STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
The Philadelphia Church self-identifies itself as the endtime fellowship best representing the sixth (Rev 3:7–13) of the seven churches to which Christ addresses letters to their angels. Its evangelistic efforts are directed first toward born-from-above disciples who have chosen to remain in sin, and secondarily toward those individuals who have never known Christ or the Father. As such, its mission is to return born again disciples to spiritual Jerusalem, the walls of which are the laws of God written on circumcised hearts cleansed by faith (cf. Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10 & 10:16). To do this, it preaches the endtime gospel of the kingdom that all who endure to the end will be saved (Matt 24:13–14; 10:22). Its understanding of Scripture is based upon typological exegesis (1 Cor 10:11; 15:45–46; Rom 1:20).
Philadelphia Church recognizes that it is a steward of the mysteries of
God, the steward to whom God has entrusted the revelation that the greater Body
of Christ consists of genuine spiritual Israelites enslaved in spiritual
Deconstruction of the Tetragrammaton YHWH reveals the number of deities present in the name Elohim: one entity with His Breath is represented by “YH,” or Yah (see Ps 146:1a; 148:1a; 149:1a) and a second entity and His Breath is represented by “WH.” This agrees with the Gospel of John, where in the beginning the Logos [7`(@H], the Creator of all that has been made (John 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 3:9; Col1:16; Heb 1:2; 3:3-4), was with Theon [1,`<], and was Theos [2,ÎH]. Both Theos and Theon are collectively one deity, not as in one “family,” but as in one hypostasis with one personhood but two personages. If God were two, then the kingdom of heaven would eventually be divided against itself and would fail. So the entities composing the one deity function as one in a manner typified by how parts of one human body function together, the analogy the Apostle Paul used for the Church. In heaven, the Father is the Head of Christ, as Christ is the head of the Church in this physical world.
Further, The Philadelphia Church teaches that disciples who deny that the pre-existing Son was the Creator of all that is [Unitarians] deny Christ and will be denied by Christ when their judgments are revealed. In addition, The Philadelphia Church teaches that disciples [Trinitarians] who assign personhood to the divine Breath of God [B<,Ø:" (4@<] deny that they first received everlasting life when they received the Holy Spirit; they will inevitably believe that they were born with an immortal soul. Thus, they deny the existence of the spiritual life they received through receipt of the Holy Spirit, and as such, they commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
3. The Philadelphia Church teaches that the Holy Spirit [A<,Ø:" U(4@<] is the Breath of God, "breath" used in its figurative or metaphorical sense to represent the creative and life-sustaining power of each member of the Godhead. An individual doesn’t usually assign personhood to his or her breath. Likewise, disciples should never assign personhood to the Breath of God.
4. The Philadelphia Church teaches that everlasting life is the gift of God (Rom 6:23). Humanity doesn’t have within itself everlasting life. Rather, the first Adam was banned from the Garden of Eden before he could eat of the Tree of Life (Gen 3:22). The only life the first Adam possessed was his physical breath [psuche] (cf. Gen 2:7; Eccl 3:19).
5. The Philadelphia Church teaches that born-from-above, or born of Spirit disciples receive actual life in the spiritual realm when they receive the Holy Spirit (John 3:8; 1 Peter 1:23; Titus 3:5). This life is given when the Father raises the spiritually dead (John 5:21), but this life can be lost when the disciple’s judgment is revealed at Christ’s return (1 Cor 4:5), for Christ must also give life to the disciple through the mortal flesh putting on immortality. Jesus said not to be surprised when some disciples are resurrected to life and some are resurrected to condemnation (John 5:28-29).
Both the Father and the Son must give life to a person before this person can enter the supra-dimensional heavenly realm; for flesh and blood cannot inherit, cannot enter the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50).
Spiritual circumcision separates those who will be chosen from the many who have been called (Matt 22:14).
All sons of God born of Spirit are as the descendants of Noah were after the Flood, the baptism of the earth into death. And of the many descendants of Noah, only the patriarch Abraham believed God and had his belief counted as righteousness—and from Abraham came one son of promise, Isaac, who, the Apostle Paul claims, was the antetype of sons of God born of promise to the free woman, heavenly Jerusalem. Within the analogy, in the womb of Isaac [Rebekah’s womb] are two sons of promise, one hated, one loved though still unborn. The loved son consists of disciples who voluntarily choose to live as Judeans, observing the laws of God, especially the Sabbath commandment by which disciples show that they know that God sanctifies them, and keeping the distinction between clean and unclean, the meaning by which they show that they know God has consecrated them.
The veil to the Holy of Holies was rent so each spiritually circumcised disciple can rest under the Mercy Seat, representing Grace, which remains above the Ark of the Covenant. His or her prayers are offered to God in lieu of burning incense, and the disciple’s good works represent the Show Bread offerings. Good works is doing that which the disciple knows is right.
All transgressions of the laws of God a person
commits prior to being drawn by the Father are covered by Jesus’ shed
Jesus will give those sins He presently bears and will continue to bear until the judgment of disciples is revealed at His return either to Satan, or to disciples who have left the covenant. The sins He bears for disciples who will be resurrected to life will be given to Satan when the reality occurs of which Yom Kipporim is the antetype. By then, He will have already returned the sins He had borne for disciples resurrected to condemnation to those disciples. Thus, Christ rests from His labors of creating heirs of the Father.
All disciples who remain in covenant have no sin imputed to them, and are under no further judgment. They are covered by Christ bearing their sins. Therefore, these two coverings—one in the physical realm, and one in the spiritual—represent the reality of the Day of Atonement, a fast day to be kept in perpetuity.
Further, The Philadelphia Church teaches that the doctrine "once saved, always saved" is a false doctrine that does extensive harm to the greater Body of Christ.
As an aside, the reason why animal sacrifices will return during Christ’s Millennium reign is that Christ will not carry the sins of disciples. Before His reign begins, Christ will have returned the sins He has been bearing to either Satan or to out-of-covenant disciples.
9. The Philadelphia Church teaches that humanity is presently divided between those individuals who have been drawn and called by God and those individuals who have not yet been drawn by the Father (John 6:44, 65), and that those individuals who have been drawn and called as firstfruits are further divided between those who have chosen to live as Judeans and those who do not so choose. God, however, is not a respecter of persons. Every individual will eventually be drawn and called, with the majority of humanity—those human beings who never knew the Father during their lifetimes—to be drawn and called after being physically resurrected during the great White Throne Judgment. This will not be a second chance for salvation. Rather, to know the Father requires possessing life in the spiritual realm through receiving the Holy Breath of God. This gift is presently given to some individuals, those predestined to be called or drawn out-of-season to be vessels created for special use or for dishonorable usage. The remainder of humanity is not now in an ever-burning hell, but is in the grave awaiting resurrection, without knowledge of time or status.
The Philadelphia Church teaches that
the Sinai covenant, the law by which God married physically circumcised Israel
and by which Israel was made His holy nation, has been abolished (Eph 2:15),
thereby physically returning humanity to being one nation. This one new
humanity, though, has been separated spiritually between those who have the
Breath of God and those who do not. This separation will end when the kingdom
of this world becomes the kingdom of God the Father and of His Messiah (Rev
11:15) halfway through seven years of tribulation. Then, all of humanity will be
liberated from bondage to sin; i.e., to the spiritual king of
The place of safety for spiritual
Hypocrisy will cause a disciple to be cast into the lake of fire—hypocrisy is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Hypocrisy is rejection of the laws of God written on a disciple’s heart and mind by the Holy Spirit.
If a disciple relaxes the least of the commandments and teaches others to do likewise (Matt 5:19), which for most disciples is the Sabbath commandment, this disciple will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. This means, simply, that the person who in good faith rigorously keeps Sunday as the Sabbath should be kept will be called least; whereas the person who knew to keep the Sabbath and did not, keeping Sunday instead, is a hypocrite and will be cast into the lake of fire. It is the person who is genuinely deceived and who through ignorance doesn’t keep or teach to keep the least of the commandments who will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; this person will be in the kingdom, though. The person who teaches disciples to be lawless will be denied by Christ when judgments are revealed (Matt 7:21-23). But the person who knows to keep the commandments and who keeps them and who teaches others to do likewise will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
This concludes the STATEMENT OF BELIEFS as The Philadelphia Church understands Holy Writ on this day: the 16th of December, 2007 CE.