What we believe and teach
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WE STILL BELIEVE . . .
In an age of constant change,
we still believe in the unchanging Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit -- three persons in One God.
In an age of Humanism's confusion,
we still believe that God created the universe in six 24-hour days as revealed
in Genesis, and that the whole Bible is God's Word, free from all errors,
contradictions or myths.
In an age of doubt, we still
believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin
In an age of fear and guilt,
we still believe that Christ died on the cross as payment for the sins
of the world, and that He aros world is declared righteous on account of
In an age of do-it-yourself religion,
we still believe that etere from the grave because His sacrifice was
accepted by God, so that thenal salvation is through faith in the "good news",
not obedience to the law; by grace alone, apart from all works; by the
Holy Spirit working through the Gospel in the Word and Sacraments, not
by human reason, religious sincerity, spiritual fervor, "Spirit-baptism"
or any other condition, work, or "add on" of man.
In an age of Ecumania, we
still believe that to preserve the pure Gospel of Christ for ourselves
and others, Christians are commanded by the Lord to test and judge all
teachings and philosophies, hold to whatever is according to God's Word,
and avoid all religious fellowship with that which is contrary to that
In an age of "evangelical materialism",
we still believe that the "evangel" is the proclamation of forgiveness
and the gaining of heaven through faith in Christ, not the preaching of
principles by which one may lead a "good" life and gain earthly prosperity.
"If you hold to my teaching, then
you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free."
"Test the spirits whether
they are of God;
because many false prophets
have gone out into the world."
(1 John 4:1).
From its beginning, our congregation
has been determined to teach only what is "of God," that is, teachings
that are recorded in the BIBLE, which is GOD'S WORD. We call ourselves
Lutheran because we hold to the historic Lutheran teachings. The BIBLE
is the only source for these teachings.
Below are some examples of what the
Bible teaches, in contrast to the errors that are taught by many of today’s
The Way to Heaven
Bible Teaching All
people are sinners - faith in Jesus is the only way to heaven. Those
who refuse to confess and repent of their sins, die without faith in Him,
and are eternally lost in hell.
|False Teaching Sincere
followers of non-Christian religions may get to heaven, even without
believing in Jesus. ||
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23.
|For by grace
you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the
gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast" Ephesians
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ" Romans 3:23.
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans
repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out" Acts
|"I am the
Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Because I live, you shall live also" John 14:6.
|"God so loved
the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in
Him should not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16.
Inspiration of the Bible
Bible Teaching The
Bible is the inspired Word of God in its entirety, without error or contradiction.
False Teaching The
Bible is a book written by fallible men and therefore subject to error.
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may
be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work"
1 Timothy 3:16.
received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as
the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God" 1 Thessalonians
of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" 2 Peter
Creation of the World
Bible Teaching The one almighty
and Triune God created the world and everything in it, including man, in
six ordinary days.
False Teaching All things
have come into being by a process of evolution. Man has evolved from
lower forms of life.
|"In the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1.
|"For in six
days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is
in them, and rested on the seventh day" Exodus 20:11.
|"For by Him
all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible
and invisible" Colossians 1:16.
we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the
things which are seen were not made of things which are visible"
False Beliefs &
are not pleasing to God
Teaching Every teaching
in the Bible is important. Therefore Christians should stand up for
the Truth (and not tolerate error). Although God shows His love to
sinners (John 3:16), He also hates sin and tells us that willingly following
error and living in sin is a tool of Satan to take away our faith.
False Teaching The Bible
teachings are either unclear, unimportant, or not valid for our day and
age. Following God's Word is a matter of preference. God does
not care what we believe or the lifestyle we choose to live.
|"Do not be
carried about with various and strange doctrines" Hebrews 13:9.
be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies"
2 Peter 2:1.
other doctrine" 1 Timothy 1:3.
|"And in vain
they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men"
anyone cheat you through philosophy and vain deceit"
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals...will inherit the kingdom
of God" 1 Corinthans 6:9.
|"Now I urge
you brethern, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to
the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them" Romans
We believe that Christians ought
to be concerned about upholding the truth and rejecting all false teachings.
Our Lord Jesus promises: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples
indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free"
Our congregation is a member of
Church of the Lutheran Confession "CLC"