"Thus Saith The Lord!"          

Isaiah 8:20


     Historically, that which has distinguished Baptists from both papists and protestants is the fact that we believe and preach only that which is plainly revealed in Holy Scripture. We are glad to know that our doctrine and practices are supported by history, but we believe nothing and practice nothing simply because others have done so in history. We are delighted with the knowledge that our doctrine and ordinances are logical and reasonable, but we do not base any doctrine or practice upon human logic. We base our faith and our practices as the church of Christ upon the Word of God alone. Our doctrine is neither more nor less than the written Word of God (Isa. 8:20; II Tim. 3:16). Our only creed, our only confession of faith is "Thus saith the Lord!"

     We believe the doctrine of the TRINITY because John stated it exactly (I John 5:7). We rejoice in the FORGIVENESS OF SIN because it is written out plainly in the Word of God (I John 1:9). We declare every believer's total FREEDOM FROM THE LAW because it is written, "We are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:15). We insist upon BELIEVER'S BAPTISM (IMMERSION) because it was commanded by our Lord (Matt. 28:19), exemplified by him (Matt. 3:16), and constantly practiced in the New Testament (Acts 8:37). There is no other mode of baptism. No one was ever baptized in the New Testament except those who personally professed faith in Christ. We observe THE LORD'S TABLE with wine and unleavened bread, leaving it open to all believers, because that is the way it was done in the New Testament (I Cor. 11:23-26; Acts 20:1-7). We believe in the TOTAL DEPRAVITY of man (Rom. 5:12), the UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION of some to salvation (II Thess. 2:13), PARTICULAR, EFFECTUAL REDEMPTION (Isa. 53:8; Heb. 9:12), the EFFECTUAL CALL of the Spirit (Rom. 9:16), and the INFALLIBLE PRESERVATION of all God's elect in grace (John 10:28), because these things are plainly written out in unmistakable language in the Word of God.

     Our faith stands neither in the wisdom of man, nor in the word of man, no matter how wise, no matter how great, no matter how many they may be. Our faith stands in the Word of God alone. I am prepared, if need be, to stand alone in that faith.



Don Fortner