Beliefs

Bible Baptist of Buffalo’s Articles of Faith

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Buffalo Baptist Church Birth Stone STATEMENT OF FAITH

(A) The Holy Scripture

We believe that the Holy Bible (King James Version) was written by men supernaturally inspired; it has
truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain
to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man;
the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct,
creeds, and opinions should be tried.

1. By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from
Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not only contain
and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

2. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by
holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way
that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error,
as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
II Tim. 3:16-17

(B) The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each coeternal in being, co identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10).

(C) The Person and Work of Christ

1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without
ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin
Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6;
Luke 1:35); John 1:1-2, 14; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)

2. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death
on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our
justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36;
Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:17; I Peter 1:3-5).

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the
Right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative,
Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

(D) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the local church, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).

2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be submissive to and empowered by Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27).

3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:7-12).

4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the salvation or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (I Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).

(E) The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).

(F) Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through repentance by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19).

(G) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5).

2. We believe that it is the privilege of baptized believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

(H) The Church

1. We believe the local church is solely made up of born-again persons (I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27).

2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13, I Peter 5:1-4).

4. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Cor. 11:23-26).

(I) Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11).

(J) The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture all believers prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89;3-4, Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thess. 1:10; I Thess 4: 13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

(K) The Eternal State

1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).

2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17;
Rev. 20:4-6).

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15);

(L) The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

(M) Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; 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 all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law was that they should bring forth after their own kind. The only legitimate marriage is between a man and woman. He has commanded that homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God rejects any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12, 19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1, 3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek, 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20, 28, 32; Gal. 3:22)

(N) Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibilities under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14).

(O) – Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We also reject same sex marriage as being morally reprehensible and unacceptable behavior to those who claim Christ as their Savior. We only accept marriage defined as being between one man (by birth) and one woman (by birth) to be the legitimate definition of marriage. We believe the church family should cultivate and maintain a spirit of compassion and forgiveness toward anyone, with a repentant attitude, who knowingly or in ignorance, has fallen into sexual sin (Gen. 2:23-24; Gen. 19:5-7, 13; Gen 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-29;; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).

(P) Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God’s original design and current intention is that marriage would last until one spouse dies. According to Scripture, divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. We also accept that those who were divorced and/or remarried before they became believers were forgiven of all sin and are qualified for service. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon for the testimony of the Church in the community, and for those who do not understand and will not ask. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).

(Q) Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defect, gender selection, birth or population control, fetal stem cell research, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. We believe the church family should cultivate and maintain a spirit of compassion and forgiveness toward anyone, with a repentant attitude, who knowingly or in ignorance, has had an abortion (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

(R) Missions

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to all the world and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20).

(S) Lawsuits Between Believers

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).

(T) Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. Tithing is not a membership requirement, but a Biblical responsibility. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering (excepting designated giving) once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 5:17-18; I John 3:17).