What We Believe
The Bible: The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by God, without error, to inspired holy men. They are our only rule of faith and practice.
God: There is one living and true God, who is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He is eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God.
Jesus Christ: He is God’s son, God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He was born of a virgin, was crucified as the sacrifice for man’s sin, and is now risen and glorified. He gives us access to the Father through His intercession. No one can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
Man: God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
Salvation: 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 as redemption for his 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’s raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works. (See also our page “God’s Plan of Salvation.”)
Who Can be Saved: It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross.
Perseverance: All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation.
Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
Christ’s Second Coming: Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to establish His kingdom, glorify His saints, and judge the world.
For more details on what Free Will Baptists believe, see this page on the National Association of Free Will Baptists web site.
For an in-depth document of Free Will Baptist beliefs and practices, download the Free Will Baptist Treatise as a pdf file here.