Who Is God?
We believe that God exists (Psalm 14:1), that He is the creator (Gen. 1:1), that He is and uncreated, spiritual being, (John 4:24), that the Son of God incarnated himself into the body of a human being (John 1:1, 18), that God is self-existent (Isaiah) 43:10, 48:12), Omnipotent (Job 42:2, Psalm 115:3), omnipresent (1 Kings 8:27, Proverbs 15:3, eternal (Psalm 90:2, 93: 2), God alone (Is. 46:9), unchangeable (Mal. 3:6, that He loves the world (John 3:16), is just (Psalms 19:7,8) and merciful (Deut. 7;9,10).
Who Is Jesus Christ?
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth (called the Christ) is God incarnated in human flesh (John 1:3,4; 2028; Rom. 9:5; Titus 2:13). He was born of a true virgin (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:27), led a sinless life (Heb. 4:15), died literally on a Roman cross (Matt. 27:50) but rose from the dead physically, in the same body, on the third day after the crucifixion (Matt. 28:5,6; John 2:19-21).
Jesus is the only mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5), God’s ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind (Romans 3:25), our only hope of salvation (Acts 4:12), the head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23) and judge of the entire world (John 5:22).
Who Is The Holy Spirit?
The Spirit is the third person of the trinity (Matt. 28:19), not an impersonal force (Acts 5:4), possesses all the attributes of God (1 Cor. 2:10,11; Psalms 139:7,8; Genesis 1:1,2). Convicts a person of sin, guides, equips, teaches, fills and empowers the believer, enabling the believer to live a life pleasing to God (Gal. 5:16). The Spirit will not lead the believer away from God’s revealed truth, but rather will come to the believer with the Bible and through the Bible, never apart from the Word of God (2 Tim.3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
What Is The Trinity
Understanding the work “Catholic” to refer to the general body of believers and not just the denomination based in Rome, we affirm the Athanasianand Nicene Creeds. (Links Here) We believe there is only one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are co-equal in their essential nature, attributes, and perfection; and each of whom is to be honored and worshiped as God. We do not believe the trinity is a group of three gods (tritheism) nor is the one God manifested in different modes (modalism). (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Psalm 18:30,31; Psalm 147:5; Matt. 28:19; Mark12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24, 5:23, 10;30, 14:9; Acts5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3)
What Is Human Nature? What is the Atonement?
We believe that humans are created beings, not gods or gods in embryo (polytheism), not a part of God’s essence (Pantheism) nor are they a product of a mindless natural process (Darwinism) – but a separate creation from Him and subservient to Him (Genesis 1:27). God does not answer to us, but we to Him. We were originally created perfect and able to directly communicate with the Creator. By act of willful disobedience, we rebelled against God, thus cutting ourselves off from direct fellowship with Him (Genesis 3;24). Since God is Holy, we cannot enter fellowship with Him when stained by sin.
Humans are sinful by nature (Rom. 3:23) but maintain a conscience constantly bearing witness that we are out of line with the Creator (Rom 2:15). We also believe that God loves us with an everlasting love. Not willing that we should perish, God took the initiative to reconcile us to Himself through the cross of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). Some who lived before the days of Jesus were justified by their faith in God – even though they may not have understood God’s plan nor had a clear understanding of His holiness. Those that came after must also put their faith in God and His atoning work on the cross or their sin will not be cleansed.
Since we are all sinners there is no room to boast. Christianity and the church are not a “we’re better than you” club but is, instead, a gathering of people who have put their faith in Christ for salvation and the power to live a life that is pleasing to God.
What Is Sin?
God is Holy, His statutes and requirements for human behavior are perfect, thus, sin is NOT a relative concept. Sin is more than a transgression of a list of rules. A sinful act is merely giving in to what we are by nature – sinful creatures (Psalm 14:1). We believe that no amount of good behavior can make up for the stain of sin on our lives. Continuing to live in the sinful state produces moral and spiritual bondage, guilt, death and eternal punishment (Romans 6 and 7).
All sin is serious, but we preach the good news that Christ has overcome sin and death. This does not give us a license to sin (Rom. 6:15) but gives us power to overcome sin. While we do believe that the ceremonial Old Testament law, with its animal sacrifices and prohibitions, were completed in Jesus Christ; thus freeing us from Kosher eating and the observation of the Old Testament social laws, we still affirm that God’s moral laws are absolute and eternal (Deut. 5; Romans 1 and 2). The Old Testament is also the inspired Word of God.
What Are Moral Standards?
We recognize that ALL sin is an affront to God. It is the mission of the church to help all who wish to repent in their efforts to turn from sin. As defined in Romans, chapter one, we acknowledge that sin is a real issue, that sinful behavior cannot be overlooked but must be confronted “speaking the truth in love” and that there are Biblically defined boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable behavior in our personal lives and in the church. In short, FourteenSix is not a refuge for the self-righteous or a place that refuses to acknowledge what is sin and what is not. Though imperfect, we long for completeness (maturity) as our fear turns to love for God in an ever-increasing relationship.
What Is Our View On Marriage And Sexuality?
God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21 – 26, Romans 10:8 – 17, Ephesians 2: 1 – 10, James 5: 16 – 20). Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the statement of belief of FourteenSix, Inc. Galatians 6: 1 – 3, 1 Peter 4: 1 – 11).
As far as FourteenSix is concerned, the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man (who has been a male continuously since his birth and who has not undergone sexual reassignment surgery) and one woman (who has been a female continuously since her birth and who has not undergone sexual reassignment surgery) in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18 – 25, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:3 – 9, Ephesians 5: 28 – 33). We believe, affirm and teach that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (Ephesians 5:3 – 5, 1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 5, Galatians 5: 16 – 25).
We believe, affirm, teach and hold all employees, volunteers, staff or agents of FourteenSix, Inc. (AKA, FourteenSix Christian Church or FourteenSix Calvary Chapel or Calvary Chapel FourteenSix) to affirm, live-by and teach that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s gender or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God (Ephesians 5: 1 – 3, Hebrews 13:4, Isaiah 5: 20 – 21, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:10 – 16, Deuteronomy 23: 17 – 18, 1 Timothy 1:8 – 17, Romans 1:22 – 32, 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20, Galatians 5: 16 – 23, Hebrews 12: 15 – 17, 2 Samuel 11:2 – 12:15). All persons employed by FourteenSix, Inc. or any of its Ministries in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers in FourteenSix, Inc. or any of its Ministries, must abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly (Hebrews 13: 4 – 8, Hebrews 13:17 – 21, Colossians 3: 1 – 17).
What is being “born again?” What Is Salvation?
Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, paid for all sin, completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe. Those who recognize their sinful state, actively turn from it towards God (repentance) and put their total trust in Christ’s work on the cross on their behalf are set apart as God’s children (Rom. 9:8; Gal. 3:26). Salvation is provided for us because of God’s great love for us, not because we have earned it from any number of good works (Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Rom. 9:14).
Though justified before God because of our faith in Christ, all Christians will continue to struggle with sin and will not totally cease from sinning in this life (1 John 1:9), however, the Holy Spirit in our lives makes it possible for us to overcome sin and not be dominated by it (Rom. 6:14).
As Christians we now have the righteousness of God imputed, or added, to our account (2 Cor. 5:21), old things have passed away and we are the children of God. (John 1:12). We can, therefore, do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:1). Because we are saved and filled with His Spirit, we are set apart to bear fruit for God (John 15:16). Through the power of the Holy Spirit and by total submission to Him, we are able to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). Nevertheless, it is not US the devil fears but Christ in us. It is important to emphasize that we are nothing in and of ourselves – our position as one redeemed is to be humble at all times.
What Is The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is that person of the trinity who convicts men of sin, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals, sanctifies (sets apart), guides, equips, teaches and fills the believer enabling the believer to walk in obedience to God and His Word (Eph. 3:14 – 19). We believe the Holy Spirit can, and does, intercede for us in worship uttering groanings from our hearts toward God that even we cannot comprehend (Rom. 8:26).
We believe that the Spirit fills ALL who put their faith in Christ immediately at the time a person truly puts faith in Jesus. Yet still, we believe the ministry of the Spirit continues to this day and the cup of the Spirit in our hearts may overflow from time to time in a believer’s life as God allows (sometimes called the “filling” of the Holy Spirit but we believe this is actually the “overfilling” since the cup is already full).
What About Miracles And Manifestations Of The Holy Spirit?
1 Corinthians 12:4 (NASB)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
The Spirit is the author of miracles and visions (including healings and tongues) but these manifestations of the Holy Spirit are given as God desires (1 Cor. 12:11) not by the will of the people. The Spirit is not a genie in a bottle that responds to the right words or actions of people. These manifestations will NEVER contradict the revealed word of God, will always bring glory to God alone and are NOT subject to the will or faith of any individual believer. We may ask for them, and indeed we should earnestly desire them (1 Cor. 12:31) but it is the Holy Spirit who acts to demonstrate a gift or manifestation of the Spirit by the will of God alone (1 Cor. 12:11). We believe all should be done in the church in an orderly manner.
We believe that we should “Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thes. 5:21). Although we believe in miracles, signs and wonders we believe all true manifestations of the Spirit should be empirically verifiable and Biblically supported.
What Is The Revealed Word of God?
The apostles were the original leaders of the church, laying down the New Testament, explaining the work of Jesus as it connects with the promises of the Old Testament and establishing the workings of the church. We believe, therefore, in apostolic authority – that is the authority of the original apostles encoded in the works they left for us in the Bible. Since not every issue relating to the church may be found directly in the Bible (there is no mention of indoor plumbing in the Bible or electronic instruments) we do believe in the guidance of the Holy Spirit – but that guidance is only genuine so long as the direction given does not contradict the precepts (principles) of the Word of God.
We believe, therefore, that the 66 books of both the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible comprise God’s revealed will to mankind and are without error in the original writings. Only these books have the authority of God Himself and are the final authority on all issues of Christian living. There are many other books, both ancient and modern, that contain some historical and even spiritual value (including works by major Christian authors, psychologists, apologists, missionaries and other leaders) and may help in the function of the church or Christian life, but all controversies, variations of opinion, traditions of men, psychological opinion or scientific interpretation must be judged in light of God’s revealed word (the Bible alone). In all matters of doctrine, the words of the Bible are absolute – we will add nothing to it or take anything away from it. Issues of minor importance (music style in the church, clothing style etc.) will be dealt with by grace, understanding, forgiveness and balance.
We affirm without equivocation the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
What Is The Church?
We are affiliated with and recognized as a member of the Calvary Chapel Association (CCA) – but the CCA is not a denomination in the common sense of the term; thus, we are not a denominational church, but we are not opposed to denominations either. We do not agree with the overemphasis of the doctrinal differences which have led to division in the body of Christ. We believe the church is composed of all who have placed their faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible for their salvation from sin and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe in the unity of the body of Christ and will gladly rejoice with all believers in the truth. Yet still, since the church is filled with fallible human beings it is critical that we fully examine any position, behavior, vision, miracle, leadership or manifestation of the Spirit in light of God’s Word alone. While there may always be room to discuss and debate peripheral or secondary issues (spiritual gifts, communion, future events etc.) the basic fundamentals of the faith (the Athanasian and Nicene Creeds and the authority of the Bible etc.) are not to be compromised.
What Are Church Ordinances?
Two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those who have made a profession of faith in Christ for the remission of their sins, who have repented of their sins and made a covenant with God to live for Him should be baptized (Acts 8:36, 37). It is not, however, the act of baptism that saves us but our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ that redeems us. Baptism is a command of Christ that we are expected to follow but we recognize that God affords grace to many with this issue (the thief on the cross, the gentiles in Act 10:44). Nevertheless, persons who commit themselves to the Lord will be encouraged and expected by this ministry to be baptized.
The Lord’s Supper is a ceremonial remembrance of the atoning death of Jesus on the cross. The bread represents the body of Jesus, broken for us. The cup represents the blood of Christ and it is for this reason that grape juice or red wine is used. All who have examined themselves, have repented and turned to Christ for salvation from sin are welcome to participate but it is God alone who will judge who participates in these ordinances with a dishonorable motive or impure heart (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-29). As a church we will take both of these ordinances seriously and respectfully, teaching our members to do the same.
What Is Our Teaching About Creation?
We believe that God created the universe and all that is in it out of nothing purely by His own power (not by function of any natural law or process) – (Gen 1:1). We believe the Genesis account of creation and reject the evolutionary, naturalist model of origins. We do not accept any form of theistic evolution. Although we do not accept the currently estimated geologic time scale, we do not insist that earth is any one age or another (the age of the earth is a peripheral issue).
The issue of God as Creator is foundational to our understanding of the fall of man, sin and salvation. It is an essential of the Christian faith; nevertheless, although we do hold to the “out of nothing” creationist position we do not condemn those who believe theistic evolution as not being saved. There is room for grace on this issue so long as a person holds that God is Creator. His method and when this event took place in history is open to debate. Our position and what we will teach is outlined above.
Who Is Satan?
We believe that Satan is a real being, a spiritual being that once was Holy but now is fallen. Satan is a liar, a deceiver, the enemy of God and humankind. He is not the opposite of God but was created by God – originally, created good and soon to be fully defeated. He does NOT possess the attributes of God (he is not omniscient, omnipresent, all-powerful etc.) He is not equal to God. God does not fear Satan nor is God subject to Satan’s will or power, nor ever has He been. We believe God is in absolute control of the destiny of creation and will ultimately subject Satan and his demons to eternal darkness. We do not believe Satan or his demons can possess a true Christian but Satan can gain a foothold in our lives – But our weapons are not carnal in the tearing down of strongholds and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13, 2 Pet. 1:3 – 4 & Eph. 1).
Although we are expected to resist Satan it is not our authority or intensity of faith that causes Satan to flee from us – it is Christ in us and our faith in Jesus that motivates Satan to run when we trust in God.
What Is Eschatology (Future Events)?
We believe Jesus will return bodily to execute final judgment on all of humankind from all of history. His return will be in the clouds, not a secret, spiritual return and His return will end this age. We are to be ever watchful of His imminent return, but it is not for ANYONE to know when He will return. (1Thes. 5:1).
We believe that prophecy is and “after the fact” evidence of God’s foreknowledge. The Jews at the time of Jesus grossly misinterpreted prophecies concerning the Messiah and were hostile to Jesus since he did not fit their preconceived views. We believe the prophecies given about Jesus, when they were fulfilled in Him, were a clear indication of his authenticity but learning from the religious leaders of His time who interpreted the scripture to fit their own desires, we view the exact step-by-step sequence of future events is open to some interpretation. Our limited understanding of what may happen in the future has caused many well-meaning believers to abandon hope, quench the Spirit or otherwise give up on the work of believers in the world. Our job is to be salt and light to the world. Knowing He could return at any moment is our motivation to be good stewards for the Kingdom of God recognizing that every moment counts.
This being stated, we do believe in the imminent rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ which will be physical, personal, visible, and premillennial. This motivates us to evangelism, holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, and regular fellowship (Rev 1:7, Mt 24:30, Zech 14:4, Rev 20: 1 – 6)
What Kind Of Worship Do You Believe In?
We believe that worship is an intimate fellowship with God. Worship can be corporate but even during corporate events; believers should communicate with God directly and personally.
We believe that worship in the church should be orderly (1 Cor. 14:40). We believe various instruments should be used with gladness and skill (Ps. 33:3; 98:4; 150:5). If a person feels comfortable raising up their hands during worship or moving the body, so long as these things are done in an orderly fashion, we have no objection. (Ps. 134, 150)
What About Heaven And Hell?
We believe those who are saved by Jesus Christ will spend eternity with Christ in heaven in a conscious state of joy, reward, and satisfaction (Lk 23:43, 2 Cor 5:8, Jn 14:2-3)
Those who do not personally receive the finished work of Christ by faith will spend eternity separated from God in a state of conscious torment (Is 66:22, Mt 5:29, Mt 10:28, Lk 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:7-9, Rev 20:11-15).
What Theological Teachings Do You Oppose?
We reject that humans are helpless against temptation. We reject determinism and believe that humans have real freewill.
We reject any philosophy or theology which denies that human freewill can be exercised in the receiving of Christ’s free gift of salvation; specifically, we reject the belief that Jesus’s atonement was limited in its extent. Instead, we believe that Jesus died for all unrighteous people and that any perceived limitation of the efficacy of His sacrifice rests in one’s free rejection of Christ’s finished work of atonement. We reject the assertion that God’s drawing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell; instead we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so freely as a result of the Holy Spirit’s conviction and His drawing persuasion of the heart.
We reject the positive confession of the Word of Faith Movement (creating reality vocally), Open Theism, Process Theology, the Emergent Church Movement (so far as it rejects historic orthodox Christian doctrine), Contemplative Prayer (CP) or mystical spirituality so far as it incorporates pantheism, panentheism, and eastern philosophies.