"...to set forth in
order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed
among us..." ó Luke 1:1.
CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES:
that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired, and
is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; 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
1. By the "Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty six books
from Genesis to The Revelation, divinely preserved in the English
language and commonly known as the authorized, King James Version of
2. By "inspiration" we mean that all books of the Bible were written
down by holy men of God as they were supernaturally moved by the
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 such writings are free from all error and from
all omission as no other writings have been or ever will be; that
the Bible does not merely contain the Word of God, but is the very
Word of God.
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; Psalm 19:7-11; John 5:39,
45-47; Romans 10:17.
II. CONCERNING THE TRUE GOD.
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, 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.
1. Of God The Father.
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
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
2. Of God The
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.
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 God The
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.
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; Mark 1:8; 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.
III. CONCERNING MANKIND.
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 manís 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
Godís established law is that they should bring forth only "after
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; that upon reaching a capability of
moral action becomes a transgressor and therefore under just
condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
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;
3:10-19; 5:12,19; Ezekiel 18:19,20; Galatians 3:10,22; Psalm 51:6;
Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 2:3; Matthew 20:15.
2. 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 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.
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; Exodus 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Philippians
IV. CONCERNING THE WAY OF SALVATION AND THE BEGINNING OF
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
We believe that John
the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of
Jesus Christ began with the ministry and preaching of John the
Mark 1:1-4 The
beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As
it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice
of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and
preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
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 Godís 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 Godís 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 Godís free mercy to others;
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
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.
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 sinnersí 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 tenderest sympathies with
divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable,
compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour.
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.
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
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 oneís 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
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;
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 Redeemerís 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
John 1:16; Ephesians 3:8; Acts 13:39; Isaiah 3:11,12; Romans
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
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.
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
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.
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 Godís
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.
V. CONCERNING 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 Cherub (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 manís 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 Godís 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.
VI. CONCERNING SIN.
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; Psalm 51:5; 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.
VII. CONCERNING THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH.
We believe the
institution of the church of Christ is a scriptural Baptist (not
as a name, but as a doctrine) church and was started and
established personally by the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly
ministry, (Matt 16:18), and not at Pentecost. The church that
Christ formed was both local and visible. (Matt 18:17). We reject
the concept of a universal, invisible church as it weakens the
authority of the local churches and is unscriptural. We believe
the scripture uses the word ďchurchĒ in reference to local
assemblies, (1 Cor 1:2) and in an institutional ( Gal 1:13) or
generic sense (like we or us Heb 10:25). The local Baptist church
is to be made up of born again, scriptural baptized believers (Act
2:41) by being a proper candidate (A person who is capable of and
having believing faith and is saved), proper mode (Deep Water for
total body immersion) and by a properly authorized and ordained
Baptist administrator, who are organized and authorized to carry
out the works of the gospel ministry. The church is the house of
God and is the pillar and ground of the truth, (1 Tim 3:15). We
believe that the succession, perpetuity and continuity of the
scriptural Baptist church can be traced back to Christ and His
apostles (Eph 3:20-21). The mystery of the church is exemplified
by the husband and wife relationship, illustrating that Christ is
the groom and the church is the bride (Eph 5:30-33). Therefore,
marriage is to be between one man and one woman and is to
exemplify Christ and His church.
We believe the
Scriptures teach that a Baptist church is a congregation of
baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and
fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ;
governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and
privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural
offices of the church today are Pastors (elders, bishops,
evangelist as church planting pastors), and Deacons, whose
qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the New
Testament. We also believe that Pastors and bishops are called of
God and appointed by the Holy Ghost over the flock which God has
made them overseer. We furthermore believe that deacons are not
called of God but rather are chosen of the people and appointed by
the pastor for the menial task i.e. needs of widows, orphans and
the poor; 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, (repentance before
faith and faith before the water) and 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
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; 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 6:1-6 14:23; 15:22,23; 20:17-28; I Timothy
3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Ephesians 1:22,23; 3:20-21; 4:11;5:30-33 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.
VIII. CONCERNING THE ORDINANCES.
We believe that there are two ordinances committed to the church:
We believe that there
is one Lord, one faith and one baptism for Jew and Gentile alike.
We believe that the ordinance of water baptism came from God and
was given to John the Baptist. We believe that the water
(Christian) baptism practiced today is the same baptism that came
from John. We reject that the ordinance of Christian baptism began
at Pentecost. We also believe that any saved person that does not
receive this water baptism that came from God and was given to
John and then to the Apostles and the church rejects the counsel
of God (Luke 7:30) Baptism is for born again believers only and
consist of full immersion in water in the name of the Father, the
Son and the Holy Ghost (Matt 28:19) We also believe that water
baptism is to be performed by the hands of an authorized, ordained
minister of a scriptural Baptist church. It is not a sacrament of
salvation but is a public profession of our faith and a covenant
with that particular church body to henceforth cast off the works
of darkness as we are baptized into that local body. Water baptism
also symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Water baptism also symbolizes that we have died with Him
and are raised to walk in the newness of life in the casting away
of the filth of the flesh, which is metaphorically the
circumcision of the heart. (Deut 10:16 Rom 2:29, 6:4, 1 Pet 3:21,
Col 2:11). It is through water baptism that one enters into the
fellowship and membership of the Shiloh Baptist Church (Romans
6:1-5; 1 Cor 12:12-13). Scriptural Baptism from other Scriptural
Baptist churches is recognized as such and as a prospective church
member is therefore accepted by transfer of letter for transfer of
church membership (Acts 18:24-28).
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 churchís authority; 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 pre- requisite to the
privileges of church membership; that infants are Godís little
ones, whether children of Christian or non-Christian parents, and
are safe in Christ until an age of moral accountability is
reached, thus making any thoughts of "infant baptism" unnecessary.
Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41; 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; Ephesians 4:5 1;
Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans2:9, 6:4; Colossians 2:11-12; I Peter
3:15,20,21; II Samuel 23:22,23; Proverbs 20:11.Deut 10:16.Romans
6:1-5. Acts 18:24-28
2. Of The Lordís Supper.
The Lordís Supper is a
scriptural local church ordinance that must be administered by a
scriptural ordained Baptist minister and approached by saved,
baptized members of that local church who are in good standing.
Christ gave this ordinance to his Church the night that He was
betrayed, (Luke 22:28-30, 1 Cor 11:23) and by this appointment,
the church received this ordinance. The same night, the church
also received the appointment of Christís Kingdom meaning that the
church is the executors. As executors of this appointed Kingdom,
the church has the responsibility to perpetually keep all the
ordinances and His laws until Jesus Christ himself returns and
partakes with us in His (Christ) Kingdom. The Lordís Supper
consists of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic
grape juice) (Matt 26:26-28). These elements that we use are
symbolic only of Christís body and blood which were broken and
shed on the cross for us. It serves as a memorial of Christís
sacrifice for us (1 Cor 11:24) and a declaration of faith in His
promised return, (1 Cor 11:26). We further believe that as the
ordinance of baptism is required for membership, likewise the Lord
commanded that participation in the ordinance of the Lordís Supper
also be required of each church member.
We believe the
Scriptures teach that the Lordís Supper, is a provision of
unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christís
body and shed blood; partaken of by the members of a scriptural
church, in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord,
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.
IX. CONCERNING HERESY AND APOSTASY.
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, have no fellowship with them, withdraw
ourselves, receive them not, have no company with them, reject
them, and separate ourselves from them.
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.
X. CONCERNING THE GRACE 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 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.
We further believe that the tithe is a demonstration of our faith
and witness that Jesus Christ our High Priest lives today and is
at the right hand of the Father. (Heb 7:8)
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; Matthew
23:23; I Corinthians 9:13,14; 16:1,2; Hebrews 7:2,4; Acts 4:35,37;
Proverbs 3:9; II Corinthians 8:3,12; 9:7,8; Luke 6:38.Hebrews 7:8
XI. CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION AND LAST THINGS.
We believe the
Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ rose literally and bodily from
the dead on the third day; that having ascended into glory, He
alone is our merciful and faithful High Priest in things
pertaining to God; that this same Jesus shall return to earth
bodily, personally, and visibly; first to raise the righteous dead
and catch up all living believers in the twinkling of an eye, then
to return with the saints to set up His glorious kingdom of a
millennium of peace and righteousness, having executed judgment
upon an unbelieving world; that at the final day of judgment all
Christ-rejecting sinners will be raised, judged, and cast into the
lake of fire for everlasting damnation, that the saved will live
with Him for eternity according to the sure promises of God.
Matthew 28:6,7; Luke 24:2,4-6,19,51; John 20:27; I Corinthians
15:4; Mark 16:6,19; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:1,6;
12:2; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9,10; John 14:3;
I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Matthew 24:27,35,42; Hebrews 9:28; I
Corinthians 15:25,42-44,51-53; Philippians 4:20,21; Luke 1:32;
Isaiah 11:4,5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:1-4,6,15; 21:7,8,24-27;
22:11; I Peter 4:7; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Hebrews 1:10-12;
Revelation 1:7; I John 2:17; Acts 24:15; Luke 14:14; Daniel 12:2;
John 5:28,29; 6:40; 11:25,26; II Timothy 1:10; Acts 10:42; Matthew
13:37-43,49; 25:35-41; II Peter 2:9,11,12; Revelation 20:20.
We believe that in
order for the perpetuity, succession and continuity of the Baptist
church that Jesus established and started during His earthly
ministry, He established the ordination of His ministers. We
believe that only men are called of God to the office of the
Pastor (bishop, evangelist) and must fulfill the biblical
qualifications found in the scriptures. We believe that pastors
must be scripturally ordained to be able to administer the
ordinances of baptism and the Lordís Supper. We believe that
ordination and its process belongs to the local church. We believe
that ordination is the conveying of authority of the local church
into a qualified man via the laying on of hands of other
scripturally ordained Baptist ministers. Ordination authorizes a
minister to baptize converts, establish churches and administer
the ordinance of the Lordís Supper, and is to set things in order
that the great commission can be fulfilled. Without proper
ordination, the conveying of church authority is null and void.
3:14, John 15:16, Titus 1:5 , I Tim 4:14, I Tim 5:22, II Tim 1:6,