Statement of Faith
1. We believe that that man Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that actual man who walked on this very earth two millennia ago, is not only a real human being but is also really God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16), and uniquely so — That is, every other human being is not God, but the man Jesus Christ of Nazareth is God, and him only. Through his own words and his own miracles he has demonstrated himself to be in fact the Second Person of the Divine Trinity, God the Son, equal with God the Father (John 5:17-18) and God the Holy Spirit in the divine trinity. It is not exaggeration to say that that man Jesus is himself the infinite God of all of reality.
2. We believe that the man Jesus Christ of Nazareth is in fact alive today, alive in his very same physical body at the Father’s right hand (Heb. 8:1, Acts 7:56). We know that he was crucified and died under Pontius Pilate, remained dead for 3 days in a tomb, and then resurrected back to life in the very same body that he died in. We believe in his literal and physical resurrection which occurred 3 days after he was crucified. He became alive again in his same physical body, and remains alive in this physical reality, now and forever more.
3. We believe that that man Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is currently physically located at the right hand of the Father, will soon physically return down to earth just as he promised. Though we do not know the exact day or hour, yet we believe based on Matt. 24:32-34 and the recreation of the state of Israel in 1948, that he will be returning in this earthly generation — The fig tree has budded and the clock is ticking. Therefore we believe that the current earthly generation will not pass away, and that his return is near in time, and not thousands of years away anymore.
4. We believe in the literal and supernatural receiving of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the new birth (Rom. 8:9). We believe that when an individual is born again, that person literally receives God the Holy Spirit to dwell in them in an instant, unmistakable, and miraculous experience. We believe that someone is really made a new creation (Matt. 9:16-17), and given spiritual life from a state of spiritual death (Eph. 2:5), at the moment of their new birth. Furthermore, we are very skeptical of the majority of supposed new births today, having seen that there have been many counterfeits.
We have found that the majority of modern-day professing Christianity enthusiastically entertains counterfeits of the Holy Spirit and counterfeits of the new birth, and that the majority of people who think they are born again have not really been born again at all. Therefore all of us have been impacted by counterfeits of Christianity in some way or another, and a large part of the work of ministry now must be to expose the counterfeits and false doctrines, and aid individuals in healing from the impact of religious counterfeits and religious hypocrisy that they may have experienced or participated in.
5. We stand against the popular modern-day doctrine of “accepting Jesus as your Savior” / “accepting Jesus into your heart” / “praying a prayer of salvation” / “making a decision for Christ”, etc. We believe this to be a false gospel which is contrary to the true Gospel which states that Christians are “born not of the will of man” (John 1:13). We believe that ever since the “accept Jesus” gospel became popular, counterfeit conversions and false conversions have become abundant and commonplace, the result being individuals receiving counterfeit spirits instead of the true Holy Spirit.
It is likely that “praying to accept” Jesus directly results in receiving a counterfeit spirit, a false spirit pretending to be God. This is because “praying to accept” is a work, it is not true faith and it is not true grace. In contrast, in genuine new births, God provides the elected sinner with repentance and faith himself sovereignly, giving them repentance and faith and the Holy Spirit, not due to any work done by the sinner such as prayers or decisions or anything else (Eph. 2:8-9) — And this not at the time of the flesh’s choosing, but rather at the time when it pleases God to do so (Gal. 1:15). That is, that salvation is truly by the sovereign grace of God.
6. We believe in the doctrine of election, that God has already chosen every individual member of the Bride of Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) and that he will infallibly provide each of those chosen individuals a genuine new birth experience at some point during their early lives, so that not one of them will be lost (John 6:37-39). We deny that this operation of God’s sovereignty in any way sets aside the role of preaching and hearing the word of God, but rather that it affirms it (Rom. 10:17).
7. We affirm that all human beings will be resurrected bodily after the Lord’s return, that the saved will be resurrected to a state of eternal glory in grace, and that the reprobate will be resurrected to a state of eternal torment in judgment (Matt. 25:31-46). We do not believe that any souls will cease to exist nor be annihilated (Rev. 20:10).
8. We do not subscribe to the perverse and worldly forms of activism which are popular among many religious people today. We do not subscribe to conspiracy theories. We do not deny COVID and the effectiveness of vaccines and medical science. We do not engage in the conservative/libertarian political/social/moral crusades which are popular amongst worldly so-called Christians. We believe in the separation of church and state and do not seek to intervene in political affairs; rather, we seek to honor and comply with the laws of our government and country (Rom. 13:1-8), and to keep our behavior reasonable, charitable, and conscientious in the midst of civil society (1 Pet. 2:12-14).
9. We believe in all the sound doctrines and all the sound creeds of Christianity of the past. We do not hold to any cult-like or false doctrines whatsoever regarding Christianity, knowing that in every age our Lord has preserved a remnant of his church (Rom. 11:4-5), and that there have been true and genuinely-born-again Christians present on the earth ever since the Lord’s resurrection two thousand years ago. EIC does not engage in any predatory, power-hungry, or coercive tactics like some churches do. We do not teach legalisms about sabbaths and foods and regulations like the cults do, which stand opposite to the gospel of Christ (1 Tim. 4:1-5).
Rather, we hold to the doctrine that the Holy Spirit himself leads generally-born-again Christians into all manner of righteous behavior, clearly and willingly (Gal. 5:16). EIC doesn’t claim to be the “one true church” or anything like that; we merely recognize that the vast majority of institutional churches on earth today seem to be entertaining the people of this world, counterfeiting the gospel of Christ, immersing themselves in spiritual aberrancy, and failing to minister to the actual spiritual needs of individuals. Therefore we hope to be a “remnant church” in the midst of how things are sitting in the world today, hopefully continuing to hold out the true light of our Lord’s Gospel while many other churches are failing to do so.