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PJLHosting.com Statement of Faith
(Thanks Pastor Samuel Ling of China Horizon Ministries!)

The staff of PJLHosting.com recognize that there are excellent expositions of Christian doctrine such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Westminster Confession and Catechisms (1647), the Lausanne Covenant (1974), the Declaration of the Chinese Congress on World Evangelism (1976), the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978), and the Cambridge Declaration (1996). We subscribe to the following summary of our Biblical faith.

  1. SCRIPTURE
    The Bible of the Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God, is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts in all it affirms, in matters of faith, conduct, history and science, and is the only authority for every believer and the church. Scripture alone can bind the human conscience. Christians receive the Bible as the Word of God because of the testimony in Scripture by the Holy Spirit, Who is its Author.

    II Timothy 3:16-17
    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


    II Thessalonians 2:15
    So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

    II Thessalonians 2:13
    But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

    II Timothy 3:15
    How from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

    Isaiah 55:8-11
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

    John 14:26
    But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

    John 15:26
    When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.

  2. GOD

    There is only one true, living and Triune God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who is infinite, eternal, and unchanging in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. The three persons of the Triune God are equal in glory and power, and worthy of worship.

    John 17:3
    Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.


    John 4:24
    God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.


    Exodus 15:11
    Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you - majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

    Matthew 28:19
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    II Corinthians 13:14
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    Psalm 147:5
    Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

    Psalm 139:7-10
    Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

    Psalm 90:2
    Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

    James 1:17
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

    Daniel 2:20-21
    Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

    Revelation 4:11
    You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

    Ephesians 1:11
    In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

    Isaiah 6:3
    And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

    Exodus 15:11
    Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you - majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

    Psalm 89:14
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

    Psalm 145:17
    The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

    Psalm 86:5
    You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

    Psalm 118:29
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

    Nehemiah 9:17
    They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.

    Numbers 23:19
    God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

  3. CREATION

    God created the universe out of nothing by the power of His Word, and created man male and female in His own image, to rule over the world for His glory.

    Psalm 33:6
    By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

    John 1:1-3
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

    Genesis 1:26-28
    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    Genesis 9:6
    Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

    Genesis 2:15
    The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

    Isaiah 43:6,7
    I will say to the north, “Give them up!” and to the south, “Do not hold them back.” Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

    Psalm 19:1
    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

  4. SIN

    In Adam’s one sin all humanity sinned and fell into death, and is subject to God’s eternal judgment and curse. Only by the grace of God in Christ can men and women be redeemed from sin, and reconciled with God.

    Romans 5:12
    Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.

    Romans 5:18, 19
    Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

    I Corinthians 15:21, 22
    For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

    Jeremiah 17:9
    The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

    Ephesians 2:5-9
    [God] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

  5. JESUS CHRIST

    Jesus Christ is God the Son, eternally begotten by the Father. Fully God and fully man, he took on human nature, was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life among us. He died on the cross as a substitutionary, propitiatory* sacrifice for the sins of God’s people. Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will physically, visibly and imminently return to judge the living and the dead.

    * to turn aside God’s wrath

    John 1:1-3
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

    Philippians 2:5-11
    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Galatians 3:13
    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

    Galatians 4:4, 5
    But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

    John 1:14
    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    Romans 8:3
    For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man.

    Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

    Isaiah 53:4-9
    Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

    I Corinthians 15:20
    But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

    Luke 24:51
    While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

    Ephesians 1:20
    Which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.

    Acts 1:11
    “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

    Revelation 1:7
    Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

  6. SALVATION

    Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Salvation is by the grace of God alone, and received through faith alone.

    Acts 4:12
    Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

    John 14:6
    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Ephesians 2:5-9
    [God] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

    Acts 11:18
    When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.”

    Isaiah 55:7
    Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

    Acts 17:30
    In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

    Ezekiel 33:11
    Say to them, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?”

    Romans 3:23-26
    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

  7. THE NEW LIFE

    True repentance and faith will bear the fruit of obedience and good works. Faith and its fruits are not meritorious before God, but are the results of the Spirit’s gracious work in men and women. Born again men and women are exhorted to live holy lives in obedience to the Word of God, to the glory of God.

    James 2: 17-18, 20- 22
    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accomplished by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” …You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham consider righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the Altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

    John 15:4-6
    Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

    Ezekiel 36:26, 27
    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

    Micah 6:8
    He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

    I Peter 1:15, 16
    But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

    Romans 12:2
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  8. THE HOLY SPIRIT

    The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ. All believers are filled by the Spirit as they yield in repentance and faith to His sovereign and gracious rule. The Holy Spirit is the giver of all gifts for the work of ministry in the Kingdom of God.

    Romans 8:9
    You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

    Ephesians 4:4-7, 10-16
    There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it… He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

  9. THE CHURCH AND THE FAMILY

    The Church is the people of God and the Body of Christ, instituted by God to worship Him, proclaim His Word, evangelize the lost and instruct His people, for His glory. All who have professed faith in Christ should belong to a local church. They and their children need to submit under the church’s teaching and discipline. While God has called some to be single for the kingdom’s sake, marriage is ordained by God, and should be held in high honor by all. Children are a heritage of the Lord; Christian parents and churches are obliged to pray with and for their children, and to bring them, by the Word of God, to fear and know Him, and to repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ throughout history.

    I Peter 2:4-5, 9
    As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ …But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    Genesis 2:24
    For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

    Matthew 19:6
    “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

    Matthew 19:12
    “For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and other have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

    Hebrews 13:4
    Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

    Ephesians 6:1, 4
    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right… Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

    Deuteronomy 6:6, 7
    These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  10. CULTURE

    Culture is the product of men and women created in God’s image, as they carry out the mandate to rule over the earth. Thus all culture bears the marks of God’s image. Since all humanity has fallen in Adam, all cultures have been marred by sin, and are judged in the light of the Word of God.

    Genesis 1:26-28
    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    Romans 1:18-21
    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

    Genesis 2:15
    The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

    Acts 17:22-26
    Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”

    II Corinthians 10:4, 5
    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

  11. THE GOSPEL AND CULTURE

    As men and women mature as the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit illumines and equips them by His Word to engage their culture. In this process, some elements in culture will be affirmed and retained; some will be modified and adjusted for use in life and ministry; and still others will be rejected as contrary to the principles of the Word of God. We reject any belief and conduct built on the mixture of the Christian gospel and the philosophies and religions of the world.

    Acts 17:22-26
    Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.”

    Revelation 21:24, 26
    The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it… The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

  12. HISTORY

    History is the record of God’s redemption of His people, His revelation of truth, and the response of mankind in obedience and disobedience to Him. History will be consummated with the return of Christ to gather His people, judge the world, and usher in a new heaven and new earth.

    Ephesians 1:10
    To be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment - to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

    Revelation 21:2-5
    I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

    Revelation 21:24, 26
    The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it… The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

    I Corinthians 15:28
    When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
 

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