What We Believe
Wildfire is a non-denominational body of believers who is voluntarily affiliated with the "Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International." As a body of believers, we believe that we answer directly to the Lord Jesus Christ and believe:
1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. A revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of both faith and conduct and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason.
(2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb 4:12)
2. The Trinity. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal self-existent "I Am": and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association; that is as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10; Matt 28:19)
3. Man was created in the image of God. However, man by transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man.
4. Salvation by grace. The grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Being justified by grace through faith, man becomes heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.
(Titus 2:11; Rom 10:13-15; Luke 24:27; Titus 2:5-7)
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit to his own heart and soul (Rom 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.
5. The promise of the Father. All believers are entitled to, and should, seek earnestly and accept ardently the promise of the Father - the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With this baptism comes the endowment of power; the bestowing of the gifts mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:13-14. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9)
The baptism with and in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with the other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by a life of overcoming power.
(Acts 2:4; Acts 19:2-6: Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-43)
6. Sanctification. The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, "Be Ye holy, for I am holy." Sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's word. Sanctification may be both instantaneous and, most certainly, progressive.
(Heb 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thess 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6; Rom 8:3-4)
7. The Church. The Church is the Body of Christ, the dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit; entrance into which is the workmanship of God. Christ alone is the recognized "Head of the Church." Every born-again believer is a member of the Church and should be loved and fellowshipped with accordingly. While it is true that some have erred in matters of doctrine, and laboring together with them may work a hardship, we do recognize that fellowship is based on our "walking in the light as He is in the light." We believe that the Holy Spirit will never lead the Body of Christ to walk contrary to one another and it is enjoined upon all to "strive to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come to the unity of the faith."
8. The Ministry. We believe that God has called into the ministry men and women of diverse gifts and talents. Some pastors, some teachers, some evangelists, prophets, and apostles (Eph 4:11-13). All these are to work together for the edifying of the Body of Christ.
9. Divine Healing. We believe that God has made abundant provision for the healing of our natural bodies and that in the atonement of Christ and in His suffering, where-in He bore our diseases, provision was made for our supernatural deliverance from the sickness of the body. We do not, however, condemn those who use medicine and submit to the treatment of physicians. "Happy is he that is not condemned in that which he allow."
10. The Blessed Hope. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is imminent and is the Hope of the Church.
(1 Thess 4:16-18; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 15:51-52)
11. The Millennial Kingdom. The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the re-establishment of the throne of David in Jerusalem and the millennial reign of Christ on earth is the Biblical promise.
(2 These 1:7; Rev 19:11-16; Rom 11:25-27; Rev 20:1-7)
12. Eternal punishment for the wicked. The Scriptures teach that the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
(Rev 19:20; Rev 20:10-15)
13. The new Heaven and Earth. We, according to the promise, look for new heaven and new earth; wherein dwells righteousness.
(2 Peter 3:13)
14. Human Sexuality.
a) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.
(Gen 2:24; Gen 19:5, 13; Gen 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-29; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4)
b) We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
(Gen 2:24; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 7:10; Eph 5:22-23)
a) We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.
b) Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn life. Abortion is murder.
c) We reject any teaching that abortions to pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defect, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental or physical well being of the mother are acceptable.
(Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; Psalm 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 49:1: Jer 1:5;
Jer 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)