Our Belief

Our Beliefs

Bible-Presbyterian Faith and Practices

Why "Bible-Presbyterian"?


The word “BIBLE” is pre-fixed to PRESBYTERIAN to denote that our Church is a Bible-believing and Bible-honouring Church. It first came to be used in America because of the great fundamentalist-modernist controversy. When the Presbyterian Church of USA was infiltrated by liberals and modernists, many Conservative Presbyterians left to form their own denominations.

Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) was formed and Westminster Theological Seminary was founded. But there arose internal differences among the leaders. The group that formed the Bible Presbyterian church differed from the leaders of the OPC in these three areas:

 Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchBible Presbyterian

1.

Support only missionaries who are Presbyterians.

Support all missionaries as long as they are fundamentalists.

2.

Amillennialists.

Premillennialists.

3.

Allow social drinking.

Total abstinence.


Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church maintains and defends the fundamentalist position in our uncompromising stand on the Word of God. We hold that the Holy Scriptures (Hebrew and Greek texts) are God’s Word, inerrant and infallible and the supreme authority in faith and practice. They are the Hebrew and Greek texts underlying the King James Bible. The King James Bible is the most faithful English Translation and to be used exclusively in our Church.

We also endeavour to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) in an age of increasing apostasy and departure from the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith.

We maintain close spiritual links with all Bible-believing Christians regardless of denominational boundaries. However, we refrain from any form of involvement or association with individuals or churches or organizations which are known to be linked with the apostasy, the unfaithful “Christian” bodies.

Our Bible-Presbyterian Church, from the beginning of its founding in 1950, has been part of the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement (the International Council of Christian Churches). This Movement is a world-wide fellowship of Bible-believing fundamentalist Christians and Churches and Allied bodies who take an uncompromising separated stand for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. But because it has been infiltrated by neo-evangelicals we have decided not to be part of this movement. But the spirit of the twentieth Century Reformation Movement remains very dear to our hearts.

BIBLICAL SEPARATION

Every church has been given the divine mandate by God not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14-7:1), and also disobedient brethren (2 Thess 3:6-15). We are to be a people called out and set apart from the world. Thus, we see biblical separation to be a defining distinctive of the Bible-Presbyterian Church. Separation involves two main aspects:

1. Personal: We have been called as Christians to lead a holy life, consecrated unto God; to love not the world and the things of the world. Personal separation, thus, involves abstaining from all evil and all appearance of evil. We are to maintain a pure testimony, and to be transformed by the Word of God. This principle applies to our personal lives, and extends to our business and marriage.

2. Ecclesiastical: As a church, we must also be careful to maintain our effectiveness as a witness and testimony to the world. This is our defence in ensuring the purity and faith of the church. Therefore, we will associate ourselves, and have ecclesiastical relationships only, with like-minded brethren. We must separate ourselves from all forms of apostasy, unbelief, disobedience and compromise. More specifically, we must be wary of unbiblical movements rampant in Christendom today: the ecumenical, charismatic, neo-evangelical movements, and other false movements that contradict the Holy Scriptures and the historic Christian Faith.

DOCTRINES OF CALVARY PANDAN BIBLE-PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The doctrine of this Church shall be in accordance with the system commonly called "The Reformed Faith", as expressed in the Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms which Confession and Catechisms are similar to those set forth by the historic Westminster Assembly.

In abbreviated form, the chief tenets of the doctrines of this Church, apart from the Apostles' Creed, shall be as follows:

a. We believe in the divine, verbal, and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

b. We believe in one God existing in three co-equal and co-eternal Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

c. We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man.

d. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but sinned through the Fall of Adam, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

e. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died an expiatory death as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified before God on the grounds of His shed blood.

f. We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His exaltation at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate.

g. We believe in the personal, visible and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to judge this world and bring peace to the nations.

h. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works, and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God.

i. We believe that Christ instituted the sacrament of Baptism for believers and their children and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which shall be observed by His Church till He comes.

j. We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection, and eternal blessedness of the saved and in the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost; and

k. We believe in the real, spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood and the necessity of maintaining the purity of the Church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God

WHAT IS CALVARY PANDAN BIBLE-PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH'S STAND ON THE BIBLE?

CALVARY PANDAN B-P CHURCH GOSPEL SAFEGUARD: VPP

Senior Pastor Dr Tow published this in the Church's Weekly Bulletin on 1st January 2006: Praise God, after much waiting on the Lord, He has enabled me to draft for Calvary Pandan (leaders and members) a statement which will lead us into "green pastures and still waters".

Reader, pray as you ponder on this "12-point Statement".

1. All true sons of the Reformation believe: "The just shall live by faith and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 1:17; 10:17). Stated another way, "We are born again of the incorruptible Word of God, which Word endureth for ever and by it the gospel is preached" (1 Peter 1:23, 25).

2. As true sons of the Reformation we believe that God's Word which is incorruptible and endureth for ever is equally "inerrant" (without mistake) and "infallible" (incapable of making mistake).

3. Since its founding Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church has written into its Constitution belief in the inerrant and infallible Word of God (Article 4.2.1):

We believe in the divine, verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the Supreme and final authority in faith and life;

4. In this "article of faith" the "Scriptures in the original languages" refers to the original copies of God's Word known as the "autographs", which over time and with "wear and tear" are no longer in existence.

5. The Scriptures we use today are the King James Version (KJV, KJB), the time-honoured and beloved Bible of the Reformation. Whenever we refer to our Constitution 4.2.1, we uphold the KJV or KJB as God's Word, "inerrant and infallible".

6. By the fruit we know the tree: the KJB is the "fruit" derived from the "tree" the "source texts" or "MSS" (manuscripts). We believe that God's inerrant and infallible Word, as represented by the KJB had been derived from equally inerrant and infallible source texts or MSS or "Apographs" (copies of the Autographs).

7. Question: Can we identify these texts?

8. Answer: Absolutely. Our great God did not leave Himself without witness, but preserved perfectly a body of MSS: the Masoretic Hebrew Old Testament Text, and the "Received" New Testament Text (Textus Receptus). From these perfectly preserved copies of God's inspired, inerrant, infallible Scriptures, is derived our KJB.

9. What is "VPP"?

V is "Verbal", meaning "word for word" (Webster's Dict.)

P is "Plenary", meaning "complete or absolute" (Webster's Dict.)

P is "Preservation", meaning "kept from corruption or error".

10. "VPP of Scripture" refers to the supernatural and providential care of God over the ages (Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter I, VIII; see also Ps 12:6,7; Matt 5:18, 24:35; 1 Pet 1:25), safeguarding the transmission of the MSS by scribes or copyists, so that the body of texts (Masoretic Hebrew OT and Received Greek NT) have been kept pure as the "good tree" giving us the "good fruit", the KJB.

11. As the attacks on God's Word increase in intensity, God's faithful remnant people also increase and intensify in their loyalty to God's Word without which the Gospel's entire foundation would collapse.

12. Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church upholds the inspired and preserved Word of God by a "threefold cord" which cannot be broken, namely:

a. Constitution 4.2.1

b. The VPP of God's Word

c. The KJB, the Reformation Bible.

We hold the "highest view" of the Holy Scripture. We do not claim to understand every part of the BOOK. There are parts which we just do not fully understand. Of these, we say "We don't know". Some parts may puzzle and perplex. But that does not mean the BIBLE is wrong. Only our understanding is incomplete.

Martin Luther, the Sixteenth Century Reformer, believed and taught that the Bible was infallibly true in all its parts. Luther quoted Augustine's letter to Jerome in which he wrote, "This I have learned to do: to hold only those books which are called the Holy Scriptures in such honour and I finally believed that not one of the Holy Writers ever erred".

Luther endorsed this view of Augustine and he stated: "The Scriptures cannot err. It is certain that the Scriptures cannot disagree with itself. It is impossible that Scriptures should contradict itself, only that it so appears to the senseless and obstinate hypocrites".

When Luther found an apparent discrepancy or contradiction with respect to chronology, he refused to side with "those who said that the Scripture is evidently wrong".

Luther said, "I conclude that matter with humble confession of my ignorance for it is only the Holy Ghost who knows and understands everything".

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The word “BIBLE” is pre-fixed to PRESBYTERIAN to denote that our Church is a Bible-believing and Bible-honouring Church. It first came to be used in America because of the great fundamentalist-modernist controversy. When the Presbyterian Church of USA was infiltrated by liberals and modernists, many Conservative Presbyterians left to form their own denominations.

Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) was formed and Westminster Theological Seminary was founded. But there arose internal differences among the leaders. The group that formed the Bible Presbyterian church differed from the leaders of the OPC in these three areas:

Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchBible Presbyterian

1. Support only missionaries who are Presbyterians.

1. Support all missionaries as long as they are fundamentalists.

2. Amillennialists.

2. Premillennialists.

3. Allow social drinking.

3. Total abstinence.


Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church maintains and defends the fundamentalist position in our uncompromising stand on the Word of God. We hold that the Holy Scriptures (Hebrew and Greek texts) are God’s Word, inerrant and infallible and the supreme authority in faith and practice. They are the Hebrew and Greek texts underlying the King James Bible. The King James Bible is the most faithful English Translation and to be used exclusively in our Church.

We also endeavour to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) in an age of increasing apostasy and departure from the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith.

We maintain close spiritual links with all Bible-believing Christians regardless of denominational boundaries. However, we refrain from any form of involvement or association with individuals or churches or organizations which are known to be linked with the apostasy, the unfaithful “Christian” bodies.

Our Bible-Presbyterian Church, from the beginning of its founding in 1950, has been part of the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement (the International Council of Christian Churches). This Movement is a world-wide fellowship of Bible-believing fundamentalist Christians and Churches and Allied bodies who take an uncompromising separated stand for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. But because it has been infiltrated by neo-evangelicals we have decided not to be part of this movement. But the spirit of the twentieth Century Reformation Movement remains very dear to our hearts.

Biblical Separation
Our Doctrines
Verbal Plenary Preservation