impeccability. When Jesus was on the Cross, He received the divine imputation of all the sins of all human history. The justice of God judged those sins in Him, and His sacrifice satisfied the perfect character of God, redeeming man from his slavery to sin. Jesus is the only Savior of the world, and to gain eternal life, we must place our faith in Him alone. Jesus Christ is presently seated at the right hand of the throne of God, existing in a resurrection body, inseparably united to His undiminished deity in one Person forever. We believe He will physically return to reign for 1,000 years. 2 Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 7:14; Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 1:21-25; Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 5:23; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25, 10:5, 12:2; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 10:6, 19:11-16.
God the Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son, possessing the same divine attributes. His ministry is to convict the world concerning the sin of unbelief, the absolute righteousness of God, and the judgment of Christ as our substitute. The Spirit is the agent of regeneration and indwells all believers of the present Church Age. He is the means whereby all believers are baptized into the body of Christ and sealed until the day of redemption. The duty of every believer is to maintain fellowship with God by walking by means of the Spirit. Through His filling ministry, the Holy Spirit is able to teach us all things. John 7:37-39, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 1:9.
Salvation – We believe that salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith alone in Christ alone (whose substitutionary death was the atonement for all sin). John 1:12, 3:15-18, 36, 6:47, 11:25; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:17, 2:8-10.
Eternal Security – We believe that anyone who believes in Christ alone for salvation receives eternal life at the moment of faith alone in Christ alone. At no time can a believer forfeit his salvation, which God has provided in grace. Since we are saved by means of faith, an act of God’s grace gives us eternal life, making it God’s responsibility to keep the believer in His love. Even if we fall away into sin and deny our salvation, the Lord cannot deny our salvation although He will deny us eternal rewards. John 1:12, 10:28; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Colossians 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 2:5-7,9.
Depravity of Man – We believe that humanity’s original parents were created perfect in the Garden of Eden; but due to personal sin, both they and their offspring fell into depravity. Through Adam’s willful sin against God, spiritual death caused separation from God, making it impossible for man to fellowship with God. All human beings are imputed with Adam’s original sin and are thus born spiritually dead with a Sin Nature, which describes the depravity of all mankind. Man left to his own merit is completely incapable of propitiating the character of God and reestablishing a relationship with God. Genesis 3:18-19; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Ephesians 2:12.
The Church – We believe the universal church to be the body of spiritually born again believers in Christ during the Church Age. We believe the Church is not mentioned in the Old Testament and that a clear distinction is to be made between Israel and the Church. We believe that the independent local church is a body of believers in Christ who assemble together for the purposes of being taught sound Bible-based teaching. The local church is also the base from which missionaries are sent forth to teach the Gospel. Acts 1:8; 2:42; 20:1; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:25.
Officers in the Local Church – We believe the Bible teaches that the offices of Pastor-Teacher and Deacon are to be filled by men (males) only. We do not believe in females holding the position of pastor or deacon. Acts 6:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:12, 3:1-16; Titus 1:6-9; Revelation 2-3.
Satan and Fallen Angels – We believe that Satan is a real and literal enemy of God. Satan revolted against the rulership of God (in eternity past) and presently has command authority over those angels who joined in his revolt. Satan tempted man in the Garden of Eden and, through man’s fall, gained rulership of the world. His domain includes planet earth and encompasses within its jurisdiction all humans who have not accepted Christ as Savior. God gives him limited time to prove that his plan is superior to God’s plan. When Satan fails, his destiny in the Lake of Fire awaits him. In the meantime, he is loose on earth and is the father of evil and all rebellion against God. He seeks to control nations in order to promote his concept of a perfect world where he is god and receives the worship of mankind. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11; 25:41; John 12:21; Ephesians 2:1-4; Revelation 20:1-10.
Dispensations – We believe in divine categories of human history called dispensations, which, when taken collectively, present the divine outline and interpretation of human history. In all human history, salvation is always by faith alone in Christ alone. However, in each dispensation, God has a different plan for believers; and in grace, He provides the means of executing that plan. Therefore, a believer’s precise orientation to his place in human history is absolutely necessary in order to accurately understand God’s plan and purpose for his life. Acts 1:6-7; Ephesians 2:11-3:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2.
Future Events – We believe the event called the Rapture of the Church, the bodily return of Jesus Christ for all Church Age believers, is imminent. Following the Rapture will be the seven year Tribulation, which is characterized as a time of judgment upon unbelievers and preparation for Israel’s acceptance of Jesus as Messiah. No member of the Church will face God’s wrath in the Tribulation, which is also called the time of Jacob’s trouble since it involves intense persecution on Israel. The Tribulation will be terminated with the Premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom. Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-21; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 3:10, 6:1-19, 20:6.
Eternal State – We believe that the soul and human spirit of those who have believed in Jesus Christ for salvation will spend eternity in heaven with a resurrection body in a state of complete happiness. Unbelievers from all human history will be collected, judged by their works, and sentenced to the Lake of Fire, where they will spend eternity in conscious agony. They will not be annihilated but will be punished in everlasting flames in complete separation from the glory and fellowship of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15.
Communion Service – We believe that Communion was commanded by our Lord to be formally observed until His return as a memorial to His substitutionary spiritual death on the cross. The unleavened bread represents the impeccable humanity of Jesus while the cup represents the last three hours on the cross when God the Father judged Jesus Christ for the sin of the world. The bread and cup symbolize but never actually become the physical body and blood of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53:10-12; 1Corinthians 11:23-31; 2Corinthians 5:17-21; 1Peter 2:21-24.
Responsibility of Believers – We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as to witness by life and by word, the truth of the Scriptures, reflecting favorably toward their Lord and Savior. Each believer is commanded to grow in the grace knowledge of Jesus Christ and to live in compliance with His plan and will, thereby glorifying God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Hebrews 13:10-18; 1 Peter 2:5, 7, 9; 2 Peter 3:18.
Spirituality – We believe that spirituality is an absolute condition in the life of a believer in this dispensation. When the believer is spiritual, He is filled by the Holy Spirit, walking in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and capable of being taught the truths from the Scripture. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not an emotional or ecstatic experience but the means of living the spiritual life. John 15:7; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 1:9.
Spiritual Gifts – We believe that Christ gave all spiritual gifts during His ascension and that the Holy Spirit assigns them as He desires. The permanent spiritual gifts still in use after 96 AD are evangelism, pastor-teacher, teaching, administration, exhortation, giving, mercy, and helps. The purpose of these permanent gifts is to insure the cooperation and smooth function of the local church. The temporary gifts of apostle, prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, miracles, healings, tongues, interpretation of tongues, distinguishing of spirits, and the gift of faith ceased before 96 AD. Anyone claiming to have any or all of these gifts today is misinformed and into false doctrine. Furthermore, any member practicing or in any way condoning or being sympathetic toward these temporary gifts shall be subject to dismissal as a member of this church. Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27-31; 13:8; Ephesians 4:8; James 1:25.
Marriage – We believe marriage to be a divine institution established by God before the fall for the stability and perpetuation of humanity in accordance to God's plan. Therefore, we only recognize and conduct marriages according to the historic Christian faith. Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-9; Ephesians 5:22-31; Colossians 3:18-19.
This church shall not at any time become a member, sanction, or support any denomination, association of churches, or religious organizations of any kind.
This church shall not solicit anyone to become a member. Those who desire to affiliate with this church may do so by complying with the provision of Article V of the Pleroma Church constitution.
This church shall not solicit financial support from any person or group.