GRACE LANDMARK BAPTIST MISSION
OUR DECLARATION OF FAITH AND WHAT WE WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE TEACHES.
I. OF THE BIBLE
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We recommend and use the King James Version.
II Tim. 3:16, II Pet. 1:21, Matt. 24:35, Psa. 119:105, Psa. 119:140
II. OF GOD
We believe that there is only one true God, who is our God; who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit, having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doeth what He will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the counsel of His own will. In the unity of the Godhead there are three divine persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine attribute, and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Deut. 6:13-15, John 4:24, Jere. 10:10-13, Psa. 93:2, Mala. 3:6, Rom. 11:33-36 Psa. 139:1-18, I Pet. 1:16, Matt. 28:19, I John 5:7, Dan. 4:34-35, John 17:2
III. OF THE FALL
We believe that Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, yet he fell through the temptations of Satan; and his fall overthrew, not only himself, but his posterity, making them sinners by his disobedience; so that we are by nature children of wrath, and defiled from the womb, being shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. This condition is fatal apart from saving grace as man's inbred enmity against God and the satanic blindness of his mind make him unwilling and unable to come to Christ or do any spiritual good.
Gen. 1:27, Gen. 2:16-17, Gen. 3:1-7, Rom. 5:12-19, Isa. 53:6, Eph. 2:1-3, Rom. 3:9-23, John 6:37,44,65
IV. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, being co-equal with the Father and the Son as the third person of the glorious Trinity. He is the agent of God in the new birth, and comes to dwell continuously in the believer. He seals, teaches, comforts, and sanctifies the child of God. He was active in creation and in the Old Testament economy and now convicts the world of sin, and righteousness, and of judgment to come.
John 16:7-14, John 3:5-8, Eph. 1:13, Gen. 1:2, I Cor. 6:19, II Pet. 1:21
V. OF THE DEVIL
We believe that Satan was perfect in his ways from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him and he enjoyed heavenly honors but, through pride and ambition to be as God, he fell and drew after him a host of angels. He is now the prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God, the chief power of the present apostasy, and the lord of the coming Antichrist. He is destined to final defeat at the hand of God's Son, and to eternal judgement in the lake of fire which was prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15, Ezek. 28:11-16, Gen. 3:1-6, II Cor. 11:14-15, Jude 6, II Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2, II Thes. 2:8-9, I Pet. 5:8, Rev. 20:10
VI. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin having been born of a virgin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for the sins of His people: that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven sitting at the right hand of the Father; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Mt. 1:21-23, Phil. 2:5-11, Mt. 3:17, Isa. 53, Rom. 8:33-34, II Cor. 5:21,17:9, Heb. 12:2, 8:1, Jonah 2:9, Acts 2:30, Heb. 4:15, Heb. 7:25
VII. OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe that God elected and chose, in His eternal counsel, some persons to life and salvation, before the foundation of the world, whom accordingly He doth and will effectually call, and whom He doth so call, He will certainly keep by His power, through faith to salvation. We believe that election was free in God, of His own pleasure, and not at all for, or with reference to, any foreseen works of faith in the creature, as the motive thereinto. We believe that all men until they be quickened by Christ are dead in trespasses; and therefore have no power of themselves to believe savingly. But faith is the free gift of God, and the mighty work of God in the soul, even like the rising of Christ from the dead. We believe that God's electing grace comprehends all the means in connection with the end, and utterly excludes boasting but promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, and the active use of means to the highest degree. Election is ascertained by its effects in all who truly receive Christ, and to make our calling and election sure is a duty that demands and deserves our utmost diligence.
Acts 13:48, Eph. 1:2-4, II Thes. 2:13, I Pet. 1:2, Rom. 8:28-39, Rom. 11:5-6, John 10:15, Eph. 2:1, John 15:5, Eph. 1:19, I Cor. 2:14, John 6:44
VIII. OF THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again. Regeneration is accomplished in a manner above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with God's word, so as to secure our voluntary belief and obedience to the gospel message. The new birth consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind and its proper evidences appear in the fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
John 3:3-8, II Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:8-10, James 1:18, I Pet. 1:22-23, I John 4:7
IX. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating spirit of God. The sinner being convicted of his guilt and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, turns from sin in unfeigned contrition and confession, to the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him as both Lord and Saviour.
Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Eph. 2:8, Rom. 10:9-10
X. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
Rom. 3:24,28, Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:33-34, John 5:24, Acts 13:39, Rom. 5:9
XI. OF SANCTIFICATION
We believe that in every man whom the Holy Spirit regenerates, He does also begin and carry on the work of sanctification. This work involves our growth in holiness and knowledge whereby we are made more like our Saviour. God's word, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer, and the practice of all godly duties are the means used by the Spirit for the strengthening of this work. Sanctification is progressive and never issues in sinless perfection in this life as the flesh remains unchanged.
I Cor. 1:30, John 17:17, Phil. 1:6, Rom. 8:29, I Thes. 4:3, Titus 2:11-14
XII. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe that those who are truly saved, having been predestinate into glorification will endure unto the end. Their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark that distinguishes them from superficial professors. God's special providence watches over their welfare, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Rom. 8:28-29, I John 2:19, John 8:31, Phil. 1:6, John 10:4-5, John 10:27-30, Psa. 37:28, Jude 24
XIII. OF GOOD WORKS
We believe that good works are the fruits and evidences of a true faith. Every child of God should be careful to maintain good works which can be done only through the power of the Spirit, and by the instruction of God's word.
Eph. 2:8-10, Titus 3:8, Matt. 5:16, James 2:20
XIV. OF THE CONDITION OF THE HEATHEN
We believe that no accountable person can be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit and hearing and believing the gospel. The heathen, without the gospel, are lost and will be judged by the light of conscience which is given to every accountable person.
Rom. 2:12-16, Rom. 10:13-17, John 17:3, John 14:6, John 3:3-5
XV. OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the church is a local, visible, congregation of Baptized believers known as Baptist in our day and time, met together by covenant in the Faith and Fellowship of the Gospel to worship God. We believe the church is like the one Christ started while here on earth before Pentecost, and is His bride as described in the Revelation letter. The ordinances of the church are: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The church is governed by God's laws, and exercises the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by God's word. That its only scriptural ordained officers are Bishop, or Pastor, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Mt. 16:18, Mt. 18:15-20, Phil 1:1, Eph. 3:21, I Tim. 3:1-16, Titus 1:5-9 Acts 6:1-6
XVI. OF BAPTISM
We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost by a duly ordained minister of the gospel, authorized by a New Testament Baptist Church. Baptism does not wash away sin but publicly identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Scriptural Baptism is a prerequisite to membership in the church and participation in the Lord's Supper.
Mt. 28:19, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-39, Rom. 6:3-5, Eph. 4:5, 1 Pet. 3:20-21
XVII. OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that the Lord's Supper is not a sacrament but an ordinance placed in the church by our Lord which symbolizes His broken body and shed blood for the redemption of His people. The elements to be used in the Lord's Supper are unleavened bread and wine. Members of this local body only can partake after solemn self examination.
Mt. 26:26-30, I Cor. 11:18-34
XVIII. OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that the commission of Christ to evangelize the world, baptize believers, and teach them obedience to God's word was given to New Testament Baptist Churches. These churches should cooperate with each other in the furtherance of the gospel, each church being the sole human judge of the measure and method of their cooperation. This church will not affiliate or fellowship in anyway with any organization other than churches of like precious faith. This excludes her from being recognized as a member of any man-made organization such as a fellowship, convention, or association. This Church shall only support missionaries of like precious faith who are authorized and sent out by local New Testament Baptist Churches.
Mt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, Acts 13:2, Eph. 4:11-16, I Cor. 16:1, II Cor. 8:18-19
XIX. OF THE HARMONY OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the local church.
Gal. 3:1-25, Rom. 8:7,8
XX. OF THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and for the observance of all the means of grace, both private and public to celibrate the day the Lord rose from the grave.
Acts 20:7, Exodus 20:8, Heb. 10:24-25
XXI. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.
Rom. 13:1-7, Mt. 22:21, Acts 5:29, I Tim. 2:1-3
XXII. OF CHRIST'S RETURN
We believe that the imminent and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ is the blessed hope of the saint. At the return of Christ, the living saints will be translated and the dead in Christ raised to receive a new and glorified body as we meet Christ in the air. There will then be approximately seven years of tribulation upon this earth as the Antichrist is revealed and the wrath of God falls upon this world. Christ will then return in great glory to smite the nations with a rod of iron and set up His personal reign on this earth for a thousand years.
Titus 2:13, Acts 1:10-11, I Thes. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:51-53, Mt. 24:1-31, II Thes. 2:3, Rev. 20:1-6
XXIII. OF JUDGEMENT OF THE UNJUST
We believe that at the close of Christ's thousand year reign, the unsaved will be raised to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgement. They will then be cast into the lake of fire along with the Devil and his emissaries.
XXIV. OF THE JUDGEMENT OF THE JUST
We believe all the just will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ, and that everyone of them shall give an account of themselves to God and receive rewards or suffer loss according to that which he has done in his body whether it be good or bad.
Rom. 14:10-12, II Cor. 5:10, John 15:1-11, I Cor. 3:12-17, Rev. 20:5-6
XXV. OF THE STATE OF MAN AT DEATH
We believe that at death the saved go immediately into the presence of God and the joys of Heaven while the unregenerate enter into a place of torment where they are held in righteous judgement. We hold the teachings of annihilation, soul sleep, and purgatory to be unscriptural and false.
Luke 16:19-31, II Cor. 5:1-11, Luke 23:43, Heb. 11:16, Rev. 20:10-15, Rev. 21:1-8
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