What We Believe
@ Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church
The Bible: We Believe that the Bible is the inspired (God breathed) infallible (all true) and inerrant (without error or contradiction) Word of God. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and practice.
One God: We Believe in one true and living God revealed in the Scriptures as eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ: We Believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He was fully God and fully man; that He lived a sinless life upon this earth; that He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; that He rose bodily from the grave on the third day; that he ascended bodily into Heaven where He continues His ministry at the right hand of God as our Advocate and High Priest; and that He is literally, personally, visibly returning to this earth to set up His Kingdom, judge all men and fallen spirit beings, and rule and reign for all eternity in the new heaven and earth.
The Holy Spirit: We Believe that the Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God; that this present era of the Church is, in a special way, the dispensation of the Holy Spirit; and that his ministry in the world includes reproving, regenerating, indwelling, guiding and empowering men.
Depravity: We Believe that man was created by the direct act of God; that he was made in the image of God; that in his original state he was innocent; that by exercise of his own free will he disobeyed God and, thereby, fell into a state of sin and condemnation; and that his descendants, inheriting a fallen, sinful nature, are under the condemnation of God, and are in need of the new birth via the Holy Spirit.
Salvation: We Believe that salvation is the free and gracious gift of God, and that God has made provision for all men everywhere to be saved; that the atoning death of Christ was sufficient for all, but efficient only for those who choose to believe. We believe that salvation is received upon repentance of sin and personal, saving faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.
Election: We Believe that election is according to the foreknowledge of God and conditioned on personal, saving faith in Christ; thus one becomes the “Elect of God” by virtue of being “in Christ.”
Sanctification: We Believe that every believer is made righteous in Christ at conversion; that this sanctification continues during the Christian life as the believer grows in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ; and that it is completed when the believer stands in the presence of Christ, either at death or at the return of Christ.
Security: We Believe that all who are truly saved are kept by God’s power and as believers are secure in Christ based on their personal, continued faith. It is God who does the saving and the keeping, but He does both on the sole condition of faith. We believe a saved individual may, in freedom of will, cease to trust in Christ for salvation and be lost. We believe this is defined in the Scriptures as “aspostasy” and that such is an irremediable condition. We believe salvation is a one-time experience. We do not believe in repeated regeneration.
Church Ordinances: We Believe that God has given His Church the ordinances of Baptism, which is to be administered only to believers, by immersion and in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and the Lord’s Supper, which is to be open to all born-again believers present; and the washing of the Saint’s feet.
The Second Coming of Christ: We Believe in a literal, pre-millenial return of Jesus Christ to receive all believers of all ages to Himself and to judge the world with absolute and final justice. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS and the NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS. 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 district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ.
Having given ourselves to God by faith in Christ, and adopted the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another be the Will of God in this solemn Covenant. We promise, by His Grace, to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy conformities to the world, from all sale and sanction of intoxicating beverages, and to “provide all things honest in the sign of all men.”
We agree to faithfully discharge our obligation in reference to the study of the Scriptures, family devotions, sector prayer, social worship; and by self-denial, faith and good works, endeavor to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church and conferences, public worship and all the observances of the ordinances of the Gospel; nor fail to pay according to our ability for the support of the church, of its poor and all its benevolent work. We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to “keep the unity of the Spirit” in the bond of peace. To be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and as far as we are able, promote the success of the church and the Gospel. We will everywhere hold Christian principle sacred and Christian obligations and enterprises supreme, counting it our chief business in life to extend the influence of Christ in society, constantly praying and toiling that the Kingdom of God may come, and His Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. To this end we agree to labor for the promotion of educational and denominational enterprises, support of missions, the success of Sunday schools, and evangelistic efforts for the salvation of the world. And may the God of peace sanctify us wholly and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.