That the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments, is verbally and plenarily inspired by God and is inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts (Ps. 12:6, 7; Matt. 5:18; Matt. 24:35; II Tim. 3:16, 17).
That the King James Version is the best translation of God's Word for English-speaking peoples because it is an accurate translation of the preserved Hebrew Masoretic text and the Greek Textus Receptus (Ps. 119:89; Isa. 40:8; I Pet. 1:23-25). The King James Version is the only English translation that I use, defend, study, and preach from.
That God used Holy men of God to write the words of Scripture and that it is the very words of Scripture which are inspired, not merely the thoughts (II Pet. 1:19-21).
That the Bible, which is made up of 66 books, is complete and that nothing should be added to it or subtracted from it (Pro. 30:5, 6; Rev. 22:18, 19). We also believe that God has preserved His Word for all generations and that He will continue to do so for eternity (Isa. 40:8; I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:16, 17; I Pet. 1:23-25).
That the Bible is the only authority for a believer’s faith and practice. A believer’s life should not be governed by the opinions or traditions of men, but by the commands and principles of Scripture (Ps. 119:104, 128; John 12:48). All teaching should be tested against the Bible and, if the teaching is not in line with God’s Word, it must be rejected (Acts 17:11; Gal. 1:8; II Tim. 3:16, 17).
That there is only one true God and that He is triune in His being. He manifests Himself in three distinct yet equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 4:35, 6:4; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-3; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 5:7).
That God the Father is the self-existing (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 90:2), self-sustaining (Ex. 3:14) Sovereign Creator and ruler of the universe and that some of His attributes include: holiness (Ps. 99:1-3; Isa. 6:3), righteousness (Ps. 5:4, 5), love (1 John 4:8), justice (Heb. 12:23), omnipotence (Rev. 20:9), omniscience (Ps. 139), omnipresence (Pr. 5:21; 15:3), and immutability (Mal. 3:6). God the Father is not willing that any should perish (2 Pet. 3:9). His will is that all should come to repentance and be saved through the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ. God the Father is the one who draws all men to come to Christ and those who choose to receive Christ become the children of God (John 1:12; Gal. 3:26).
That Jesus Christ is God and that He has existed and will continue to exist for all eternity as such (John 1:1-4; Rev. 1:8). Jesus Christ was active in creating the universe (Col. 1:16). Just as God the Father is holy, righteous, loving, merciful, just, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, unchanging (Heb. 13:8), etc., so is Jesus Christ. According to the will of the Father, Jesus Christ was sent to earth to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind (Jn. 1:14; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Tim. 2:3-6). He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:20-23), He was fully God and fully man (Phil. 2:6-11), and He lived a perfectly sinless life though He was tempted in all points like as we are (Heb. 4:14-16). Jesus willingly died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of all the world, and He was buried in the tomb for three days after which He rose again, conquering death and hell (1 Cor. 15:3,4; Rev. 1:17, 18). Now Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven where He intercedes on behalf of believers. Sometime in the future Jesus Christ will rapture His saints to glory (1 Thess. 4:13-18) and after a period of tribulation on earth, He will physically return to set up His kingdom for 1,000 years (Rev. 21:1-27). All those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior will one day be judged by Him at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10), while all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior will one day be judged by Him at the Great White throne judgment which will conclude with each unsaved person being cast into the lake of fire for all eternity (Rev. 20:11-15).
That the Holy Spirit is God and that along with the Father and the Son, He was active in creating the universe (Gen. 1:2). Holy men of God wrote the Holy Scriptures as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, thus making the Holy Spirit the one who inspired the Bible (2 Pet. 1:19-21). God the Holy Spirit regenerates, seals, and immediately indwells all those who receive Christ as their Savior and He continues to be the great helper to all believers by sanctifying them to Christlikeness, enabling them for service, comforting them in trial, convicting them of sin, and illumining them to truth (John 3:5-8; 14:16-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13, 14; 4:30; 1 Pet. 1:2). God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is here not to glorify Himself but to bring glory to Jesus Christ, and God the Father (John 16:7-14).
That the Bible is to be interpreted literally in all places except where it uses figurative language. Therefore, we believe that the Genesis account of creation is literal and that God created this world and everything in it in 6 (24-hour) days, after which, on the 7th day God rested (Gen. 1, 2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 19:1; 33:6; 90:2; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 11:3). Because we believe this, we reject the theory of evolution and all other theories that are contrary to a literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation (1 Tim. 6:20,21).
That salvation is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8, 9), available to all mankind through and only through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the spotless Lamb of God (1 Tim. 2:3-6; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; 2 Pet. 3:9). Salvation is a one-time decision that each person must choose to make individually (Matt. 23:37; John 1:12; 3:16-18; Rom. 3:28). It involves repentance (a change of mind concerning sin and a turning from it) and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross of Calvary (Acts 20:20, 21; 26:18, 20). When a person receives Christ as his Savior, he is delivered from the power of Satan and sin and is turned from death unto life for all of eternity (Rom. 8:35-39; Eph. 1:13).
That eternal security is a truth of Scripture which teaches that once a person receives Christ as his Savior he is saved forever. When a person is saved he is sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise and thereby kept by the power of God so that they or anyone else cannot do anything to cause that salvation to be lost (John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28, 29; 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5-8; Eph. 1:13, 14; 4:30; 1 John 5:13).
That sanctification is the process by which a believer in Christ is made holy or set apart unto God. Although, positionally this takes place at the moment of salvation, practically sanctification is a process that takes place throughout the life of the believer (Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Pet. 1:15,16) if he so chooses to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” and walk in obedience to God’s Word (Phil. 3:13,14; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Sanctification is becoming more like Christ, it will never be fully attained upon this earth but every believer is exhorted to strive for this goal.
That the Bible teaches both the sovereignty of God (Ps. 139) and the freewill of man (John 1:12). As Biblicist Baptists we reject the teachings of Calvinism and Arminianism.
That God’s plan for this dispensation is carried out in and through New Testament Local Churches. The local church is to be the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15) and is to be the entity by which the Great Commission is accomplished (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3). There are only two officers and ordinances of a local church. The two officers being Pastor and Deacon (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3:8-13), and the two ordinances being baptism by immersion only for believers only and the Lord’s Table or communion for remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion (Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:17-34).
That the next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the “rapture” or “catching away” of all God’s saints in the clouds. We believe that this “catching away” comes before the tribulation period (pretribulational) and that it is imminent, for there are no remaining prophecies that must be fulfilled before this event takes place (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 5:9). We believe that some time after the “rapture” the judgment seat of Christ will take place. This is when all church age believers will stand before Christ and be judged for how they lived their lives on earth (2 Cor. 5:10). After the “rapture” of all born-again believers, the next event to take place is the seven-year tribulation, a time when Satan will empower a man called the Anti-Christ who will rule the world (2 Thess. 2:1-4). During the tribulation, God will rain down His wrath upon the earth -- many people will suffer greatly and many people will die (Rev. 6; 16). The main purpose of the tribulation is to turn unbelieving Israel back to God (Rom. 11:26, 27). At the end of these seven years, Jesus Christ the Almighty will come back to earth with His saints, defeat the anti-christ, bind Satan for 1,000 years and establish His literal earthly millennial kingdom (Rev. 19:11-20:3). At the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, Satan will be loosed for a short season and will rebel against God one last time only to be defeated permanently by being cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity. After Satan is cast into the lake of fire, the Great White Throne judgment will take place and all those who did not accept Christ as Savior will be cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity (Rev. 20:3, 7-15). After this there will be a new heaven and a new earth and the saints of God will be forever with their Savior living in glory (Rev. 21:1-3).
That every Christian is commanded to live holy before God (1 Pet. 1:15,16). Being holy or set apart unto God demands separation from anything that is contrary to God’s nature therefore as Bible-believing Christians we are to separate from all sinful/worldly activities and also from all those who habitually practice these sinful/worldly activities whether they are saved or lost. Separation from habitually disobedient brethren is also necessary, although the purpose is to restore them back to fellowship (2 Cor. 6:14-18; Gal. 6:1; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 John 2:15, 16).
That God has commanded his church to be holy and pure before Him (Eph. 5:25-27), therefore a Bible-believing local New Testament church should have no fellowship with other churches or preachers that practice or have a doctrinal position that is contrary to God’s Word (Rom. 16:17, 18; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11).
That New Evangelicalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, the Emerging Church Movement, and other related “movements” are unbiblical and must thereby, be rejected as such (2 Tim. 4:1-5; Titus 1:9).