Definition of Christian: A Christian is one who is a disciple of Christ, having been baptized via immersion or sprinkling as a child or adult, believing that Christ died for our sins, and who believes in the Trinity (definition below). A Christian believes the Bible is the only Word of God, and does not blend any other religions or cults in with the beliefs of the Bible.
Baptism: CMI holds to immersion as how Baptism should be done, as a child or an adult who understands the kind of commitment they are making to follow Jesus. Acts 19:4 (CEB), “Paul explained, “John baptized with a baptism by which people showed they were changing their hearts and lives. It was a baptism that told people about the one who was coming after him. This is the one in whom they were to believe. This one is Jesus.”
If a Christian became sprinkled as a baby, CMI believes they should be baptized as an adult as a baby is not old enough to make a choice on whether or not to follow Jesus. The reason CMI holds an official position that immersion is proper Baptism is from Matthew 3:12-14 (ref. Matthew 3:13), “At the time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordon River so that John would baptize him.”
If an applicant was sprinkled as an adult or child, CMI will take that person’s word they are a disciple of Christ. Baptism is symbolic, like marriage vows, in the first step we take as new Christians to follow Jesus.
In the past, these spirits were disobedient—when God patiently waited during the time of Noah. Noah built an ark in which a few (that is, eight) lives were rescued through water. 21 Baptism is like that. It saves you now—not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God. Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at God’s right side. Now that he has gone into heaven, he rules over all angels, authorities, and powers.
– 1 Peter 3:20-22
Marriage and Life in The Womb: CMI believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and life begins in the womb. Various studies and books are out on this. CMI encourages you to explore these issues on your own, but, if you represent CMI, you must agree not to share any other view as representatives of CMI.
Sin: No bad or worse sin exists. While some sins in the Christian world get more press than others, lying is sin as well as murder. Anger is sin. A Christian is a work in progress. One only has to look back to see the fingerprint of God in each trial and milestone. A believer grows in God as they grow older, and they get better due to repentance and a daily vitamin of God’s Word to guide us. Sin has no power over a believer’s life. There are only choices.
She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
– Matthew 1:21
The Trinity: God is not three separate persons in will and spirit, as some cults maintain. God is one God: God, the Father; Jesus, the Son; and the Holy Spirit. Several articles explain the Trinity greatly as referenced below –
- There have been many attempts to develop illustrations of the Trinity. However, none of the popular illustrations are completely accurate. The egg (or apple) fails in that the shell, white, and yolk are parts of the egg, not the egg in themselves, just as the skin, flesh, and seeds of the apple are parts of it, not the apple itself. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not parts of God; each of them is God. The water illustration is somewhat better, but it still fails to adequately describe the Trinity. Liquid, vapor, and ice are forms of water. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not forms of God, each of them is God. So, while these illustrations may give us a picture of the Trinity, the picture is not entirely accurate. An infinite God cannot be fully described by a finite illustration. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Trinity-Bible.html#ixzz3IPC9eaI4
- Bible Verses on the Trinity: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-The-Trinity/
- It is a sad fact that the doctrine of the Trinity has been believed in but rarely preached on in our churches. Living these last few years in Singapore, sandwiched between the two Islamic countries of Malaysia and Indonesia, I have half-humorously, half-seriously commented to Christian leaders, “We all believe in the Trinity, but we pray to the Trinity that nobody would question us about the Trinity!” The doctrine is felt to be irrelevant if not an outright and unnecessary complication imposed on the simple belief in the One God. Read More: http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/the-trinity-as-a-paradigm-for-spiritual-transformation/
- So a closer look at the fact that God is one in essence but three in person has helped to show why the Trinity is not a contradiction. But how does it show us why there is only one God instead of three? It is very simple: All three Persons are one God because, as we saw above, they are all the same essence. Essence means the same thing as “being.” Thus, since God is only one essence, He is only one being, not three. This should make it clear why it is so important to understand that all three Persons are the same essence. For if we deny this, we have denied God’s unity and affirmed that there is more than one being of God (i.e., that there is more than one God). Read More: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-is-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity
- “You tell us that there are three gods and yet one,” the puzzled Irish said when St. Patrick was preaching the gospel to them in the 5th century AD. “How can that be?” The saint bent down and plucked a shamrock. “Do you not see,” he said, “how in this wildflower three leaves are united on one stalk, and will you not then believe that there are indeed three persons and yet one God?” Read More: https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/the-trinity/the-trinity/
Church: The church is not defined by a building. It is as 1 Corinthians 12 explains, “…We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink (1 Cor. 12:13).” Although, we should come together as Christians with other Christians as it states in Hebrews 10:25, “Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.”
Meeting together with other believers does not have to be a traditional church. It can be a house church or a small group. It’s not one versus the other, but both working together to spread the good news of the Gospel. Most traditional churches have small groups within their congregation which is an excellent way to make your church experience more intimate. Traditional churches also offer excellent teachings and you won’t always meet people you agree with (iron sharpening iron). It’s not always good to remain in the company of people who think like you, but to challenge yourself by being with people who might be disagreeable or hold a different opinion of things.
It is CMI’s position that churches shouldn’t be in competition with each other, neither should their websites reflect this thinking. IRS forces churches to hold a business model of a nonprofit. Churches run on tithing and tithing funds worthy ministries like outreach, recovery, member help, and other programs. Nonprofits require a board and in some cases, voting.
Do not focus on denominations, but rather on what that particular church believes. CMI wants to bring the Biblical church together as one united force to spread the Gospel while keeping our individual denominations or, in simpler terms, personalities intact.
Too Old or Too Young?
CMI doesn’t believe a Christian is too young or too old to serve Christ. CMI believes in a multi-generational church where old and young learn from each other. No one is too young or too old to learn. There is no retirement mentioned in the Bible where a Christian stops serving God. A home-bound senior adult can become a diligent prayer warrior. A young child can teach a senior adult to laugh and see the joy of living again. A young child can be a powerful prayer warrior. However, to work with CMI, ages 15-17 require parent permission and have a different set of rules. No background checks are done at CMI. Parents give permission for their teens to become involved with CMI at their own risk and liability and are responsible to know what is going on alongside their teen sons or daughters. No one under the age of 15 can apply.
- Application filled out with real name and a signed, notarized parent permission mailed to: Cataclysm Missions International, P.O. Box 3175, Chino Valley, AZ 86323. No fax or photocopies.
- Friends with a Community Volunteer on their social networks.
- A listing of all your social networks. Your social networking must reflect a Christian worldview and behavior.
- Online Social Media Missionary requires you to use a pseudonym while networking. All other positions can use real name.
- Training either online or by a Community Volunteer required for Online Social Media Missionary.
- Parents contact information.
Each person has different gifts and abilities and should use those to glorify God. CMI believes there is only so much time a person has in a day. Serving in a church supports the church in its outreach to the community. But if someone is already volunteering their time in a separate ministry outside of the church building, CMI believes in honoring that work. They would not be “pew warmers,” as some would call a church member who comes every Sunday to soak in the message or the programs without giving back of their time.
We do not believe that a person, to be saved, has to do Tongues. We don’t encourage the use of tongues.