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    • Confession of Faith Sovereign Grace Baptist Assembly Str. Izvor nr. 3 Bocsa, Caras Severin Romania Pastor Raul Enyedi Organized: June 21st, 2009 Articles of FaithIn this age, there exists various different religious organizations which profess to follow theBible as their guide as we do; however, they differ with us in doctrine, faith, and practice.Thus, we feel constrained to set forth a distinctive declaration of what we most surely believeand teach. The following articles are not used as a substitute for the Holy Scriptures, but asexponents of what are conceived to be the fundamental doctrines of the Word of God.I. THE TRUE GODThe Scripture teaches and we believe that there is one and only one true and living God 1;infinite 2; eternal 3; self-existent 4; immutable 5; Holy 6; just 7; omniscient 8; omnipotent 9;omnipresent; Spirit 10; whose name is Jehovah 11; the creator and supreme ruler of heavenand earth 12; that in the unity of the one essence, nature, and being of the Godhead, there arethree eternal distinctions that are revealed to us under the figure of persons, the Father, Son,and Holy Spirit 13; that these three are equal in every Divine perfection, executing distinctbut harmonious offices in the great work of redemption, being worthy of precisely the samehonor, worship, and obedience 14.1) Deut 6:4; Gen 1:1 and Isa 42:8; 2) Job 11:7; Psa139:7-12; 147:5; 3) Psa 90:2; 4) Isa40:28; 5) Mal 3:6 6) Isa 6:3; 7) Psa 89:14; Deut 32:4; 8) Psa 147:5; 9) Psa 62:11; Dan
    • 4:35; 10) Jn 4:24; Jer 23:23-24; 11) Psa 83:13; 12) Gen 1:1; Dan 4:35; 13) Gen 1:26; Matt3:16-17; Jn 14:16; 15:26; 14) Rev 4:11; Mark 12:30.II. THE HOLY SCRIPTURESThe Scripture teaches and we believe that all scripture was given by verbal inspiration ofGod, by which we mean the sixty-six books of the Received Text 1; that this inspiration wasaccomplished miraculously by the providence and power of God, and is not to be comparedwith the inspiration attributed to works of human genius 2; yet not in such a way as to impairthe reality of human agency 3; that it is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fullyto each part of the Bible, whether it be historical, legal, poetical, prophetical or doctrinal,extending even to the words themselves as found in the original manuscripts 4; that thisinspiration covers historical and scientific references as fully as matters of doctrine, so thatthe Bible is free from all error as to fact, as well as being free from error as to doctrine 5; thatthe Bible, therefore, has God as its author, truth without any mixture of error as its matter,and the salvation of sinners as its end 6; that it is and shall remain the true center of Christianunity, the only authoritative standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shouldbe tried 7.1) II Tim 3:16; I Pet 1:21; 2) I Cor 2:13; 14:37; Acts 1:16; 3:21; 3) Rev 1:10-12; Psa 68:11;4) Matt 5:18; 4) Gal 3:16; Isa 34:16; 5) Jn 10:35; Psa 12:6; 6) II Tim 3:16; Prov 30:5-6; Jn5:39; 7) Jn 17:17; Isa 8:20III. THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GODThe Scripture teaches and we believe that God is an absolute sovereign 1; having mercy onwhom He will and hardening whom He will 2; doing according to His will and purpose in thearmy of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth 3; working all things after the counselof His own will 4; efficiently causing all good and wisely permitting all evil that comes topass for reasons known only to Himself and overruling it for His own glory and the good ofthe redeemed 5.1) Psa 115:3; 2) Rom 9:15-18; 3) Dan 4:35; 4) Eph 1:11; 5) Rom 8:28; Prov 16:4IV. THE HOLY SPIRITThe Scripture teaches and we believe that The Holy Spirit is a Divine personality and not amere emanation, influence, or force 1; equal with God The Father and God The Son and ofthe same essence and nature 2; that He was active in creation 3; restrains that wicked oneuntil God’s purpose is fulfilled 4; and convicts of sin 5; that He is the agent of God in the newbirth 6; that He comes into the heart in regeneration there to dwell continuously, sealing 7;witnessing 8; counseling 9; teaching 10; guiding 11; and sanctifying 12; that the believer ,therefore, is not to pray or seek for the Holy Spirit, but to surrender to Him so as to be filledwith Him 13.1) Jn 14:26; 16:13; 2) II Cor 13:14; 3) Gen 1:2; 4) II Thes 2:7; 5) Acts 2:37; 6) Jn 3:6;6:63; 7) Eph 1:13; 8) Rom 8:16; 9) I Jn 2:20; 10) I Jn 2:27; 11) Jn 16:13; 12) I Cor 6:11;13) I Thess 5:19; Eph 5:18.V. CHRIST AND HIS MEDIATORIAL WORK
    • The Scripture teaches and we believe that Jesus of Nazareth was begotten of the Holy Spiritin a miraculous manner without a human father by Mary, a virgin. 1; that He is, therefore,both the Son of God and God the Son, that He by the appointment of the Father freely tookupon the Divine law by perfect obedience 2; who Himself did not sin and could not havesinned being God The Son 3; and by His vicarious death made full atonement for all the sinsof all The Elect People of God 4; that having risen from the dead 5; He is now enthroned atthe right hand of God, making intercession for the believers 6; uniting in His wonderfulperson the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, being, therefore, in every way, asuitable compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour 7.1) Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; 2) Gal 4:4-5; 3) Jn 1:1; 1:14; 4) Jn 10:15; Jn 6:38-39; 5)Luke 24:26; 6) Heb 7:25; 7) Heb 1:3-4; 4:14-16; 7:25-27; 9:24-28.VI. SATANThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the Devil or Satan is a personal evil spirit, formerlya holy angel, from which estate he by transgression fell, drawing a host of the angels withhim 1; that he now presides over these evil angels as their leader, being the prince of thepower of the darkness of this world 2; that he is the enemy of God 3; the tempter and accuserof the saints 4; possessor of the power of death 5; author of all evil and of all false religions 6;the chief power in back of the present apostasy 7; and that he is destined to final defeat andeternal destruction in the lake of fire 8.1) Eze 2:2; Isa 14:12-17; Rev 12:3-4; II Pet 2:4; 2) Eph 2:2; II Cor 11:13-15; 3) Matt 13:25;4) I Pet 5:8; Rev 12:10; 5) Heb 2:14; 6) Jn 8:44; II Cor 11:13-15; 4:3-4; I Tim 4:1; 7) I Jn4:1-3; II Thess 2:3-7; 8) Rev 20:10.VII. THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSEThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the Genesis account of creation is to be acceptedliterally and not figuratively or allegorically 1; that man was divinely created by direct act inthe image of his maker 2; and not through evolution from the lower species 3; that all animaland vegetable life was likewise directly created and placed under Gods unchangeable lawthat they should bring forth only after their kind 4.1) II Tim 3:16; 2) Gen 1:26-27; 2:7; 3) I Tim 6:20; 4) Rev 20:10.VIII. THE FALL AND DEPRAVITY OF MANThe Scripture teaches and we believe that man was originally created upright 1; and finitelyperfect 2; but, by voluntary transgression, he fell from his happy and holy estate 3; inconsequence of his disobedience, death was then and there inflicted 4; and he totally lost allspiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins and becoming subject to the power of theDevil; that Adam’s sin was imputed to his entire race 5; and that the corrupt nature has beentransmitted to all his posterity by ordinary generation 6; and hence every descendant of Adamis by nature a child of wrath 7; totally destitute of spiritual life 8; at enmity with God 9;wholly inclined to evil 10; and without strength 11; or hope 12; unless saved by Christ 13;and made alive by the Holy Spirit 14.
    • 1) Eccl 7:29; 2) Gen 1:27-31; 3) Gen 3:6-24; 4) Gen 2:16-17; Rom 5:12; 5) Rom 5:18-19; ICor 15:22; 6) Gen 8:21; Job 14:4; Psa 51:5; 58:3; Isa 48:8; 7) Eph 2:1-3; 8) Jn 5:24;Col2:13; 9) Rom 8:7; 10) Job 15:16; Jer 13:23; 17:9; 11) Rom 5:6; 12) Eph 2:12; 13) Matt1:l21; 14) Jn 3:3; 3:5; 6:63; II Cor 3:6.IX. FREE WILLThe Scripture teaches and we believe that man by nature possesses free will or free agency,by which we mean that, in relation to God, he always acts without compulsion and inaccordance with his own dominant desires and inclinations, being impelled from within in allhis actions 1; that this is true while he is yet a sinner under the power of the Devil, evencannot of his own strength free himself therefrom 2; that it is also true, in the exercise ofrepentance and faith, under the regeneration power of God and in service after regeneration,as God works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure 3.1) Mark 7;21-23; Jn 3:19; 2) Eph 2:1; 4:17-19; Jn 6:44,65; 3) Eph 2:8-10; Jn 6:37; Phil 2:13.X. GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACEThe Scripture teaches and we believe that elective purpose of God, according to which Hepredestinates 1; calls 2; regenerates 3; sanctifies 4; saves 5; and glorifies sinners 6; that it isboth eternal and personal 7; and unconditional 8; that it is the most glorious display of Hissovereign goodness, being infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable 9; that it comprehends allthe means in connection with the end 10; that it utterly excludes boasting, promotes humility,love, prayer, praise, and the active imitation of His free mercy 11; that it is perfectlyconsistent with the free agency of man 12; that it is to be ascertained by its effects in all whotruly believe the gospel 13; that to ascertain it, with regard to ourselves, demands anddeserves utmost diligence 14.1) Rom 8:29; 2) Rom 8:30; 3) II Cor 4:6; 4) I Cor 6:11; 5) II Tim 2:9; 6) Rom 8:30; 7) IIThess 2:13; 8) Rom 9:11; 9) Eph 1:14; 10) II Thess 2:13-14; 11) Eph 1:4; 12) Rev 22:17; 13)I Thess 1:4-10; 14) II Pet 1:10-11.XI. THE EFFECTUAL CALLThe Scripture teaches and we believe that those and only those persons whom God haselected and predestinated to salvation, God does, in His appointed and accepted time in thislife, effectually call by His Word and Spirit out of the state of sin and death in which theywere born, to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, regeneratingtheir hearts, enlightening their minds, renewing their wills, thus drawing them to Christ inrepentance and faith 1.1) John 6:37; 10:16, 26-27; Acts 2:39; 13:48; Rom. 8:28-30; II Thess. 2:13-14; II Tim. 2:9-10.XII. THE NEW BIRTHThe Scripture teaches and we believe that, because of human depravity involving spiritualdeath, no sinner can enter the Kingdom of God apart from the new birth 1; that the new birthconsists of the purification of the soul or spirit and the implanting of a new nature 2; that it is
    • accomplished in the region of the soul below consciousness in a supernatural manner aboveour comprehension by the power of The Holy Spirit in connection with the Word of God 3;so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel in the holy fruits of repentance, faithand newness of life 4.1) Jn 3:3; 2) II Cor 4:6; 5:17; 3) Jn 6:63; I Cor 4:14; I Pet 1:23; 4) Rom 6;17-18XIII. REPENTANCE AND FAITHThe Scripture teaches and we believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and alsoinseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God 1; whereby beingdeeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness 2; and of the way of salvation byChrist 3; that a sinner turns to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication formercy 4; at the same time, heartily receiving The Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest,and King, relying on Him alone as The only and all-sufficient Saviour 5.1) Acts 11:16-18; I Cor 12:3,9; Gal 5:33; I Jn 5:1; 2) Psa 116:3-5; Isa 6:5; 3) Jn 16:8; Acts2:37-38; 16:30-31; 4) Luke 18:13; II Cor 7:11; 5) Acts 3:22-23; Rom 10-9-11; II Tim 1:12;Heb 7:25.XIV. WAY OF SALVATIONThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace throughfaith in the finished work of Christ 1; that the full benefit of Christ’s obedience and death arereceived by faith alone and wholly apart from works 2; that our redemption has beenaccomplished solely by the blood of Christ, who was made to be sin for us, dying in our roomand stead 3; and that no repentance, no faith, no feeling, no resolutions, no sincere efforts, noordinances can add the least to the value of the precious blood of Christ 4; that God is pleasedto save sinners through the preaching of the Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection ofChrist, without which no man can be saved 5.1) Eph 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; 2) Rom 3:28; Gal 2:16; 3) Gal 3:13 4) Gal 3:31; Rom 10:4; 5) Col1:18; I Cor 1:21; 4:15.XV. JUSTIFICATIONThe Scripture teaches and we believe that all who believe in Christ are justified in the sight ofGod 1; that justification includes the pardon of all sin 2; and the gift of eternal life onprinciples of righteousness 3; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works ofrighteousness we have done or shall do, but solely through faith in Christ 4; by means ofwhich His perfect righteousness is freely and fully imputed to us of God 5; that it brings usinto a state of blessed peace and favor with God 6; and secures every other blessing needfulfor time and eternity 7.1) Acts 13:39; 2) Acts 13:38; 3) Rom 5:17-21; 4) Rom 3:28; 5) Rom 10;4; 5:1-8; 6) Rom 5:1;7) Rom :32-34.XVI. ASSURANCE
    • The Scripture teaches and we believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all whoare born again of The Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very day they came toknow Christ as Saviour 1; that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery oftheir own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word 2; and thewitness of The Holy Spirit 3; exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience4.1) I Jn 5:20; 2) Jn 20:31; 3) I Jn 4:13; Rom 8:16; 4) II Cor 5:14-15; I Jn 4:10.XVII. SANCTIFICATIONThe Scripture teaches and we believe that sanctification belongs to all who have beenregenerated 1; that it is both instantaneous 2; and progressive 3; that instantaneoussanctification consists of our being objectively separated from the world of unbelievers andset apart or consecrated to God, while, at the same time, we are made holy in the eyes of thelaw and a new life is established in the soul 4; that this phase of sanctification isaccomplished in regeneration and admits of no degree, being possessed fully and absolutelyby all the saved 5; that progressive sanctification is begun in regeneration and is carried on bythe presence and power of The Holy Spirit, wherein, by the use of the appointed means of theWord of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer, and practice of all godlyexercise and duties, we are subjectively separated from the world to live unto God 6; that thisphase of sanctification is only relative and never issues in sinless perfection in this life 7.1) I Cor 6:11; 2) I Cor 1:30; 3) I Thess 4:3; 4) II Thess 2:13-14; 5) I Cor 6:11; Heb 10:10;6) Jn 17;17; II Tim 2:21; 7) Phil 3:13-14.XVIII. THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVERThe Scripture teaches and we believe that regeneration is the implantation of a new life 1; andnot the eradication or reformation of the old nature 2; that the old nature remains in thebeliever to the end of his earthly existence and is in constant conflict with the new nature, sothat the believer is never free from the presence of sin in his life and never able to fully obeythe will of God 3.1) Jn 17:3; Rom 6:23; 2) Rom 7:18; 3) Gal 5:17; Rom 7:14-25.XIX. THE CHRISTIAN WALKThe Scripture teaches and we believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk, not afterthe flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts ofthe flesh 1; but the flesh, being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to bekept in subjection to Christ or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name2.1) Rom 8;1-7; 2) I Cor 9:27; II Pet 1:3-13.XX. GOOD WORKSThe Scripture teaches and we believe that while good works have nothing to do with savingus 1; they are ordained of God for His glory and will certainly follow regeneration 2; that it is
    • our duty to engage in them under the leadership of the Spirit and the instruction of the Wordof God 3; that our eternal reward in the presence of God is dependent upon them 4.1) Tit 3:5; 2) Eph 2:10; 3) 1 Cor 3:11-15.XXI. THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTSThe Scripture teaches and we believe that those who are truly saved, having beenpredestinated to both justification and glorification and being born again of The Spirit, willnever totally nor finally fall away and perish 1; but are kept by the power of God throughfaith unto salvation 2; that they are thereby made to endure to the end 3; yet not in such a wayas to impair their responsibility 4; and that their preserving attachment to Christ is the grandmark that distinguishes them from superficial professors 5; that the believer is presentlyseated with Christ in the heavenlies 6; that there is no spiritual baptism to individual believers7.1) Rom 8:28-30; 2) I Pet 1:5; 3) Psa 91: 11-12; 4) Phil 2:12-13; 5) I Jn 2:19; Heb 6:9,10:39; 6) Eph 2:6; 7) Eph 4:4.XXII. BAPTISMThe Scripture teaches and we believe that baptism is immersion in water 1; of a penitentbeliever 2; on the authority of a New Testament Church 3; in The Name of the Father, Son,and Holy Spirit 4; not in order to obtain the remission of sins 5; but to show forth in solemnand beautiful emblem of death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life 6; that it is aprerequisite to membership in the Church 7; and participation in the Lord’s supper 8.1) Acts 8:38; 2) Acts 8:37; 3) Matt 28:18-20; 4) Matt 28:19-20; 5) Acts 10:43; 6) Rom 6:4;7) Acts 4:41-47; 8) Acts 2:41-42.XXIII. THE LORD’S SUPPERThe Scripture teaches and we believe that The Lord’s Supper is not a sacrament, but a solemnsymbolic ordinance placed in the church by our Lord 1; in which the members of the localchurch observing the ordinance 2; by the use of unleavened bread and wine, commune notwith one another, but The Lord 3; that it shows forth not their love for one another, but theirLord’s death till He comes 4; that the one loaf of the supper points to the unity of the bodyobserving it 5; which unity is essential to the scriptural observance of the ordinance 6.1) Matt 26:26-30; 2) I Cor 11:18-23; 3) II Cor 10;16; 4) I Cor 11:24-26; `5) I Cor 5:17; 6) ICor 11:18-34.XXIV. THE CHURCHThe Scripture teaches and we believe that a New Testament Church on earth is a body ofbaptized believers necessarily local rather than universal, voluntarily associated together inthe faith and fellowship of the Word of God 1; observing the ordinances instituted by Christ2; governed by His laws as its only head 3; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privilegesvested in it by Christ 4; that such a church is the body of Christ in its locality, with which allthe regenerated should affiliate 5; that its officers of ordination are pastors 6; and deacons 7;
    • that the mission of the church is clearly set forth in the great commission 8; that eachassembly has the absolute right to self-government as led by The Holy Spirit, free from anyinterference whatsoever from any organization, group, convention, association, or individual;that it is scriptural for assemblies to cooperate with each other for the furtherance of thegospel and the doctrines of the Word of God 9; but that each church is the sole human judgeof the measure and method of its cooperation; that only sound New Testament BaptistChurches today preserve the essential apostolic faith and practice; that Christ’s promise tobuild His church has been fulfilled in only these kind of churches, the first of which Heorganized during His earthly ministry 10; and gave to it, and to others that should descendfrom it the great commission; that these true churches on earth alone possess Divine authority11; therefore, we brand as unscriptural open communion, alien baptism, pulpit affiliation withheretical ministers, mission boards, ecumenicalism, unionism, modernism, modernconvention associationism, one-church dictatorship, preacher-dictatorship, and all kindredevils arising from these practices.1) I Cor 12:12-13; 2) I Cor 11:2; 3) Eph 1:22; 4) Matt 16:19; 5) I Cor 12:27; 6) Eph 4:11;7) I Tim 3:1-7; Acts 6:2-3; I Tim 3:8-13; 8) Matt 28:19-20; 9) Acts 15:1-31; II Cor 8:23-24;11:8-9; Phil 4:15-16; 10) Jn 1:29-51; 11) Matt 28:18.XXV. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKEDThe Scripture teaches and we believe that there is a radical and essential difference betweenthe righteous and the wicked 1; that such only as are regenerated, being justified through faithin Jesus Christ and sanctified by The Spirit of God, are truly righteous 2; while all those thatcontinue in impenitence and unbelief are wicked in God’s sight and under His righteous curse3; that this distinction holds among men both in life and after death 4; that the souls of therighteous do at death pass immediately into the presence of God, awaiting the firstresurrection, at which time the souls and glorified body will be reunited and associatedforever with The Lord 5; that the souls of the wicked will pass at death into torment to awaitthe judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and bodyshall be reunited and cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished witheverlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord 6.1) Gen 18:23; Mal 3:18; II Cor 6:14; 2) Rom 1:17; Phil 3:9; 3) Jn 3:36; Gal 3:10; 4) Rev22:11; 5) Luke 16:22; I Thess 4:17; 6) Luke 16:23; Rev 20:11-15.XXVI. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRISTThe Scripture teaches and we believe that Christ is now King over a spiritual Kingdom, andthat He is presently reigning on the right hand of The Father in His throne, where He willremain until He comes again 1; that His second coming is to be pre-millennial, bodily, visible2; that it will consist of two parts; His appearance in the air and His revelation on the earth 3;that, at the time of His appearance in the air, all those who sleep in Christ will be raised inglorified bodies and caught up together with all saints who live and remain on the earth 4;that, at His revelation on the earth, He will sit on the throne of His glory (the throne of David)for the first time, judging all men, then living on the earth, receiving the righteous into HisKingdom and sending the unrighteous away into everlasting fire 5; that the two parts of Hiscoming will be separated by a period of time during which the woes depicted in the book of
    • Revelation, referred to as Daniel’s Seventieth Week, will be poured out upon the earth 6; thatthis period will be marked also by the revelation of the man of sin, or beast, who will ruleover the world by the power of Satan and will finally gather the armies of the nations togetherfor the battle of Armageddon 7; that Satan will be bound a thousand years 8, and the saintswill reign a thousand years with Christ on earth 9.1) Col 1:13; Luke 1:32; Rev 3:21; Matt 25:31; 2) Rev 20:1-4; Acts 1:11; Rev 1:7; 3) I Thess4:16-17; Zech 14:4; 4) I Thess 4;16-17; I Cor 15:51-52; 5) Matt 25:31-46; 6) Rev 6 - 19:21;7) Rev 16;13-16; 19:17-19; 8) Rev 20:1-3; 9) Dan 7:18,27; II Tim 2:12; Rev 1:5-6; 2:26-27;5:9-10; 20:4-6.XXVII. THE RESURRECTIONThe Scripture teaches and we believe that there will be a bodily resurrection and that thissame body will be raised up, both of the righteous and the wicked 1; that there will be onethousand years of time intervening between the resurrection of the righteous and of thewicked 2; that the dead in Christ shall rise first 3; and that, at the expiration of the onethousand years, the wicked will be raised and judged 4.1) Dan 12:2; Jn 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; 26:8; Phil 3:7; I Cor 15:42-53; 2) Rev 20: 4-6; 3) ICor 15:23; I Thess 4:13-18; 4) Rev 20:4-11.XXVIII. THE MILLENNIUMThe Scripture teaches and we believe that we are now in the midst of a fearful apostasy inprofessing Christian bodies 1; that the world is now experiencing its night and is by no meansbecoming better or drawing nearer to God or His Kingdom 2; that the world will not beconverted to Christ during this dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgment 2; that TheLord Jesus must come in person to introduce the millennial age with a judgment of this world3; that when He comes His completed Kingdom will be established in the earth, where Hewill reign over restored and converted Israel and the whole world, the glorified saintsreigning with Him 5; that then and only then will He sit upon the throne of David, which waspromised to Him 6.1) I Tim 4:1-2; II Tim 3:13; 2) II Tim 3:1-7; 3) II Tim 4:3-4; II Pet 3:3-7; 4) Jude 14-15; 5)Matt 19:28; Zech 12:10; II Tim 2:12; 6) Matt 25:31; Luke 1:32.XXIX. THE LORD’S DAYThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the first day of the week is The Lord’s day 1; that itis to be kept sacred for worship purposes 2; that Christians should refrain from all secularlabor and worldly recreations 3; that they should devoutly use all the means of grace, bothprivate and public, by which they may be drawn closer to God and provoked to holier living4; and in preparation for the rest, which remains for the people of God 5.1) Acts 20:7; I Cor 16:1-2; Rev 1:10; 2) Ex 20:8; Psa 118:24; Rev 1:10; 3) Isa 58:13-14; 4)Heb 10:25; 5) Heb 4:3-11.XXX. THE GRACE OF GIVING
    • The Scripture teaches and we believe that Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of thefaith 1; that we are to bring our gifts into the common treasury of the church upon the firstday of the week 2; that under grace we give and do not pay 3; that all giving should lose theidentity of the giver and assume the identity of our Lord Jesus Christ through His body, thechurch 4; and, in order not to rob God, our gifts must not be less than ten percent (10%) 5.1) Matt 22:17-21; 2) 1 Cor 16:1-2; 3) Heb 7:1-4; 4) Acts 4:32-35; 5) Mal 3:8-11; Heb 7:4.XXXI. MISSIONSThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the common command to give the gospel to theworld is clear and unmistakable, and this commission was given to the church 1; that it shallbe the policy of this church to support only New Testament Baptist efforts, sound in faith andpractice 2. The Church has been commissioned to preach the Gospel to every creature 3.1) Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Jn 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:13-15; 2) Amos 3:3; 3) Mark16:15.XXXII. CIVIL GOVERNMENTThe Scripture teaches and we believe that civil government is of Divine appointment andarrangement, for the best interests and good order of human society 1; and that magistratesare to be prayed for 2; conscientiously honored and obeyed 3; except in matter opposed to thewill of our Lord Jesus Christ 4; Who is the only Lord of men’s conscience, and the onlyPrince of the Kings of the earth 5.1) Gen 9:1-7; Ex 18:23; Deut 16:18; II Sam 23:3; Jer 30:21; Rom 13:1-7; 2) I Tim 2:1-3; 3)Matt 22:21; Tit 3:1; I Pet 2:13; 4) Dan 3:15-18; Matt 10:28; Acts 4:18-20; 5:9; 5) Psa72:11; Matt 23:10; Rom 14:14; Rev 19:16.XXXIII. THE FINAL STATESThe Scripture teaches and we believe that the earth will be redeemed from the curse of sinand fitted as the eternal dwelling place of the people of God 1; that the fitting of the earth forthe eternal home of the redeemed will be by a process of purification by fire 2; that the finallyimpenitent and incorrigibly wicked will be cast, both souls and resurrected bodies 3; into thelake of fire and brimstone 4, where they shall be punished forever 5; that the redeemed shalldwell in that city Built whose Builder is God 6, the New Jerusalem which shall descend outfrom Heaven 7.1) Isa 66:17; Matt 5:5; Rom 8:20-22; 2) II Pet 3:7-13; 3) Matt 10:28; Mark 9:42-49; 4) Rev20:14-15; 5) Rev 14: 10-11; 6) Heb 11:8-10; 7) Rev 21:2.XXXIV. HOLIDAYSThe Scripture teaches and we believe in the virgin birth of Christ 1; in His death 2 and burial3, and that He rose from the grave on the third day 4; We do not, believe however, that thereexist any alliance with Christmas and the birth of Christ; and, we do not believe there existany alliance with Easter and the resurrection of Christ; we do, however, believe that bothChristmas and Easter can be traced back to pagan origin, just like many other holidays from
    • traditional “Christian” calendars, which only received Christian names, but kept the paganpractices associated with them; and are, therefore, an abomination to the Lord (5). TheChristian is not under the obligation of keeping Old Testament holidays, either, because theywere given to Israel and are but shadows of the reality revealed in the New Testament (6).1) Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; 2:1-7; 2) Matt 27:27:45-50; Mark 15:33-37; Luke23:44-46; Jn 19:28-30; I Cor 15:1-3; 3) Matt 27:59-61; Mark 15:46-47; Luke 23:53; Jn 19:39-42; I Cor 15:4; 4) Matt 28:6-7; Mark 16:6-14; Jn 21:14; I Cor 15:20; (5) Jer. 10:2;44:15-23; (6) Gal. 4:8-11; Col. 2:16, 17.XXXV. THE DOCTRINE OF GRACEThe Scripture teaches and we believe the Five-points of the Doctrine of Grace commonlyreferred to as Calvinism though we do not consider ourselves to be Calvinists. We areLandmark Sovereign Grace Baptists and have never been associated with either Calvin or theProtestant reformation of which he played a major role. Our belief is that Calvin never reallybroke his ties with Rome, taking such things as infant baptism and Church Polity with him.History will bear out that Calvin, as did other of the reformers, persecute Baptists of his daythat rejected his position. The Five-points of Grace did not originate with Calvin, orAugustine who went before him. What is commonly called the Five-points of Grace, bywhich we refer to as: 1) Total Depravity, 2) Unconditional Election, 3) Limited Atonement,4) Irresistible Grace, and, 5) Preservation of the Saints, were clearly taught by The Apostles,particularly Paul and John as well as Christ Himself and can be found throughout the Word ofGod 1.1) Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1; Jer 17:9; Jn 15:16; Eph 1:4-5, 11; Jn 6:37-39; 10:27.XXXVI. THE FAMILYThe Scripture teaches and we believe that God created Adam and Eve (1), and by bringingthem together, as man and woman, He thus instituted marriage and family (2); this is thepillar of any society, be it secular or spiritual; that neglecting the importance and theresponsibilities of the family will lead to the ruin of that society and brings about God’sdispleasure upon and the withdrawal of His blessings from that society (3); the family isdesigned to portray the spiritual relationship between Christ and his church (4); in theChristian family, the husband is responsible to take Christ as an example, assuming theheadship of the family, loving and treating his wife as Christ loves and treats His church (5);and the wife is responsible to follow the example of Christ’s church respecting and honoringher husband in all things (6). (1) Gen. 1:26-28; (2) Gen 2:18-24; (3) Mal. 2:14-16; (4) Eph. 5:22-33; (5) Eph. 5:25, 28,29, 33; Col. 3 :19; 1 Pet. 3:7 (6) Eph. 5:22-24, 33; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1-6XXXVI. THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MEMBERS OF THISASSEMBLYThe Scripture teaches and we believe that membership in an assembly of Christ means beingan active member in a body of Christ, not merely a passive consumer; it means subjection
    • toward the other members in what respects the life of the assembly; and walking in such away that Christ is glorified by the good testimony of the assembly.Being called by God, by His sovereign grace, by the power of the Spirit and by His holyWord from darkness to His wonderful light; all being scripturally immersed based on theconfession of our faith in Lord Jesus Christ by an authorized administrator; and believing thatwherever a group of scripturally baptized believers gathers in the Name of the Lord JesusChrist, they should be organized by the mother church into a distinct body of Christ; and,offering ourselves to God and to one another to be led by scriptural discipline; we all, in oneaccord, assume the following responsibilities for the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ inour lives and for the preservation of the discipline of this assembly, as it is taught in the HolyScriptures.Therefore, we shall endeavor, by the grace of God, to strive for the growth of this assembly inholiness, in the knowledge of the Word and in its testimony before the world; to grant it asacred preeminence before all man made institutions; to attend regularly to its meetings,missing only due to reasons acceptable to the Lord Jesus Christ; to joyfully and regularlycontribute to the support of the ministry, of the assembly’s expenses, of its missionaryprogram throughout the world.We shall also endeavor to pray privately and with our families, seeking to inspire our childrenfirst reverence and love toward Lord Jesus and then faithfulness toward the Lord’s assembly,as the unique institution by which the Lord accomplishes the edification of the believers andby which He is glorified.We shall also endeavor to separate ourselves from any personal habits and amusements thatfight against soul and spirit.Moreover, we shall endeavor to work and walk in Christian love, and to show the Spirit ofChrist in all our dealings with each other; to refrain from any gossip and evil speaking; towatch one over the other in brotherly love and to help one another in sickness and need.Furthermore, we shall endeavor to grant to the work of this assembly such a place in ourlives, that, if we would move to another place, we would join with first opportunity anotherassembly, but only of the same precious faith and order, in order to take forward the spirit ofthis agreement, as the Holy Word of God teaches us.