ROLC's Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith

God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin (righteousness and judgment), that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead. That He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ; that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of final redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him. Every believer is called to life, so in the power of the indwelling Spirit, he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
(John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)

ANGELS, FALLEN AND UNFALLEN
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels. That one, "Lucifer, son of the morning" - the highest in rank - sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan. A great company of the angels followed him in his immoral fall, some of which became demons and is active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
(Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; 1 Tim. 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6.)

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led Adam and Eve into transgression, thereby accomplishing their immoral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his power. He is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped. He, who in the beginning said, "I will be like the most High," in his warfare appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine. Systems in every case are characterized by denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone.
(Gen. 3:1-19; Rom. 5:12-14; 2Cor. 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Eph 6:10-12; 2 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 4:1-3.)

We believe that Satan was judged at the Cross, though not then executed, and that he, a usurper now rules as the "god of this world". At the Second Coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years. After the thousand years he will be loosed for a little season and then "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone," where he "shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
(Col. 2:15, Rev. 20:1-3, 10)

We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.
(Luke 15:10; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:11-12.)

We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that, in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels.
(Heb. 2:6-10.)

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