PURPOSE The purpose of this church shall be to preach and teach the Word of God, and to maintain a place of public worship accordance with it, to observe the ordinances, to spread the Gospel and to seek the salvation of the unsaved at home and abroad.

B iblical Authority 2Tim 3:16-17, 2Pet 1:21
A utonomy Of Local Church Matt 18:17
P riesthood of all Believers 1Pet 2:9
T wo Ordinances Acts 2:41, 1Cor 11:23-25
I ndividual Soul Liberty Jer 17:10, Rom 1:18-20, Rom 14:5,12
S aved Baptized Church Membership Acts 2:47
T wo Church Offices Acts 20:28, 1Tim 3:3
S eperation from World, Apostacy, & Govt. James 4:4, 2Pet 2:1,Matt 22:21 

B iblical Authority 2Tim 3:16-17, 2Pet 1:21
ARTICLES OF FAITH Section 1. Scriptures - We believe in their verbal plenary inspiration as originally received as they are today (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21), that they are a revelation from God (Heb. 1:1-3), and therefore our only authority in matters of faith and practice.

The Bible Says

2TI 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2TI 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2PE 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2PT 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

JUD 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

We are VERY CAREFUL about this Biblical Authority. Carefully avoiding:

The authority of SCIENCE with their MILLIONS OF YEARS

The authority of MODERNISM with their NEW BIBLES

The authority of EXPERIENCE with SIGNS & WONDERS

We carefully avoid the Authority of Science,

Either the earth is 6000 years old and the Bible is true. Or the Earth is 4 billion years old and the Bible is false. Choose one. Do not try to change the Bible to appease the atheistic evolutionists with a gap theory, or to appease the theistic evolutionists which make the Bible inaccurate and misleading about the 6 day creation and the fall of man bringing death into the world. We believe what Jesus believed. In 6 days, the Word that became the Christ created all the UniVerse, all the heavens, all the hosts of the heavens, (to include a perfectly made Archangel named Lucifer,son of the morning) all the stars of the heavens, (including the ones that are presently a million light years away from the earth) all the earth, and all the creatures of the earth which reproduce after their own kind, all things that were created, were created in 6 days or the Bible is not true but misleading.

We will give not one verse to the atheist evolutionist Darwinian skeptics.
... The Evolution of man, the new religion of America is from the pits of hell.
What the Bible Says
1TI 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2Pet 3:3 ¶ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 ¶ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Evolutionists say life came from a primeval soup in the rocks 4 billion years ago. Jer 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

Evolutionists say dragons went extinct 70 million years ago and could not co-exist with man. All history says otherwise. See Brontosaurus in Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

The Liberal says - Bible truth is Scientifically impossible,... therefore the Bible is not true, the Red Sea crossing is fiction, and the feeding of 5,000 a mass hypnosis.

The Modernist says- the Bible is Scientifically impossible,... therefore they re-write the miracles,... it must have been the Reed Sea and a big wind, and Jesus' example of sharing that fed the 5,000.

We say man and his science, so called is wrong (again) wait 50 years all their science will change, but the Bible will not.

ROM 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

We carefully avoid the Authority of Modernism and Modernist Bibles,

We hold tenaciously to an Inspired, Inerrant, Complete Word of God

PSA 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

MAT 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Proven by Scholars (accepted by liberals, modernists and even Charles Stanley, John McCarther +, even by many Baptists, ) that Matt 17:21 is not supposed to be in my Bible. Should you take your pen knife and cut it out? Would you? Along with Matt 18:11,23:14, Mark 7:16, 9:44&46, 11:26, 15:28, Luke 17:36, 23:17, John 5:4, Acts 8:37, 15:34, 24:7, 28:29, Rom 16:24, Col 1:14 "Through His Blood", 1John 5:7.

"ALL SCHOLORS AGREE" Take these verses out of the new Bibles,... We will not do it!

The new internationally accepted ecumenical modernist bible called the NIV NT has 64,000 words less than this King James Bible's NT! We will not use it.

Any English Bible based on textual criticism, i.e. The Nestles critical Greek text of the New Ttestament, and any non- Masoretic Hebrew text of the Old Testament, is compromised, incomplete, and unreliable. That leaves only the 1611 King James Translation of the Bible for English speaking Baptists.

Practical What shall I do?
2TI 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

COL 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2CO 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ

We carefully avoid Miracle Authority or Feelings or Spirit

These drive the Charismatics, Pentecostals, Tongues Movement, Promise Keepers, Etc. when they say “Don't let doctrines divide us, let the Spirit unite us.” It is an evil spirit of ecumenicism, of signs and wonders, of compromise and contamination.

The Spirit never tells you to do something not contained in the Bible. Watch your authority.

The Bible Says

COL 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2CO 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

REV 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

REV 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Mt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

A utonomy Of Local Church Matt 18:17
MAT 18:17 And if he shall 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.

Section 1. This church shall be independent, in that the governing power shall rest entirely with the members of the local church, and yet fellowshipping with other churches of like faith.
Section 2. This church shall not co-operate or fellowship with any organization that permits the presence of modernistic teaching or apostate leadership.

Baptist is not a denomination: de·nom·i·na·tion (d¹-n¼m”…-n³“shn) n. Abbr. denom. 1. A large group of religious congregations united under a common faith and name and organized under a single administrative and legal hierarchy.

There is no Mother Church, in Rome, or in Canturbury, or in The Byzentine Empire or Russia no matter how orthodox..

There is no invisible Church, a term and idea invented when protestants broke from the 'mother church' and wanted to be motherless.

Speaking of the Church in an abstract sense Jesus said.

Mt 16:18 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.

An English statesman, referring to the right of each individual citizen to be tried by his peers, should say: ‘ On this rock England will build her jury, and all the power of tyranny shall not prevail against her.’ He uses the term jury in an abstract sense, i.e., in the sense of an institution. But when this institution finds concrete expression or becomes operative, it is always a particular jury of twelve men and never an aggregation of all juries into one big jury.” Bravo Dr. Carol.

The Church will be all one body when it is the Bride of Christ. Remember a bride is only a bride on the day of the wedding.

P riesthood of all Believers 1Pet 2:9
1PE 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

We have no priests. A pastor is not a priest. The Jerome mistranslated the word for elder, Greek 'presbyter'; as 'priest' in the Latin Vulgate so that all the Roman pagan priests could keep a job when Constantine mandated Christianity or death..

T wo Ordinances Acts 2:41, 1Cor 11:23-25

These are NOT Sacraments! In Catholicism (and transcending into Protestantism) there are 7 mystical magical methods of 'conferring sanctifying grace.' In the Bible the blood of Jesus Christ is the only means of 'conferring sanctifying grace' and no water, no wafer and no wine will ever do it. These are ordered as ordinances, not mystical sacraments.

The SYMBOL Baptism by immersion ACT 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
The SYMBOLS: Communion at the Lord's Table 1CO 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 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. 25 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 ndividual Soul Liberty Jer 17:10, Rom 1:18-20, Rom 14:5,12
For One's Eternal Soul's SALVATION : Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.)
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 ¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Also, since the Presbyterian doctrine of Calvinism has crept into Baptist circles unawares: We must state that “Whosoever will may come.” There is no election of souls for salvation, nor persons locked into the foreknowledge of God to receive salvation, nor any soul selected from the foundation of the world for the receipt of salvation. The Bible says: Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Ro 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

For One's CONVICTIONS ROM 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

S aved Baptized Church Membership Acts 2:47
Only those of the same mind are to preach, teach, or reach, for a local Baptist Church.

Only members of the Church can hold office, vote, or lead in worship, (Including choir, musical instruments and special music for the worship times.)

ACT 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

A Church must have Church membership to dismiss someone from membership for Church discipline.

T wo Church Offices Acts 20:28, 1Tim 3:3

The Bishop (overseer) is to be the Pastor (shepherd) and is to be an ordained Elder (Greek presbyter) (matured in the faith, male)
ACT 20:28 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.

The Deacon (minister) is to be an Elder (Greek presbyter) (matured in the faith, male)
1TI 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

There is to be no Board of Deacons that controls any aspect of a Church, nor a Pastor thinking himself the CEO (Chief Executor Officer.) These concepts come from NYS (and other state) incorporation laws that require a CEO and Board of Trustees for Tax exempt Not-For-Profit organizations. They are nowhere in the Bible, and belong nowhere in a Biblical and congregationally controlled Church.

There is also no plurality of elders as promoted by one John McArthur and others. In the Bible, anything with more than one head turns out to be a monster.

S eperation from World, Apostacy, & Govt. Matt 22:21 +
From World: The Bible says: Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Christian means SUBMISSION, and Rock means REBELLION, so there is no such thing as 'Christian Rock' it is worldly.

1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

From Apostacy: Ga 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

To the Church of Ephesus Re 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

1Jo 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

From State: MAT 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

The 1st Amendment was Secured by Baptist Preachers from their jail cells: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear in the Constitution, but rather derives from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group identifying themselves as the Danbury Baptists.

Separation of Church and State means absolutely nothing that the ACLU (aka Anti Christian Liberty Union) thinks it means.

These are Baptist Distinctives because they are Biblical Distinctives

B iblical Authority 2Tim 3:16-17, 2Pet 1:21
A utonomy Of Local Church
Matt 18:17
P riesthood of all Believers
1Pet 2:9
T wo Ordinances
Acts 2:41, 1Cor 11:23-25
I ndividual Soul Liberty
Jer 17:10, Rom 1:18-20, Rom 14:5,12
S aved Baptized Church Membership
Acts 2:47
T wo Church Offices
Acts 20:28, 1Tim 3:3
S eperation from World, Apostacy, & Govt.
James 4:4, 2Pet 2:1, Matt 22:21