ROLC's Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith

MAN CREATED AND FALLEN
We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, except for the Man Jesus Christ. Hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but also is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace.
(Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:36; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6-7; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8.)

SALVATION

Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe that, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. There is no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven. But, a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those saved are sons of God.

We believe also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our place. That no repentance, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, can add in the very least degree to the value of the blood. Nor to the merit of the finished work wrought for use by Him who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity.
(Lev. 17:11; Isa 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom 5:6-9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, 23.)

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation. Nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation.
(John 1:12: 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16-17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal. 3:22.)

The Extent of Salvation
We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises faith in Christ he/she passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life, and from the old creation into the new; being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according as Christ His Son is accepted, loved as Christ is loved, having his place and portion as linked to Him and one with Him forever. Though the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God, he/she is at the moment of salvation, is in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore in no way required by God to seek a so-called "second blessing," or a "second work of grace."
(John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12.)

REGENERATION

We believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which divine nature and life is given (John 3:3-7). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24). When the repentant sinner, as enable by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation then regeneration proceeds. Fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct manifests genuine regeneration. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (1Corinthians 6:19-20), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God.
(Heb. 2:6-10.)

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