We believe that all men everywhere are lost
and face the judgment of God,
that Jesus Christ is the only way of 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.

We believe that God will reward the righteous
with eternal life in heaven,
and that He will banish the unrighteous
to everlasting punishment in hell.

Luke 24:46-47 Luke 24:46-47 (close)

He said to them, "Thus it is written,
and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer
and to rise from the dead the third day,
and that repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in his name to all the nations,
beginning at Jerusalem.

John 14:6 John 14:6 (close)

Jesus said to him,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father, except through me."

Acts 4:12 Acts 4:12 (close)

There is salvation in none other,
for neither is there any other name under heaven,
that is given among men, by which we must be saved!

See also See also (close)

Romans 3:23
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
Ephesians 1:7
Ephesians 2:8-9
Titus 3:4-7.

Negative Calvinism pours cold water on God's joy in creation.
As lost creatures, depraved, degenerate, we are hell-bound
or said to face an unknown stay in puratory,
unless supported by, expensive, mediation
through priestly prayers and supplications.

These are the provisions of medieval religion
formed to promote the empire of the church
power of the papacy.

Yet "neither do I condemn you" said Jesus.
"Go and sin no more".

Entry to heaven became, is still, a potent weapon
in the hands of those who would control religious power
a power that Jesus left to all, through the Spirit within him.

Yet maybe Jesus pointed out
that heaven lies around us, is to be lived;
that God's purpose is to realise heaven here;
that judgement is not a post-death experience,
but met in the ordinary lives that we lead.