doctrine

What We Believe

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s authoritative, inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins and salvation. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We trust and use the King James Version.

We believe that being independent, separatist Baptists is the proper biblical application in today’s world.

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4). We believe in God, the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect Spirit who is the source and support of all things (Gen. 17:1; Ps. 139:7,11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11).

GOD THE SON

We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a propitiatory atoning death on the Cross for all mankind, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man (Jn 1:1, 15a; 9:6; He. 4:15; 1 Tim. 2:6; Lk 24.39; 1 Jn 2:2).

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit. As the third member of the Trinity, He is not just an influence but a person equal in essence to the Father and Son. We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Matt. 28:19; Jn 3:5; 16:8; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:7, 13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18). We reject the Charismatic movement.

CREATION

We believe that the universe and mankind are the results of the direct creative act of God. God created the universe and that which it contains in six consecutive days of 24 hours each. We reject all forms of evolution, whether theistic or naturalistic (Gen 1:1, 27; Col. 1:16).

THE DEVIL

We believe that within the body of angelic beings exists a group which we refer to as fallen angels, headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer, who, because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell he took part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God’s people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the lake of fire (Is. 14:12-14; 1 Pe. 5:8; Rev. 12:7; 20:10).

SIN

We believe that man is a direct creation of God. Man, who was created in the image and likeness of God in a state of sinlessness, did by transgression fall from that lofty position; in so doing, all of mankind are now sinners by nature and by choice. In the fall, mankind incurred the just condemnation of a Holy God, resulting in both spiritual and physical death (Gen 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Ro. 5:12-19; 2:10-12, 23).

SALVATION

We believe in the salvation of sinners. We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone (Jn 3:16; Ac. 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Ro. 5:1; 8:15, 30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 1:6; 1 Ti. 4:10; Titus 3:5-7).

SPIRITUAL GIFTS, CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT

We believe God has given spiritual gifts to Christians to serve in and through the local church. Every believer has at least one gift, and the use of gifts is always for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God. Among the gifts listed in the Bible, we believe that the sign gifts (miracles, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy) were temporary in nature and given to the church in its infant state before the completion of the canon of Scripture. Therefore, we reject the modern Charismatic Movement and the confusion it has brought (Ro. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:1- 11; 13:8; Eph. 4:11-12).

THE CHURCH

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ as God’s institution for this age to accomplish His purposes in the world. This is part of the mystery revealed in this dispensation of grace. The Church as the body of Christ is comprised of all believers from its beginning in the book of Acts to the Rapture. Local churches are visible expressions of the body of Christ meeting in a particular time and place. Christ is the Head of the Church, and the Word of God is its source of authority. The local church is to be comprised of immersed believers who meet together for worship, fellowship, service, edification, and evangelism. Local churches should be led by men serving in the biblical offices of pastor and deacons. They are to observe the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. We are Baptist in polity (Ac. 1:5; 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; 12:13; Gal. 1:2; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:2, 8).

ESCHATOLOGY

We believe that God has a planned program for the end of the age. The next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the return of the Lord Jesus. We believe His return will be accomplished in two phases. The first phase, called the Rapture of the church, will be pre-millennial and is an imminent event. After the Rapture, the seven-year Tribulation will occur, climaxed by the second phase of Christ’s return, referred to as the Revelation. Following this will be the millennial reign of Christ, culminating in the Great White Throne Judgment of the lost. Next comes the eternal state. We believe in the conscious eternal punishment of the lost in hell and the blessed eternal joy of the saints in heaven (1 The. 4:16-17; Rev. 3:10; 6:19; 19:11-16; 20:1-6, 11-15; 21:1-8).

CALVINISM

We refuse to accept labels according to Calvinistic terminology. We believe the extremes of Calvinism and Arminianism are unbiblical. God is indeed sovereign, but man is also responsible and has a will. Although many people mock the term, we consider ourselves biblicists. While we certainly recognize the contributions of many of the original reformers, we reject Reformed theology as a system. We oppose Covenant Theology, as well as the “Neo-Calvinist” movement, a merger of Calvinism and charismaticism.

MUSIC

We believe that music is an important issue that affects the hearts of believers. Although it is not one of the fundamental doctrines, we do believe that it is a powerful tool that can be used to draw hearts closer to God or away from Him. We believe that music communicates, and as such, carries a moral value that must be judged. We do not believe music alone is a separation issue, although it may be a compatibility issue. We refuse to compromise on the issue of music.

DISPENSATIONALISM

We are classic dispensationalists, holding to 7 distinct periods of time in which God dealt with people in distinct ways. The seven dispensations are: Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Grace, Kingdom. Israel and the church are two separate peoples, and confusing the two has led to much confusion. We also believe that salvation has always been by grace through faith in every dispensation. We hold that both the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism by immersion are for the church age.

VERSIONS

We trust and use the King James Version of the Bible. We believe that God inspired only the original writings, but that He has also preserved those words for us through the Masoretic text in Hebrew, and the traditional text in the Greek. We are not reinspirationists (also known as Ruckmanites). We do not believe this has to be a separation issue.

MARRIAGE

We believe that God created man and woman and instituted marriage between one man and one woman, as a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church (1 Cor. 7:1–17, Heb. 13:4, Matt. 19:3–12, Eph. 5:22–33).

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