A. The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired
Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority
for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation
of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical
meaning (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pe. 1:2-3,20- 21).

B. The Godhead

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the
Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing
in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in
power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:10; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor.
13:14; Jn. 4:24, 14:10,26, 10:30; Gen. 1:1).

C. The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God,
having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, who was a virgin at that conception and His
birth, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Is. 7:14; 9:6; Lk. 1:35, 2:7; Jn. 1:1-2,14; 2
Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 3:16).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a
representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice (i.e. Propitiation); and that our justification is made sure
by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pe. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pe.
1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God,
where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-
11; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 Jn. 2:1-2).

D. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of the eternal Triune Godhead who convicts the
world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Divine Agent in regeneration, baptizing
all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Jn. 16:8-11;
Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures
and that it is the privilege and responsibility of all the saved to be continuously filled with the Spirit (Eph.
1:17-18, 5:18; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses
evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the
ministry (Acts 13:2; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:7-12).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were
temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or
filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the
consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of
believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-22).

E. The Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image & likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell,
inherited a sinful nature, & became alienated from God; and, that man’s nature is now depraved, &, of
himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3,12,
4:17-19).

F. Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins, made efficacious
by grace through faith (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Pe. 1:18-19; 1 Jn. 2:2).

G. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever
(Jn. 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pe. 1:4-5).
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the
testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the
flesh (i.e. a cloak for vice, an opportunity to sin) (Rom. 6:1-2, 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Tit. 2:11-15).
Furthermore, we believe that being redeemed, we should act as the children of God, as faithful servants, not
for salvation, but because of whom we have been made in Christ Jesus. Believers will be rewarded at the
Judgement Seat of Christ based on how faithfully they lived for and served Him (Rom. 4:1-5; 1 Cor. 3:9-15;
2 Cor. 5:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Ja. 1:12; 1 Pe. 5:1-4).

H. The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of
born-again persons (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the
New Testament Scriptures (Matt. 16:18, 18:17-18, 28:20; Acts 14:27, 20:17,28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-
11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 5:29, 13:1-4,
15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; 1 Cor. 3:9,16, 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
We acknowledge that each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through congregational
governance. In such a congregation, each member is personally responsible, is to be part of the decision
making process, and accountable to Christ as Lord. The officers of the church are pastors and deacons.
While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as
qualified by Scripture (1 Cor. 1:2, 3:16, 5:4-5, 7:17; Eph. 1:22-23; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 2:5-9).
We recognize water baptism by immersion, the clear mode in the New Testament and the actual definition
of the transliterated Greek word; and the commemorative Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of
obedience for the church (Matt. 28:19-20; Lk. 22:19; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

I. Separation—The Christian Life

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and
Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and
associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2, 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 2 Jn.
9-11).

J. The Second Coming of Christ

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end; according to His
promise: Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and
Christ will judge all men in righteousness (Matt. 16:27-28; Matt. 24:3, 27-31,37- 39, 42-44; Matt. 26:64;
Luke 21:27-36; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3: 10- 18; Rev. 1:7 & 22:12-13).

K. The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and
everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6,12- 13).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, in a
state of conscious bliss. Upon Christ's return, the redeemed, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will
receive their reward and will dwell forever with the Lord (Lk. 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess.
4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the
second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne
Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, where they shall suffer everlasting conscious punishment
(Matt. 25:41-46; Mk. 9:43-48; Lk. 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Ju. 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).

L. The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the instigator of the Fall of Man; that he is the open
and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7;
Is. 14:12-17; Eze. 28:11-19; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Jn. 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:4, 11:3,14; Eph. 6:11; 1 Pe. 5:8; Rev.
20:10).

M. Creation

We believe that God created the universe in six literal 24-hour periods, occurring roughly six to seven
thousand years ago. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, Gap Theory, and Theistic Evolution as they
are unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 104; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3,10; Rev. 4:11,
10:6).

N. Human Sexuality

We affirm God’s original design to create two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female, to
glorify Him (Gen. 1:27; Isa. 43:7; Matt. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:6). It is plain from Scripture that God does not
create an individual to perverse sexual desires (Lev. 18:22; 1 Cor. 6:9; Ja. 1:13-14). The assignment of
biological sex at conception is a gift of God and part of God’s glory in creation. We affirm God’s good
design that gender identity should be determined by biological sex and not by one’s self-perception—a
perception which is often influenced by fallen human nature in ways contrary to God’s design (Eph. 4:17-
18).
We affirm distinctions in masculine and feminine roles as ordained by God as part of the created order
(Gen. 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor. 11:7-9; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 2:12-14).
We believe that efforts to live contrary to birth sex, whether by behavior, attire, cosmetics, or even medical
or surgical therapy, are resisting or rebelling against the gift of God for that person, and therefore such
behavior is sinful. We condemn efforts to alter one’s bodily identity (e.g., cross-sex hormone therapy,
gender reassignment surgery) to bring it into line with one’s perceived gender identity (Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor.
11:14-15).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of
marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality,
bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex and
offensive to God (Gen. 2:24, 19:5-13, 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Matt. 15:18-20; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9-
10&18, 7:2-5; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
We commit myself to make decisions about membership, personnel and other church matters based on this
biblical perspective of human sexuality.
We continue to oppose steadfastly all efforts by any court, or legislature, or policymaker to validate any
perversions of human sexuality as morally good, right or praiseworthy (Is. 5:20; Acts 5:29).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His
mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mk. 12:28-31;
Lu. 6:31; Rom. 5:8; Ja.1:20). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are
to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Charleston Community Baptist
Church.

O. Marriage and Family

We believe that marriage was instituted, defined, and ordained by God, and as such has only one meaning as
delineated by God in Scripture. Marriage is a covenant of companionship between one man and one woman.
It is a commitment to love and serve each other which God intends to last till "death do they part."
Christians are to marry only in the faith. Weddings at our church are Christian worship services. Divorce is
permitted only on Biblical grounds (Gen. 2:18-25; Mal. 2:14; Pro. 2:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph.5:22-33; Matt.
5:32, 19:9; 1 Cor. 7:10-16).
We believe that the family, as instituted by God, is the foundational institution of human society. It is
composed of persons related to one another by Biblical marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting
of one biological man and one biological woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique
gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in
marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical
standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
We believe that the husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image.
The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to respect his wife and
love her as himself as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to
protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant-leadership of her
husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is
her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to love and respect her husband and to
serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
We believe that children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents
are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual
and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make
choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15-25, 3:1-20;
Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Josh. 24:15; 1 Sam. 1:26-28; Ps. 51:5, 78:1-8, 127, 128, 139:13-16; Prov. 1:8, 5:15-
20, 6:20-22, 12:4, 13:24, 14:1, 17:6, 18:22, 22:6,15, 23:13-14, 24:3, 29:15,17, 31:10-31; Eccl. 4:9-12, 9:9;
Mal. 2:14-16; Matt. 5:31-32, 18:2-5, 19:3-9; Mk. 10:6-12; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33, 6:1-
4; Col. 3:18-21; 1 Tim. 5:8,14; 2 Tim. 1:3-5; Tit. 2:3-5; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pe. 3:1-7.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Charleston Community Baptist Church, as
the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it
is imperative that all persons employed by or serving in Charleston Community Baptist Church in any
capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage & Family, along
with the previous subsection of this Statement of faith (subsection N) (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess.
5:22). (§ VIII.B.)

P. Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion
constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any
teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population
control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Ex. 21:22-23; Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5, 139:14-16;
Is. 44:24, 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18; Lk. 1:44).

Q. Missions

We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that
there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, language group who believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations
and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:46-48; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor.
5:20).

R. Lawsuits Between Believers

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church
to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal
disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries
from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1
Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).

S. Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to
support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but
every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the
relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. Special offerings for the support of Home, State, and
Foreign Missions, revival expenses, etc. are intended to be true "offerings" in the sense that they are to be
"over and above" the regular tithes. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 9:13-14, 16:2; 2 Cor.
9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 Jn. 3:17).

T. Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and
infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of
mankind, is the sole and final source of all that We believe.
We believe this Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. All members shall
refrain from advocating doctrines contrary to the Statement of Faith or not included in the Statement of
Faith in such a way as to cause dissensions. Members may be asked to leave Charleston Community Baptist
Church if on receiving correction from the leadership, fail to heed the counsel and continue in destructive
contentions.

 

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