We believe that God is the immutable Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. God has revealed Himself in nature, and through the Scripture (Romans 1:17-20).
We believe Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, equal to the Father in nature, yet God the Father sent Christ to die for the sins of all mankind. In humanity, Christ was totally human; in deity, Jesus was unalterably God. Yet in Jesus Christ was a single, undivided personality in whom these two natures are vitally and undividedly united, so that Jesus Christ is God and man, but the God-man.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity of God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit does not end at conversion, but He fills the Christian as they yield to Him and allow Him to work in their lives. He leads the Christian and illuminates Scripture, helping the Christian to learn better the things of God. He also gives the believer the fruit of the Spirit for character and the gifts of the Holy Spirit for Christian service.
We believe the Trinity is the designation of God in unity yet existing in three eternal persons. The members of the Trinity are equal in nature, distinct in Person, and subordinate in duties.
Through revelation and inspiration by the Holy Spirit, God used men to write the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is inerrant, but not only are the words of Scripture accurate, the Bible is authoritative and without error of any kind.
God created man in His own image and for His own glory. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming separated from God and incurring His judgement upon sinning. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin.
Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ at the Cross as redemption for sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.
It is God’s will that all be saved, however having the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
We believe both salvation and the security of the believer are conditional in accordance with the New Testament covenant made between God and man. As stated in the Free Will Baptist there must be a “continuance in faith and obedience until death.” Without this continuance there is a possibility of apostasy against God. However, as stated in the treatise, “There are strong grounds to hope that the truly regenerate will preserve unto the end.”
We hold to the pretribulational premillennial view. Meaning Christ will return and the Church will be raptured before the great tribulation period. After the period of tribulation Christ and the Church will once again return to the earth and Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years.