Rapture Forum's Doctrinal Statement and Core Values (what we believe)
We hold to the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial dispensational system of theology and subscribe to a literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of scripture.
* Literal means we believe the bible is the inspired word of GOD to be taken at face value unless there is compelling reason to do otherwise (usually indicated in the context of the passage).
* Historical means that each passage is put into its proper historical setting, and surrounded with the thoughts, attitudes and feelings prevalent at the time of writing.
* Grammatical means that words are given meanings consistent with their common understanding in the original language at the time of writing.
We believe in the imminent return of our Lord for His Church (The Rapture), to be followed first by a period of judgment (The Great Tribulation) and then His final return to Earth with His church to Rule and reign for 1000 years (The Millennium).
That mankind is hopelessly lost due to sin and, destined for destruction, can only be saved by the completed work of the Lord on the cross through the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. No amount of human effort or good work will suffice in lieu of this and none is required or necessary to supplement it.
That our salvation is laid up in heaven, free for the asking, granted to everyone without condition or prejudice, out of the incomparable riches of God’s grace.
That each human can, and indeed must, individually seek this salvation by choosing a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
That all who ask will receive, all who seek will find, and to all who knock the door will be opened. It is our Father’s will that all who look to His Son will be saved.
That once this relationship is sought and granted it can never be revoked or relinquished. Having been granted irrespective of merit, it will be preserved in like manner.
That the only true church is that invisible body of believers from all walks of life and every denomination and faith who have trusted Him and only Him for their redemption.