on Fundamental Faith
noted previously, this is a series of articles based on the
"Articles of Faith" held by the Primitive Baptist churches.
These Articles of Faith may vary in their wording from one
section of the country to another, but in essence are the
same as those proclaimed in the London (England) Confession
of Faith in 1644 and the Philadelphia (USA) Confession of
Faith, September 25, 1742. These are the items that our
forefathers in the faith felt were essential in the belief
of the local church. It was never intended that these
Articles of Faith should replace the Scriptures, or be
considered as superior to the Scriptures. Rather they are an
attempt to make a simple statement of the principle
doctrines found in the pages of the Bible.
the reason we believe the Bible to be God's inspired word, I
have drawn on external evidence to supplement the claims
of the Scripture writers themselves. Having proved that the
Bible is God's inspired word and the only rule for faith and
practice, I have sought no other source to support the
remaining articles other than the Bible. What Primitive
Baptists believe and practice is based on the Bible.
The following is
used by permission of: “The Primitive Baptist, The Christian
Pathway – Gospel Appeal.”
Established July, 1966
An Earnest Appeal to a
Closer Observance of Gospel Truth
Vol. XLI No. 2 Craigsville, WV
By Elder Robert “Bob” Glenn
10-5-1930 to 1-12-14
WE BELIEVE IN
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN FAMILY.
by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and
so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned"
doctrine of total depravity or the doctrine of original sin
is meant the teaching that when Adam, the first man, fell by
transgression, his nature became one of sinfulness, utterly
depraved, and thus this nature has been transmitted to every
member of the human race, as we are all the descendants of
Adam. Every infant born into this world is born with this
depraved nature. Our sinfulness stems from the nature we
have by birth; not from our environment. The only exception
to this in the history of all mankind was our Savior, Jesus
Christ, who was not born of natural generation, but of God.
Lk. 1:35; I Pet. 1:19; 2:22.
created good and in the very image of God. Gen. 1:27, 31. He
violated the law of God, knowing full well the commandment
and the penalty thereof Gen. 2:17; 3:2, 3. As a result of
that sin he brought a curse upon the world (Gen. 3:14-19)
and the penalty of corporeal death (Gen. 5:5; Rom. 5:12).
But the pronouncement of God was "in the DAY that thou
eatest thereof, thou shall surely die." Gen. 2:17. And upon
the day of his disobedience, Adam became dead
" in trespasses and sin."(Eph.2:1) and forever removed from
the position of fellowship and communion with God (Gen.
3:23-24). God thus indicated for all time that sinful men
could never stand in His presence. Psalm 5:4. Adam's nature
which was created in innocence then became an unclean,
sinful nature. The transgression changed his very being and
whereas he had previously known only good, he now possessed
only a tendency for evil. (CF Gen. 2:25 & 3:7).
Adam possibly produce children that were clean? Job 14:4.
This law of God is apparent in nature, and classified as the
law of heredity. Here is God's description of all humanity:
"There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that
understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God . . .
there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:9-20.
See also Gen. 6:5, 12; 8:21; Psa. 39:5, 6; Jer. 17:9; Rom
8:7; Eph. 2:3. This is true of every infant born into this
world. Psa. 51:5; Psa. 58:3; Jer. 1:5. (Why would Jeremiah
as an unborn infant need sanctification unless the nature of
that child was the nature of sin?).
natural birth gives us natural life, it does not give us
spiritual life — that is, the ability to understand and to
live with God. 1 Cor. 2:14. We are BY NATURE dead in
trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-3); that is to say alive
naturally, but dead to spiritual things. Adam thus died the
day he disobeyed (Gen. 2:17) and all his children were
conceived and born after his fall and thus came forth with
his fallen nature. Eph. 4:18; Col. 2:13; Jn. 3:6; Gen 3:23,
the proof of total depravity.
The proof of the truth of the teaching of total depravity is
in the fact of death. Rom. 6:23 declares that death is the
result of sin. Who dies? Everyone, even infants. (This
does not mean that God sends infants to hell; but does
mean that their salvation, even as ours, is only by the
grace of God). Those who have never heard of the
commandments; those who are feeble-minded and insane and
thus could not obey them; death passes upon them also. Why:
Because of sin. Where there are no outward acts of sins, and
yet death reigns, there can be but one answer: there is an
inward nature of sin. Rom. 5:12-18; 1 Cor. 15:22.
Thus the whole
race of mankind is found to be in sin and the penalty of
death is commanded upon all — both natural death and eternal
separation from God. There is none good or righteous by
their acts or by their nature. Rom. 3:9-23. Were it not for
the grace of God in Jesus Christ, every human being would be
condemned to hell for eternity. But God has provided
salvation for His elect (young and old, sane and insane,
near and far) through Jesus Christ, who was man, and yet
born without a nature of sin; who never committed any act of
sin (1 Pet. 2:22), and thus was able to die for sin and bear
the penalty thereof for the children of God (2 Cor. 5:21;