Beliefs

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Every Good Word based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines. 

Jesus

Jesus is all! Jesus et al! Jesus is the exclusive means to the Father, to God, to Yah "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to Father but through Me (John 14:6). His atoning work on the cross, which is the tree of life for all who believe and thus are saved (Acts 13:31), fulfilled the requirement of an ultimate sacrifice for the redemption of sin. Jesus is perfect for this culture of inclusion in that He is inclusive of anyone and everyone who veritably and authentically believes (John 3:16, 3:36, 8:24, 10:28; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:8, 8:32;  2 Cor. 5:19-20; 1 John 4:9-10, 2 Pet. 3:9, etc.) that He is God, come in the flesh, died in the flesh, and is resurrected to life. Faith in this Messiah comes only through spiritual revelation which then initiates true regeneration aka born-againness. Jesus is God (John 1:1, 8:58; 17:5; Col. 1:16-17;  etc.). Jesus is to be followed as Lord lest we prove our claim to and call on salvation to be inauthentic, vain, invalid, untrue and unreal (Deut. 6:5; Mt. 16:24; Luke 9:23; Mk. 8:34; Rom. 6: 18,22; 1 Cor. 3:11-15;  Gal. 5:1; 1 Pet. 2:16, Jude 1:4;  2 Cor. 6:1; Rev. 2-3; etc. ). Jesus is life! (John 10:10; Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 1:1; 1 John 5:11) 

scripture

We believe the Bible to be the very word of God and ultimate and unique source of truth (1 Thess. 2:13), inspired and infallible, without error (2 Timothy 3:16-17), as God spoke it to and through men in times past (Heb. 1:1). The scriptures are the sole authority over a Christ-claimer's life. Period...over polity, policy or popular culture; over every aspect of every claiming believer's life.  We must not add or subtract to the recorded and revealed word of God (Deut. 4:2; Ecc. 12:13). To contend with scriptural authority over creation, institution, and interaction; or over any and every convention and expression of life is to contend one's very claim to salvation and eternal life one proclaims to possess. This is clear and obvious contradiction. It is laughably self-contradiction at its most basic level. How anyone claiming Christ can contend against the scriptures is so illogical it is humorous on one end, pitiable on another, and demonic most probably. In other words and in short, to argue against the source of that declares the possibility of eternality in the Kingdom of Heaven is to argue against one's personal salvation which is typically done by taking away or taking out things that many do not like. This is to also take one out of one's salvation (Rev. 22:19.  It is an all or nothing thing.

God

"For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one," ( 1 John 5:7). There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit  (Mt. 28:19; John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26;  Acts 2:33; 2 Cor. 13:14; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; Heb. 9:14; 1 Pet. 1:2). He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible (Col. 1:19), and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise.  God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Heb. 13:8).

Revelation

God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ (Mt. 13:16, 16:17, Luke 10:23-24; Eph. 1:17, Heb. 1:2) who is the visible image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15; John  1:18,10:30; Heb. 1:30), the holy scriptures (John 1:1), and through all of creation itself (Rom. 1:19-20). Without revelation there is no regeneration or salvation (Luke 10:22; Phil. 3:15).

reason


“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." (Is. 1:18). This is an essential scripture regarding a sinner's evincing of their true revelation and regeneration. To lack reason is to lack revelation and salvation. Even scholarly "Christians" and "Christian" pastors of some of the most prolific and popular ministries lack reason. This is seen most obvious as many popularly contend with the clear teaching of a harpazo, a rapture for Christ's true Bride, before the wrath of Christ to come known as the tribulation.  "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;" ( 1 Pet. 3:15). Just listen to a believer, and reason or lack thereof indicates truth or lies inside.

logic

John 1: declares In the beginning was the Logos, the Logic, and the Logos, the Logic, was with God, and the Logos, the Logic was God. Jesus is God, the Logos, the Word, and the Logic. Therefore faith in God through Jesus Christ makes His followers the most logical beings on the planet, yet Christians are so illogical. It is not that believers in Yeshua Meshiac ought to be logical. No. A genuine saint is logical. Illogical believers who contradict, controvert plain scripture through inerrant doctrine reveals a lack of logic, a lack of faith, a lack of Christ's logos, His word, being in them. "He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (Jn. 8:47); "You seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you." (Jn. 8:37). Many "Christians" kill their own potential salvation by their illogical doctrines and thus the logos has no place in them. Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," (Jn. 8:31-32). If. A big if. He also said, "But you do not have His word (logos) abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe." (Jn. 5:38). No logic, no belief. No belief, no salvation.  "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words (logic), has that which judges him— the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day." (Jn. 12:38).  " He who hears My word (logic) and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (Jn. 5:38). The opposite is also true (that's called logic). He he does not hear His logic shall come into judgement and not pass from death to life.  Logic is a primary indication of true faith and belief. 

Man

Man was created in the image of God directly and explicitly: "In His own image he created him." (Gen. 1:27), but the scriptures say that as "male and female He created them." (Gen. 1:28). Therefore, 1 Cor. 11:27 is accurate in declaring the "man is the glory of God, and woman is the glory of man. Woman was created from the image of man for the man, but the scriptures do not declare that woman was created in His image. Specifically and precisely, the scriptures make it clear that man was uniquely created in His image. This has massive implications that resonate throughout the scriptures but unfortunately do not resonate through His churches.

The Fall

Genesis 3: The cataclysmic event of all time. When Adam disobeyed God and submitted to Eve who was deceived by the serpent, they surrendered dominion of the earth to Satan and the principalities, powers and gods of this world. This caused them to fall out of the original Adamic covenant with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time, necessitating the ultimate and final covenant, the New Covenant, through, in and by Jesus Christ.

Salvation

Acts 4:12: There is no salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” This salvation must be preached and proclaimed. Preaching and proclamation are the primary vehicles of transmission (Acts 16:17; Rom. 10:14). The sinner's prayer is unscriptural. Confession from the mouth of a sincere heart that Jesus Christ came to save sinners and the lost and can do so because He is Lord, "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Rom. 10:10) can be articulate in various forms. What is paramount is that the one who confesses is born again through faith, created anew literally which is what is called regeneration. The heart of the confessor before God determines all of this, not the recitation or incantation.   By this one is reconciled to God and redeemed by Jesus, who lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

The Church

The Church is Christ's (1 Cor. 3:23; Gal. 3:29; Eph. 1:22. 5:23; Col. 1:18,24; 1 Tim. 3:5) which He purchased with His own blood i.e. His life (Acts 20:28). His people are meant to be the covenant community of, in, and for Christ; set apart from the world's ways and systems as His own peculiar and special people (1 Pet. 3:9); sent into the world to redeem the image of God expressed through the individual man and woman; the  institutional union of man and woman through marriage; the ecclesial demonstration of Yeshua which is His church. All this is to be through man and his helper, the woman, togethering glorifying God and proclaiming and obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Resurrection

There is no clearer scriptural self-declaration that needs no translation and explanation than 1 Cor. 15:13-17: If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"  If we are still in sin we may as well live our best life now in eating, drinking and making merry in any way, shape and for today we live and tomorrow we die.  Savior and resurrected Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth. 

Rapture

EGW holds firm in that the scriptures clearly teach a rapture, a catching up, calling out and clearing away of the spirit-filled Bride (Matt. 25) of Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4-5 together teach an event that is distinct from and different than the second advent that clearly occurs at the culmination of the tribulation (Rev. 19). This rapture is pre-tribulational, and is meant for those truly in Christ (not all Christians, not all Christ claimers, church goers, leaders, etc.) to escape the wrath of God poured out on the earth i.e. the tribulation. Revelation 3 indicates that the persevering and repentant believer will avoid the time of distress. There is so much more obvious scriptural indication of this, but that is for rapturological teaching. In the end, EGW takes the simple, comfortable, and natural flow of scripture and finds comfort that should the time of the end be in our time, Christ's dedicated, devoted, Spirit-filled and led Bride will be raptured.