What We Believe

Present Truth Ministries, of Kinston, NC, is to be one of the many local places of anointing which are called to be an expression of the Kingdom of God in southeastern North Carolina.  This Christ-centered calling is stated and revealed in a three-fold manner throughout the Bible (Pro. 22:20, Ex. 25:8, 40; Deut. 16:16;; John 14:6; I Cor. 10:1-4, 13:8-13; II Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:8-16; Heb. 6:19-20; 8:1-6; I John 2:12-14).

Ark of the Covenant

Outer Court Holy Place Most Holy Place
Passover Pentecost Tabernacles
Out of Egypt Through The Wilderness Into The Land
Jesus The Way Jesus The Truth Jesus The Life
Milk Bread Meat
Thanksgiving Praise Worship
All Man God and Man All God

Specifically:

 
We believe in one God, manifesting Himself in Three Persons as the Father the  Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; John 14:26)

We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired, the inerrant Word of God, and when rightly interpreted (by the Holy Spirit) to be the infallible rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 45:1; Ezekiel 1:3; II Peter 1:21)

We believe that sanctification is once and for all as well as progressive in nature: first, from the time of conversion, God Himself sets the believer apart by the blood of Jesus; then the believer separates himself unto a Holy God by washing himself daily in the Word.  The Spirit-directed life is one of detachment from this present world system, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 6:11-7:1)

We believe that the Pentecostal experience of the Holy Ghost Baptism is separate from and subsequent to conversion.  God sends forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; this is Christ in and among all of us, the hope of glory.  We believe that the initial evidence of this Baptism to be historical and experiential distinctive of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  However, speaking with other tongues is not necessarily the evidence of a Spirit-filled life.  The fruit of a genuine Pentecost is the writing of the law of God upon one's heart. (Acts 4:1-8; Col. 1:27)

We believe that all authority centers in Jesus Christ and that He has delegated His jurisdiction into the home (domestically), the Local Church (ecclesiastically), and civil government.  We believe in theocratic (God-ruled) Local Church Government and order (Elders, Deacons, and Saints).  Divine order in the New Testament maintains a plurality of eldership and leadership, but there is a set man at any given time with a distinctive anointing to father the flock of God. (Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 3:1-13)

We believe that the Kingdom of God is a present reality and will expand until the knowledge of His Lordship covers the earth.  The Government of God is the purpose of God; it is the extension of His rule and dominion in the earth and universe.  The Church, universal and local, mystical and tangible, invisible and visible, is the instrument through which that purpose is to be realized. (Habakkuk 2:14; Romans 14:17; Revelation 5:10)

We believe the Church to be the Seed of Abraham, God's Holy Nation and Chosen Generation, the true Circumcision, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual Israel of God.  The Jew is you!  Like Jesus, we are the Seed Of The Women, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David; as such, we are heirs together of the grace of life, sharing His pain, His promise, and His power. (Romans 2:28-29; Romans 8:16-17; I John 4:17)

We believe that the Father has given the earth to the children of men.  The earth is the Lord's; it belongs to Jesus and His Church, not the devil.  The meek shall inherit the earth.  As kings and priests, we shall reign on the earth.  Heaven is the realm of God, and God is an omnipresent Spirit; Heaven is nearer than men think.  Therefore, we believe in the coming of the Lord, not the going of the saints; in the appearing of the Lord, not the disappearing of the saints.  Throughout the Scriptures, God comes to dwell with man.  Jesus is coming now (in Spirit) to be glorified "in" the saints: He will come (literally) "with" the saints once His enemies are made His footstool, once He has received the early and latter rains, once we have come to the unity disclosed in John 17 and Ephesians 4, and once He has restored all things spoken by all His holy prophets since the world began.  His coming is not "any-minute" but "until" ( a word denoting time) - no man knows that day or hour. (Psalm 24:1; 37:3, 9, 11, 29, 34; 115:16; Matthew 5:5)