It is our resolve to be uncompromising on the essential doctrines of the Faith, as well as to have fellowship and relationship to those who hold to these essential doctrines. Therefore, we will speak sound doctrine according to Titus 2:1-15. It must also be realized that there are doctrines that are declared non-essential, but are important to maintaining freedom for the Christian regarding different understandings. Therefore, we at Harvest House International Ministries want people to know our firm belief that there is a truth and an acute accuracy in essential doctrine, (not as man dictates, but as the Lord desires), and that even if people hold to these doctrines, they can still cause hurt, damage, and divisions to the Body of Christ over the non-essential doctrines. In order to maintain a proven Christian walk with integrity and character, we will walk in ordination spoken by Paul the Apostle in I Timothy 1:5, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” (NKJV) Therefore, it is our firm conviction to “Agree to Disagree”, and still maintain fellowship and to have the gospel of the Kingdom sent out.
On the Person of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Word of God. The bible tells us in John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Jesus Christ is also Pre-incarnate with the Father in Heaven (John 1:3-5), “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Jesus Christ is the Creator (Colossians 1:16), “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
Jesus Christ, who was in the form of God, emptied Himself to become fully a man that He would become the propitiation for all of mankind. This was done on the cross at Calvary, and by this, everyone who believes in Him and His being a sacrifice will have their sins forgiven and will once again be restored to fellowship with God the Father in Heaven which was lost when man transgressed against the Father’s commands in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, by the work and seed of the Holy Spirit. This was so that it would be acknowledged that what is born of the Spirit must be conceived by the Spirit. Today, when we become “Born Again”, we are new creations, both of the human beginnings and of the Spirit. We believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is literal, and not symbolic, and that this faith in believing will cause a resurrection of the just and the unjust on the day of judgment.
It is our firm foundational belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to come into restoration and fellowship with God. We are also confident that no one can approach God through spirit or doctrine. It is wrong to declare that the death of Jesus Christ was a dire calamity, and that our good works alone can bring us in favor before God. It is also in error to presume that an organization or any person can be a mediator for mankind in place of the Lord Jesus Christ. In I Timothy 2:5&6, we are told, “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
On the Atonement
Because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, everyone must trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. There is absolutely no other way to reconcile to God or to be removed from eternal separation from the Father, except by faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. It is because of faith in Jesus Christ that mankind can have access to the Throne of Grace. Our good works will not get us into the favor of God if we are not committed to bringing them to Him through His Son, our Redeemer – Jesus Christ.
Mankind was created by God from the dust of the earth, without sin or the knowledge of good and evil. The first man, Adam, with his wife Eve, disobeyed the commands of God in the Garden, and the ensuing process allowed death to come to them and their descendants. It is because of our unrighteousness that we are unable to approach a Holy God, unless we choose to come by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
On the Authority of Scripture
We believe in the Divine Inspiration and authority of all 66 books of the Holy Bible as God’s testimony to all of mankind. Therefore, we are committed to speaking out that Scripture is the very Word of God, and that it is inerrant in its original writing. We do not accept any doctrine that contradicts Scripture.
It is understood that there are many practices and doctrines that are considered orthodox which do not contradict the Scriptures, but which are not directly attended to in God’s Word. We will be engaged in giving liberty in the belief and practices of these teachings, but we will not accept any spiritual experience as having its source from the Holy Spirit that does not have a precedent in Scripture. This is also in regard to revelations, visions, dreams, prophecies, discernment, or writings, which contradict Scripture. It should also be understood that we do not believe that there are additional writings that have the same authority as the truth of Scripture.
On Being Born Again
Identifying in our hearts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that His propitiatory sacrifice accomplished our salvation, causes a regeneration of our being born by the Holy Spirit. When we become “Born Again”, we come to a realization that we now have a “new beginning”. And that while we may not immediately come to living perfectly in our daily lives, the regeneration that takes place upon our hearts first, will cause a process that will be evidenced by Christian maturity in truth, in faith, and in our lives. It is this heart change that will be looked at by the Father in Heaven.
On Water Baptism
We believe that water baptism should be by total immersion and that when a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ into their life, there should be a consideration to be baptized in water as soon as possible. This ordination is a personal and public statement of our faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our behalf. It is also a public proclamation of our willingness to be one with the Lord in His death, burial and resurrection.
On the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is an impartation that comes with regeneration. This baptism is usually accompanied by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and words of knowledge.
This gift is available to all who believe, but it should be pointed out that it is not a prerequisite for salvation or regeneration (Acts 2:38-39 – “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.). The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to impart spiritual power to the believer to be a witness (Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and to all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”)
On the Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit
According to Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (NKJV) Therefore, His ministry in and through the church by the Holy Spirit has not changed from the very beginning. We realize the need to accept and encourage all of the biblical gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit as being for today and that they are vital for the church to accomplish her commissioning today.
On the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe in the literal, physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His authority and rule on the earth. It is our belief that those who are alive and remain at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be changed and caught up to be with Him in the air. Those who have died in the faith will be resurrected and taken up to be with the Lord.
Regarding the Day of Judgment, we believe in a literal, physical resurrection of the just and the unjust. For those who have been justified by their faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, as well as His resurrection and ascension into heaven, there will be an eternity of fellowship with God. However, those who reject or do not have faith in Jesus as the Christ, their resurrection will result in a judgment and being sentenced to eternity without fellowship with God and also to be in the Lake of Fire.
On the Lord’s Supper
We recognize the command of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus Christ, and that it is our testimony of being with Him in His Body, the Church. However, we do not accept the teaching that communion is for the purpose of removing sins, which the Scriptures say is based solely on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary according to Hebrews 9:25-28, “…not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (NKJV)
We also do not agree that communion is not for those who have sinned. It is a clear indication of drawing those who have sinned into a conviction by the Holy Spirit of their need for a Living and Redeeming Savior. Therefore, communion is for sinners and those in the Body of True Believer’s.