ARTICLES OF FAITH
1. THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible
was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction: that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us,
and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
II. THE TRUE GOD
We believe the Scriptures
teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit , whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth: inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love;
that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III THE FALL OF MAN
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners not by constraint but choice; being by nature
utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation, without defense or excuse.
IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe the Scriptures teach that
the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatory offices of the Son of God; who, according to the will of the Father, became man, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for
our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification: that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the
promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virture of which faith his perfect righteousness is
freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.