Eighteen Fundamental Truths
1 - The Scriptures
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). The Bible is the revelation of God to mankind, the inerrant, authoritative guide for faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; I Thess.2:13).
2 - The Triune Godhead
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal, self-existent, immutable, “I Am,” the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of mankind (Deut. 6:4; Ex. 3:14; Isa.43:10,11). God has further revealed Himself as a Triune Being but manifested in three personalities as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isa.48:16; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22). God the Father is greater than all (John 14:28), the Source and Begetter of the Word (John 1:14; 16:28). No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him (John 1:18). The Son is the Word, God incarnate, the One begotten, and existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1, 14, 18), being co-equal with God (Phil. 2:6). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from God the Father (John 14:26; 15:26) and God the Son (John 16:7) and is eternal (John 14:16), being promised by Christ from the Father to all cleansed believers (John 14:16, 17).
(a) The Holy Trinity - The term “Trinity,” while not found in the Scriptures, is a term that conforms to the Scriptures. The New Testament teachings of Christ express a relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and yet the “Trinity” is incomprehensible and inexplicable (Luke 1:35; I Cor.1:24; Matt. 11:2527; 28:19; 2Cor.13:14; I John 1:3, 4).
(b) The Holy Trinity does not operate in modes as taught by oneness Pentecostals. Although God is One in His Unity and Essence (Deut. 6:4) there are three distinct persons, each of whom is in full possession of the divine essence (Mt. 28:19; II Cor.13:14). The proper terminology for the Godhead is: God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit.
3 - The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, is divine, and shares in the Deity of God as the second person in the Holy Trinity (Matt. 1:23; John 5:22,23; 2 John 3; Heb. 1:1-3).
4 - Original Sin and the Fall of Man
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God; for God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen. 1:26, 27). However, the first man, Adam, by his transgression fell, and thus sin entered into the world resulting in physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12-19). For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). As it is written there is none righteous, no not one (Rom. 3; 10).
5 - The Salvation of Man
The only hope of redemption for humankind is through the shed blood of Christ, the Son of God (Luke 24:47). Salvation is received through repentance (i.e., a change of heart, attitude, mind towards God) and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:8-13; 10:9; Jas. 1:21; Eph. 2:8). The Spirit bears witness inwardly that we are saved (Rom. 8:16), while there is definite evidence outwardly of a consecrated life of righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12). We believe that eternal life in Heaven is the reward of the righteous (Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13).
6 - The Church
The true Church is the Body of Christ (I Cor.12:12-27), not intended to be the edifice or institution, but the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and the Church of the firstborn which was written in Heaven (Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
7 - The Mission of the Church
Since God’s purpose concerning mankind is to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10), to be worshiped by all mankind and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the mission of the Church is:
(a) To be an agency
(i.e., The Universal Church) for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15,16).
(b) To be a corporate body
(i.e. The Local Church) in which man may worship God (I Cor.12:13).
(c) To be a channel
(i.e., The Universal and Local Church) of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor.12:28; 14:12;).
8 - The Ordinances of the Church
(a) Baptism in water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16). Baptism is a declaration of a good conscience towards God, a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 2:41; 10:47, 48; Rom. 6:4,5). We officially recognize the baptismal formula listed in Matthew 28:19 and recommend the following procedure for baptizing converts: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I now baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).
b) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the cup of the fruit of the vine - is a symbol that typifies our sharing in the suffering, resurrection and exaltation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4); a memorial of His sufferings and death (I Cor. 11:26; Phil. 3:10); a reminder of His second coming (I Cor.11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”
9 - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Every believer is entitled to, should seek for, and should expect to receive the “Baptism in the Holy Spirit” (KJV “Holy Ghost”). This experience, which is an enduement of power for Christian service was active and necessary in the early Apostolic Church for the fulfillment of the ministry of the Apostles (Luke 24:29; Acts 1:4,8; I Cor.12:1-31). We believe the “Spirit Baptism” is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the “new birth” (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15: 7-9). There are definite signs that accompany this experience such as overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), evidence of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), intensified consecration and dedication to work for God (Acts 2:42), an ever-abounding love for the Word of God, love for Christ, and a burning desire to see lost mankind saved (Mark 16:20).
10 - The Initial Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of all born-again believers “in the Holy Spirit” is always witnessed by the physical initial evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). Speaking in tongues in this instance (Acts 2:4) is the same in essence as the “gift of tongues” (I Cor.12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use. These tongues are not learned but are a mystery, a gift, as the speaker is prompted by the Holy Spirit (I Cor.14:2).
11 - Divine Healing
Divine healing was clearly provided for in the Old Testament (Ex. 15:23-26; Ps. 103:1-3; Isa.53:4,5) and is an integral part of the New Testament Gospel as taught by Christ, the Apostles, and the early Church (Matt. 8:16,17; Acts 5:16; Jas. 5:14-16). Deliverance from physical and mental diseases, sicknesses, or ailments is provided for in the Atonement (Matt. 8:16, 17; Jas. 5:14-16). Divine healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; Jas. 5:14, 15), fervent prayer (Jas. 5:16), and is the privilege of every believer who will accept it (Luke 5:15).
12 - Sanctification
Sanctification is a definite yet progressive work of grace, as taught in the Scriptures, which leads to holiness (Rom. 6:22). Christians should lead a life of holiness, Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). Sanctification in the believer is demonstrated by an act of separation from anything considered sinful in the Scriptures and of dedication to God (I Thess.5:23; 2 Pet. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor.1:30). The believer is enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit to obey the command of holiness, Be ye holy, for I am holy (1 Pet. 1:16). The believer continues in holiness because of who he is in Christ, realizing that his identification with Him (Christ) in His death and resurrection by faith necessitates every faculty be controlled by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:111,13; 8:1,2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12,13; 1 Pet. 1:5).
13 - The God Appointed Ministry
God by the Holy Spirit definitely calls whom He desires (wills) to serve in the five-fold ministry (Eph. 4:11), and qualifies the ones called with power, talents, wisdom, and gifts pertaining to that office or offices (I Cor.12:28). Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called (I Cor.7:20).
Ordained Ministers and Deacons
All ministers are divinely called and commissioned to preach the Gospel and evangelize the world (Mark 16:15-20), to worship God (John 4:23, 24), and build up the body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16).
(a) Women Ministers
When called of God and anointed by the Holy Spirit, women shall have the freedom to serve in the ministry as they are led by the Spirit (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:18; 8:17,18).
(b) Divorce and Re-marriage
When a divorce and re-marriage has taken place, the matter shall be left strictly to the individuals concerned and their conscience (Acts 11:9; 1 John 1:7; 2:1,2; Heb. 4:14-16; Matt. 12:31; Ps. 103:11,12). Candidates desiring credentials are examined by a committee on a one-to-one basis with all extenuating circumstances in their pasts carefully considered. (c) Definition of Marriage & AEGA’s Stance on Homosexuality: We resolve that as a matter of belief, doctrine, and religious practice, AEGA Fellowship reserves the term “marriage” for the covenant relationship between (naturally born) one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, which has always been our belief. Member Participation in the Solemnization and Celebration of Marriage: We resolve that members of AEGA Fellowship, both laity and clergy, will be allowed to arrange for, officiate at, or take part in the solemnization or celebration of a marriage only when it conforms to AEGA Fellowship’s statements regarding marriage. We believe the Bible teaches that marriage is intended by God to be a life-long covenant of fidelity between a man and a woman symbolizing the relationship of Christ and His Church. This biblical and traditional understanding of marriage is the basis of strong, healthy families; and is therefore to be nourished and defended by the local church and all members of this Fellowship. Our members are not to participate in cultivating union or legal marriage at any time of those of the same sex. For our military chaplains this would include forbidding them to provide, perform, or participate in sessions such as but not limited to “Strong Bonds Training Sessions” that include same sex couples. To do so would result in the removal of their ministerial credential and their endorsement by this fellowship. While AEGA Ministries is fully convinced according to Scripture (see references below) that God is opposed to homosexuality and the gay lifestyle, we also understand that He seeks to forgive and restore all who come to Him. It is our belief that homosexuals are sinners like everyone and need God’s forgiveness. We believe they can be set free from the power of this sin and live a changed lifestyle. We believe we are to love the person caught in this deception but as the church we are called to make a stand against the unrighteousness of this practice. Homosexuality comes against God’s divine plan for the human race in that homosexual couples cannot procreate as commanded in Genesis. It not only perverts the order of marriage established in the Garden of Eden but also brings the possibility of disease in the body and distress in a person’s emotions and spirit. It is for the reasons listed above and the foundation of the scriptures listed below, that we forbid our members to perform, sanction, bless, or attend any type of marriage, cohabitation, or covenant ceremony of persons of the same sex. To do so will result in the dismissal of said member’s credential. Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26, 27, and I Corinthians 6:9-10
(d) Ordained Deacons
Every church has as its right and duty to choose, appoint, and ordain deacons as helpers, administrators, teachers, and workers. The office of “deacon” shall constitute a position of honor and respect, both from the pastor and the congregational body of believers. The word for “deacon” is from the Greek word “diaconos,” a “servant,” especially one who waits on tables. We recommend that the church select those full of the Holy Ghost (Spirit), God-called and anointed, having a desire to serve the Lord and His people (Acts 2:4; I Cor.12:4-10, 28).
(e) Qualifications for Deacons
The qualifications for deacons should be observed as binding when selecting a candidate for deacon ordination (see Tim. 3:8-13).
14 - Tithing
We believe that all Christians (including ministers) should tithe to the storehouse (Mal. 3:10,11). Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me, but ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings (Mal. 3:8). Church members should tithe to the local church where they receive their spiritual food. Credentialed members of the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies (AEGA) should recognize that tithing supports the local church and the universal church (see Eighteen Fundamental Truths #7 “The Mission of the Local Church”; see Constitutional By-laws Article II “Loyalty and Dedication”).
15 - The Blessed Hope
We believe in the Pre-millennial coming of our Lord in the clouds to catch away His Bride. The angel said, This same Jesus shall so come in like manner (Acts 1:11). The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep (died) in Christ is “the blessed hope” of the Church: The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1Thess.4:16,17; also Rom. 8:23; I Cor.15:51,52; Titus 2:13).
16 - The Second Advent of Christ
The second coming; the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This Millennial reign will bring salvation to national Israel (Ezek. 37:21, 22; Zeph.3:19, 20; Rom. 11:26, 27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isa.11:6-9; Ps. 72:3-8; Mic.4:3, 4).
17 - The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
18 - The New Heavens and the New Earth
We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).