Articles of Faith

The United American Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc.

 

Articles of Faith

 

The Scriptures - The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are our infallible rule of faith and practice.

 

God - There is one living and true God, infinite in all His attributes, the Creator, Preserver and Governor of the universe revealed to us in the Scriptures, as the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

 

Christ - He is God manifest in the flesh being in His divine nature true God, in His human nature true man united in the person of the Messiah or Mediator for the redemption of the world.

 

The Holy Ghost - He possesses all personal divine attributes, being the reprover, comforter and sanctifier of man.

 

Divine Purposes and Providence - The purposes of God are eternal and immutable; His wise and holy Providence is over all beings and in all things to secure His own glory and the highest welfare of His creatures.

 

Original State and Fall of Man - Man was created upright, but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation.  All posterity inherit this fallen nature, which is cherished by indulgence, so that all who come to years of moral accountability sin and come short of the glory of God.

 

The Atonement - Christ in His great compassion offered Himself a sacrifice in our stead, thus by His life, sufferings and death made an atonement whish is full and free to us all and opens the only way of salvation.

 

Grace - No one can, by his own work, merit or obtain salvation, which is wholly of the grace of God and through which all spiritual blessings are bestowed upon us.

 

Conditions of Salvation - These are repentance, implying Godly sorrow for open confession and utter renunciation of sin; faith is the unreserved committal and the mind and heart to receive, obey and trust Christ; and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, whereby the soul is freed from the dominion of sin and brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

Election - God has not fixed the future state of men by any unconditional decree, but determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation.

 

Perseverance - Non will be finally saved but those who through grace, preserve in holiness to the end.

 

Salvation Free - God desires the salvation of all, the Gospel invites all, the Holy Ghost strives with all, and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.

 

Gospel Ordinances - Baptism or the immersion of believers in water, and the Lord's supper and the washing of the saints; feet, are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel of universal obligation and to be administered to all true believers.

 

The Sabbath - The Christian Sabbath is a divine institution, binding on all, and should be observed by abstaining from secular business and amusements, and consecrated to the worship of God and Spiritual improvements.

 

Resurrection, Final Judgment, and Future Retribution - Christ will make His second appearance at the end of the world, when the dead will be raised, the judgment sit, the righteous be received to eternal blessedness and the wicked to endless sufferings.

 

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