We believe that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God”, by which we understand the whole of the book called the Bible; nor do we take the statement in the sense in which it is sometimes said that words of human genius are inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very words of the sacred writings to holy men of old; and that this Divine inspiration is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical, and to the smallest word, and inflection of a word, provided such word is found in the original manuscripts. II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:21;
I Cor. 2:13; Mark 12:26,36, 13:11; Acts 1:16, 2:4.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matt. 28:19-20;
Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6.
We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as the consequence of his disobedience the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grieviously injured by the fall, but totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. Gen. 1:26, 2:17; John 5:40, 6:53; Eph. 2:1-3; I Tim. 5:6; I John 3:8.
We believe that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the Man Christ Jesus excepted; and hence that every descendant of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of Divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad, being enmity against God, and incapable by any educational process whatever of subjection to His law. Gen. 6:5; Psa. 14:1-3, 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19, 8:6-7.
We believe that, owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again, and that no degree of reformation, however great; no culture, however attractive; no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies, however useful; no baptism or other ordinance, however administered, can help a sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above; a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation. Isa. 64:6; John 3:5,18; Gal. 6:15; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Pt. 1:23.
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the shedding of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying as our substitute, paying the penalty for our guilt; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church or of all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him who united in His Person true and proper divinity with perfect and sinless humanity. Lev. 17:11; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:6-9; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:18-19.
We believe that Christ is received by faith and that because of the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience unto death, the moment we trust in Him as our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and having the place and portions, as linked with Him and one with Him forever. John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:4-6,13; I John 4:17, 5:11-12.
We believe that all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, may be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Saviour; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, inducing within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. Luke 10:20, 12:32; John 6:47; Rom. 8:33-39; II Cor. 5:1,6-8; II Tim. 1:12; I John 5:13; I Pet. 1:3-5;
We believe that all the Scriptures, from first to last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Person and work, in His first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter even of the Old Testament, were designed for our practical instruction. Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 17:2-3, 18:28, 26:22-23; Rom. 15:4; I Cor. 10:11; Acts 28:23.
We believe that the true or invisible church is composed of all who are born again and united to the risen and ascended Son of God by the Holy Spirit, and that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jew or Gentile, and thus being members one of another, we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational differences, and loving one another with a pure heart. Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-37; Rom. 12:5;
I Cor 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15; I Pet. 1:22.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, not as an influence, but as a Divine Person, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, is our abiding Comforter and Helper; that He never takes His departure from the Church, or from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves nor our experiences. John 7:38-39, 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:13-14;
Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; Phil. 3:3; I Cor. 3:16, 6:19.
We believe that we are called to be a separated people and to walk, not after the fleshly nature, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the desires of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His Name. Rom. 8:12-13, 13:14; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24;
Col. 3:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9.
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, at death pass immediately into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated forever with Him in His glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgement of the great White Throne at the close of the millenium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated but punished with the everlasting loss of all that gives worth to existence and separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23;
II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Rev. 20:11-15.
We believe that the world will not be converted during the present dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgement while there will be a fearful apostasy in the professing Christian body; and hence that the Lord Jesus will come in Person to translate the Church and to introduce the millennial age, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord; and that this personal and premillenial advent is the blessed hope set before us in the Gospel for which we should be constantly looking. Luke 12:35-40, 17:26-30, 18:8; Acts 15:14-17; II Thess. 2:3-8; II Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 1:11-15;
I Thess. 4:13-18.