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Introduction
2 Corinthians 10:5 ministries is a conservative Christian Ministry based on the teachings of the Bible (66 books, excluding the Apocrypha). The Apocrypha is false and is not scripture.


Bible
The Bible is the Word of God, and that its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life. (2 Peter. 1:21, 2 Tim. 3:16). The Roman Catholic Apocrypha is not inspired scripture and is not part of the canon of scripture. The Bible is to be taken as literally as possible except where obviously figurative. Genesis, for example, is literal, and Adam and Eve were actual people.

God
God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8; 1 Tim. 1:17). He has always been God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Rev. 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jer. 32:17, 27), Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:8, 16); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26), etc. He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8).

Trinity
There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons--the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God--not three gods--and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 9:35; 2 Cor. 13:14).


Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is both human and divine and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person--not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently a man, one person, with two natures where one nature is wholly God and the other wholly man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3, 14). Jesus will eternally remain as a man and intercedes for us eternally as a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 6:20; 7:25).

Virgin
Birth
Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:42). Mary ceased to be a virgin after the birth of Jesus (Matt. 1:25).

Resurrection
of
Christ

Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds). He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19; 1 Cor. 15; Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord.

Substitutionary
Atonement

God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of breaking the Law (1 John 3:4), which is physical death (Rom. 6:23) and spiritual death (Isa. 59:2), that was due us (Isaiah 53:4-6). He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). His sacrifice was a legal substitution for us (1 John 2:2; John 19:30; 1 Pet. 2:24). It was legal since sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4) and substitutionary since Christ took our punishment (Isaiah 53:4-6) and tasted death for everyone (Heb. 2:9).  As a result, God's justice was satisfied, Christian believers are released from eternal punishment (1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; 25:46; Rom. 5; 1 John 2:2), and their debt that our sin brings against us has been cancelled (Col. 2:14).

Baptism
Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice for Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone. God's elect are made right before God by God's grace through faith--not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3, 5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).

Man's
Condition

Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by God's grace through faith (John 6:28-29; 15:5; Phil. 1:29), is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (John 6:44; Rom. 3:10-12), nor is he born again of his own will (John 1:13), nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Gal. 3:1-3). Eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness who has not trusted in the redemptive sacrificial work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 6:23).

Divine
Election
God elects/chooses people for salvation.  "But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth." (2 Thess. 2:13). And, "From all eternity God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will," (Eph. 1:4-5).  And, "So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy." (Rom. 9:16).


Salvation
Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the elect sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (John 3:16) and not by  good works (Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8-9). The elect are chosen for salvation by God (2 Thess. 2:13).


Justification by
Grace through
Faith Alone

Justification is being declared legally righteous by God. This justification is received by faith alone without any ceremony/baptism (Rom. 4:1-6), in the work of Christ fulfilling the Law in his earthly ministry (1 Pet. 2:22), and his removing of sin by his sacrifice. Justification is a gift from God (Rom. 3:24) and is received apart from the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:21).


 Particular and Effectual Atonement

Particular and effectual atonement teaches Christ Jesus, in a labor of love, actually satisfied all the conditions and requirements for the salvation of God's elect by establishing a perfect righteousness for them by His sufficient, accomplished, effectual, finished sacrifice for them. He did this for all those He represented, thus, glorifying His Father in their full and free salvation. God's love provided, in Christ, what His holiness demanded from His people. The elect are saved through Covenant promise, based on the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, their Substitute and Surety.

The Eternal Son of God took on a human body of sinless flesh, in order to do everything necessary to be sacrificed and completely satisfy all the conditions required for the justification of all those whom He represented, to be reconciled and saved eternally. Not one sinner for whom Jesus Christ lived and effectually died for as their Substitute will ever perish. Christ's atonement, His accomplishment of redemption and the righteousness of God revealed in the Gospel ensures their eternal salvation. The meritorious work of Christ secures all things needed for His elect people to be made full partakers of all that He purchased for them, including the work of the Holy Spirit in them.

The merit of the life and death of Christ ALONE is the ground of the only saving difference between saved and lost or heaven and hell. This means that the merit of His Person and work is by itself is what does the saving of His people. This is to say - His death is EFFECTUAL by itself. His blood and righteousness automatically excludes everything else as to the ground of justification and acceptance to God. Christ, as Mediator of the Everlasting Covenant of Grace, brought in and established an everlasting righteousness, which is imputed to His people in each generation to make them accepted by the Father on that very ground and basis.

Isaiah 53:10-12 “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief: when You shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He has purchased with His own blood.”

Hebrews 2:9-10 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Romans 5:19 “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”

Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

(Also see - Gen 22:13, Exodus 12:3-13, Lev 16:21-22, 17:11, Psalm 22:1-18, 32:1, Dan 9:24- 26, Zech 13:7, Mat 1:21, 26:28, 27:35- 50, Mark 15:24- 37, Luke 23:33-46, 24:46, John 11:49-52, 19:16-30, Acts 17:3, 20:28, Rom 3:24- 25, 1 Cor 1:30, 5:7; 6:20, 15:3, 2 Cor 5:21, Gal 1:4; 2:20, 3:13, 4:5, Eph 1:7, 2:13-17, Col 1:14, 20-22, 2:13-14, 1 Thes 5:10, 1 Tim 2:6, Titus 2:14, Heb 9:12-14, 26- 28, Heb 13:12, 1 Pet 1:18-19, 2:24, 3:18, 1 John 1:7, 2:2, 3:5, 4:10, Rev 1:5, 5:9).







Regeneration
God the Holy Spirit makes all the objects of God's love, all whom the Lord Jesus Christ redeemed, to be full partakers of all that God has provided in all that Jesus Christ has purchased. He applies this to them as He regenerates and calls them by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the means of the Gospel. He then brings them to faith in Jesus Christ and gives them repentance from self-righteous idolatry and dead works. He continually dwells in them that they might be comforted and assured by the certainty of their preservation based upon the accomplished death and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, apart their own works.

 Christ's blood and righteousness by itself secured and ensures all the work of the Holy Spirit in God's elect and that no part of the Holy Spirit's work in the sinner, though necessary and vital in salvation, forms any part of the ground of that sinner's justification. God the Holy Spirit's work in the sinner is the fruit and effect of Christ's work of Redemption for the sinner.

Ephesians 1:9-14,John 6:63,James 1:17,I Peter 1:23-25,Deut 30:6, Jer 24:7, Ezek 11:19-20, 36:25-27, Zech 4:6, John 1:13, 3:3-8; 6:37, 44, 10:3-5 & 27, 17:2, Rom 5:5, Rom 6:1- 22, 7:6, 8:2, 5-16 & 30, 1 Cor 15:45, Eph 2:5, 4:22-24, Col 2:11-13, Titus 3:5, Heb 9:13-15

Eternal Security
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand." (John 10:27-28). Christ has done all that is needed for our salvation, and he says that those who have eternal life will never perish. Those who appeared to be Christian but fell away never were Christians to begin with (1 John 2:19). Eternal security does not mean that we have a license to sin (Rom. 5:21-6:2), and those who say it is a license to sin do not understand eternal security and how God regenerates the sinner and turns his heart to repentance (2 Tim. 2:25).  We oppose the position that a person's security before God is maintained through his good works since this would be works of righteousness.

Sanctification


Sanctification means to be set apart. God's elect- those whom He chose to offer salvation are set apart by God Himself to believe the gospel in Christ. Christ is the sanctification of His elect. Christ is the holiness for His elect by His grace.
 Sanctification is not a process nor is it "progressive". It is a one time event just like justification.
Farther sanctified” one’s mouth, eyes, hands, hearts, minds, being further “set apart” for the Lord is not related in any fashion to one’s justification or holiness. There is no such thing as “personal holiness” and there is no biblical doctrine of “progressive” holiness, sanctification, or purity in the ecomony of grace. These uses are historical errors and misuse of terms.

No matter the maturity of a believer in the grace of God, there will NEVER be a moment when he/she is without sin or corruption in the flesh. That is why the finished work of Christ is necessary. It is the only effectual righteousness that we will ever see. There is no such teaching in Scripture that compels a man to consider his work or morality a part of his holiness/sanctification or righteousness. To do so is to deny the true gospel.


 John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Hebrews 12:14


Growing in Grace

Growing in grace is not sanctification.
Growing in grace and perfecting holiness is faith alone in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The ‘regenerate’ part is the person of Christ in us, not the work of Christ through us. Regeneration’s purpose is the gift of a changed disposition concerning righteousness before God (repentance) and the God-given gift of faith in this revealed truth.
Romans 7:23, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Peter 3:18, Romans 6:14, Ephesians 4:15















God-given Faith

Because God loves His people, He gives them faith to actually know, understand, and experience His free salvation. Faith, upon hearing and understanding the gospel, receives Christ and His righteousness, freely imputed, as the only ground of eternal salvation. The faith God commands is something not found in man naturally and cannot be stirred up by man's will or sincerity. Faith is not the work of man and is not the ground of salvation itself, but rather the fruit and effect of the life and death of Christ earned for God's elect and is all worked in the elect by the Holy Spirit.

God's people for whom Christ lived and died are now in a state of perfect righteousness because the whole merit of His work is imputed or charged to their account and they are presented not only forgiven, pardoned, but holy, umblameable, unreproveable, and perfectly righteous. They are legally declared to be righteous. This is that same perfect righteousness that a holy God requires, which we could not perform ourselves. They are in the state of non-imputation, which means they cannot ever be charged with sin again. This is a salvation that is not conditioned on man in any way, but rather, conditioned on Christ alone. This is the essence of the gospel of grace and is where faith rests.

Ephesians 2:8- 9 “ For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

(Also see - Deut 4:34- 35, Isaiah 45:6, 20- 25, Mat 13:23, Mark 16:16, John 6:40, 8:32, 16:8-11, 17:3, Acts 16:14-15, Rom 1:16-17, 3:26, 6:17, 21, 7:6, 1 Cor 2:10-12, 2 Cor 4:2- 6, Eph 1:13, Phil 3:7- 8, 2 Thes 2:13-14, Heb 9:14, 1 John 5:20).







 The essence of the gospel is that all of salvation is by grace alone and all conditioned on Christ. This means it is not of the sinner's merit, works or conditioned on them to any degree. The life and death of Christ is sufficient and effectual by itself to be the only saving difference between saved and lost. The merit of His blood sacrifice and righteous merit is what puts His people in an unchangeable, irreversible, perfect state of righteousness.

All that God requires for justification was victoriously accomplished by Jesus Christ. It is a perfect, full, and completely finished work that demands the justification of all them for whom were represented by the Savior. If the merit of the Person and work of Christ by itself is not enough to put us in a state of justification and answer all the demands of God's requirements, then nothing else will or can. There is absolutely no hope at all in what we do or are even enabled to do. Christ is our only hope. True faith believes this.





God-given Repentance

The love and goodness of God gives, not only faith, but repentance also. Repentance from spiritual idolatry and self-righteous dead works is the first evidence of God given faith. It sees that every effort at obedience and reform before faith are only evil and wicked attempts at removing God's wrath and gaining favor in opposition to His redemptive glory. These are aimed at the ground and cause of salvation, which casts shame and reproach upon the Person and work of Christ. Any works without faith are dead and need to be repented of.

II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you and believe the gospel.”

Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Philippians 3:7-9 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

Godly sorrow over sin is that continual aspect of repentance whereby a saved sinner constantly sees his own sinfulness in his character and conduct. This is seen in order to constantly realize that his only hope for salvation and forgiveness is the blood of Christ and His righteousness imputed.

Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Psalm 130:3-4 “ If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.”

II Corinthians 7:9-10 “Now I rejoice, not that You were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.”

Psalm 51:15-17 “O Lord, open You my lips; and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. For You desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: You delight not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You wilt not despise.”



 Good Works and Loving God and the Brethren

Any attempts at obedience to New Covenant commands and exhortations flow from God-given faith. It is the willingness of justified sinners, which is not motivated by legal fear of punishment or promise of reward based on personal merit. This is all motivated by the assurance of free salvation based on the accomplished, effectual sacrifice and the righteousness of the God-man Mediator, without any of our works added. This is the liberty of grace, the spirit of adoption and love, whereby saved sinners express love for God and love to one another. It includes any attempt to obey God's commands, to maintain good works, to seek to bring our conduct into conformity to Christ our Savior.

This activity is in response to the love and grace of God through Christ Jesus. As works without faith are dead, we also believe faith without works is dead. It is important that we know this obedience is not acceptable due to any merit of its own. It is only acceptable because it is performed by one in a justified state, based on Christ's merits alone.

Romans 12:1-2 “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.”

I Peter 2:5 “You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

Php 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

Love to God and the brethren is love that flows from faith in Christ, of which, the natural man is incapable. It is of the Spirit and it respects first and foremost the honor of God's redemptive glory revealed in salvation, based on the blood of Christ. This love will take sides with those who believe the gospel and it will not count any sinners to be saved who are either ignorant of or not submitted to the imputed righteousness of Christ as the ground of justification.

John 13:34- 35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another.”

I John 3:13-16 “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death. Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”







Free
Will
Free will is the ability of a conscious being to be able to make choices that are not coerced.  All people possess free will and exercise it according to the conditions revealed about it per the scriptures (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 6:14-20).  Free will choices require the ability to be aware of a choice to be made.  Free will does not necessitate the option of choosing between good and bad; otherwise, God would not be free since he cannot choose to sin.

Christian
Church

God calls Christians to his Church where the Word of God is preached, where baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) are administered, where believers are discipled and disciplined, and where believers serve to build up one another (Matt. 16:18). There is no one true earthly ecclesiastical body that is 'the true church.' Rather, the True Church consists of all true believers wherever they might be. 

Church
Officers

God calls qualified Christians to be ordained and to serve Jesus Christ in special leadership capacities, i.e., Elders, Deacons, Ministers of the Word, and Evangelists. The office(s) of pastor and elder is limited to qualified men only who are called by God, recognized by the body, and who meet the biblical standard of eldership (Titus 1:5-9). Women are not to be pastors nor elders and are not to hold positions of authority in the Christian Church where that authority is exercised over men (1 Tim. 2:11-15; 3:11-13; Titus 1:5-9).

Second
Coming

Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return from heaven to earth with great glory and majesty.

Spiritual
Realm
There is a spiritual realm of angels and demons. Angels serve God and carry out his will. Demons are fallen angels (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6) who war against God and who will ultimately face eternal punishment (Matt. 25:41; 2 Per. 2:4). Christians cannot be demon-possessed.

Eternal Judgment
All who are not justified by faith in Christ and the blood of Christ will face eternal, conscious, and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God (Matt. 8:12; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:8)

Evangelism
Part of the purpose of 2 Corinthians 10:5 ministries is to carry out the work of evangelism which means that we must teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people in every nation (Matt. 28:19-20). Also, we are to refute false doctrines, false religions, and whatever else might contradict the word of God; but we are to do this without insult (1 Pet. 3:15) if perchance God would grant them repentance (2 Tim. 2:25).

Kingdom
Work
Part of being a Christian means to participate in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the gifts given him or her by the Lord (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12). Not all are pastors or evangelists or teachers (Rom. 12), but each Christian is expected to do his or her part to promote the gospel whether it be by prayer and/or giving and/or teaching and/or bearing and training children and/or evangelism, etc.

Morality
Homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, cross-dressing, trans-genderism, lying, bearing false witness, adultery, wife-swapping, pornography, fornication, coveting, etc., are all sinful practices, against scriptural revelation, are contrary to proper living, and are not acceptable to 2 Corinthians 10:5 ministries  as normal or approved behaviors. Still, we do not hate or persecute those who practice these things but pray for their deliverance and salvation and expose their sins and call them to repentance.

Marriage
Marriage is between one man and one woman- Genesis 2:23-24, Ephesians 5.

Heresy
Any doctrine that contradicts the Bible is heresy (1 Corinthians 11:19). There are heresies that are damnable (denying the Deity of Christ, denying Christ's physical resurrection, denying justification by grace through faith, etc.). There are heresies that are not damnable (advocating women pastors; practicing polygamy, divorce for convenience sake, etc.) There are also teachings within Christianity that are debatable whereas differences of opinion are not heresy (eating or not eating meat, worship amoral issues or matters of preference etc.) See Rom. 14:1-12.

Living
Where possible, Christians are to live in peace with all men, suffering wrongs, false accusations, and misrepresentations with charity. However, Christians are free to defend themselves (Luke 22:36) and promote the truth of Christianity by correcting false teachings and refuting error (2 Tim. 2:25; 1 Pet. 3:15). They are free to use the political system and its laws in order to promote a more godly and moral society. Christians are to live in the world as examples of godliness and are not to participate in the sinful passions of the world.

Creation
and
 Evolution
God created the universe and all that is in it by his creative effort.  God brought the universe into existence by the exertion of his will.  Within Christianity there is room for the interpretation of the six creation days (Genesis 1:1-31) to be literal seven 24-hour periods but also longer periods. Nevertheless, Adam and Eve were real people--created by God just as Genesis says. We do not affirm macro evolution (the formation of life on earth from a single cell that evolved via natural selection over millions of years into the species all over the earth) or theistic evolution (that God guided macro evolution to bring humanity into existence).  We deny them both. However, "micro evolution", the modification of existing species with existing genetic information that allows species to adapt to environments, is within the realm of Christian orthodoxy.  We did not evolve from other species into our present condition.  God did not guide evolution of species by which humanity, the animal kingdom, or the plant kingdom was developed. The General theory of evolution is unscriptural and counter-factual.