What We Believe
Sanctuary Apostolic Church of Muskogee is a Bible-based and Bible believing church. We’re Bible-based in that we live our lives based on explicit passages of the Bible or on biblical principles. Based on what the Scripture says, we believe the following . . .
The basic and fundamental doctrine of this church is the Bible’s doctrine of full salvation, which is true repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.
We shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit with all men until we all come into the unity of the faith, and at the same time admonishing all brethren that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body of Jesus Christ.
The Bible’s Authority for Living
The Bible is infallible and is the only Word of God in print. It is the authority for salvation and Christian living. (Read II Timothy 3:15-17.)
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as the Father in Creation, and as the Son Jesus Christ in Redemption, and as the Holy Ghost in the Regeneration of lives. Jesus Christ is the Almighty God who manifested himself in flesh. He is all God and all man. He was in the beginning, He’s ever present with us, and He will be in the end. He is the Alpha and Omega. …and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Read Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:6, 45:21; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)
Sin and Salvation
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches a Spiritual in dwelling for salvation.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)(Read John 7:38-39; Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The gospel is the good news that Jesus died (Crucified) for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again. We must obey the gospel according to (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by true repentance (death), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (resurrection). Jesus Christ is the only saving name given to men (Read I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Acts 4:12; Romans 6:3-4.)
About Christian Living
As Christians we are to love God first and others as ourselves. We must live a holy life inwardly and outwardly before God, and worship God in Spirit and in Truth. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. (Read Mark 12:28-31; John 4:24; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)
The Second Coming
Jesus Christ is coming again in a pre-millennial catching away of the church. Jesus Christ will return to receive His bride unto Himself. There is going to be two resurrections, one unto righteousness and one unto damnation. The second resurrection will be after the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. Then will be the final judgment and eternity will begin for all humanity. (Read I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We are a fundamentalist church, which is part of the Pentecostal / Apostolic family of Christian
We have adopted a very brief Position on Homosexuality which makes a number of points:
- We do not approve of liberal groups within Christianity who are accepting “the so-called ‘gay-rights’ movement as a legitimate lifestyle.”
- We interpret Romans 1 as declaring that homosexuality is “vile, unnatural, unseemly and an abomination in the sight of God.”
- We condemn homosexuality as a “moral decadence and sin”
- We encourage people to pray for “the deliverance of those enslaved by that satanic snare.”
- The Biblical passage to which they are referring is Romans 1:26-27. It contains a Greek phrase “paraphysin” which is commonly translated into the English word “unnatural”. This is an error. Unnaturalimplies that the act is morally condemned. In Greek, the phrase really means “that which is beyond theordinary and usual.” “Unconventional” would have been a better match in English to the original Greek.In 1 Corinthians 11:14, when Paul refers to long hair on men as unusual and not ordinary, he used thesame two words.The text reads (in the King James Version):Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense [sic] of their error which was meet.” This passage is unique in that it is the only place in the Bible that refers to same-gender sexual behavior by women.
- Sanctuary Apostolic Church of Muskogee Inc. seriously honors Scripture and these verses still stand as the capital New Testament text that unequivocally prohibits homosexual behavior. More prohibitively, this text has been taken to mean that even a same-sex inclination is reprehensible, and thata type of humanity known as ‘homosexual’ is totally against the teachings of scripture.Sanctuary Apostolic Church of Muskogee interprets the passage as persons involved in the homo-sexual lifestyle is already condemned. Romans 1 condemns them because they went against their nature– their heterosexual orientation — and engaged in same-gender sexual behavior. We believe that homosexual behavior is an “immoral offense.”
- Sanctuary Apostolic Church of Muskogee Inc. believes that a homosexual orientation is caused by an indwelling demonic spirit, and that exorcism is the only meaningful treatment.