What We Believe

(A) The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, with God the Holy Spirit as the author.  The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Bible has been, and always will be, preserved for this and all succeeding generations in the King James Version. The King James Version shall be the official and only translation used by Southside Baptist church in the English language. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-2; Psalm 12:6-7) We believe the King James has been properly translated from the accepted Greek Received Text or Textus Receptus and the Hebrew Masoretic text.  We reject all other versions.

  • Inspiration: The Bible is “God-breathed”. God spoke the entire Bible into existence.  The writers of the scriptures did not add anything to this one-time process other than acting as scribes under the mighty power and direction of the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21)
  • Verbal: The very words of the scriptures are inspired of God. This covers the thoughts, ideas, concepts, letters, and even the parts that make up the letters.  (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Plenary: The Word of God is fully and equally inspired throughout. The Bible is inspired from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21.
  • Inerrant: The Word of God is without error in any way (Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:140)
  • Infallible: The Word of God is not capable of error. (Matthew 5:17-18, John 10:35, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:140)
  • Canonicity: The historical process whereby God through the Holy Spirit caused His people to recognize which writings were the very Word of God. The canon is complete and closed.  It contains the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.  (Proverbs 30:5-6, 1 John 4:6, Revelation 22:18-19)
  • Interpretation: The Bible must be interpreted from a literal, historical, contextual, and grammatical sense with the aid of the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 4:2, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 3:17)
  • Preservation (translations): God in His Providence has preserved His inspired Word through what has come to be known as the Textus Receptus Greek text and the Hebrew Masoretic text. The authorized King James Version of 1611, as expressed in the 1769 edition, is the only reliable and authoritative English translation.

(B) Dispensations. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations (divisions), or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.  God’s way of salvation has always been, is, and always will be the same.  (Genesis 1:28; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25, 27; Revelation 20:2-6)

(C) The Godhead. We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

(D) God the Father.  We believe that there is One, and only One, true and living God.  He is absolute in nature, perfect in attributes, and holy in character.  He is the creator of all things, animate and inanimate.  He is immutable, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, and Sovereign.  (Ephesians 4:6; Exodus 20:2-3; John 4:24; Psalm 90:2; Romans 11:33)

  • Immutable: Does not change. (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17)
  • Omnipresent: Being present everywhere at all times. (2 Chronicles 2:6, Psalm 139:7-13, Jeremiah 23:23-24)
  • Omnipotent: All powerful. (Job 42:2, Genesis 1 & 2, Jeremiah 32:17)
  • Omniscient: Knows all things. (Hebrews 4:13, Acts 15:8)
  • Eternal: Without beginning or end, not bound by time. (Hebrews 13:8, Genesis 21:33, Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 90:1-2)
  • Sovereign: Supreme in power and authority over all. (Genesis 45:5-8, Philippians 2:9-11)

(E) God the Son.

  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8) Christ was tempted in human form yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death and shed blood on the cross as a representative, vicarious, and substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2). We believe the Gospel to be defined by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians15:1-4)
  3. We believe that Jesus Christ arose bodily from the grave. We also believe that this resurrection assures all believers the same bodily resurrection when the Lord returns for the saints at the time of the rapture. (1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 42-52)

(F) God the Holy Spirit.

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person.
  2. We believe that he convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, and that He indwells, seals, guides, comforts, and directs the believer unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)
  3. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures (illuminates) and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to yield to His control and be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
  4. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. The Holy Spirit uniquely uses evangelists, Pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12)
  5. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit that were given to the early church to authenticate their message, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary and therefore ceased with the death of the last apostle John and with the completion of the Bible. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8-10; 14:21-22; James 5:14-15)

(F) The Fall of Man. We believe that man was created in innocence and holiness, in the image and likeness of God.  By voluntary transgression of the Lord’s command, in Adam’s sin, the human race fell.  As a result, he inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and brought upon him and all mankind just condemnation.  Man is now by virtue of his fallen nature, totally depraved, void of holiness, positively inclined to evil, condemned to eternal ruin without excuse, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

(G) Salvation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and free to all through the Gospel; and that it is the duty of all to accept by faith that salvation.  We believe that those who voluntarily reject salvation will face eternal separation from God in a literal place of punishment call the Lake of Fire.  We believe that salvation is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit described in Matthew 12:31-32, are forgivable. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 12:31-32; 1 John 1:9)

(H) Repentance and Faith.  We believe that repentance and faith are solemn and inseparable prerequisites for salvation; that they are inseparable graces wrought in the heart by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.  As the sinner is deeply convicted of his guilt and helplessness, he turns in repentance to God, placing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving Him as personal Savior; and is immediately born again upon belief in Christ’s accomplished work of salvation.  One is not saved by a prayer, but rather a belief and repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 20:21; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Mark 1:15; Matthew 3:1-2; John 3:15-18, 36)

(I) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

  1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5; I John 5:12-13)
  2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

(J) The Church

  1. We believe that the church was founded by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry, before the day of Pentecost (Matthew16:18-19). We believe that on the Day of Pentecost the church was empowered (Acts 2). We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is made up solely of baptized, born-again persons. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
  2. We believe that a true Scriptural, New Testament church is one who holds to historic, Biblical, Baptist principles.
  3. We believe that the local, visible assembly of called out believers into a public place of worship and service is the only one found in the New Testament. We reject the idea of the “invisible” or “universal” church. (Ephesians 3:21; Matthew 16:18; Acts 8:1, Acts 11:22; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Timothy 3:15)
  4. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. We also believe that the head of the church is Christ, and that the Word of God is the final authority in the church. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Colossians 1:8)
  5. We believe the only two offices of the church are that of pastor and deacon. The pastor is to lead, oversee, shepherd, preach, and teach. The deacon is to serve the assembly and the pastor.  (Acts 6:1-6; 1Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
  6. We believe that the church has the authority to carry out the great commission, administer the two church ordinances, and to exercise Scriptural church discipline. We also believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
  7. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

7.1) Believer’s baptism is to be Scriptural in that it must involve: 1.) The proper candidate: one who has been born again.  2.) The proper mode or method: immersion in water.  3.) The proper design or motive: to show forth the death, burial, and resurrection of the believer to a new life in Christ, and to make him a member of Christ’s local assembly.  4.) The proper administrator or authority to administer baptism: a local New Testament Baptist Church.

7.2) We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial supper administered by the authority and instruction of the local Baptist Church.  It symbolizes the broken body and the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and only members of the local church whose spiritual lives are in a right relationship with God are qualified participants.  By the use of bread and fruit of the vine (grape juice) are the members of the local church to commemorate together the suffering and dying love of our Lord Jesus Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination of each member of the congregation. (1 Corinthians 11)

 (K) Separation.

  1. Personal: We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that a distinction can be drawn between the unbiblical ways of the world and lives that show honor to the practice of principles found written in the Word of God. God commands His people to separate from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. (Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; James 4:4)
  2. Ecclesiastical: We believe God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, heresy, and ecumenical organizations. We are not to join up with other churches, ministries, institutions, organizations, or people, which do not hold to true Biblical doctrine and practices, who add to Bible doctrine, or that deny Bible doctrine as found in the Word of God.  (Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:6-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 John 7-11)

(L) The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture all believers prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return to the earth with His saints, to establish His earthly, Messianic, 1,000 year Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

(M) The Eternal State.

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)
  2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss (heaven) they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)
  3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment (hell) and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)

(N) The Priesthood of the believer. The Bible teaches that all Christians are priests in Christ (1 Peter 2:9). All Christians have access to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:16). We believe that the practice of confessing sins to a man (confessional) is unscriptural. (1 Timothy 2:5)

(O) The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is an actual being, the author of sin, and the cause of the Fall of Man.  We believe that he once enjoyed high Heavenly honors and glorious Heavenly privileges; that he through pride, ambition, and self-will betrayed God and as a result brought down upon his head the judgment of God.  We believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he operates today as the god of this world and the Prince of the Power of the air; that he is the arch deceiver and the father of all lies; that he is the greatest enemy, the great tempter, and the opposition of the saints.  His final abode shall be the lake of fire which is the eternal place of punishment prepared for the Devil and his angles. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

(P) Creation. We believe that the Genesis account and record of creation as neither allegorical nor figurative, but as the literal, historical account of God’s creation of the universe in six, literal 24-hour periods. We believe God created the Heaven and earth in a direct act; that He brought forth all original matter out of nothing.  We reject evolution, the Gap theory, the Day-Age theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)

(Q) Civil Government. We believe that the original intent of our founding fathers was to keep civil government in its proper perspective. We believe civil government should be influenced by the prayers, preaching, and teaching and involvement of all believers in Christ. We believe Christians should be actively involved in the electoral and legislative processes, and working to promote Godly government. All church ministers and ministries are God-ordained and need no man’s approval or control. The Holy Spirit calls and maintains the work of God. The state is not above God. The state is not equal to God. The state is to be a servant of God to the people for good, and it is accountable to God for its acts. We believe that we should as much as we are able, “live peaceably with all men.” However, we will resist peaceably all efforts of civil governments to control the churches of Jesus Christ. The separation of church and state is a misnomer. There is nothing in the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution which supports the idea of this separation. The original intent was clear: our founding fathers wanted to prohibit the establishment of a state religion and guarantee the free exercise of religious belief. The church is to be a minister of grace; the state is to be a minister of justice. We, therefore, exhort our members to be active in praying and working for a Godly civil government. (1 Timothy 2:1-2; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29; Exodus 18:11; Job 34:24; 1 Peter 2:13-20; Romans 12:17-18; Matthew 22:15-21; Proverbs 8:15-17)

(R) Human Sexuality.

  1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1: 26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
  2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)
  3. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

(S) Family Relationships

  1. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (Pastors and deacons) of the church. Scripturally, women are not allowed to hold positions in the church that would give them authority over men. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
  2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the scriptural headship of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction. (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7)

(T) Divorce and Remarriage. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of Pastor or deacon. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

1.) Marriage in the church.  No marriages will be performed between a saved person and a lost person.  No marriages will be performed between two people if one of the two is divorced with an ex-spouse still living.  No marriages will be performed between two people being of the same sex.  All other marriages performed at the church will be at the Pastor’s discretion.

(U) Abortion. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

(V) Love. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Philippians 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)

(W) Lawsuits Between Believers. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses the Scriptural authority and resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)

(X) Missions. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that all missionary endeavors should be carried on within the confines of the local church; that mission boards and mission hierarchies tend to corrupt and usurp authority of the local church. The Great Commission was given to the local New Testament Baptist Church; therefore, the authority to preach, baptize, and teach rests solely with the local church, and not with any school, board, denomination, or other religious organization. It is therefore our responsibility to train those who go forth to spread the Gospel, and to supervise their labors under the direction of the Holy Spirit. We do believe that it is the privilege and right of local churches to cooperate with each other in carrying out the great commission. This cooperation should be carried on in such a manner as to preserve the sovereignty and autonomy of each local body in all matters of faith and practice.  As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the entire world and not wait for them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-6; Acts 13:1-4; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15)

1.) Candidates for missionary support (missionaries/evangelists) must be Baptist in name and doctrine, independent in practice, and sent out of a local, New Testament Baptist Church. They must be approved by the Pastor and voted upon by the membership of the church.  Missionaries/evangelists may be taken off the support list upon recommendation of the Pastor and deacons, and upon a 2/3 majority vote of all members present at said meeting.

(Y) Giving. We believe that God’s method of financing His work of spreading the Gospel is by the tithes and offerings of His people through the local New Testament Church, which is the storehouse.  The time to give is upon the first day of the week, and everyone is accountable to the Lord for their stewardship and giving.  We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe (1/10th of their income) as a basis (minimum) for giving, and that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel; as the Lord allows. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:8-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

(Z) Last Day Movements. We believe that we do live in the “last days” which Scripture describes as perilous times. Recognizing that these days are upon us, and seeing a departure from the Word of God, be it resolved, that we, the members of the Southside Baptist Church make the following declaration: We declare ourselves to be old fashioned, unaffiliated, separated, soul winning, missions minded, King James Bible believing Baptists.  We stand for the faith once delivered to the saints and oppose the interdenominational, New Evangelical, and modern liberal trends of our day. We stand opposed to liberalism, modernism, neo-orthodoxy, ecumenicalism, the New Age philosophy of our day, and the modern charismatic movement with its unscriptural practices.   We do not believe we must compromise and become like the world in order to win the world.   We declare ourselves to be a separated, autonomous Baptist church, rather than a denominationally-controlled church. We believe in the Pre-millennial, Pre-tribulation view of the rapture. We declare ourselves to be local-church centered rather than ecumenical in policy. We believe in the separation of the believer from all forms and trends of worldliness. We believe in the Scriptural account of creation and stand opposed to the many hypotheses of evolution.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 14:22-34; Hebrews 2:1-4)