DSPBC Articles of Faith Compared to 1655 Midland Confession

 

Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist 

Articles of Faith

Compared to

1655 Midland Association 

Confession of Faith

 

Elder Jeff Winfrey, Pastor

Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist Church

101 East Walnut Street

Dawson Springs, KY 42408

Statements Concerning God

Highland

1.  We believe in only one true and living God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Midland

1st We believe and profess, that there is only one true God, who is our God*, who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit, having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doth what He will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the counsel of His own will.

*  Some versions of Midland do not have “who is our God” 

Midland

2nd That this infinite Being is set forth to be the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three agree in one.  (I John 5:7)

1Jn 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 

 

Statements Concerning the Bible

Highland

2.  We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice.

Midland

3rd We profess and believe the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testament, to be the word and revealed mind of God, which are able to make men wise unto Salvation, through faith and love which is in Christ Jesus; and that they are given by inspiration of God, serving to furnish the man of God for every good work; and by them we are (in the strength of Christ) to try all things whatsoever are brought to us, under the pretence of truth.  (II Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20)

2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  

Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 

Statements Concerning Sin

Highland

3.  We believe in the doctrine of original sin.

Highland

5.  We believe in man’s impotency to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by nature, by his own free will and ability. (John 6:44; John 5:40)

Midland

4th That though Adam was created righteous, yet he fell through the temptations of Satan; and his fall overthrew, not only himself, but his posterity, making them sinners by his disobedience; so that we are by nature children of wrath, and defiled from the womb, being shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin.  (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-15)

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Rom 5:13  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Rom 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Rom 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  

 

 Statements Concerning Election

Highland

4.  We believe in the doctrine of election and that God chose his people in Christ before the foundation of the world.

Midland

5th That God elected and chose, in His Eternal counsel, some persons to life and salvation, before the foundation of the world, whom accordingly He doth and will certainly keep by His power, through faith to salvation. (Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:2-4; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2, etc.)

Act 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.  

Eph 1:2  Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  

1Pe 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  

Midland

6th That election was free in God, of His own pleasure, and not at all for, or with reference to, any foreseen works of faith in the creature, as the motive thereunto.  (Ephesians 1:4; Romans 11:5-6)

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 

 

Statements Concerning the Work of Christ 

Highland

6.  We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Christ.

Midland

7th That Jesus Christ was, in the fullness of time, manifested in the flesh; being born of a woman; being perfectly righteous, gave Himself for the elect to redeem them to God by His blood.  (John 10:15; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 5:9)

Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.  

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 

Midland

9th That Christ is the only true King, Priest, and Prophet of the Church.  (Acts 2:32-33; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 8:1)

Act 2:32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Act 2:33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  

Heb 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 

Midland

10th That every man is justified by Christ—Romans 8:33; I Corinthians 6:11; apprehended by faith; and that no man is justified in the sight of God partly by Christ and partly by work.  (Romans 3:20, 28, 30; Galatians 5:4)

Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  

1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 

Rom 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law 

Rom 3:30  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  

Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Midland

11th That Jesus of Nazareth, of whom the scriptures of the Old Testament prophesied, is the true Messiah and Saviour of men; and that He died on the cross, was buried, rose again in the same body which He suffered and ascended to the right hand of the majesty on high, and appeareth in the presence of God, making intercession for us.

 

 Statements Concerning the Work of the Holy Spirit

Highland

7.  We believe that God’s elect shall be called, converted, regenerated, sanctified and glorified by the Holy Spirit.

Midland

8th That all men until they be quickened by Christ are dead in trespasses—Ephesians 2:1; and therefore have no power of themselves to believe savingly—John 15:5.  But faith is the free gift of God, and the mighty work of God in the soul, even like the rising of Christ from the dead—Ephesians 1:19.  Therefore consent not with those who hold that God hath given power to all men to believe to salvation.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 

 

Statements Concerning the Finishing of the Work of Grace

Highland

8.  We believe the saints shall persevere in grace and never fall finally away.

Midland

5th That God elected and chose, in His Eternal counsel, some persons to life and salvation, before the foundation of the world, whom accordingly He doth and will certainly keep by His power, through faith to salvation. (Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:2-4; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2, etc.)

 

 Statements Concerning the Ordinances

Highland

9.  We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the subjects, and we believe that immersion is the only Scriptural baptism.

Highland

12.  We believe that no minister has a right to the administration of the ordinances, only such as are regularly baptized, called and under imposition of hands by the presbytery.

Midland

13th That those who profess faith in Christ, and make the same appear by their fruits, are the proper subjects of Baptism  (Matthew 28:18-19)

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 

Midland

14th That this baptizing is not by sprinkling, but dipping the persons in the water, representing the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  (Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:38-39)

Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Col 2:12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Act 8:38  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Act 8:39  And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 

 

 Statements Concerning the End

Highland

10.  We believe the punishment of the wicked and the joys of the righteous eternal.

Highland

11.  We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a general judgment.

Midland

16th That at the time appointed of the Lord, the dead bodies of all men, just and unjust, shall rise again out of their graves, that all may receive according to what they have done in their bodies, be it good or evil.

 

Statements Concerning Response to a Work of Grace

Midland

12th That all those who have faith wrought in their hearts by the power of God, according to His good pleasure, should be careful to maintain good works, and to abound in them, acting from principles of true faith and unfeigned love, looking to God’s glory as their end.  (Titus 3:8; Hebrews 11:6; I Corinthians 6:10, 10:31)

Tit 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.  

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

Midland

15th That persons so baptized ought, by free consent, to walk together, as God shall give opportunity in distinct churches, or assemblies of Zion, continuing in the Apostle’s doctrine, and fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers, as fellow-men caring for one another, according to the will of God.  All these ordinances of Christ are enjoined in His Church, being to be observed till His Second Coming, which we all ought to diligently wait for.

 

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