We believe in one true God. He is triune in nature – revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is personal, transcendent, eternal, self-existent and the Sovereign Creator of all things. We believe that He alone is God, the First and Last, there is no other.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God; that He became fully man through virgin birth, was born in Bethlehem; He lived a sinless life and died an atoning death on the cross; finished the work of redemption, and physically rose from the dead. He now lives and intercedes for us.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the full and final expression of God to man. He is the only access to God and “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

We believe that all people are sinful by nature, alienated from God and blameworthy for their own sins. All who reject God’s gracious offer of justification and eternal life through the merits of Jesus Christ will spend eternity in hell. However, God loves people and does not want any to be lost. Therefore all who confess Jesus as Lord, repent of their sin and believe on Jesus will be saved. This salvation is a gift from God, received by grace through faith alone, in Jesus Christ.

We believe the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the only inspired Word of God revealing all necessary truth for man to trust Jesus Christ for salvation.

We believe that Jesus Christ is building His Church by the addition of all who are being saved. God sovereignly works in men’s lives, in and through His Church. His Church transcends denominational lines, cultures, languages and styles of worship.

36 thoughts on “What We Believe

  1. Quick question: Does your organisation believe that Christians must change the culture before Christ can return or that Christ Himself will change the culture *when* He returns?

    Thank you.

  2. Great question. Only Christ can change anything. He will do the changing. We are just sad to see America moving so far away from her founding. It is our hope that through creating C-4 Communities, we can perhaps turn the country toward Christ. Check out the front page to learn more about C-4 Communities. Thanks!

  3. I just wanted to take a quick second and say I’m praying for you. Thank you for taking a stand against the wickedness that is perverting our country. God Bless You.

    Shane Burnette, Matt. 5:16

  4. Specifically, what is your stand on homosexuality and same sex marriages? If you prefer to answer privately, please feel free to do so. Thank you.

  5. Shane, thank you for those words of encouragement! The support we are getting from our video, The Thaw, has been overwhelmingly positive! However, we have had our share of detractors as well. Please stay in touch. Thanks! Oh, and I love Matthew 5:16

  6. Hi Ken. We have a public stance on this subject and I do not mind responding here. First, thanks for question. Right now, this is THE cultural issue of the day. You asked me to be specific. In this post, that is difficult to do. The answer would be too long. However, in short, we believe those struggling with homosexual feelings are worthy of our prayerful support. We all struggle with sin. It is our hope that all people will repent and come to Christ. This includes those who are struggling in this area. I am currently preparing a post on my blog on this subject. Have you signed up to get our newsletter/blog? You can do so on the front page of our site on the right-hand side. God bless you, Ken, and I look forward to hearing from you.

  7. I am Christian too myself, but I completely disagree with some of your ideals. Or what I believe your ideals to be. Your video on YouTube deals with alot of problems in current schools such as sexuality and profanity, which of course should be battled, and a Christian organization is a great place to start. That and school board discrimination against a non-profit’s aid I agree with.

    You further call sexual education “pornography,” when in reality, it fully is not. The diagrams of vaginas and penises that you see in the sexual section of the standard biology textbook is not sexualized or arousing, and most often it is a cross section, often the exterior is not shown at all. What this education focuses on, at least in California, is how to prevent STDs and promote birth control. Now you may argue that if we don’t teach students this, they will not have sex. But this is not true at all. Around high school, sex is going to happen no matter what. There are too many hormones and many, Christian and Non-Christian alike, fall into it and just do it. The only way I see to battle this is to explain better within the church what the limit is, and how to determine that yourself.

    But then you go onto have students mention how they “can’t go through a day without hearing a dirty joke.” While this profanity is quite simply inapropriate for the age at which it begins, it is inevitable, as the real world America contains it left and right. You must remember we are in a free country where anyone can say anything they want, anywhere.

    Also, please keep in mind the separation of church and state. America is not a Christian Nation, nor was it ever created as one. Yes many of the founding fathers were Christian, but guess what, some were also atheist, agnostic, and even George Washington himself was a Free Mason. I agree America is full of sin that should be battled in youth and throughout America, but you are going about it the wrong way. I don’t see what change using a small group of students will do to change a whole country.

  8. I think I have been mislead, so perhaps you can clarify something for me: God is the omnipotent creator of the universe; and all of nature–everything in the universe–is a manifestation of God. The trees, the ocean and all the animals, all of nature was brought into being by His omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent grace. This is a God that doesn’t make mistakes. Since he is omnipotent, God created nature perfectly. Yet those who feel a deep-seated, natural attraction to others of the same sex are sinful. They embody a mistake of nature. These people are supposed to fight nature, a manifestation of God himself, so they can adhere to a set of religious standards. How is this not contradictory? Did God drop the ball in this facet of his universal plan? Is He not truly omnipotent, or too weak to dispel evil? Did He plan on forcing his creations to struggle against natural inclinations? This is not the merciful, omnibenevolent God that the Christians describe.

  9. I like the fact you are asserting your rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech yadda yadda.
    But there is a very fine line between standing up for yourself and being oppressive and hurtful to others through forcing your ideals onto them.
    please be wary not to cross it.
    Please fight for equality in representation of religions, not domination.
    I will pray that you become an inclusive, loving organization not a judgmental one. because we all know that Christianity has plenty of those.

  10. As a lifelong nonbeliever, all of this seems absurd to me. Not just your faith, but religion in general makes no sense to me whatsoever. Why should someone like me believe any of this? Why your faith over the many others in this world?

    It would be intellectually dishonest of me to discount the notion of divinity entirely, but when I look at the staggering diversity of belief on this planet two logical conclusions suggest themselves: One, that none of it is true because there is no god, or two, that god is nowhere near as concerned about our perception of him / her / it than we seem to think, and there is no one faith that is “correct.”

    So why are you so certain you’re right?

  11. Can I ask what church (denomination) your organization ‘Reach America’ is affiliated with? Thanks.

  12. I am curious: In your video you state that you support “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Do you not realize that by enforcing your religious beliefs, or stating that they are the only correct ones, that you are infringing upon others rights to exactly those things?
    I prefer discussion to fights/name calling, so I hope you will observe the same courtesy in your reply.
    Thank you.

  13. It’s great to see youth organize and stand for what they believe. The god debate (if I can call it that) is something that definitely needs to happen, and it needs to happen in a reasonable and logical way. Continue fighting for what you believe.

    Your skeptic and atheist friend.
    -Daniel Haynes

  14. You mention the Holy Spirit as part of the Trinity, but you say nothing of His current work and ministry. You state: “We believe that Jesus Christ is the full and final expression of God to man.” I believe I know what you meant, in that Jesus is the first and last answer to man’s sin problem. But since Jesus Himself said He was leaving the Holy Spirit here to be with us, to empower us in living godly lives and in evangelism and missions, it isn’t accurate to say that Jesus is the “full and final expression of God to man” — at least not without further clarification. I love your new video, and your stated ministry. I would like to recommend you. But I will need this clarified before I can do so.

  15. Hi Beanie. We use the NIV. Up here, it is referred to as the North Idaho Version. We also, at times, use the NKJV. I am thinking about switching to it more. Thanks for dropping by.

  16. We most certainly believe in the power and the work of the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. I know the Trinity is difficult to completely understand, but we DO believe in the Holy Spirit. Thanks so much for your post. I hope I answered your question.

  17. Hi Christy. We do not believe in forcing our beliefs on anyone. I don’t recall that anyone here called people names. We have been called some sad names, but I am not aware that anyone with Reach America has done so.

  18. Hi Mike. I understand that it is possible for religion not to make sense to you. At times, my faith in Christ hasn’t made much sense to me, either. The beauty of the internet is that it provides opportunities for people like you and I to meet. A problem with the internet is that it is difficult to express your heart. The answers you seek are heart answers. The scriptures teach us that one believes with their heart. As you consider Christ from your heart, ask yourself these questions. Is what I believe now working for me? Does what I believe give me peace when my head hits the pillow at night and I am alone with my beliefs? Christ came to give us peace beyond what the world is capable of giving. If you are seeking true answers, heart answers, then reply and let’s really chat. God bless you, Mike.

  19. Thanks for your post Josh. I am sorry that our video came across to you as oppressive or hurtful. We do not intend to force our ideals on anyone. We do want to fight for equality in representation of all religious groups. This is why we made the video. Our nation was founded on Christian values. A value precious to the Founders and to us at Reach America is the value of freedom to think and believe as one sees fit. This is a Christian value. We fear that if we keep moving further away from our Christian founding, we all will lose our freedoms.

  20. Hi Chris. Thanks for your sincere post. Yes, God is as you say, “the omnipotent creator of the universe; and all of nature–everything in the universe–is a manifestation of God. The trees, the ocean and all the animals, all of nature was brought into being by His omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent grace.” But you left out one important biblical fact, the fall of man and the creation. When Adam and Eve sinned, they and all of creation fell from God’s grace. Same sex attraction is not something God had/has a role in. We all struggle with our flesh and our sexual self. We all must learn to bring our flesh under His Lordship. You see, God is “just” and “righteous” as He “loving”. I do not in anyway mean to sound unloving, but God hates the sin in me as well. Sin that I naturally commit. God stands ready to forgive anyone who is willing to repent and turn to Him. If you have a Bible, I encourage to read these passages all from the book of Romans. 3:23, 6:23, 5:10, 10:9 and 10:13. Chris, again, thanks for your post.

  21. Hi Anonymous. I was a consultant in the area of sex education in public schools for 20 years before moving to Idaho. I consulted with schools, districts, states and the US Congress. I am well aware of what goes on in a sex education lesson. And yes, it is pornography. Sounds like you were spared that. I think that is great! It is much more than than drawings of body parts. Many of the pictures I have seen are very arousing. But that is not the problem as much as the way sex ed is being taught and the content. Sex educators in America, as a whole, are seeking to redefine human sexuality and affect the worldview of our children. If it were only as you described, we wouldn’t be so concerned.

    Children and teens should not be exposed to dirty jokes. Yes, America is free but kids need not be exposed.

    Yes, we completely believe in the separation of church and state. We are not calling for the formulation of a theocracy, but to a return to our founding Judeo-Christian values. You are getting hung up on “religion”. The Founders began this nation on Christian values, not the religion. By the way, George was a devout Episcopalian as well as a Mason.

    You state we are going about this the wrong way. You are entitled to your opinion. You also state, “I don’t see what change using a small group of students will do to change a whole country.” Stay tuned.

  22. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

  23. Hi Pastor,
    I was wondering if you could clarify your position on the creation, because I truly don’t know what I believe. I don’t know if I should accept the word of God through the Old Testament and believe that God created the earth like you or I might create something and that it took him six days, six thousand years ago or if I should take it metaphorically and believe that God created the earth through billions of years of geological and evolutionary processes.

    please help me, pastor. I’m struggling with my faith.

  24. You do realize that the kind of prayer that’s banned in schools in mandatory prayer. An individual can pray all they want, but a teacher cannot have the whole class join in in prayer.

    Our government is run by christians, to say that we are trying to oust christianity is false. If a politician doesn’t say the word “God” when he is speaking, he/she gets so much hate-mail… Christians aren’t being oppressed, they are oppressing.

    (this is not intended to be offensive. If you took offense to it, I’m deeply sorry)

  25. Josiah, not offended one bit. Everyone is getting caught up in the legality of prayer. That’s not our point. Christian youth do not feel their prayers are welcomed. And sometimes they are told they can’t pray, so what are they to think?

    The fact that people call themselves Christian doesn’t mean a thing. Many Christians have bought into the lie that they have to check their religion at the door. Christians are not getting persecuted like in China, we are just being slowly frozen out of the culture.

    Thanks for your post. You are welcomed here.

  26. Matt, let me get back to you on this one. It is rather a large subject to handle in a little post. Hang in there with me, I am getting swampped with emails and such after we released The Thaw. I will not forget you. Thanks for your patience! Great post, by the way.

  27. Lance, many times we forget to factor into our equation issues like “sin” and “freewill”. God is holy and just and must deal with sin. That is the reason Christ came to earth, died on the cross and rose again.

  28. I am not sure that I am convinced, but I am relieved for the opportunity to engage in this type of discussion without the harsh, judgmental accusations that pervade most religious/philosophical forums. That’s something I respect about Reach America; good job trying to make a change in a positive way.

  29. Thanks Daniel. Skeptics and, yes, even atheist’s comments are welcomed. Although we certainly disagree, we stand with your right to be heard. Thanks for the comment.

  30. I believe that GW was given an honorary membership to ‘Free Masons but was not a person participating in all the rituals. Many persons who are named in the Masonic logs were not practicing Masons. Check with David Barton of Wallbuilders to read about this subject. Many of the cornerstones in buildings lead you to believe that the buildings were built and dedicated by Masons but (the cornerstones) were in fact placed for a price paid by Masonic Lodge groups to builders. BC

  31. Hi Bonnie. Interesting post. I will check with Wallbuilders on GW and his ties with the Masons. Thanks for the info.

  32. I appreciate your efforts and will pray for it. I plan to introduce your info and book by Mr. Brown to our church leadership. I do want to encourage your group to study the truth on the so called separation of church and state. I see where you support it. A great place to start is with noted historian, David Barton from Wallbuilders.com. It is essential that all students know that that separation of church and state is not in our Constitution. It was taken out of context from a letter that President Jefferson wrote to a group of Baptists back in 1802. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution had already been written and ratified way before then. Jefferson held church services in the US Capital for all eight years of his two terms as president. The church services continued until after the civil war in 1865, long after Jefferson’s death in 1826. If Jefferson and our leadership at the time wanted this separation of church and state, then why the church services in the Capital building? It is simply more” freezing” of our history and distorting our truth. As a teacher of our Constitution, I make this request to you. It’s so important to preserve our history and heritage. Thanks so much for your standing up and efforts. -Brian Mason in Logan. Ohio. God Bless.