Statement of Faith
A Bible Baptist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible which tells of a supernatural Christ, Who had a supernatural birth, Who spoke supernatural words, Who performed supernatural miracles, Who lived a supernatural life, Who died a supernatural death, Who rose in supernatural splendour, Who intercedes as a supernatural Priest, and Who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.
Statement of Faith
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture 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; that it is the true centre of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
- By “ The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
- By “inspiration” 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 and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
- God has providentially preserved His Word, for His people, in that which has been through the ages received as His Word, the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text (Textus Receptus) of the New Testament.
II Tim. 3:16,17 II Peter 1:19-21 Acts 1:16 Acts 28:25
Psa119:160 Psa. 119:105 Psa. 119:130 Luke 24:25-27 John 17:17 Luke 24:44,45 Psa. 119:89 Prov. 30:5,6 Rom. 3:4 I Pet. 1:23 Rev. 22:19 John 12:48 Isa. 8:20 Eph. 6:17 Rom. 15:4 Luke 16:31 Psa. 19:7-11 John 5:45-47 John 5:39
II. Of the True God
We 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 honour, 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 Gen. 17:1 I Cor. 8:6 Eph. 4:6 John 4:24 Psa. 147:5 Psa 83:18 Psa. 90:2 Jer. 10:10 Ex 15:11 Rev. 4:11 I Tim. 1:17 Rom. 11:33 Mark 12:30 Matt. 28:19 John 15:26 I Cor. 12:4-6 I John 5:7 John 10:30 John 17:5 Acts 5:3,4 I Cor. 2:10,11 Phil. 2:5,6 Eph. 2:18 II Cor. 13:14
III. 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.
John 14:16,17 Matt. 28:19 Heb. 9:14 John 14:26 Luke 1:35 Gen. 1:1-3 II Thess. 2:7 John 16:8-11
IV. OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honours, 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 man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, 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 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.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30; I Thess. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John. 3:8; Matt. 13:25,37,39; Luke 22:3,4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21,22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13,14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11,16,20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41.
V. OF CREATION
We believe 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 development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”.
Gen. 1;1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16,17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer.10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen.1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24.
VI. 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. 3:1-6,24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1,3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:32; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:28; Gal. 3:22.
VII. 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; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psa. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47.
VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet being without sin, honoured 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 Per-son the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Sav-iour.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; John 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:2.
IX. 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 instan-taneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in tres-passes and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and re-ceives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by cul-ture, nor 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; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and new-ness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6,7; Acts 2:41; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 1:12,13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
X. 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 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.
I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29,30; Matt. 11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isa. 55:7; John 3:15,16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4,5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
XI. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great Gospel blessing 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 of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; that His righteousness is imputed to us.
Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1; Tit. 3:5-7; Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8; Heb. 10:38.
XII. 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 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.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37,38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Psa. 51:7; Isa. 55:6,7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.
XIII. OF THE CHURCH
We believe the term “church” is used in two main senses within the New Testament: the universal sense and the local sense. We hold that in the universal sense, the church consists of all those who, in this age, have been born of the Spirit of God, and have by that same Spirit been baptized into the body of Christ. We believe that all who are saved are placed into this body at the moment of salvation, and so Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the body and the Head of the church (which is His body). We believe that this body will be completed at the rapture of the saints, and will only culminate in perfection in glory, as Christ’s bride.
We hold that in the local sense, a Baptist church is a congregation of baptised believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, the said church being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the divine and eternal grace, 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 teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organisations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in con-tending 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 co-operation; that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 1:3,22-25; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:23-25; Col. 1:18; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; II Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:27; Eph. 3:21; Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4,8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5,6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-13; Matt. 28:19,20; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3,4; II Cor. 8:23,24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
XIV. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of the 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 a new life; that it is prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper, in which believers, 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.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4,5; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:35; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41,42; Matt. 28:19,20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
XVI. 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 conscious suffering of the lost.
Matt. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17,18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 1:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34,35; I John 2:29; I John 2:7; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34,41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13,14.
XVII. 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 honoured 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 the earth.
Rom. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Tit. 3:1; I Pet. 2:13; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 4:19,20; Dan. 3:17,18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10; Phil. 2:10,11; Psa. 72:11.
XVIII. OF THE RESURRECTION AND 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 pertain-ing 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”.
Matt. 28:6,7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2,4-6; Acts 1:9,11; Luke 24:51; Mark 6:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9,10; John 14:3; I Thess. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; I Cor. 15:42-44,51-53; I Thess. 4:17; Phil. 4:20,21; Luke 1:32; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:4,5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6.
XIX. OF MISSIONS
We believe that 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, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, say- ing, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
Rom. 10:13-15, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
XX. OF GIVING
We believe that scriptural giving is foundational to a life of faith and spiritual blessing.
We believe that God’s intention for the periods before, during and after the dispensation of the law is, and has always been, that men give of their substance as an act of faith and an expression of love.
Under the law, Moses ordained that the Jewish priests who ministered to the Lord should live from the offerings of the people, including the tithes and the offerings. In the New Testament the apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians that in this same manner, the Lord has ordained that “they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel”. Therefore we believe the New Testament teaches that we pay the tithe (tenth) of all income.
We believe that all the operations of the New Testament church are to be funded by the exercise of the peoples’ faith, in giving their tithes and offerings.
We believe in the regular and generous contribution to missions, over and above the tithe, not as a matter of necessity, but as an expression of our love and faith, remembering that we will reap as we sow.
Prov. 11:24; Mal.3:10; Luke 6:38; Gen. 14:18-20; Num. 18: 8-31; I Cor. 9:13-14; II Cor. 9:8
What are Independent Fundamental Baptists?
We believe in:
- the Bible as the sole authority in all matters of faith and doctrine, II Tim. 3:16;
- the deity and virgin birth of Christ, Matt. 1:23;
- the blood atonement, I John 1:7;
- the personal second coming of Jesus Christ, Acts 1:10,11;
- the bodily resurrection of Christ and believers, I Cor. 15:20-22;
- the fallen lost state of all men, Rom. 3:23;
- salvation being effected by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, not of works, Eph. 2:8,9;
- the eternal blessing of the saved, Rev. 22:3-5;
- the eternal punishment of the lost in hell, Rev. 20:11-15;
- separation from the world to holy living, I Peter 1:15,16;
- separation from modernists and ecclesiastical compromise, II Cor. 6:17;
-  evangelism, Matt. 28:18-20;
- strong, Bible-based teaching and preaching, Romans 10:17.
- A Baptist is not a Protestant;
- Baptist principles of the church are New Testament
- the only New Testament church was a local church, not a denomination.
- baptism is for believers, not for salvation, and is post salvation, Acts 17:31; 8:36-38.
We believe in:
- strong pastoral leadership with the safeguard of congregational action, Eph. 4:11,12; Hebrews 13:7,17; Matt. 18:11,12;
- the separation of church and state, Matt. 22:21;
- freedom of worship, John 4:24;
- the priesthood of all believers, I Peter 2:9;
- two ordinances (not sacraments): the Lord’s Table, I Cor. 11:23-25, and baptism, Matt. 28:19,20, administered by the authority of the local church.
- New Testament churches were independent of each other;
- there are no denominations in the Bible;
- denominations lead to compromise by association;
- denominations lead to sin by association;
- denominations exercise control over member churches, thus usurping the authority of the local church.
Thus we are first Christians, then fundamental, Baptist and independent.