Approach to Mental Health
When God created Adam and Eve, they were created biologically perfect. While we know they both experienced fullness of health, they also experienced the fullness of cognition and mind. Health is not limited to physical well-being but also psychological well-being—mental health. Sin has caused a breakdown throughout all of creation.
The human body has also experienced this decay resulting in vulnerability and sickness. The human mind, also part of the body, was impacted by sin, causing dysregulation of emotion and mind; therefore, man’s inability and struggle to manage his psychological faculties is a direct result of the fall.
Physical health problems are a result of a misalignment between body and Spirit, and healing is achieved and maintained through the Spirit's authority over the body. Likewise, mental health problems are a result of misalignment between the soul and Spirit; and healing is achieved and maintained through the Spirit's authority over the soul.
Mental health disorders are typically characterized by a psychological disturbance, sometimes followed by physiological and neurological changes. When medication, which at times may be needed, is used to treat mental health distress, the medication is treating the symptoms, not curing the source of the distress. The source is somewhere in the mind (or spiritually speaking, the soul).
Scripture instructs us to renew our minds. It is through this understanding that the cure to mental health disorders is by renewing the mind. As one renews their mind in Christ, they realign their soul (the soul houses thoughts and emotions) with the Spirit of God. Without this understanding, medication is misunderstood as the cure, reliance on medication is developed, practical skills are never learned, and the mind is never renewed.
We use a combination of practical identification of the problem, skills-building and implementation, and realignment with Christ through the application of God’s Word.
Approach to Spiritual Warfare
In Christianity, spiritual warfare often involves the concept of "binding" demons and "loosing" the power of God. These terms refer to the practice of using prayer and spiritual authority to restrict the influence of evil forces and unleash the power of God's protection and blessings.
Binding demons is based on the belief that there are spiritual entities, often identified as demons or evil spirits, which seek to exert negative influences over individuals, communities, and circumstances. By "binding" these demonic forces through prayer and the authority given to believers through Jesus Christ, Christians aim to restrict their ability to cause harm or hinder God's work in the world. This practice is inspired by passages in the Bible, such as Matthew 18:18, where Jesus empowers his disciples, saying, "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
On the other hand, "loosing the power of God" involves invoking God's divine intervention and blessings upon specific situations or individuals. This is done through prayer and the exercising of faith, calling upon the limitless power and grace of God to bring about positive change, healing, and restoration. Christians believe that God's power is boundless and can transform lives, bring healing to the sick, and provide solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.
While the concepts of binding and loosing are considered powerful tools in spiritual warfare, it is essential to approach them with discernment and a sincere heart. Christians who engage in these practices do so with the understanding that God's will is paramount, and His power is used for His purposes. The focus is on aligning with God's plan rather than seeking to manipulate or control spiritual forces for personal gain.
In summary, binding demons and loosing the power of God are practices within spiritual warfare where believers use prayer and spiritual authority to restrict the influence of evil forces and invoke God's divine intervention and blessings. These concepts are deeply rooted in the Christian faith, emphasizing the authority of believers through Jesus Christ and the recognition of God's limitless power to bring about transformation, healing, and restoration.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible, the 66 canonical books, to be the inspired and only infallible Word of God.
We believe that there is One God (Monotheism), eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
We believe God created Adam (male) and Eve (female) in his own image. By disobedience, they fell from their sinless state. This fall plunged humanity into a state of sin and death, and this is brought upon all humanity. From this condition we can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. This event happened one time and was a supernatural miracle by which Jesus became flesh.
We believe Jesus, the second person to the Trinity, is God who became flesh to complete the atoning work on the cross at Calvary.
We believe that repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Jesus on the cross is the only way to salvation. There is no other way to be saved from sin and the penalty of sin. This is salvation by grace alone.
We believe in the physical-bodily resurrection of Jesus, and his physical return for his church (The Body of Christ)
We believe in baptism by water and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit aids in the regeneration, sanctification, and glorification of the believer.
We believe in a heaven where those who have been redeemed by Jesus will take eternal residence; likewise, we believe in a hell where those who have rejected Jesus will take eternal residence.