We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH FAITH ALONE in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38); that salvation is the free gift of God (Romans 3:24, 6:23) and is not the result of any work of man (Ephesians 2:8-9). Because of the universal sinfulness of man (Romans 3:23), no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born again (John 3:5-8). We believe that no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism, sacrament, or any other ordinance however administered, can move any sinner one step toward heaven. A new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation (Isaiah 64:6). We believe and teach that individual salvation from sin is only attained by a true personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and only those thus saved are born again as sons of God to eternal life. We also believe that our redemption from sin has been accomplished solely by the blood atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ who was made to be sin and a curse for us, dying in our place, suffering the wrath of God and penalty of death as propitiation for our sins (Matthew 26:28). This means that no human act of any kind including good works, penance, prayers to departed saints or the Virgin Mary, emotional experiences, visions, good resolutions, sincere efforts, or submission to the rules and regulations of any church can add anything to the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The benefits of Christ’s redemptive work must be appropriated individually by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In repentance, the sinner turns from the sin of rejection of Christ and in faith the sinner trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and is immediately and everlastingly born again to eternal life. Once truly born again, believers cannot lose their salvation (Leviticus 17:11; John 3:16; Acts 16:31, 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13, 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 23).