Statement of Faith
Confession: London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689
Catechism: Baptist Catechism, Charleston Association, 1813
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THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
The Holy Scripture is the all-sufficient, certain and infallible rule or
standard of the knowledge, faith and obedience that constitute
salvation. Although the light of nature, and God's works of creation
and providence, give such clear testimony to His goodness, wisdom and
power that men who spurn them are left inexcusable, yet they are not
sufficient of themselves to give that knowledge of God and His will
which is necessary for salvation. In consequence the merciful Lord from
time to time and in a variety of ways has revealed Himself, and made
known His will to His church. And furthermore, in order to ensure the
preservation and propagation of the truth, and the establishment and
comfort of the church against the corrupt nature of man and the malice
of Satan and the world, He caused this revelation of Himself and His
will to be written down in all its fullness. And as the manner in which
God formerly revealed His will has long ceased, the Holy Scripture
becomes absolutely essential to men.
Pss 19:1-3; Prov 22:19-21; Isa 8:20; Luke 16:29,31; Rom 1:19-21, 2:14-15, 15:4; Eph 2:20; 2Tim 3:15-17; Heb 1:1; 2Pet 1:19-20.
There is but one, and only one, living and true God. He is
self-existent and infinite in His being and His perfections.
None but He can comprehend or understand His essence.
He is pure spirit, invisible, and without body, parts, or the
changeable feelings of men. He alone possesses immortality, and
dwells amid the light insufferably bright to mortal men.
He never changes. He is great beyond all our conceptions,
eternal, incomprehensible, almighty and infinite. He is most
holy, wise, free and absolute. All that He does is the out-working
of His changeless, righteous will, and for His own glory. He is
most loving, gracious, merciful and compassionate. He abounds in
goodness and truth. He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.
He rewards those who seek Him diligently. But He hates sin. He will
not overlook guilt or spare the guilty, and He is perfectly just
in executing judgment.
Gen. 17:1; Exod. 3:14; 34:6,7; Deut. 4:15,16; 6:4; 1 Kings 8:27; Neh.9:32,33; Ps. 5:5,6; 90:2; 115:3; Prov. 16:4; Isa. 6:3; 46:10; 48:12; Jer. 10:10; 23:23,24; Nah. 1:2,3; Mal. 3:6; John 4:24; Rom.11:36; 1 Cor. 8:4,6; 1 Tim.1:17; Heb. 11:6.
Man as he came from the hand of God, his creator, was upright and
perfect. The righteous law which God gave him spoke of life as
conditional upon his obedience, and threatened death upon his
disobedience. Adam's obedience was short-lived. Satan used the
subtle serpent to draw Eve into sin. Thereupon she seduced Adam
who, without any compulsion from without, willfully broke the law
under which they had been created, and also God's command not to
eat of the forbidden fruit. To fulfill His own wise and holy
purposes God permitted this to happen, for He was directing all
to His own glory.
Gen. 2:16,17; Gen. 3:12,13; 2 Cor.11:3.
God freely justifies the persons whom He effectually calls. He does
this, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their
sins and by accounting them, and accepting them, as righteous.
This He does for Christ's sake alone, and not for anything wrought
in them or done by them. The righteousness which is imputed to them,
that is, reckoned to their account, is neither their faith nor the
act of believing nor any other obedience to the gospel which they
have rendered, but Christ's obedience alone. Christ's one obedience
is twofold-His active obedience rendered to the entire divine law,
and His passive obedience rendered in His death. Those thus justified
receive and rest by faith upon Christ's righteousness; and this faith
they have, not of themselves, but as the gift of God.
John 1:12; Rom. 3:24; 4:5-8; 5:17-19; 8:30; 1Cor. 1:30-31; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; Phil. 3:8,9.
The Lord Jesus most willingly undertook the office of mediator,
and in order that He might discharge it He became subject to God's law,
which He perfectly fulfilled. He also underwent the punishment due to us,
which we should have borne and suffered, for He bore our sins and was accursed for our sakes.
He endured sorrows in His soul severe beyond our conception,
and most painful sufferings in His body. His death was, by crucifixion.
While He remained in the state of the dead His body sustained no decay.
The third day saw His resurrection in the same body in which He had suffered.
In the same body also He ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of His Father,
interceding for His own. At the end of the world He will return to judge men and angels.
Ps. 40:7-8; Isa. 53:6; Matt. 3:15, 26:37-38, 27:46; Mark 16:19; Luke 22:44; John 10:18, 20:25, 20:27; Acts 1:9-11; 10:42; 13:37; Rom. 8:34; 14:9-10; 1Cor. 15:3,4; 2Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 4:4; Heb. 9:24; 10:5-10; 1Pet. 3:18; 2Pet. 2:4.
The catholic or universal church is invisible in respect of the
internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace. It consists of the
whole number of the elect who have been, who are being, or who yet
shall be gathered into one under Christ who is the church's head.
The church is the wife, the body, the fullness of Christ, who
'fills all in all'.
Eph. 1:10,22,23; 5:23,27,32; Col. 1:18; Heb. 12:23.
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