REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
FIRST PRINT OCTOBER 1995
Whereas The REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, hereinafter referred to as The Church, and or, The Ministry, came into being in October 1995, and is regarded as part of the Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the Founder and Head, the following shall be its primary aims and objectives:
i) To practice and live up to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ in accordance with the great commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20.
ii) To assist in the establishment of branches of the Church abroad, which shall maintain and spread the Word of God among their citizens.
iii) The administration of the Church shall be carried out under ultimate authority of the General Council.
iv) The Church shall be empowered to affiliate with other Churches and Organizations with similar doctrines, aims and objectives in and outside The Netherlands.
v) The Church shall be empowered to use all net receipts for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
vi) Any other implied aims and objectives and covenants of the Body of Christ.
vii) For the purposes so empowered above, the church by a resolution dated 21st Day of October 1995, hereby appointed the persons whose names and signatures appear below to form a constitution committee and to prepare the document which shall be the Constitution to govern The Church in carrying out the Lord’s Commission.
- Frederick Nyarko
- Joshua Obinim
- Kobby Hammond
- Abakomahene Kwabena Antwi
NOW THEREFORE, in the name of the Almighty God, we the members of REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL in pursuance of the aims and objectives of The Church do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution on the 30th Day of October 1995.
CONSTITUTION OF THE REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of this Christian Ministry shall be known and called REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL (hereinafter referred to as The Church, and or, The Ministry). The abbreviation RFMI shall mean REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, wherever it may so appear.
ARTICLE 2: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS
The general headquarters of The Church shall be situated at Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
ARTICLE 3: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
i) Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ
ii) Church Planting
iii) Leadership Training
iv) Charity- reaching out to the needy in society
v) Establishment of schools
vi) Any other activity that would further the realization of the above-stated objectives.
ARTICLE 4: AFFILIATION
i) The Church shall be open to all Christian Bodies of identical faith and vision for affiliation.
ii) Affiliate members shall pay contribution to the General Headquarters of the Church, where necessary.
iii) Affiliate members shall undertake to abide by a Code of Ethics binding all Ministers of the Church and Rules and Regulations operational in the Church with reasonable modifications, which do not undermine or negate the essence of The Church discipline, being allowed to suit local peculiarities and aspirations in the framework of the Church vision.
iv) In spite of its affiliation, REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL shall be AUTONOMOUS with respect to governance and administration. Whereas administrative suggestions are welcome from affiliated member churches, such suggestions may NOT be binding and shall be subjected to the acceptance or rejection by the General Council.
iv) The Disciplinary Code of the Church shall be binding on all affiliate members.
v) The Executive Board of the Church acting for and on behalf of the Church shall have the right and power to discipline, any affiliate member that falls short of expectation after counseling and caution. The Executive Board of the Church shall also exercise the power to suspend or terminate the affiliation of any member whose conduct adversely undermines and negates the vision and aspirations of the Church.
vii) Any member wishing to discontinue their affiliations must give at least three (3) months notice to the Executive Board of the Church.
viii) All affiliate members shall be duly represented at REDEMPTION FAITH MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL General Council meetings and participate in deliberations and exercising voting rights.
ix) The church shall help all affiliate members in areas of Church growth and planting, evangelism, seminar & leadership training, material, and financial assistance where it is considered prudent.
ARTICLE 5: COMMON SEAL
i) The Church shall have a Common Seal, which seal shall be affixed to any document and deeds by the authority of the Chairman of the executive Board.
ii) The chairman of the executive Board shall have custody of the Common Seal.
ARTICLE 6: STATEMENT OF FAITH
i) THE BIBLE
a) The Bible is our supreme Constitution and the Bible position shall stand and remain inviolable wherever there is a conflict of opinion or misunderstanding appertaining to the provisions of the constitution.
b) We believe in the Bible as the authentic Word Of God, Divinely infallible and All Sufficient in all areas of human endeavors, viz. Spiritually, Psychologically, Physically, (2Tim 3:16). There can be no meaningful Excellency and fulfillment outside the Bible.
c) We believe unreservedly that the Bible is the Supreme and final authority in all things and situations.
ii) THE ONE TRUE GOD
a) We believe in the ONE TRUE GOD- THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT- that is the Trinity of the Godhead.
b) We believe in the Majesty and Sovereignty of God; that God is absolute, self-existing an immanent. (Gen. 1:1-3, Isaiah 6:3, Matt. 3:16-17, John 1:1-4, John 5:7, John 14:26, John 16:13-14).
iii) MAN’S DEPRAVED NATURE
We believe that man is born in a fallen nature and is subject to sin continually, consigning him to eternal damnation. Man, therefore has need of repentance and regeneration. (Gen.3:7; Isaiah 53:6, Acts 2:38-39)
We believe that man’s need of salvation has been and is in the person of Jesus Christ, because of His Deity, Virgin Birth, Sinless Humanity, Substitution Death, Bodily Resurrection, Ascension and His Second Coming (John 1:4,10:30; Matthew 1: 18-33; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26; Hebrews 4:15; John 1:29; John 8: 58; Acts 1: 11; Acts 2:24; Hebrews 9:26,28 John 3:16)
v) REPENTANCE, JUSTIFICATION, AND SANCTIFICATION
We believe in the atonement Blood of Christ and in the power of His Blood to Cleanse, Save and Justify sinners from sin -whosoever therefore will be convinced of sins and will repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would be justified and regenerated- (Acts 4:12; John 10:28; Romans 4:24-25; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:23-25).
vi) HOLY SPIRIT (SPIRITUAL GIFTS)
We believe in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their manifestation. As such we believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with tongues speaking. (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4,38,39; Acts 1:8, Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-47, Acts 18:1-7; Romans 8:26-27; 1st Corinthians 14:2,4,14,15,18,39).
vii) THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We earnestly believe in the sacrament of Baptism by immersion in the Name of the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, or in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We find no scriptural justification for infant baptism but we rather subscribe to the doctrine of infant dedication to the Lord (Mark 16:15; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:5; Acts 8:16; Luke 2:22-24).
viii) THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
a) We believe in the Lord’s Supper, which must be taken by all who profess the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
b) We believe that we partake of the Lord’s Supper to commemorate the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and also in expectation of His Glorious second coming. (Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
ix) THE NEXT LIFE
We believe in the Resurrection of the body and in the eternal bliss of the saved saints in resurrected, glorified bodies; and that the unsaved would be resurrected into condemnation. (John 3:16; John 17:3; 1John 2:25; Romans 6:23; 1Corinthians 15:12-21; 35-44; Philippians 3:10-11; Rev 20:5-6: Job 19:26)
x) TITHES AND OFFERINGS
a) We believe that Giving is an act of Christian Faith as demonstrated by the Father in giving us the precious, inexpressible gift of His Beloved Son. (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 9:15).
b) Therefore, the giving of Tithes (declaring a tenth part of all legitimate income to the Lord and freewill offerings are Christian obligations that not only express commitment to the local assembly, but also a determination to be an active partner in the spreading of the Gospel (Gen 14:20; Malachi 3:7-12; Acts 20: 35; Romans 11:35; 2 Corinthians 16:1?
xi) DIVINE HEALING AND DELIVERANCE
We believe that God has made Divine provisions for the healing of sicknesses and diseases, and to deliver the oppressed from every form of demonic oppression and entanglement. The church is however, in no way opposed to orthodox medical treatment (Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25; Psalm 103:3; Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 53:5; Ezekiel….. ; Matt 8:17; Mark 16:15-18; James 5:14-15; 1Peter 2:24; John 3:8; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38; Luke 10:17-20)
a) We believe that Holy Matrimony is an institution ordained by God for mankind and that it is binding until death. We also unreservedly believe that monogamy is the system of marriage ordained and blessed by God as exemplified by Adam and Eve.
b) The Bible explicitly prohibits sex outside marriage- be it premarital or extramarital- is sin before God and attracts disciplinary sanctions.
c) Therefore, the intent to marry is no license for sexual intercourses between partners involved.
d) Any marriage being contracted in the Church must be duly brought to the notice of the Marriage Committee and the Pastor-in-Charge, whose blessing of the marriage, at any place convenient to the would-be couple, would sanction and legitimize it for blissful union.
e) Those in polygamous (multiple wives) marital relationship before coming to the saving knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would be accorded full membership status of the Church and would participate in all activities and sacraments of the Church. However, they would not be accorded any official position in the Church. The dissolution or continuation of a polygamous relationship should be an issue between the partners’ convictions and their Lord. (Gen 2:18; 21-24…; Malachi 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 1:16; Eph 5:1-3,21,33; Heb 13:4; Matt 531,32; 1 Timothy 3:2).
f) If however, an already born again believer who is a member of the church contracts a second marriage in addition to his first wife, he forfeits his membership.
a) Divorce would not de accepted or endorsed in the Church
b) Any divorcee is not to remarry as long as the other partner or spouse is alive. (Matt 19:3-9; Mark 10:1-12; Romans 7:2-3; Malachi 2:14-16)
We believe that Sin, which is the transgression of the Law, separates man from his maker. Sin is any lack of conformity to the character of God whether in act or state, and is a hopelessly incurable disease of the soul; it is characteristics of the old nature, the flesh and finds expression daily; that there is a personality behind Sin. Sin entered into the universe through a powerful angelic creature called Lucifer and a man called Adam introduced it into the world, making all men sinners, but then sin is NOT eternal. (1John 3:48, Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-15; Romans 3:23; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe that there is Satan, a spirit entity with a personality, who used to be a powerful angel. Satan is a created being like man and not a creator. He is self-willed; possesses intelligence, memory, a will, emotions (desire, pride, wrath), organizational ability (Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:11-15: 2 Corinthians 2:11; Matt 4:11; Eph 6: 11-12; 2 Tim 2:26; Luke 22:31; 1 Tim 3:6; Rev 12:12; 1 Tim 4: 1; Rev 2:9,24; 20:7-9)
He is a Liar. (Gen 3:45; 2 Corinthians11: 14; John 8:44). His final destiny is in the lake of fire, Rev 20:7-10.
We believe in angels as created spirit beings by God the Father through Jesus Christ but are not to be worshiped by man. As Spirits, they are not bound by natural law. Angels are created to worship and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to minister onto the saints of the Lord Jesus Christ. They possess separate and individual personalities with the necessary features of intelligence, will and emotion required of a personality. (Heb 1:7,14; Ps. 104:4; Col. 1:16; Rev 5:11-12; 8:3-4)
We believe that God created man in his own image and likeness (Gen 1:26-27); that man is a tripartite being consisting of three component parts; Body, Soul and Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Heb 4:12); that man is a free moral agent with will, intellect and emotions, which should be used to worship God.
xvii) THE CHURCH
We believe that the church, which is the body of Christ, consists of all regenerated souls, each one redeemed by the blood of Christ and transformed by the Holy Spirit.
Part of the Church is on earth and a great part has already gone to be with the Lord. The Church has no visible Head or Founder on earth, but an unseen Head and Founder in Heaven, (Eph 5:24; Acts 15:14).
Thus, those who are called out of the world system to be in Christ constitute the Church.
There is a visible church (those whose names are on the local church rolls, all earthly denominations and Para church organizations) and the invisible church i.e. those whose names are written in the Lambs book of Life, Rev 21:27.
There is also the Local Church (any local congregation in a given location) and the Church Universal, which includes all churches everywhere.
We believe that Heaven was created by God in the beginning, abides forever and is a house not made with hands. It is the home of the Lord God. Heaven is real and it is a place without death, tears, sorrow, crying nor pain. There is also no want, hunger or thirst and no day or night or sun or moon. It is a holy and a perfect place where no sin or evil inclination can thrive. (Gen 1:1; 2nd Corinthians 5:1; Mathew 6:9; Ps. 20:6; Rev 22:1-5; Rev 21:4; Rev 7:16).
We believe that all those who die in Jesus Christ would be there (1 Thessalonians. 4:14)
We believe that Hell exists in reality. It is the banishment from the presence of God, and a place of punishment and torment. We believe that it was originally prepared for the devil and his fallen angels, and not intended for man; but men who make the truth of God a lie by refusing the way for redemption on the Cross of Calvary through the shed blood of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, would have no other choice than to have hell as their abode. As heaven is eternal so is hell eternal. We believe that hell is not inconsistent with the boundless love of God, but an expression of His Holiness and justice. God is both loving and just (Psalm 9:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Luke 16:23; Isaiah 14:9; Ezekiel 22:27; Mathew 25:41-46).
ARTICLE 7: PROPERTY
i) The Church shall have authority to acquire and own properties or rent same or lease out same for the spreading of the Gospel and actualization or her aim and objectives.
ii) No minister, person, or group of persons (irrespective of their standing in the church) shall have any right to claim ownership of or take by any means any property of the church.
iii) No property of the Church shall be sold, leased, mortgaged, loaned, or in any manner be disposed off without the approval of the Church Board and the Crisis Management Committee, taking into cognizance the constitution of charities and other laws in the respective country of residence.
iv) The meeting of the General Council shall be informed of all transaction involving properties