We believe in the Divine Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God
the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost are three in one.
God is holy, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
The Father sent the Son to earth in the flesh to redeem His people.
He sends the Holy Spirit to regenerate the elect, draw them to Him, and
guide them in all truth. We do not
believe in baptism by the Holy Spirit after conversion.
The Holy Spirit indwells all that are saved. The Spirit filled the first
church at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and a group of Gentile believers in
Caesarea, empowering them with extraordinary gifts.
However, these were special manifestations and ceased with that
generation. We believe in the
inspiration and infallibility of God’s Word.
We do not approve of alternative translations. By the grace of God, His Word was translated from Hebrew and
Greek into English in the King James Version.
While the translators were not inspired like Moses, John, Paul, etc., God
blessed their effort to translate His Word. Modern translations have drifted farther and farther from
that version’s degree of accuracy. We
are not at liberty to add to or take away from the Word of God.
2: HIS CREATURES
has created eternal beings called angels, some of which remain His faithful
servants and guardians of His people. Others,
like Satan, have fallen by sin. God
created man in His image, making Adam out of dust and breathing into him the
breath of life. He made Eve out of
one of Adam’s ribs. Like begets
like; we do not believe in the evolution of mankind or of animals.
Death passed upon all men when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
As a result of their sin, all men are born with a depraved nature.
They are servants of sin and enemies of God, unable to redeem themselves
and doomed to eternal punishment without the intervention of God Himself. Spiritually dead, they are not even able to repent of their
sin or trust Christ as Savior except by the grace of God.
Article 3: SALVATION
Salvation is in Christ alone. His
substitutionary death is the only means whereby a sinner can be justified in the
sight of God. God has chosen to
save His people by grace through repentance and faith in His Son alone, without
any mixture of man’s works.
We also believe that God is sovereign in salvation. Only a sovereign God could save a depraved man.
All are invited and commanded to repent and believe, but only those who
God draws can or will come to Him. God
chose, elected, or predestinated His people before the foundation of the world,
not because He foresaw any good in them but only because it seemed good in His
sight. In time, Christ successfully purchased salvation for those
“sheep” in particular. The
Spirit regenerates them with an irresistible grace at times appointed by God.
The elect are born again when the sovereign grace of God regenerates them
and grants them repentance and faith. Although
the Spirit quickens men supernaturally, without any external means, God has
chosen to use the gospel to bring those He quickens to repentance and faith,
twin graces He grants to all of the elect.
Repentance and faith are visible fruits and evidence that a new birth has
occurred, not the cause of it. Our
belief in the gospel’s role in God’s way of salvation sets us apart from “hardshells.”
We do not, however, believe in the man-made “invitation system” or
“decisions,” which falsely debase God and exalt man.
We also believe in the perseverance and preservation of the saints, which
are also by the grace of God. Although
such doctrine is often labeled “Calvinism,” we did not learn it from Calvin
but from Christ.
4: CHURCH DOCTRINE
We believe that Christ organized the first church during His earthly
ministry and promised perpetuity to the kind of churches He founded upon
Himself. Such churches have never
appeared spontaneously or evolved out of apostasy, but have always sprung from
an existing church, tracing their authority back to the first church in
Jerusalem. Just as promised,
Christ’s churches have continued to exist throughout the ages. They are neither Catholic nor Protestant, having Christ as
their only head and remaining faithful to His Word.
They have been called many names (Anabaptists, Novatians, Cathari,
Waldenses, Albigenses, Donatists, etc.) but have always shared the same
foundation and doctrine. We do not
believe that all “Baptist” churches are true churches.
Even churches that were properly organized and once held to the true
faith can and often do lose their authority by forsaking the truth.
Lord’s churches are local, visible bodies of baptized believers that have
received authority from another true church and hold fast to the faith once
delivered to the saints. Humanly
speaking, they are independent and democratic, yet they are to depend on and
submit to Christ their head. All
things are to be done decently and in order.
The commission given to the Lord’s churches is to baptize and teach the
whole counsel of God. Churches are
to assemble regularly for worship and edification.
They are to be missionary, spreading the gospel far and wide as they are
are two church ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s supper.
Only those who have made a profession of faith and show fruits of
repentance are proper candidates for baptism.
Only the Lord’s churches have the authority to administer baptism.
Candidates are to be fully immersed in the name of the Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, not to obtain salvation but to make a typological picture of their
dying to sin and rising to walk in newness of life.
Baptism places believers in a particular church.
All believers are in the family of God, but a “universal” or
“invisible” church does not exist.
Churches are commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of
Christ’s death. The unleavened
bread and wine symbolize the sacrifice of His body and blood.
Members individually and churches collectively are to examine themselves
before observing the ordinance, for those who do so unworthily bring judgment
upon themselves. The ordinance
should be administered only to members of each particular church.
are to be continually sanctified by the Word and should strive to keep
themselves pure in doctrine and discipline.
The Lord’s churches are to be separate from the world and its false
churches. Churches recognize the
authority of other churches when they share pulpits, exchange members, attend
union meetings, or join associations. Great
caution should be used with regard to fellowship, even among so-called Baptists.
Instead of the popular practice of exchanging letters with other Baptist
churches as standard procedure, we consider it more cautious and consistent to
examine each case individually to determine whether a candidate for membership
has received scriptural baptism. We
are not obligated to exchange letters with any church that we consider
irregular. Churches that preach
another gospel, tolerate wickedness, practice open communion, or receive alien
immersion either directly or indirectly should not be recognized as regular. Although we do not claim to know at what point God removes
the candlestick from a church, we are to draw clear lines between truth and
error in all we preach and practice. When
a church countenances false religion, it commits spiritual fornication and is in
grave danger of forfeiting its own authority as a true church.
The Bible promises perpetuity to the Lord’s churches, but the
perpetuity of each individual congregation is conditional on its faithfulness.
5: CHRISTIAN DUTY
We believe in sanctification; new creatures created by God will bring
forth fruit as evidence of conversion. Good
works do not cause salvation, but salvation does cause good works.
Salvation is free and eternal, but when we are freed from sin we become
servants to Christ, who purchased us with His own blood.
When His blood is trampled upon by presumptuous sin, there is just cause
to question whether a person is saved or whether his faith, without works, is
dead. We should strive to be holy,
as He is holy.
We believe that God has ordained marriage for one man and one woman for
life. Parents are to raise children
with love, Godly education, and biblical discipline.
The Bible forbids the perversion of God’s pattern for families with
abortion, homosexuality, fornication, or adultery in any form.
Marriage is indissoluble except by death.
The exception for fornication in Matthew refers exclusively to the Jewish
custom of betrothal. Once married,
husbands and wives are bound to each other until separated by death.
What the world calls divorce and remarriage God calls adultery.
believe that God has ordained a divine order of the sexes.
The husband is to be the head of the home and to provide materially for
his family. The wife is to be in
submission to her husband and to take care of the home.
We believe that there should be distinct differences in the physical
appearance of males and females of all ages and that it is an abomination in the
sight of God to blur such distinctions. Men
are to have short hair, and women are to have long hair.
They are not to wear apparel that pertains to the opposite sex; it is no
more appropriate for women to wear pants than for men to wear dresses.
assembled in the Lord’s house, men and women are to behave according to the
respective stations assigned them by God, which represent the relationship
between Christ and the church. Men
are not to cover their heads, but women are to do so with an artificial
covering. Men may speak, pray,
teach and preach in the assembly if done in an orderly manner.
Women may not speak in the worship service or in the discussion of
business. They are not permitted to
hold positions of leadership such as pastor or deacon or to make motions in the
transaction of business.
Israel is repeatedly rebuked in the Old Testament for the sin of
idolatry. This sin is just as
serious in the lives of Christians today, in all its forms.
We disapprove of crosses, spires, supposed pictures of the Lord, and all
graven images. We also condemn
witchcraft in all its forms, including the popular new age books, movies, and
games. We do not allow
participation in freemasonry or any other such organization.
We forbid all participation in idolatrous holidays such as X-mass,
Easter, and Halloween. These
holidays are of pagan origin and have nothing to do with worshiping the Father
in spirit and in truth. Furthermore,
we believe that Christ was in the grave three full days and nights, which leaves
no room for a “Good Friday” crucifixion and “Sunday Morning”
All Christians, and especially church members, should strive to maintain
a good conversation in general. We
are to avoid drunkenness, dishonesty, covetousness, and vulgarity, and as much
as possible we should live peaceably with all men.
We are rather to show charity, honesty, faithfulness, diligence, decency,
patience, purity, meekness, obedience, and all such virtues.
It is our duty to assemble with the church regularly, to pay our tithes
willingly, and to keep the Christian sabbath.
We believe it is wrong to work or to do business on the Lord’s Day, the
first day of the week, unless absolutely necessary.
We are committed to maintaining brotherly unity but never at the expense
of truth. We should seek the truth
together and avoid offending the consciences of others.
True unity is not achieved by compromising on essentials or by coercing
others in non-essential matters.
6: CHURCH DISCIPLINE
It is our duty as a church to practice what we preach. Church discipline involves teaching and, when necessary,
exclusion. We believe in taking
preventative measures by using caution in accepting candidates for membership.
All members are obligated to constantly examine themselves and to show
concern for fellow members. When a
member is found to be out of fellowship with the church, either in matters of
doctrine or morality, the church is to first instruct and admonish in a spirit
of patience and love. If, after
repeated admonitions, a brother or sister refuses to repent, exclusion becomes
necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the church.
This disciplinary measure is unpleasant but is nevertheless commanded by
God and is for the spiritual profit and instruction of the erring one (1
Corinthians 5:5). Members are
expected to assemble with the church regularly, not sporadically, unless
providentially hindered. Members
are to be excluded for obstinate non-attendance, heresy, discord, idolatry,
spiritual fornication, and other offenses the church deems inappropriate
according to the Word of God. They
are also to be excluded for personal immorality, including sins such as
drunkenness, vulgarity, dishonesty, and sexual immorality.
When members repent of such sins, they are to be forgiven and restored to
fellowship with the church. True
repentance, however, involves not only expressing sorrow for sin but also
forsaking sin. Drunkards must
forsake drunkenness, idolaters must forsake idolatry, fornicators must forsake
fornication, adulterers must forsake adultery, and so on.
We believe that couples who remarry during the lifetime of previous
spouses are living in a continual state of adultery and must therefore
discontinue the adulterous relationship as evidence of repentance. These standards apply to all members, not only to pastors and
7: HISTORY AND PROPHECY
We believe that God existed in eternity past and that He planned the
redemption of His elect before the foundation of the world.
We believe that, just as recorded in Genesis, approximately six thousand
years ago He created the entire universe in six regular days.
We believe that in the days of Noah the world was destroyed by the great
flood but Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark were saved.
This is a type of salvation in Christ and the world’s future judgment
by fire. We believe that Israel was
and remains God’s chosen nation, despite its repeated sin and judgment, which
has been recorded as an example for the churches.
We believe that God will restore Israel to fellowship with Him; He has
already fulfilled the promise to restore Israel as a nation.
believe that approximately two thousand years ago God was made flesh and came to
earth in the person of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah born of a virgin.
He lived a sinless life and served a faithful ministry before laying down
His life freely to redeem His people just as prophesied.
After three days, He arose from the dead.
Then after forty days, He ascended into heaven where he remains at the
right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints.
Since that time, the gospel has been preached to Gentiles around the
world. God has preserved a faithful
remnant of true churches through centuries of persecution and temptation and
continues to be sovereign in all things.
We are pre-tribulationist and pre-millennialist.
We believe that the rapture is imminent. At the time appointed by God, the dead in Christ will rise
from their graves with new bodies, the living saints will be changed in a
moment, and we will all meet the Lord in the air. We believe that Christ will
judge the saints according to their works and marry His bride. The bride will be composed not of all who are saved but of
the faithful members of the faithful churches, the elect of the elect who have
lived sanctified lives of service to God. We
also believe that following the rapture there will be a seven-year period of
great tribulation upon the earth, during which the Antichrist will set up his
kingdom. We do not allegorize away
prophecies of the Antichrist and Babylon as Protestants have done, making them
nothing more than symbols for Roman Catholicism.
Babylon will literally be rebuilt, and a blasphemous world leader will
come to power and deceive all that refused the truth of God’s Word.
He will endorse a false religion that will unite the entire world,
including apostate Christianity. In
the middle of the tribulation, the Antichrist will betray Israel and bring in
the abomination of desolation. God
will open the eyes of many Jews, and the Antichrist will persecute the
Christians ruthlessly. At the end of the tribulation, Christ will descend from
heaven and conquer the earth. Satan
will be bound, and Christ will rule and reign upon the earth with the saints in
peace and righteousness for one thousand years.
At the end of the millennium, Satan will be loosed for a short time
before being finally defeated by God. At
the second judgment, all the lost will be sentenced to spend eternity with Satan
in a literal lake of fire. The
saints will spend eternity in the presence of God, praising Him for all His