Welcome to Truth Reformed Bible church. We, the leadership and members of the church, desire for you to have a challenging and edifying experience in our service of worship, teaching and fellowship.
But first, WARNING:
Truth Reformed Bible church may be unlike any church you have ever visited! We recognize that every church you visit tells you this, in one form or another. WE MEAN IT! Here are some reasons why:
1. We are Reformed in our theology. Although being Reformed puts us in a minority position among evangelical churches in the US today, we recognize that it does not make us totally unique. Many churches do a fine job of preaching the Reformation doctrines of Martin Luther and John Calvin.
2. We are Reformed in our practice. Here is where the trouble starts. Please note these examples:
All reformed churches believe in the doctrine of original sin. All of them believe in Romans 3: 10-11 which says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God;” Nevertheless, most reformed churches pretend that visitors who are not believers in God are somehow seeking for Him. We do not. If you are not a believer we will not treat you as one.
All reformed churches believe in the Unity of all Believers. All of them believe Ephesians 4: 4-6 which says, “there is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Nevertheless, most reformed churches do not practice the doctrine of unity because they tell individuals, who are true believers, who hold to doctrines that are different than their “doctrinal distinctives” that they are not welcome to join their congregation. We do not. If you are a believer we will treat you as one, regardless of your positions on doctrines not essential for salvation.
3. We are Reformed in our worship. Here is where the trouble continues. If you are a true believer (defined as holding to the doctrines of the Ecumenical Creeds and being a member in good standing in an Evangelical church), you are welcome and encouraged to worship with us.
If you are not a true believer, we would be negligent in our duties as stewards of the truth of God’s Word if we did not issue you a warning. Psalm 50: 16-17 says, “But to the wicked God says, ‘What right have you to tell of My statutes, and to take My covenant in your mouth? For you hate discipline, and you cast My words behind you.’” The Bible defines the “wicked” as all those who do not believe in the God of the Bible. Conversely, the “righteous” are those who believe in the God of the Bible. That true belief is primarily evidenced by the fact that a true believer holds to the biblical sound doctrine and doctrinal truths of the Ecumenical Creeds. In addition, he/she is a member in good standing in an Evangelical church. Although we are unable to prevent you from engaging in the worship of God, we solemnly warn you that if you are not a true believer it would be in your best interest to sit passively for the songs, hymns, prayers, and offerings.
To pretend to worship God when you do not really believe and love Him is a sin. Hebrews 10: 30-31 says, “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Simply put, we would rather you get mad at us for telling you these things than increase the wrath of God upon you by encouraging you to pretend to worship God when you do not know and love Him.
4. We are Reformed in our Communion. We practice communion weekly and we use bread and wine. All visitors who are true believers, as defined above, are welcome to join us, after talking with the elders. We ask that visitors follow the historic Reformed practice of bringing a letter from the Session of their church attesting to their standing in their congregation. We are more concerned with honoring God than making visitors feel comfortable. Indeed, we do not even want to make our members feel comfortable. None of us exist for our own comfort. Our God does not call us to a life of comfort. If you are a believer, we suspect you will appreciate that stance. If you are not, we suspect you will be offended by that stance.