Hope for the Nation
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our beliefs

The True Scriptures

We believe that all the words and all the parts of the sixty-six books of the Old and New testaments are God’s Words Gospel of the revelation of salvation through and in Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the origination of meticulous and precise revelation of the Holy Spirit to mankind. The unique and original manuscripts are truth without any blend of error.

 

The One True God

We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. God is indescribably glorious in holiness and worthy of the entirely of faith, honor, confidence, and love.

There are three distinct characterizations of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each in their every divine perfection affect different but harmonious actions in the great work of our redemption.

 

God the Father – We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and accomplishes all things by His own resolve and grace.

 

God the Son – We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is the Second Person of the Trinity. He came into this world in human flesh as prophesied in the Scriptures as the manifested God for all mankind as their Redeemer of sin in the sinful world.

 

God the Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the precise same nature. He was active in the creation. He restrains Satan so God's purpose is fulfilled on earth. He convicts persons of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the intermediary to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, and He is the facilitator in the new birth. He seals, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer in a process of moving toward God likeness.

 

The Creation of the Heavens, Earth, and Humankind

We believe that the creation of the universe from nothing is a precise historical event wholly controlled by God. The existence of all things is the result of the direct, immediate, creative acts of the triune God over six literal days. Humanity—body and soul/spirit—was created by a direct work of God. Humans did not evolve from previously existing forms of life. The entire human race descended from the God created historical Adam and Eve, the original male and female, the first parents, of the entire human race.

 

Created Spirit Beings

We believe that God created countless sinless spirit beings. Although they are a higher order of creation than humanity, they were Angels created to serve God and to worship Him.

Fallen Angels and Satan – We believe that Satan is a God created angel and the origin of sin. He experienced the judgment of God by his rebelling against his Creator, by taking many angels with him in his fall, and by sowing sin into humanity with his temptation of Eve. He is the absolute and avowed enemy of God and all mankind.

 

Humanity

We believe that Adam and Eve were created in virtue and blamelessness in the laws of their God their Maker, but by his own free will, Adam fell from his sinless and happy estate. Adam represented all humanity and all humanity sinned in Adam. Thus, all natural men and women are totally evil. They inherited Adam's fallen nature, and are sinners by their very nature and by their behavior. They are, therefore, under absolute condemnation and are defenseless and without excuse.

 

Salvation

All who are saved for eternal life must have been born again. They experience a new spiritual birth and become a new creation in Jesus Christ. Salvation is immediate. It is not an evolving process. At the new spiritual birth, someone who is dead in trespasses and sins receives the divine nature of God and receives eternal life.

 

Conditions of Salvation: Grace and Faith

Salvation is the absolute and gift of God’s grace. Salvation is based wholly on the grace caused by Christ’s shed blood on the cross at Calvary. Human works can never earn salvation. Faith alone in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ is the only condition for salvation. That faith alone merits God’s saving grace.

 

Justification – Justification is the legal act of God as He authorizes that we are righteous through faith in Christ Jesus. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God's righteousness. Justification is not given for any works of righteousness by us. It is given through faith in the Redeemer.

Born again Spiritual Regeneration – Regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given to men and women. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation.

 

Election – Election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He delivered those who by their free will would choose, by faith, to accept Christ as their Savior. Those, the elected, are justified to salvation and sanctified.

Sanctification – We believe that sanctification is the unfolding work of God: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness now he or she trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to his or her life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return

 

Adoption – We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of His heirs. This is in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position of adoption awaits the glorification of the believers at the coming of the Lord.

 

The One Universal Worldwide Church

The true universal Church of Jesus Christ, which is the body of Christ, was formed on a Day of Pentecost in an Upper Room in Jerusalem.  All believers, from the day of Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to this Church when they believe the Gospel and are spiritually immersed by baptism into Christ’s body. The universal Church is a blend of local congregations of redeemed, baptized by immersion, believers who bind with each other in a covenant of faith and a unity of belief of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Linda Oliver
Founder, HFTN