Agreed Statement of Belief
20. Recognizing that the right and privilege of persons to church membership rest upon the fact of their being regenerate, we would require only such avowals of belief as are essential to Christian experience. We, therefore, deem belief in the following brief statements to be sufficient. We believe:
- 20.1. In one God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- 20.2. The Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
- 20.3. Human beings are born with a fallen nature, and are, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
- 20.4. The finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
- 20.5. The atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
- 20.6. That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- 20.7. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
- 20.8. Our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.