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H. Propitiation -- is a doctrine which shows that the death of Christ fully satisfied all God's righteousness demanded from a lost, condemned sinner (I John 2:2; 4:10).
I. Imputation -- is when God gives to us Christ's righteousness and to Christ our sins (II Corinthians 5:19-21).
J. Forgiveness-- is a removal of the charges against a sinner (I John 1:9).
K. Sanctification-- that act of God in setting apart someone for His use (John 17:17; I Thess 5:23; Hebrews 10:14).
L. Spirit Baptism-- is that act of the Holy Spirit when He places a believer into the family of God.(Acts 10:44). This takes place only at the time of conversion.
M. Eternal Life-- Is the doctrine that assures us that a saved person cannot lose his salvation. (John 10:27-28; Eph. 4:30). Keep in mind that all believers are not saved, and some of these will fall away, and go to Hell, because they were never saved (Matt 7:21-23). God will preserve till Redemption. This is because of the power of God, who keeps us (Phil. 1:6) Note- All infants who die, who have not reached accountability are safe and go to Heaven (II Sam 12:23; Num 26:11). This is because original sin (depravity) sends no one to Hell, but causes physical death to all. When a person is old enough to reason (accountability), a person sins by choose, causing them to be Hell bound. Those that become Born Again, become Heaven bound.
VIII. The Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology)
1. We believe that because there is no revelation of the church given in the Old Testament, and because it was yet future in Christ statement of Matthew 16:18, which reads as follows: "And I say also unto thee. That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it", that it is strictly a New Testament institution. We believe it was started by Jesus Christ during His post-Resurrection ministry, (John 20:19-22), and it was purchased by Christ on the cross of Calvary by His death, burial, and Resurrection, and was actually Spirit powered as a modern church at Pentecost. In Acts 2:41, the Bible states, " the same day there were added unto them".
In Acts 1, the first Church had a business meeting. You cannot add unto something that does not exist! The local church is the current practical manifestation of the Bride of Christ. Today the local church, visible and organized, is the major emphasis of the New Testament. We believe that all races can worship together in the local church.
A. The New Testament church defined - "Ekklesia" A called out assembly, by God's direction, to proclaim the Gospel! The church is not a building. The church is a New Testament institution. "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place, call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours"
(I Corinthians 1:2).
B. The church purchased- "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20:28) Note - This was Christ own, literal, sinless, human blood and human body, because of no human father. (Heb. 2:14).
C. The church produced- "Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you". Now when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Then Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you". And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20: 19-22.
"Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo,
I am with you always, even to the end of the age". Amen Matthew 28: 18-20.
2. We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Word of God; who observe the ordinances of Christ and are governed solely by His Word, having as its goal the glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ as they seek to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We further believe from the very first a church should support Missionaries for the spreading of the Gospel to all lands. That every able member of the local church should personally witness for Christ. It is the churches responsibility to get out the Gospel.
A. Its purpose- "Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."Matthew 28:19-20
B. Its composition- "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers... Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:41,42, and 47. Please note- It is impossible to (ADD) 3 thousand souls to the Church, if it does not already exist!
3. We believe that the local church is God's only divinely-revealed institution for this age, being an indigenous entity (self-governing, self-supporting, and self propagating). The local church is the highest tribunal of appeal on earth (Matthew 16:18; 18:15-17).
Also, the local church must be independent and guided only by the Word of God in its government and structure in order to be classified as a true church of Jesus Christ and therefore, a church constituted by God. All other means of Christian work are an aid to that local body, the members of which are striving for its advancement, promoting its prosperity and spirituality making it preeminent in all their associations, sustaining its doctrines and practices, and contributing to its support. All designated money must be spent where it is designated to go. We also believe that women should not preach, teach, or exercise any authority over a man in a mixed assembly in the church. (I Timothy 2:8-12; 3:2; I Corinthians 14:34-35).
A. An indigenous body
I. Self- governing -"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." Matthew 18:15-17
II. Self supporting- "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver". (2 Corinthians 9:7)
III. Self propagating- "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away." (Acts 13:1-3).
B. A Disciplined Body
I. Working with one another in the church- "But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him.... But now are they many members, yet but one body." I Corinthians 12:18, 20
II. Cooperating with the leadership of the church- "And He gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Ephesians 4:11-12
III. Promoting the doctrines of the church- "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." I Timothy 3:15
4. We believe that there are only two divinely appointed offices in a New Testament church-- the (Bishop), Pastor, elders; men only, (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and deacons or deaconess; deacons (I Timothy 3:8-10,12-13) and deaconess (I Timothy 3:11)- women not wives is a proper Greek translation, and (Romans 16:1-2) – servant is deacon in the Greek. Phoebe was a woman deacon here. These are approved by the local church if they meet the qualifications (Acts 1:15-26; 6:1-6; 14:23; I Timothy 3:1-16). . The duties of the elders are reflected in the various New Testament designations for this office
A. Bishop / Pastor/elders - the superintendents of a working force, and shepherd of the flock, the overseerers (Titus 1:7; Rev 2:1,8, 12, 18; Rev 3:1,7; 1 Peter 5:5; 1 Timiothy 5:17; and I Tim 3;2; Acts 20:28, the local earthly heads. A careful look at the N.T. reveals that the vast marjority of the time a local Church had a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23), but with one ruling elder having primary leadership as the pastor (Acts 15:6-22), James being the Pastor (Acts 22:19). "Functionally, it is the responsibility of the Pastor to shepherd, direct, teach, and protect the flock of God entrusted to him" quoted from the Criswell study Bible.
B. Rulers/Elders- mature saints of the local assembly. The godly and spiritual core of leadership and spiritual counsel in the Church (I Peter 5:5; I Timothy 5:17) .
C. Preacher- expounder of God's Word
(II Timothy I:11).
5. We believe in Pastoral leadership, and Authority, in the local church-- A Theocratic Republic--The organization is a Theocracy, meaning Christ is the head. He is to have the full rule and authority by the authority of the Word of God. Under Christ, the Head, is the Pastor and elders who are the undershepherds, and the mature men of God serving under the shepherd, Christ. These elders are directed by the church to take the leadership of the church under Christ (I Tim 3:5). The final oversight and guidance on earth, is placed in the hands of these Elders, under the Pastor, in the local assembly by God (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2; I Timothy 5:17-22; I Thessalonians 5:12-13; Titus 1:7; I Peter 2:25; 1 Timothy 3:2; Acts 20:28).
6. We believe that the deacon's place in the local church is to be one of service under the direction of the elders. Deacons are not listed either in the Scriptures or in the evidences of the early church to be the same as Bishop (overseer) or elders, or the same person as elders (mature saints). Acts 6:1-4; I Timothy 3:8-13.
7. We believe that God has always had a true New Testament local church in doctrine, as well as practice. We believe that there has never been a perfect local church, for man since the fall has always been sinful, except Christ. We do believe, however, that there has always been churches that follow the Bible according to God and not according to man and his traditions. These churches are God's true churches. We believe that down through the ages God's true churches have had many different names, but not different doctrines. We believe that AnaBaptist Churches or Churches like these, are God's true Churches today. True local churches of God have both correct doctrine, and practice this doctrine. We believe that all saved should go to Biblically sound local churches. Thus we believe in the historic true AnaBaptist Church position. That is, true local churches, not always called AnaBaptist in name, but existing with AnaBaptist doctrine and practice, have always been and shall be, until Christ comes in the rapture. (Matt. 16:18; Galatians 1:6-12; Rev. 3:7-22; Heb. 10:25; II Timothy 3:16-4:4). Note: The true local churches doctrine has expanded, as God has given more light. (Acts 15) We agree that true local Churches can disagree on various points of doctrine, for there is no perfect Church, until Jesus comes back.
8. We believe that there are several ordinances in a New Testament church: Baptism, the Lord's Supper, feet washing, and head coverings for women during the worship service.
A Baptism is only by immersion for a saved believer, in the water trine times. This pictures his identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Baptism precedes church membership and the receiving of the Lord's Supper. The Greek word for Baptism is baptizo. The izo means to dip more than one. Thayer states the term (Baptizo) means to immerse and submerge as well as to dip repeatedly (Thayer, p.94). We do not allow new members to join, from other fundamental churches who have only been immersed once, or have been sprinkled or poured upon.
I. Its command- "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)
II. Its candidate- "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Acts 10:47
III. Its significance- "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: I Peter 3:21
IV.Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:41-42.
B. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of the Lord's death until He comes, and of our continual fellowship with Him. A careful self examination, should come before the Lord's Supper. The purpose being to humble the soul, in preparation for the Lord's Supper (John 13:1-17). Only trine baptized, humble hearted, believers, should partake of the Lord's Supper. It is open to any saved, trine baptized, right hearted, believer, who is a member of a true church. Its elements being unleavened bread and grape juice (non alcoholic, thus unleavened wine). It should be practice every Sunday as the early Church did (Acts 20:7)
I. Its command- "And when He had given thanks. He brake it, and said. Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me." (I Corinthians 11:24)
II. Its significance- "After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying. This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me."
( I Corinthians 11:25)
III. Its testimony- "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come." ( I Corinthians 11:26)
IV. Its discipline- "Now I command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." (II Thess. 3:6)
V. Its warning- "Wherefore whoesoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, (in a ungodly manner) shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, (in an ungodly manner) eateth and drinketh, damnation (judgment) to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." (I Corinthians 11:27-32)
C. The ordinance of feetwashing. We believe that when Jesus told His disciples to wash one another’s feet, that we should not try to explain away Jesus teaching on humility and servanthood . By the time the Passover meal had been eaten, before the Lord’s Supper, Jesus washing the Disciples feet was not for cleansing as most teach, for they would have already had their feet washed before the Passover. It was clearly to practice an ordinance of humility for all, especially the leadership. A good practice which is done in many AnaBaptist churches is to perform the act at least quarterly, with men washing men’s feet, and women washing women’s feet. This is a traditional approach and AnaBaptist Church can do otherwise, without violating the Scriptures.
I. Scriptures dealing with Feetwashing:
1 Timothy 5:9-10, “Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man, well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work”.
John 13:3-17, “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, Lord, are You washing my feet? Jesus answered and said to him, What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this. Peter said to Him, You shall never wash my feet! Jesus answered him, If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me. Simon Peter said to Him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head! Jesus said to him, He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you. For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, You are not all clean. So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, Do you, know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them”.
D. The ordinance of head coverings on women in worship services. The Bible is very clear that in I Corinthians 11:1-13, a saved women should wear a head coving during a worship service in the church. Many Christians today try to say the hair is the covering, but two different Greek words are used for a covering in this passage, and two different coverings are talked about. Women wear a covering to demonstrate submission to God as well as her husband or Father. Women are still in authority to the man, even in a worldly culture. The Bible says in I Timothy 2:12, “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence”.
E. The practice of the love feast. Though not commanded by Christ, it is clear that the early church practice the love feast as seen in I Corinthians 11:17-30. Even though they were rebuked for practicing it wrongly, they were still practicing the feast. This feast has been practiced by churches throughout the centuries on the Thursday evening before the Friday Crucifixion, and even other times in the year. It is a pattern of what Jesus did in His last celebration with His Disciples before His Crucifixion. It involves 4 elements in the order Christ did them. 1st – The fellowship (agape) meal (Matthew 26:17-20; Mark 14:12-17; Luke 22:13-16; John 13:2-4; I Corinthians 11:17-22). 2nd – Feetwashing (John 13:3-17), which had an ending with Judas betrayal. 3rd – The breading of bread (Communion; the Lord’s Supper) Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:17-19 (a parenthetical section); I Corinthians 11:23-26. 4th – A closing Hymn (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). Though not commanded by Christ to do all 4 things at the same time, an argument can be made that individually all of these elements are commanded in the New Testament.
1. We believe the next event in the fulfillment of prophecy
will be the immenient, pretribulational, premillennial, personal
return of Christ in the air, to rapture His family, the saved.
2. We believe the seven years following the Rapture of the Saved is the seventieth week of Daniel, The latter half is the Great Tribulation and the time of Jacob's trouble, a time when there shall be a great outpouring of God's Wrath upon the ungodly and Israel (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 7:25-27; 9:24-27; I Thess. 5:1-9; Revelation 13:3-5; Isaiah 42:24-25; 63:1-10; Ezekiel 20:33). When God allows the Antichrist to persecute Israel, she will turn to the Lord and be saved (Isaiah 45:17; Jeremiah 23:6; 30:7; Romans 11 :25,26). We reject the heresy that Judas is the Antichrist, for the Bible does not teach reincarnation. In Rev. 17:8 the beast is a demon out of the pit, not Judas. Beginning this seven years, all the church age saints will stand before the judgement seat of Christ, to receive rewards according to their works in this life as saved believers (I Corinthians 3:12-15; II Corinthians 5:10). We believe in the middle of the tribulation, the 144,000 Jews from the twelve tribes will also be raptured out to be with the Lord in Heaven. They are known as the man child in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 12 and Rev. 14:1-5) Note- Jesus is not the man child here. We believe the two witnesses, probably, Enoch and Elijah, will be the Gospel witnesses in the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. (Rev. 11)
3. We believe the tribulation will end with the personal, visible return of Christ to earth (Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 17:14; 19:11-16). The times of the Gentiles shall cease as the nations of the world are defeated and judged (Daniel 7:25-27; Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:1,2). Christ will establish His kingdom upon the earth with Israel restored to the land. Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1-3). Peace and righteousness shall reign throughout the entire world (Isaiah 65:18-25; Daniel 9:24; Zechariah 14:16-21). This period shall last 1,000 years and then final judgement for the lost at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20).The period following this is the New Heaven and Earth without any sin (Rev. 21). This will last forever. (Note- Only the saved, and children who have not reached the knowledge of accountability, will enter the Millennial Kingdom. See- Matt. 25:31-46; Numbers 26:11).
X. The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian Institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by refraining from secular employments. Work of necessity:1-12; 28:1-7; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3, 6; John 4:21-24; 20:1, 19-28; Acts and mercy only being expected. (Rev. 1:10; Hebrews 7:12; Ex. 20:8-11; Matt. 12 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2; Col. 2:16; Col 3:16-17 and Psm. 118:24). Many AnaBaptist churches practice a time of fellowship, by having a meal at least once a month after the morning service. A better practice is weekly, or at least every other week. Others also practice this on Resurrection Sunday. This is called by some an Agape Feast. Jesus had a Passover meal with the Disciples before His death (Luke 22:14-16). In Acts 2:42, it states the early church continued in fellowship. John 13:35 states, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”. A time of fellowship over a meal is a great time to connect with those who are among you. The more a church practices fellowship with one another, the closer the church is to one another.
XI. Concerning Civil Government and Religious Liberty.
We believe that Civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society. Civil authorities should be prayed for, honored, and obeyed, except, never obeyed, in the things opposed by the Word of God, which reveals 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; 1 Peter 2:13-15; Acts 4:19-20; Acts 5:29; Dan 3:18; Dan 6:10; Tit 3:1; Judges 6:11; and 1 Tim 2:1-3).
We further believe that from the Church, the State must be separate, (Matt 22:21) the church having full freedom to operate under God, without Government interference, of any kind (Psm 105:15; and Matt 28:18). We believe, no ecclesiastical group or denomination is to be preferred above another, by the government (1 Cor 1:10-17). That it is the duty of the Church, their family, or the individual, to take care of special needs, never the Government. ( James 1:27; 1 Tim. 5:8; 2 Thess 3:10). We believe like King David, that we can pray for the removal of godless rulers (Psm. 109:4-13). If Government is to be honored by God, it must punish evil and praise good works (Romans 13). Whenever Government fails to follow God, it becomes the servant of Satan, but should never be resisted with force in the name of Christ. (Acts 6:29) If government is to be blessed of God, it must recognize the God of the Bible', as the only final authority (Psm. 2; Ex. 20:3). We further believe that Christians can not participate in the military, police force, or ever take human life. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; John 18:36; Matthew 5:39 &44-48.
XII. Concerning Heresy and Apostasy
We believe in total and complete separation as taught in the Word of God from heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy. We believe the Scripture teaches that we are to (1) try them, I John 4:1; (2) mark them, Rom. 16:17; (3) rebuke them, Titus 1:13; (4) have no fellowship Eph. 5:11; (5) withdraw ourselves II Thess. 3:6; (6) receive them not, II John 1:11; (7) have no company with them, II Thess. 3:14; (8) reject them, Titus 3:10; (9) separate ourselves. II Cor. 6:17.
XIII. Doctrine of Heaven and Hell We believe that all who are truly saved by the blood of the lamb, upon death, will immediately go to be with Christ who is now in Heaven. (Acts 7:55-60; II Cor. 5:8,9; John 14:1-6). The saved will not spend eternity in Heaven, but will spend eternity with Christ (Rev. 21:1-3). We believe that before Christ died on Calvary that all saved went to Paradise, Abraham's bosom, or also called the saved department of Sheol, sometimes called Hell by translation (Luke 16:22; Luke 23:43; Ps. 16:10), and that all of these places are the same place. We further believe that all saved down through the ages stayed in this place before Christ came down during the three Hebrew days (Eph. 4:9,10; Heb. 2:14,15). He finally took all to Heaven during the time of His resurrection with glorified bodies already (Matt. 27:52,53). He then returned to earth and was seen by many witnesses before going back to Heaven, to await the rapture of the saved. (John 20:17-19; I Thess. 4:13-18). We believe that this waiting place for Christ and the O.T. saved, no longer exist, but only existed till the blood sacrifice was completed and the department emptied. We believe that upon death, a person's body stays in the grave, but his soul goes to Heaven or Hades (Hell) (Luke 16:22-23).
This soul is given an intermediate body (Luke 16:23,24). The soul will be united with a glorified body if saved (I Thess. 4:13-18) or a corrupted body again later if lost, for the lake of fire, (Rev.20:15). All persons lost upon death, go to Hades, or the lost department of Sheol translated Hell (KJ). These are one in the same. All lost will leave this place and stand before the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11,12). After this judgment, all lost will be cast in the Lake of Fire forever. All saved, will through eternity, enjoy the new Heaven and Earth with Christ (Revelation 20 and 21).
XIV. Cooperation with other AnaBaptist Churches
We believe that AnaBaptist Churches who hold the same doctrinal stands and practice, should be considered sister churches. That we should do what we can to help one another. That we should fellowship between churches which are AnaBaptist. (Eph. 5:2; Rom. 12:2; II Thes. 3:14; II Cor. 6:17; I Peter 2:12).
XV. Doctrine of Holiness (Christian Living)
(Applies to all Leadership, all ministry activities, and the Church membership in general)
We believe that all Christians should live godly lives (Romans 12:1-2) Because of this, Christians should abstain and be against profanity, including misuse in the pulpit (Col. 3:8; Eph. 4:29); from alcoholic beverages, in or out of church (Proverbs 23:20; Proverbs 20:1); fornication (I Thess. 4:3); adultery (Mark 10:11); homosexuality, NOTE: All sodomites are lost, (Rom. 1:26,27); gluttony (Proverbs 23:21); gambling cards (Prov. 10:2); carnal immoral music (Proverbs 23:7); Illegal drugs (Rev. 21:8); smoking and chewing tobacco (I Cor. 6:19,20); witchcraft and astrology (Deut. 18:10,11); gambling (including the lottery ) - (Rom. 12:17; I Thess 5:22); Women should also wear clothing that honors Christ. ( I Tim. 2:9). We further believe women should not preach or teach men in religous activities ( I Tim. 2:11,12).
also believe. Women should wear a head covering (veil) to cover the
top of her head, when she is meeting to worship (I Corinthians 11:1-15).
God wishes in worship, to see His glory, and not the glory of man,
or even of Angels. (I Cor 11:1-18; Isaiah 47:2-3; and Isaiah 6:2).
We believe Christians should beware of the support of professional
sports (I John 2:15-17; Col 3:8). We also believe that musical Instruments
in the Church service is honoring to God (Eph 5:19). Note- The Greek
word for melody in this verse, is to play a stringed instrument! We
further believe that mixed swimming should be done by families only.
That all swimming, apart from a family, should only be done by separating
the sexes, and then only if modestly dressed. (Proverbs 7:10; I Cor.
8:9). We also believe that Santa Claus, trick or treating, ghosts,
haunted houses, Christmas pagianism, the Easter bunny, and things
of this sort, should not be taught at all favorably to our children;
nor should they be allowed to participate in such an activity. We
also believe that Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Halloween costumes,
Santa ornaments, and things of this nature, should not be allowed,
and songs about them should not be sung by Christians, nor taught
to any Christians, whether children or adults. We believe all these
things are used by Satan to take away from the importance of the birth,
life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Lev. 19:11;
Exodus 20:3; 1 John 4:1; Rev. 20:10; Eph.1:8). We believe the Resurrection
was Sunday, Christ death was on a Friday (Matt. 12:40;, John. 13:1-4; & Mark 16:1-6) and should
be celebrated based on the true meaning only (Col. 2:8). We believe
that capital punishment is Biblical, and should be used by civil governments
only when necessary (Gen. 9:16; Rom. 13:4). We further believe that
abortion is murder, for life begins at conception (Luke 1:15,24, 25;
Ps. 51:5; Ps. 139:14-16). We believe that a Christian should not belong
to any secret organizations (Eph. 5:11-13). We believe public (government)
education for our children is harmful, for the student is to
be taught the Truth, and not Satan's lies (Col. 2:8-10; Jer. 10:2)
We believe that all marriage ceremonies in this church, are to be conducted under the authority of God, and never by the authority of any government body. That all such ceremonies are to be by Cov'erture, and never by contract or License. That it is never right to marry lost people, under God's blessings (II Cor. 6:14; I Cor 1:10; Gen. 6:1-5; Gen 24:1-4,67; Gen 34:1-2; Judges 14:1-3; Judges 16:1,4,5). We also believe that Solomon is not the Shepherd, in the Song of Solomon, for his life is not an example of purity. We believe that the use of abortive artificial means, abortive drugs, abortive appliances, and sterilization (unless a medical reason) to prevent conception is sinfully immoral (Gen. 1:28; 4:1; 38:7-10; I Cor. 7:5; Ps. 127:3-5; 128:3-4; Dt. 25:11-12). We also believe in nonretaliation and Heavenly Citizenship. That because of this, Christians should not promote, or stay in the Military as soldiers, or promote Nationalism. (However, all preachers should preach against all sin, whether it be National, local, or an individual's sin). (Matt.5:38-39; Phil.3:20; Luke 12:13-15; Luke 6:24-36; 2 Tim. 2:3-4; 2 Cor. 10:3-4; John 18:36; Eph 6:12; 2 Cor 5:20; Matt. 6:24; Luke 3:14; and 1 John 2:15). This does not preclude however, we as individuals, coming to the aid of the helpless, when they are facing harm. This would include ones family, children, the murder of babies, or any helpless person. However, the aid of the helpless, does not ever mean using force, which could possibly take life. See (Luke 22:36; Luke 3:14; 1Tim 5:8; Proverbs 24:10-12 and Mat. 5:44). We believe that God desires women, and even men, not to wear suggestive clothing, which is condemned in the Bible. God also considers fancy, worldly, head coverings sinful, for they draw attention to the person (Rev 17:4; Luke 16:19; I Tim 2:9-10; I Peter 3:3-4; Isa 3:16-24; and Isa 47:1-3). We also believe in the Biblical greeting in the Bible (Romans 16:16). We believe further that a Church must have no pagan symbols of Idolatry, such as flags, patriotic symbols, etc. (Ex. 20:3-5) Note - All performers in this Church, require elder approval. James 5:13- 16, permits the anointing of oil for the sick, when requested by a sick person, by the elders. AnaBaptist have always believed this is a New Testament opportunity for God to intervene when requested.
XVI. Concerning Government Welfare,
We believe most Government welfare is wicked and sinful, for God never intended people to get something for nothing (2 Thess 3:10-12). God desires all men to provide for their own needs, with their own hands (1 Thess 4:11-12). If they are not able to work physically, this is another matter.
XVII. Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord, and on the Profession of our Faith, having been baptized by Immersion, in the name of the Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemonly and joyfully enter into covenant.
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