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Welcome To The Bible Church Of Christ


         The Bible Church Of Christ
         P. O. Box 2543
         Alexandria, VA 22301
         U. S. A.
         https://loveallpeople.org/biblechurchofchrist.html

Contact: bmcgin@patriot.net
                           February 26, 2000
Welcome to The Bible Church Of Christ.

The Bible Church Of Christ is devoted to "promoting and practicing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible."

Membership in The Bible Church Of Christ is offered to all people who meet the "Conditions Of Membership," as set forth later in this document.

There is no charge or financial obligation of any kind to be a member of The Bible Church Of Christ. Membership is totally free, just as Jesus Christ is totally free to all who will accept Him.

You may be a member of The Bible Church Of Christ and also be a member of other Christian church organizations, such as a Baptist church or a United Methodist church or Church Of God congregation.

The Three Conditions Of Membership In The Bible Church Of Christ

Membership is open to all people who meet the following three conditions. If you meet these conditions, and you want to become a member, please contact me at the address shown at the end of this document.


A. YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION SET FORTH IN ROMANS 10:9.


       ROMANS 10:9 (RSV)
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      "because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and
       believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will
       be saved." (Romans 10:9 RSV)
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That is, you truthfully declare out loud that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. If you do these two things, you are a Christian.
B. YOU ACCEPT "THE SIX CERTAINTIES OF THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN FAITH," AS SHOWN BELOW:

          The Six Certainties Of The Bible Christian Faith

     1. There is one God, Creator of all things.
   
     2. The Bible is the one true and complete written Word of God.
   
     3. Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God.
         The words "only-begotten" mean "only-fathered," that
         is, Jesus is the only human ever directly physically
         fathered by God.
     4. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, then rose from the dead, by
     the power of God, and lives today in Heaven and in the hearts of
     those who believe in Him.
   
     5. If we believe in Him, we will not perish, but will have eternal
     life, forever with Him.
       "Believing in Him" means: that we accept the fact that
        He is Son of God, risen from the dead; that we accept
        Him as our own personal Lord; that we try to follow
        His commandments as best we know how; that we are
        always willing to declare our faith in Him, openly and
        without hesitation.
     6. The most important thing He wants us to do is to love: to love God
     first of all, then to love all other people the same as we love
     ourselves, using His love for us as our example.
   


C. YOU AGREE TO FOLLOW "THE LAW OF LOVE" AND "THE GOLDEN RULE" IN ALL OF YOUR DEALINGS WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

                         The Law Of Love
       
       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)

                        The Golden Rule       
       
      "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for
       this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV)
       
   

Things Which Are Not Required To Join

Baptism is not required to join, but it is expected that all unbaptized members will seek to have a water baptism, by immersion, soon.

Being "born again" is not required to join, but it is expected that all members will seek to be born again, if they have not already been born again.

Repentance is not required to join; but it is expected that you will soon repent of your sins, as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you. It is a common thing that people do not see their own sins until Holy Spirit points them out.

Promising to be a "good Christian" is not required to join; but it is expected that the Holy Spirit will clean you up step-by-step, as He chooses to do so.

Personal purity is not required to join. I invite practicing homosexuals, drug addicts, chain smokers, sex addicts, alcoholics, adulterers, prostitutes, and impure people of all kinds to join. You will never be judged in this church, because we take Jesus very seriously when He says, "Judge not, lest you be judged." Even if you intend to remain impure, you are still invited to join, as long as you meet the "Conditions Of Membership" specified above. But it is expected that the Holy Spirit will clean you up to His satsifaction, as He chooses to do so.

The Bible Church Of Christ

Welcome to the Bible Church Of Christ.
         
         From: Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor - Bible Church Of Christ 
        https://loveallpeople.org/biblechurchofchrist.html
             P. O. Box 2543, Alexandria, VA 22301   USA
                 bmcgin@patriot.net - (703)-768-6710
  
                     
                         February 23, 2000

The Lord Jesus Christ has led me to establish this Church and make it available to all who will do these three things:


1. accept Him as their Lord and Saviour;
2. accept the "BASIC DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST;"
3. accept me, Rev. Bill McGinnis, as their Pastor.

MY COVENANT WITH YOU

This is my covenant with you: IF YOU WILL JOIN THIS CHURCH, I WILL BE YOUR PASTOR, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY IN JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD. WHATEVER YOUR NEEDS MAY BE, IN ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE, I WILL TRY TO FILL THEM, BY THE POWER AND AUTHORITY GRANTED TO ME BY HIM. I WILL LOVE YOU AS I LOVE MYSELF.

HOW TO JOIN THE BIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST

To join this Church, please write to me by regular postal mail, stating in your own words:


1. that you declare with your lips that Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Saviour and that you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead;
2. that you accept the "BASIC DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST," shown below.
3. that you accept me, Rev. Bill McGinnis, as your Pastor.

I will then enter your name on the membership list and begin my pastoral relationship with you. You may end this relationship at any time, for any reason, without obligation of any kind.

BASIC DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST

There are three basic doctrines of The Bible Church Of Christ, and they are: 1. "The Six Certainties;" 2. "God's Rules To Live By;" and 3. "Sexual Ethics."
            
The Six Certainties Of The Bible Christian Faith

     1. There is one God, Creator of all things.
     2. The Bible is the one true and complete written Word of God.
     3. Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God.
         The words "only-begotten" mean "only-fathered," that
         is, Jesus is the only human ever directly physically
         fathered by God.
     4. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, then rose from the dead, by
     the power of God, and lives today in Heaven and in the hearts of
     those who believe in Him.
     5. If we believe in Him, we will not perish, but will have eternal
     life, forever with Him.
       "Believing in Him" means: that we accept the fact that
        He is Son of God, risen from the dead; that we accept
        Him as our own personal Lord; that we try to follow
        His commandments as best we know how; that we are
        always willing to declare our faith in Him, openly and
        without hesitation.
     6. The most important thing He wants us to do is to love: to love God
     first of all, then to love all other people the same as we love
     ourselves, using His love for us as our example.



God's Rules To Live By

   Every person has the freedom to believe what he wants to believe and
   to follow whatever path in life he wants to follow. Some paths lead to
   happiness and joy forever, others lead to misery and torment.
   
   These are the major rules God has laid down for us to follow. These
   rules are for our own good, not for His amusement. They are not
   difficult to follow. They are suitable for all people, at all times,
   in all places. If you follow these rules, you will never go far wrong.
   If you ignore these rules or deliberately disobey them, you bring
   nothing but trouble onto yourself.
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                    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

     1. "Do not put anything ahead of God your Creator."
     2. "Do not make or worship idols."
     3. "Do not take the name of God in vain."
     4. "Take one day of complete rest each week, in honor of God.
     5. "Honor your father and your mother."
     6. "Do not commit murder."
     7. "Do not commit adultery."
     8. "Do not steal."
     9. "Do not tell lies against anyone."
    10. "Do not covet other people's possessions."

                    (Based on Exodus 20:1-17, restated in
                    Deuteronomy 5:6-22)


                  THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
        ------------------------------------------------
       "First, love God your Creator more than anything
        else. Then, love all other people the same as you
        love yourself."
        ------------------------------------------------
                     (Based on Matthew 22:35-40, restated in Mark
                     12:28-31 and Luke 10:25-28. The idea of all people
                     as neighbors is explained in Luke 10:29-37)

          THE LAW OF LOVE: "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."
    This fulfills the Ten Commandments and all other commandments. If you
do this one thing, you have done everything God requires of you under His
law. God accepts your love for neighbor as if it were love for Himself
(see Matthew 25:40).
           ----------------------------------------------------------
           For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love
           your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)
           ----------------------------------------------------------

   THE GOLDEN RULE: "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM TREAT YOU."

                  (Based on Matthew 7:12, restated in Luke 6:31)

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      "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for
       this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV)
      "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."
       (Luke 6:31 RSV)
        --------------------------------------------------------------

Jesus said, "This is the law and the prophets." He did not say,
"This is one of God's many laws." This IS is the law, all by itself.
The Golden Rule puts The Law Of Love into action.


Sexual Ethics
       To many people, the Bible seems unclear on the subject of
       human sexuality, seeming to support everything from 
       polygamy to total sexual abstinance. Even in the New
       Testament, the definition of "sexual immorality" (PORNEIA)
       is unclear; Jesus' instructions regarding divorce are unclear;
       and no mention is made of sex for people who are not married.
       In the absence of clear Biblical instruction, we default to the
       Natural Law, as revealed to me below.      

           The Natural Law For Marriage, Divorce, And Sex


                   The Natural Law - (Romans 2:14-16 RSV)
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        14
               When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the
               law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though
               they do not have the law.
        15
               They show that what the law requires is written on their
               hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and
               their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
        16
               on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the
               secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
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                                           <><

   This, then, is the Natural Law regarding marriage, divorce, and sex.
   Basically, I am taking dictation from God, and this is what He
   says:
        The Nature Of Marriage
   Marriage is the normal intended state for most adults. "Marriage" is
   the relationship between one man and one women in which their two
   bodies become as one flesh, through voluntary sexual intercourse; and
   all other partners in sexual activity are henceforth excluded, by
   mutual agreement.
   "Sexual intercourse" is penetration of the vagina by the penis.
   "Sexual activity" is any activity which includes sexual
    gratification.

        Establishment Of Marriage
   The marriage relationship is established when both parties freely
   agree to an exclusive sexual relationship with each other and
   consummate it with sexual intercourse. Without voluntary agreement
   there is no marriage. And without sexual consummation, there is no
   marriage. Both elements are necessary. No ceremony is required: merely
   agreement and consummation.

        Duration Of Marriage
   Once established, the marriage relationship continues until it is
   broken by death, by mutual consent, or by extreme violation of the
   one-flesh relationship.
   When either partner dies, the relationship is broken, and the
   surviving partner is free to marry again.
   When both parties, by mutual consent, agree to terminate the marriage
   and have no further sexual intercourse with each other, the
   relationship is broken. Both are then free to marry again. Just as
   voluntary agreement with sexual intercourse establishes the marriage
   relationship, so also voluntary agreement without sexual intercourse
   breaks the marriage relationship.
   One party may terminate the marriage relationship without the consent
   of the other party only if there has been extreme violation of the
   one-flesh relationship by the other party. The most glaring and
   extreme sexual violation is adultery, which is sexual intercourse by a
   married person with some person other than the spouse. Another kind of
   extreme violation would be if one party deliberately and repeatedly
   inflicted harm on the other, in a way that he surely would not do to
   himself.
   In general, God opposes the termination of marriages. The greatest
   single cause of divorce is sexual activity outside the marriage. If
   you look deeply enough in almost any divorce, you will find the
   disruptive influence of an outside partner in sexual activity. Perhaps
   there are a few exceptions to this rule, but not many. Therefore all
   such activity is prohibited, particularly adultery, which is a major
   offense against God.

        Sexual Activity For Those Who Are Not Married
   Sex is a natural, God-given part of life, just as eating and sleeping
   are natural, God-given parts of life. The desire for physical release
   through sexual orgasm is a natural desire, like hunger or thirst. Some
   people feel sexual desire more strongly than others, and those to whom
   God has given strong sexual desires must not be judged or condemned by
   those whose desires are weaker.
   God provides for all our needs, including our need for sexual release.
   His preferred method for dealing with sexual need is marriage, as
   described above.
   Nevertheless, people who are not married are also entitled to sexual
   release, without guilt or shame.
   There are different degrees of sexual intimacy which unmarried people
   might experience with each other, from simple kissing to the various
   forms of sex leading to orgasm. Sexual intercourse is reserved for
   married people alone. Any other sexual activity between unmarried
   persons should be governed by the rule," The closer you are to being
   married, the greater intimacy you are permitted." Sexual orgasms bond
   people closer to each other, leading the unmarried toward marriage and
   strengthening the bond which already exists between those who are
   married. Therefore sexual activity involving orgasm should be confined
   to the one person with whom you are seeking a long-term marital bond.
   Thus, sexual promiscuity, or "playing the harlot," is forbidden.
   Certain kinds of sexual activity are simply not permitted, and these
   are sex in any form with a person of the same sex, with an animal, or
   with a close relative. Rape is forbidden, and also any adult sexual
   activity with persons below the minimum age for marriage.
   God has provided one method of sexual release, acceptable for all
   people, and that is private solo masturbation. If you do not have a
   married spouse or other acceptable sexual partner available to you,
   you always have your own hand. There is no Scriptural prohibition
   whatsoever against private solo masturbation. In fact, it can even be
   a form of worship, as we give thanks to God for our bodies and for the
   wonderful feelings He allows us to have.

      "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be
       rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;" (1 Timothy 4:4 RSV)
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        Children
   Since sexual intercourse is reserved for married couples only, then
   conception and childbearing should occur only among married couples.
   From the moment of conception, the children are the joint
   responsibility of the husband and the wife. Husband and wife have
   equal rights in the children, and equal responsibilities toward them.
   In the event of divorce, those rights and responsibilities need to be
   allocated somehow, since the children will no longer be able to live
   normally with both parents. This is one major reason why God opposes
   divorce: it usually creates great difficulties and complications for
   the children.

        Abortion
   Abortion is the taking of innocent human life, which God always
   opposes.
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  This concludes the  BASIC DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

If you would like to become a member, please write to me at this address:

    
                Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor
                Bible Church Of Christ
                P. O. Box 2543
                Alexandria, VA 22301  USA
There is no financial obligation of any kind.

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