Some people will experience life in heaven after death because God has promised that they will. The reason for his promise is that they have been rescued from the punishment of their sins. The means of their rescue was the suffering of the punishment by the Lord Jesus Christ in their place.

Faith and Works


On the subject of faith and works, we hold to Protestant doctrine, which Roman Catholics are ignorant of.  Note that Protestant doctrine existed before the Roman Catholic Church existed.  Note also that some Roman Catholics may be Christians because in the Bible, in the Book of Galatians, there were Christians who believed in Jesus but who also incorrectly believed that they needed to earn their way to heaven through good works.

Now, contrary to popular belief, both Protestants and Roman Catholics believe in works (good works). However, their beliefs are not exactly the same. Protestants believe that works (good works) influence God to provide a person the opportunity to go to heaven; for example, Cornelius in Acts 10 in the Bible. Roman Catholics, on the other hand, believe that works (good works) buy a person’s way to heaven. Protestants, an opportunity. Roman Catholics, a purchase. Protestants, approaching (movement toward without arriving at) free “transportation” (note quotes, which indicate a figure of speech) that will take you to heaven. Roman Catholics, arriving at purchased “transportation” (note quotes, which indicate a figure of speech) that will take you to heaven. Protestants, approaching and free. Roman Catholics, arriving and purchased.

One more point: Protestants believe that only God can follow up the approach so that a person actually arrives at the “transportation” (note quotes, which indicate a figure of speech) that will take them to heaven. This means that, in the end, the only difference is Protestants, free (unpurchased) heaven and Roman Catholics, purchased heaven.

Note that, while a person cannot make it to heaven on their own, they do need to lean toward (approach) the “transportation” (note quotes, which indicate a figure of speech) to heaven. This is what the Bible calls “repentance.” If you live a wicked life without ever having (never having) leaned toward the “transportation” (note quotes, which indicate a figure of speech) to heaven, you will not make it to heaven, no matter what you believe. This is what the Bible means when it says in James 2:26:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Final Clarification

You do not, through your good works, earn salvation (like you earn money from an employer). Rather, you, through your good works, withdraw salvation (like you withdraw money from a bank account).


How can you believe in a God who allows horrible things to happen?

Some people bring horrible things upon themselves.  Other people are given special grace (unusual ability to endure) during such experiences so that the net impact of these experiences is “inhorrible.”  However, this answer to your question is not a full and sufficient answer.  See our Encyclopedia of Suffering (link not activated yet) for a full and sufficient answer to your question.

Statement of Faith

  • The Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.
  • There is one God and only one, who is self-existent, eternal, and infinite in every excellence. He revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, though distinct in personality.
  • Man was created innocent. By disobedience to the command of God, he fell, thereby losing his innocence, and becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement which is available to all who exercise faith in Him.
  • The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and one is brought into a state of peace and favor with God.
  • The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith whereby one turns unto God in sincere contrition and accepts Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Saviour.
  • God has His purposes of grace in the salvation of man. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit upon all who sincerely believe on Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man’s will nor render inoperative the proclamation of the gospel to all.
  • Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are “kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation,” the sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and in true holiness.
  • The ordinances of the gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.” Baptism symbolizes the fact of regeneration. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His undying love. It symbolizes the fact that the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ. In its observance it is to be placed after Baptism, according to its symbolic and historic order, as required by the teaching of the New Testament.
  • The Church Spiritual includes the whole company of believers regardless of name, age, or country, and is known only to the eye of God. The Church Formal is a company of believers baptized in the name of the Triune God and observing the ordinances and principles laid down in the New Testament.
  • The first day of the week is observed as the Lord’s Day.
  • Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and magistrates are to be prayed for conscientiously, honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and is the Prince of the kings of the earth.
  • We believe in the pre-millenial coming of Christ. Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power.
  • There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust; the just for blessedness and reward, the unjust for unblessedness and judgment.

King James Bible

We believe in the King James Bible.  Now, most Christians don’t know that the King James Bible has, in the past, had its spelling updated.  Updating the spelling of a word does not change the meaning of that word and does not change God’s message.

We believe that the spelling of the King James Bible needs to be updated again; therefore, we have produced the IAV, the International Authorized Version.