God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments,
the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule
of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things: they also speak to
us about wrong doing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.
God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed
God, becoming a sinner and incurring God's judgment upon sin. 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. God's Relationship to His Creatures and Creation-God exercises
a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs
special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.
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.
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. Those who refuse in this life to
repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
We believe that there are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end and be
saved because of the power of divine grace pledged for their support. We believe that any saved person who has
sinned (whether we call him a backslider or sinner), but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to
God's favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations
and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.
Free Will Baptists believe the Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism
in water by immersion, the Lord's Supper, to be perpetuated until His return, and the Washing of the Saints' feet,
an ordinance teaching humility.
Free Will Baptists believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each
in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have
done evil to the resurrection of damnation.
Free Will Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church
is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly
meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the
local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.
Christ's Second Coming
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God,
will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.
Free Will Baptists believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.