Statement Of Faith
I. OF THE SCRIPTURES
I believe that the Holy Bible was written
by men supernaturally inspired; that it has 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.
1. By "The Holy Bible" I mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation which does not only contain and
convey the Word of God but IS the Word of God.
2. By "Inspiration" I 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 and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings
have ever been or ever will be inspired.
"Preservation" I mean that God has supernaturally preserved his word so that we may be assured that we do indeed have the
"Word of God' today. Believing that some modern translations are inferior, I prefer the Authorized King James Version and
it is the version that I use.
II. THE TRUE
I believe 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 person
s, 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.
I 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, and 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.
IV. OF THE
DEVIL OR SATAN
that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but 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, and the unholy god of this world.
We hold him to be God's greatest tempter, the enemy of God and His 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 God's Son, and the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him
and his angels.
V. OF THE
in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man
was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary
change of species, or developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable
life were made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind." I believe
that Genesis 1:1 is the record of the heavens and the earth being brought into existence in a basic form on the first day
of the Creation Week; that each of the six days, plus the seventh day of rest, in Creation week, was. not an age, but a day
such as each day in the command of God to work six days and to rest one day.
VI. OF THE
FALL OF MAN
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 by choice; and therefore, under just condemnation
without defense or excuse.
VII. OF THE
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 He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment
of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His perfect 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 in 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 where
He is interceding for believers before the throne of God. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and
an all-sufficient Saviour.
IX. OF GRACE
IN THE NEW CREATION
that in order to be saved. sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that is in instantaneous
and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a 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 I 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; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits
of repentance and faith and newness of life.
X. OF THE
FREENESS OF SALVATION
in God's electing grace. I believe that election is that sovereign act of God in grace whereby He chose in Christ Jesus for
salvation all those whom He foreknew would accept Him. I believe 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 but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which
rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
that God's electing grace is based solely on what men do, of their own free will with Jesus Christ. I do not accept the views
commonly known as "limited atonement, unconditional election, and irresistible grace." With respect to accepting or not accepting
Christ as Saviour. I believe that God has made mankind free to choose, capable of choosing, and accountable for the choice
made. We believe that “whosoever will" may be saved, that no one is required to go to Hell, but that everyone may be
saved, if only he will.
XI. OF JUSTIFICATION
that the great Gospel which Christ secures to such as believe in 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
or righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood. His righteousness is imputed unto us.
XII. OF REPENTANCE
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 and 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 Saviour.
that a scriptural New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of 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 officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose Qualifications, claims
and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; I 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 teach and instruct as He commanded. I do not
believe in the reversal of this order; I 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 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, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
XIV. OF BAPTISM
AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
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 our faith in the crucified, buried
and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to anew life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges
of church membership and to the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and the fruit
of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XV. OF THE
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
that real believers endure unto 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 eternal salvation.
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
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 conscious suffering of the
XVII. OF CIVIL
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 Prince of the kings of earth.
THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, I believe that Christ
arose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures;" that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of 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 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."
I believe that, seven years before Christ returns to set foot on the earth and to rule one thousand years over all the
peoples of the earth, He will appear in the clouds in the air, "the dead in Christ shall rise;" that" who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air;" that the rise and rule of the Antichrist,
and terrible judgments of God, shall come to pass during the seven year period of time between the appearing of Christ in
the air to call out His saints, living and dead, and His return to earth to rule over all peoples for one thousand years.
There is no prophecy remaining which must be fulfilled before the return of Christ for His Church. I believe that the return
of Christ for His saints is imminent that the appearing of Christ and the rapture of Christians is a glorious event which
may occur anytime.
that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches.
XX. OF THE
GRACE OF GIVING
that God's method of financing His earthly work of spreading the Gospel to all nations; the care of the churches and the support
of the ministry are by the regular, systematic giving of tithes and offerings by His people. That it is to be given to the
Lord through His church or storehouse to be distributed as directed by the leadership of the Spirit as the need arises. The
time of offering is upon the first day of the week.