STATEMENT OF FAITH
The epitome of creation. Originally made in the image of God. The “image” is not as much the physical disposition and appearance as it is the “spirit” and soul of man. The image is the reflection of the attributes of God; the image is the intellect and purposefulness of existence. The image is the spirit of life and the authority of dominion (Genesis 1:26-28).
Man created to have an everlasting fellowship with God. Unfortunately, man by his free will, severed this fellowship by accepting the lie from Satan thereby selling himself and his descendants as slaves to Satan. At this point, the image was marred—Adam and Eve (and the entire descendants) had forfeited their heritage in God at the prompting of the devil (Genesis 3, Acts 17:27).
But God was determined to “restore” His image. He paid the price to get it fixed, hence the birth, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 3:16, Hebrews 9:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3-14).
Man can only benefit from this “restored” image if he accepts the offer of redemption through Christ (John 3:16-18, Romans 10:9-13).
Accepting the salvation of Christ is a conscious free-will choice that one has to make (Jhn. 3:16). Salvation doesn’t come automatically by one pledging an allegiance to a particular denomination. Rather, one has to repent; accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and be baptised in water (Matt. 4.17, Mrk. 1:15, Acts 2:28). The fruits of one’s life would “confirm” whether one is playing religion or living a redeemed life (Matt. 7:16-20). This is why the Apostle Paul said: "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds" (Acts 26:20). The following aspects are central in “how” we get saved and live it out:
Salvation is by faith alone not of good works so that no one should boast (Romans 1:17, 3:28, 9:32, Ephesians 2:8-10).
Works constitute the fruits of our regeneration. We therefore do good works because we are saved, i.e., it is in our nature to do good works as that reflects the image of God that salvation restores in us. We are not saved because of good works but we do good works because we are saved (Ephesians 2:10).
Grace is the unmerited favour. Salvation is a favour. We cannot merit it, yet God has decided to avail it to us. The grace that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Tit. 2:11). However much we do, we cannot earn salvation—it is given by grace through faith; it is a gift (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8).
Even if your sins are as red as scarlet, God will wash them to be as white as snow (Is. 1:185). God has promised to forgive all kinds of sins (except ill sayings against the Holy Spirit—Matt. 12:32).
We get saved because God has forgiven us. This forgiveness is not “automatic” for all men but only those who realise the need for reconciliation with the Father, hence reaching out and receive it (Luke 15:17-20, 1 John 1:8-10).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
This love is unconditional for anyone who would wish to appropriate it (Rom. 5:8). Like the other “resources” in the package of redemption, God’s love must be accepted and be appropriated for it to benefit anyone.
We deserve judgement and punishment but we were spared the punishment. God’s mercy means that He let’s us get away with what was punishable. Again, God’s mercy doesn’t mean that we get away with wrong choices that we make in life (Gal. 6:7-8). It, rather, makes us escape the eternal damnation if we so seek God to redeem us.
This is the written constitution for God’s people. It is the inspired Word of God. It is the personification of Christ, hence a Living Word (Jhn. 1:14). The Bible is the Manual of life. It doesn’t play second fiddle to any other book. It has the absolute authority on matters of life—in all its dimensions, that is, personal, social and spiritual. No other book ranks equal to the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16,17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 17:17, Isaiah 40:8).
The promises of God are as good as fulfilled (Ps. 119:116 ). If we walk in the covenant of God, He will in His own way and time, fulfil His promises. The promises of God are able to sustain life even before they are fulfilled (Psalm 119.50).
More important is the promise of everlasting life. Those who have accepted the salvation of Christ have a promise of an eternal heritage with God in His eternal presence (John 14:6).
Hope in Christ, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27, 1 Thes. 2:19) is the kind of hope that sustains every soul. It is the hope that the Bible says does not disappoint (Rom. 5:5, 1 Cor. 13:13). Anyone who doesn’t allow this hope to fade, will always cope.
Cilmin believes that death is not the final chapter of human life. Life of the soul continues forever. The question is where this life will be spent—heaven or hell?
We believe that there is going to be literal resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15).
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The second coming of the Lord Jesus is as sure as you and me are surely living beings. Cilmin believes that one of these coming days, we will literally be caught up with the Lord in the air to a grand reception of victory. It is very probable that it is not in a billion years time. It may be sooner than we may wish to be ready for or later than we may be willing to wait for. The only guarantee, IT IS COMING! If it is soon, no reason to panic but to be ready; if it is later, no reason to be slothful (Matthew 24:36, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3, 16:15).
Cilmin believes that there is only one true God, self-existing and eternal. God exists in three equal and distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6.4; Matthew 28.19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6. 2 Corinthians 13.14).
a) God, the Father
We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the Godhead. His identification as Father gives us the family feelings of relationship. Cilmin believes that the Father ensures the provision for the needs and protection of His children (Matthew 6:5-15).
b) God, the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is The Second Person of the Godhead. He became God incarnate, that is, though He is God, He became man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe in the mystery of Jesus Christ, that is, being the true God who, at the same time, became a perfect man (John 1:1,14,18, Matthew 1:18-25, Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 18:19).
c) God, the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a Person, the Third of the Godhead. We believe that convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who yield to the Word of God; He indwells those who are saved through Christ’s atoning blood; He, baptizes and imparts the gifts to the believers for the edification of the Church; He is the seal on all Christians guaranteeing the reality of salvation; He anoints the servants of God to minister the things of grace. He fills and comforts those who yield to Him. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 5:3,4; John 3:8, 16:7-11, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:11, Ephesians 4:30, 5.18).
While it is undeniable that the coinage “Trinity” is not in the Bible, the idea is unequivocally explicit. Some of the above scriptural references attest to this.
Water baptism by immersion following conscious repentance. “Repent and be baptised”, based on this, baptism is an act that one decides for oneself (Acts 2:38). We believe that baptism does not precede repentance.
We believe that baptism is a necessary symbol of being buried with Christ and rising with Him in the newness of life. It is necessary for fulfilling all righteousness. (Matthew 3:13-15, 10:32, 28:16-20, Romans 6:3-7, 10,11, 1 Corinthians 15.1-4).
A part from being the most important social covenant, marriage is one of the solemn covenants that symbolises the harmony and oneness that the Head and the Body (Christ and the Church) enjoy.
Marriage is therefore pure and divinely ordained. Just as Christ cannot call-off His relationship with the Church, so marriage is a permanent covenant (Matthew 5:31-32, Malachi 2:16, Ephesians 5:31, Mark 10:2-12).
This marriage is—by intuition and natural arrangement—between a man and a woman (Matthew. 19:4-5).
The Lord’s Supper
Cilmin believes that the Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Jesus' death until He comes again. The commemoration is symbolic of His body that was broken for our healing and the blood that was shed for our salvation It can be observed wherever believers congregate. The Lord’s Supper is for all who are saved regardless of their church affiliation. It must not be partaken by a person who is not saved regardless of how religious he/she is. Believers themselves must self-examine their life before partaking of the Lord’s Table (John 6:32-40, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34).
We believe that the church is an assembly of believers. Wherever two or three people are gathered in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that is a church which the Lord Himself promised to honour by attending (Matthew 18:20).
The Church is the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ and comprises all true believers in all the world.
Eternity—Heaven or Hell
Cilmin believes that the choices one makes in this life, will determine where he will spend eternity—in heaven or hell. These two places are literal places and not just imaginative creations.
We believe that religion or denomination does not save, Christ does. Denomination can lead to damnation if one did not identify and receive Christ in his/her life. If one knows Who Christ is, then one can join in a congregation that exalts Christ as Lord and Saviour.
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