All request’s for Religious exemptions will be approved only after reciting the Churches Salvation Prayer which includes a Proclamation that Jesus Died for our sins so we might be redeemed and made new, born again and with this you accept as a deeply held belief that your body is the Lords Temple and it is not yours to alter genetically.JESUS CHRIST’S HOLY TEMPLE CHURCH BYLAWSArticle II –Church Staff and Officers All church officers and staff, excluding nonelected staff, must be members of the church. The current officers of this church shall be as follows: Section 1. Founding Brother , Bible Study Leader & Founding Brother and Church Elders (future ) Section 2. Church Staff Preacher Section 3 Elders Section 4.Moderator Section 5.Church Clerk Section 6 Trustees Section 7.Treasurer Article III –Church Employment When a vacancy occurs in the position of a Search Committee is to be formed by the nomination of seven (7) persons by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. Nominations can be made from the floor for the youth and at-large positions. One of these persons will be chairman of the Elders; one, youth; and three at-large members. The committee will present only one candidate at a time. For election a candidate must receive 85 percent of the votes cast. Ministerial Pastoral Church Staff will be recommended by the Preacher, the Elders and appropriate committee. The individual will be called with an 85 percent vote. Should dismissal of a Preacher or ministerial staff members become necessary, a majority vote will be necessary. This consideration can only be done when all possible attempts at reconciliation have been exhausted. Proper notice of this vote will be made known to members of the congregation at least two (2) weeks in advance of the vote. Support staff work at the call of the Personnel Committee or Elders with recommendation of the pastor. Article IV –Church Meetings Section 1. Worship Services on our recognized Sabbath (Saturday) to include a bible study-The church shall meet regularly through video conference each Saturday morning for preaching, instruction, evangelism and for the worship of almighty God. And Sunday morning for fellowship and group participation which will be led by an Elder of the church. These meetings will be open to everyone and shall be conducted under the direction of the Preacher. Exceptions can be made by recommendation of the Elders. Section 2. Special Services-All church meetings which are essential to the promotion of the objectives of the church shall be placed on the church calendar, published in the church newsletter at least once prior to the meeting being held and announced at all services prior to the special service being held. Section 3. Regular Business Meetings-Regular business meetings shall be held quarterly on the second Wednesday night of the month. Matters of significant nature must be publicized as in section 4. Section 4. Special Business Meetings-A specially called business meeting may be held to consider matters of a significant nature. Notice of the subject, date, time and location must be published in the church newsletter or bulletin for the specially called business meeting at least one week before the meeting and announced at all services on the Saturday prior to the special business meeting. Section 5. Quorum-A quorum consists of those who attend the business meeting, provided it is a regular meeting or one that has been properly called. Section 6. Parliamentary Rules-The current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church in areas not addressed by this Constitution and Bylaws. The Moderator, who will be the Chairman of Elders, shall appoint a parliamentarian whose responsibility it will be to assure compliance with Robert's Rules of Order, the constitution, and the bylaws when it is in the best interest of the fellowship. Article V –Ordinances Section 1. Baptism-Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience. A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received for baptism. (1) Baptism shall be by immersion in water. (2) Baptism may be administered by the Preacher or whomever he shall authorize. (3) Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service. (4) Baptism shall be as soon as possible after the public confession of faith. Section 2. The Lord's Supper-The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming. (1) The Lord's Supper shall be observed at least yearly. (2) The Preacher, church staff, and Elders shall be responsible for administration of the Lord's Supper. Article VI –Program Organizations All program organizations of the church shall be under church control, all officers being elected by the church and reporting regularly to the church. Section 1. (Future) Bible School Section 2. Discipleship Training Section 3. Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) Section 4 Brotherhood Section . Article VII –Ministries The church shall evaluate, plan, organize, and implement such ministries as the church deems necessary. Article VIII –Committees The church shall elect such committees as the church deems necessary. Committee members must be members of the church and will serve on a rotating basis for a five-year term.
Statement of Basic Belief
The following Statement of Basic Belief represents the core orthodox beliefs of the Church from a biblical and historical perspective. While Church Members are not required to fully understand or articulate all aspects of the Statement of Basic Belief, the explicit rejection of any part of it disqualifies one from membership in Church. Revisions to the Statement of Basic Belief in order to more clearly align to Scripture shall be at the sole discretion of the Elders, with the understanding that such changes will be communicated to the Members of the Church.
The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4:-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3: 13-17; Matthew 28: 17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21, 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19, Romans 5:12; 6:23, James 1:14-15).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).
Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24-15).
Only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2: 5-6).
Statement on Marriage and Sexuality
It is the biblical position that marriage involves the union of one man and one woman in permanent sacred fidelity. Though various cultures and customs have evolving definitions of marriage, it is God alone who has ultimate authority to prescribe and describe the marital relationship (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-9, Mark 10:1-12).
Furthermore, sexual intimacy is only properly exercised and pursued within the confines of this marital relationship. Sexual immorality, defined as any sexual activity outside of the boundaries of the sacred marital relationship between one man and one woman, is clearly and expressly prohibited by the Lord (Matthew 15:19, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4).
As a consequence, the Church regards any and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or even lustful intent toward such, as sinful and ultimately unsatisfying. Moreover, the Church also regards as sinful the intent or desire to surgically alter one’s biological sex to a different sex. Since the body is a creation of God, the Church holds sexual identity to be biologically determined, and associated gender norms are to be observed as appropriate to biblical standards. Disagreement with one’s biological sex only leads to spiritual confusion and emotional chaos (Genesis 1:27, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
In order to preserve the function and integrity of the Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical example to the Church Members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Church in any capacity or united to the Church in membership should abide by and agree to this §9.3, “Statement on Marriage and Sexuality“ and conduct themselves accordingly.
Though sinful sexual expression is egregious (as is all sin), the gospel provides redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-7).
Furthermore, there is a difference between temptation and unrepented sin. Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, yet He never sinned. Members, employees, volunteers and attendees of the Church wrestling with all manner of sexual temptation will find a Church ready to point them to Jesus and join with them to fight for their obedience to Christ. Jesus called the weary and heavy-laden to Himself. As a church desiring to follow Christ fully, the Church will be a safe place for men and women fighting sexual temptations of all kinds. For those fighting temptation and repenting of sin, the Church will provide love, care and direction (Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16).
The Church’s Statement on Marriage and Sexuality does not provide grounds for bigotry, bullying or hate, as we fully believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity, regardless of his or her lifestyle. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated as sinful and are not in accordance with the Scriptures nor the doctrines of the Church.
This §9.3 specifically gives the Central Elder board the right and authority to prohibit acts or omissions, including but not limited to (a) permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be—or, in the sole determination of the Central Elders, could be perceived by any person to be— inconsistent with this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality; and (b) permitting any Church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than that contained in this Section.
The Church’s Statement on Marriage and Sexuality is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Scriptures, upon which this Church has been founded and anchored, and this §9.3 shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of Members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.
Statement on the Sanctity of the Body as the Lord Jesus Christ’s Temple:
We believe that through the acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior we are made new; and our bodies are now his temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 2: 21)
We believe No Man, Government or entity has Dominion over our bodies as this is the Lords Temple.
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 2: 21)
We reject any substance or cells derived from an aborted fetus whether cloned or un-cloned, we also reject any Technology or Substance that alters or binds itself to our DNA or any Substance or Technology that has the potential to do Damage to one’s body as this is the Lord temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 2: 21)
We reject any substance or technology that enhances the body or alters the body to emits information of any sort as this is the Lord’s Temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 2: 21) (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
We reject based on our religious views anyone who wishes to alter in anyway God’s original design and or genetic make-up of the human genome (AKA Gene therapies).
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 2: 21)All request’s for Religious exemptions will be approved only after Proclamation that Jesus Died for our sins so we might be redeemed and made new, born again and with this you accept as a deeply held belief that your body is the Lords Temple and it is not yours to alter genetically.