ARTICLES OF FAITH
1. We believe in
the one true and living God, and not withstanding there are Three that
bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, yet
there is but one in substance, equal in power and glory, not to be
divided and impossible to change in principle and practice.
2. We believe the
Old and New Testament Scriptures are the true written words of God and
were given by inspiration of God and there is a sufficiency in them
contained for our instruction and they are the only rule of our faith
3. We believe the
doctrine of original sin, and that man sinned since the fall, and that
men are by nature the children of wrath.
4. We believe in
the impotency or inability of men to recover themselves out of the
state they are in; therefore, a Savior is absolutely needed.
5. We believe
that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
6. We believe in
the perseverance of the Saints. That by grace through faith they are
born again and adopted into the family of Heaven; that they will become
equal heirs with Jesus Christ in glory, and that He will raise them up
at the last day.
7. We believe
that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are Gospel Ordinances; that true
believers are the proper subjects and we admit no other.
8. We believe
that the true mode of baptism is by immersion, to baptize a person by
their own consent, back foremost in the water, in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
9. We believe
that washing of one another's feet is a commandment of Christ, left on
record with His disciples, and ought to be practiced by His followers.
10. We believe in
the resurrection of the dead and general judgment when all will be
judged according to their deeds done in the body.
11. We believe
the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous will be eternal
12. We believe
that no one has the right to administer the Gospel Ordinances but such
as are legally ordained and qualified there unto.
13. We believe it
to be the duty of all church members to attend church meetings, and
that it is the duty of the church to deal with them for neglecting same.
14. We believe it
to be the duty of all church members to contribute to the support of
the church by defraying all reasonable expenses of same, never
neglecting the poor, according to their several abilities.
15. We believe
that any doctrine that goes to encourage or indulge the people in
their sins or cause them to settle down on anything short of saving
grace in Christ for salvation is erroneous and such doctrine will be
rejected by us.
16. None of the
above articles shall be construed as to hold with particular election
or reprobation as to make God partial directly or indirectly so as to
injure children of man.
17. None of the
above articles shall be altered without legal notice and free consent.