What We Believe

Baptists Are A People Of

Holy Bible

One Book - The Bible - Psa. 138:2

   We have been asked many times concerning the
doctrine and beliefs of our Church.   Of course the sim-
plest statement of faith that we could make is this: "We
believe the whole Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation
22:21."
  However, we believe that it would be good to set
forth some of the things which are most surely believed
among us.   The following statements are not made in an
effort to establish a new set of articles of faith, but rather
to make plain some of the things that we believe.

   There are five words that fairly set forth what we
believe.   Those five words are: Baptist, Fundamental,
Premillennial, Missionary, and Independent.

We Are Baptist

   By this we mean that we hold to the historic beliefs
and practices which have prevailed among Baptists from
the time of Jesus.   In every period of time, since Christ
established His church during His earthly ministry, there
have been churches who were Baptist in faith and prac-
tice.   They did not always wear the name Baptist, but they
believed and practiced Baptist doctrine, which is none
other than Bible doctrine.

   Baptists did not come out of the Reformation under
Martin Luther, for they were never a part of the Catholic
Church
.   In fact Baptists were on the scene long before
the Catholic Church ever came into existence.   For those
who are interested in studying more on this subject we
highly recommend The Trail of Blood, by J. M. Carroll.

   We do not believe in a so-called "Universal Invisible
Church."
  We believe that Jesus established a local,
visible church, and we are sure that this is the only kind
of true church that is in existence today.

We Are Fundamental

   By this we mean, that we accept the so-called funda-
mentals of the faith as opposed to modernism which
denies the fundamentals of the faith.   We believe in the
verbal inspiration of the Scriptures, the Genesis account
of creation, the Virgin Birth of Christ, His sinless life,
His blood atonement, His glorious bodily resurrection,
His ascension, and His second coming.
   When we say that we are fundamental, we do not
mean that this is all that we believe; because we do
believe every doctrine and truth in the Word of God
without any reservation.   No Church or Christian has any
right to single out any doctrine of the Word of God and
say that it is non-essential.   If any of it was non-essential,
then God would not have wasted the space by putting it
in the Bible.

We Are Premillennial

   We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back before
the Millennial Kingdom is established.   Under the govern-
ment of man, the world is growing worse and worse
morally.   This is a fulfillment of the Scriptures which
says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
  (II Timothy
3:13).
   When Christ shall come in the air, "the dead in
Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and
remain
[the living Christians] shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord."
  (I Thessalonians
4:16-17).   Then the Anti-Christ will be manifested here
upon the earth and the seven years of tribulation shall
begin.   At the end of the seven years of tribulation, the
Lord will return with His saints and utterly defeat the

armies of the Anti-Christ.   Satan will be bound and cast
into the bottomless pit, and then the Lord will establish
His kingdom here on earth and reign for a thousand
years. (See Revelation 19-21).

We Are Missionary

   Every true New Testament Baptist Church should be
missionary.   Jesus gave the command to His Church in
Matt. 28:18-20, that they were to "teach all nations[.]"   He
also said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature"
(Mark 16:15).   He also said,
"ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of
the earth"
(Acts 1:8).   If people are to be saved, they
must hear the Word of God.   "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! ... So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God."
  (Romans 10:13-15,17).   To be
obedient to Christ, we must send missionaries to the
foreign field, while we are missionaries on the home
field.
   It is not enough to be missionary in name, but we
must be missionary in practice.   This means that we
should pray for missions, and support missions with the
finances that God has placed in our hand.   We receive a
mission offering every week.   We practice Faith Promise
Mission giving.
   We support sound Bible believing missionaries.
Instead of sending the money to some denominational

headquarters where 80% or 90% of it is used up in
administration costs, we send it direct to the missionary,
through their home church.   This way he gets 100% of
the money and not just 10% or 20%.   We have recently
raised the monthly support for our missionaries, and by
God's grace we intend to continue to raise it.

We Are Independent

   We are not independent to do as we please, but we
are independent and unaffiliated, in order that we might
do as God pleases.   God forbid that we should ever want
to be independent from God.   We are not "affiliated with"
nor do we "belong to" any association or convention.
Jesus established the local New Testament Church, and
we do not believe that He established any convention or
association to lord it over the churches.   It is our conten-
tion that a true church cannot scripturally join anything
nor become affiliated with any outside religious organiza-
tion.
   Churches may work together in the work of Christ,
but should beware of entangling alliances which bring
them under the domination of boards and denominational
secretaries.   Conventions, associations, and other like
denominational organizations are usually started by men
of good faith, but they enter into such organizations
without one verse of Scriptural authority.   Eventually
these extra-Scriptural organizations become the citadels
of compromise and doctrinal laxness, with an insatiable
desire to dominate and lord it over the churches.
   During the period of time covered in the book of
Acts the greatest evangelistic missionary effort in the
history of Christianity may be seen.   In those days travel
was slow, radio, television, and even the printing press
was unheard of, yet the gospel spread like a flame.   In no
other period of Church history was so much done by so

few.   In 30 short years greater progress was made than in
any other period of history, in establishing churches and
carrying out the Great Commission.   Yet, there was no
convention, association, or outside the church denomina-
tional organization.   The plan used in the book of Acts
worked, and it is working today among churches who are
trying to use it.
   It is our desire to contend for the faith without being
contentious.   We can disagree without being disagreeable.
We can stand for the faith without kicking.   We do rejoice
when the gospel is preached and when souls are saved,
even though we might not agree completely with the
method that is used.   Criticism of another man's method
does not constitute obedience to Christ's command to
carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.   We must not
only believe in the right way, but we must demonstrate
the right way.
   The church of the living God does not have time for
petty arguments, foolish and unlearned questions and the
like.   This is not the time for factions, frictions, and
foolish divisions.   This is the time for action.   We are
approaching the zero hour when we shall soon face
Christ.   Let us gird up the loins of our mind, put on the
whole armour of God and press forward in the battle for
Christ.                                               --By E. L. Bynum

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