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What We Believe

Our Church's Articles of Faith represent the foundation stones upon which our work is built. They can be summed up as follows:

  • We believe in one God and Father of us all, Who is Spirit.
  • We believe that we are all created in God's image, as Spirit.
  • We believe that, together, we must actively seek a greater understanding of ourselves and God, as Spirit, in our daily lives. This becomes our gift to God.
  • We believe in communication with God's Kingdom of Spirit, wherein dwell our guardians, loved ones, and sources of inspiration; furthermore, we believe that such communication is sanctioned and edified in Scripture.
  • We believe in the ministry, teachings, and person of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe, as proclaimed in Scripture, that Jesus was crucified and died in the flesh and resurrected in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18), thus fulfilling the reality of God's Promise that we are spirit and shall never die.
  • We accept the Holy Bible as a vital recording of Humanity's experience with and search for God.
  • We believe in prayer and the healing power of God's Spirit.
  • We believe in the separation of Church and State, religion and politics.
  • We believe that we are accountable to God and to each other.
In addition to these Articles of Faith, we accept and fully embrace the following, as part of our foundation:
  • The power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's Spirit alive in the world and in the affairs of men and women.
  • The ancient prophets and Jesus Christ came to earth to share the divine Word and Spirit of God into the hearts and spirits of humanity.
  • Reincarnation and the Great Law of Karma (Cause and Effect).
  • Mediumship and channeling are viable means of bridging two seemingly separate worlds of Spirit together, into one kingdom -- God's Universal Kingdom -- and that mediumship must be upheld with utmost respect and dignity.
  • Death is the passing of the spirit through a doorway, into another dimension of life. Ultimately, there is no death, save one: the turning away of the spirit from God; yet, even here, grace, salvation, and rebirth are afforded.
  • We honor the sanctity of the human spirit and the divine right of the human spirit to make choices. In this, we are each responsible and accountable -- to ourselves, to God, and to each other -- for the choices which we make.

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