Because of the teachings and revelations of the Holy Scriptures, we believe –
1. In one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, infinitely perfect, Creator, Preserver, Governor of all things, who is the only proper object of religious worship.
2. In the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His personal return to be premillennial, also that it is imminent. Distinguishing between the rapture (His coming in the air to receive His saints) and the revelation (His coming in power and glory to establish His kingdom upon the earth).
(Mat. 1:23; 28:6, 7; Mk. 16:19; Jn. 3:2; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 5:8-11; I Thes. 4:14-17; Heb. 4:15)
3. That for the salvation of sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, called by Christ the “New Birth” effected only through repentance and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life “through sanctification of the Spirit.”
5. In the doctrine of entire sanctification, as a second definite work of grace, for the eradication of original or inbred sin, and that it is the privilege and duty of every believer to seek the experience as soon as he or she receives light on it. Sanctification is synonymous to and simultaneous with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that any teaching which gives to it any other distinctions as to its time, or that holds any particular manifestation or gift as proof of this baptism is contrary to the explicit Word of God, and shall not be tolerated among the fellowship of Wells of Salvation, Inc.
(I Thes. 4:3; 5:23; Jn. 1:7,9; Acts 15:8,9; I Cor. 14:40)
[Note: “This sanctification is not completed in a single moment; but sin, from whose dominion we have been delivered through the cross and death of Christ, is weakened more and more by daily [detrimenta] losses, and the inner man is day by day renewed more and more, while we carry about with us in our bodies the death of Christ, and the outward man [corrumpeter] is perishing.”
-- The Works of James Arminius, Disputation XLIX, On the Sanctification of Man, Section XII.]
6. In and anticipate the evidence, use, and fruit of various gifts of the Spirit -- prophecy, teaching, working of miracles, preaching, healing, helping, administration, and languages.
7. In divine healing of the body through both natural and supernatural means.
8. In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved, unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost, unto the resurrection of damnation.
(Jn. 5:28,29; Acts 24:15)
9. In the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.
10. In Christian baptism as an outward sign of an inward work of grace, wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit. The mode of baptism to be left to the individual.
11. In the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion, the wine as an emblem of the shed blood of Christ, the bread as an emblem of the broken body of Christ. That only Christians have the right to partake of the elements. The participant is to do this in remembrance of Christ, and not for the remission of sins.
12. In heaven. Everyone who has a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, on departing from this life, goes to be with Him, and will share the eternal happiness and glories of His everlasting kingdom, the fuller rewards being reserved until the final judgment.
(Jn. 14:2,3; 1 Pet. 1:4; Rev. 21:1-5)
13. In hell. Everyone without a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, on departin from this life, is turned away into everlasting condemnation and punishment. As heaven is described in the Bible as a place of everlasting happiness, so hell is described as a place of endless torment, “where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.”
(Mat. 25:41,46; Mk. 9:44-48; Lk. 13:3; Jn. 8:21)
14. That the scriptural method of gathering money for the support of the church is by means of tithes, or proportionate giving, and offerings. We urge that our people adopt proportionate giving as the scriptural plan, that each one of our fellowship may do his or her share in the support of the work of God.
15. In missions. That the church has a divine commission to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ in the homeland and foreign fields.
(Acts 1:8; Mat. 28:19,20)