This doctrinal statement is not an endeavor to make Scripture align with a preconceived system of belief. Rather, this is an endeavor to summarize the 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 of Kings Mountain, NC.
- The one and only God is known from three perspectives and has eternally portrayed Himself from all of these three perspectives. The Father sent salvation to mankind. The Son Jesus Christ is the Revelation of Himself to mankind. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.
- As self-existent Creator, God is holy, right, good, true, faithful, merciful, omnipotent, omniscient, and sovereign.
Gen 1:1, Isa 40:18, Mk 10:18, Rom 2:4, Jn 1:1-3, 5:23, 1 Jn 5:7, 1 Tim 3:16
- 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. An accurate translation should follow formal equivalence as much as possible to communicate the 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 only correct translation of God’s Word in English.
- 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, Jn 1:1-3, Col 1:16-17
- 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.
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 dispensation and consists of a group of born-again believers in any locality that is God’s primary method of conducting His work in the world today. 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 vast majority of all references in the New Testament to the church are to the local church. It is God’s primary method of doing His will today. It is a position of delegated authority along with human government and the employer and the home.
- Only very few Scripture passages use the term “church” to refer to anything other than the local church. 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 including Gentiles made fellowheirs. 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 resurrection of Christ until the Millennial Kingdom. The mystery church has no human leadership and is not the same as the local church and therefore has no authority. Therefore belief in the mystery church of Ephesians 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 one big church. We are not one big happy family. The existence of a larger body of all believers does not endorse false teachers who are not true believers.
- The Emergent church and the Charismatic church teach false doctrine. God can heal and do miracles today, but He does not grant such sign gifts to today’s church or to any individual. While finances or persecution may necessitate the need for a church to meet in a house, we do not support the House Church movement.
Acts 2:41-42, Eph 1:22-23, 1 Tim 3:15, Heb 13:17, 1Tim 3:1-13, 1Pet 5:1-4, Eph 3:1-11, 5:23-32, Col 1:18, 24-27, 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 a creation of a new heaven and a new earth followed by the Great White Throne Judgment for the lost followed by either eternal torment or eternal peace.
- No man knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return.
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
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 does not mean that a local church is legitimate because it was established by a Baptist church that was a 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