History & Mission 2017-05-02T00:46:01+00:00

History & Mission 

History

The property was built in 1976 and became Legends Ranch in 1988 when it was developed by Johnny Stuart, the creator and producer of the longest running Strip Show Production “Legends in Concert”. Mr Stuart upgraded and customized the property into a unique equestrian estate, expressing his famous show concept through out the venue. Mr Stuart’s began performing Weddings and Special Events over 20 years ago. As a well known socialite and mormon ministry member, Mr. Stuart held numerous functions at Legends Ranch for philanthropic and political causes… “Johnny Stuart Day” was granted to Mr. Stuart by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, amongst other awards. Legends Ranch has become a hidden gem and a popular Rustic Charming Wedding Venue amongst other celebrations for it’s outdoor beauty and convenience to the Strip. Many of the furnishings and appurtenances at Legends Ranch are original and quaint, and the spiritual legacy of the venue property is felt by those who visit.

Mission

Legends Ranch now operates under True Heritage Foundation, a ministry whose mission is “To Preserve Historical, Traditional, American Christian Values, through information, education, and participation”.

Statements And Policies

Preach the Word… for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…but speak thou the things that become sound doctrine… and the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

The Apostle Paul to Timothy and Titus

Statement of Christian Faith

WE Believe…

1 The Bible is the verbally inspired, eternal, inerrant, infallible Word of God. As such it is the sole authority for all doctrine and truth, and is to be approached reverently with the highest respect. The inspiration and authority of the Word of God extends equally to all the books within the canon of scripture.

2 In special creation and the historical accuracy of the first eleven chapters of Genesis as it pertains to the direct, creative acts of God and the universal, world-wide flood.

3 The true nature of God is revealed in scripture. The God of scripture is God alone and exists in Trinity, that is three distinct Persons all of the same substance, co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal. While there exists a plurality in the Godhead (that is, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirt) at the same time each retains oneness of nature and essence.

4 In the Personality and Deity of the Father.

5 In the Deity of Jesus Christ as the eternal Word, one in nature with the Father and the Spirt; 6 In His incarnation by the miracle of the virgin birth; 7 His sinless life and impeccability; 8 His substitutional, atoning death on the cross as an offering for sin,9 His bodily resurrection from the grave; 10 His ascension to the right hand of the Father; 11 His second coming in power and glory.

12 In the personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit.

13 In the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for entrance into the Kingdom of God.

14 In salvation from the penalty of sin by grace alone and by faith alone in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

15 In the everlasting home of the saved in heaven with Christ.

16 In the everlasting, conscious destruction of the lost in the lake of fire which is the second death.

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs and faith. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of True Heritage Foundation’s (THF) faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our ministers &/ board of directors is True Heritage Foundation’s (THF) final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)


True Heritage Foundation Ministry Membership Agreement

The membership of THF shall be composed of individuals who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the tenets of the Ministry Constitution, and who offer evidence, by their confession and their conduct, that they are living in accord with their affirmations and the Constitution and Bylaws, and are actively pursuing and continuing in a vital fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. The ministers &/ board of directors of THF shall have final authority in all matters of governance, as may be set forth and described in the Bylaws.

 Marriage Policy

Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, THF will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors/ministers/clergy and staff of THF shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between a man and a woman. Finally, the facilities and property of THF shall only host weddings between a man and a woman. As a Christian ministry, THF does not allow marriages of other non-Christian faiths (Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, etc), nor marriage to animals.

Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of a man and a woman, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of THF as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the THF members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by THF in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of True Heritage Foundation.

Man and woman are created by God in His image and likeness. (Gen 1:27.) This means that “man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. ‘Being man’ or ‘being woman’ is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity, which comes to them immediately from God their Creator. Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity ‘in the image of God.’ In their ‘being-man’ and ‘being-woman,’ they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness.” Therefore, to reject one’s biological gender is to reject the work of the Creator and imply that God made a mistake. God does not make mistakes.

As God’s image bearers, man and woman have inalienable rights and ensuing responsibilities. Man and woman should be treated with dignity and respect. They should also lead lives worthy of the dignity of their unique gender. This is done by living chastely — a call all baptized Christians are called to follow.

Chastity is “the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being.” A chaste person respects the gift of sexuality given to him or her by God and “maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him.” Chastity is an exercise of self-mastery and free will since man and woman can either govern their passions and be at peace or be dominated by them and become unhappy. “Man’s dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint.”

As man and woman “put on Christ”—the model for all chastity—they pledge to lead a chaste life consistent with their vocation either by consecrating themselves to God or entering the Sacrament of Marriage. Married people are called to live conjugal chastity. In marriage, the conjugal act becomes “the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. The virtue of chastity therefore involves the integrity of the person and the integrality of the gift.” “Marriage” has only one meaning: the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman unite themselves in a lifelong partnership ordered toward the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children. By its very nature, the marriage bond “is perpetual and exclusive.” God commands that the gift of sexual intimacy occur only between spouses of the opposite sex who are joined in Holy Matrimony.

Therefore, any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.

But God is merciful to all sinners. He offers redemption to all who confess and forsake their sins, seeking His forgiveness and Mercy through Jesus Christ in the sacrament of confession. (Matt 16:19, Is 22:22, Matt 18:18, Jn 20:21, Jn 20:22-23.)

In the spirit of Christ, every person deserves to be treated with compassion, love, respect, and dignity, regardless of his or her position on Ministry teaching. Hateful behavior is inconsistent with the Gospel of Christ and the doctrine of the Ministry and should always be repudiated.

In order to preserve the integrity of the Ministry as the Body of Christ, it is imperative that all ministry &/ ministry employees and volunteers agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. Ministry &/ ministry employees and volunteers have a special duty to live this statement since they serve as role models for society and the ministry community.

Facilities Use Policy

Purpose Statement

The ministry’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of members. The ministry desires that its facilities be used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and to bring God glory. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, we make our facilities available to approved non-members as a witness to our faith, in a spirit of Christian charity, and as a means of demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practice.

But facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs or practices that conflict with the Traditional Christian ministry’s faith or Biblical moral teachings, which are summarized in, among other places, the Traditional Christian ministry’s constitution and bylaws. Nor may any facilities be used for activities that contradict, or are deemed inconsistent with, the Traditional Christian ministry’s faith or biblical moral teachings, including cross-dressing, or gay PDA (public displays of affection; ie: kissing, holding hands, etc.) The ministers &/ board of directors, or an official designee, is the final decision-maker concerning use of all facilities.

This restricted facility use policy is necessary for two important reasons. First, THF ministry may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the ministry’s beliefs would be material cooperation with that activity, and would be a grave violation of the ministry’s faith and religious practice. (2 Cor 6:14; 1 Thess 5:22.)

Second, it is very important that THF present a consistent message to the community, and that THF staff and members conscientiously maintain that message as part of their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Allowing facilities to be used by groups or persons who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the ministry’s faith would have a severe, negative impact on the message that it strives to promote. It could also cause confusion and scandal to members and the community because they may reasonably perceive that by allowing use of our facilities, THF agrees with the beliefs or practices of the persons or groups using its facilities.

Therefore, in no event shall persons or groups who hold, advance, or advocate beliefs, or advance, advocate, or engage in practices that contradict the ministry’s faith use any of its facilities. Nor may any facilities be used in any way that contradicts the traditional ministry’s faith. This policy applies to all ministry facilities, regardless of whether the facilities are connected, because THF sees all of its property as holy and set apart to worship God. (Col 3:17.)

Approved Users and Priority of Use

The board of directors or official designee must approve all uses of venue facilities. Generally, priority shall be given to members, their immediate families, and organized groups that are part of the ministry, organization, or sponsored activities of the ministry.

Scheduling Events

Facility Venue use requests & approvals shall be made by the Director of Administration / events coordinator.  The event will be reserved and placed on the calendar only when the manager or official designee approves the use.

Fees

Use of facilities is subject to a below market rate use and maintenance donation to pay for the upkeep of the facilities.

Facility Use Guidelines

  1. Alcohol Policy: All alcohol consumption must be in accordance with applicable laws.
  2. Smoking Policy: Smoking is prohibited.
  3. Groups are restricted to only those areas of the facility that the group has reserved.
  4. Food and beverages must be consumed within the designated reserved areas.
  5. Venue items must be returned to original placement, unless arranged otherwise prior to the event.
  6. All lights will be turned off and doors locked upon event end.
  7. Clean-up is the responsibility of the group using the facility.
  8. Abusive or foul language, violent behavior, and drug or alcohol abuse are strictly prohibited. Any person exhibiting such behavior will be required to leave the premises, and may be subject to arrest &/ citizens arrest.

Insurance

For all events, the group or person using the facilities must obtain liability insurance coverage in the amount of at least $1Million . The user must also sign a Contract or “Facility Use and an Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement.”

  1. I understand that the ministry / ministry does not allow its facilities to be used in a way that contradicts its faith or by persons or groups holding beliefs that contradict the ministry / ministry’s faith.
  2. To the best of my knowledge the purpose for which I am requesting use of ministry / ministry facilities will not contradict the ministry’s faith, and I commit to promptly disclose any potential conflict of which I am aware or become aware to ministry / ministry staff.
  3. I am not aware of any beliefs that are professed by me or the organization I represent and which is requesting use of the ministry / ministry’s facilities that contradict the beliefs of the ministry / ministry. I agree to promptly disclose any potential conflicts in belief to ministry / ministry staff.
  4. I understand that upon approval of my facilities use request, I will need to provide a security deposit in the amount of $500 , a certificate of insurance for at least $1Million of coverage, and any other fees required by the ministry / ministry.
  5. I understand that the ministry does not allow its facilities to be generally available to the public, and that my use of these facilities is subject to the pastor’s approval, which is conditioned in part on my agreement to the requirements in the “Facility Use Policy,” a copy of which I have read and understood.
  6. I understand that I will be responsible for any damages to the ministry / ministry facilities resulting from this proposed use of facilities.
  7. The ministry / ministry believes disputes are to be worked out between parties without recourse to the courts. See, generally, Matthew Chapter 18 and 1 Corinthians Chapter 6. Accordingly, users of the facility agree to attempt resolution of any disputes through Christian mediation.

Ministry Membership Agreement

We believe that to carry on the religious mission of the ministry, to preserve the function and integrity of the ministry as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the ministry members and the community, it is imperative that all persons who associate with the ministry as members should abide by and agree to the following statements and conduct themselves in accordance with them.

The threefold purpose of ministry discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local ministry (1 Cor 5:6), to edify believers by deterring sin and promoting purity (1 Tim 5:20), and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct (Gal 6:1).

The Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted the local ministry with the authority and responsibility to discipline members for flagrant sin or serious doctrinal error, with the goal of the restoration of the offender. This discipline is entrusted to the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body] and is to follow the biblical pattern as set forth in Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:7-8; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10-11; and 2 John 7-11. Any member of this ministry who practices or affirms a doctrine or conduct that, in the judgment of the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body], is opposed to the teaching of the Word of God, or is threatening to the testimony of this ministry, or is divisive to the body, shall be subject to ministry discipline.

Discipline will follow the said biblical pattern, and is an effort to bring the individual to repentance and protect the ministry from unrepentant sin. Discipline may involve exclusion from participation in ministry and communion, as well as dismissal from the fellowship of this ministry. An individual may be disciplined by the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body] short of dismissal from the fellowship, as they deem appropriate for the specific circumstance (for example, an individual may remain in certain circumstances a member of this ministry but be denied the privilege of serving in a particular ministry). The Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body], as is required by Scripture, may report to the congregation the names of those who have lost membership by reason of ministry discipline, and the reason for that discipline, as described in Matthew 18:15-20.

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