Personal Doctrine Statement

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General Statement of Doctrine:

I affirm the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000

Additional Statements of Biblical Doctrine and Ethics:

Homosexuality

I believe that God, through His holy Word, the Bible, has clearly taught that engaging in homosexual acts are sinful. I believe according to the Word of God that men and women are born with a natural proclivity for one another and that it is the sin nature and/or the lies of Satan that pervert the original design of God for human sexuality. I believe according to the Word of God that those engaging in homosexual sin can in fact stop and return to a righteous understanding and practice of God’s ways. I believe that everyone struggles with some type of sin, and homosexuality is simply one of many examples of sin. I believe that through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and obedience to His Word, everyone can overcome sin and be victorious.

I believe that as God’s people we were made in His image for the expressed purpose of being fruitful and multiplying and bringing glory to His name, therefore, we are to abstain from all appearances of evil. In that understanding, I believe that Christians as well as churches should not participate nor assist in any acts, ceremonies, or events with those engaging in homosexuality. This includes weddings, fellowships, friendly relationships, and the like.

Matt. 5:27-30; Mk. 7:21-23; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Gen. 2:21-25; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rom. 3:23; 1 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:37; Gen. 1:26-28; 1 Thess. 5:22; Rom. 14:13-21

Abortion

I believe that human life is a sacred gift from God and must be respected from the moment of conception (fertilization) until natural death. I believe that the intentional, willful termination of a pregnancy (“abortion”) at any time after conception constitutes the taking of unborn human life. Accordingly, abortions, including for reasons of (but not limited to) birth defects, gender selection, birth control, population control, or even in the tragic instances of rape or incest, and acts of encouraging, facilitating, or paying for abortions, are inconsistent with Scripture and the glory of God. In fact, in Proverbs 6:17 “hands that shed innocent blood” are one of the six things that the Lord hates.

Ps. 139:13-16; 51:5; Job 31:15; Is. 49:1; Gen. 9:6; Ex. 20:13; Prov. 6:17; Ex. 23:7; Matt. 19:18;

The Family

I believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society and that a marriage according to God’s design and principles is foundational to a healthy family. I believe that parents are called to train their children daily and diligently in God’s truth. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them to God through a consistent lifestyle example and discipline to train their children daily and diligently in God’s truth.

Deut. 6:7-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Eph. 5:22-33; 6:1-4

I believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God and both are made in His image. I believe that God has given man and woman distinct yet separate spiritual roles in the home, family and church. The husband is to love, serve and lead in godliness his wife as Christ loves the church. He should see her as the companion and helper God created her to be recognizing and caring for her needs and showing her honor. His responsibilities include leading his family spiritually to God and providing a livelihood for his family. The wife is to submit to the headship of her husband as the Church submits to the headship of Christ, to conduct herself in a godly manner, and to respect him as a matter of spiritual service. Her responsibilities include giving priority to home management, being a helpmate to her husband, and care of her children.

Gen. 1:27; 2:15, 18; 3:19; 5:2, Prov. 31; Eph. 5:22-33; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7

Divorce and Remarriage

I believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to be until death. I recognize that divorce and remarriage may be permitted under certain conditions but that does not mean that divorce is mandatory or that it is the right decision. Because God only allowed it due to a hardening of the heart and made it a disqualifier for elders and deacons, Christians should not participate in it. Whether a person believes they have a biblical reason to divorce or whether a divorced person has biblical grounds for remarriage is subject to the determination of the Elder(s), based on the teachings of Scripture. It is my counsel to those who are struggling in their marriage to seek counsel from mature believers with fervent prayer with the Body that God might bring about reconciliation and renewed commitment to the marriage vows.

Gen. 2:24; Mal. 2:16; Matt. 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:10-13

Church Leadership

I believe that there is one supreme authority for the church: Christ. I believe that God gave two biblically appointed offices to serve under Christ and over the body: elders (also called bishops and pastors) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualifications. I believe that God has ordained that the primary leadership of a church resides with male elders who meet the qualifications prescribed by Scripture. I believe that pastoral and senior administrative staff must meet the same qualifications.

Elders serve as overseers of the church’s mission, ministry, and spiritual condition. Deacons aid the elders in administration of the church and overseeing the service, care and benevolence of the church but are not to serve as the church’s senior leadership body.

1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18; Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-6