Core Values

We believe in four basic core values: Truth, Faith, Hope, and Love.

  • Truth is the founding principle that connects all thought. It is inflexible reality; what is and what is not. It exists transcendently but still observed imminently through tools of objective investigation (i.e. logic, inference, hermeneutics, etc.).
  • Faith is first knowledge which is accepted and acted upon. It is a human acting on the divine gift, tied to the object of one’s trust and the character of the one trusting.
  • Hope is a confident expectation and moral certainty. Instead of granting escape from reality, hope equips the bearer to endure and persevere in the face of circumstances by directing us to keep our minds and eyes above the circumstances.
  • Love is the all-encompassing and defining hallmark of God’s character and the greatest of values. It gives truth meaning, faith direction, and hope confidence. It is formed by a purified heart, a good and clear conscience, and sincere faith for God, one another, and self.

Tenets of Faith

The following reflects what we believe are fundamental and non-negotiable truths which provide the sufficient framework of philosophical thought and biblical research. These in their entirety may not necessarily represent the essentials of the Gospel one must believe in order to be saved.

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TRUTH

We believe truth as a category exists and is identifiable through the universal, invariant, and necessary Laws of Logic. All knowledge is dependant on this tenet; if there is knowledge, then there must exist truth.

We deny the claims that truth is relative, unknowable, or a spectrum. We further deny the worldview of materialism (also known as naturalism) which rejects immaterial reality by which we identify intangibles, such as love, joy, peace, reason, and thought.


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THE BIBLE

We believe the sixty–six books of the Old and New Testament Scripture alone to be verbally inspired by God and inerrant in its original text, and that they alone are the sufficient, supreme and final rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and life. 

We deny the claim to divine inspiration of emendations, personal interpretations, and text not canonized at the Council of Nicea (325 CE).


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THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

We believe the Lord our God is the one and only living and true God, existing eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He exists in perfect unity and is revealed to every creature in all of His creation through His divine attributes so that all know His existence. He is infinite, infallible, invariant, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, holy, just, and merciful.

God the Father

We believe the Father to be the first of the three persons in the Trinity; Creator of the heaven and earth. He is the head (covering and authority) over the Son and the Spirit.

God the Son (Jesus)

We believe the Son to be the second of the three persons in the Trinity. He is the one and only begotten Son of God, the Prince of Peace, and the prophesied messiah. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit born to a virgin encompassing both the nature of God and the flesh of man to take on the wrath of God we deserve as a ransom for our sin so we might be saved. And in so doing, He defeated death and the grave, rising three days after His execution on a crucifix. Now, He is our High Priest through whom we have the only available access to the Father.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third of the three persons in the Trinity. He is the Spirit of Truth, who inspired the writers of Scripture, convicts men of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and sets believers apart to a holy life, who He keeps and empowers day by day. We believe that He is the Teacher of the Word of God through which He guides us in our daily lives. He calls, commissions, and sanctifies, producing within the believer evidence of their discipleship in how they love God and love one another.

We deny anti-trinitarian ontological theories of God; including modalism, binitarianism, unitarianism, and polytheism. We further deny axiological theories which diminish any one of God’s divine attributes; including deism and anthropomorphism.


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MAN: CREATED AND FALLEN

We believe that although man was directly and immediately created in the image and likeness of God, upright and perfect, he fell through sin. As a consequence of his sin, the law of entropy enacted and man became spiritually dead subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, is incurred upon each born of Adam so that all must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our substitutionary death and atonement to be saved.

We deny that man is unable to exhibit aspects of God’s nature apart from Christ, such as moral and cognitive reasoning, for it only proves that they are acting in accordance with their knowledge of God and that those who reject Him are without excuse. We further deny that man takes on Adam’s guilt and, therefore, his punishment; but rather that all sin and fall short of the glory of God, and each man is responsible for his own sin. 


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SALVATION

We believe in the work and atonement of Jesus Christ; that He was born of a virgin woman, lived a sinless life, died on a Roman crucifix (cross), was buried for three days before rising from the dead, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for His church. We believe that this salvation is by faith alone, by grace alone, through Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, and is revealed through Scripture alone. We believe the power of God lies in the Gospel (“good news”): Who He is and what He did. Our faith appropriates that salvific content of the Gospel to us. And so, salvation begins with faith – that is, knowledge that we are sinners, that Jesus is perfectly righteous and holy, that He was sent in the flesh to take on our death sentence for our sin so that we might be imputed with the righteousness of Christ. We believe that Salvation will affect believer to endure until the end and that those who “deny” or “forsake” Him or willfully return to a practice of sin, He will deny and forsake them.

We deny that salvation requires any specific work of man, wholly or in part. We deny Christus Victor; that Jesus came to rescue us from the wrath and imprisonment of Satan, or that Jesus made any payment to Satan to pardon us of our sin. We deny Perseverance of the Saints (also known as Once Saved Always Saved, Eternal Security) and we deny that this affirms works-based salvation. We further deny universal atonement (also known as Universal Election) that all will be saved in the end. 


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THE CHURCH

Bereans Aflame is not in any way a church organization and should not be sought to replace one’s church gathering or teaching. 

We believe the universal church to be one collective body of believers who profess faith in the Gospel and obedience to Christ, its Head, regardless of denomination, location, race, sex, language, particular political allegiance, or social class. Referred to as the “pillar of truth” by the Apostle Paul, we believe the church should aim to be the salt of the earth, enduring human suffering for the sake of Christ embodying and emboldening the foundations of the faith unapologetically in reverence and gentleness. We further believe that while the offices of apostle and prophet are the fulfilled foundation of the church with its cornerstone, Christ, the remaining offices of teacher, evangelist, and pastor (overseer) are still occupied and needed today as the church continues to be built upward. We also believe that it is the mission of the church to be the ministry of the Word by His Spirit to instruct and direct His body of believers in conversion and discipleship, sound theological doctrine, and shepherding of the local body.

We deny that the Headship of the church wholly or in part belongs to any man apart from Christ Himself, including but not limited to the Pope of Rome or its papacies, any and all monarchs or monarchies, and authorities which add to the Word special or esoteric knowledge.


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CHRISTIAN LIBERTY

We believe Christ purchased for believers under the Gospel their freedom from the guilt of sin and the condemning wrath of God, from the curse of the law and dominion of sin. We believe that the liberty purchased includes a freedom to yield obedience to Him, not out of fear, but of love and willing minds. 

We deny those who on pretence of Christian liberty practice any sin or give hearty approval thereof, who pervert the main purpose of the grace of the Gospel to their own destruction. 


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MARRIAGE

We believe marriage is to be between one man and one woman, instituted by God to be both to increase the population of mankind and be the earthly representation of Christ and His Bride. We further believe that sex is an act to be enjoyed exclusively between married partners.

We deny any union other than between one man and one woman as constituting a legitimate and biblical marriage, including but not limited to homosexuality, polygamy, and sodemy. We further deny acceptance of sexual acts performed outside of the marital partnership.


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THE RETURN OF JESUS

We believe that Jesus will visibly and bodily return to the earth in power and glory to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. We believe that God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ. There are many eschatological views that are of equal validity, and Bereans Aflame holds to no one specific eschatological view as they are each biblically possible.

We deny, however, eschatological views which assert that Jesus has already returned (full preterism).