We are working on this doctrinal statement page, but here’s what we have so far:
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. Other modern versions are based on corrupted manuscripts which greatly weaken or contradict God’s Word.
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 it 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.