|We Are A Soul Winning, Bible Preaching,
Fundamental, Independent Baptist Church
|Doctrinal Statement of Beacon Baptist Church
When Christ ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He did not intend for His followers to be scattered or
isolated. They were commanded to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of Holy Spirit. Ever since that time, churches
have been formed throughout the world by the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Each church is responsible for provoking
one another unto love and to good works (Hebrews 10:24), while also fulfilling the great commission of preaching the
gospel to all people (Mark 16:15). Regrettably, as the gospel has spread, so has the influence of false teachers, who
teach contrary to the doctrines of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1). Therefore, in order to protect the flock of God from false
teachers, we the people of Beacon Baptist Church, do set forth the following confession of faith as that which is
commonly believed among us, and as a basis for our fellowship.
We believe that the Holy Bible was verbally and plenarily inspired of God; that it is truth without any admixture of
error; that it is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks; 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 Bible is the true center of Christian union
and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions are to be tried.
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.
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.
We believe that the Texts which are the closest to the original autographs of the Bible are the Masoretic Hebrew Text
for the Old Testament, and the Textus Receptus Greek Text for the New Testament, and that the King James Version
of the English Bible is a true and faithful translation of these two providentially preserved Texts.
We believe that a church is a local gathering of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith; organized for the
purposes of united worship, fellowship, administration of the ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Supper), edification,
discipline, and promotion of the work of Christ throughout the world; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts,
rights and privileges invested in them by His word. We believe that the offices of the church are pastor (bishop,
presbyter, elder) and deacon, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true
mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: to preach the gospel to every creature and to teach and
instruct those who believe. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the
interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the government is democratic, with every
member responsible to vote in keeping with his understanding of the will of Christ. We believe that it is scriptural for
true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel. However,
every local church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. We also hold that the will
of the local church is final on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence.
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an infinite and intelligent Spirit, the maker and
supreme ruler of heaven and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor,
confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who
are equal in every divine perfection, and yet executing distinct but harmonious offices.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature,
and that He was active in the creation. In His relationship to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil one until God's
purposes are fulfilled; He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness, and He bears witness to the Truth of the
Gospel. We believe that He is the agent in the New Birth; and that He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses,
sanctities, and helps the believer. We also believe that He indwells the believer, and produces in them the fruit of the
Spirit. We are opposed to the charismatic movement and other movements that distort the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to
the shame of those who practice them.
The Devil, or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the
Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. He is now the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's
great tempter, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the
present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness. We believe that he is destined
to a final defeat at the hands of God's Son, and to the just judgment of an eternity in hell, a place prepared for him and
We believe in the Genesis account of creation; that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. We
believe that man was created 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. We hold that all animal and vegetable life was created by God, and that God's established law for them was
that they should bring forth only "after their kind."
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, and that he was created in innocence, but
by voluntary transgression fellfrom his sinless and happy state. The consequence of man’s sins is that all mankind are
now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
The Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no
other man or woman has ever born or can ever be born; and as such, He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
We believe that Justification is the great gospel blessing which Christ secures for those who believe in Him.
Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on basis of Christ righteousness being imputed to us;
and is not bestowed in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in
the Redeemer's blood.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the work of the Son of God, who by the
appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His
personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. His atonement consisted not in
setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the
Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. The completeness and finality
of Christ’s work as an all-sufficient Savior is proven by His resurrection from the dead. He is now enthroned in
heaven, serving as a mediator and perfect High Priest on behalf of all who believe.
The Grace Of The New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that
it is instantaneous and not a process. In the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the
divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. The new creation is brought about in a manner above our
comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the
Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. The evidence of the
new birth is the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
The Freeness Of Salvation
We believe that God's grace is free; and that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel. For this
reason it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith. We hold that nothing
prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the
Repentance And Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the
quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of
salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time
heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous are
those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of God; while the
wicked are those who refuse to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and for this reason are under the curse of
sin. This distinction holds true both in and after death, and results in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Eternal Security And The Perseverance Of The Saints
We believe that once a person is born again through repentance and faith, it is impossible for them to lose their
salvation by any thought, action, or deed. We believe that God’s grace will make an irreversible change in a born again
persons character that is manifest by a pursuit of holiness, a desire for fellowship with the saints, and perseverance in
times of persecution. We believe that such only are real believers who endure unto the end; that their persevering
attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence
watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful way our faith in the
crucified, buried and risen Saviour. Baptism is not a part of salvation, but only demonstrates the new birth that has
already taken place; and it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to partake of the Lord's
Supper. The Lord’s Supper is observed as a remembrance of Christ’s death in our place, preceded always by a time
of solemn self-examination by the believers, and is observed by partaking of the unleavened bread and grape juice
which are symbols of Christ’s body and blood.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment,for the interests and good order of human society. We hold
that government officials are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed; except in things which oppose the will of our
Lord Jesus Christ; who is the Supreme Lord over all. We believe that civil government and churches are distinct and
separated from each other, and that neither should seek to control the other.
The Return Of Christ, And Related Events
We believe that the Scriptures foretell of certain events, which we accept at their face and full value.
Rapture of the Church. We believe that Jesus Christ will one day return to this earth in the clouds; that the dead in
Christ will rise first, and then the believers who are still alive shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in
the air, and so shall they ever be with Him. We hold that the rapture is the next event on the prophetic calendar, and
that there is no prophecy in need of being fulfilled before this occurs.
Tribulation. We believe that the rapture of the Church will be followed on earth by seven years of Tribulation. It is a
time when the anti-Christ will reign, and God pours out His wrath on wicked man. It is also known as Israel's
seventieth week, a time when God again turns His attention on Israel, and 144,000 Jews will be sealed and receive the
mark of God in their foreheads. Though it is a time when Satan rules and God’s judgment is being poured out, there
will be many that are saved from among all nations, people, and tongues. The latter part of this time period is known
as the Great Tribulation.
Second Coming. We believe that following the Tribulation, Christ will return to the earth with His glorified saints to
establish His millennial kingdom; that during the 1,000 years of His reign, there will be peace and prosperity on earth,
Satan will be bound, and Christ will rule with a rod of iron; that at the end of the millennium, Satan will be released
from the bottomless pit for a short time, will deceive many, and lead them into a final rebellion against God, but Satan
will be destroyed, along with all his armies.
Eternal State. We believe that the unsaved men of all ages will be resurrected, and together with the evil angels, will
be judged and condemned to an everlasting conscious punishment in hell; that all the saved, of all ages, in their
glorified bodies, will enjoy everlasting bliss in the presence of God.
We believe that Christians should strive to live holy lives. We believe that this involves separation, not only from
ungodly living styles, but also from ungodly teachings; that though we are to love all men and seek their salvation,
there are areas in which we cannot have fellowship with unbelievers. We will not fellowship or work together with
any other church that is not of like faith and practice, and may even find it necessary to separate from a brother in
Christ, if they do not maintain a holy and separated life.
We believe that worship music in the church should be God honoring. We are opposed to the contemporary Christian
music movement, which seeks to take the world’s entertainment of the flesh, and make it a part of the worship of
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.
Sanctity Of Human Life
We believe life begins at the moment a human embryo is formed, either through natural conception or artificial means
such as cloning. Termination of this human life at any stage of embryonic or fetal development through abortion,
research methods, or any other means is murder. Also, we reject any teaching that accepts termination of life due to
rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well being of the mother.