Article I – The Scriptures
We believe the Bible, in the original manuscripts, to be the inspired Word of God and the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.
II Timothy 3:16–17; II Peter 1:19–21
Article II – The True God
We believe there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence. In the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—one in substance and equal in every divine perfection.
Exodus 20:2–3; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; I Corinthians 8:6
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from all eternity, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. He never ceased to be God for one instant and in His humiliation did not lay aside His deity. As man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
Matthew 1:20–23; Luke 1:26–38; John 1:1–2; 5:23; I John 5:20
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance and nature. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; bears witness to the truth; and is the Agent of the new birth. He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God.
John 14:16–17; Acts 5:3–4; Romans 8:14–27
Article III – The Devil, Or Satan
We believe in the distinct personality of Satan. He is the unholy god of this age, author of the powers of darkness and sin, and destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
Matthew 4:1–3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
Article IV – The Creation
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its own kind,” by direct act and not by the process of evolution.
Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:5; Colossians 1:16–17
Article V – The Fall Of Man
We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocency, but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death. Now, as a consequence, all mankind is born in sin and “shapen in iniquity.” We become willful sinners with the first expression of personal choice and so are without excuse before God.
Genesis 3; Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:10–19
Article VI – The Redemption From Sin
We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross as a voluntary substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world and that He rose again from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He is now our mediator and high priest.
Hebrews 2:9–18; 4:14–15; I Peter 1:18–19; 3:18
Article VII – Salvation By Grace
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin. This salvation is wholly by grace. No works, however good, make the salvation more secure.
Acts 16:30–31; Romans 10:9–13; Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5–7
Article VIII – Security Of Believers
We believe in the eternal security of the believer. A truly born-again believer can never be lost.
John 10:27–29; I John 5:10–13
Article IX – Separation
We believe in the separation of believers. As believers we should live separated lives and abstain from all appearance of evil.
Matthew 5:13–16; Romans 12:9; Philippians 2:5; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Peter 1:16; 3:11
We believe in ecclesiastical separation. As fundamentalists, we oppose modernism, neo-orthodoxy, neo-evangelicalism, the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the ecumenical movement, formalism, the charismatic movement, and any other unscriptural association or movement.
I Corinthians 13:8–10; 14:8–11, 33
Article X – The Church
We believe that the church is a New Testament institution, unknown to the Old Testament Prophets. The church was established by Jesus Christ, Who is its sole Head. It was revealed through the Apostles, empowered and is perpetuated by the Holy Spirit. The church is Christ’s “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. It began with the New Testament saints and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the rapture.
Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8; 2:1–12, 41–47; 15:14; Romans 16:26; II Corinthians 12:12–28; Ephesians 1:22–23; 3:21; 5:23–33; I Thessalonians 4:13–18
We believe that the church universal is manifested through the local church, which is a congregation of immersed believers. This congregation is associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel (observing the ordinances of Christ) and governed by His laws exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word. Its officers are bishops or elders (pastors) and deacons. It has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and is answerable only to Christ. In all matters of membership, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Matthew 18:15–17; I Corinthians 1:2; 6:4–5; 7:17; 11:16; I Timothy 3:1–15
Article XI – The Ordinances
We believe that there are two church ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer backwards, one time, in water and is properly called “believer’s baptism.” It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership and its privileges.
Acts 2:41; 8:36–39; Romans 6:3–5
The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes and pictures our continual fellowship with Him. It should be preceded by baptism and always by careful self-examination.
I Corinthians 11:23–32
Article XII – The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in God’s esteem. All such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both during life and after death in the everlasting conscious rejoicing of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34–41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21; Romans 6:17–23
Article XIII – The Return Of Christ
We believe in the bodily, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ. He will come before the seven-year tribulation period to catch away His church, coming only in the air. He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His Kingdom on earth.
Matthew 25:34–41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21; I Thessalonians 4:13–18; Revelation 19:11–16
Article XIV – The Resurrection
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead. Believers that sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and will be caught up with the transformed, living saints to meet the Lord in the air. The wicked dead will be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom.
John 5:21–30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9–17; 20:11–15