Statement of Faith-General Articles

We herein express a firm reliance upon the inspired word of God in the English language, the A.V. 1611 King James Bible (as found in the 1769 Cambridge Edition) as the final authority for all matters of faith, practice, and doctrine. We acknowledge that the aforesaid Bible is indeed a translation, but that by the providence of God the translation preserves the inspiration of the true and providentially preserved underlying Hebrew and Greek texts in such a manner as that the King James Bible should indeed be called “the Scriptures, the Scripture, the word of God, the words of the living God and the word of truth.” It is indeed the word of our salvation, showing men “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Peter 1:23) The words contained therein “are spirit and life” (John 6:63b) and are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) to such an extent that a man may by the word of God (the Cambridge King James Bible) in his hand and the Spirit of Christ within be led “into all truth” (John 16:13). “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” (Psalm 119:105) and “Thy word is true from the beginning, and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.” (Psalm 119:160) We believe what the Bible says concerning itself, that “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)

Being of certain understanding concerning the way of salvation, and that Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith, we do hereby declare our belief in what are commonly called the doctrines of grace as preached in the Protestant Reformation, acknowledging that the Reformers were correct in identifying the Roman Pope as “that man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4) and the city of Rome as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH,” (Revelation 17:5) and that she is the font of spiritual corruption amongst men upon the earth, being drunken with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus. All allegiance, loyalty, toleration or affinity with the Roman Catholic Church is here abjured, renounced, and declared to be sin. We believe: 1) That the entity described in Revelation chapters 17 and 18 is the city of Rome (Revelation 17:9, 18); 2) That the Roman Catholic religion which has its source in that city is the religion described in those chapters; 3) That the prophesied destruction of the said city in Italy is described of a spiritual entity with a physical seat (Revelation 18:10), ancient Babylon having been made “perpetual desolations” (Jeremiah 25:12) and as such will rise no more.

With the Protestant Reformers we agree concerning “the Jew after the flesh, the Hebrew, or the Israelite” is “beloved for the fathers’ sakes” (Romans 11:28) and as such the Gospel is to be preached to him as well as the Gentile. The Jew is to be offered a place of safety and protection, is not to be persecuted, and his descent and ethnic identity are not to be denied. Further, we as reject the modern teaching of the dispensationalist with its features of faulty exegesis of Daniel chapter 9 and Matthew 24, and many other Scriptures, knowing that these prophesies have been fulfilled.
We believe in the literal, physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth at a time known only to God the Father, (Acts 1:7, 11; Revelation 19:11-16) and that at such time his Omnipotence will be visibly evidenced and his saints shall be with him forever.

As Baptists in doctrine, we declare that there are no sacraments in Holy Writ, but rather two ordinances enjoined upon Christians, Baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and the Lord’s Table. We acknowledge general adherence to the London Baptist Confession of 1689, differing with it only in that we declare the New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the only rule of faith and practice for the Christian.

Further, we believe that the church of the living God is according to Holy Writ, the pillar and ground of the truth, assembled believers in subjection one to anther and in Scriptural order possessing an unction and understanding corporately that transcends the unction of any individual Pastor, teacher, or member of the body of Christ. We believe that Christ gave Christians one to another to encourage, admonish, pray for, instruct, and strengthen those of like precious faith, understanding that the children of God are his forever, that despite many failings, misapprehensions, and misunderstandings due to natural depravity, they are to continue in love and charity one to another, charity covering the multitude of sins, charity never failing.

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