Its Presentation
    We believe God has revealed Himself by general revelation—which manifests His eternal
    existence, power, and glory (Psalm 19:1-3; Romans 1:19-20)—and by special revelation—
    which manifests His character, grace, and program of redemption (John 1:1-5, 14, 18; 2
    Timothy 3:15); that although special revelation has in times past been given by God through
    various means (Genesis 20:3, 32:28; Numbers 27:21; 1 Samuel 3:10; 1 Chronicles 24:5;
    Ezekiel 1:1; Daniel 10:12; Micah 6:5; Acts 3:21), it is now finally and preeminently given in the
    incarnate Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2), and the written Word of God, the
    sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments known collectively as the Holy Scriptures, or the
    Bible (2 Timothy 3:15); that the Bible is the complete and final written revelation of God so that
    no other religious writings or supposed revelations (Numbers 12:2) are to be accepted as
    divinely inspired or authoritative (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2); that the Holy Spirit superintended the
    writing of the Bible such that the writers, although their individual personalities and different
    styles of writing are evident, recorded the very words by which God desires to communicate to
    mankind    (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21); that the Bible, in whole or in part, is equally and
    fully inerrant in relation to any subject addressed, either directly or indirectly (Psalm 119:140).

    Its Interpretation
    We believe the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to properly understand the Bible
    (John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13); that the presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer
    guarantees the availability of His teaching ministry to all believers, not merely to an elite group
    (1 Corinthians 3:16); that human weakness (John 16:12),  carnality (1 Corinthians 3:1-2), and
    unwillingness to obey the truth (John 7:17) can thwart the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit;
    that unbelievers, no matter how much they know about the Bible, cannot truly understand it
    (Acts 4:13-14; 1 Corinthians 2:14); that some passages are more difficult to understand than
    others (2 Peter 3:16); that incorrect interpretations of the Bible bring serious consequences (2
    Peter 3:16); that God has gifted some believers with greater ability to teach the Bible for the
    benefit of all   (Romans 12:6-7; Ephesians 4:11-12); that no matter how gifted a believer is,
    diligent study is necessary to understand the Bible (Isaiah 28:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:15); that those
    who teach the Bible will be held strictly accountable for their teaching (James 3:1); that there is
    but one true interpretation of scripture although there may be several applications; that the Bible
    is to be interpreted within a dispensational framework according to the normal grammatical-
    historical meaning of its words within the context and literary genre (narrative, poetry, parable,
    etc.) of the passage given; that the Bible helps interpret itself (1 Corinthians 2:13); and that
    seeming contradictions are only so because of ignorance of all the facts (1 Corinthians 13:12).

    Its Preservation
    We believe the written revelation of God, the Word of God, is true (Psalm 119:160) and pure
    (Psalm 12:6); that God has promised to preserve His Word (Psalm 12:7, 119:89;      Matthew 5:
    18) and is well able to do so (Jeremiah 32:27); that the preservation promise extends to each
    and every word of His Word (Deuteronomy 8:3); that the many translations available today, their
    words being demonstrably different—even contrary to one another—in hundreds of places,
    cannot be the true, pure, and preserved Word of God (Psalm 119:89-91); that Satan (Revelation
    12:9) has sought to corrupt the Word of God from the beginning (Genesis 3:1-5); that God has
    expressly warned believers to keep His Word (Jude 1:3; Revelation 22:18-19) and to beware of
    corruption of it (1 Timothy 4:1); that, therefore, it is necessary to identify which translation is the
    true, pure, and preserved Word of God; and that the King James Bible is the true, pure, and
    preserved Word of God because: (1) it was translated from a preserved Greek text (Matthew 12:
    33); (2) it has proven itself to be the quick and powerful Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) by the
    changed lives of untold millions of believers (John 8:31-32) for almost four-hundred years; and
    (3) it teaches fundamental doctrines necessary for salvation and sanctification which are often
    weakened by, if not eliminated from, the texts of spurious bibles (1 Timothy 4:1).
Statement of Faith
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    Lighthouse Baptist Church
    701 Kossuth Avenue
    Utica, NY 13501
    Paul Bannister II, Pastor
Lighthouse Baptist Church, Utica, NY
Spreading the message of Christ in Utica and the Valley since 1996