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. 4 Craigsville, WV
By Elder Robert “Bob” Glenn
10-5-1930 to 1-12-14
"WE BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST TO BE THE SON OF GOD, THE ONLY
SAVIOUR AND REDEEMER, AND THAT SALVATION IS BY HIS GRACE AND
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there
is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
We have shown that man cannot redeem himself from sin. But
God has brought salvation to His people in Jesus Christ, the
only Savior and Redeemer. This is the central theme of the
Bible. The Old Testament speaks of Christ by prophecy and in
type and shadow. The teaching of the New Testament is Jesus
Christ, and Him Crucified (I Cor. 2:2).
is Jesus Christ? The Son of God and yet the Son of Man.
His Father was God and yet he received an earthly body from
the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18-25). He was (and is) eternal
God, and yet He took the body of man, subject to the
temptations and trials of the flesh as you and I (Matt.
16:16; John. 1:1-3. 14; Heb. 2:14-18; 4:14-16). Thus He is
qualified to be the mediator between God and Man (I Tim.
2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
Reconciliation: we have before proved two things from
God's Holy word. 1. That the nature of God is completely
pure and righteous. 2. That the nature of man is completely
sinful and defiled. In order that any of the human race
might spend eternity with God, steps must be taken to
reconcile (bring agreement between) these contrasting
natures. The word reconcile means "to change thoroughly
from." And Jesus Christ came, according to the eternal plan
of God, to change us from our sinful nature to the perfect
nature of God (II Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:20-21). He did this by
accomplishing the following:
Jesus paid the price for the sins of God's elect:
God is a just God and could not set us free from sin
unless the price of sin should be met (Ex. 34:7). As we
could not meet that price, God sent His only Son, and
Jesus paid that price for us in full (John 8:36; Rom.
3:24; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53). The price that God
required was the blood (death) of a perfect man (Heb.
9:22; I Peter 1:18-20; Eph. 1:7; Acts 20:28; Rom. 5:6,
9; Gal. 3:13; Rev. 5:9).
Jesus imputed unto God's elect His righteousness;
Not only must the price for our sins be paid in order
that the justice of God can be satisfied, but we must
receive a nature as righteous as God's. That righteous
nature is that of the eternal God manifested in His Son
who was obedient to the Father in all things (Phil.
2:8). The Bible declares that Jesus did impute (account)
that righteousness to us (I Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:9; Rom.
Grace: Our salvation was wrought entirely by God. We had
no part in the accomplishment of salvation. We were
undeserving of salvation; it was truly God's unmerited favor
to us. It was entirely through the "kindness and love of God
our Saviour towards man" (Titus 3:4-7). That is grace. And
truly "by grace are ye saved" (Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom.
Result: Here is a finished salvation. What more could a
sinner need than this? Our sins paid for; the righteousness
of God is ours — fully justified before God. We are free
from the guilt of sin (Rom. 5:1, 9). We are free from the
power or dominion of sin (Rom. 6:14). And one day we shall
be free from the very presence of sin (Gal. 1:4). No
accusation can be laid to our charge (Rom. 8:33-34). Our
salvation is complete in Jesus Christ (John 8:36; Gal. 4:7).
We have eternal life with God (John 3:16).
is Salvation in no other: There are many religions in
the world. But Jesus Christ is the only Saviour. In Him
there is life; without Him there is no life (Isa. 63:5; I
John 5:12; John 3:36; 6:68; 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Cor. 3:11; I
the praise for salvation is due to Jesus Christ, the only
Mediator between God and man. To take any of that glory and
to give it to mortal men is a lie and a shame.