Megiddo Films holds to the following beliefs:
THE BIBLE – The plenary, verbal, Divine inspiration of the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and the New Testaments (from Genesis to Revelation) in the original languages (Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic), is the verbally inspired Word of God; it is Truth without error; and it is the only and final revelation of God to man. The Word of God is preserved through the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. No apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and science, can be valid if it contradicts Scripture. The King James Bible is the only true, faithful, and accurate translation in the English language that is still in common use and is therefore the Word of God in English for today.
II Tim. 3:16,17; Ps. 119:160; Ps 12:6,7; Rev. 22:18,19
THE TRINITY – There is one living and true God eternally existing in three Persons: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
II Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19: Rom 1:20;
Gen. 1:26, 3:22; 11:7; 1 Jn. 5:7; Jn 10:30
THE FATHER – He is an infinite and personal Spirit who is perfect in every attribute and is worthy of all honour and worship; He concerns Himself mercifully with man and saves all who come unto Him through Jesus Christ.
Eph. 4:6; Rev. 4:11
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – He is both the Son of God and God the Son; He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary, a perfect God-man; He was crucified, buried, resurrected and has ascended bodily to the Father’s right hand until He returns to the earth.
John 1:1,14; Matt. 1.18-25; Mark 16:6,9
THE HOLY SPIRIT – He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and judgment; He regenerates, indwells, comforts, guides and empowers those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Matt. 28:19; John 16:7-14; John 14:16-17; Gal. 4:6 Acts 1:8; Eph. 1:13; 4:3
THE DEVIL – He once enjoyed heavenly honours but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell from his position; he is the arch enemy of God, the father of lies, the tempter, the author of false religions, the unholy god of this world system.
II Cor. 11:1315; Rev. 20:10
GOD’S DECREE – God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein; nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established; in which appears his wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing his decree.
Isa 46:10; Eph 1:11; Heb 6:17; Rom 9:15,18; Jam 1:13; 1Jo 1:5; Act 4:27-28; Joh 19:11; Num 23:19; Eph 1:3-5 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
THE CREATION – Everything that exists was created and made by God according to the Genesis account; and that all life brings forth after its kind.
Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16,17; Heb. 11:3
THE FALL OF MAN
1. By voluntary transgression, man fell from his innocent condition in the Garden of Eden; henceforth all men are born with Adam’s sinful nature; therefore, all men are sinners by nature and by choice.
Rom. 3:10-13; 5.12; Gal. 3:22
2. Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them whereby death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.
Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12, etc. e Ti 1:15; Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-19 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
3. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions.
Rom 8:7; Col 1:21; Jam 1:14-15; Mat 15:19 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
FREE WILL (All Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
1. God hath endued the will of man with that natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any necessity of nature determined to do good or evil.
Mat 17:12; Jam 1:14; Deu 30:19
2. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well-pleasing to God, but yet was mutable, so that he might fall from it.
Ecc 7:29; Gen 3:6
3. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.
Rom 5:6, 8:7; Eph 2:1,5; Ti 3:3-5; John 6:44
4. When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, he freeth him from his natural bondage under sin, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good; yet so as that by reason of his remaining corruptions, he doth not perfectly, nor only will, that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil.
Col 1:13; Joh 8:36; Phi 2:13; Rom 7:15,18-19,21,23
THE ATONEMENT OF SIN AND JUSTIFICATION
1. Only God could make atonement and forgive sin; thus Jesus took upon Himself the sins for all those who would believe and died for them upon the cross; He paid the full penalty demanded by justice so that the Elect would be freely forgiven.
II Cor. 5:21; I Peter 3:18; Heb. 7:25
2. Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are justified; and did, by the sacrifice of himself in the blood of his cross, undergoing in their stead the penalty due unto them, make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice in their behalf; yet, inasmuch as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for anything in them, their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.
Heb 10:14; 1Pe 1:18-19; Isa 53:5-6; Rom 8:32; 2Co 5:21; Rom 3:26; Eph 1:6-7, 2:7 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
3. Those whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justifieth, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness, they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness, by faith, which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.
Rom 3:24, 8:30; Rom 4:5-8; Eph 1:7; 1Co 1:30-31; Rom 5:17-19; Phi 3:8-9; Eph 2:8-10; Joh 1:12; Rom 5:17 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
THE SALVATION OF SINNERS
1 . God grants the free gift of salvation to all who truly repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; it is apart from merit of any kind; that nothing prevents sinners from being saved except their rejection of God’s only way.
Act. 13:38,39; John 3:16-18; John 1:12
2 . Those whom God hath accepted in the beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect unto, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved, seeing the gifts and callings of God are without repentance, whence he still begets and nourisheth in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality; and though many storms and floods arise and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through unbelief and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of the light and love of God may for a time be clouded and obscured from them, yet he is still the same, cand they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraven upon the palm of his hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity.
Joh 10:28-29; Phi 1:6; 2Ti 2:19; 1Jo 2:19; Psa 89:31-32; 1Co 11:32; Mal 3:6 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
3. [Saving] faith, although it be different in degrees, and may be weak or strong, yet it is in the least degree of it different in the kind or nature of it, as is all other saving grace, from the faith and common grace of temporary believers; and therefore, though it may be many times assailed and weakened, yet it gets the victory, growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the author oand finisher of our faith.
Heb 5:13-14; Mat 6:30; Rom 4:19-20; 2Pe 1:1; Eph 6:16; 1Jo 5:4-5; Heb 6:11-12; Col 2:2; Heb 12:2 (Ref: 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith)
THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER – Every saved person has two natures, the old and the new; the old nature is the flesh and the new nature is the Spirit; the first is sinful and the latter is perfect; and that claims to eradication of sin in the old nature in this life is unscriptural.
Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:22-24; Rom. 6:13
THE ORDINANCES – The ordinances are two, namely, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They speak of Christ and the believers relationship to Him. In the act of baptism (meaning immersion) the believer identifies himself with the burial and resurrection of Christ and thus declares his faith in the finished work of the Gospel. In the act of the Lord’s Supper, the believer shows forth the death and coming again of Christ; this must be accompanied by self examination.
I Cor. 11:23-28; Rom. 6:35
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – This is an organized assembly of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith whose only authority in faith and practice is the Word of God; it is to be actively engaged in preaching the Gospel and sending missionaries; observing the Scriptural ordinances; teaching believers how to study the scriptures for themselves and edify others; the church is to be governed and regulated by the Word of God, aided by teachers skilful or apt in the Word who can lead their own homes properly. Leaders in the church are to teach and lead by example, but never by coercion and force. Church discipline should be practised in a Biblical manner by all members.
Matt. 28:19,20; I Tim. 3; 3 John 9-10; Matt 18:15-35
THE FREENESS OF SALVATION – The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Isaiah 55:1,2,6,7; Matthew 11:28; John 3:16-19,36; 5:40; Romans 10:13; 16:25,26 Revelation 22:17
SIGN GIFTS – The Bible teaches that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit were temporary. Sign gifts where present at points in history to confirm God’s Word. Speaking in tongues (known earthly languages which were not learnt by the speaker) was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. The ultimate deliverance of the physical body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22; Mark 16:20
SEPARATION – The Bible teaches that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings.
Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11
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