What We Don’t Believe

Because there are many items of doctrine which exist among true believers it is necessary to state what we do not adhere to. Though, as has already been stated, we recognize that other true believers hold to some of these positions we believe it is important to be clear and honest about where we stand as a church concerning these issues. We do not wish to cause or foster division among the church of Jesus Christ but believe it necessary to be together concerning what we teach as basic doctrine at Calvary Chapel Epping.

  • We do not believe Christians can be truly “demon-possessed”, although they can certainly be under demonic attack by forces of spiritual darkness. 2 Corinthians 6:15-16
  • We do not believe in the body of teaching popularly known as “positive confession” or “hyper-faith”, the idea that God desires all believers to be perfectly healthy and material or financially prosperous. Hebrews 11:32-40
  • Though we believe God still heals sickness and disease and can even physically raise the dead, and although we regularly pray for healing and miracles, we do not believe we can command God to perform such acts according to our will or desires upon demand. Hebrews 11:32-40
  • Although we believe in the gift of prophecy (God speaking to people through those He chooses to use as His mouthpieces) we do not believe those “words of prophecy” supersede the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 14:29
  • Although psychology may have come to some accurate conclusions and understanding as to the operation of the human mind we reject the incorporation of secular psychology in the teaching ministry and counseling practice of the church, believing that the Bible is adequate in all areas pertaining to the proper ordering of the affairs and relationships of our lives. Colossians 2:8
  • We oppose the over-emphasis of spiritual gifts or experiential signs and wonders when such practices supersede the order called for in the scriptures. Hebrew 12:14
  • We do not adhere to or espouse any systematic theology (Calvinist, Arminian, Dispensational, Covenant etc.) in so far as they exclude or down play elements of truth found in the word of God. We believe that all such attempts to “rationalize” the Word of God or to arrive at a definitive or exhaustive theology are futile in nature in accordance with Paul’s statement in Romans 11:33-34: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?
  • We believe that full understanding of all such mysteries will be ours in heaven when we shall know even as we are known. 1 Cor. 13:8-12 Deuteronomy 29:29
  • While we are on earth we believe our activity and purpose is best served in working together in obeying the mandates of Jesus Christ: Loving the Lord our God with all of our hearts, loving one another as Jesus loved us, preaching the gospel to all people, making disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching all believers, and sending Christian workers out to continue that work. Matt. 28:18-20 Mark 16:15-16, Luke 10:1-16 & 24:46-47, John 20:21, Acts 1:8