Statement of Faith & Standards
STATEMENT OF FAITH
THE INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God in the original autographs, and is the absolute and only rule and authority for faith and practice. It is the special revelation of God to man and the only basis for true Christian unity. The Word of God is supernaturally preserved in translation and the translators of the Authorized King James Version were used of God to give us the Word of God in the English language. It is to be used exclusively in all teaching and preaching.
II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12; Acts 1:16; John 10:35; 16:12,13; 17:17; Mark 12:36
THE PERSON OF GOD
We believe the only true and living God is a triune God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is absolute in His attributes and glorious in His perfection. God is personal, spirit, omniscient, sovereign, perfect, immutable, eternal in being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power. We believe that God is absolutely separate and above the world as its creator, yet every where present in the world as the sustainer of all things. God is self-existent and self-revealing in His relationship with His creation.
Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:2-4; Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; Ephesians 4:3-6; I Corinthians 8:6
THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe the eternal Son became flesh in the virgin birth, and that He was Deity and lived a sinless life. His death was vicarious and after He was buried He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He now sits at the right hand of God as our Great High Priest, “ever living to make intercession for us”
Isaiah 7:14; I Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35; John 1:1; 14:3; I Peter 2:22; 3:18
THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the person whose task is to glorify God by convicting men of sin, drawing them unto Christ, and regenerating those who believe on Him. The Holy Spirit also empowers believers for the work of the ministry. He comforts and guides them in their Christian walk. We believe the Bible repudiates the charismatic emphasis upon the experiential oriented tongues and ecumenical practices as any ministry of the Holy Spirit. We also believe that His testimony isn’t of Himself but of Jesus Christ and the redemptive truths centered in Christ.
John 14:16,17; 16:8; Ephesians 1:13,14; I Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:9; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 12:13
THE FALL OF MAN
The Genesis account of creation is a true and historical record, revealing that all men have inherited a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation. This nature is evident early in life by willful acts of sin and disobedience. Man is a creature of his free will and must individually determine his relationship to Christ and in turn his eternal destiny. We do not subscribe to man being “irresistibly drawn” and the false doctrine of “predestination” as they relate to salvation. All men are alienated from the life and family of God, without excuse, under the righteous judgement and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation.
Romans 3:9-19 Ephesians 2:1-3 Genesis 1:27 Isaiah 53:6 Romans 5:12-19
THE SALVATION OF SINNERS
We believe that salvation is wholly of grace and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Salvation is through the finished work of Christ on the cross and that it is the free gift of God which is neither merited, or secured through the works of man. It is received only by personal faith in Christ and His shed blood on the cross. We believe that all who will repent of sin, trusting Christ alone are saved, made perfectly righteous before God, and given the standing of sonship by the new birth into God’s family. We believe that there is no possible salvation outside of Christ and His shed blood.
John 3:3-6, 16; 10:28-29 Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Timothy 2:5-6; I Peter 1:18-23; Hebrews 9:22
THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that salvation is extended to every man as a free gift of God. Jesus Christ shed His blood in order that all men might be saved but only those who respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in the presentation of the gospel will be saved. Man has done nothing and can do nothing to be saved but believe on Christ.
Romans 4:1-4; Acts 16:31; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 12:46; Ephesians 2:8-10; I John 2:1-2
THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that once a person is saved, he is eternally saved. We believe that the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin by the substitutionary atonement of Christ. It is complete and final and the believer can never perish after trusting Christ. This gives the believer freedom to serve Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit within him. He is secure because God has taken the responsibility for his eternal destiny.
John 10:27-30; I John 2:1-2; Romans 8:31-39; I Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews 2:10; Philippians 1:6
THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
We believe the church is a body of believers that have been baptized by immersion, practicing New Testament principles, believing her doctrines, observing the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord Supper, and exercising her autonomy. The officers of the church are pastor and deacons. The church is distinct from Israel in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ is the head with the pastor accountable to Christ. She alone has the authority for carrying out the Great Commission. She is independent from any other assembly and fellowship should be with other local assemblies of like faith and practice. There is no other church but a local assembly of believers.
Matthew 28:19-20 Ephesians 1:22, 23 Acts 2:41-47 Ephesians 4:11-13 I Timothy 3:1-13 I Corinthians 12:12, 13
THE DOCTRINE OF HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe in the eternal blessedness of the saved in a literal place called Heaven and the eternal punishment of the unsaved in a literal place called the Lake of Fire. The saved go immediately to Heaven when they die and will be judged in relationship of rewards following the rapture of the church. This will take place at the BEMA. At death, the unsaved are held in Hell until the time of the Great White Throne judgement when they will be raised in bodily form and cast into the Lake of Fire, which is their place of final and everlasting punishment.
John 5:28,29; 14:2; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:14,15; 21:4; Matthew 25:46; I Corinthians 3:12-15
THE DOCTRINE OF LAST THINGS
Prophecy in the Bible is to be taken literally. Therefore, we believe in a premillennial, pretribulational rapture of the church. The next event on God’s prophetic calendar will be the rapture of the church. This will be followed by the “seventieth week of Daniel” which is called the Tribulation. At the end of this period of seven years, the Lord Jesus will return bodily to the earth; this is called the Second Coming of Christ. He will establish a theocratic kingdom on the earth for 1000 years. Satan is bound during this time but will be released at the end of the 1000 year reign to be cast into the Lake of Fire.
I Thessalonians 4:1-5:2; II Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 19:1-20:15; Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:4-25:46
STATEMENT OF STANDARDS
CURRENT TRENDS IN THEOLOGY
As a fundamental ministry, we take a strong stand regarding the current trends leading to the one-world church that is to come. Therefore, we oppose all movements which are leading in this direction. This includes Neo-orthodoxy, Neo-evangelicalism, the ecumenical movement, the tongues movement, the New Age movement, and any other movement leading to a discrediting of the Bible and the undermining of the fundamentals of the faith. We believe we should not cooperate with any ministerial group which has those who deny the faith or are actively involved in the above movements. We are also concerned about a recent trend of contemporary methods and music leading to a “user friendly” service which de-emphasizes the preaching of the Word of God. We will guard ourselves from using these contemporary methods and music to draw a crowd believing that the end does not justify the means.
I Corinthians 13:8-10; 14:1-40; Proverbs 22:28; II Corinthians 6:14-18; II Timothy 3:1-5
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
We believe the mission of the church is to fulfill the Great Commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to fulfill this commission, we must actively win souls, seek to get them baptized, and disciple them in the local church. This should be done in our local churches and through financially supporting missionaries who are seeking to do the same in other places. The key to fulfilling the Great Commission is the planting of churches in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and around the world.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 13:1-14:27
USE OF ALCOHOL
There has been a changing trend regarding the use of alcohol by believers. We believe that the Bible unequivocally teaches that believers should completely abstain from the use of alcohol. We believe that in the Old Testament, the priesthood were strictly forbidden to use “wine or strong drink” while serving in the tabernacle or temple. The New Testament believer has the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer. We believe in the priesthood of the believer and that the believer is to “offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Jesus Christ.” Since the Old Testament priest was commanded to abstain while offering sacrifices, then the New Testament priest (the believer) should also abstain at all times.
Leviticus 10:9-10, I Corinthians 6:19-20, I Peter 2:5,9
The principal of modesty should dictate the style of dress and personal grooming in both men and women. However, we recognize that there are sincere differences of opinion as to what constitutes modesty. No one is offended by a higher standard, but many are offended by a lower one. BCPM does not pass judgment on the issue of modesty and immodesty, but in our desire to glorify the Lord and guard the testimony of our ministry, we have elected to choose the highest standards. We also believe the principal of moderation applies to our appearance. Therefore, we will strive to dress in a manner that will not draw attention to fashion or style. In doing this, we believe we should be able to keep the focus on the inner man rather than the outer man. Dressing in such a way to draw one’s attention to our appearance will detract from our relationship with Christ. We also see a trend toward casual dress when attending church services. We believe it is important to look our best when attending services or ministering for the Lord. Therefore, we will strive to maintain the highest standard of church dress without being inappropriate.
Romans 14:13, 19-20; I Corinthians 8:8-13
In recent years, there has been a trend toward the use of contemporary music in our churches. We believe that we should glorify Christ in every area and much of the new music of today glorifies man and not Christ. We must be careful not only of the lyrics but the background music as well. There is a trend to compromise in this area and allow music that sounds like the music of the nightclub or the Nashville stage. We are opposed to this trend as we believe it is worldly. We also see a trend toward using “taped” music in churches. We are not against “taped” music but believe if it is used, we should know the background of the musicians and their testimony. If the musicians producing the “taped” music are godly people who love the Lord with a testimony of serving Him faithfully and the music is Christ honoring then we do not oppose it. If we do not know the musicians or the music is worldly in sound, then we are in opposition to it. However, we believe the best accompaniment is “live” musicians because they are able to feel the spirit of the song, the singer, and the service. They should be used whenever possible leaving “taped” music only for extreme circumstances.
I Corinthians 10:31; I John 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
We believe in the independence of every local church. As a Independent Baptist ministry, we believe in establishing Independent Baptist churches which adhere to the historic Baptist distinctives. All church planters are expected to be sent out from Independent Baptist churches, be members of Independent Baptist churches, and establish Independent Baptist churches. Every church planted by BCPM will be considered an Independent Baptist church and have no tie to BCPM.