The following is the Declaration page that introduces the first eleven chapters of Genesis. You can download the entire 5-page document (.pdf) to print and affix to your church door by selecting the ‘Download Your Copy’ tab. If you agree with this statement and our mission to re-affirm the ultimate authority of God’s Word, we urge you to stand with us this October 31, 2010 – Reformation Sunday.
Be it known on this Reformation Sunday, October 31, 2010, before a Holy God and in the sight of men, this Church steadfastly and unashamedly affirms the following truths:
We affirm that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly inerrant in the original writing, inerrant, and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 1:20; John 16:12-13). We reject any position which does not hold the Bible as our ultimate authority or compromises the authority of God’s Word with modern scientific thought; we likewise deny any claim that the Bible contains errors or that it merely contains the Word of God in part or in essence.
We affirm that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are the literal history of a young Earth (Matthew 19:4; 24:37), supported by the testimony of Christ, the Apostles, the 4th Commandment and the genealogies. We reject all compromise interpretations of Genesis which seek to insert long ages into the Scriptures, or otherwise allegorize this historical account.
We affirm that the universe is the result of a sequence of unique creative acts of the Triune God (Genesis 1:1, 2; Colossians 1:16), who created ex nihilo by divine fiat (Hebrews 11: 2 Peter 3:5) in six literal twenty-four hour days (Exodus 20:11). We reject all allegorizations of these historical days, or any position which insists that creation came about by an evolutionary process (whether natural or supernaturally directed) rather than by God’s spoken command, as revealed in Scripture.
We affirm that God created all plants on the 3rd Day of the Creation Week, all flying creatures and sea creatures on the 5th Day and all land animals and man on the 6th Day, each after their kind, and commanded each to be fruitful and multiply after their kind; therefore, we affirm natural selection and speciation within the fixity of the original created kinds. We reject any compromise position which proposes the common descent of all living creatures (i.e., “microbes-to-man evolution”).
We affirm that Adam & Eve, the parents of all mankind, were real, literal and historical people, created on the 6th Day of Creation in the image of God in unique creative acts apart from the creation of animals. We reject all concepts of ape-like ancestors or a pre-Adamic race.
We affirm that the cosmos was created in total perfection (Genesis 1:31) but that death, decay, suffering, thorns and carnivory entered the world as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve. We reject all unbiblical positions that affirm the existence of death, suffering, thorns and carnivory before the sin of Adam (Genesis 1:27, 2:7–3:19).
We affirm that the biblical Noahic Flood (Genesis 6–8) was a real, year-long global event, the result of the judgment of God on the hopelessly rebellious descendants of Adam and Eve (Genesis 6:5, I Peter 3:6), and resulted in much of the present geology of the Earth, including most of the fossil graveyards of myriads of plants and animals then living. We likewise affirm that only eight human souls, Noah and his family, survived the Flood (Genesis 7:13 and 8:18). We reject all allegorical or local interpretations of the historical Genesis Flood.
We affirm that all mankind now living are descended from Noah and his family, dispersed over the face of the Earth by the confusion of tongues described in Genesis 11; as descendants of Adam, all mankind has fallen, has inherited a sin nature and is utterly unable to redeem himself apart from salvation by Christ Jesus. We reject the unbiblical, evolutionary concept of human races; likewise, we reject any doctrine which holds that any particular people group cannot be saved, and also reject any position that suggests that man might be redeemed apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ.