Original Free Will Baptist
Middle Eastern District Conference of America, Inc.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe there is but one living, true and eternal God, the Father of Whom are all things, from everlasting to everlasting, glorious and immutable in all His attributes.
We believe there is one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, whom God freely sent into the world because of the great love wherewith He loved the world and Christ as freely gave Himself a ransom for all tasting death for all men; who was buried and rose again the third day and ascended into heaven, from whence we look for Him the second time, in the clouds of heaven, at the last day to judge both the quick and the dead.
We believe that there is one Holy Ghost, the precious gift of the Father through His dear Son, unto the world who quickeneth and draweth sinners home to God.
We believe that in the beginning God made man upright and placed him in a state of glory without the least mixture of misery, from which he voluntarily, by transgression fell, and by that means brought on himself a miserable and mortal state subject to death.
We believe that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the truth, that they might be saved, for which end Christ has commanded the gospel to be preached among all nations and to every creature
We believe that no man shall suffer in hell for want of a Christ who died for him, but as the scripture has said, for denying the Lord that brought them, because they believed not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Unbelief, therefore, is the cause why the just and righteous God of Heaven will condemn the children of men. It follows against all contradiction that all men, at one time or other are found in such a capacity as that through the grace of God they may be eternally saved.
We believe the whole scriptures are infallibly true, and that they are the only rules of faith and practice.
We believe in the doctrine of general provision made of God in Christ, for the benefit of all mankind who repent and believe the gospel.
We believe that sinners are drawn to God, the Father, by the Holy Ghost, through Christ His Son, and that the Holy Ghost offers His divine aid to all the human family so that they all might be happy, would they give place to His divine teaching whereas such who do not receive the divine impressions of His Holy Spirit, shall, at a future day, own their condemnation just, and charge themselves with their own damnation, for willfully rejecting the offer of sovereign grace.
We believe that men, not considered simply as men, but ungodly men, were of old, ordained to condemnation considered such who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ who brought them, and therefore shall bring upon themselves swift destruction, but we observe that they, and such the Apostle saith because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore, the indignation and wrath of God is upon every soul of man that doeth evil, living and dying therein. For there is no respect of persons with God.
We believe that all children, dying in infancy, having not actually transgressed against the law of God in their own persons, are only subject to the first death, which was brought on them by the fall of the first Adam and not that any of them dying in that state shall suffer punishment in hell, by the guilt of Adam’s sin, for of such is the Kingdom of God.
We believe that good works are fruit of a saving faith, and that in the use of the means of grace, and not out of the use of these means, eternal life is promised to men.
We believe that all things are foreseen. We believe that no man has any warrant in the Holy Scriptures for justification before God through his own works, power or ability which he has in and of himself. Only as he by His grace is made able to come to God, through Jesus Christ, believing the righteousness of Jesus Christ to be imparted to all believers
We believe that all things are foreseen in the wisdom of God, so that God knoweth whatsoever can or cannot come to pass upon all supposed conditions; yet not as having decreed any person to everlasting death or everlasting life, out of respect of mere choice, further then He hath appointed the godly unto life, and the ungodly who die in sin unto death.
We believe as touching Gospel ordinances in believers’ baptism, laying on of the hands, receiving of the sacrament in bread and wine, washing the saints’ feet, anointing the sick with oil in the name of God, fasting, prayer, singing praise to God, and the public ministry of the Word with every institution of the Lord we shall find in the New Testament.
We believe the gospel mode of baptism is by immersion and that believers are the only subjects for baptism.
We believe in a general resurrection of the dead and a final judgment at the last day.
We believe the happiness of the righteous is eternal and the torments of the wicked are endless.