Article 2 – Articles of Faith
Section 2.01 – Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired by God. We believe plenary and verbal inspiration. We believe that the Bible is truth without any mixture of error for its matter; and 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. By Holy Bible, we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which does not only convey and contain the work of God, but is the very Word of God.
By “inspired,” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have or ever will be inspired.
(II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Ps. 119:105; Ps. 119:160; Ps. 119:130; Ps. 12:6-7)
We believe the King James Version, as translated in 1611, to be the preserved Word of God for English-speaking people today and shall be the final authority for all doctrine and practice.
(II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Ps. 119:105; Ps. 119:160; Ps. 119:130; Ps. 12:6-7)
Section 2.02 – Of the True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living true God, and 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.
(Ex. 20:2-3; Jn. 4:24; Ps. 83:18; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 90:2; I Jn. 5:7)
Section 2.03 – Of Christ
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Savior of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He offered Himself for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin.
This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, and returning seven years later to the earth to rule and reign as King for 1000 years.
(Ps 2:7-9; Isa 7:14; Isa 9:6; Isa 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1; John 1:3; John 1:14; John 1:18; John 1:29; Rom 3:19-25; Rom 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; 1Thes 4:13-18; 1Tim 2:5; 1Tim 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Heb 7:26; Heb 9:24-28; 1Pet 1:19; 1Pet 2:2; 1John 1:3; Rev 20:1-6)
Section 2.04 – Of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation, that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
(Jn. 14:16-17; Mt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Jn. 14:26)
Section 2.05 – Of the Devil or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness – destined, however, to a final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(Is. 14:12; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Rev. 20:10; Mt. 25:41)
Section 2.06 – Of Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution, evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly by God’s established law that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
(Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17)
Section 2.07 – Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of His Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state; in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom 3:10-19)
Section 2.08 – Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(Gen. 3:15; Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14)
Section 2.09 – Of the Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatory office of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death 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 sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.
(Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Ro. 3:24; Jn. 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14)
Section 2.10 – Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel.
(Jn. 3:3-6; II Cor 5:17; Luke 5:72; I Jn. 5:1)
Section 2.11 – Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe in God’s electing grace; 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 an obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel: which his rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. Once a person is born again, the believer is eternally secure in their salvation by the power of God.
(I Thes. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pe. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30, 10:13; John 6:37; John 10:27-30, Isa. 55:6; Eph 4:30; Heb 7:25; 1Pet 4:1-5; Jude 24-25; Acts 2:38; Isa. 55:7)
Section 2.12 – Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the forgiveness 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, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1)
Section 2.13 – Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
(Acts 20:21; Mk 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom 10:13; Ps. 51:1-4; Ps. 51:7)
Section 2.14 – Of the Church
We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to reach and instruct as He Has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the sole 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; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence; the will of the local church is final.
(Acts 2:41-44; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4,8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; I Cor. 16:2)
Section 2.15 – Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of 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 prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of the bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. Neither of these sacraments posses or provide any saving efficacy.
(Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:1, 9-20; I Cor 11:23-28)
Section 2.16 – Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting suffering of the lost.
(I Jn. 2:29; I Jn. 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 6:23; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34, 41)
Section 2.17 – Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming King of kings of the earth.
(Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 23:5; Titus 3:1; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18)
Section 2.18 – Of the Resurrection, Return of Christ, and Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures”; that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”; “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; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”, that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; “ that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David”; and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet”. We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule for one thousand years. Following this one thousand year reign is the Great White Throne Judgment and then the new heaven and earth.
(Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; John 14:3; I Thes. 4:13-18; 1Thes 5:1-9; I Cor. 15:42-44, 51-58; Phil. 4:20-21; Rev. 19-22)
Section 2.19 – Of Missions
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.
(Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Ro. 10:13-15)
Section 2.20 – Of the Grace of Giving
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. Under grace, we give the tithe rather than pay the tithe. We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of the church.
(1Cor 16:2; Heb 7:2-4; Matt 23:23; Lev 27:30; Mal 3:10)
Section 2.21 – Of Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should 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 of God’s gift of sex.