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Salvation
Scripture has revealed only one way to salvation (Jn.14:6), and for this reason those who have not heard the gospel are lost. Any attempt we make to think of a way the heathen may actually be saved apart from the gospel removes our most powerful motivation for missions. The reason people develop theories for how the heathen may not be lost is because the thought of all those millions going to hell is so disconcerting. But it is that very discomfort that is the powerful force that drives godly men to give up everything and risk their own lives to reach the lost. Concern for the fact that those who have not heard cannot be saved is a Scriptural motive for missions (Ro.10:13-15). That passage makes it clear that unless they hear the Gospel, they cannot be saved.

  Regeneration (Being Born Again)
We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Father and the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (1 Pe.1:3, Jn.3:3-7, Tit.3:5), through the Word of God (Jn.5:24), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation (Jn.1:12).

   Election
We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He will saves (Ro.8:28-30, Eph.1:4-11, 2 Thes.2:13, 2 Tim.2:10).

We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to sinners is not based on God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and purpose (Eph.1:4-7, Tit.3:4-7, 1 Pe.1:2).

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ez.8:23,32, 33:11, Jn.3:18-19,36,5:40, Ro.9:22-23, 2 Thes.2:10-12, Rev.22:17), nor does it reduce the urgency of evangelism (Ro.10:14-17). We must strive to persuade sinners to repent, because their decision of whether or not to repent will determine their eternal destiny (2 Cor.5:11).

  Justification
We teach that justification is an act of God (Ro.8:33) by which He declares righteous those who believe (Ro.3:26). This righteousness is not generated by the believer; rather it is a foreign righteousness – the moral perfection of Jesus Christ that is legally credited to a person’s account when that person believes (2 Cor.5:21).