The following Doctrinal Statement expresses the Biblical beliefs and positions of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brogue PA. It is necessary that all fellowshipping members be in agreement with this statement. All preachers, teachers, and Christian workers associated with Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be expected to correlate their teaching with this statement.
God the Father: We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the Godhead, eternal, Self-existent, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. (Psa 139:1-10)
God the Son: We believe that God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the Second Person of the Godhead, only begotten of the Father, and the Saviour of all who by faith accept Him. He is perfect God and perfect man, never changing. God the Son came into this world through the Virgin birth that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the redeemer of sinners through His death and resurrection. He pre-existed, was active in the creation of the world, left Heaven to receive a human body, lived a sinless life, performed miracles in His 3 1/2 year ministry, died an unjust death on the Cross in man’s place for man’s sin, and arose the third day according to the Bible. (Rev 3:21-22; Col 1:16-19; Heb 4:15; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; John 3:16; Isa 7:14) He then ascended to the right hand of the Father where He lives to make intercession to the Father as our High Priest until He returns for us. (Heb 7:25)
God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead eternally proceeding from the Father and Son and dwelling within every believer. He never departs from the feeblest of all Saints. His work to the believer consists of regeneration, indwelling, baptizing, teaching, discernment, filling, sealing, etc. (John 14:16, 26; 16:7-11; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:30; 5:18)
Preservation: We further believe that every word of the inspired Scriptures has been preserved by God (Psa 12:6-7) for the English speaking people in the Authorized (King James) Version which we believe to be the infallible, or inerrant Word of God. We reject all of the modern English versions.
Interpretation: We believe that the premillennial, dispensational interpretation of Scripture must be followed at all times in interpreting of Scripture. Further, the plain, literal sense of the Scripture should be sought unless the context or related passages of Scripture clearly indicate otherwise.
Justification: We believe that justification is the act of God whereby He declares as righteous the sinner who believes. The justification is through the blood of Christ, appropriated by faith, and results in the believer having peace with God. (Rom 5:1; 4:24) We do not accept the modern day substitution of “the death of Christ” for “the blood of Christ” either in modern Bible versions or in teaching. Rather, we believe the Bible when it says that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” (Heb 9:22)
Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is positional, progressive, and ultimate. Positional sanctification is a complete setting apart to God by our position in Christ. (Heb 10:10) Progressive sanctification is our growing in grace as a child of God. (2 Pet 3:18) Ultimate sanctification is when we shall be like Him. (1 John 3:1-3) We do not accept (as some holiness groups do) that sanctification is a “second work of grace” making believers sinlessly perfect.
Preservation of the Saints: We believe that a Christian can never be lost again based upon the eternal purpose of God, His gift of eternal life, His unchangeableness, and the abiding work of the Holy Spirit in us. (John 5:24; Jude 1:24; Rom 8:29, 35-39; 1 Cor 6:19; Psa 37:23-24; Heb 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 2 Tim 1:12; Eph 4:30) We reject all Arminianism as well as all five points of Calvinism. We believe the Bible, not the theological structures of mere men such as Arminius or Calvin.
Heaven and Hell: Heaven will be the eternal abode of all believers where they will forever rejoice in the presence of the Lord. Hell is the eternal abode of all unbelievers where they will be eternally separated from God and consciously punished and tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Luke 16:19-31; Rev 20)
Those left behind on earth will have to endure a seven year period known as the Great Tribulation immediately following the Rapture of the Church. During that seven years, judgment will be poured out upon all nations and the Jews will recognize Christ as their Messiah. Simultaneously in Heaven, believers will face the Judgment Seat of Christ where their works will be judged. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb also occurs during this seven year period.
Upon completion of the Great Tribulation, Christ will return to this earth in bodily form with His saints to fight the Battle of Armageddon and to set-up His 1,000 year Kingdom, during which Satan will be bound. After Satan is briefly loosed and then cast into the Lake of fire, the dead who rejected Christ, will face God’s Great White Throne Judgment and will be cast into the Lake of Fire, too. Then, the New Heavens and the New Earth will appear and we will live with the Lord for all eternity. (Revelation, Daniel, Matt 24; Luke 16:19-27; 2 Thess 2)
The licensed minister is one who is generally examined in doctrine, moral purity, faithfulness, and training by the Pastor, deacons, and congregation and approved to be a minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church . This license must be renewed annually. By it, a minister may preach, be an associate or assistant pastor, lead, serve in the church, perform weddings and funerals, administer communion, etc.
The ordained minister is one who is specifically examined in detail in doctrine, moral purity, faithfulness, and training by the Pastor, deacons, and congregation and approved to be a minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church or anywhere. This license is for life or until that minister changes in doctrine or moral purity. By it, a minister may preach, lead, serve in any capacity in the church including as Senior Pastor, perform weddings and funerals, administer communion, etc. or be sent out to other churches to pastor.
Deacons: The only other office of the church is the deacon which exists to “free” the Pastor for prayer and the ministry of the Word. The deacons are spiritual men who provide service to the church and counsel to the Pastor. They are given no authority in Scripture. (Acts 6:1-7 ; 1 Tim 3:8-13; Phil 1:1)
Water Baptism: We believe that baptism is an outward testimony of an inward work already accomplished by God. Water Baptism is not necessary for salvation (a heresy called Baptismal Regeneration). However, it should, by an act of obedience, be observed by every believer as soon after conversion as possible. We reject Infant Baptism since the candidate for baptism must already be a professed believer in Jesus Christ. The Bible clearly teaches baptism by immersion as the only mode that maintains the symbolism of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We reject baptism by pouring or sprinkling. (Acts 8:36; 10:47-48; Rom 6:3-5; Matt 3:13-17; Eph 4:5)
Ecclesiastical: We refuse to lend credibility and endorsement and to cooperate or agree in joint-ventures with other organizations and men who are lost, from erring brethren, and from those who do not takes similar stands of separation. We further intend to expose error in an attempt to contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3) We see these cooperations as steps to ecumenism and the one world church. (Matt. 12:34; 18:15-17; 23:23-27; John 2:13-16; Acts 2:42; Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:1-2, 6-7,11; 2 Cor. 6:11-18; 7:1; Gal. 2:11-14; Eph. 4:14; 5:11; 2 Th. 3:6, 14-15;1 Tim 1:18-20; 2:15-18; 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 4:10, 14-18; Titus 1:13; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 1:1, 7-11; 3 John 1:9; Rev. 2:2, 14-15) Groups that we would avoid cooperating with would be the liberals, neo-orthodox, new evangelicals, the World Council of churches (WCC), the NCC, the National Association of Evangelicals, Charismatic and Pentecostal groups, etc.
Personal: We also believe that how we appear, what we listen to, what we say, what we do, where we go, and who we choose as companions is important. We believe that biblical principles of modesty and identification (as either a male or a female) are important in consideration of appearance. (Deut 22:5; 1 Tim 2:9-10) Additionally, the Bible teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long hair but it is proper for a woman to have long hair. (1 Cor 11:14-15) We also believe that all music in every church ought to be conservative and God-honoring in music, words, and presentation. No rock or contemporary Christian music is acceptable in our services. (Psa 40:3) Finally, we believe that believers ought to abstain from drinking intoxicating beverages, smoking or chewing tobacco, using illegal drugs, looking at pornography, gambling, and participating in any activity, saying any words, and going any place where we might damage the testimony of Christ or that might lead us into carnal living and thinking.
Moral Living: We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of adultery, bestiality, bisexuality, fornication, homosexuality, incest, lesbianism, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s plan for marriage. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)