Statement of Faith

A.  We believe in one eternal God, the creator and upholder of all things in
Jesus Christ, His Son, and in the Holy Ghost, and that these three are one
(Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7; II Corinthians 13:14).

B.  We believe the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the
Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter
1: 20-21).  The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only
translation used by the Association.

C.  We believe that man is unable to recover himself from the fallen state that he
is in by reason of sin, only by the grace of God through the exercise of faith
(Ephesians 2:1-2; 2:5,8; Romans 3:22-23; I Corinthians 15:22).

D.  We believe that baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the saint’s
feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ and that immersion is the only mode of
baptism; not putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 13: 12-17; I
Corinthians 11:24; I Peter 3:21).

E.  We believe that no minister has the right to administer these ordinances
except such as are regularly ordained (II Timothy 1:6).

F.  We believe in the resurrection of the dead, a general judgment, the
punishment of the wicked, and the joys of the righteous are eternal (Daniel 12:2;
John 5:28-29; II Corinthians 5:10; II Thessalonians 1:8-9; Romans 6:23).

G.  We believe according to the scriptures – Paul’s letter to the Hebrews 6:1-7
and other scriptures – that after a man has been partaker of the Holy Ghost, it is
possible to fall away and forever be lost.

H.  Membership into the Free Will Christian Baptist Church of Christ is extended
to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of
regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as
personal savior (Acts 2:46).

I.  We believe that no persons are members of the church of Christ, only those
who have the witness within themselves (Romans 8:14-17).

J.  We believe that all members of the church of Christ have a right to the
sacramental table upon the principles of their acceptance with him for Saint Paul
says, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink
of the cup.” (I Corinthians 11:28).

K.  We believe that homosexuality is a sin and shall not be taught or practiced by
the churches of this Association (Romans 1:21-32).

L.  We believe and teach that a woman should not be ordained as a minister or
deacon according to scripture that a woman should not teach or usurp authority
over the man (I Timothy 2:12).