Why we Believe the King James Bible - Part - 1; Part - 2
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance ; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ , and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
In these days and times, it is important that you know what a ministry believes. The following is our Statement of Faith.
We believe the sixty-six books of the King James Version, nothing added or deleted, constitute the whole of Scripture “given by inspiration of God” to English speaking people. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one triune God, creator of all that is, existing in the Godhead, in perfection, before and independent of His creation. He is entire goodness, benevolent, all wise, and infinite in His attributes. (Duet. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
We believe Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin and walked this earth in human flesh, is the creator of Heaven and earth, (John 1:1-3) the eternal God, mutually, voluntarily, eternally, sustaining to God the Father that relationship of a son. His death was eternally ordained, and carried out under the reign of Pontius Pilate for the express purpose of providing a vicarious, legal, and just payment for the sin of the entire human race
(Is. 7-14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). He was raised from the dead on the third day in order to be the ground for the justification of all who would be saved (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). He is presently seated on the right hand of the Father, and will bodily, visibly return to the earth for His own. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
We believe the Holy Spirit to share all the attributes of the Father and Son. To speak of Him is to speak of God. The earthly ministry of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the Son to mankind, and to minister God’s presence to the world. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-14, 28; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14, 17-18; 4:7-12; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
We believe that man was created in the span of a twenty-four period. He was created perfect physically and constitutionally, including the moral and spiritual essence. Man, though complete and entire, wanting nothing, was, in his innocence, without character. The tree of knowledge of good and evil, a moral testing ground, was, in the wisdom of God, the perfect opportunity for spiritual development. The natural constitution of man (desire for food, etc.) became the basis for temptation. In the eating of the tree the willful and direct disobedience to God resulted in legal estrangement from God and precipitated the curse of death on Adam and all his descendants. All men are born under the curse and totally estranged from God. When a descendant of Adam a level of moral understanding (sometime in his youth) he becomes fully, personally accountable to God and has sin imputed to him, resulting in the peril of eternal damnation. No man is capable of rectifying this state of estrangement from God. Apart from the free gift of God through the substitutionary work of Christ there is no hope of salvation. (Rom. 1-3)
When man reaches his state of moral accountability, and, by virtue of his personal transgression, becomes blameworthy, his only hope is a work of grace by God alone. Jesus Christ, in human flesh, lived a life of obedience to God, and by virtue of his humanity and Deity, was accounted a worthy substitute for sinning souls. His death and resurrection from the dead are the basis on which God choose to forgive the repenting-believing sinner. The merits of Christ’s atonement potentially extend to the whole world. The ground of our salvation is the shed blood of Jesus Christ; the occasion of our salvation is our believing God in this regard. Faith and faith alone being the requirement for the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, we believe that the believer is eternally saved in Him. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 14:6)
We believe in a literal, burning hell where the damned will eternally suffer for their sin until the Great White Throne Judgment and then be cast into the Lake of Fire. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe in a literal, physical place called Heaven where God resides with an innumerable company of Cherubim, Living Creatures, Angels, and the redeemed of God. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
We believe that there exists a created, finite, fallen heavenly creature called: the Devil, Satan, The Wicked, the Serpent, the Dragon, etc., who, through a company of fallen angelic creatures, seeks to overthrow the work of God. He is the “accuser of the brethren” and the enemy of all righteousness. His final end will be the lake of fire. (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)
We believe that the local church is an indigenous autonomous body of baptized believers, functioning within the parameters of the structure, discipline, and ministry revealed in the New Testament. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
We reserve the right of church membership to those who scripturally qualify according to the Word of God. We believe the church was personally founded by Jesus Christ during His personal ministry on earth; it is a visible, local congregation of scripturally baptized believers, that her only scriptural officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe the church is the pillar and ground of truth and that our Lord’s churches have a continuous existence from His day until the present. Furthermore, be believe according to church history that we are not Protestants, we are Baptists!
Water baptism by immersion is to be administered by the church to the morally-spiritually discerning who have put their faith in the finished work of Christ, and have so testified publicly. A church ordinance to be administered to believers only and by divine authority as given to scriptural Baptist Churches. (Matt. 3:12; 28:19; Mark 1:5-11; Acts 8:36-29; 10:47; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12)
We believe and administer two ordinances: the Lord’s Supper, and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of our Lord’s death, and has absolutely nothing to do with saving grace. (1 Cor. 11:23-26)
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
Believers, and believers only, are absolutely and eternally secure in Christ. (1 Cor. 15:1-2; Heb. 3:6, 14; 10:35-39; Gal. 5:1,4; Col. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:30)
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
We believe that the new birth results in new life and that new life results in new living. Saving faith results in a saved soul and a saved life. Holiness is the normal Christian walk. Where there is not holiness the genuineness of true conversion should be questioned. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, transsexualism, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
(Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the head of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for the ministries of pastors or deacons.
ABOUT DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
We believe that marriage was instituted by God to be a permanent union. We further believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.
Although divorced and remarried persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for a pastoral office or deacon. (Gen. 2:24; Mal. 2:14-17; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:12-16; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
We believe in the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial rapture of the Church, and the post-tribulation, pre-millennial return of Christ. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 4:1-20:15)