B - The BIBLE is our final authority for what we believe and what we do.

  1. No insight, testimony, or decree of man, regardless of his piety or position, can ever supersede the Bible (II Timothy 3:16,17).
  2. This distinctive is the primary Baptist distinctive. All others spring from this absolute trust in the scriptures.

A - The AUTONOMY of the Local Church.

  1. The local church is an independent body accountable to no one but our Lord. There is no person or organization on earth that can dictate what a local church can or should do (Acts 15; Matthew 18:15-17).
  2. This does not prevent voluntary cooperation with other churches as long as such activity does not violate the church's independence or affiliate the church with satanic apostasy.

P - The PRIESTHOOD of the Believer.

  1. Every believer today is a priest and may enter the presence of God directly through only one Mediator, our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. There is no other human mediator (Hebrews 4:14-16; I Peter 2:5-10).
  2. Along with the privilage of priesthood, there is the responsibility as priests to live a life separated from sin and unto God.

T - There are TWO Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:41,42).

  1. An ordinance is . . .
  2. We practice only believer's baptism by immersion. This contradicts two practices common among Roman Catholic and Protestant churches: infant baptism and sprinkling (pouring).
  3. What about infant baptism?
  4. Why is sprinkling not acceptable?

I - The INDIVIDUAL'S Soul Liberty.

  1. We believe that every individual has the liberty to believe, right or wrong, as his own conscience dictates.
  2. While we seek to pursuade men to choose the right, a person must not be forced to into compliance (Romans 14:5-12).

S - The membership is made exclusively of SAVED and baptized individuals.

T - There are only TWO offices which guide the church: the Pastor and the Deacons.

S - The SEPARATION of Church and State.

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