This doctrinal statement is not an endeavor to make Scripture align with a preconceived system of belief. Rather, this is an endeavor to summarize our understanding of the basic teachings of the Bible.
Therefore, all of the following are from correlation of the whole Bible. Any Scriptures here are listed as a beginning for study rather than as a proof text. For questions regarding any point, please email the Stalcups.
We do believe these Bible doctrines, but this page lacks the phrase “We believe…” in order to emphasize the truth of these doctrines regardless of our endorsement. Bible doctrines are true and not subjective. That is, they are not dependent on any person’s belief or endorsement. The purpose of this statement is not to create debate but rather to explain who we are and how we understand Scripture.
We also agree with the doctrinal statement of our sending church, Emmanuel Baptist Church of Kings Mountain, NC.
- God is the self-existent, eternally omnipotent Creator. He is all-wise and personal and not merely a force. He is infinitely holy, right, good, true, faithful, merciful, omnipotent, omniscient, and sovereign. He is the Creator, Redeemer, and Preserver of the universe.
- God is worthy of worship, love, reverence, and obedience. He offers reconciliation to all mankind who will accept His plan of salvation.
- The one and only God is the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each of these three and are coequally and coeternally the one God. The Father has eternally demonstrated God’s life and love and commissioning of salvation to mankind. The Son Jesus Christ has eternally been the eternal Revelation of God and is the eternal Mediator of reconciliation. The Holy Spirit has eternally demonstrated that God is a Spirit. The triune God has distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being.
- Modalism is unbiblical by claiming that the three aspects of the trinity are not simultaneously eternal. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have always existed as God for all eternity. Oneness Pentecostalism is false doctrine as it teaches that the Father, Son, and Spirit are three of many manifestations of God. Islam and other false religions deny the deity of Christ and deny the existence of the Trinity.
Gen 1:1, Isa 40:18, 42:1, Mat 3:16-17, Mk 10:18, Acts 5:3-4, Eph 4:30, Rom 2:4, Jn 3:16-17, 5:23, 10:30-39, 17:24, Col 1:14-17, 1 Tim 3:16, Heb 13:8, Gal 1:1, 1 Peter 3:18, Jn 2:19-22, Eph 4:6, Col 1:27, 1 Cor 3:16, Jn 14:1-17:26, 1 Jn 5:7
- The 66 books of the Bible form the complete, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. Originally, they were verbally, plenarily inspired and are verbally, plenarily preserved in the Greek TR and Hebrew Masoretic Text.
- God desires that all languages should have an accurate translation of His Word. A translation into any language should accurately and faithfully translate the meaning of the original words which have been preserved exactly as they were inspired. An accurate translation will follow formal equivalence as much as possible to communicate the form and meaning of the preserved Greek and Hebrew texts. Because the King James is translated from the correct texts and because it was translated by the correct method of translation, it is the most faithful and accurate translation of God’s Word into English. The idea that a translation corrected the original languages as it was inspired and preserved in English is false doctrine that undermines that actual words that God chose to give mankind.
- God’s special revelation to mankind is complete in the Bible. God’s Word will not be amended or corrected by dreams, prophecies, tongues, or discoveries of other documents.
- Man is accountable to know and obey God’s Word.
2 Tim 3:13-17, 1 Pet 1:19-25, 1 Tim 3:15, Ps 119:89, Tit 1:2, Isa 59:21, 2 Tim 2:15, Jam 1:15
- God created the universe in six 24-hour days.
- Men and women are designed with equal worth but with unique roles. God designed marriage to be one man and one woman for life.
Gen 1-3, Ps 100:3, Job 38-41, Deut 32:6, Jn 1:1-4, Gen 1:2, Job 33:4, Col 1:16-17, Gen 1:27, 2:24, Mt 19:8, Mal 2:13-16
- All mankind has broken God’s laws and dishonored God. Salvation is the rescuing of mankind from sin’s punishment and from being enemies of God. This is accomplished only by the payment of Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection – this is the Gospel. Salvation is only granted to all who choose to believe, repent, and ask for it. Salvation is by grace through faith. Faith includes repentance. No works earn salvation.
- Christ’s payment was for all mankind. God invites all mankind to repent. All people have a free will.
- The believer is eternally secure. Such security is not dependent on holy living but does encourage and enable holy living and a walk with God. We are His workmanship to good works. God’s predestination in Salvation is that we would be conformed to the image of His Son as we grow through His Word and conformed perfectly in glory.
- God has given all believers and all churches the privilege and the responsibility of giving this Gospel to the lost through His Word and discipling others through the local church. Salvation should be followed by baptism, church membership, discipleship, maturity, and teaching others. All churches are responsible to evangelize the lost, to baptize, to disciple new believers that they might teach others also, and to plant new churches, locally and around the world. Also, all believers are responsible to evangelize the lost and to teach new believers.
- Intentional, structured discipleship should be a part of all believers’s lives. Discipleship is not merely a class for new believers, but is intentional growth of all believers throughout their lives. Every believer should allow a mature believer to formally invest in his life, and every believer should be investing in others. Discipleship is not dependence on the authority of a discipler but on the Word of God and leadership of the Spirit. This intentional, structured discipleship should be organized within the disciple’s local church; commitment to a discipleship group should never compete with the local church.
- Calvinism is unbiblical as it implies that God forces mankind without a choice and that God does not love all people or provide salvation for all. It is also unbiblical in that it implies that man must do good works to prove if he has truly been saved. Arminianism (Free Will Theology) is unbiblical as it implies that mankind can lose his salvation and must do works to maintain his salvation. Lordship Salvation Theology is unbiblical as it implies that the sinner must stop sinning in order to get saved or to validate his salvation. This is often associated with Calvinism and its concept of perseverance. Hyper-Grace Theology is unbiblical as it implies that faith for salvation is merely mental assent without a change of the heart. Hyper-Grace Theology teaches that repentance is simply a work to be done after salvation or else is merely a recognition of the fact that Jesus Christ died for us all. For this reason, Hyper-Grace proponents prefer that the term “repentance” be left out of the Gospel message. Easy-Believism is unbiblical by implying that salvation is obtained by merely agreeing that Jesus died for us. Sometimes it involves a soulwinner getting many sinners to hurriedly repeat a prayer or make a statement or sign a line or simply agree that Jesus died for us. It is similar to Hyper-Grace Theology.
Isa 59:1-2, 64:6, Jn 3:5, 16, 36, 5:24, 11:25, 2 Cor 5:21, 1Pet 1:23, 2Pet 2:1, 3:9, 1 Jn 2:2, 5:11-13, Tit 3:5-6, Eph 2:8-10, 1:4, Rom 8:29, 2Cor 5;15-20, Rom 10:9-17, Mat 28:18-20, 2Tim 2:2
- Churches should separate from ecumenical association with false teachers.
- Christians should love people but reject false doctrine.
- New Evangelicalism (aka “Evangelicalism” or “New Fundamentalism”), the Charismatic Movement, Emergent Churches, false doctrine and worldly, ungodly lifestyles must be rejected. Although we love everyone without arrogance and without gossip, Christians must flee youthful lusts without loving the world or compromise.
- Not all decisions can be grouped into either personal preferences or Biblical commands. Between these two categories are the categories of personal goals, personal commitments to the Lord, and universal applications of Bible principles.
- Christians ought not to assume to know other people’s motives. However,God expects His children to judge (discern, discriminate) with prudence between right and wrong.
- While modest dress and Godly music are not clearly defined in Scripture, every Christian should strive to live by convictions and standards that involve separating from worldliness and living in holiness. We reject CCM. In the C1-C6 spectrum of adaptation to an Islamic culture, we find ourselves closer to 3 than to 4 in the spectrum and view the C5 category to be syncretistic compromise. Although we believe in an indigenous church, we reject the false doctrines of Insider Movements and Chrislam.
1Tim 4:16, 2Cor 6:14,-18, 1Cor 5, Rom 16:17, Tit 3:10, 1 Jn 2:15, Rom 14, 1Cor 8, 1Pet 2:9-10, Phil 2:15, Eph 4:14-5:19
- The local church is an organization unique to this present dispensation. A Biblical understanding of the local church is possible by recognizing that the Bible describes seven dispensations (ages that each contain a unique relationship of God with mankind). Presently we are in the Church Age (between the Law and the Millennial Kingdom) in which God works through local churches to spread the Gospel message of salvation and to disciple believers. The Bible clarifies that the Church Age is not a continuation of Israel or a replacement of Israel. Rather the Church Age is a parenthetical insertion between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s calendar for Israel. The Bible teaches that this Church age began at the beginning of Acts and not in the middle or end of Acts. Hyper-dispensationalism which teaches that the church began with Paul is a false doctrine as it makes Hebrews through Rev 3 not directly instructional for the Church Age. The few Biblical references (such as Col 1:13) to Christ’s spiritual kingdom are descriptions of Christ’s authority; they are not statements equating the Church to the Kingdom. The Church Age is not the Kingdom Age but rather a dispensation preceding the Kingdom. Kingdom Theology is unbiblical. A local church consists of a membership of born-again believers as the body of Christ in a particular locality as prescribed in the Word of God. It is led by a pastor and deacons and should be self-propagating, self-governing, and self-supporting. Its purpose is the proclamation of God’s Word to edify its members and to evangelize the lost.
- The majority of the references in the New Testament to the church refer to the local church. The local church is God’s primary method of doing His will today. The local church has been delegated authority from God.
- The mystery church spoken of in Ephesians 3:1-11 and 5:23-32 and 1 Cor 12:13 is described as the body made by all believers of this era who are baptized by the Spirit including Gentiles made fellowheirs. According to Colossians 1:18-27, this is the church which is Christ’s body. This is the body called a holy priesthood and chosen generation and royal priesthood, and holy nation and peculiar people and the people of God in 1 Peter 2:5, 9-10. It is an organization unique to this present dispensation and consists of all born-again believers from the beginning of the baptism of the spirit until the rapture of the church. The mystery church was not foreseen or understood by Old Testament prophets. It does not assemble together here on earth but is a called out assembly in the sense that it is all believers of this time who have been called out of the world and put in one body. It has no human leadership and is not the same as the local church and therefore is not an authority and has no organization with offices. Belief in the mystery church of Ephesians is Biblical and is not an endorsement of ecumenism. Belief in the Ephesians mystery church is not a step towards compromise.
- Christians should not embrace the concept that Catholics and Protestants and all denominations are all part of the mystery church. Most “churches” who claim to to be “Christian” do not preach the true Gospel and are not part of a body or family or the Church with truly born-again believers. Recognition of the existence of a body of all born-again believers is not an endorsement of false teachers who are not true believers. The Emergent church and the Charismatic church teach false doctrine. While finances or persecution may necessitate the need for a church to meet in a house, we do not support the House Church Movement. God can heal and do miracles today, but He does not grant such sign gifts to today’s church or to any individual.
Matthew 16:18, Luke 3:16, Acts 1:4-5, 2:1-42, 11:15-16, Eph 1:22-23, 1 Tim 3:15, Heb 13:17, 1 Tim 3:1-13, 1 Pet 5:1-4, Rom 16:25-26, 1 Cor 2:7-10, 12:12-13, Eph 1:22-23, 3:1-11, 5:23-32, Col 1:18-27, 2:17, Heb 2:3, Rom 1:7, 1 Cor 5, Heb 10:25
- The Bible teaches an imminent rapture of the church followed by seven years of tribulation followed by Christ’s return followed by a 1000-year reign of peace followed by the Great White Throne Judgment for the lost followed by a creation of a new heaven and a new earth followed by either eternal torment or eternal peace.
- No man knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return.
- Millennial Exclusionism is false doctrine because it claims that good works are what earn our rights to the kingdom and concludes that God’s carnal children spend time in hell.
Dan 7-12, Rev 4-21, 1 Thes 4:13-18, 2 Thes 2:1-12, Mat 24:36, 1Cor 3:12-15, 2Cor 5:10, Heb 9:27, Rom 14:12, Gal 3:13, John 5:24, Rom 8:1, 1 Peter 1:3-5
BIBLE: Our authority is the Bible. All Christians have the right and the responsibility to obey the Bible and worship corporately. AUTONOMY: The local church is autonomous. It is not ruled by any fellowship, committee, hierarchy, denomination, or state government but by the members and by the officers they elect. PRIESTHOOD: Every believer is a priest with access to throne of God in need of no mediator but the Lord Jesus Christ. TWO OFFICES: The two offices in the local church are the pastor and deacon. INDIVIDUALITY: Every soul is granted individual liberty (and responsibility) to believe and apply the Word of God as He best understands it. (This does not make everybody correct but makes everybody individually accountable to God.) While no church or religious organization has authority to control the civil government, All Christians have the right to be involved in civil government. SALVATION: Salvation (and its accompanying eternal security) is granted by grace through faith to all who will receive it and is a prerequisite along with baptism for church membership. TWO ORDINANCES: The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are two ordinances for the local church to observe. SEPARATION: Churches and individuals are responsible to separate from sin and from error.
Baptists have a rich heritage because they have believed what Bible-believing churches have believed down through the centuries. The name “Baptist” implies that the church holds these beliefs. However, churches do not merit God’s blessing merely for claiming the name “Baptist.” The Lord promised to preserve His church, but church perpetuity according to the Bible is doctrinal perpetuity. The Bible does not teach that a local church is legitimate church because that church was also established by a legitimate church, etc. The doctrines of Baptist-bridism and Landmarkism are not founded on Scripture. 2 Tim 3:15-17, Rev 22:18-19, Rev 2:6, 15, Mat 18:17, Acts 6:3-6, 13:1-4, 1 Pet 2:5, 9, Heb 4:16, 10:19, 1 Tim 3:1-13, 1 Thes 5:21-22, Acts 17:11, Rom 14:12, Acts 2:41-42, Mat 28:19, 1 Cor 11, 2 Cor 6:14-18, 1 Cor 5, Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 3:1-4