Articles of Faith

I. Of The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter.

We believe that God has preserved these original inspired writings in the Old Testament through the Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text and in the New Testament through the Textus Receptus (Traditional Received or Byzantine Text). It consists of 66 books. Since the King James Bible was translated from these texts, we believe we have the inspired, preserved Word of God in it. True and accurate translations in any language should also come from these Hebrew and Greek texts. (Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 5:18) We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21) The King James Bible will be used in the pulpit and all areas of our church ministry without exception.

II. Of The True God
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 4:11)

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 righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. (Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35, 24:49; John 1:33, 3:5-6, 14:16-17, 26, 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32, 11:16; Romans 8:14,16,26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 9:14)

IV. Of The Devil
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)

V. Of Creation
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. (Genesis, Chapters 1 & 2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)

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 only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:32, 5:10-19)

VII. Of The Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus 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 a woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)

VIII. Of The Atonement For Sin
We believe that 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 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 a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour. (Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:7; I John 4:10)

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 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, 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, 6-8; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17,19; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:1)

X. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification: (a) That justification includes the pardon of sin, the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness; and (b) 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 to us. (Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Acts 15:19; Romans 5:1, 9, 8:1)

XI. Of Faith And Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. (Acts 16:31)

XII. Of The Church
We believe that the church is a New Testament institution, not equivalent to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament except in its function of displaying the reality of the Messiah, Christ Jesus; established by Jesus Christ (during his earthly ministry), Who is its sole head; revealed through the holy apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; Christ’s ‘body’ for service; and His ‘bride’ for glory. A New Testament church is a called out local assembly of immersed believers, associated by 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 are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe that the true mission of the church is the glorification of Christ in all things through submissive faith, to include the edification of the Saints through the teaching of the Word, and the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity, that He might bring ‘many Sons unto glory.’ We 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 each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the church is final. (Acts 2:41-42, 10:17-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11, 5:23-24; 1 Timothy 3:1-15)

XIII. Of Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water 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 a pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:26-39; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)

XIV. Of The Security Of The Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. (John 10:28-19; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; Jude 1)

XV. 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 Christ, 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 that 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. (Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:32; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21; Romans 6:17-18, 23; 1 John 5:19 )

XVI. 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 honored, and obeyed; except 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. (Exodus 18:21-22; 2 Samuel 23:3; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19-20, 5:20, 23:5; Romans 13:1-7; Revelation 19:16)

XVII. Of The Family
A. We believe marriage was ordained by God as one male and one female becoming one flesh. We believe it was God’s design that a man and a woman enter the marriage union for life, as long as they both shall live. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-32)

B. We believe God has provided for intimate sexual relations between a man and a woman within the covenant of marriage; sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage, including homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, adultery, fornication, pedophilia, among others alluded to in God’s Word, are a sin. We believe acts that defile God’s human creation, such as gender modification through medical procedures or by appearance, and participation in the sexual degradation of others through pornography, are attacks against the family unit, are against the will of God, and are sins. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5,13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 6:6-10, 7:3-5; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Hebrews 13:4)

C.We believe in the sanctity of human life. We believe human life begins at conception, and from conception through the elderly adult years should be respected as a creation and gift of God. We believe abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, suicide, assisted suicide, and other similar acts are acts of murder and therefore against the will of God. (Genesis 1:27; Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 19:32; Job 12:12; Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 44:2, 24; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 9:20-22; 1Timothy 5:1-2)

D. We believe children are a blessing from God to their parents, and are to be taught spiritual and moral values by their parents, who are to rear them with loving discipline following the example and instruction of our Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalms 78:4-7, 127:3; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4)

XVIII. Of The Resurrection; Personal, Visible, Pre-Millennial Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in:

A. The Bodily Resurrection. (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6)

B. The Ascension. (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 12:2)

C. The High Priesthood. (Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9-10)

D. The Second Coming.

         1. The imminent (pre-tribulation) return of Christ in the air for the church. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:9-10; 5:9; Revelation 6:17; Luke 21:36; Revelation 3:10; II Peter 2:6-9; John 14:3; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-52; 2:3a)

         2. The Revelation of Christ with the church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations, and to set up His kingdom on earth. (Colossians 3:4; II Thessalonians 2:7-9; Titus 2:13b; Revelation 19:11-16)

E. The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; 15:52)

F. The Change of the Living in Christ. (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21)

G. The Tribulation Period. (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-30; Revelation 7:9-14; 11:2-3; 13:6-7)

H. The Throne of David. (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30)

I. The Millennial Reign. (I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:6, 14)

J. The Resurrection of the Unsaved Dead. (John 5:18, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5,12-15)

K. A New Heaven and New Earth. (Revelation, Chapters 21 & 22)

Note: Additional Scripture references available upon request.