The following is GEMA’S Statement of Faith, compiled into Eight Fundamental Biblical Truths. Christians who have studied Scriptural numerology know that the number Eight alludes to New Beginnings. One must be in agreement with GEMA’S Eight Fundamental Biblical Truths when applying for a membership license and must warrant that he/she believes in numbers 1 through 7, and is currently practicing number 8.
EIGHT FUNDAMENTAL BIBLICAL TRUTHS
1. The Bible is our Sole Guide
The Bible sets forth criteria for a heaven-bound people, and supremely declares the “Holy Oracles” of God, which our confidence in its profound truth is essential for establishing our faith and religious practices.
2. The Scriptures
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired, the product of holy men of ancient times who spoke and recorded the words of God as they were urged by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible is the revelation of God to humankind, and is the inerrant and authoritative guide for faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
3. The Triune Godhead
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal, self-existent, immutable “I AM” (Exodus 3:14), the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of mankind (Deuteronomy 5:4; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-11). God has further revealed Himself as a Triune Being but manifested in three personalities (not modes) as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
4. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, is Divine, and shares in the Deity of God as the second person of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 1:23; John 5:22; 23:2; John 3; Hebrews 1:1-3).
5. Original Sin and the fall of Humankind
Human beings are created beings, made in the likeness and image of God. However, the first man, Adam, by his own transgression lost the right to his exalted position because he sinned. His sins resulted in physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6-24; Romans 5:12-19).
6. The Salvation of Humankind
The only hope of redemption for humankind is to believe that Christ, the Son of God (Luke 24:47), shed His blood on Cavalry for the salvation of humankind, and that He was raised up alive from the dead and is now at the right side of God, the Father, in heaven. Salvation is received through repentance (i.e., a change of heart, attitude, and mind towards God) and by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ to receive it (Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8-13; 10:9; James 1:21; Ephesians 2:8).
7. Divine Healing
Divine healing is clearly provided for in the Old Testament (Exodus 15:23-26; Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 53:4,5) and is an integral part of the Gospel as presented in the New Testament as taught by Christ, the Apostles, and the Early Church (Matthew 8:15,17; Acts 5:16; James 5:14-15). Divine healing is wrought by the power of God through miraculous means and sometimes by means of a human source, as directed by the Holy Spirit. Deliverance from physical and mental diseases, sicknesses, and ailments is provided for in the Atonement (Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14, 15—shed blood of Christ), and occurs by fervent prayer (James 5:16), and by the Word of God via a word (Gk. rhēma – a spoken message from God that comes through a human) of wisdom or knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8). A revelatory word/insight/prediction (Gk. rhēma), when spoken by divinely inspired individuals is often through the supernatural unction of the Holy Spirit. The revelatory word may suggest that someone may benefit from the use of medical procedures, techniques, and formulas from the sources of allopathy, naprapathy, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, herbals and botanicals, and cleansing of the body through biblical fasting as well as other healing modalities not mentioned herein.
8. Moral Impurity will cause one to forfeit the Kingdom of God
In numerous passages the New Testament states the qualities of one who desires to be a church leader (that is, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher – Ephesians 4:11, elder, deacon, bishop or overseer – 1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9). Whenever the qualifications are listed for church leaders and commissioned ministers, the New Testament always mentions morality and pure actions.
NOTE: To be accepted into the membership of GEMA, one must testify on the application sent to GEMA that he/she believes in and practices GEMA’s Eight Fundamental Biblical Truths, and is living a life of moral purity.