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Christian Statement of Faith

1.  INERRANCY OF THE BIBLE/GODS INSPIRED WORD

WE BELIEVE the Bible is the inerrant, plenary, verbally inspired word of God, which is needed to direct lost souls to a saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.  We believe the Word of God is eternal and unbroken.  We believe in the literal method of interpretation of the Bible. (Numbers 23:16-19) (John 1:1-14) (II Timothy 3:15-17)

2. SIN AND SALVATION/ONLY ONE WAY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

WE BELIEVE in salvation by grace.  This is a free gift from God, given to all who believe in His Son Jesus, the Christ, and accept Him as the Lord of their life.  (Matthew 16:21-26) (John 3:16-19) (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) (Romans 10:9-13) (Ephesians 2:4-9) (I John 5:9-12)

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ lived a perfectly sinless life, and His sacrificial death on the cross is complete atonement for our sins. (Romans 5:6-10) (I Thessalonians 5:9-10) (I Peter 2:21-22, 24) (John 19:30)

WE BELIEVE all mankind possesses a bent toward sin, and must personally accept the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for the penalty of those sins. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) (Acts 16:31) (John 1:12)

3. TRINITY/DEITY OF CHRIST

WE BELIEVE in one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) (Matthew 28:19-20) (Mark 12:28--31) (I John 5:7)

WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate, and was manifest in human flesh. He was like us in all ways except for one, being free from sin. (Isaiah 9:6-7) (John 1:1-14) (John 5:22-23) (John 8:54-58) (John 10:30)

 

Why the Name Spiritual Hostages?

Spiritual Hostages are what my son, husband and I were.  Being one of Jehovah's Witnesses I was taught to marry only in the Lord.  And, to Jehovah's Witnesses that means marrying a fellow Jehovah's Witness. For years I prayed for a Jehovah's Witness husband, but God never answered my prayers. It was during my last bad experience as a practicing Jehovah's Witness when a ministerial servant's wife called me bad association that I decided I probably would not find a Jehovah's Witness husband, nor would I ever be accepted as good association in my congregation.  I made a decision to stop attending the meetings.

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The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."