Statement of Faith OF THE CAROLINA FREE BAPTIST CHURCH
THE Bible. We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (Isaiah 40.6-8; 2 Timothy 3.16; 2 Peter 1.3, 21)
GOD. We believe in the Trinity—one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him. (Genesis 1.1; Exodus 20.2-3; Deut 5.6-7; Psalm 14.1a; Isaiah 6.3, 45.5-7)
THE FATHER. We believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us. The Father initiates our salvation by sending the Son (Deut 32.6; Matt 6.9; John 3.16; Eph 2.4-7; Col 1.3; Titus 1.4; James 1.17; 1 John 3.1)
JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man (John 1.1,14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Isa 7.14; Matt 1.18-25) and having lived a sinless life (Heb 4.15). The Son achieves salvation by His death on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (Isa 53.5; 1 Cor 15.3; Heb 10.12-14) . Further, He arose physically from the dead and ascended into heaven (Matt 28.1-10; Mark 16.6; Luke 24.5-6; John 20.9, 17; Acts 1.9; 1 Cor 15.12-17; 1 Tim 3.16). He will physically return to earth to judge all of creation and to fully and finally establish the eternal Kingdom of God on earth (Acts 1.10; 2 Peter 3.9-10; Rev 21.1-4, 22.20).
THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. The Holy Spirit applies salvation to those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He regenerates, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service (Gen 1.2, Joel 2.28-32 (Acts 2.14-21); John 14.15-19, 25-26, 15.16-27, 16.7-15)
MAN. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment (Gen 1.26-27, 3.16-19; Psalm 14.1-3; Rom 3.23). There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can accept the death of Jesus as punishment in place of his own eternal death by acknowledging God and accepting the free gift of salvation (Rom 6.23; 2 Cor 5.21; Eph 2.8-9).
SALVATION. We believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provides the only way of justification and salvation for all who believe. Any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer Jesus’ death is insufficient in and of itself to save and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves (John 3.16-21, 14.6; Acts 4.12; Eph 2.1-10).
ACCEPTING THE SINNER, DENOUNCING THE SIN. We believe that no sin is too big for God to forgive (1 John 1.8-9). Therefore, as Christians we should be open and eager to share the Gospel with everyone regardless of their sin or affliction. However, Christians are to strive toward holiness and continually turn from our sinful ways (2 Peter 1.3-11; 1 John 1.5-7). Therefore, while being open to all sinners, Christians ought not accept, ignore, or promote any sin as permissible, and absolutely no Christian should be engaged in open sin that brings shame on the Gospel and embarrassment on the Church (Matt 18.15-20; 1 Cor 5.9-13, 6.18-20; James 1.27).
BAPTISM. (Greek “Baptidzo”= “to be submerged in water” or “I am going under water”) We believe in believer’s baptism by immersion (Matt 28.18-20; Acts 2.37-38). Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are commanded by Jesus to be baptized. Our baptism is a symbol of our new identity in Christ. When we go into the water, we testify that Jesus Christ died for our sins; when we are under the water, we are testifying that Jesus was buried; when we come up out of the water, we testify that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Romans 6.1-11). The entire act testifies to the fact that we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as our Lord and Savior, and that we have new life in Him (2 Cor 5.17). Water baptism cannot save but is a public sign of obedience to our Lord (Eph 2.8-10).