This site is not for the fainthearted looking for a white wash, smooth, soothing, deluded, bandage, new evangelical, stinking, sell your soul for a buck answer to your problem you got yourself into. This is for the serious, no nonsense, answer to real life issues for people who are at the point in life where they want to know the truth and are sick and tired of the monotonous, tepid, preachers on so called Christian talk radio who are so afraid of losing their listeners (MONEY) they donít tell people the truth. Iím sick of people being lied to by these hirelings. They obviously made the ministry their career choice and these false prophets are gonna make money one way or the other by golly! Get off the air you lying piece of dog dung!!
For example, the Bible answer man gets a call on the radio from a poor person looking for advice about his marriage. The dialogue may go something like this. Caller: Iím confused. Iím separated from my wife. I've been told by my friends to get on with my life and find someone else but I feel I should reconcile with my wife. Bible answer man: How long have you been separated? Caller: Oh, about 3 months. Bible answer man: God wants you to be happy and He wouldn't want you to stay in a bad marriage. It may be time to move on . Caller: But I know the Bible says to put away your wife and marry another is adultery. Bible answer man : But wouldn't you want to get re-married if you were divorced. Caller: Thatís not the point. the Bible clearly says, and you get my point. I heard an episode very similar to this on a local ďChristian radioĒ program. The caller should have been teaching the Bible answer man because he certainly was more spiritual than the lost opportunist who most ostensibly was more afraid of man then God. Never had it been so obvious. The sad thing is, is that this man was broken and came to the so called Bible answer man just to get misled by a hireling who will answer to a Holy God one day for giving wrong advice on such a serious issue. The Callers conscience and everything in this sincerely broken man was telling him what was right. When I heard this interchange my heart was broken. Unfortunately the suedo Christian seems to reign on Christian programming today. Most of them donít even know where the Bible is. They use some modern version as not to offend anyone.
Thus the purpose of ĎAll The Counselí Ministries is to give answers to the hard questions with hopes that God will direct those who are seeking the truth to this site. May God richly bless and help you with lifeís issues. ATCM
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God and angels, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion, to educate our children in Scripture truth; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and excessive use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of God our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech: to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rule of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place, we will soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the Spirit of this covenant and principles of God's Word.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE The purpose of this Church shall be to promote the worship of God by preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ at home and abroad, trusting that as a result, sinners shall be saved, and believers edified. The object is further expressed in our Church covenant, which shall be read publicly at various times.
ARTICLE III - AFFILIATIONS This Church is not affiliated with any other Organization. ARTICLE IV - DECLARATION OF FAITH
SECTION 1 - THE BIBLE: We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, inerrant, complete and final revelation of God's will to man, and the supreme standard to all faith and life. (Isaiah 40:8; II Timothy 3:16, 17; John 10:35; II Peter 1:19-21). We believe the King James Bible, AV 1611, to be the inerrant Word of God, providentially preserved and transmitted to the people of our time. We believe it is unique in its unerring portrayal of the exact rendering of the original Text, and that it reigns Supreme, having no rival among all English Translations of the world. We do not believe there is any need to revise, update, correct, better explain, or change in any way, the present King James Bible, AV 1611.
SECTION 2 - GOD: We believe in one God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, manifesting himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one in nature, attributes, power, and glory. (Genesis 1:1; Mark 12:39; Mathew. 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-4, 14; John 5:17-27; Philippians 2: 6-11).
SECTION 3 - JESUS CHRIST: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and that He is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-4,14; John 5:17-27; Philippians 2:6-11).
SECTION 4 - MAN: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26; 2:7-9, 16, 17; 3:1-9; Psalm 14:3, 4; 51:5; 58:3; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3).
SECTION 5 - SALVATION: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe-on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood on the cross, and are saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from human-merit and works. (John 1:29; Acts 13:38, 39; 16:31; Romans 3: 21-28; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:3-8).
SECTION 6 - REGENERATION: We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, and thereby become children of God. (John 3:3-8, 14-16, 1:12, 13, 5:24; 10:28, 29; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:4-7; I John 3:1-3).
SECTION 7 - THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that tne Holy Spirit is a divine person, and the administrator of the things of God: convincing of sin, revealing Christ, teaching the truth, restraining evil, energizing believers in prayer, worship and service, and is ever present in the believer as our comforter and helper. (Psalm 139:7-12; John 7:38, 39; 15:26; 16:13, 14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; II Thessalonians 2).
SECTION 8 - SATAN: We believe in the reality and personality of Satan: that he is a created being of beauty and power, the prince of this world, the god of this age, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobe- dience; that he fell through pride, and that he will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. (Ezekiel 28:12-18; Isaiah 14:12-14; Job 1:6, 7; John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4, 11, 13-15; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10).
SECTION 9 - THE RETURN OF CHRIST: We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven, His present life there for us as our High Priest and Advocate, and His personal, bodily, visible, premillenial return to establish His kingdom on earth, to reign as the only potentate: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Luke 24:26-43; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:9, 10; I Corinthians 15:20-25; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16; 20:6).
SECTION 10 - THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH: We believe that at any moment the rapture of the saved may occur, when the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven. . . ." to catch up His people to meet Him in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58).
SECTION 11 - HEAVEN AND HELL: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead: the saved, to a 1ife of eternal glory and bliss in heaven with God; the unsaved, to eternal judgment of conscious suffering and woe in the lake of fire. (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:6, 11-15, 21:1-8; Matthew 10:28, 18:8-9, 25:41 and 46; Mark 9:43-49; II Thessalonians 1:6-9).
SECTION 12 - EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer-to be a personal soul winner and to do his utmost to give the Gospel of Christ to the whole world. (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Matthew 4:19; John 17:18, 20:21 and II Corinthians 5:20).
SECTION 13 - SEPARATION: We believe that we are called to be a separated people to abide in Christ, to walk in the Spirit and to enjoy victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16; I John 2:15- 17; Colossians 3:1-17 and II Corinthians 2:14).
OUR RESOLUTION ON SEPARATION: Whereas the practice of inclusivism is infiltrating fundamentalism, and whereas fundamentalism is a movement of separation, be it there- fore resolved that we re-affirm our historic separatist position by observing Scripture.
(1) SEPARATION FROM DOCTRINAL SCHISMATICS AND APOSTATES:
1. "Mark them" (Philippians 3: 17-18).
2. "Avoid them" (Romans 16: 17-18).
3. "Identify them'! (I Timothy 1:20; II Timothy 1:15,4:14).
4. "From such turn away" ( I I Timothy 3: 5).
5. "Reprove them" (Ephesians 5: 11).
6. "Have no fellowship with them" (Ephesians 5: 11).
7. "Be not unequally yoked together with" (I I Corinthians 6: 14-16).
8. "Come out from among them" ( I I Corinthians 6: 17).
9. "Reject them" (Titus 3: 10).
(2) SEPARATION FROM DISOBEDIENT SAINTS AND APPEASERS:
1. "Note that man" (I I Thessalonians 3: 14).
2. "Withdraw yourself" ( I I Thessalonians 3: 14).
3. "Have no company with" (I I Thessalonians 3: 14).
4. "Rebuke them sharply" (Titus 1: 13).
5. "Admonish him as a brother" ( I I Thessalonians 3: 15).
6. "Count him not an enemy" (I I Thessalonians 3: 15).
7. "Keep not company" (I Corinthians 5: 11).
8. "With such an one, no, not to eat" (I Corinthians 5: 11).
(3) SEPARATION IN SOUL-WINNING ACTIVITY: Jude 22-23, "And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Be it further resolved that while' adhering to this separatist position, we "let brotherly love continue" - Hebrews 13: 1.
SECTION 14 - ORDINANCES: We believe that there are two ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We-believe that believer's baptism by immersion is the scriptural mode. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-32 and Matthew 3:16).
SECTION 15 - ETERNAL SECURITY: We believe that all who have truly been born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ are eternally secure. We believe it is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present salvation and eternal security. (John 10:20-29, 5:24; II Timothy 1:12; Phil- ippians 1:6 and Romans 8:33-39).
SECTION 16 - CHURCH FINANCES: We believe the only method of financing God's work to be the freewill tithes and offerings of God's people as set forth in the scriptures. (II Corinthians 8: 12.; Leviticus 27: 30-33; Malachi 3: 10-12) .
ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 - STATUS OF MEMBERS: All whose names appear upon the rolls of this church are members and are considered in good and regular standing. Those whose names do not appear on the rolls shall not have the right of franchise, and may not be granted a letter of good and regular standing. Members who have not reached their seventeenth birthday shall not have the right of franchise. members who are in the Armed Forces or extended shut-ins shall remain In the rolls until their status is changed, but shall not be counted in the determining of a quorum.
Reception of Members shall be as follows:
A. Anyone professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour by:
1. giving evidences of a change of heart.
2. declaring himself in accord with the principles, practices and doctrine of this church.
3. agreeing to be governed by the Word of God and the church constitution.
4. presenting a letter from another fundamental church, may become a candidate for membership.
B. Candidates for Church membership:
1. must have been baptized by immersion.
2. shall appear personally before the Pastor and Deacons who shall pass upon their qualifications and prescribe any restrictions they may deem advisable for the best interests of the church. The candidates will be recommended to the church by the Board of Deacons for acceptance by a 3/4 vote of the members present.
SECTION 2 - DISMISSAL OF MEMBERS:
Dismissal may be as follows:
A. By letter to a church of like faith and order.
B. By discipline.
1. It shall be the policy of the church to maintain the discipline of its members as set forth in Matthew 18:15-19 and I Corinthians 5:4-13.
2. By exclusion for conduct unbecoming a Christian or failure to fellowship, support, or communicate with this Church. In which case it shall be upon recommendation of the Deacons and a subsequent 3/4 vote at a regularly called meeting.
SECTION 3 - RESTORATION OF MEMBERS: Any person whose name is removed from the rolls may be reinstated to full fellowship and church privileges by compliance with the customs of the church: in attendance, support and Christian living, and by application to the Board of Deacons.
ARTICLE VI - ORGANIZATION The Church Board shall consist of the Pastor, the Board of Deacons, the Sunday School Superintendent, the Church Clerk, and the Church Treasurer. A youth director and mission chairman may be elected as growth of the church warrants it. These officers shall meet together at least once every quarter for the purpose of considering all matters of spiritual and temporal welfare of the church. A chairman shall be elected from this body of officers at the conclusion of each annual meeting. Election of all officers is to be at the annual business meeting with the exception of the Pastor who is called for an indefinite term. All officers of the Church, Sunday School Teachers and officers of auxilIary organizations shall be members of the church in good and regular standing. Other officers shall be: (1) Assistant Church Clerk (2) Assistant Treasurer (3) Assistant Sunday School Superintendent (4) Sunday School Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant (5) Librarian and Assistant ( 6) Head Usher. These officers will not have to meet with the church board.
ARTICLE VII - ELECTION AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1 - PASTOR: A. The Pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. His election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose of which there shall be a notice given at least two (2) Sundays prior to said meeting. The quorum of said meeting shall be 50% of the membership. The election shall be by secret ballot. The official call of the Pastor shall be extended by an affirmative vote of 3/4 members present and voting.