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Foundational Beliefs

God: We believe in one eternal, unbegotten God -- the Father, whose name is "YHVH" (Yehovah). God is self-sufficient, needing nothing, creator of all that exists, and the sole source of life. His character is one of justice and righteousness. He is both good and severe. He is the epitome of "love." Yet He is to be feared. Everything good originates with Him. He always acts in accord with His nature and character, which never changes. Thus God is very predictable. "He remembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations." God's past faithfulness is the guarantee of His future faithfulness. God dwells in inapproachable light outside of this material creation. He is invisible, having never been seen by mortal men. God has never interacted face to face with mortal man, but only through His personal agent, His 'Mediator' and 'Messenger' to man, the Son of God.

The Son of God: The Father brought forth (begat) a Son from His own essence, being 'The Beginning' of God's works, and marking the start of measured time (creation week). The Son "came forth out of God", and was called "Word" because of His unique role in communicating God's message to man, being the one Mediator between God and man. He was "in the beginning with God," and was the agent of creation ("all things were made through Him"). He is the One who has always appeared in the form (image) of God (YHVH) within the creation, walking in the garden with Adam, speaking face to face with Abraham, wrestling with Jacob, and speaking with Moses in the burning bush and at the Tabernacle. The Old Testament often referred to Him as "the Messenger" (Angel) of the LORD (YHVH), also as 'Wisdom,' and the 'Son.' At the appointed time, the Word willingly "emptied Himself" of His uniquely divine attributes and equality with the Father to become fully human, being made "man" in every way. As a human being, Jesus was personally instructed by His Father from childhood, and therefore He always "refused the evil to choose the good." At the appointed time, He was baptized by John and was immediately anointed with a full measure of the holy Breath to empower Him to do miracles and accomplish the work the Father had appointed Him. He was unsuccessfully tempted by the Devil for 40 days, being tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. As the "second Adam," Jesus was not under the sentence of death that was passed down to all of Adam's descendants because He was the "Seed of the Woman" through the Virgin birth, and did not have a human father. Yet, Jesus willingly took upon Himself the sentence of death that was passed upon all who were fathered by Adam. Having satisfied God's judgment on Adam's race -- death, Jesus was raised by the Father bodily. His resurrection is the prototype of our future resurrection of the flesh. He then ascended bodily into heaven where He now sits on the right hand of the Father interceding for believers, awaiting His Kingdom to be established over all the earth at His second coming in the flesh. More Info

The Holy Breath of God: The holy Breath (Spirit) is a limited manifestation of God's power and presence within the creation, observing and hearing everything and extending His ability to manipulate nature. God's Breath is the "Anointing" which we have received from Christ, through which the Father and Son have a presence both in and among God's people. Every repentant believer is baptized in, indwelled with, and sealed by the Breath of God upon obeying the Gospel. The holy Breath is given to comfort, instruct, convict of sin, correct, and sustain the local congregation, and is the deposit guaranteeing the future "redemption of our body" (resurrection) and our future inheritance in the Kingdom of God. The holy Breath in each disciple of Christ joins true believers in a bond of unity, forming the "Body of Christ" and a "Temple of God" from each local assembly of baptized believers gathering in Jesus' name.

The Helpless State of Mankind: Infants are born innocent, in the image of God. However, all have been given a free will, and soon rebel against God -- first out of ignorance, and then willfully. Once someone has willfully sinned, God's justice requires the condemnation of death. Man is totally incapable on his own of pleasing God, or securing his own salvation. Unless God rescues him, he is in a hopeless, helpless predicament, awaiting God's judgment, death and permanent destruction.

Conditional Immortality: God alone possesses immortality. All creatures are continuously dependent on Him for life itself. Man does not have an "immortal soul"; he IS "a living soul" -- a body animated by the breath of God -- a physical creature. Death is not the departure of an immaterial ghost from the body, but God's receiving back the "breath of life" which He has loaned to every person. Death is sleep, not a conscious existence in another realm. Therefore, punishment or reward can only be realized through resurrection of the body. Resurrection to eternal life is a gift of God granted only to those whom God declares righteous.

Salvation: God is ready, willing, and able to save and declare righteous anyone who obeys the Gospel. God actively draws all people by His holy Breath to repentance because He "is not willing that any should perish." Everyone has been given a free will. God does not choose who will be saved and who will be lost regardless of the individual's choice. The Bible is absolutely clear regarding whom God bestows His grace upon, and whom He resists. "God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble." Therefore, those who humble themselves and receive His offer of salvation receive His grace. However, most refuse to humble themselves, resist Him, and will perish. Obeying the Gospel means hearing and understanding the Gospel, believing the message of the Gospel, turning from sin (repentance) to Christ, and being baptized unto Christ upon one's confession that "Jesus is the Christ the Son of God." When someone obeys the Gospel, God forgives and sets them free from sins, adopts them into His family, renovates the heart, and baptizes them with His holy Breath, which is a deposit on their full salvation. Continuing in faith in Christ until the end of life is necessary for our salvation to be completed. This will take place at the resurrection to eternal life "at His coming."

The Universal Assembly: The Greek word 'ekklesia' (translated "church") means an assembly of people gathered in one location. It describes an event, not a mystical body. All who are God's sons and daughters will be resurrected and gathered by the angels and assembled for the first time at His return (and not before). All who are baptized into Jesus Christ are "Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise," co-heirs with Jesus Christ.

The Local Assembly: is the limited expression of "the body of Christ" in one locality -- the only expression of the "Temple of God" in this age, while the members are gathered together in Jesus' name. It is organized for the purpose of worship, instruction, discipleship, fellowship, and evangelism. There is no structure ordained by God for His assemblies beyond the local level. Elders (pastors) and deacons are the only offices of the local assembly. "Pastor" means "shepherd, and is the function of the elders. "Pastor" is not a distinct office apart from the elders. New Testament assemblies are to be led by the elders alone, under Christ. They serve as overseers, shepherds, and instructors of Jesus' local flock.

Fellowship with other Christians: We believe that all true sons and daughters of God share in the same holy Breath of God, which produces "Fruit" -- the outworking of an inner transformation. God's people are not distinguished by denominational boundaries, or by creeds and doctrinal statements, but by the power of God working in their lives, displayed in purity, humility, self-sacrifice, et al. We do not label any particular group as 'Christian' to the exclusion of another. Rather, we recognize that there are true sons and daughters of God in every denomination, even those with which we have some strong dissagreements concerning doctrine. However, 'fellowship' requires unity around a common cause. Without substantial doctrinal agreement, we cannot work together for a common cause, but rather are pulling in different directions. Consequently, fellowship with other Christian groups is largely relative to the level of doctrinal agreement, as well as a common mission.

The Reward of Believers: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saints who have died and the gathering of all resurrected and living saints at Jesus' second coming to earth to reign as King. We believe in the Judgment Seat of Christ where all true believers will be judged and rewarded individually according to our works. Yet the common reward for all true Christians is immortality (everlasting life) through continuous access to the Tree of Life, and an eternal inheritance in the coming Kingdom of Christ on the restored earth in fulfillment of the covenants God made with Abraham and David.

The Total Destruction of the Wicked: "... when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe." The wicked and disbelieving who have died prior to Christ's coming will be raised from the dead at the end of the Millennium, and judged according to their works. "And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." "This is the second death." The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is "set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire," and "an example to those who afterward would live ungodly." This is the biblical prototype for the "Lake of Fire."

The Fate of the Ignorant: The Bible only absolutely condemns to utter destruction the wicked who have rejected the knowledge of God which they have received, or flatly rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ which they have heard and understood. God is just, yet also merciful and gracious. He "takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked." Nor does He reckon "sin" where there is no law. While those who receive Jesus Christ and remain in Him are promised immortality, this does not limit God from showing mercy on little children, those with mental disabilities, or those who have never heard the message of salvation. God is able to apply the atonement of Christ and give immortality to whomever He chooses. We therefore leave these people in God's hands, trusting His nature and His good character to deal with them in both justice and mercy.

Marriage: God has defined marriage “from the beginning of creation” as one man and one woman. Marriage is a spiritual covenant relationship between the man, the woman, and God Himself. Since God joins man and wife together, He alone can dissolve that covenant. Since the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing ‘homosexual marriage’ in 2015, Oasis no longer performs legal ‘marriages’ (as of June 26, 2015) because the court’s definition of ‘marriage’ is drastically different than God’s definition of ‘marriage.’ Since these are two completely different things, and since we do not recognize state involvement in God’s covenant of marriage, Oasis pastors no longer sign marriage licenses issued by the state. Instead, we perform biblical ‘marriages’ before God which cannot be dissolved by the state courts. We do not oppose couples also getting a marriage license from the state for purposes of tax benefits or other legal issues. However, we do not recognize such legal documents as having any bearing at all on the biblical marriage, nor the biblical marriage as having any bearing whatsoever on a legal status. The state’s approval or disapproval has nothing whatever to do with God’s approval or disapproval on a physical relationship that He has joined together or severed. Oasis pastors only participate in the joining of husband and wife when both are members in good standing of our local congregation(s).

The Bible: We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God and free from all errors in their original manuscripts. The Bible is the sole source of infallible truth today (until the arrival of the two prophets during the last seven years of this age), and is sufficient to fully equip the people of God. It is the final authority in all matters for both individual Christians and for Christian assemblies. No single manuscript or translation of the Scriptures is perfect. We are free to compare all of the extant copies of God's Word when seeking to understand and harmonize Scripture. Thus, we compare both the Hebrew and Greek (LXX) versions of the Old Testament, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls. We also take into consideration the variant readings in the New Testament. Depending on one version only is misguided and unwise in our opinion. However, for public reading and worship, we use the New King James Version.

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