We are still working on this doctrinal statement page, and here’s what we have so far (updated 4-20-18):
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18 So we should start here. Jesus is God. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Isaiah 43:11 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus 1:4 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is God.
Jesus is also called the Word of God. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:13 So it naturally should follow that we believe the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16 This inspiration is in the Hebrew Masoretic Text for the Old Testament, and the Greek Received Text for the New Testament. We believe this inspiration also carried through to the King James Bible which is the Bible for English-speaking people. Not that the KJV is more inspired, but it is also the inspired Word of God. Modern “bible” versions are based on corrupted manuscripts which greatly weaken or contradict God’s Word. Most even leave out whole verses or passages. Check it out. Chick publications ( http://www.chick.com ) and http://www.wayoflife.org sells some good books on the subject. The Catholic counter-reformation is to blame for these modern perversions of the Bible. The reason? Get people so confused as to what the Bible really says, so they don’t trust the Bible to be their sole authority, but make the pope their sole authority. But, no man since Jesus is qualified to be our sole authority.
We believe in the Trinity – God consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
We are neither Calvinist, nor Arminianist – we just believe the Bible which says “whosoever will believe” will be saved, and it also says God is sovereign. We do believe if someone is genuinely saved, that he cannot become unsaved. There are many people however, who are “almost persuaded”, and are professing believers, but who are not genuinely saved. Genuine salvation will result in a changed life. We believe repentance is turning from sin and turning to the Saviour. Since we’re still in these earthen vessels, we might still sin, but we will be uncomfortable in doing it and be sorry for it.
We are not ashamed to hold to the Baptist doctrine and distinctives. Sadly, most modern Baptist churches have worldly practice, even if they might have a good doctrinal statement. The Baptist doctrine is simply Bible doctrine, which has been held by Bible-believing Christians beginning with the Apostles through all the years to the present. Many of these years, these Bible-believing Christians were called Anabaptists, which means re-baptizers. They weren’t really re-baptizers, because the first “baptism” was done as an infant, and therefore cannot be valid, because faith has to come first before one is baptized. Around the time of the reformation, some of the Anabaptists followed Menno Simmons who was an ex-catholic priest, and of course like all who leave the catholic faith, retained many catholic errors such as sprinkling for baptism, amillenialism, and eternal insecurity. These followers became the Mennonites and Amish. The ones who weren’t led astray by this Menno Simmons went on to become simply Baptists. So Baptists really aren’t protestants because they were never part of the catholic faith; they were simply Bible-believing Christians. In fact, in addition to great persecution against Baptists by catholics, some of the reformers also actually persecuted Baptists, and it seems there is still animosity shown today against real Baptists by protestants and catholics. I do not capitalize the words protestant and catholic, because this would be an unmerited honor toward these groups. Mennonites, Amish, and similar groups would have you believe that they are the true Anabaptists, and that only they hold the right doctrine, but as I explained above, it isn’t that way.
We reject Replacement Theology. Israel is Israel, and the Church is the Church. Any Israelite is welcome to join Jesus’ church. We do not want to become an Israelite, however, we are Abraham’s children based on this verse: Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:7. We pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, and for salvation of Israelites. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. Psalm 122:6-7. When we read news of Israel, we root for Israel, because Jerusalem is the apple of God’s eye. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Zechariah 2:8. Yes, Judea and Samaria (what the world calls West Bank) belong to Israel. We stand with Israel. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3.
We will probably add to this page in the future, but better than learning our story would be learning HIS story, as is recorded in HIS Book, the Holy Bible. (King James Version for English reading people, otherwise Bibles that are based on the same underlying texts, the Hebrew Masoretic Text for the Old Testament, and the Greek Received Text for the New Testament.) So please try to get a copy (we can try to help you get one if you let us know) and read it faithfully.
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