I. Spiritual Life
Having received the initial Baptism with the Holy Spirit, the believer should experience a continual renewing of this power from on High. The Holy Spirit is easily grieved by coldness, prayerlessness, idle conversation, worldliness, and a judging and criticizing spirit. God desires that we walk and abide in the Spirit with the objective of conforming to the image of Christ. Every believer should continually make progress in love, giving, wisdom, purity, faith, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness. (Acts 4:31; I Cor.3:17; Gal.5:16-25; Eph.4:30-32; II Pet.1:3-7)
II. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Spiritual gifts are for the edification of the saints and the up building of the Church. The Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the believer: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues, which He divides to every man severally as He will. These gifts should be coveted earnestly by all spiritual believers and exercised in the spirit of love. (John 15:4,8; I Cor.12:7-11,31)
III. Fruits of the Spirit
The measure of the outworking of Christ’s character is love, joy, peace, long-suffering (patient forbearance), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (self-control). This fruit is eternal whereas the gifts of the Spirit will pass away; thus, these attributes of the Christian character are what will be taken into eternity. (Matt.7:16-20; Gal.5:22-23; James 3:17-18)
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation. (I Cor. 1:30; II Cor.3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Thess. 5:23; Heb.12:14)
V. Laying On of Hands
We believe that power (anointing) can be transmitted from one person touching another. Laying on of hands was practiced by the Levitical Priesthood. Jesus practiced it as a blessing, and it is our grounds for baby dedication instead of infant baptism. Laying on of hands is done for healing; to confer office, to receive the Holy Spirit, to receive anointing to ordain and consecrate, and to receive necessary ministry tools.
(Mark 10:13-I6; Acts 6:2-6; Acts 8:16-18; I Tim 4:14)
VI. Divine Healing
Healing for sickness and diseases in man is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, often accompanied by anointing with oil and laying on of hands. It is provided for in the Crucifixion of Christ, and it is the privilege of every believer today. (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; I Peter 2:24)
A variety of human problems in the spirit, soul or body of man’s being can be attributed to demonic influence. We believe Christians cannot be possessed spiritually once God’s Spirit indwells the human spirit, but the devil can attack the mind, will, emotions, or the body of a believer. God empowers all who believe to set the saved or unsaved free from the powers of darkness through the name of Jesus Christ. (Matt.8:16; Mark 3:14-15; Luke 10:19-20; James 4:7)
The power of the spoken word of God brought all of creation into existence. With a similar principle, man’s spoken words become agents of faith or doubt, blessing or cursing, life or death. Every believer needs to be aware of this divine principle and learn to speak God’s words that have faith and life rather than idle words which produce death. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Prov.13:3; Prov, 15:4; Prov. 18:21; Matt.12:33-37; Heb.10:23; James 3:2-18)
IX. Priesthood of Every Believer
Through the mercy of God, we as His people have become a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a holy people made to show forth the praises of God. Every believer/priest has the right to go directly to God in Jesus’ name for his needs rather than rely upon a human mediator/priest. (I Peter 2:5,9; Rev.1:5-6)
God desires to bless His people with spiritual and physical blessings for the purpose of establishing His covenant upon the earth. While many have fallen into sin by coveting earthly riches, His will to prosper His people is clear throughout Scripture. (Deut.8:18; Josh. 1:8-9; Ps. 34:10; Ps. 35:27; Luke 16:10-12; III John 2)
A. Definition of Prosper, prosperity, prosperous
To grow or increase; to thrive and make gain; to advance in growth, wealth, or anything good and desirable; successfulprogress or attainment in any enterprise; to be favored.
*Since the natural human disposition is to abuse the blessings of providence, rendering prosperity dangerous; and differentiating between prosperity in life and riches in material wealth, the following is an effort to clarify the general position of this ministry concerning the subject of prosperity and success.
Prosperity then is not measured in how much a man possesses, but in how wisely he uses what he is given. Prosperity is giving a concentration of energy and creativity on God’s purpose for your life. Prosperity is being able to visualize what God intends to do, and utilizing God’s power to do what we ought, (Eph.4:1-3; Heb.11:1).
Prosperity is operating in, and with the grace of God. (Grace is the active force within us, giving us the desire and the power to do things God’s way, Phil.2:13; Heb.12:14-15) Prosperity is having the desire and power to reproduce ourselves spiritually, (John 20:21-23; Mark 16:15-20). Prosperity is the ability to detect principles of life in Scripture and apply them to daily living, (Prov.1:5-6). Prosperity is the security of being able to build our life and affections around someone who can never be taken away from us, (Col.3:13). Prosperity is being in a position to be instrumental in the reproduction of Christ’s character in others, (Gal.4:19). Prosperity is discovering the foundation of life and learning to see life from God’s point of view, and thereby being able to respond to life situations from God’s perspective. (II Peter 1:3; II Tim.3:15-17; Col.1:9-10; Prov.3:13-18)
Ultimate prosperity would be: To be able to access God’s power to meet any need, at any time, for anyone, in any situation.
Success is measuring what we are by what we could be, and what we have done by what we could have done. Success is achieving the full potential God planned for us (Col.1:26-29). Success is being able to construct a solution to a difficult situation from existing Scriptural revelation (Prov.2:1-9).
The dictionary defines success as a favorable conclusion, or accomplishing an intended goal; however, in light of scriptural insight success is more of a favorable journey than an arrival at a destination.
Note: Taken from the Beliefs of Faith, Page 4, Section 10.
C. Total Prosperity
Man is a spirit being. Man has a soul, mind, will, and emotions. Man lives in a physical body.
(1) Spiritual - John 3:3,11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9
The spirit of man is eternal. All persons are born with the sin nature of Adam lodged in their human spirit and are doomed to eternal damnation and torment in the lake of fire, with the devil and his angels. By accepting the substitutionary sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ, The Messiah, an eternal covenant is established by which the same spirit-person will spend eternity with God. (I Cor. 2:9-10; Eph. 3:14-21)
(2) Mental - II Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Isaiah 26:3
Without God we are without God’s wisdom and understanding. Our intellect is limited by natural limitations of the fallen nature, and is basically limited to what we are able to learn by and relate to the five physical senses and our imagination (Isa.55:8-9). When we are born again, our soul is delivered from the powers of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God’s Son. We are able to relate to God on a personal level. Our will and our emotions are set free to respond to God’s influence. He imparts to us His wisdom and understanding. He imparts to us the mind of Christ (I Cor.2:9-16; Eph.4:11-24). Our thinking processes are open to supernatural revelation, reasoning, and evaluation, not available to the natural man. The believer’s covenant removes him from the power of fear, anxiety, and torment (Deut.28).
(3) Physical - Isaiah 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24
If God’s original creation was declared “good” and every herb and tree bearing seed was given for food; then there were no food allergies. Before the fall of Adam & Eve they had full dominion over every living thing on the face of the earth; therefore there could not have been bacterial and viral diseases (Gen. 1:26-29). Sickness was unknown before Adam yielded to sin. Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice was to reverse the consequences of Adam’s sin (Rom. 5:15-19; I Cor. 15:21-22). In Christ Jesus we have a covenant that includes health and healing. Naturally and divinely provided health is legally available to those who are in Christ and believe and appropriate it by faith and obedience. The one ministry common to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the healing ministry. (Ex.15:26; Ex. 23:25; Ps 103:2-5; Prov. 4:20-22; Mark 16:18; Acts 10:38; I Cor. 12:28; Jas. 5:14-15) A Biblically based diet, exercise, work, rest, recreation, life and health program is expected to produce a life expectancy of 120 years (Gen.6:3).
(4) Financial - Deut. 28; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Cor. 9:6-10; III John 2
Financial prosperity is differentiated from riches in the Scriptures, and therefore must be differentiated in our thinking, motives, objectives, and actions. Financial prosperity is promised to those who fulfill the requirements of desiring, obtaining, using, dispersing, and saving, according to God’s general revealed principles and plan, and includes God’s personal plan for the individual. To compromise God’s principles, plan, and methods is a departure from Godly prosperity. Financial prosperity is relative to God’s purpose for your life and not to be compared to the riches of the world and of the sinner.
(5) Social - Proverbs 3:4
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Prov. 16:7). When we become Christians, we are then able to truly walk in love and be at peace, giving deference toward all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:1-10). The love walk starts with the closest relationships and extends outward; therefore husbands love their wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, and wives reverence their husbands. Husbands/fathers lead their families in the love walk; by demonstration and children respect and obey their parents. We are then able to love, be at peace with, please, and edify our “neighbor” (Rom. 15:2; Eph. 5:15-33; Eph. 6:1-9; Col.3:1-24; Col. 4:5-6; Titus 2:1-15; Jas. 2:8; I Pet. 5:14; II Pet. 1:2-11). In Christ Jesus we are able to put off the old man with the carnal ways and put on the new man and walk in newness of life (Gal. 5:13-14; Eph. 4:11-32; Eph. 5:1-2). We have true fellowship with one another as we experience the love, light, joy, and fellowship of the Lord (John 15:7-17; Rom. 13:8-10; Phil. 1:2-11; Phil. 2:1-18; I John 1:3-7; I John 3:14-24; I John 4:9-21; I John 5:1-5)
All of the statements are for the purpose of gaining a working knowledge of the basic, foundational beliefs and charismatic distinctions of the Spirit of Prophecy Church.
They are for the purpose of defining our Statements of Belief and not for new revelation, arguments, or debates.
All ministers and workers involved in, or representing the ministries of the Spirit of Prophecy Church or its related ministries are expected to be in basic agreement with these foundations.
Acceptance of any type or form of certification from the Spirit of Prophecy Church implies agreement with these beliefs, statements, and distinctions.