Our Statement of Faith
The following is a list of the primary tenets of faith of Stone Kingdom Ministries.
Note: Over the years, as we have continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have recognized that some of the things we once held as true, in fact, are not; and therefore we will not “cast in stone” a statement of our beliefs. We reserve the right to be wrong and to repent of such error when we discover it.
We believe in the God of the Holy Christian Bible.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21), plenarily and verbally inspired, and inerrant in the original manuscripts. We believe that by having a repentant and willing heart, and by diligent study of the Bible, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, a believer will discover God’s truth, which is sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in Jesus Christ, that he is both man and God manifested in the flesh; that he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and was buried; that he arose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven.
We believe that the blood shed by Jesus upon the cross made atonement for the sins of the world (John 3:16) and for the redemption of his people Israel (Luke 1:68).
We believe that sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4); that all have sinned (Romans 3:23); and that death is the penalty for sin (Romans 6:23).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ and not of our own works
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in a future state of rewards and punishments (Revelation 20:12). We believe that the Holy Spirit was given to us to testify of Christ in his physical absence, to lead man into truth, and to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).
We believe that God chose the descendants of Abraham, through Isaac and Jacob alone (Amos 3:2; Romans 9:7), to be a special people for himself (Deuteronomy 7:6); that God and Israel bound themselves by law in a marriage contract at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19); and that this contract was conditional upon Israel’s fulfillment of her vow of obedience to God’s laws, statutes and judgments.
We believe that non-Israelite people of all races can come under the Israel covenants through faith and obedience to the law. (Exodus 12:48-49; Isaiah 56:1-8). We believe that salvation to everlasting life and heavenly bliss is available to people of all races, just as it is to Israel. (John 3:16-17, Romans 8:19-21).
We believe that God divorced Israel (Jeremiah 3:8); that the House of Israel (10 northern tribes) was dispersed into other lands (2 Kings 18) as a result of that divorce; but that God would again betroth her to himself (Hosea 2:14-19) and give her a new land. (2 Samuel 7:10).
We believe that Israel was to lose her old name (Isaiah 62:2; Hosea 2:17); that she was to be called by God’s name
(Numbers 6:27; Revelation 3:12); and that this was fulfilled when God began to call Israelites “Christians” (Acts 11:26).
We believe that God’s plan for the peace, happiness and well-being of all peoples is contained in his holy Word; that Israel was to be God’s example for the rest of the world; that eventually Israel was to assist God in administering his laws over the whole earth (Isaiah 42:9-12; Daniel 2:35; Habakkuk 2:14; Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8).
We believe that this special calling of Israel by God does not make them superior to the other families of the earth, but that this calling is indeed a calling to servanthood (Isaiah 42:19; Isaiah 43:10-12; Luke 1:54) in order to bless all families of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3).
We believe that a prayerful study of the holy Bible and a general knowledge of world history (which is simply God’s plan worked out through time) provides convincing proof that the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, and related peoples (often called simply “the Christian nations”) are the true racial descendants of the tribes of Israel. (Ample documentation is available for those willing to examine it.)
We believe that prophecy about Israel has been, is being, and will continue to be fulfilled in them. We especially believe that the United States of America and Canada uniquely fulfill the prophesied place of the re-gathering of all the tribes of Israel
(2 Samuel 7:10 and many more).
We believe that God’s great Plan throughout the ages will result in the salvation of every man (John 12:32; Philippians 2:10, 11; 1 Timothy 4:10 and many more). Eternal torment in hell or final annihilation are an affront to the power and glory of God whose desire is that all would be saved (1 Timothy 2:3,4). Only universal reconciliation brings God all the honor, all the glory and all the gratitude due Him.
The Genesis of Stone Kingdom Ministries
Stone Kingdom Ministries was founded with that name in 1988 by James Bruggeman. Prior to that, James had been an ordained Elder (since 1981) and had been leading home-church fellowships, both when he and his family lived in Florida and later in North Carolina.
By 1988, James had begun compiling a mailing list of friends and supporters around the country and had also begun teaching at Bible conferences. At that time, James was still working full-time in the construction industry, but desired to do more ministry work emphasizing the gospel of the kingdom.
With an eye towards publishing monthly teachings, he realized that the fledgling ministry ought to have a name. Being part of a very loosely-affiliated group of Christian believers around the country—many of whom considered themselves part of a national “Kingdom” movement—James sat down one night with his wife, Roxanne, and their teen-aged son, and prayed for divine guidance for a name.
They felt that the word “kingdom” ought to be incorporated somehow as they reminded each other of various ministries they were familiar with around the country, many of them having “kingdom” in their name. The three of them then brainstormed for only a minute or two when suddenly “stone kingdom” was mentioned. No one recalls who first spoke it. That is really of no consequence since they all knew instantly that “Stone Kingdom” would be the name and that it was given from above.
Stone Kingdom Ministries was a name unlike any other Christian ministry and remains unique to this day according to a friend who recently (in 2019) told me he did a web search and verified that fact. Since the phrase “stone kingdom” is such an unusual name, a few words of its derivation are in order.
The term “stone kingdom” as such actually appears nowhere in the Bible, but a brief study will confirm without doubt that it is indeed a solid and important biblical concept. It is derived from the historico-prophetic book of Daniel, chapter two, wherein we read the story of the great Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.
The king called together his wise men and told them he had dreamed a most troubling dream the night before. Although Nebuchadnezzar knew it was important, he could not even remember the dream. He demanded that his wise men tell him both what he had dreamed and the interpretation of it.
The Chaldean astrologers felt that was a bit unreasonable and carefully and respectfully suggested that they would be happy to give the king the interpretation, but the king himself would have to reveal the substance of the dream. In a rage, the king told them if they could not tell him the dream and then the interpretation, that they would all be put to death the next day.
Daniel, a teenaged prince from the kingdom of Judah, who had been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar’s armies less than two years previously, had already been recognized as a lad with superior intelligence and spiritual abilities. He, too, was under the death sentence. That night, he was given a “divine download” of what the dream was and what it signified. The next day, that information “saved the day.” All were spared and Daniel was highly rewarded with a position next to the king.
What the dream was and what it meant is of astounding importance for those of us living today some 2,600 years after that prophetic dream! In Bible prophecy, a mountain symbolizes a great nation or a great kingdom. Hence, this last portion of Daniel 2:35 is now easily seen as the derivation of the term “stone kingdom.”
Daniel 2: 35 …and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain [kingdom], and filled the whole earth.
Good vs. Evil—God’s Stone Kingdom connected to “Mystery Babylon”
Thus, in 1988, Stone Kingdom Ministries was founded. James left the construction industry in 1991 and has been in full-time ministry ever since. Being an intense student of both world history and Bible prophecy (as well as all of the Bible, of course), James realized some years ago that the vast majority of Christians had almost no familiarity with the Stone Kingdom. Very few could even identify the origin of the phrase, let alone evince any understanding what it means for us today. He found an identical situation among Christian believers with the term “Mystery Babylon.”
Therefore, realizing that one cannot teach about one without understanding the other, James commenced an in-depth study of both entities in 2010. Mystery Babylon and the Stone Kingdom have been and are intertwined, God-ordained enemies throughout the centuries. The culmination of the battle is happening before our eyes, especially since the 9-11 attack in New York City. It is in the Bible!
Little did James know in 2010 that the series would eventuate into such a long and deep study, but he makes no apologies. That is one of the great benefits of the internet. Unlike with printed books, there are virtually no space limitations on the web. (Granted, there is still the fact that Americans have been continuously dumbed down for decades now, and that their attention span has greatly diminished. Nevertheless, it is our hope and belief that our heavenly Father will cause those who are chosen to know to have the interest to look deeper.)
Therefore, for those who desire to know (and have a real “red pill” experience*), we invite you to peruse the titles and synopses of the multitude of lectures which comprise Dr. Bruggeman’s series Mystery Babylon and the Stone Kingdom.
Stone Kingdom Ministries today
Today, SKM consists of Dr. Bruggeman and a very small staff in his office in Asheville, North Carolina, along with a few dedicated volunteers who assist with various aspects of the ministry from their locations elsewhere in the USA. The present activities of SKM include:
Monthly postal mailings of Dr. Bruggeman’s teaching monograph called Feed My Sheep (FMS). Click here to receive FMS (It is free). There are many FMS issues from previous years posted under the tab “Feed My Sheep.”
A monthly lecture on CD, usually just under an hour in length. To receive Dr. Bruggeman’s monthly lecture on CD, click here for more information. (After clicking, go to last page of the master order form.)
A monthly Stone Kingdom Fellowship (SKF) meeting in eastern Tennessee. This SKF occurs on a Saturday and along with time for praise and worship and prayer and testimonies, Dr. Bruggeman delivers his monthly Bible study lecture, followed by a fellowship meal. Following that, Dr. Bruggeman travels to Atlanta, Georgia where on the next day, he conducts the SKF-Atlanta Area meeting. The format is the same except that here Dr. Bruggeman’s lecture is recorded and is sent out later to those on the CD Ministry (CDM). If you would like to know more about the SKF meetings, simply contact our office with your request.
Website presence & blog
Sponsoring Bible conferences in various locations around the country. Selected lectures from many of the SKM Conferences since 1998 are posted on our SoundCloud. As time permits, more will be uploaded.
Also, as time permits, Dr. Bruggeman will convert many of his lecture series into books.
Other work: prison ministry, health ministry. Regarding the latter, Dr. Bruggeman shares his knowledge about what he believes to be the best products and practices to remain healthy. Note: Dr. Bruggeman is not a medical doctor and therefore he does not diagnose anything or prescribe any medicines, drugs, etc. All he does in this aspect of ministry is to provide educational information (and sometimes products) which some may choose to use at their own discretion with no claims being made that the product will cure anything. SKM and Dr. Bruggeman abide by all pertinent FDA regulations regarding health.
* “Red pill” is a reference to the 1999 movie, The Matrix, in which the lead character, Neo, is given a choice to take either a red pill or a blue pill. He is instructed that if he takes the blue pill, he will wake up in his bed with no memory of what he has just experienced and his life will be “normal,” and not changed in any way.
But, given his intense desire to know “THE TRUTH,” if he takes the red pill, his life will never be the same because he will be shown the truth, the way things really are, and IT WILL BE SHOCKING! Of course, in the movie, Neo takes the red pill (red = reality) and things get wild from there.
Leaving Hollywood aside now, over the years, the terms, “red pill,” “red pilled,” etc. have come to serve as a metaphor for those who have studied history, politics, religion, current events and more, and have come to know THE TRUTH, which we have discovered is often diametrically opposed to what has been taught and presented to us by the media, Hollywood, public (and much of) private education, most religious institutions, etc.
So, by reading this far, you now have a choice. Do you want the red pill?