Our Statement of Faith
At LRA, we believe:
The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 5:17-18; John 17:17)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 3:14)
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death and through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
(Colossians 1:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14-18: John 5:16-29; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Peter 2:24-25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
All men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:3, 16-18; Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; John 1:12; John 3:36; John 5:24; Acts 3:19; Acts 13:38-39; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 6:23; Romans 4:1-5; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9)
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(Psalm 139:7-12; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-8, 13-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16; Galatians 5:22-23)
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other state or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13-17; Jeremiah 1:4-5)
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
We believe that the term “marriage’ has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
(Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornification, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, beastiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
(Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
We believe that God offers redemption through and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
(Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
In the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:2-5, 9; 1 Peter 3:8-12)
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, is the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of LRA’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is LRA’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.