(A) THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired Word of God. that it has God as its Author, Salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principle by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of all Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life.
(1) By Holy Scriptures we mean the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament; Genesis to The Revelation , divinely preserved in the English language, and commonly know as the Authorized King James Version of 1611. Therefore The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church.
(2) By inspiration we mean that all 66 books of the Bible were written down by holy men of God as they were supernaturally moved by he Holy Ghost, in a definite yet inexplicable way so as to record the very words and sense of God though conveyed within their own literary styles; that these writings are free from all error and from all omission; the bible does not merely contain the word of God, but is the very Word of God.
(3) The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 3:21; II Samuel 23:2; Acts 28:25; Psalm 119:89, 130, 160;I Corinthians 2:12, 13; Luke 24:25-27, 44, 45; Psalm 12:6, 7; Isaiah 40:8; I Peter 1:23-25; John 10:35;Matthew 5:18, 24:35; Luke 16:17, 29-31, 21:33; john 17:17; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Romans 3:4, 15:4;Revelation 22:18, 19; John 12:48; Isaiah 8:20; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm19:7-11;John 5:39, 45-47; Romans 10:17
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
Genesis 1:28; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10, 3:2-10;Colossians 1:24-25, 27; Revelation 20:2-6
(C) THE GODHEAD.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit; each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and divine perfections.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; Romans 1:20; II Corinthians13:14;Ephesians 4:5-6; I John 5:7
(1) Of God the Father:
We believe the scriptures teach that God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the events of human history according to the purposes of His grace; that He is unchangeable in holiness, love and truth; that He is Father in truth to those who are the children of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and fatherly in His attitude toward all men, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and receive His gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1; 17:1; Exodus 3:14; 15:11; 20:2,3; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24; Psalm 83:18; 90:2; 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Revelation 4:11; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; I John 1:5; 4:8; Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 6:4,5; Isaiah 6:3; I Peter 1:15.
(2) Of God the Son:
We believe the scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, co-equal, co-essential, and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost, the second Person of the Trinity; that He was born into this world of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of a woman, and that He is both perfect God and perfect man; that He lived a sinless life, honoring the divine Law by His personal obedience, yet identifying Himself completely with mankind; that He died a substitutionary death on the cross securing redemption through His shed blood for sinners; that He supernaturally rose again the third day with a glorified body, was seen of many, and ascended into the heavens to be exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father where He is the Head over His churches, the Mediator and Advocate with God the Father for all believers; and that He is supernaturally coming again to this world to reign personally and visibly over the earth.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:1-3,14; Psalm 2:7; Hebrews 1:8; Galatians 4:4; I John 5:20; I Corinthians 15:47; Isaiah 9:6,7; John 8:58; 10:30; 17:5; Philippians 2:5-11; I Timothy 3:16;Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; Romans 9:5; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 13:8; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:24-28;Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 10:12; I John 2:1; Isaiah 53:6; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; I Corinthians 15:3,4; John 14:3;Acts 1:11; Colossians 1:18.
(3) Of the Second Advent of Christ:
We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel.
Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-55; Philippians 3:20-21I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6
(4) Of God the Holy Spirit:
We believe the scriptures teach that the Holy Ghost is a divine Person, co-equal, co-essential, and co-eternal, and co-active with God the Father and God the Son, the third Person of the Trinity; that He was active in the creation of the universe; that He moved holy men of God to write the Bible; that He is the present representative of the Godhead on this earth, and in His relationship to the unbelieving world restrains evil, convicting men of sin, of righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, and is the Agent of the new birth, regenerating those who by faith believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; that He seals, fills, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and comforts all believers, cultivating in them Christian character and bestowing upon them spiritual gifts by which they serve God in the church, these gifts being entirely unlike those false-hoods perpetrated within the so-called “Charismatic Movement” of today.
Mark 1:8; John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:8-11,13; Acts 5:3,4,30-32; 11:16; I Corinthians 2:10,11; 12:4-6; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 1:35; 3:16; 24:49; Matthew 3:11; John 1:33, 3:5,6; Ephesians 1:13,14; II Thessalonians 2:7,13; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; I Peter 1:2.
We believe the scriptures teach that God created man in His own image and after His own likeness; that man is notably distinct from all other forms of life, being tripartite in nature and having an everlasting soul; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms of life; that the entire Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and specially, and God’s established law is that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
(1) Of the Fall of Man:
We believe the scriptures teach that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression through an act of deliberate disobedience fell from that sinless and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but of choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the Law of God, positively inclined to evil, alienated from God; that upon reaching a capability of moral action becomes a transgressor and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse, And of himself is utterly unable to redeem his lost condition.
Genesis 1:1,11,25-27,31; 2:21-23; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3;Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 3:1-6,24; Romans 1:18,20,28,32; 3:10-23; 5:12,19; Ezekiel 18:19,20; Galatians 3:10,22; Psalm 51:6; Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 2:1-3,4:17-19; Matthew 20:15.
(2) Of Human Sexuality:
We believe the scriptures teach God has clearly 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 homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions.
We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. We believe in and support the traditional family as outlined in the Bible. Traditional family refers to the make-up of the family consisting of a man and a woman joined together by marriage as explained in the Bible. We believe that any form of live-in partners of either sex outside of the traditional family as outlined is in direct contradiction to Biblical principles taught through Scriptures.
Genesis 2:24; 19:5-7,13; 26:8-11; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.Genesis 1:27-28, 2:24;Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10-21;Romans 1:18, 7:2; I Corinthians 7:1-5, 10; Ephesians 5:1-5, 22-23;Colossians 3:5
(3) Of Family Relationships
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
We believe the home is under stack today like never before. Society has become a war zone for everything that we Christians hold dear. We believe our nation’s survival depends upon strong convictions within Christian homes. We believe a strong church must have strong families as members. We believe a Christian home is a dwelling place which functions according to the teaching of God’s Word without compromise, and is involved daily in Bible reading, devotions, and prayer. We believe it is the God-given duty of both husband and wife to teach and train the children of their home. Children are to obey their parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18-21; I Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 12; Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7
(4) Of Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon.
Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6
(5) Of Abortion:
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We believe Only God can take life.
We believe in the sanctity of life. We believe that human life begins at conception, and that the unborn child is a living human being. We believe abortion is an unjustified, unexcused, selfish, self-centered act of taking from the womb precious unborn human life. We believe that abortion is murder in the eyes of God, and that God will severely judge human beings and governments for taking from the womb the unborn human life. Abortion for easy reason is wrong! Therefore we reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable.
We do not believe that the Lord’s local visible New Testament Church should be involved in abortion demonstrations or political demonstrations. We believe that individual citizens have the right if they so choose to be involved in any abortion demonstrations or political demonstrations, but not corporately as the Lord’s local visible New Testament Church. We do not believe the primary role of the Lord’s Church is to be involved in anything (locally or nationally) of a political nature. We believe the Bible commands us to primarily win the lost to Christ, Baptize those we win to Christ into the Lord’s Church, and teach them to observe all things as the Lord commands. We believe this is full time work that Christ has called His Church to do. We believe that Christ has commissioned us, His Church, to be totally involved in this ministry, and this ministry alone.
Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16;Ecclesiastes 11:5; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44; Matthew 28:19-20
(6) Of Civil Government:
We believe the scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good of human society; that all those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the rulers of the earth; that civil rulers have no rights or control over, or interference with, religious matters; that no ecclesiastical group or religious denomination or organization should be preferred above another by the State; that the State should not impose taxes for the support of any form of religion, and that churches and religious organizations should receive no help from the State, except protection and full freedom in the pursuit of spiritual ends; and that the requiring of an implicit faith and absolute blind obedience destroys liberty of conscience and reason.
We believe the Christian’s primary responsibilities are evangelism, and godly living. Through witnessing we can see God change people; through godly living the Christian will affect society; and through private and public obedience the Christian honors God.
Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13, 14, 17; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Timothy 2:1-8; Acts 5:29; Matthew 10:28; Daniel 3:15-18; 6:7, 10; Acts 4:18-20; Matthew 23:10; Romans 14:4; Revelation 19:14; Psalm 72:11; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Philippians 2:10, 11.
(7) Of Capital Punishment
We believe the act of Capital Punishment is a God given law meant for every generation of the human race. We believe every citizen has a God given obligation to obey the law as long as the citizen’s obligation to God is not infringed upon by the law. We believe that God not only vindicates the law of Capital Punishment, but God actually promises to bless the nation that obeys His command. Christ Himself did not abolish death by this method, although it was totally unjustified in His case. Man is a free moral agent; he knows what is right, and what is wrong. If he chooses to do wrong, he will be punished. The punishment for the wrong of murder is Capital Punishment carried out legally by the government of the people. No one has the right to take the law of Capital Punishment into their own hands and carry out God’s judgment or law on behalf of another person under no circumstances.
Genesis 9:6; Leviticus 24:17; Deuteronomy 19:11-13; Acts 25:11; Romans.1:32; I Peter 2:13-14
(8) Of Euthanasia.
We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of it or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment.
Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17::28
We believe the scriptures teach that sin is any transgression of or want of conformity to, the revealed will of God; that it has permeated the entire universe, including every realm and affecting every race and species amongst creation; that every man is born with a sin nature, an inherent inclination toward evil which results in acts of wrong-doing; that the wages of sin is death, being separation from God in this life and throughout eternity.
I John 3:4; Numbers 32:23; Isaiah 53:13; Matthew 7:23; 23:28; Romans 6:19; Judges 20:16; Romans 3:23; I Samuel 15:23; Jeremiah 2:25; Luke 19:14; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 3:14,18; Romans 8:22; 1:18-32; Psalm51:5; 58:3; John 3:19; James 4:17; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:12,14; Ephesians 2:1; 4:8; Matthew 10:23; Revelation 20:15.
We believe the scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of the grace of God, through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, available to whosoever believeth.
(1) Of the Law and the Gospel:
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their sinful nature; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator of unfeigned obedience to the holy Law is the one great end of the Gospel, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
Romans 3:20,31; Matthew 5:17; Luke 16:17; Romans 4:15; 7:7,12,14,22; Galatians 3:21; Romans 8:2,4,7,8; 10:4; I Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 8:10.
(2) Of God’s Purpose of Grace:
We believe the scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves those sinners who by faith believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of free mercy; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; and that it is the foundation of Christian assurance.
II Timothy 1:8, 9; II Thessalonians 2:13, 14; II Timothy 2:10; I Corinthians 9:22; Romans 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; II Peter 1:10; I Thessalonians 4:10; Isaiah 42:16; Romans 11:29.
(3) Of the Freeness of Salvation:
We believe the scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except his own inherent depravity and voluntary refusal to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, which refusal will subject him to an aggravated condemnation, all sins except blasphemy of the Holy Ghost are forgivable.
I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1, 6, 7; Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:13; John 6:37; Acts 2:38; John 3:15, 16; I Timothy 1:15; I Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 2:4, 5; John 15:40;John 3:18, 36; Mark 3:28, 29
(4) Of the Atonement for Sin:
We believe the scriptures teach that the Son of God, by appointment with the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; that by His death on the cross made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by his death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners’ place, the Just dying for the unjust; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful Person the most tender sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior; we do not believe in limited atonement, but that Christ died for all
Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3, 20; II Corinthians 5:21; John 10:18; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; Isaiah 53:11, 12; Hebrews 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2; I John 2:2; John 3:16; II Corinthians 5:14, 15; Hebrews 2:9
(5) Of Regeneration:
We believe the scriptures teach that regeneration, or the “new birth,” is that change wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, by which a new nature and a spiritual life, not before possessed, are imparted, and the person becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus; that a holy disposition is given to the mind, the will subdued, the dominion of sin broken, and the affections changed from a love of sin and self, to a love of holiness and God; that the change is instantaneous and not a process, effected not by culture or character, nor by the will of man, but solely through the power of God through the Word of God, in a manner incomprehensible to reason.
John 3:3, 6; I Peter 1:23; James 1:18; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 2:29; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:13; 2:13; Romans 6:13; John 1:12, 13; I Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:5-7.
(6) Of Repentance:
We believe the scriptures teach that repentance is a personal act, prompted by the Spirit of God; and consists in a godly sorrow over sin, as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; that it is accompanied with great humiliation in view of one’s sin and guilt, together with prayer for pardon; also by sincere hatred of sin, and a persistent turning away from, and abandonment of, all that is evil and unholy, without which all shall perish.
Matthew 3:1,2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; Acts 3:19; 5:31; 17:30; 20:21; Luke 18:13; 24:47; II Corinthians 7:2; Romans 2:5; Isaiah 55:7; Psalm 51:1-4,7; Luke 13:3
(7) Of Faith:
We believe the scriptures teach that faith, inseparably united with repentance, is a solemn obligation and a grace wrought in our soul by the quickening Spirit of God; that it is an assent of the mind and a consent of the heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust, wherein the testimony of God is accepted and believed as true, while Christ is unreservedly received for salvation; that through it the believer is brought into vital relations with God, as seeing Him Who is invisible, freely justified; that it reveals Christ to the soul as a willing and sufficient Savior, and commits the heart and life to Him.
Acts 16:31; Romans 1:17; 3:22; 5:1; 10:3,9-13; Hebrews 11:1,6; James 2:23; Jeremiah 17:7; Psalm 34:22; 125:1; II Corinthians 5:7.
(8) Of Justification:
We believe the scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe on Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needed for time and eternity.
John 1:16; Ephesians 3:8; Acts 13:39; Isaiah 3:11,12; Romans 4:1-5, 5:1-3,9,11; 8:1; Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43; Matthew 6:33; I Corinthians 1:30,31; I Timothy 4:8; Isaiah 53:11.
(9) Of Adoption:
We believe the scriptures teach that adoption is a gracious act by which the Father, for the sake of Christ, accepts believers to the estate and condition of children, by a new and spiritual birth; sending the Spirit of Adoption into their hearts, whereby they become members of the family of God, and entitled to all rights, privileges, and promises of children; and if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to the heritage of all saints on earth, and an inheritance reserved in Heaven for them.
Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 3:26; 4:5-7; Ephesians 1:5; I John 3:1; Hebrews12:7; I Peter 2:9.
(10) Of Sanctification:
We believe the scriptures teach that sanctification is that work by which, according to the will of God, we are set apart unto God and made partakers of His holiness; that it is both a declared fact and a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried out in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, through the continual use of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer, and in the practice of all godly exercises and duties.
II Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; II Corinthians 7:1; 13:9; Ephesians 1:4; 4:11,12; Proverbs 4:18; II Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8; Philemon 12-16; Philippians 2:12,13; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 13:5; I Timothy 4:7; II Timothy 2:21
(11) Of the Preservation of the Saints:
We believe the scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit of God, cannot utterly fall away and finally perish, but will endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
John 6:39,66-69; 8:31,32; 13:8; I John 2:19,27,28; 3:9; 5:18; Matthew 13:19-21; Romans 8:28,35-39; Matthew 6:20,30-33; John 4:4; Philippians 1:6; 2:12,13; Jude 24,25; Hebrews 1:14; 13:5; John 10:28,29; 16:8; Colossians 1:21-23; I Peter 1:5; Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15
(12) Of the Righteous and the Wicked:
We believe the scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only such as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God’s esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men in this life and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering in the lake of fire of the lost.
Malachi 3:18; Proverbs 12:26; Isaiah 5:20; Genesis 18:23; Jeremiah 15:19; Acts 10:34,35; Romans 1:17; 6:16,18,22,23; 7:6; I John 2:7,29; 3:7; 5:19; I Corinthians 11:32; 15:22; Galatians 3:10; John 3:36; Isaiah 55:6,7; 57:21;Psalm 10:4; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; 12:25,26; Luke 9:26; 12:4,5; 11:23-26; Matthew 7:13,14; 25:34; Proverbs 11:31; I Peter 1:18.
(G) THE UNSEEN WORLD
(1) Of Angels:
We believe the scriptures teach that there is a vast celestial kingdom of spirit beings called Angels, in ages past created holy, glorious, and higher than man; a vast company of various ranks worshiping God, ministering to His glorious Person and to His children.
Psalm 148:2,5; Colossians 1:16; Nehemiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:14; Psalm 103:20; 104:4; Daniel 9:21,22; Luke 9:26; Mark 8:38; Daniel 10:13; 12:1; Jude 9; Revelation 12:7; Psalm 80:1; 99:1,11;Revelation 4:6-8; Ezekiel 1:4-28; Isaiah 6:1-3; II Thessalonians 1:7, 8; Psalm 34:7; Acts 12:7-11; II Kings 6:17.
(2) Of the Devil, or Satan:
We believe the scriptures teach that Satan, as the mighty angel Lucifer, was once holy, enjoying heavenly honors; but that through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant “prince of the power of the air,” the unholy god of this world; that he is man’s great tempter, the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the Antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness; destined however to final defeat at the hands of God’s own son, and the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; Ephesians 2:2; II Peter 2:4; John 14:30; I Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3; I Peter 5:8; I John 3:8; Matthew 13:25,37,39; Luke 22:3,4; Revelation 12;10; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Mark 13:21,22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Revelation 13:13,14; 12:7-9; 19:11,16,20; 20:1-3,10; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Matthew 25:41.
We believe that God created the entire universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.
Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Psalm 19:1-3, 33:6, 9, 148:5; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11
(I) THE CHURCH
We believe the scriptures teach that a Baptist Church is a congregation of born-again scripturally baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ: water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that the Church is the body of Christ; that Jesus started the Church in his own personal ministry, not on the day of Pentecost. We believe the Church is a local visible assembly; therefore we reject the “universal, invisible Church” theory. We believe its only scriptural offices are pastors (elders, bishops), and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the New Testament; that the true mission of each church is found in the Great Commission, first, to make individual disciples, second, to build up the church by baptizing those believers, third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded; that his order cannot be reversed; that each church has the absolute right of self government, free from any interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only Head of each church is Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for churches of like faith and order to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, but that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of each church is final.
Acts 2:41,42,47; 5:11; 8:1; 11:31; I Corinthians 4:17; 5:5,11,18; 11:2,23; II Corinthians 8:5,23,24; Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 12:27, 28; I Timothy 3:5,15; II Thessalonians 3:7; Romans16:17-20; Matthew 18:15-20; 28:19,20; John 14:15; 15:10; I John 4:21; I Thessalonians 4:2; II John 6; Philippians 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22,23; 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:11; I Corinthians 12:4,8-11; Acts 6:5,6; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24; I Peter 5:1-4; Jude 3, 4; I Corinthians 5:11-13; 6:1-3.
(1) Of Baptism:
We believe the scriptures teach that baptism is the immersion in water of the believer in Christ, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, performed with the church’s authority uniting one in fellowship with the Church; to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership; that infants are God’s little ones, whether children of Christian or non-Christian parents, and are safe in Christ until a knowledge of moral accountability is reached, thus making any thoughts of “infant baptism” unnecessary.
Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41, 47; 8:12,13,26-39; 9:17,18; 10:25,26,44-48; 16:14,15,25-37; 18:7-11; Matthew 3:1-16; 21:24,25; John 3:22,23; 4:1,2; Galatians 3:27,28; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:15,20,21; II Samuel 23:22, 23; Proverbs 20:11.
(2) Of the Lord’s Supper:
We believe the scriptures teach that the Lord’s Supper is a closed communion memorial supper only of unleavened bread and unfermented fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christ’s body and shed blood; partaken of by the members of the church in good standing, in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord, their dependence on Him for spiritual life and nourishment and in hopeful anticipation of His return.
Matthew 26:27-30; 28:20; Mark 14:20-26; Luke 22:19, 20; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:2, 17-34.
(3) Of Missions:
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. All missionary endeavors are to be carried out under the authority of the Church
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:20
(4) Of Giving:
We believe the scriptures teach that giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith; that God is the Source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; that tithing is a Bible principle, and that the storehouse for the tithe in this present age is the common treasury of the church; that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his Church for the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully as God enables. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made; that we are under obligation to serve God with our time, talents, and material possessions; and are commanded to cheerfully, regularly, and liberally bring our tithes and offerings into the storehouse upon the first day of the week.
Psalm 24:1; Haggai 2:8; Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 8:18; Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:8-10; Ephesians 4:28; I Corinthians 9:13,14; 16:1,2; Hebrews 7:2,4; Acts 4:35,37; Proverbs 3:9, 10; II Corinthians 8:3, 12; 9:6-8; Luke 6:38; I Timothy 5:17-18;
I John 3:17-18; Galatians 6:6-7
(5) Of The Lord’s Day:
We believe the scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, a joyful commemoration of His resurrection. We believe it should be kept sacred to spiritual purposes by abstaining from all unnecessary secular labor and recreation that would detract from the spirit of such a day; that it should be given over to the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and for the assembling together of the Lord’s Church.
Mark 16:9; John 20:19; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1, 2; Colossians 2:16, 17; Hebrews 4:3-11; 10:24, 25.
(6) Of Heresy, Apostasy and Separation:
We believe the scriptures teach that it is necessary to maintain a total and complete separation from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy. We believe the scripture admonishes us to try them, mark them, rebuke them, to have no Christian or Church fellowship with them, withdraw ourselves, receive them not, have no company with them, reject them, and separate ourselves from them; that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoral appearances, piercing, and bodily markings.
Romans 16:17; II Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:11; II Thessalonians 3:6,14; Titus 1:13; 3:10; I John 4:1; II John 10,11. Leviticus 19:28; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5;I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11
(7) Lawsuits between Believers:
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.
I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32
(J) THE ETERNAL STATE.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13
(1) Of the Righteous:
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first Resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6
(2) Of the Wicked:
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment.
Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7;Revelation 20:11-15