Our convictions are consistent with a conservative, Reformed expression of the Christian faith. We generally, heartily agree with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (access here) and the Westminster Confession of Faith (access here). We have also produced statements of faith concerning particular topics. These are provided below.
A Confession of Unconditional Election
1. Before the world was made, God chose specific sinners to love in a special way: 1.1. according to His sovereign and free will, the right He has as Creator and King of the universe, with no consideration to the conditions of those specific sinners except their great need and therefore in sole respect to the greatness of His mercy in the covenant of redemption; 1.2. to the end that these specific sinners would be conformed unto the likeness of His Son, washed of all sinful stain and purged of every vice, saved to sin no more in holiness and blamelessness, brought into an eternal fellowship of joyfully glorifying God; 1.3. by the means of saving them from the consequences of their rebellion through the justification secured in the substitutionary death of His Son upon the cross and the resurrection sealed by the effectual working of His Spirit in time, such that the penalty and power of sin would be laid waste, such that the promise of future glory with Him made sure and evident in the genuine faith wrought in their spiritual resurrection under the covenant of grace; 1.4. with in mind Christ’s merit to be imputed to these specific sinners, won by His active and passive obedience on the earth and secured in His substitutionary death on the cross; 1.5. with implication that those sinners whom He did not choose would continue in their hostility and rebellion, eventually to fall into eternity with no grounds for justification and no delight in His glory, when He then in righteousness should pronounce upon them and subject them to an everlasting damnation for their sin; 1.6. for the purpose of delighting in Himself through the full demonstration of His attributes; and to Him be the glory forever and ever, amen.
2. Such ends as God chose these specific sinners unto shall in no way be hindered: 2.1. for every means necessary therein He ordained and ensures in the efficacy of His will, that sovereign and omnipotent purpose which alone governs the universe in time to consummate all things for the ultimate benefit of those specific sinners, to the effect that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, is able to separate these specific sinners from His love; 2.2. to the effect that the sum numeric value of God’s elect persons is never subtracted from or increased, nor are the particular individuals comprising the whole ever so much as shaken from their place among the elect; 2.3. meaning that all creatures and time itself are forbidden witness to a beginning or end to God’s love for these elect persons, His will to redeem them whelming pre creatio ex nihilo and flowing immutably through eternity; 2.4. to such implication that the suffering of Christians at the hands of wicked men has no effect on their security in Christ, therein such incredible faith they exhibit in the face of bullets, fires, swords, and torture manifests God’s eternal decision to love them, whereas we weep together in longing for the redemption of our bodies; and to Him be the glory forever and ever, amen.
3. God follows that eternal selection of specific sinners with the tangible, specific fulfillment of that purpose in the redemption of each person selected. 3.1. Regeneration occurs when God’s eternal purpose for the redemption of a specific sinner intersects with that person in time – a Divine, monergistic work in which God gives that individual genuine and lasting affections for Christ via the creation of a new heart, therein this sinner’s resurrection has now begun spiritually. 3.2. Repentance and Faith are the simple fruits of regeneration – faith alone is the instrument of justification, repentance alone is the vindication of faith. 3.3. Glorification will be the monergistic act of God whereby each elect individual is brought to a state of sinless perfection in the likeness of Christ, the end unto which they were foreknown. and to Him be the glory forever and ever, amen.
4. Such deplorable implications deduced from this doctrine include: 4.1. the notion that He has no kind of love for those sinners whom He did not choose to save, whereby in no way He takes displeasure in their rejection of or death apart from Him; 4.2. the notion that He requires no labor from mankind, whereby His ordination did not include human labor as a means unto such ends He desires; 4.3. the notion that His church has no reason to evangelize, whereby His sovereign calling advances apart from the preaching of the gospel; 4.4. the notion that such a doctrine has no practical implications for His church, whereby only in academic and philosophic contexts may it be helpfully considered; 4.5. the notion that His decision to love those sinners was arbitrary, whereby no reason whatsoever compelled Him to act as He did; and these deplorable implications are to be firmly rejected and refuted, having no ground in Sacred Scripture, whereas that congregation which swiftly refuses them is blessed.
A Confession of Ecclesiology: Elders and Deacons
I. I believe that all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Christ: the firstborn of creation through Whom all things were made and are sustained, the Savior and therefore head of the church. // Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1-3; Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 1:15-17
II. I believe that earthly mediations of Christ’s authority exist by His delegation and function through man’s operation, therein all human authority is a stewardship and thus accountable to Christ. // Deuteronomy 12:6-8; Psalm 2:1-12; Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 5:21-33
III. I believe that the local church, by God’s design, is led by such stewards called “elders,” whose authority is authentic though not intrinsic, unto whom all members of the local church are to submit as to Christ. // 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17
IV. I believe that elders, along with apostles and prophets, are Divine gifts to the church for the individual edification and corporate sanctification of God’s elect, therein such leaders are worthy of double honor, though no less in need of God’s power unto salvation. // Romans 1:16; 7:24; 1 Corinthians 4:9; Ephesians 2:20-22; 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:10
V. I believe that the offices of elder and deacon are distinct, therein a deacon is not by Christ made a steward but a servant for the body’s well-being, therein the functions of a deacon may be helpful and diverse though never to include an authoritative operation in the local church. // Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9
VI. I believe that a qualified deacon is worthy of honor and respect by all members of the body, while the deacon himself must be willfully and gladly subject to the elder. // 1 Timothy 3:13
VII. I believe that Scripture is the sole infallible rule for the faith and operation of the local church, such that any proposition not supported by this standard, unable to be vindicated with faithful exegesis, should be renounced and swiftly denied by the congregation, therein proponents of such propositions should be called urgently to repentance and, if hardened in unrepentance, cast from fellowship, for the sake of his own salvation and that of the church. // Matthew 7:15-23; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 John 4:1-6
VIII. I believe that the church is a body formed and preserved by the Word of God, therefore it cannot be destroyed, therein Hades, accusers, condemners, tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, powers, height, depth, flesh, rulers, darkness, world forces, wickedness, Lucifer, governments, the mouths of lions, and the arrows of evil cannot abate the almighty power of God at work within and on behalf of the people of God. // Numbers 23:19; Daniel 6:16-28; Matthew 16:18; Romans 8:28-39; 9:6; Ephesians 3:20-21; 4:10-17; 1 Peter 5:8