I. OF THE SCRIPTURES We believe that the Holy Bible was and is (a) verbally and plenarily inspired or God; (b) that it has truth without any admixture of error, that consequently it is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks; and, (c) therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
1. By “THE HOLY BIBLE” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. By “INSPIRATION” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, and have so remained for us today in the English version commonly known as the King James Version (K.J.V.) or the A.V. 1611.
3. We believe that the K.J.V. is the true and faithful translation of providentially preserved texts and that it is, through the providence of God, preserved PERFECTLY for us today.
4. Therefore we hold that only the K.J.V. will be used by our Pastor, teachers and visiting preachers unless they are speaking to other than English speaking people.
(a) II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21, (b) Psalms 119:105, 130, 160, John 17:17 (c) Psalms 119:89, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 3:4.
II. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is (a) one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; (b) inexpressible glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; (c) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
(a) Genesis 17:1, Ex 20:2-3, I Corinthians 8:6 (b)Exodus 15:11m Revelation 4:11, I Timothy 1:17 (c) Acts 5:3-4, I Corinthians 2:10-11, Philippians 2:5.
III. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
That the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; (a) equal with God the Father and (b) God the Son and (c) of the same nature; (d) that He was active in the creation; (e) that in His revelation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until the purpose of God is fulfilled; (f) that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel; (g) that He is the Agent in the new birth; (i) that He seals, endues, guides, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer,
(a) John 14:16-17 (b) Matthew 28:19 (c) Hebrews 9:14, John 14:26 (d) Genesis 1:1-3 (e) II Thessalonians 2:7 (f) John 16:8-11 (g) John 14:26-27 (h) John 3:5-6 (i) Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, I Peter 1:2.
IV. OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once (a) holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and (b) drew after him a host of angels; that he is now (c) the prince of the power of the air, the unholy god of this world. (d) We hold him to be the great tempter of man (e) the enemy of God and His Christ; (f) the author of all false religions, (g) the power behind the present apostasy, destined however (h) to final defeat by the Son of God, and (i) to the judgment of eternal hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(a) Isaiah 14:12-15 (b) Revelation 12:9, Jude 6 (c) I Thessalonians3:5 (d) I Peter 5:8 (e) I John 3:8, Luke 22:3-4 (g-i) I Corinthians 11:13-15, I John 2:22, Revelation 19:11, Revelation 20:1-3, Revelation 20:10
V. OF THE CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and accept it literally, not figuratively, that man was created directly by and in the image of God. That man is not the result of evolution, and that likewise all plants and animals were, and are, reproduced only “after their kind”.
(a) Genesis 1:1, Exodus 20:11, Acts 4:24, Revelation 10:6, Genesis 1:26-27, I Corinthians 11:7, Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:24.
VI. OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe (a) that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but (b) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless state, (c) in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and (d) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(a) Genesis 3: 1-6, Genesis 1:24 (b) Romans 5:12 (c) Romans 3:10-19 (d) Romans 1:20-32, Galatians 3:22.
VII. OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe (a) that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner: (b) born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man ever was or shall be, and (c) that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(a) Genesis 3:15 (b) Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 1:35 (c) I John 5:20, I Corinthians 15:47.
VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; (b) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, and by His death made full and vicarious atonement for our sins; (c) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; (d) that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and is in every way qualified to be the all-sufficient Saviour.
(a) Ephesians 2:8-9 (b) John 3:16, Isaiah 53:4-7 (c) John 10:18, I Peter 3:18 (d) I Corinthians 15:20, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 9:12-15.
IX. OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe (a) that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; (b) that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; (c) that it is not a process but rather instantaneous; (d) that in the new birth the one dead in sins is given, by the free gift of God, eternal life; (e) that the new birth is brought about by (f) that the new birth brings with it fruit as evidence and that said fruit is not the cause of, but the result of salvation freely given In Christ Jesus.
(a) John 3:3 (b) II Corinthians 5:17 (c) Luke 5:27-28 (d) Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1 (e) John 1:12-13, John 3:8 (f) Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9
X. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe (a) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; (b) that it is the duty of all to accept the free gift of God, and (c) that nothing in the world can keep the lost by rejecting the gift of God; and (d) that such rejection brings deserved damnation.
(a) I Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 3:12, I Peter 1:2 (b) Matthew 11:28 (c) Isaiah 55:6 (d) John 3:13-15, John 3:18 & 36
XI. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to suck as believe in Him is justification; (a) that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on the principles of righteousness; (b) that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have dins; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(a) Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Romans 5:9 (b) Titus 3:3-5, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38
XII. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are (a) solemn obligations, and (b) also inseparable graces, (c) wrought in the soul by the quickening Spirit of God; (d) thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; (e) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all sufficient Saviour.
(a) Acts 20:21 (b) Mark 1:15 (c) Acts 2:37-38 (d) Luke 18:13, Romans 10:13, Psalms 51:1-4 & 7, (e) Luke 12:8, Romans 10:9-11
XIII. OF THE CHURCH
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (a) associated by a covenant or articles of faith and fellowship of the gospel; (b) observing the ordinances of Christ; (c) governed by His laws; and (d) exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; (e) that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures; (f) we believe the true mission of the church is found in the commonly called “great commission”: first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church by baptizing these saved persons and third, to teach and instruct, as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; (g) we hold that each church has absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individual or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Ghost; (h) that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; (i) on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the church is final. (j) That the only kind of church mentioned in the Bible is local and that like all other teachings contrary to the Bible, the teaching of a “universal church” or “invisible church” is heresy. We further believe that true churches today are known as Baptist churches and although all that claim to be Baptist are not, we do not recognize groups of believers known by other names, as being churches.
(a) Acts 2:41-42, (b) I Corinthians 11:2 (c) Ephesians 1:22-23, (d) Ephesians 4:11, I Corinthians 12:4 (e) Acts 14:23, Acts 6:5-6, Acts 15:23, Acts 10:17 (f) Matthew 28:18-20 (g) Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 8:23-24 (i) I Corinthians 6:1-3 (j) Acts 17:11 and every plain reference to “church” in the scriptures.
XIV. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is (a) immersion of a believer in water; (b) in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, with the authority of a Baptist church; (c) to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with it’s affect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (d) that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and membership, which membership is a necessity before one can partake in the privilege of the Lord’s supper; (e) in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice) are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; (f) preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(a) Acts 8:36-38, Matthew 3:6, John 3:23 (b) Matthew 28:19 (c) Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12 (d) Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 28:18-20 (e) I Corinthians 11:23-26 (f) I Corinthians 11:27-28
XV. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe (a) that only such are real believers as endure unto the end; (b) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; (c) that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and (d) that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(a) John 8:31-32, Colossians 1:21 (b) I John 2:19, Matthew 13:19-21 (c) Romans 8:28-29, Matthew 6:30 (d) I Peter 1:5, Philippians 1:6, John 10:28-29, Romans 8:35-38
XVI. OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that (a) there is a radical difference between the righteous and the wicked; (b) that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our Lord God, are truly righteous in His esteem; (c) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are distinction holds both in this life and after death, in the everlasting contentment of the saved and the everlasting conscience suffering of the lost.
(a) Malachi 3:18, Genesis 18:23, Romans 6:17-18 (b) Romans 1:17, I Corinthians 15:22, Acts 10:43-35 (c) Romans 6:16, I John 5:19, Galatians 3:10, Romans 7:6 (d) Proverbs 14:32, Luke 16:25, Matthew 25:41-46
XVII. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is (a) of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; (b) that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; (c) except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; (d) Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
(a) Romans 13:1-3, II Samuel 23:3 (b) Acts 23:5, Matthew 22:21, Titus 3:1 (c) Acts 4:19-20, Acts 5:29 (d) Matthew 10:28, Matthew 23:10, Revelation 19:10
XVIII. OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects as their face value. Of the resurrection, (a) we believe that Christ rose bodily “the third day according to the scriptures;” (b) that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God;” (c) that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;” (d) “that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven;” – bodily, personally, and visibly; (e) that the “dead in Christ shall rise first;” (f) that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” (g) and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put all enemies under His feet.”
(a) Matthew 28:6-7, Luke 24:39, John 20:27, I Corinthians 15:4 (b) Acts 1:9-11, Luke 24:51, Mark 16:19 (c) Hebrews 8:6, I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1 (d) John 14:3, Acts 1:11, Matthew 24:27, (e) I Thessalonians 4:16, I Corinthians 15:42-44 (f) I Corinthians 15:51-53, I Thessalonians 15:25, Isaiah 32:1, Revelation 20:1-6
XIX. OF MISSIONS
We believe that (a) the commandment to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the church and inherited by every true church since the time of Christ.
(a) Matthew 28:18-20, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:13-15
XX. OF THE GRACE OF GIVING
We believe that (a) scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith, (b) we are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) on the first day of the week, and (c) under grace we give, and do not pay the tithe. “Abraham gave the tenth of all” – “Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils” and this was four hundred years before the law, and (d) that such giving is confirmed in the New Testament by Jesus Himself.
(a) II Corinthians 8:7 (b) I Corinthians 16:1-2 (c) Hebrews 7:4 (d) Matthew 23:23