Our Biblical Beliefs

Executive Summary: Hope Now Cambodia is not a social justice or humanitarian organization. Our purpose is Gospel driven (fully grace) to help men who have been deported from the United States know Jesus Christ and love His Word. We work to find jobs, medical attention, temporary housing, Bible studies (dispensational, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial), and integration into the local church.

The Bible: The Bible is the complete written Word of God, consisting of sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments and was originally given by God through verbal/plenary inspiration in all parts and is therefore wholly without error (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:19-21). We adhere to the Golden Rule of Interpretation:

When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning, unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and general fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.

The Trinity of God: The one true God exists eternally as three persons–the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mark 12:29-30, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14, Titus 3:4-7).

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh by virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, died for our sins, bodily arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, is presently at the right hand of the Father. He is coming again as King to take the throne, and set up His visible and literal earthly kingdom (John 1:1, 14:29; Matt. 1:18-23; Heb. 4:15; I Pet. 3:18; I Cor. 15:3-19).

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). At salvation, the Holy Spirit causes spiritual rebirth, empowers, indwells, seals, bestows gifts, and baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16, 12:11, 13). He continues to sanctify, guide and teach through the written Word of God, and fill the believer who walks in obedience to the Word (Acts 5:3-4; John 3:5; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 6:11, 19; Rom. 8:14; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18-21).

Man: Man was supernaturally created in the image of God on the 6th 24-hour day of the creation week and is not a product of evolution. Man chose to sin and disobey God, resulting in separation from God. All mankind is sinful. Man is unable to save himself from his sins and is in need of a Savior (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:7, 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:3).

Salvation: Eternal life is received as the free gift of God by His grace through faith in the completed works of Jesus Christ our Lord. There are no good deeds or works involved on our part. Jesus Christ did all the work when he shed his blood on the cross. (John 6:47; John 14:6Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4)

The Church: All believers in the Church age until the Rapture of the Church are members of the Body of Christ with Christ as the Head. This is manifest on earth in local churches where believers assemble for teaching, fellowship, prayer and equipping for ministry (I Cor. 1:2; Col. 1:18, 24, 3:11; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 4:11-18; Gal. 6:10).

Angels: God created all angels. Some followed the angel Satan the ruler of demons in his prideful rebellion against God and became demonic adversaries of God and His people. These angels are limited by God’s omnipotence and await final incarceration in the Lake of Fire. Other angels remained faithful to God and are God’s ministering spirits to His people (Gen. 1:1, Ex.10:11, Ps.33:6; Rev.12:3-4; Matt.12:23-27; Job 2:1-2; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41; Heb. 1:13- 14).

Rapture of the Church and Second Coming of Jesus Christ: The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth before the Day of the Lord (I Thess. 4:16-17; I Thess. 1:10). After the Tribulation Jesus Christ will descend to establish his Millennial Kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 20:1-6).

Future Life: All believers shall live eternally with God in a “New Heaven and Earth.” Upon physical death, they go immediately to be with Christ in some sort of new body (2 Corinthians 5:1-3) and await the resurrection of their earthly body at Christ’s coming. All unbelievers, upon physical death, go immediately to Hades and await the bodily resurrection at the Great White Throne Judgment. At that time, if their name is not found written in the Book of Life they will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 3:16, 5:24, 10:27-29; II Cor. 5:8; I Thess. 4:13-18; Jude 23-24; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).

The Christian Life: In addition to being the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4), and Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), Christians are to live a life of righteousness and good works, be separated unto God from worldliness, maintain a godly home, settle differences with believers in the church, avoid living in the flesh, exhibit the fruit and fullness of the Spirit, build up the body of Christ, and devote themselves to prayer and Bible study (Phil. 4:6; I Thess. 5:17-18; Eph. 6:18; II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 2:8-10, 5:22, 6:4; I Cor. 6:1-8; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 5:18-20).

We are Dispensational, fully Grace, and pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial.