ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving a true history of the
creation of heaven, earth, and humanity and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth, and
the destiny of humanity. Moreover, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven
and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the son (Savior), and
as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).
God is a Spirit (John 4:24). He is the Eternal One, the Creator of
all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation.
He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah
There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after
Him (Isaiah 43:10).
Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the
very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians
1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16);He which
was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8);the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace
Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He that
hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).
It took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world
(Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a Spirit and had no blood to shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews
10:5)and came to earth as a man in order to save us, for in Isaiah 43:11 He said, "Beside me there is no Saviour." When He
came in flesh the angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke
The Holy Ghost is not a third person in the Godhead, but rather the
Spirit of God (the Creator), the Spirit of the resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes to dwell in the hearts and lives of
everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the comforter, Sustainer, and keeper (John 14:16-26; Romans 8:9-11).
Sin is the transgression of the law, or commandments of God (I John
3:4). The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is eternal death (Romans
6:23; Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness
through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of repentance from sin, water baptism
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian
is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).
Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and
not merely a symbolic ritual. It is part of entering into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ), and therefore,
it is not merely a part of local church membership. (See John 3:5; Galatians 3:27).
Mode of Baptism
Water baptism is to be administered only by immersion. Paul said,
"We are buried with him [Jesus Christ] by baptism (Romans 6:4; see Colossians 2:12), Jesus came up "out of the water" (Mark
1:10), and Philip and the eunuch went down "into the water" and came up "out of the water" (Acts 8:38-39).
Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection are applied to our lives when
we experience New Testament salvation: "Repent [death to sin], and be baptized [burial] every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [resurrection]." (See Acts 2:38; Romans
Sprinkling, pouring, or infant baptism of any kind cannot be substantiated
by the Word of God, but are only human traditions.