Trinity Free Will Baptist Church


ARTICLES OF FAITH


1. The Bible. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments

were given by inspiration of God, and are our infallible rule of faith

and practice.


2. God. There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as

the Creator, Preserver, and Righteous Governor of the universe; and

in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; yet as one God,

infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are

supremely to love, adore, and obey.


3. Christ. Christ is God manifest in the flesh; in His divine

nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. The mediator

between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glori-

fied, and is our ever present Saviour and Lord.

4. The Holy Spirit. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all

the attributes of God.


5. The Government of God. God exercises a wise and benevo-

lent providence over all beings and all things by maintaining the

constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not

otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of men requires.


6. The Sinfulness of Man. Man was created innocent, but by

disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation. His poster-

ity, therefore, inherits a fallen nature of such tendencies that all

who come to years of accountability, sin and become guilty before

God.


7. The Work of Christ. The Son of God by His incarnation,

life, sufferings, death and resurrection effected for all a redemption

from sin that is full and free, and is the ground of salvation by

faith.


8. The Terms of Salvation. The conditions of salvation are:

(1) Repentance or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of

it. (2) Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as

Savior and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things.

In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy

Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child of 

God. (3) Continuance of faith and obedience unto death.


9. Election. God determined from the beginning to save all

who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence, by

faith in Christ men become His elect.


10. Freedom of the Will. The human will is free and self-con-

trolled, having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the

Spirit, or to resist them and perish.


11. Salvation Free. God desires the salvation of all, the Gospel

invites all, the Holy Spirit strives with all and whosoever will may

come and take of the water of life freely.


12. Perseverance. All believers in Christ, who through grace

persevere in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal

salvation.


13. Gospel Ordinances. BAPTISM, or the immersion of believ-

ers in water, and the LORD’S SUPPER, are the ordinances to be

perpetuated under the Gospel. FEET WASHING, an ordinance

teaching humility, is of universal obligation, and is to be ministered

to all true believers.


14. Tithing. God commanded tithes and offerings in the Old

Testament; Jesus Christ endorsed it in the Gospel (Matt. 23:23),

and the apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let every

one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him” (1 Cor.

16:2a).


15. The Christian Sabbath. The divine law requires that one

day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amuse-

ments, for rest, worship, holy works and activities, and for per-

sonal communion with God.


16. Resurrection, Judgment, and Final Retribution. The

Scriptures teach the resurrection of all men at the last day. Those

who have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and

those who have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation; then

the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous

into eternal life.”