We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction: that it has God for it’s author, salvation for it’s end, and truth without any mixture of error, for it’s matter. That it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore it is, and shall remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions should be tried.
We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, and intelligent Spirit whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost; equal in divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression, fell from that holy, and happy state; the consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of The Son of God; who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the Divine Law by his personal obedience, and by his death, made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person, the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all- sufficient savior.
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 on principals of righteousness; 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.
We believe that the blessings of salvation are free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected, in a manner that is above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that it’s proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time, heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by it’s effects in all who truly believe in the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regardto ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the word of God, self- examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
We believe that such only are real believers as endure until the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
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’s 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 visible church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his Laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that it’s only scriptural offices are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistle to Timothy and Titus.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with it’s effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
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.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to eternal punishment, and the righteous to eternal joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.