Statement of Faith

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most 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 assembly, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations. We, also, engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We, further, engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Saviour to secure it without delay. We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other assembly, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word. A fundamentalist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible, that 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 a supernatural splendor, Who intercedes as a supernatural priest and Who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.

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; the true center 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, that as originally written and perfectly preserved in the King James Version 1611, 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 have ever been or ever will be inspired.

II Timothy 3:16-17 Psalm 119:89 Acts 28:25  I Peter 1:23 
Psalm 119:130 Isaiah 8:20 Luke 24:44-45  Luke 16:31 
Romans 3:4 Acts 1:16 John 12:48  Psalm 119:105 
Romans 15:4 John 17:7 John 5:45-47  Proverbs 30:5-6 
II Peter 1:19-21 Revelation 22:19 Psalm 119:160  Ephesians 6:17 
Luke 24:25-27 Psalm 19:7-11  

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 honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Exodus 20:2-3 Mark 12:30 Ephesians 4:6  I Corinthians 12:4-6
Psalm 83:18 John 17:5 Exodus 15:11  Philippians 2:5-6 
Romans 11:33 I Corinthians 8:6 John 15:26  Psalm 147:5 
John 10:30 Jeremiah 10:10 I Corinthians 2:10-11  I Timothy 1:17 
II Corinthians 13:14 Matthew 28:19 Genesis 17:1  I John 5:7 
John 4:24 Acts 5:3-4 Psalm 90:2  Ephesians 2:18 
Revelation 4:11

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 Luke 3:16 Luke 1:35  Luke 24:49 
John 16:8-11 Romans 8:14, 16 John 3:5-6  Romans 8:26-27 
Mark 1:8 Hebrews 9:14 Acts 11:16  II Thessalonians 2:7-8 
John 14:26 Acts 5:30-32 I Peter 1:2  Matthew 3:11 
Matthew 28:19 John 1:33 Genesis 1:1-3  John 16:13 
John 15:26-27  II Thessalonians 2:13  Ephesians 1:13-14    

THE DEVIL OR SATAN

We believe 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 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 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 own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Isaiah 14:12-15 I John 3:8 Jude 6  Revelation 12:10 
John 14:30 I John 4:3 I Peter 5:8  I John 2:22 
Luke 22:3-4 Revelation 12:7-9 Mark 13:21-22  II John 7 
Ephesians 2:2 II Thessalonians 2:8-11 Matthew 4:1-11  Matthew 13:25 
Ezekiel 28:14-17 II Corinthians 11:13-15 II Peter 2:4  Revelation 13:13-14 
I Thessalonians 3:5 Revelation 20:1-3, 10

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 God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind."

Genesis 1:1 Nehemiah 9:6 Colossians 1:16-17  Genesis 1:11  
Revelation 10:6 Acts 4:24 Jeremiah 10:12  John 1:1-3  
Genesis 2:21-23 Acts 17:23-26 Exodus 20:11  Genesis 1:26-27  
Hebrews 11:13 Genesis 1:24 Romans 1:20  

 

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 by birth and choice; and, therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Genesis 3:1-6, 24 Romans 1:20 Ephesians 2:1, 3  Romans 3:10-19 
Romans 1:28-32 Ezekiel 18:19-20 Romans 5:12, 19  Galatians 3:22 
Romans 1:18

THE VIRGIN BIRTH

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.

Genesis 3:15 Mark 1:1 Luke 1:35  Galatians 4:4 
Psalm 2:7 Matthew 1:18 - 25 I Corinthians 15:47  John 1:14 
Isaiah 7:14 I John 5:20  

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 honored 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 person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.

Ephesians 2:8 I Peter 3:18 John 3:6  I Corinthians 15:20 
Hebrews 2:14 Hebrews 7:25 I John 4:10  Romans 3:24-25 
John 10:18 Philippians 2:7-8 I Peter 2:24  Hebrews 9:12-15  
Hebrews 12:2 Galatians 1:4 II Corinthians 5:21  I Corinthians 15:3-4 
Romans 8:3 Isaiah 53:4-7 Acts 15:11  Isaiah 53:11-12 
Matthew 18:11 I John 2:2  

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 creature in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and 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, 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.

John 3:3 Colossians 2:13 I John 5:1  Ephesians 5:9 
II Peter 1:3-4 Colossians 3:10 II Corinthians 5:19  Luke 5:27 
Galatians 5:22-25 Acts 2:41 Ephesians 4:24  Ephesians 2:1 
II Corinthians 5:17-19 John 1:12-13 John 3:6-7  Ephesians 2:10 
Romans 6:23

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 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 Thessalonians 1:4 Revelation 22:17 Titus 1:1  Isaiah 55:6-7 
Isaiah 55:1 I Timothy 1:15 John 6:37  John 5:39-40 
John 3:15-16 I Peter 1:2 Ephesians 2:4-5  Matthew 11:28 
John 3:18-36 Romans 10:13 Colossians 3:12  I Corinthians 15:10 
Romans 8:29-30

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 His righteousness is imputed unto us.

Acts 13:39 Romans 1:17 Romans 8:1  Romans 4:1-8 
Titus 3:5-7 Zechariah 13:1 Galatians 3:11  Romans 5:1 
Isaiah 53:11 Habakkuk 2:4 Romans 5:9  Hebrews 10:38 

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, 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 Luke 12:8 Luke 18:13  Acts 2:37-38 
Isaiah 55:6-7 Psalm 51:1-4, 7 Mark 1:15  Romans 10:9-13 

THE CHURCH

We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of scripturally baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, 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 are pastors or elders and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe that 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 do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of an 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 matter of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence the will of the church is final; we believe that the New Testament church is local and visible; we believe that a New Testament church is a fundamental church.

Acts 2:41-42 Colossians 1:18 I Corinthians 12:4, 8-11  Acts 15:22-23 
Matthew 28:19-20 I Corinthians 16:1-2 I Peter 5:1-3  Ephesians 1:22-23 
II Corinthians 8:23-24 Acts 6:5-6 Leviticus 27:32  I Timothy 3:1-13 
I Corinthians 5:11-13 Ephesians 5:23-24 I Corinthians 11:2  Jude 3-4 
Acts 14:23 Malachi 3:10 Acts 20:17-28  I Corinthians 6:1-3 

BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe that New Testament 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 New Testament 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 privileges of a church relation 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.

Acts 8:36-39 Matthew 28:19 Matthew 3:16  Acts 2:41-42 
Colossians 2:12 John 3:23 I Corinthians 11:23-28  Romans 6:3-5 
Matthew 3:6  Matthew 26:6-13, 26-29   

SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

We believe that all true believers are secure in their salvation to 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.

I John 2:19 Psalm 121:3 Matthew 6:20  Philippians 1:6 
I Peter 1:5 Romans 8:28 Romans 8:35-39  Hebrews 1:14 
Matthew 13:19-21 John 10:28-29 John 10:28-29 

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 the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

Malachi 3:18 Romans 6:16-18, 23 Proverbs 11:31  Romans 7:6 
I Corinthians 15:22 Luke 16:25 I John 2:6  Luke 9:26 
Galatians 3:10 Proverbs 14:32 John 8:21  Romans 1:17 
Matthew 7:13-14 I John 2:29 Genesis 18:23  I John 5:19 
I Peter 1:18 Matthew 25:34, 41 Acts 10:34-35  John 12:25 

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 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 the earth.

Romans 13:7 Acts 4:19-20 Acts 23:5  Matthew 23:10 
I Peter 2:13-17 Exodus 18:21-22 Matthew 20:28  Titus 3:1 
Psalm 72:11 Daniel 3:17-18 II Samuel 23:3  Philippians 2:10-11 
Matthew 22:21

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 pertaining to God,"; that "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven..."--bodily, personally and visibly; that the "...dead in Christ shall rise first:", 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 "...till he hath put all enemies under his feet."

Matthew 28:6-7 Hebrews 5:9-10 I Corinthians 15:4  Matthew 24:42 
Acts 1:9-11 Revelation 20:1-4 Revelation 3:21  Luke 1:32 
Hebrews 8:6 Psalm 72:8 Hebrews 2:17  John 20:27 
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 Luke 24:2-6 I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53  Isaiah 11:4-5 
Mark 16:19 Revelation 20:6 Hebrews 12:2  Luke 24:39 
I John 2:1 Mark 16:6 John 14:3  Luke 24:51 
Hebrews 9:28 Hebrews 8:1 Philippians 3:20-21  I Timothy 2:5 
I Corinthians 15:25

MISSIONS

We believe the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches:

Matthew 28:18-20 Mark 16:15 John 20:21  Romans 10:13-15 

THE GRACE OF GIVING

In the Old Testament we have the example of tithing (a tithe equals ten percent of your income):

Malachi 3:10

In the New Testament we are told to give as we purpose in our hearts:

II Corinthians 9:7

We are also told to give as the Lord has prospered him (us). This shows that the Lord expects more than a tithe from some Christians:

I Corinthians 16:2 Matthew 6:21