Our Beliefs

The following summarizes our doctrinal beliefs in as condensed a form as possible for quick assessment of where we stand.  Honestly, I wish we could just leave it at that we believe everything the Bible says, cover to cover, however, we do need to spell it out since there is so much compromise today and therefore much confusion.  The verses in each paragraph are only a sampling to support the statements and not intended to cover them fully (if you would like more detailed references about each statement please let us know).  Click the “+” sign to expand each for more information:

1. The Scriptures

We believe, by faith, in the verbal (each word) and plenary (every word) inspiration (Holy Spirit inculcated and life giving), inerrancy (without error) and infallibility (incapable of error) of the Scriptures, that it is the sole authority for faith and practice, and that the King James Bible is the divinely inspired*, preserved word of God in English (see here for Why We Use the KJB). It is more than just a translation into English; it is the Bible in English, God’s word. All other English versions are corruptions and are simply devious designs of the devil to dilute and destroy God’s true word and thereby damn duped droves of people to Hell. We therefore reject the Apocrypha, the Magisterium, extra-biblical traditions, papal infallibility and apostolic succession. (II Tim. 2:15, 3:16,17, Ps. 119:105, I Pet. 1:23, Amos 3:3)

“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed…” (Prov. 13:13).

*As to the KJB being inspired: some may suppose we are straining at the definition a bit but we reject the modern, man-made theological definition of the word “inspired” as solely referring to the initial, temporary transmission of God’s word down into human language into Hebrew and Greek (which is immediately disproven by the context of 2 Tim. 3:15-17 seeing that the holy scriptures Timothy grew up on were not the originals, making therefore the scripture copies he had still worthy of being said to be given by inspiration).  If inspiration only referred to original transmission, that would make Hebrew and Greek the only languages God could infallibly communicate in, as though they are the only sacred ones (which is easily disproven with Acts 2, and the knowledge that if that was so, then Hebrew and Greek theologians ought be the best, when they are instead some of the worst, nor does the Bible indicate that inspiration is limited only to Hebrew and Greek).  We choose instead to use the Bible’s meaning of the word inspired, as the context of Job 32:8 shows it is connected to the Spirit, and therefore as well the etymology of the word, in-spir-ation – as the process of putting the Holy Spirit into it.  2 Pet. 1:21 additionally proves that to be the case, in that the Holy Spirit gave it, directly involved in the whole process.  Inspiration is never a once-and-done process (the Bible never shows or suggests that to be the case), but a quality that is kept; and inspiration is not lost through accurate and God-led translation.  Also, there is power in the word of God because it is alive (Heb. 4:12), and thereby capable of giving life (2 Cor. 5:17).  It is also incorruptible, being the word of God (1 Pet. 1:23).  The King James Bible therefore is certainly inspired, for all the above criteria are met in it. 

2. The True God

We believe that the God of the Bible is the one and only true God, exclusive of all others making all other religions then idolatry and therefore fraudulent. We believe that God Himself is three eternal persons in one, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and is the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe (among many other titles).  He loves mankind and wants the best for us but must maintain justice of the law and His holiness.  He did not “predestine” some for Heaven and some for Hell for that is monstrous and absolutely nowhere near the definition of love.  We therefore reject atheism, humanism, agnosticism, polytheism, pantheism, Islam (and any other religion attempting to replace Biblical Christianity) and Calvinism, as well as Modalism and Sabelianism, etc. (John 14:6, Acts 3:26, II Cor. 13:14, 1 John 4:8, 5:7)

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  (John 17:3)

3. Origin of and Fall of Mankind

We believe in the special creation by God of the universe and all that is in it in six literal, 24-hour days of the creation week, the creation of Adam and Eve and their fall by sin and the worldwide cataclysmic flood in Noah’s day as a judgment of the sinful condition of pre-Flood society.  We therefore reject evolution, theistic evolution, Gap theory, Day/Age theory, Old-Earth theory, and Progressive Creationism. (Gen. 1:31, II Pet. 3:5-6)

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the word, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”  (Romans 5:12)

4. Our Sinful Nature

We believe that man is born a sinner by nature and is a sinner by choice and practice; sin being the disobedience of God’s commands whether by doing wrong or not doing right (basically, anything contrary to the nature of God).  There is no difference to God in sin as in venial and mortal sin; instead, all sin is damnable unless covered by the blood of Christ in salvation. As a result of sin, man is therefore condemned to the eternal, conscious punishment of Hell in judgment for sin unless he gets saved. (Rom. 3:10,23, 6:23, Rev. 20:12-15)

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) 

5. The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Deity (the God of the Bible, not just a god) and humanity of Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious sacrifice and death for our sins upon Calvary, His bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven, present intercession there for saints and His imminent, premillenial, pretribulational return for the saints. We reject mid- and post-Tribulational Rapture, amillennialism, and postmillennialism. (John 1:1,2, Isa. 7:14, II Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:14-16, I Cor. 15:1-6,51-55)

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  (John 3:17) 

6. Heaven and Hell

We believe that death is not the end of existence but rather the beginning of the soul’s destiny in eternity.  We believe in a literal Heaven and Hell as the Bible describes: real, physical locations where souls go to after death.  Those that are saved go to their wonderful eternal reward in Heaven, a place of eternal joy and happiness in the presence of God.  Those that are lost, however, are condemned to an eternal, conscious punishment in a fiery prison called Hell, later to be consigned to the lake of fire following the Great White Throne Judgment, not annihilated, but eternally separated from God and His grace.  Note that it is up to the conscious choice of each person as to their destiny, God does not send anyone to Hell, rather, they send themselves there by not getting saved.  We reject Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventism, Catholicism and any and all others holding the false doctrines of purgatory, annihilation, and soul sleep. (2 Cor. 5:8, John 14:1-3; Luke 16:19-31)

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9) 

7. The Salvation of Man

We believe that man’s destiny is determined during his or her life on earth and what they do about Jesus determines where they go after death.  Man is saved from the judgment of Hell by the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross.  Salvation is then the gift of God offered freely to us by His grace because the price was paid at Calvary. We believe this gift of salvation is individually received through repentance of sins and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ and not by works to earn/buy it. We believe that once a believer is saved that they are kept eternally by the power of God and are thereby eternally secure, never losing their salvation. Refusal of acceptance of God’s free gift of pardon through Christ condemns a person to be lost and to go to Hell upon death.  We reject Arminianism, etc. (Rom. 5:8, Acts 20:21, Eph. 2:8,9, John 1:12, 3:16, 36, 6:37-40)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door (Jesus) into the sheepfold (in ref. to Heaven), but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” John 10:1

8. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit as a divine Person of the same nature and equal with God the Father and God the Son.  We believe He is actively trying to bring the world to conviction of sin and salvation through Christ.  He indwells the believer at salvation and is the Christian’s constant source of strength; He seals, guides, teaches, comforts, sanctifies, and helps the believer to live for, serve and be effective for the Lord.  We reject the Charismatic misinterpretations of the Bible in tongues, signs, healing, etc. (John 14:16-17,26, 16:7-11, Rom. 8:16,26-27, Eph. 1:13, 1 Cor. 14)

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  (Romans 8:9)

9. The Church Ordinances

We believe that the church has two ordinances and that these are only symbolic things we do in obedience to the Lord and not as Catholic sacraments done for means of obtaining salvation:

1) Water baptism where the believer is to be fully immersed in water for baptism in obedience to the Lord’s command and in public identification with Him (we thereby reject infant baptism, sprinkling, baptismal regeneration, baptism for the dead, etc.).  (Acts 8:36-38, Matt. 28:19-20)

2) The Lord’s Supper which is to be taken by obedient believers with bread and unfermented juice of the grape to commemorate the death of Christ upon the cross for us (we reject transubstantiation and the use of alcohol in communion) and that it is restricted solely to church members taking it in good conscience (specifically, closed communion). (Luke 22:14-20, I Cor. 11:23-32) 

10. Separation and Service

We believe the believer is called into a life of separation from sinful practices & pleasures, worldliness, compromise, godlessness and religious apostasy so as not to bring reproach upon God and to maintain one’s self in a mode capable of usability by God in His work. We therefore reject Antinomianism. Each believer, rather, is to maintain a close walk with God and is called and obligated to proclaim the Gospel to a lost and dying world. (Rom. 12:1,2, James 4:4, 2 Cor. 6:14,17, Mark 16:15)

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”  (Psalm 100:2)

11. The Local Church

We believe that the New Testament church is an independent, local body of baptized believers, assembled for worship, service and the spreading of the Gospel into all the world and that no denomination, convention, or group is over the church in authority for Christ is the Head of the church.  Each Christian is obligated to be a part of such body in obedience to the Lord for the furtherance of the Gospel and for the glory of God. We reject ecumenism, denominationalism, the house-church movement, modernism and apostasy. (Acts 1:8, 2:41, Eph. 1:21,22, Heb. 10:25)

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  (Matthew 16:18)

Our doctrinal statement conforms to our sending church’s statement and anything not addressed here we refer you to our church’s statement.

Why We Are Baptists

Why We Use the King James Bible

 

ALL THIS WE STEADFASTLY BELIEVE