One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
“THE ONE TRUE GOD” We believe in the One ever-living, eternal God; infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose, and possessing absolute, indivisible Deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father in creation, through the Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost by emanation (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; II Corinthians 5:19; Joel 2:28). The Scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4:24), and “a spirit hath not flesh and bones…” (Luke 24:39). The first of all commandments is, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD:” (Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 6:4). “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all:” (Ephesians 4:6). This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament the in ways of the Son while He walked among men; as the Holy Ghost after the ascension.
Father (Creator)=IS =Spirit/Alpha (Jesus)
Holy Spirit=IS=Spirit/Omega (Jesus)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Rev 1:8 KJV
“… unto us a child is born, unto us a son in given: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: For he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (Hebrews 1:4)”. Meaning the man, Jesus, inherited the name because of what dwelled in Him, the Father or Creator (Holy Spirit). The revelation of the New Testament is that God took His almighty name and applied it to the man Jesus, the Son. Therefore, the man inherited the name of the Everlasting Father in Him, “I have come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive (John 5:43)”. This concludes that the Spirit of God (the Father) or Holy Spirit’s name is Jesus, as well as the man, or messiah, which inherited the name as an outward expression of the eternal God.
THE SON OF GOD
The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:10). “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11). This one true God was manifested in the flesh, that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. “… God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;…” (II Corinthians 5:19). We believe that, “… in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).
REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SIN
The only grounds upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for his sins that he has committed. A broken and contrite heart He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). John preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and before His ascension commanded that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). Peter fulfilled this command on the day of Pentecost, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).”
The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. Water baptism must be administered by a minister of the true Gospel and of sound doctrine in obedience to the Word of God and in the name of Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles; 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5, thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19. HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said “… He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “… ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, “… and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, (languages) as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The terms “baptized with the Holy Ghost,” “filled with the Holy Ghost,” and the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” are synonymous terms which are interchangeable in the Bible.
APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE OF NEW BIRTH
The basic and fundamental doctrine of Lakota Native American Outreach shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2 :38)
THE GRACE OF GOD
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11,12) “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) A Christian, to keep saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21), and in the grace of God. The word “grace” means “favor.” When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses favor. If he continues to sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John 15:1,6; II Peter 2:20-22) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day and their reward. (Read Hebrews 6:4-6) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8).
We believe that godly living should characterize the life and walk of all saints according to the sign and example found in I Peter 2:21; Titus 2:11; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15-17. We believe we are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (II Corinthians 7:1), to abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22), and to turn away from those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (II Timothy 3:5; I Corinthians 11:6; I Timothy 2:9,10; I Peter 2:3,4). The Apostle Peter gives instruction to wives about their behavior and their appearance, “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (I Peter 3:1-4). The Word of God teaches a distinction between the dress of a woman and a man: "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garments: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God." (Deuteronomy 22:5) The word "abomination" used by God in this verse indicates that this rule will not change through all generations. Christian men are not to wear women's clothing, and Christian women are not to wear men's clothing. Modesty is not confined to dress alone but also includes conversation and manners. Philippians 4:5 teaches us, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." Holiness is not only an inward presence of God but it is also reflected in the outward life of the Christian in his conduct in this world.
MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
Lakota Native American Outreach believes that God creates people in His image as male or female. Lakota Native American Outreach subscribes to the historical and orthodox Biblical view of marriage as the covenantal union before God of one man and one woman for life, which may be properly dissolved only in limited circumstances as set forth in the Bible. (Matthew 19) Additionally, since procreation is one of the primary purposes of God’s design for sex, the Bible teaches that sex is reserved for marriage and that premarital or extramarital sexual behavior (whether homosexual or heterosexual) is sinful. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, and attempting to change one’s biological gender or otherwise acting upon any disagreement with one’s biological gender) or advocacy of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God. Although God’s grace is sufficient to cover and bring restoration from any sin, violation of God’s design for marriage and human sexuality (including gender identity) causes tremendous harm and long-term consequences to the persons involved and to our society as a whole. We believe that in order to preserve the mission and integrity of the Lakota Native American Outreach, all members shall agree to and abide by this policy on marriage and human sexuality. Therefore, every minister, volunteer or staff member working for Lakota Native American Outreach, is to adhere to the Biblical standard of abstaining from sex outside of marriage, and no behavior or advocacy of the homosexual, transgender, or other alternative lifestyles will be permitted. This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humankind, and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For matters regarding faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline within Lakota Native American Outreach, Christ is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery” (Matthew 5:32; 19:9). In order to lift a higher standard in the ministry, no minister shall be accepted into Lakota Native American Outreach who has married for the second time after his conversion, unless the first marriage was terminated by a death, or if he/she is determined to be the innocent party in the divorce.
The people of God shall have no connection whatsoever with religious oriented secret societies or any other organization (labor unions excluded) wherein bound by an oath to unbelievers.
THE RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
That the Lord Jesus Christ is to come to earth in person is a doctrine clearly set forth in apostolic times. James taught it; the Apostles preached it; the saints expect it; (See Matthew 24:1, etc.; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; I Corinthians 1:7,8; 11:26; Philippians 3:20,21; Titus 2:13).
When the thousand years are finished, there shall be a resurrection of the dead before the Great White Throne for their final judgment. Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire, burning with the brimstone, which God has prepared for the devil and his angels (Revelation 20:5-15; Matthew 24:41-46; Revelation 21:8).