Baptist Articles of Faith: Third Eight Articles With Scriptures
The Baptist Articles of Faith are the doctrinal statement of the Baptist church. Even though there are some minor modifications, almost all Baptist hold the Articles, as presented in this series, to be of foundational importance. These are the third eight of twenty-four articles.
Article 17: Of the Righteousness and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Those only who are justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His sight.
Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and are under condemnation. This distinction between the righteous and the wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment when final and everlasting awards are made to all men. (see Mal. 3:18; Rom. 1:17; I Jn. 5:19 as supports for this 17th of the articles of faith)
Article 18: Of Christian Education
We believe that Christianity is the religion of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is therefore a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge.
An adequate system of schools is necessary to complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. (see Mt. 28:19-20; Pro. 10:14; Tit. 2:14; 3:8)
Article 19: Of Social Service
We believe that every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ regnant in his own life and in human society; to oppose in the Spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness and vice; to provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless, and the sick; …
to seek to bring industry, government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth and brotherly love; to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and his truth.
All means and methods used in social service for the amelioration of society and the establishment of righteousness among men must finally depend on the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. (see Mt. 5:13-16; 25:35-46; Lk. 9:23 as supports for this 19th of the articles of faith)
Article 20: Of Stewardship
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to him. We have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in our possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve him with our time, talents and material possessions: and should recognize all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and helping others.
Christians should cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally contribute of their means of advancing the Redeemer’s cause on earth. (see Ps. 24:1; I Pet. 4:10; I Cor. 16:1-2; Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30-38)
Article 21: Of Evangelism and Missions
We believe that it is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the duty of every church of Christ to seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The new birth o man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others.
Missionary effort on the part of all rests thusly upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life. It is also expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods sanctioned by the gospel of Christ. (see Mt. 28:19-20; Eph. 2:10; Tit. 2:14; 3:8 as supports for this 21st of the articles of faith)
Article 22: Of the Resurrection
We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead. His grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to the disciples after his resurrection in many convincing manifestations. He now exists in his glorified body at God’s right hand. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus. (see Mt. 28:1-6; Jn. 5:28-29; I Cor. 15:49)
Article 23: Of the Return of the Lord
We believe that the New Testament teaches in many places the visible and personal return of Jesus to this earth. “This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” The time of his coming is not revealed.
“Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for his coming and by diligence in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ. (see Acts 1:11; Mt.24:26; Tit. 1:2; II Thess. 1:3-8 as supports for this 23rd of the articles of faith)
Article 24: Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. (see Acts 1:11; 24:15; Mt. 25:46)
These are the third eight of twenty-four Articles of Faith. Now that we know, it is our duty to live by the Baptist Articles of Faith.
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