PERSONAL STATEMENT OF FAITH

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Marvin W. Huddleston, F.R.A.S.
July, 2011

 

I recognize the Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety as the very Word of God to man, and understand the priority of knowing and obeying its truths, and I am committed to studying and teaching the Word of God with diligence and authority. I believe the Bible is the written revelation of God, the 66 books constituting the plenary, verbally inspired words of God, being absolutely inerrant in the original documents. The Bible is to be received as God’s word to man – the only infallible and totally sufficient rule of faith and practice – which performs its work in those who believe. I further believe that it is the final authority in all matters to which it addresses itself to whatever degree it addresses such matters., and that the only valid pre-supposition that should be brought to biblical interpretation is that it is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. (Galatians 1:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

 

I believe in the one true living God, Who eternally exists in three separate Persons: the Father, the Son – Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, coequal, and deserving of the same worship and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).  I believe in God the Father, Who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, and He relates Himself to His own as ‘Father.’ (Philippians 2:13; John 14:6; Romans 8:15).  I believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ. He was virgin born, God incarnate, His Divine nature uniting with humanity into an indivisible oneness. He is without sin, and He accomplished our redemption through His substitutionary death on the cross. He was bodily resurrected from the grave and ascended back into heaven. He is our Lord, our Mediator, and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 3:5; Colossians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

 

I believe in God the Holy Spirit. He is eternal, and co-equal with the Father and the Son, and is One with them. His work is to execute divine will within relation to man: convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and conforming believers into Christlikeness. (Psalms 139:7-10; Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:29).  I believe that God directly and immediately created man in His image and likeness, free from sin, with rationality, intelligence, and moral responsibility to Him. Man was created to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship, live his life in the will of God and thus accomplish His purpose for man in the world. I believe that the triune God created the heavens and the earth (including the known space-time dimensions) Ex nihilo, through the instrument of God the Son, who himself upholds all things by the word of his power. God himself is independent and transcendent of the cosmos and its space-time dimensions. I believe that the natural revelation of God found in nature is in and of itself sufficient knowledge to render humanity “without excuse” before God, but insufficient to lead man to salvation apart from that special revelation found only and entirely in the infallible and inerrant Word of God (the Judeo-Christian Scriptures commonly known as the Bible). (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-30, 2:1-2; Isaiah 43:7; John 1:3; John 17:24; 1 John 1:3b; Romans 1:20; Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Tim 1:9; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 11:3).

 

I believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will of God, he lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, and became subject to the wrath of God. He became inherently corrupt, utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from Divine Grace. Adam’s sin has been transmitted or imputed to all men of all ages (Jesus the exception), and all men are thus sinners by nature and by choice. (Genesis 2-3; Jeremiah 17:9-10; Romans 5:12, 3:23).  I believe that salvation is wholly of God by Grace alone, through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and it is not on the basis of human merit or works. All who believe on Him, trusting in His finished work, are forgiven of their sins, imputed with Christ’s righteousness and set apart unto God.

 

They are enabled to live a life of increasing holiness and conformity to the Will of God, becoming more and more like Jesus. They are given eternal life and cannot lose that free gift, and will show evidence of their salvation by continuing in Christ. I believe that assurance comes to the believer from three primary  sources: trusting the Word of God’s promises, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and a persevering walk with the Lord. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Colossians 1:19-23; John 3:16, 10:29).  I believe the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to all believers, baptizing them into one united spiritual body – the Church, of which Christ is the Head and they His espoused Bride. I believe that the local church is at the very heart of God’s program for this age, and I am an active, participating member of such a body. The Holy Spirit gives  spiritual gifts to believers which are to glorify Christ, and be employed in service to one another for the purpose of edification. The Body of Christ is to be built up in the faith by instruction of the Word, by  fellowship, keeping Biblical ordinances (baptism by immersion and partake of the Lord’s Supper), and by advancing the communication of the Gospel to the entire world and that this expansion of the Gospel is the responsibility of every Christian. (2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:19-20).

 

I believe in angels which are created beings and therefore are not to be worshipped, though they are a higher order of creation than man. They were created to worship God and serve Him. Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He rebelled against God, taking with him numerous angels in his fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man, but his works are destroyed by Christ’s coming. He, and the angels that rebelled with him, will be eternally punished in a lake of fire. (Psalm 148:2,5; Hebrews 1:6,14; Isaiah 14:12-17; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 25:41).  I believe that Christ will personally and bodily return to translate / remove His Church from this earth and reward them according to their works. Likewise His
righteous judgments and wrath will be poured out upon the unbelieving world for eternity. He will bring to fulfillment all that He has promised. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; The book of Revelation).

 

Marvin Huddleston is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University (1999 – Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Christian Ministries and Business Administration); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005 – Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education); a certified Biblical Counselor and has done graduate studies at Criswell College. As a scientist and apologist, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (2004, F.R.A.S.) and is a staff member of the Lunar Section of the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers.

 

Based on several sources including the Statement of Faith of First Baptist Church of Sunnyvale, Texas, The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas, the statement of faith from the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and Reasons to Believe.
Revised 7/7/2006

7/28/2011

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