Statement of Faith
Inspiration “God Breathed” (theopneustos) got you?
The author is the Holy Ghost and He breathes on. The term “Scripture,” according to the Bible, are available and readable. If they were not than God lied about preserving them. The Scriptures are silent when it comes to inerrant, infallible, original autographs. “The Scriptures” never mean original only. Search them without using the man made critical school of thought.
What saith the Scriptures about themselves?
1. Did ye never read in the Scriptures (Matt.21:42)
2. Ye know not the Scriptures (Mark. 12:24)
3. This day is this Scripture (Luke. 4:21)
4. Searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11)
5. That we thought the comfort of the Scriptures (Rom. 15:4)
If you think any of these were the originals and not copies you really need to pray about your discernment and or salvation.
Please be honest and read Jeremiah 36 where he had all the words written upon a roll (vs. 4) then these were burned up (originals). Then, all the former words plus new words written down (vs. 32). Results, a copy does not have to be verbally and plenarily identical to the originals to be Scripture! Quoting from “which translation should you trust,” by Timothy S. Morton
“Since “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” the Scripture Christ quoted in Luke 4 was pure, as were the Scriptures “He commanded the Jews to search in John 5. likewise, the “Scripture” the Ethiopian Eunuch had in Acts 8 was pure; the “Scriptures” the Bereant had in Acts 17 were pure; the “Scripture” Paul had in Romans 4 was pure; and also, according to Peter all the Epistles of Paul are Scripture and pure ( 2 Pet. 3:16). Every reference to Scripture in the Bible is a reference to God’s infallible, inerrant word. Whether the Scripture is an original autograph or a copy is immaterial. God does not esteem the former above the latter in anyway and neither should we.”
Paul states in 2 Timothy 3:15 that Timothy had known the Scriptures as a child and in vs. 16 he says. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” It is absolutely clear that Paul considered the copies of originals to be inspired.
Some scholar said that the Greek word for scripture in verse 15 is “grammata” and the word is, “graphe” in 16 for Scriptures, So what! There both in the first century and being read! The context for verse 16 is verse 15. Copies are inspired. There’s more! To coin a phrase, “you always lose something in translations.” All conversations between Moses and Pharaoh were in Egyptian. Then they where translated into the “original autographs” in Hebrew. Exodus 5-11. there are many examples of this. Search the “Scriptures.”
The decrease of Artaxerxes and Darius were translations as those of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 3:29; 6:25, Esther 8:8-13
How about the translations of all the tongues in Acts 2:6, 11 Directly God breathed by the Holy Ghost. More than forty verses in the “original autographs” of the New Testament were Greek translations of Hebrew! Matt. 1:22,2:5, 17,4:15,9:13, 11:10, 12: 18 etc. etc. in other words where ever the Old Testament is quoted. Don’t forget, Latin as well as Hebrew and Greek was inspired, Luke 23: 38.
Think about this, no one in David’s time had one autograph of Moses. No one in Isaiah’s time had one autograph of David; no one in Christ’s time had one autograph of Isaiah or Jeremiah. No one in A.D. 70 ever had a complete New Testament or one autograph of I Thessalonians. God keeps His Word and All Scripture is inspired. Always see what the “Scriptures” say about themselves first.
Sanctification is the process of which holiness is the completed state. In sanctification, God’s will is that sinful attitudes and actions should be put to death in the Christian’s life, his nature and character renewed after the image of God in Christ, his obedience to God increased, so that he lives to please God. All these things take place through the power and help of the Holy Spirit.
- Sanctification and holiness.
(a) God’s will for us is our sanctification (1 Thess. 4: 3; I Pet. 1: 16).
(b) God’s call to the Christian is to holiness (1 Thess. 4: 7).
(c) The necessity for holiness springs from the fact that the Lord our God is holy (Lev. 11:44; / Pet. 1:16).
(d) That we might serve the Lord, without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of our life is the purpose of God’s redemption and of the gift of His Spirit (Luke 1:15; Ezek. 36: 27).
(e) The supreme aim of the Christian is to be the achieving of holiness (Heb. 12:14).
- Sanctification—of which holiness is the completed state—is a continuous process.
(a) It is the continual endeavor to bring holiness to completeness (II Cor. 7: 1).
(b) It is a progressive work (1 Thess. 5: 23), and involves the complete personality: the spirit, the soul and the body (1 Thess. 5: 23).
(c) Entire sanctification will not be realized until our bodies are changed to be like Christ’s body (Phil.3:21; I John1:2).
- Sinful attitudes and actions are to be put to death in the Christian’s We (Rom. 8: 13; Col. 3: 5).
(a) Belonging to the Lord brings the immediate obligation to depart from iniquity (II Tim. 2: 19).
(b) God’s judgment and condemnation no longer rest upon the Christian because of his sin (Rom. 8:1), but this does not mean that he may ever regard sin lightly (Rom. 6: 1, 2; I John2: 1).
(c) The Christian is to throw off the sinful ways of his old life (Eph. 4: 22).
(d) While there is necessarily a battle with indwelling sin (Rom. 7: 14-25; I John 1: 8; 2: 1), sin is not to have the mastery over the Christian (Rom. 6: 12, 13).
(e) Sexual immorality and uncleanness are not to be given any place in the Christian’s life (1 Thess. 4: 3, 7).
(f) The more the Christian’s sanctification proceeds the more he hates his sin (Job 42: 5, 6; Isa. 6: 5; Rom. 7: 24).
- The Christian’s nature and character are to be renewed after the image of God in Christ.
(a) Sanctification is a call to share God’s moral perfection (I Pet. 1: 16).
(b) The goal of sanctification is always presented as likeness co Christ: God has chosen Christians to bear the family likeness of His Son (Rom. 8: 29; Phil. 1: 9-11; II Pet. 1: 5-8).
(c) God’s purpose is that we should copy Christ and be like Him (I Cor. 11: 1; Phil. 2: 5).
(d) As our way of looking at things is made different and renewed by the Holy Spirit, so we are able to put on the new nature of God’s creating, which shows itself in a just and devout life (Eph. 4: 23, 24).
- Obedience to God is to grow and increase.
(a) Nothing we do outwardly has value to God without the willing obedience of the heart (I Sam. 15: 22).
(b) He requires that His commandments shall be upon our heart (Deut. 6: 5).
(c) Practical righteousness is walking (another word for “obeying”) in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless (Luke 1: 6).
(d) We please God as we keep His commandments (1 John 3: 22).
(e) We are to actively obey the Holy Spirit as He reveals to us what God requires (Gal. 5: 25).
(f) While our obedience is always imperfect (Ps. 130: 3), God will always receive the offering of our obedience and of ourselves to Him as holy and acceptable, when we are His children in Christ (Rom. 12: 1; Phil. 4: 18; Heb. 13: 16).
- All these things take place by the power and help of the Holy Spirit.
(a) Our confidence as we seek to work out the salvation God has given us is that He Himself is at work in us, giving us the will and power to achieve His purpose (Phil. 2:13)
(b) The holy Spirit is the agent of our sanctification, even as of our regeneration (1 Cor.6:11, 1 Thess. 4:7, 8).
(c) Strength for the Christian life comes by the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:16).
(d) The Holy Spirit assists the Christian in putting sin to death (Rom. 8: 13).
(e) The Holy Spirit assists in the gradual transformation of the Christian’s character to that of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18; cf. Rom. 8: 29): He takes what is Christ’s and declares it to the Christian (John 16:14).
(f) The Holy Spirit assists believers in actual obedience: He implants a supernatural habit and principle in the believer enabling him to obey God’s will (Rom. 8: 2).
(g) The Holy Spirit strengthens the believer’s will to obey God’s commandments (1 Pet. 1: 2; 1 John 3: 24).
- The instrument the Holy Spirit uses principally for our sanctification is the Word of God.
(a) It is declared to be God’s chosen instrument (John 17: 17).
(b) Our way of life can be kept pure by guarding it according to God’s Word (Ps. 119: 9).
(c) Holiness comes from instruction in God’s ways, and walking in His paths (Isa. 2:2-5).
(d) It is for this reason that Christ gives, by His Spirit, gifts to enable the people of God to be instructed in the Word of God (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 5:17).
(e) Our sharing in God’s holiness involves chastisement on occasions and some of the experiences which lead to greater sanctification are not always pleasant at the time (Heb. 12:10-11).
- Many incentives and motives for holiness and sanctification are set before the Christian.
(a) Reverence and respect for God (11 Cor. 7: 1; 1 Pet. 1: 17).
(b) The mercies of God to us in Christ (Rom. 12: 1, 2).
(c) The promises of God (2 Cor. 7:1).
(d) The freedom to which we have been called in Christ, enabling us to please God (Gal. 5: 13-15).
(e) The prospect of Christ’s return (Tit. 2: 12, 13; 1 John 3: 3).
(f) God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to us and the implications of that gift (Gal. 5: 16-26; 1 Thess. 4: 8).
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, loving 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; Colossians 2:9; Genesis 17:1; Philippians 2:5-6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7
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; Matthew 28:19; John 3:56; Genesis 1:2; John 14:26
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 behind the present evil world, 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; Revelation 12:9; I Peter 5:8; II Corinthians 4:4; Ezekiel 28:14-17; II Corinthians 11:13-15
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 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 all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind. Genesis 1:1, 11, 24, 26-27; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:1-3
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression he fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3
The Virgin Birth of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ 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 woman; and that He is the Son of God, and God, the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25
The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by 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 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, and that He is in every way qualified to be the only suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour. Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:1-3
Grace in the New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a miraculous transaction whereby the sinner becomes 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 in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new birth is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not 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 3:3-5; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:11-13; Colossians 2:12-13; John 1:11-13
The Freeness of Salvation
We believe in the freeness of God’s grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept those blessings by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and willful rejection of the gospel, which rejection involves in an aggravated condemnation. I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; Romans 8:29; John 3:15-16, 18, 36; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1-3
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; that they occur when we willfully and knowingly turn from our sin and by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Acts 20:21; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:913; I Corinthians 7:10
We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, said church being understood to be the “pillar and ground of the truth,” observing the ordinances of Christ; baptism being a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour; that it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life and is the obedient submission of the child of God and does not constitute in part or in whole salvation or redemption; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship and to the Lord’s supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the unfermented fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6, 16; Matthew 28:19; John 3:23; I Corinthians l~:23-28
The Eternal Security of the Believer
We believe that those who are born again become “new creatures in Christ Jesus” and because of the “operation made without hands,” are eternally secure in the grace of God and have been given eternal salvation. We believe that they are forever sealed and shall never “come into condemnation;” that grand attachment to Christ is the 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. II Corinthians 5:17; John 10:28-29; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 8:1, 35-39; I Peter 1:3-5
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, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; and that 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 joy of the saved in heaven and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell. 1 Peter 1:18; Romans 1:17; Romans 6:23; Luke 16:25; Revelation 20:15; II Corinthians 5:1-8; Matthew 7:13-14; I John 5:12
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. Romans 13:1; I Peter 2:13, 14, 17; Philippians 2:10-11
The 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 shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven. ..” bodily, personally and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first;” that 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 until He hath put all enemies under His feet.” We are therefore pre-millennial and pre-tribulation as it pertains to the return of Christ. Matthew 28:1-7; I Corinthians 15; Revelation 20:1-6; Acts 1:3, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-16; Revelation 19:11-16
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
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. II Corinthians 8:7: We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the Church) upon the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:2; Acts 4:34, 35, And 37: Under grace we give, not pay, the tithe. Hebrews 7:2 4; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)