What We Believe
TOTAL DEPRAVITY is a result of Adam’s disobedience in eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. As a result of this original sin, man fell in his every faculty, thereby becoming dead in trespasses and sin and incapable of recovering himself from this fallen state by his own free will or ability. (Genesis 6:5, Genesis 8:21, Job 25: 4-6, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 19:17, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 3:23, Romans 5: 12-21, Ephesians 2:1-5, Colossians 2:13).
UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION is the Bible teaching that the election of God’s people for eternal salvation was not dependent upon any work on the part of the sinner. Before the world began, God elected or chose his people in Christ and predestined them to be heirs of eternal glory (Romans 8:28-34, Romans 9:11, Ephesians 1:3-6, 1 Peter 1:2-4).
LIMITED ATONEMENT, also known as PARTICULAR REDEMPTION, is the Bible teaching that Christ died for the elect only and not for all men in general. All for whom he died were indeed redeemed, by virtue of which they will without fail live with him in heaven (John 6:37-40, John 17:2, Matthew 1:21, Matthew 20:28, Romans 8:29-30, Romans 9:13, Hebrews 9:28, Hebrews 10:14). The words “Limited” or “Particular” may lead some to think that we believe only a small number of people are among the elect. One only has to read Revelation 5:9 and 7:9 to see that this can’t possibly be, God has a people out "of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues" and it is, at a minimum, "a great multitude, which no man could number."
IRRESISTIBLE GRACE, also known as EFFECTUAL CALLING, simply means that all for whom Christ died will be born of the Spirit sometime between conception and death. Thus, eternal life is imparted to the dead alien sinner by the sovereign will of God alone, without the aid of men. The call, which brings a sinner from a state of death in sin to a state of life in Christ Jesus, is irresistible on the part of the sinner (John 3:8, John 5:21, John 5:25, Romans 8:30, Ephesians 2:1).
PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS, also known as DIVINE PRESERVATION, means that the saints, who are the foreknown, the predestined, the called and the justified, will also be glorified in eternal heaven after the toils and cares of this life are over (John 17:24, Romans 8:28-30, Romans 8:38-39, John 10:27-29, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Jude 1:1).
Revelation 21:27 (KJV)
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
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Visiting ministers at the Ordination service for Bro. David Scarbrough, October 3rd, 2010.