These basic doctrines within the Lighthouse Baptist Church Articles of Faith represent
what we believe to be core elements of biblical teaching.
Overview of Core Beliefs
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it was written by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit of God. It is the truth without error and shall remain preserved forever as the divine account of the Gospel of Salvation, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost , and thus are Trinitarian in theology. God is absolutely and eternally one essence subsisting in three distinct and ordered persons without division and without replication.
We believe that man was created in the image of God in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but that by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state, the consequence of which is all mankind are now sinners. This is not by constraint, but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God. Man is positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Christ & The Gospel
We believe that the Godhead chose to exalt the second person of the Trinity - Jesus, for God’s glory and pleasure. By His willing atoning work, Jesus has been highly exalted to be worshiped and adored above every name along with the Godhead forever. We believe that Jesus’ death on the cross appeased a Holy God and that His blood is offered to God as a covering for the sins of all humanity.
Church and Ordinances
We believe that all who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior are part of the universal church described in Scripture as the greater body of Christ. We also believe that the local church is the ordained gathering of the body of Christ, the espoused bride of Christ, a congregation of born-again and baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith, love, and fellowship of the Gospel.
We believe that salvation of sinners is completely unmerited and is God's gift of grace through faith in the substitutionary and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. We believe that God's plan of salvation for humanity denies none, includes all, and is offered freely to anyone who will believe the gospel.
Articles of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it was written by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit of God; that it is the truth without any admixture of error for its Matter; and therefore, is, and shall remain divinely preserved forever, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union; the divine account of the Gospel of Salvation; and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
A.) By the ‘Holy Bible’ we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation as found in the
original Hebrew, Chaldean, and Greek manuscripts, which does not only contain and convey the Word of God,
but is the very Word of God.
B.) By ‘Inspiration’ we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by
the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free
from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God who is:
- An infinitely intelligent Spirit, is infinitely perfect, free from all limitations of space and time;
- The creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth;
- Inexpressibly glorious in holiness;
- Worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love
We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, who are equal in every divine perfection and attribute, and who continue forever in perfect harmony to accomplish the eternal purpose of God and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that each person of the Triune God has the same perfections and attributes of omnipotence,
omniscience, omnipresence, eternality, immutability, love, mercy, grace, faithfulness, justice, holiness, and righteousness, without division of nature or essence of being.
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity, revealed by revelation in the Scriptures, and revealed bodily in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who is the Word in the flesh. He is the Father of humanity and the source of all life. He is uniquely the Father of Jesus Christ “the Only Begotten of the Father.” He is the Father of all who have become children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second person of the Triune God the eternal Word and the
Only Begotten Son. We believe that without any change in His divine person, He became man through the
power of the Holy Spirit, by the miracle of the Virgin Birth, in order to reveal God to Man.
We believe that He continues forever as both fully God and fully man.
We believe that as man He was tempted in all points as we are, but without sin.
We believe that as the perfect Lamb of God He shed His blood for the remission of sins and thereby gave Himself in death upon the cross in our place.
We believe He became sin for us, and suffered sin’s full penalty of God’s divine wrath in our stead, thereby
making eternal atonement for the sin of all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
We believe that He arose bodily from the grave on the third day was glorified , and ascended in Heaven
and now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and only Mediator, and is all believers’ Advocate and Intercessor to God the Father.
We believe that He has “gone to prepare a place for us” and that prior to the Tribulation and the Millennium, He will return bodily to gather and glorify all who believe in Him to judge the living and the dead and to
establish His rule over all creation.
We believe God the Holy Spirit is the Third person of the Triune God, equal with and of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son.
We believe that He was active in creation and in the moving of holy men who recorded His revelation of the
We believe that in relation to the unbelieving world: He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled.
We believe that He convicts mankind of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness and that He bears witness to Jesus, the Truth of the Gospel, in preaching and testimony.
We believe that He is the agent of the New Birth who seals believers unto the day of redemption and that He
indwells and empowers the believers for godly-living, evangelism, service, and prayer.
We believe that He endures, guides, teaches, witnesses to, brings Scripture to remembrance,
sanctifies and renews, imparts spiritual gifts to, and helps believers by making intercession on their behalf.
We believe that He regenerates those who believe and baptizes them into the body of Jesus Christ and seals them unto the day of redemption.
We believe that the primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify and to reveal Jesus Christ to mankind and to
regenerate and sanctify the souls of believers.
Therefore, we believe that the ‘sign gifts’ of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing,
were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer prayers of believers for physical healing.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation; and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or
We believe that man was created directly by God in His own image and after His likeness and that the creation
was not a Matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development from lower to higher form through interminable periods of time.
We believe that creation took place in six solar (24 hour) days and that God rested on the Seventh day and
blessed and sanctified the seventh day (according to Gen. 2:2&3).
We believe that life was made directly by God and that His established law was that they should bring forth ‘after their kind.’
Therefore we reject the Gap theory, the Day-Age Theory, Progressive Creationism (Hugh Ross), and the Theistic Evolution Theory because these are not Scriptural.
We believe that Satan was created holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but that through selfish pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels. Satan is now the militant prince of the power of the air, the unholy god of this world, the author of sin, and the deceiver of this age. We hold
Satan to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false
religion, the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the
powers of darkness such as the occult.
We believe Satan’s utterly depraved character is revealed by his names:
- Lucifer (Son of the Morning)
- Satan (adversary)
- Devil (Slanderer) Beelzebub (Prince of
- Belial (Worthless, Wicked)
We believe that his work is to thwart the plan of God and is described in his titles and representations:
- Wicked One
- Prince of this world
- Accuser of the brethren
- Angel of light
We believe that his ultimate defeat was accomplished at Calvary and that his eternal destiny is the Lake of Fire.
We believe also in the real and personal existence of demons and that they are fallen angels of whom Satan is
called their prince. We believe that demons are highly organized under Satan’s authority and that they are
unclean spirits who oppose God’s work and God’s people . We believe that their influences are limited by God
and that their destiny will also be the lake of fire with Satan.
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker but that by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners not by constraint, but by choice being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and
therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Furthermore, we believe that as an eternal consequence, no one is capable of remedying his or her own situation and therefore will incur spiritual death (the second death) and the eternal wrath of God and will be separated from God for all eternity unless they come to a saving knowledge of Christ before they experience physical death (which is the first death).
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit; born in a miraculous manner of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever or can ever be born of a woman; that He is the incarnate Son of God; and that He is both true God and true man.
We believe that salvation of sinners is completely unmerited and is God’s gift of grace through heart faith
in the substitutionary and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus’ death on the cross appeased a Holy God and that His blood is offered to God as a covering for the sins of all humanity.
We believe that God’s plan of salvation for humanity denies none, includes all, and is offered freely to anyone
who will believe the gospel.
We believe that faith in the gospel produces the new birth newness of life and the fruit of the Spirit.
We believe that salvation is made free to all by the Gospel and that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth produces a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins, is made a new creation and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit, and its evidence appears in the fruits of faith, repentance, and new life.
We believe repentance and faith are sacred duties, and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. We believe that prior to our salvation, we become deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ; and that we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; and, at the time of our salvation, we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confess Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
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