Emmanuel Baptist Church is an Independent, Dispensational, Premillenial, Pretribulational, Bible Believing, KJV Baptist Church

 

*Emmanuel Baptist Church is an Independent, Dispensational, Premillenial, Pretribulational, Bible Believing, KJV Baptist Church.

 

Article 1: The Scriptures

 

We believe that the Scriptures (that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation) of the Old and New Testaments are both verbally (meaning every word) and plenarily (meaning every part, equally) inspired (meaning breathed-out by God Himself), and are the product of Spirit-controlled men; and are therefore wholly without error.

 

We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and is our only rule of faith and practice. We believe that the Authorized (King James) Version is the true and accurate representation of God’s Word in the English language. We believe too that although the Bible is not primarily a book of science, geography, history, etc., it is correct where it speaks on these or other subjects.

 

(John 17:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

Article 2: God

 

We believe that there is one and only one living and true God (eternally existing in three Persons – Father, son and Holy Spirit). God is the Creator of heaven and earth and all that in them is. His attributes are Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Holiness, Love, Mercy, Righteousness, Righteous Anger, Immutability, and Truth.

 

(Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 John 5:7; Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Acts 14:15; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 145:17; 1 John 4:8; Ephesians 2:4; Psalm 130:7; 2 Timothy 4:8; Nahum 1:6,7; Romans 1:20; Psalm 139:1-18; Malachi 3:6; Deuteronomy 32:4)

 

Article 3: Jesus Christ

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ had a pre-existence with God the Father and the Holy Spirit before His incarnation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is God “manifest in the flesh.”

 

He lived a life of absolute sinlessness, and in His voluntary death He made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins – dying not a martyr’s death, but a substitute in every sinner’s place. He was buried, and then He arose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion.

 

He ascended visibly and bodily into Heaven where He presently fulfils the ministry of representative intercessor and advocate of all believers. He is coming in the clouds to rapture His saints. His coming “that blessed hope” is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial. He will then return to Heaven with His saints.

 

Then at a later time He will return to the earth both visibly and bodily to set up the throne of David and to establish His kingdom, where He will rule and reign over the entire earth for 1,000 years.

 

(John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16,17; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1,14; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 10:17,18; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:1-6)

 

Article 4: The Holy Spirit

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One (Satan) until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. The gift of tongues and healing were “sign gifts” until the Scriptures were completed. The “sign gifts” then ceased at that time.

 

(Acts 5:3,4; Romans 8:9; Genesis 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:7,8; John 16:7-11, 13; John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13,14; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; John 16:13; John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:16; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Revelation 22:18,19)

 

Article 5: Man

 

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and likeness, and not from any previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression, man fell from his state of innocence and perfection; thereby incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.

 

The consequence of this act of disobedience to God caused all mankind to be sinners by nature and by choice; and therefore, under the just condemnation of God to eternal damnation in Hell without defence or excuse. As a result, man is incapable of doing or contributing anything to effect the salvation of his soul.

 

(Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:7,16,17; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; John 3:18; Romans 5:18; Romans 1:18-32; Ephesians 2:1-13; John 14:6)

 

Article 6: Salvation

 

We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is Divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial work of the Son of God; it is wholly apart from works, and is upon the sole condition of repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that in order to be saved, the sinner must be born again – being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature; that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, which includes both pardon of sin and the imputation of Divine righteousness, solely through faith in Christ’s shed blood on Calvary’s cross; that having exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is completely justified and is in possession of a salvation which is eternally secure.

 

(Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 20:21; John 3:1-7; 1 Peter 1:18-23; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24-28; Acts 13:39; Galatians 3:24; Romans 4:1-25; Romans 3:25; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18,19; 1 John 1:7; John 3:15,16,36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Hebrews 9:12; 1 John 5:11-13)

 

Article 7: The Christian Life

 

We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, loving-kindness, and spirituality. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ.

 

We further believe that the believer should be separated unto God, from the world (worldly and sinful pleasures, practises, and associations), and from apostasy as exemplified in church organisations like the World and affiliated National Council of Churches.

 

This doctrine is based upon God’s eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific commandment to be separate from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practised with an attitude of devotion, humility, compassion, and yet with conviction to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the main objective, which is the salvation of the lost through the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ.

 

(1 John 2:27; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 5:5,6; 2 Corinthians 9:2; Titus 2:14,15; Romans 12:1,2; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 John 9-11; Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8,9; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Timothy 6:3-6; 2 Timothy 2:16-18)

 

Article 8: Sanctification

 

We believe that sanctification is the Divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a three-fold manner. First, an eternal act of God based upon redemption in Christ establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Ghost applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. The believer is delivered from sin’s penalty, power, and ultimately its presence.

 

(Hebrews 10:10-14; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30;1 John 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24; Jude 24)

 

Article 9: The Church

 

The meaning of the word church is “an assembly of called-out ones.” There are two aspects of the word “church” in the Scriptures. There is that which might be termed “the universal church” or more properly “the body of Christ” which is composed of all believers since Pentecost, with Christ as their Head. The other aspect and the one spoken of most predominantly in the Scriptures is that of the “local church,” which is a local, visible assembly of immersed believers observing New Testament ordinances and actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission.

 

We believe Christ gave us only two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which every Christian should observe in obedience to Him, and as a testimony before the world; that, though there is no saving merit in either, both are sobering ceremonies which draw us closer to our Saviour; and none can call himself a good Christian who refuses to obey these commands.

 

Baptism points to our union with Christ and the newness of life in which we should walk. The Lord’s Supper points back to and reminds us of Christ’s sufferings for us. The Scriptures recognise only two human offices in the local church – the pastor, or undershepherd who is the leader of the flock, and the deacon who is the servant of the Church aiding the pastor so that he may fulfill his role in preaching, teaching and prayer for the work of the ministry.

 

The chief purpose of the local church is to edify believers who in turn will carry the Gospel to the lost world, thus, bringing glory to God. We believe tithing is the only Scriptural method of support of the local church.

 

(Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23,30,32; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3,4; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1,2; Acts 20:27,28; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Malachi 3:8-10)

 

Article 10: The Righteous & The Wicked

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust at separate times, eternal conscious punishment of the lost, and the eternal joy of the saved. There are two major judgements – the Judgement Seat of Christ for the saved and the Great White Throne Judgement for the lost.

 

(Revelation 20:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Romans 14:10-12; Revelation 20:11-15)

 

Article 11: Angels

 

Angels are created, immortal, spirit beings. They are spoken of as unmarriageable beings. The angels of Heaven stand in the presence of God and worship Him, rejoicing in His work, executing His will, and are active guiding and guarding believers. The Scriptures record that angels “left their first estate” and became identified with the Devil. These fallen angels are the demons spoken of in the Scriptures. They are subjects of Satan.

 

(Psalm 148:2-5; Colossians 1:16; Luke 20:35,36; Hebrews 1:13,14; Matthew 22:30; Job 38:7; Luke 15:10; Psalm 103:20; Psalm 91:11; Acts 8:26; Acts 12:7; Hebrews 1:14; Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7; Matthew 8:28-32; 1 Corinthians 10:20,21; Matthew 12:22-28)

 

Article 12: Satan

 

From two passages in the Scriptures, we are told that Satan was created perfect in wisdom and beauty, was the covering cherub, was lifted up within his heart with pride and false ambition, sinned, and was cast out of Heaven. Although Satan is powerful, his power is limited. As a created being he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, nor omniscient.

 

Satan can do only what God Almighty permits him to do in respect of causing harm to a believer. The Scriptures record that he is “the god of this world,” “the prince of the power of the air.” Satan is active today causing suffering, entering into and controlling mankind, blinding the minds of mankind, and opposing God.

 

Satan’s future destiny is revealed in the Scriptures – He will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

(Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Job 1:6,7; Job 2:1,2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; Luke 13:16; Zechariah 3:1; Revelation 20:10)

 

Article 13: Eschatology (The Last Things)

 

We believe the Scriptures teach that the next event on God’s prophetic calendar will be the imminent return of Christ and the rapture of the church (all church-age believers), His bride. Immediately following this will be the Judgement Seat of Christ in Heaven where believers will be judged to determine the granting or losing of rewards for service while on earth after they were saved. Following this will be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. During this time of Heavenly activities, there will be on the earth the seven years duration of the Great Tribulation.

 

This will mark God’s dealings with Israel as a nation and also with unregenerate mankind who have refused Jesus through the personages of the Anti-Christ, the beast, and the false prophet. Although the Holy Spirit is in the world during this time, His restraining power has been removed. It is also during this seven year period on earth that the Anti-Christ, beast, and false prophet will have their rise and destruction. All of this will be consummated at the Battle of Armageddon, which will take place at Christ’s Revelation, when He returns with His bride to set up His millennial reign. Christ will then rule for a thousand years with a rod of iron during which time there will be peace, prosperity, and removal of the curse on the earth.

 

Also during this time Satan will be bound for the 1,000 years in the bottomless pit, after which he will be loosed for a little season to gather to himself all of the apostates of the world, to do battle against the Lord for the last time. Satan and his host will be defeated and cast into the lake of fire. Following this will be the resurrection of the unrighteous dead and a judgement onthe basis of their works. All will be cast into the lake of fire. Following this will be the creation of the new heavens and the new earth.

 

(1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; Revelation 19:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 19:11-20; Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 2:27; Revelation 20:1-3,7-10,11-15; Revelation 21,22)

 

Article 14: Civil Government

 

We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

(Romans 13:1-7; Acts 4:19,20; Acts 5:29; Matthew 22:21)