What we hold to
GFA understands that every institution, in order to stay true to its foundational principles, needs to regularly revisit its core values. The religious environment of the United States and the world is rapidly changing, but the needs of man and the biblical answers to those needs are unchanging. GFA is committed to operating in the modern world on the basis of the following unchanging core beliefs.
"We believe that whatever the Bible says is true--which means that we believe in the inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments. We believe that man was created by the direct act of God and in the image of God. We believe that Adam and Eve in yielding to the temptation of Satan became fallen creatures. We believe that all men are born in sin. We believe in the incarnation, the virgin birth, and the deity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We believe in His vicarious and substitutional atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. We believe in the resurrection of His body from the tomb, His ascension to Heaven, and that He is now our Advocate. We believe that He is personally coming again. We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the atoning blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
GFA missionaries hold to a pretribulational, premillennial view of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
GFA missionaries practice both ecclesiastical and personal separation and compassionately warn about deviation from biblical truth and practice. We partner with independent Baptist and other like-minded churches that practice believer’s baptism by immersion. We are committed to a reverent, conservative worship style. We are also cessationists, believing the sign gifts have ceased.
GFA missionaries believe that all bloodwashed believers in Christ, living and dead, make up the body of Christ. They believe in and support local New Testament churches. They do not compete with any fundamental, New Testament church in their area and are instructed to channel their converts into it. Where no such church exists or where there is some doctrinal problem, peculiar emphasis, or heresy in a church which may otherwise be New Testament in position, they are to start a church in line with Biblical principles, the ordinances of which shall be baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. In some communities, due to population factors, there may be a genuine need for additional fundamental churches to be planted in order to effectively fulfill the Great Commission.