STATEMENT OF DOCTRINAL ORIENTATION
“And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” Mark 1:22 KJV
When Jesus Christ established His New Testament Churches, He did not leave it up to the human leadership of those ministries to decide which form of doctrine they would teach, preach, or perpetuate. He gave His Church exactly what He wanted them to have in the form of sound words.
Our doctrine originates from the perfectly preserved Word of God only. We hold no faith in the revised words of some self-appointed, modern day “scribe.” A scribe was supposed to copy out the exact words as given by God, and not take it upon themselves to change, add, delete or diminish the meaning prearranged, preplanned, and placed in each sentence by the heart, intent, mind, purpose, inspiration and breath of The original “…Author…” ….God!
God is the only true “…Author…” of the doctrine of “…the faith, which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3 KJV
If you are truly a Bible believer, you know that there is only one true faith. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 KJV
Paul the Apostle made the following statement in Scripture under the very inspiration of God, “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,..” II Timothy 3:8-10 KJV
We have that same “…faith..,” that same “…doctrine..,” still available today.
The Importance of Pure Doctrine
“Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” (In doctrine) John 7:14-18 KJV
- 1. Our Doctrine is to be pre-man. “…My doctrine is not mine…”
- Our Doctrine is pre-Christ. “…but his…”
- Our Doctrine originated with God the Father. “…his that sent me…”(The Author of our Faith, Hebrews 12:2)
- When our Doctrine is taught, it will cause a stir in those who are of some other doctrines. “…the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man…”
- Man’s doctrine begins on a human level only. “How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?”
- Man mistakenly does not recognize the authority of doctrine unless it is accredited by men.” “…never learned…”
- True Doctrine is to be practiced, not just taught. “If any man will do his will,..”
- Knowing Doctrine must involve the doing of it. “…will do his will, he shall know…”
- Proper Doctrine is a matter of conscience. “…he shall know…”
- Doctrine can be fully known. “…he shall know of the doctrine…” II Timothy 3:10- “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,…”
- Doctrine is either God’s or of men, but it can not be both. “…whether it be of God…”
- Doctrines of men have become the foundation of denominations or groups
that were not founded by God, but built upon a man. “…or whether I speak of myself.”(Every Denominational doctrine has a starting point and the name of a man other than Jesus.)
- The root of all man’s doctrine is self. “…seeketh his own glory…”
- Proper Doctrine honors God first and only. “…he that seeketh his glory…”
- Doctrine is to remain under the Authority of God. “…that sent him…”
- If Doctrine is slanted in favor of men, as in respect of persons, it is not being taught by a God-honoring teacher. “…the same is true…” (this is speaking of the Doctrine and the teacher of that Doctrine.)
- It is possible to be pure in Doctrine. “…no unrighteousness…”
- Proper Doctrine is internal in its nature. “…is in him…
- Doctrine becomes part of the one teaching it. “…in him…”
- Doctrine eventually controls the teacher; the teacher does not control the Doctrine. “…up into the temple, and taught…”
1. “Doctrine determines the make up of our Christian character.”
2. “Doctrine dictates the course of action in all circumstances.”
3. “Doctrine directs our attitudes and actions.”
4. “Doctrine deters the sinner from sin.”
5. “Doctrine dissects the principles of any profession.”
6. “Doctrine discovers internal iniquity.”
7. “Doctrine discerns internal intent.”
8. “Doctrine derails a deliberate deceiver.”
9. “Doctrine divides the pretenders from the possessors.”
10. “Doctrine delivers the deceived from the deceitful.”
11. “Doctrine demands accountability for all actions.”
12. “Doctrine dethrones Denominational doctrines.
13. “Doctrine debunks doctrines of devils.”
14. “Doctrine decides all disputes or debates.”
15. “Doctrine defended brings blessing to the believer.”
16. “Doctrine denied brings punishment and pain.”
17. “Doctrine defied brings destruction or death.”
18. “Doctrine diluted entertains ecumenicalism.”
19. “Doctrine discredits feigned words of falsehood.”
20. “Doctrine defends the glory of God.”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (This is proof in doctrine and the practice of that doctrine.) II Timothy 4:3-5
“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” II John 8-11
“How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:11-12
“And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.” Mark 1:22-27
“And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.” Mark 12:38-40
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine…” Acts 2:42
“Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” Acts 13:12
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:17-18
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:..” Ephesians 4:13-15
“As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,..” I Timothy 1:3
“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” I Timothy 1:10-11
“Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.” I Timothy 6:1
“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” II Timothy 6:3-5
“But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,..” II Timothy 3:9-10
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” Titus 1:9
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:7-8
20 MAJOR DIVISIONS OF BIBLE DOCTRINE
II Timothy 2:15-18 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Important Note: Notice that God is speaking of a progression caused by the words of false teachers!!!!!!!!!!
“THE FAITH is a definable, understandable unit of pure doctrine.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
“The Faith” was given by God as one whole entity. Remember, if anything is from God, it must be as perfect as He is perfect!
II Timothy 3:10 “But thou hast fully known my doctrine,..”
Acts 16:5 “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.”
I Timothy 3:9 “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”
I Timothy 6:21 “Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”
Jude 3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Luke 4:32 “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.”
Romans 6:17 “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”
Romans 16:17-18 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
- The Bible
- Jesus Christ
- The Holy Spirit
- The Resurrections
- The Church
- Lords Supper
- The Doctrine of Man
- Separation from the World
- Secondary (Ecclesiastical) Separation
Within these major divisions are sub-divisions of Doctrine that relate and interact with these 20 without contradiction in any way. If a teacher or preacher is not settled on these Bible Basics, he will not “rightly divide” the “Word of Truth” as he teaches, preaches, applies them and lives them. All these parts of Doctrine, when broken down (divided) into individual sections, cannot contradict any other parts. When all are put together, they will always add up to the “whole council of God” (Acts 20:27-28) with no leftovers, remainders, extras, or lost parts of that whole.
A printed Doctrinal Statement will only tell you what we “say” we believe. This statement of faith will do just that. This is not all that we claim to believe, but it is the basis and foundation for the many other Biblical areas of belief and practice to which we desire to be faithful.
Many ministries of this day and time are hesitant to put in print what they really believe for fear of scaring someone away. Our purpose in printing this statement is just the opposite. Our goal is to let seeking souls know exactly what we believe, teach, and preach. We believe that if a person is saved, has the Holy Spirit sealed in them, believes God has preserved His Word, and desires to “…know of the doctrine, whether it be of God,” (John 7:17) that they will be drawn to the truth.
This is why we begin with The Doctrine of The Written Word of God. We firmly believe that The Truth cannot have two differing versions of itself, especially if that printed copy of The Truth of God has on its cover, Holy Bible!
I Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
Note: With over 900 “versions” to date, of a book said to be authored by God, no wonder there is so much confusion in the minds of men and in churches!
Hebrews 12:2 – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;..”
Our hope and prayer is that you will look to Jesus the author,and see what Hehas written about His Word.
Definition of the word Author:
“The primary sense is one who brings or causes to come forth. One who produces, creates, or brings into being. The beginner, originator, former, or first mover of any thing. One who composes or writes a book.”
Proverbs 22:20-21 – “Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?”
Note: God, The Author of The Holy Bible, has never written another book that corrects, contradicts, changes, or compliments His original book. But moreover, He has never authorized or given authority to any Apostle, preacher, teacher, man, woman, infidel or publishing company….. to revise the Book of His divine authorship! He has, however, promised by His own written Word, to preserve every word of His writing, to every generation. Those who have tampered with even one of His words, had also better consider His written promise to those who would dare rewrite His Book for their own gain.
Proverbs 30:6 – “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Deuteronomy 4:2 – “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Revelation 22:18-19 – “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Note: The only person who would dare to change one word of God’s Book would have to be a person who has never read how God feels about this, or they have refused to believe what God says about this subject. But no person in his or her right mind would dare to cross The LORD who gave the Word on this issue, would they?
Whose version of The Authors’ Bible do you hold in your hand??? What version does your preacher use???
We firmly believe that what a man or ministry believes about The Bible will be the foundation for all other beliefs and practices.
The following is the Basic Doctrinal Statement of the Hilltop Baptist Church. It is fully believed by its Pastor, Deacons, and honest Members who have agreed to,or are in the process of learning this Doctrine.
We believe that all 66 books from Genesis to Revelation, and no others, are the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe without doubt or reservation that God has inerrably preserved all of His Words for the English-speaking world in the Authorized King James Version of today and back to the 1611 printing.
II Timothy 3:16-17 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Psalms 12: 6-7 – “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
We believe that God is one God yet is three distinct persons; one in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. God has always been in existence in and of Himself.
Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Isaiah 44:6-8 – “… I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God… Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
The Deity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death for all mankind, His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father’s right hand, His personal, Pre-tribulation return and calling out of His saints, and His personal, Pre-millennial return with His saints at His second coming.
Isaiah 9:6 – “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.
Matthew 28:18 – “All power is given unto me in heaven and earth.
Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:18 – “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
John 10:30 – “I and my Father are one.”
The Shed Blood of Jesus
The blood of Jesus Christ is under attack more than ever today. Many seem to think that His blood has little importance in our salvation, but we firmly believe in the power and the absolute necessity of the blood of Jesus being shed for our sins! It is not just His death that covers our sin, but His precious blood!
Hebrews 9:22 – “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Ephesians 1:7 – “In whom we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins…”
Colossians 1:14 – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
I Peter 1:18-19 – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…: But with the precious blood of Christ.”
His Bodily Resurrection
We believe that Jesus rose from the grave after three days, in an actual body.
Matthew 20:19 – “… and the third day he shall rise again.”
Matthew 26:32 – “But after I have risen again…”
John 2:19-22 – “… destroy this temple, and in three days I will rise it up,… But he spake of the temple of his body.”
Acts 10:40 – “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.”
His Second Coming for His Saints
We believe that Jesus will call true believers to heaven at the word of the Father. At that point in time, the second coming will begin to take place. The calling out of his saints (to transport from one place to another, to snatch away, or out) will be before the 7-year tribulation period. This is known as Pre-Tribulation, Pre-Millennial doctrine.
I Thessalonians 4:15-17 – “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [go before] them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain 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 Corinthians 15:51-53 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, [die] but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruptible, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
The Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was and is 100% God, yet is also 100% Man. He is the pre-existent One, yet came in flesh to be the perfect substitute that was necessary to atone for the sin of man. We believe that as a man, Jesus Christ did not sin nor could He have sinned. We believe that He took on the form of a man in order to relate to us in a very personal way.
I Timothy 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
I Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;..”
I John 3:5 – “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is an actual person of the Trinity. He is not just an influence. We believe that he has a ministry at the present time of convicting the sinner and regenerating all who believe in Christ for salvation. He indwells, seals, instructs, reproves, and guides the believer. He fills and controls every life that is yielded to him.
John 14:16-18 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he [Holy Spirit] may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Ephesians 1:13 – “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
John 3:3-5 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, be cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can be enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [physical birth] and of the Spirit, [regeneration] he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
We believe salvation is a free gift from God. It is offered to all men by His grace (unmerited favor) and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that salvation is offered to any sinner who believes in Jesus Christ by faith and faith alone.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life…”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Titus 3:5-7 – “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
II Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Salvation from Jesus is Eternal
We believe that once a person truly repents, believes, and is saved, that person can never lose the salvation that Jesus gave as a gift.
Romans 6:23 – “But the gift of God is eternal life…”
John 10:27-28 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish…”
We believe in water baptism by immersion for believers only after salvation. This is only to be administered by a local New Testament Church. This word “baptize” is a transliterated word from the Greek word “baptizo.” By its only usage the word means “to immerse,” never to sprinkle.
Baptism is to be by Emersion in Water
Matthew 3:16-17 – “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”
Note: The Lord Jesus has now set us an example as to the mode of baptism. He gives us no other means than that which He Himself practiced.
Acts 8:36-38 – “And as they went on their way, they came unto certain water: and the eunuch said, see, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to be still: and they went down both in to the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
Separation from the World
We believe that a born again believer has a Biblical responsibility to the Lord to be different
in their manner of life than that of the rest of the world in their attitude, actions, and
appearance. While we are not to present ourselves as pharisaical in dealing with those who
do not know or understand, we are to present ourselves as a holy and peculiar people before
the eyes of the God who saved us from the penalty of the sin in which we used to live.
Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 8:29 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
II Corinthians 6:14-17 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
I Corinthians 6:19-20 – “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Secondary or Ecclesiastical Separation
We believe that as a New Testament Church we must not join in with organizations of this
world or with churches that do not hold true to New Testament Doctrine as was once given
to the saints.
Romans 16:17-18 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
I Timothy 1:3-6 – “…that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;”
II Timothy 4:2-4 – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
II John 10-11 – “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Jude 3-4 – “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Acts 2:42 – “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine”
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all those who have been saved unto “eternal life.” All those who reject salvation will resurrect to the judgment at the Great White Throne and be sentenced to everlasting damnation and torment in the Lake of Fire.
The First Resurrection to Life This is the resurrection of all the saved.
Revelation 20:6 – “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
John 5:28-29 – “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in graves shall bear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life: and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
The Second Resurrection This is the resurrection and judgment of the unsaved that have not trusted in Jesus.
John 5:29 – “… and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Revelation 20:5 – “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years [millennial reign] were finished.”
Revelation 20:11-13 – “ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
The Family of God
We believe that every person who is truly born again becomes a member of the Family of
God the moment they by faith trust and ask Jesus to save them from the penalty of their sin.
We believe that these saved individuals must then be Scripturally Baptized in deep water by
a Biblically sound New Testament Church in order to become a member of a New
Testament Church. We do not believe in a “universal church.”
John 1:12-13 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Ephesians 3:14-15 – “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,..”
We believe in the Local Independent Bible Believing Baptist Church. This Church will be identified by means of doctrinal succession. Just because a church carries the name Baptist does not make it a New Testament Church. We believe that a Church ought to be in doctrine, practice, and belief structure, a Biblical Baptist Church.
Matthew 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, [small stone] and upon this rock [cornerstone] I will build my church; and the gates of bell shall not prevail against it.
I Timothy 3:14-15 – “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know bow thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
We believe that the Church that Jesus said He would build is a Local New Testament Assembly of called-out (saved and baptized) believers who have united together for the sole purpose of carrying out the Great Commission. We believe this command was first given to His Church, and to be obeyed by the “members in particular” (I Cor. 12:27) of each New Testament Church. They were then to pass the Commission and New Testament Doctrine: The Faith, on to all subsequent Independent Bible Believing Churches, from that first Church. This Church is to be in a physical, local area. It is to hold to the “faith that was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3)
Each Church has only Two Scriptural Offices
1. Pastor (elder, bishop, and overseer)
2. Deacons (servants)
Each Church has only Two Scriptural Ordinances
1. Baptism – By immersion in water for believers only
2. The Lord’s Supper – a memorial, not a sacrament
We believe that a member of a Local New Testament Church shall be a man, woman, or child who has a clear testimony of salvation in accordance with the scriptures, and after salvation, is baptized in deep water under the authority of a Biblical New Testament Church
I Corinthians 12:12-14 – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member but many.
I Corinthians 12:27 – “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
Colossians 1:24 – “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:”
Ephesians 1:22-23 – “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”