The purpose for which Bible Helps was formed is to seek to evangelize those who are non-Christian, and to encourage and help promote the Christian faith among all people by spreading the Gospel, especially in the form of printed literature.
Bible Helps is an independent, nonprofit organization controlled by a board of directors. Bible Helps is not a part of any particular denomination, nor is it underwritten or funded by any one particular church or denomination. Instead, the funding and support come from individuals and local churches who identify with what is printed in our tracts and booklets.
Most of our staff and board members identify with churches from a Brethren background. The Brethren movement originated in Germany in 1708 and was a natural outgrowth of the Anabaptist and Pietistic movements following the Reformation. It was begun by a group of sincere people who were seeking to worship and serve God according to the New Testament pattern. They emphasized believer’s baptism (as opposed to infant baptism) and shunned creeds and statements of faith due to the possibility of overemphasizing some teachings or beliefs while minimizing or ignoring others. They took the entire New Testament as their creed.
While hesitant to offer any statement or summary beyond the New Testament as a statement of faith, we also realize that many people today claim to follow the Bible, but have very diverse views, sometimes ignoring the practice of plain Scriptural mandates. So we offer the following statement to those who sincerely wish to know where Bible Helps stands on the major tenets of Christian belief and practice.
Bible Helps . . .
1. Firmly accepts and teaches the fundamental evangelical doctrines of:
- the inspiration of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16);
- the one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14);
- the personality of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-13);
- the virgin birth of Christ (Matthew 1:18);
- the deity of Christ (Colossians 2:8-9);
- the sin-pardoning value of His atonement (Ephesians 1:7);
- His resurrection, ascension, and personal and visible return (1 Corinthians 15:1-25; Acts 1:9-11);
- and the resurrection both of the just and the unjust (John 5:28-29).
2. Observes the following New Testament rites and ordinances:
- baptism of penitent believers by trine immersion for the remission of sins (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7);
- feet washing (John 13:1-20; 1 Timothy 5:10);
- love feast (Luke 22:20; John 13:4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Jude 12);
- communion (Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 10:16);
- the Christian salutation (Romans 16:16; Acts 20:37);
- the Scriptural head veiling for women (1 Corinthians 11:2-16);
- the anointing for healing (James 5:14-18; Mark 6:13);
- laying on of hands (Acts 8:17; 19:6; 1 Timothy 4:14).
- These rites and ordinances are representative of spiritual graces which are evident in the lives of true believers, and as such are essential factors in the development of the Christian life.
- daily devotion for the individual, and family worship for the home (Ephesians 6:4, 18-20; Philippians 4:8-9);
- taking care of the fatherless, widows, poor, sick, and aged (Acts 6:1-7).
4. Stands for upright daily living:
- The sanctity and preservation of human life. We deplore the evils of abortion and euthanasia, and oppose participation in war (Matthew 5:21-26 & 43-44; Romans 12:19-21; Proverbs 24:11-12).
- The Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore must be kept pure and free from illegal drugs, the use of alcohol and tobacco, and all other forms of impurity (Titus 2:2; Galatians 5:19-26; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
- Christians should settle their differences without going to law, especially against other believers (1 Corinthians 6:1-11; Romans 12:17-19).
- We recognize the sacred institution of marriage as a covenanted relationship between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). We believe the Bible disapproves of the homosexual lifestyle (Romans 1:24-28), and opposes divorce and remarriage while the former partner is still living (Matthew 5:32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16).
- We stand for the integrity of the Christian’s word. Our yes should mean yes, and our no should mean no. There is, therefore, no need for taking oaths. We oppose membership in secret, oath-bound societies (Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
- We uphold the careful stewardship of time, talents and finances (Matthew 25:14-30). We believe that all forms of gambling, including the state-run lottery, have no place in the Christian lifestyle (1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 2:11; Romans 12:17; Proverbs 23:4-5; Habakkuk 2:6; Romans 13:10-14; Ephesians 5:15-16).
- We believe in simplicity and modesty in dress, and that nudity is associated with shame in God’s eyes (1 Timothy 2:8-10; 1 Peter 3:1-6; Revelation 3:18 & 16:15).
5. Labors earnestly, in harmony with the Great Commission, for the evangelization of the world, for the conversion of men and women to Jesus Christ, and for the realization of the life of Jesus Christ in every believer (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
6. Maintains the New Testament as its only creed, in harmony with which the above brief statement is made.