Crossroads Baptist Church

Independent, Fundamental, King James Bible Believing Baptist

STATEMENT OF FAITH


THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Scriptures (the Bible) to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that God not only inspired every word, but that He has preserved them through the ages. We believe that God’s Word has been perfectly preserved in the King James Bible for the English speaking people.

(Ps. 12:6-7; II Tim. 3:15-17; I Pet. 1:23-25; II Pet. 1:19-21)

THE GODHEAD

The Scriptures testify that God is a spirit whose nature is light, love, and holiness; He is infinite, eternal, all wise, all powerful, all knowing. There is only one God, but that God is revealed as three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. (Gen. 1:1,26; Ex. 3:14; Ps. 115:3; Lk. 1:37; Ps. 103:8, 139:1-16: 145:17; 1 Pet. 1:16; Mal. 3:6; 5:26; 1 Thess. 1:19; Dt. 6:4; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Jn 3:16; 4:24; 14:16; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Jn 5:7; 1 Jn 3:16)

THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:1; 17:1; Ex. 6:3; Dt. 4:35; Ps. 90:2; 139:7-10; Isa. 40:28; Jn 4:24; 1 Jn 1:5)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The second Person of the triune God is the Son, whose name is the Lord Jesus Christ. He existed eternally with the Father. At His incarnation, without change in His deity, the eternal Son of God became a man through the miracle of the virgin birth. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles to prove that He was the Messiah, died a substitutionary death for all men, was buried, and arose from the grave bodily the third day. Thereafter He ascended into Heaven and is presently fulfilling His intercessory and mediatorial ministry. He has promised to return to Rapture the church age saints prior to the Tribulation and to return to the earth to establish His millennial reign at the end of the Tribulation. (Isa. 53:4-5; Mt. 18:11; 20:28; Jn. 1:1,14; 3:16; 8:58; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:14-21; Ph. 2:6-11; Heb. 2:9-15; 1 Pet. 1:19)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead (Mt. 28:20; 1 Jn. 5:7). He is eternal (Heb. 9:14). He was active in creation (Gen. 1:2). He fashions men and imparts life to them (Job 33:4). He anointed and empowered Israel’s judges, kings, and prophets (Jud. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 1 Sam. 16:13). He inspired the Scriptures, imparting the words of God to holy men of old (Jn. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; 2 Pet. 1:19-21). He convicts the world of sin and draws men to Christ (Gen. 6:3; Jn. 16:7-11). He came upon the church age saints at Pentecost to empower them for world evangelism (Acts 1:8). He regenerates those who believe (Jn. 3:5-8) and seals them unto the resurrection (Eph. 1:13-14). He indwells all who are born again, sanctifies them (1 Pet. 1:2), equips, empowers them for service (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12), and illuminates their understanding of the truth. He calls and sends missionaries (Acts 13:1-4).

THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and that it is to be accepted literally; that the world was made in six 24-hour days; that man was created directly in God’s own image and did not evolve; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and made subject to God’s law that they bring forth only “after their kind.” (Gen. 1; Neh. 9:6; Job 38:4-41; Ps. 104:24-30; Jn. 1:1-3; Acts 14:15; 17:24-26; Rom. 1:18-21; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 1:1-3; 11:3)

THE FALL OF MAN

By disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became sinful and subject to the power of the Devil. When Adam and Eve sinned, their hearts became fallen and corrupted by sin, and this corrupt nature has been transmitted to the entire human race so that man is not only a sinner by nature and practice but is guilty and condemned before God and possesses within himself no means of recovery or salvation. (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:1-24; Ps. 51:5; Ecc. 7:29; Isa. 53:6; Jer. 17:9; Mk. 7:20-23; Rom. 3:9-20; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3)

THE WAY OF SALVATION (THE GOSPEL)

Salvation is by the grace of God alone, which means that it is a free gift that is neither merited nor secured in whole or in part by any virtue or work of man or by any religious duty or sacrament. The gift of God’s grace was purchased by Jesus Christ alone, by His blood and death on Calvary. The sinner receives God’s salvation by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Though salvation is by God’s grace alone through faith, it results in a changed life; salvation is not by works but it is unto works. The faith for salvation comes by hearing God’s Word. Men must hear the gospel (defined in 1 Cor. 15:1-4), to be saved. (Jn. 1:11-13; 3:16-18, 36; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 15:11; 20:21; Rom. 10:9-10,13, 17; Eph. 1:7; 1:12-14; 2:8-10; Ti. 3:3-8; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Jn. 4:10)

THE BENEFITS OF SALVATION

We believe that all who put their trust in Jesus Christ are justified (declared righteous by God because of Christ); their sins are pardoned; they are regenerated (born again) and are given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit; they are eternally secure because they are kept by God. (Isa. 53:11-12; Jn. 10:27-30; Acts 10:43; 13:39; 15:11; Rom. 3:21-25; 5:1-2, 9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Ti. 3:7; 1 Pet. 1:2-5; 1 Jn 5:10-13)

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is presented in three phases in Scripture, past, present, and future: that the believer has been sanctified in Christ; that he is being progressively sanctified through the working of the indwelling Spirit, and that he will be completely sanctified at resurrection; that there is no complete eradication of the old nature in progressive sanctification during this present life; that speaking in tongues was not a sign of either regeneration or sanctification; that the New Testament gift of tongues is not in existence today, but ceased with the completion of the Scriptures. (Jn. 17:17; Rom. 1:17; 6:1-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; 6:11; 1 Cor. 13:8-13; 14:20-22; Eph. 4:15; 5:26-27; Ph. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:3-7; Heb. 10:10; 1 Pet. 1:15-16)

THE SPIRIT WORLD

Prior to the creation of man, God made a great host of creatures known as angels (Col. 1:16). They are called “sons of God” in Job 38:4-7 and were witnesses of the creation of the earth. Angels are spirit beings (Ps. 104:4). They do not marry (Mt. 22:30). One of these, perhaps the very highest, was Lucifer. Becoming proud he determined to be like God and led a rebellion of angels against God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). Since then Lucifer is called Satan or the devil and those angels that followed him are devils or demons (Mt. 25:41; Rev. 12:9). Some of the rebellious angels are in hell (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6), while others are free and are assisting the devil (Mt. 9:34). The angels that did not join the rebellion are called “the elect angels” (1 Tim. 5:21) and “holy angels” (Rev. 14:10). They are innumerable (Heb. 12:22). They minister to the saved (Heb. 1:14). Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan has opposed the work of God since creation of man and is the power behind the “rulers of the darkness of this world” (Eph. 6:12). He is the power behind idolatry (Dt. 32:17; 1 Cor. 10:20; Rev. 9:20). Satan is currently opposing the progress of the Gospel (2 Cor. 11:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:1). The devil was defeated at the cross of Christ (Heb. 2:14). He is not greater than or equal to God (Job 1; 1 Jn. 4:4). He can be resisted (Jam. 4:7) and overcome (1 Jn. 2:13; Rev. 12:11). He will be cast into the bottomless pit at the return of Christ (Rev. 20:1-3), will be released briefly after the millennial kingdom, and will be cast into the lake of fire to be punished for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the church on earth is a congregation of scripturally baptized believers bound together by a common New Testament faith and fellowship in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The church was established and built by Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:18). The church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Each church is autonomous (self-governing, disciplining, supporting, propagating) and stands on its own under its one Head Jesus Christ, as scene in the Acts/Epistles. Its officers are pastors (also called elders/bishops) and deacons (1 Tim. 3). Its two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are done as memorials of Christ’s death and resurrection (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-24). Baptism is for believers only, by immersion, being called a burial (Rom. 6:1-4). It is not for or apart of salvation, but follows after as a public testimony thereof and as a picture of the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Acts 8:36-39; 16:30-33; 18:8). Baptism is not the gospel but a picture of the gospel, Christ death, burial, and resurrection for our sins (1 Cor. 1:17; 15:1-4). The church’s sole authority is the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Its Great Commission is the work of world evangelism and discipleship (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 13:1-4).

CIVIL GOVERNMENT AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

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 (1 Tim. 2:1-4), conscientiously honored and obeyed (Mt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; Ti. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13-14), except in the things opposed to the will of God (Acts 4:18-20; 5:29); that church and state should be separate, as we see in Scripture; the state owing the church protection and full freedom, no ecclesiastical group or denomination being preferred above another. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

FUTURE EVENTS

We believe the Scriptures teach that at death the spirit of the believer passes instantly into the presence of Christ and dwells there in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own (Mk. 9:4; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2 Tim. 4:6; Rev. 6:9-11). At death, the spirit of the unbeliever descends immediately into Hell to await the resurrection of the wicked into judgment; there the conscious soul is tormented in fire (Mk. 9:43-49; Lk. 16:22-31). The blessed hope of the believer is the personal, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial appearance of Christ to rapture the church age saints away before the Tribulation (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 4:13-18; 5:1-9; Ti. 2:13). This coming of Christ is imminent (Mt. 24:42-44; 25:13; 1 Thess. 5:2-4). God’s righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation (Dan. 12:1; Joel 2:2; Mt. 24:21; Rev. 6-18). This is the seventieth week of Daniel (Dan. 9:24-27). The climax of this fearful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in great glory to establish the Davidic Kingdom (Mt. 16:27; 24:30-31; 26:64; Rev. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-4). Israel will be saved and restored completely to their land and kingdom (Isa. 2:2-5; 60; 66:20-24; Joel 3:1-2; 18-21; Zech. 14; Rom. 11:25-29). Satan will be bound, and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation (Isa. 11:6-9; Rev. 20:1-4). Following the Millennium, Satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit, will lead one last unsuccessful rebellion, and will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10). This will be followed by the Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved dead (Rev. 20:11-15) and the establishment of the New Heavens and the New Earth (Rev. 21-22; 2 Pet. 3:10-13).

SEPARATION FROM HERESY AND APOSTASY

We believe the Bible requires separation from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy (Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:5; Ti. 3:10-11; 2 Jn. 10-11; Rev. 18:4). We are commanded to try, mark, rebuke, have no fellowship with, withdraw ourselves, receive not, have no company with, reject, and separate ourselves from them. The Bible teaches that the church age is characterized by increasing apostasy (2 Tim. 3:1-4:6).

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

We believe the Bible also requires strict separation from the evil things of the world. (Mt. 6:24; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 6:3; Eph. 5:11; 1 Thess. 5:22; Titus 2:11-14; James 1:27; 4:4; 4:8; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 5:19)