Articles of Faith

 

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ascribes to these Articles of Faith which should be adopted by Baptist churches at the time of organization:

I. THE SCRIPTURES.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it 
has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles 
by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and 
the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

II. THE TRUE GOD.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name 
is Jehovah, 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 
Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. THE FALL OF MAN.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary 
transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but
choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under 
just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son 
of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his 
personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now 
enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way 
qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

V. JUSTIFICATION.
We believe the Scriptures teach 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 promise 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; by 
virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed 
peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

VI. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate
duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest 
sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an 
aggravated condemnation.

VII. REGENERATION.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration 
consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the 
Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence
appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.

VIII. REPENTANCE AND FAITH.
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our 
souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the 
way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time 
heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient 
Saviour.

IX. GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, 
sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in 
connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and 
unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation 
of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all 
who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves 
demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

X. SANCTIFICATION.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made 
partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of 
believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed 
means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

XI. PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS.
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to 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 they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XII. THE LAW AND GOSPEL.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is 
holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from 
their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, 
is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

XIII. A GOSPEL CHURCH.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by 
covenant in the 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 only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and 
Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, 
and Son, and 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 it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and 
to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate 
together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

XV. THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept 
sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the 
means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT.
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human 
society; and 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 Prince of the Kings of the earth.

XVII. RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that 
such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly 
righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; 
and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

XVIII. THE WORLD TO COME.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from 
heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked 
will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever.