Beliefs

Eye of the Needles Ministry is a orthodox, evangelical-Christian, Bible based ministry. The following are some basic beliefs that connect our efforts. Our intent is not to create divisions or diminish others who in searching the Holy Scriptures, come to varying interpretations, particularly related to End Times or prophecies. We do hold more closely some important elements of faith including the belief in the inerrancy of God’s Word and salvation offered only by grace through faith in and surrendering to the Lord Jesus Christ.

God: There is one true God who created the world and rules over it with sovereignty. God always was and always will be. God exists in three distinct persons, a trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are all of God’s nature and attributes but who each has specific ministry. God is unchanging, perfectly holy, good always and love. He has a plan for each of our lives.  [Eph 4:6; 1 John 17:3; Gen 1; 2 Pet 2:1; Jer 23:24; Rev 21:6; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Jas 1:17; 1 John 4:16; Lev 19:2; Heb 4:13; Matt 19:26; Jer 29:11]

Jesus Christ: Jesus, the Son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary and became fully man yet remaining fully God. He was without sin making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He enlightened and ministered to us, teaching us truth and bringing the good news. Jesus revealed His truth through teachings and acts, fulfilling messianic prophecy. Jesus became man to redeem the sin of all mankind through his atoning death on the cross. Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven where He advocates and mediates for the saved. He will return to earth in the future to rule forever. [Matt 1:18,22, 3:17, 7:29, 28:5-10; John 1:4, 4:26, 14:9; Heb 4:15; Acts 1:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 Thes 5; Rev 20; 1 Cor 15:3-4]

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead with same nature as God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit has a unique ministry for mankind here on earth of restraining sin, convicting of sin, regeneration, baptizing into the Body of Christ at conversion, indwelling believers, sealing, illuminating, giving of fruits for character, and bestowing different unique gifts to Christians. We are to be filled with the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit results in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To each believer the Holy Spirit bestows gifts as needed for service to God, for the common good. [2 Cor 13:14; 2 Thes 2:7, John 14:26, 16:5-15; Matt 28:19; Titus 3:5; Eph 4:30; Gal 5:22-23; 1 Cor 12; 1 Pet 4:10]

Bible:  The books of the Old and New Testament are God’s inerrant divine special revelation in their original manuscripts. The Bible is divinely inspired, co-authored by man and God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is all God’s Word, complete and containing all that we need to know for God’s purpose. The Old Testament teaches us much about God’s nature and desires, His essence and mercy, His power and glory. Through the Holy Spirit, our blindness is removed and we can understand the truth of scripture. [2 Tim 3:16; Matt 5:18, 22:29-32; John 14:26; 1 Cor 2:10-14; 1 Pet 1:20-21]

Man:  Man was created in the image and likeness of God to rule His earthly kingdom. Through Adam’s disobedience, man fell into sin, lost fellowship with God, and became subject to spiritual and physical death. From Adam’s seed all men are imputed with original sin and a sin nature. It is only through God’s grace that we can overcome our flawed nature, live a life of holiness and righteousness and find a path to salvation and eternal life with God. [Gen 1:26-31, 3:17-23; Rom 5:12-14,17-19;Eph 2:1-9]

Sin: Sin is anything contrary to God’s character, nature or will. All mankind has a sin nature which is only overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. From birth man is separated from God and judged, and he is incapable of salvation except through the victory of Jesus Christ on Calvary. [John 1:29; Rom 3:10,23; 5:12, 8; Gal 5:16-21;1 John 1:7-9]

Salvation:  Salvation from the penalty of sin is possible through the blood of Jesus Christ and the only path to salvation is by God’s grace, through faith. There is nothing man can do through works to access salvation but salvation is offered to all mankind. When a person repents of their sins, knowing that the penalty for sin is death and surrenders to Christ as their personal savior, they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit as a new being and their sins are forgiven. Those who are born again have their names written in the Lambs Book of Life, are sealed by the Holy Spirit and will have eternal life. Those who are saved will not lose their salvation. True faith then results in good works that glorify God. [John 3:3, 5:24, 10:28-29; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 6:23, 10:9; 1 Tim 2:4; 1 Pet 19,24; 1 Tit 3:5; Rev 21:27]

Satan and Demons: Satan is opposed to God and deceives and attacks men. Satan and his demons are powerful and use temptation, influence and even possession of unbelievers in pursuit of their plan to destroy man. They are in control of evil in this world and active.  Satan blinds those who are lost and takes the Word from the heart of the unsaved that they will not believe and will not be saved. [Ex 7:12; Isa 14:12-15; Matt 13:38-42; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 4, 8:12, 10:18,22:31Eph 2:2, 6:11-13; 2 Thes 2; 2 Cor 4:3-4; 1 Pet 5:8; 2 Pet 2:4; 2 Tim 2:26; Jude 6; Rev 12:4, 20:10]

Creation: God created the heavens, the earth and all creatures including man de novo, from nothing. Each species was created supernaturally as ordained by God. The natural evidence of the creation, the complexity of creation’s design, and creation’s intricate inter-relationships support the literal interpretation Word of God in scripture and God’s hand in creation. While God may allow some limited microevolution as a tool of His plan within each species he has created, there is no evidence or compelling support for macroevolution or other random processes. [Gen 1-2:4; Acts 24-26; Col 1:16-17]

Church: The Church is a universal brotherhood of believers in Christ with Jesus as the head and regenerated followers as body. The Church will continue its work on earth until the Rapture. The local, individual church is an assembly of believers with the purpose of edification (teaching and worship) and evangelizing the gospel, with the greatest purpose being the Great Commission. [Matt 16:18, 28:19-20; John 15:16, 17:21-23; Rom 12:5, 16:17-19; Acts 15, 2:41-42, 6:4-7, 11:24, 20:28; Eph 1:22-23, 2:19-22; 3:10-12, 4:1-16, 5:23, 29-32; Col 1:16-18,24-26; Heb 13:7-15; 1 Cor 13, 3:6-16, 11:23-28, 12:13, 27-28;Tit 1:5-9, 3:9-10; 1 Tim 4:13, 5:17; 2 Tim 4:5; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Pet 2:17, 5:1-3; Rev 2-3]

End Times: At a time unknowable to man, God will Rapture His Church. Believers, living and dead will be caught up to meet the Lord. The Rapture will be followed by the great Tribulation where Satan, the anti-Christ, and the False Prophet will form an unholy trinity of evil and wrath will be poured out on mankind. Israel will once again be in the Land. At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to rule over the earth for a thousand years (the Millennium) with the saints after which the unsaved, living and dead will be raised to be judged at the Great White Throne. The redeemed will exist eternally in the new heavens and new earths with their new bodies where they will worship and serve God in joy and bliss. [Ezek 37:21-28; Dan 7:9-27; John 14:3; Matt 24:4-51; Rev 4-22; Acts 15:16-18; Rom 8:19-23, 11:25-27; 1 Cor 10:32, 15:50-55; 2 Cor 5:1-10; 1 Thes 4:13-18, 5:1-2; 1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Tit 2:13; Heb 10:37; Jas 5:8-9]

Heaven and Hell: Heaven and Hell are real and eternal places necessary for God’s justice for the saved and unsaved respectively. Heaven is the place God has prepared for the saved and angels to be with Him forever. Heaven is filled with splendor beyond what the human mind can comprehend. In Heaven there is no pain, no tears rather joy, worship and fellowship. Hell is a real place of eternal punishment, of unbelievable torment for the unsaved, Satan and the fallen angels. [Matt 5:22,29,30, 10:28, 13:40-42, 25:30,41,46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:5, 16:19-31; John 5:24-30, 14:2-3; Rom 2:5-10; 1 Pet 3:19-22; 2 Pet 2:4,17; Heb 6:1-2, 10:27; 2 Thes 1:9; Jude 6; Rev 4-22]