These are some of the beliefs that unify and distinguish Chattanooga Primitive Baptist Church. We offer these, not to cause quarrels over opinions (Romans 14:1), but in a spirit of transparency. Some of these beliefs we would consider essential for any Christian. On others, we recognize that genuine Christians may reasonably disagree. For a more complete description of our beliefs, please see the London Baptist Confession of Faith.
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God and his word
We believe in one true and living God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and that these three are one. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are of divine authority and the only rule of faith and practice.
Sin and salvation
We believe in the doctrine of original sin and that all of Adam's posterity are sinners by nature. We believe in the doctrine of personal and unconditional election as taught in the scriptures, but reject the doctrine that God predestined all things, or decreed sin. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the righteousness of Christ being imputed to them. We believe that a knowledge of salvation is manifested to the heirs of promise by a direct operation of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. We believe that the saints are kept by the power of God and never finally fall away. We believe that the mortal bodies of mankind that die and are laid in the grave or elsewhere will be raised, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and contempt. We believe that the joys of the righteous will be eternal, and the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting.
We believe that baptism by immersion, the Lord's supper, and washing the saints' feet are ordinances of Jesus Christ and should be practiced by his people in a church capacity. We believe that no minister has any right to administer the ordinance of baptism only such as have been regularly baptized and come under the imposition of the hands of a presbytery by the authority of the church of Christ. We believe that none but regularly baptized believers have a right to commune at the Lord's table.