CONFESSION OF FAITH
Be it resolved that the Breesport Baptist Church of Breesport, New York place on record the following statement of faith as that to which it requires the endorsement each year of the church and Sunday school officers and teachers and officers of all organizations of the church.
ARTICLE I - THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word and revelation of God and therefore our only authority in faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-20
ARTICLE II - THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5,6
ARTICLE III - THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
1. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is very God by Whom and for Whom all things are created. John 1:1; Hebrews 1:3
2. We believe in His Virgin Birth, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and is therefore God manifested in the flesh. Matthew 1:23; John 1:14
3. We believe in salvation by divine sacrifice, that the Son of God gave "His life a ransom for many: and bore our sins in His own body on the tree. I Peter 2:24
4. We believe in His physical resurrection from the dead and His bodily presence at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate. Acts 1:3; John 1:1
ARTICLE IV - THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
We believe that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling rather than the speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations. John 14:16-17; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32
ARTICLE V - CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that all created life was made directly through the agency of God and that God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind”; that the universe reflects and reveals His glory; and that it is sustained and held together by the power of Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:1,11,24,26-27; 2:7,21-23, Psalm 19:1-4, Colossians 1:17
ARTICLE VI - THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that Man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that mankind was biologically created male or female and that one’s gender is determined at conception and is fixed for life; that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse with no innate ability to change his fallen state. Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-20; 5:12,19; 1:20,28,32
ARTICLE VII - JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, and that His righteousness is imputed unto us. Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1,9; 8:1; 4:1-8; Titus 3:5-7
ARTICLE VIII - THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. John 8:31-32; Colossians 1:21,23; I John 2:19; Romans 8:28; 35-39; Philippians 1:16
ARTICLE IX - THE CHURCH
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its scripturally designated officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commission: First, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize them; third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded.
We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation: on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41,42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11; I Corinthians 12:4,8-11; Acts 14:23; Matthew 28:19,20; Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 16:2; 6:1-3
ARTICLE X - THE CHURCH ORDINANCES
1. Baptism. We believe that Christian Baptism is the believer's immersion into water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that in scriptural order baptism precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ..
2. The Lord's Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of bread and juice remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus, "Who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all," that this ordinance is to be observed in anticipation of His coming and preceded by solemn self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:23-28
ARTICLE XI - CIVIL GOVERNMENT
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, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Romans 13:1-7; Acts 23:5, 5:29; Matthew 10:28
ARTICLE XII - THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
ARTICLE XIII - ESCHATOLOGY
We believe in the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return of Christ for the saints (O.T.) and the Church; we believe this event will be followed by the tribulation period, then the personal, visible return of Christ to earth to set up His millennial reign. I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:7-9; 11-16; Revelation 20:1-6
ARTICLE XIV - OUR STAND ON DOCTRINAL ISSUES OF TODAY
In view of the present unrest concerning doctrinal questions within the sphere of evangelical Christianity, we of the Breesport Baptist Church of Breesport, New York, seek to state clearly our position on issues we deem necessary to face and may add to this section as the need arises.
1. Our official position on the Ecumenical Church. Since this ecumenical movement includes all denominations and religions that are willing to join with them, and many of them are not doctrinally sound (denying the fundamentals which we hold to in our confession of faith), we stand opposed to this movement and will not cooperate or fellowship with such movements.
2. Our official position on the modern tongues movement. We accept the fact that tongues were present in the Apostolic Church, but we believe this was only a temporary gift and that it ceased with the Apostles. We do not believe it is for this day or any future day during the Church age. Anyone who believes in tongues for today will not be permitted to hold office or teach in any of the church's organizations. If anyone holding this view seeks to propagate it in the church, he will be required to answer to the Deacon Board. If he should refuse to abide by the Board's decision, he will be dismissed from membership.