Allegiance to the King is dedicated to Scripture and the truths presented within these sacred writings. We hold these truths with both conviction and humility, knowing that we have been mistaken with partial understandings in the past.
As a ministry, Allegiance to the King holds the following beliefs and practices:
- God: There is only one true God, the Creator, who is the supreme being, who is over all, who has no beginning and no end, and all things exist through him and for him. His personal name revealed in the Old Testament is Yahweh. He is one person, invisible, and immortal. He is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is righteous, faithful in all his relationships, full of mercy, justice, and love.
- Jesus Christ: Jesus is the Son of God, a man miraculously created in and born of the virgin Mary by God’s spirit. He is the promised Messiah, the son of David, who, though being tempted in all ways, lived a sinless life. He was crucified, died, buried, and resurrected. He is the first fruits from the dead and currently sits at the right hand of God in heaven. He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. He will one day personally return to the earth. He is the only way of salvation, redemption, everlasting life, and the restoration of a right relationship with God. By his sacrifice and shed blood, he has instituted the New Covenant between God and humankind, and all who repent, confess, and follow him as Lord are declared righteous, enter into the New Covenant, receive the gift of holy spirit, and the promise of everlasting life in the Kingdom.
- Holy Spirit: The holy spirit is the operational power and presence of God in the believer. It is a gift given to every believer upon their conversion as a seal, the mark of New Covenant membership as the people of God. It is given as a promise of salvation and life in God’s Kingdom. God energizes the believer through the spirit to demonstrate His power and glory and to accomplish His will.
- The Gospel: The gospel is the good news of God’s active rulership upon the earth and the redemption of his creation. This is expressed in (1) the inauguration of the Kingdom of God through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, (2) the establishment of the New Covenant between God and humankind through the shedding of Christ’s blood, (3) the consummation of the Kingdom at Christ’s return and the creation being renewed. We are to believe and preach the good news, repent of leading a life of unbelief and sin, and show fruit in word and deed corresponding to our new life in Christ. The hope of the gospel is Jesus Christ will return and resurrect the faithful to immortality in the Kingdom of God and set all things right.
- Salvation: Salvation is being saved from everlasting death (the consequence of sin), being given a resurrected body, and receiving life in the age to come. The promise of salvation is obtained by God’s grace through faith (i.e., allegiance: trust, loyalty, and obedience) in Christ, as one holds fast to the gospel.
- Satan and Spiritual Beings: Satan, also called “the Devil”, the “Serpent”, and other names and descriptions, is a ruling angel who is the leader of rebellious spiritual beings in rejection and defiance against God. The Bible refers to him as “the god of this age,” and as such he currently exercises great power and influence over the domain of the whole earth. He holds the power of death and seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Satan and his followers were defeated by Jesus Christ on the cross and will be destroyed in the future.
- The Bible: The canon of Scripture we deem authoritative is the sixty-six books of what is commonly called the “Protestant Bible.” The Bible reveals God’s character, will, and plans to humanity. It represents the authoritative source for life, doctrine, and preaching. The purpose of the Bible is to lead us to God and His son Jesus, and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
- Sanctification: Sanctification is the process of dedication and commitment to God that leads to being set apart in godly conduct. This begins with God’s call to holiness and the commandment to love one another upon conversion and continues with the believer growing into the image and stature of Christ. Condoning or promotion of wrongful behavior is not in accord with purity and obedience that are to characterize the pursuit of living a sanctified and consecrated life to God.
- The Nature and State of Humankind: God created humankind (male and female) in His image capable of exercising free will and with reason and conscience. The first man Adam disobeyed God’s commands and violated God’s covenant with him. This resulted in death being passed down to all his descendants, as well as corruption and a curse upon the earth.
- The Church: The Church consists of the people of God—those who have given their allegiance to Jesus as Lord, are declared “righteous,” and participate as members of the New Covenant. Jesus Christ is the head of all believers, and they are members of his body with individual gifts and callings. God places each believer in the body as it pleases Him, and He works within each person to carry out His will. For those who are in Christ there are no distinctions between economic status, gender, ethnicity, or race. All believers are part of a spiritual family through the holy spirit that binds together those who trust in and are united to Christ.
- Death and Resurrection: When a person dies he or she ceases to have life and consciousness, which is described in Scripture as being “asleep,” until they are resurrected from the dead by the Lord Jesus Christ. After being resurrected, every person will receive judgment to either everlasting life or everlasting death.
- Marriage: God created humans in His image. He created male and female biologically separate and distinct from each other. God created sexual intimacy to be a blessing experienced only within the marital relationship between one man and one woman.
- Church Ceremonies: Communion and water baptism are Christian practices instituted by the Lord himself and carried out by his followers in the early Church. These are appropriate demonstrations of a believer’s faith in Jesus as the Messiah, and their willingness to acknowledge their union with him as their Lord and the expectation of his return.
- The Destruction of the Wicked: At the judgment, the wicked will be cast into and permanently destroyed in the Lake of Fire. After this annihilation, the wicked will have no more life, consciousness, or perpetual suffering.