ARTICLES OF FAITH
WESTERN HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH
We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God; that He is absolute in nature,
perfect in attributes, holy in character, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; that
he is infinite in wisdom, marvelous in power and amazing in love; that He is holy, righteous
and true, worth of all confidence and love; that He unites in Himself the infinite, the eternal and
the Almighty Three-God, the Father, and God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit; that the three
persons of the God-head subsist in the same divine nature, essence and being; and that they
are coexisting in every divine attribute, each one executing distinct but harmonious offices in
the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39; Mark 12:29; Genesis 17:1; Matthew 5:48; Isaiah 6:3; I
Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:33-34; Matthew 19:26; Psalm 19:9: Matthew
28:19; I Peter 1:2-3; I John 5:7; Exodus 3:14; Genesis 1:26; and Titus 3:3-7.
2. THE DIVINE TRINITY
1. GOD, THE FATHER - We believe that God, the Father, is the first person set forth in the
Divine Trinity; that He is almighty, merciful and just; that He is holy, righteous and true; that
He is eternally existent, glorious in nature, possessing the attributes of omnipotence,
omniscience and omnipresence; and that He, in harmony with His divine office, loves,
provides and protects, thus exercising providential watch care over the sons of men and
especially a fatherly care over the children of God.
Mathew 28:19; Genesis 17:1; Matthew 19:26; Psalm 19:9; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 100:5; Proverbs
15:3; Psalm 139:1-6; Psalm 139:13-14; Psalm 103:13; Matthew 6:25-30: Matthew 10:29-31;
and Matthew 7:11
2. GOD, THE SON-VIRGIN BORN - We believe that God, the Son, is the second person set forth
in the Divine Trinity; that He is very God of very God; that He is almighty, merciful and just;
that He is holy, righteous and true; that He is eternally existent, glorious in nature, possessing
the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence; and that God, the Father,
through the Holy spirit, is actually and eternally His divine Father and Mary the Virgin, is
actually and innocently His human mother; and that He, in harmony with His divine office,
mediates, seeks and saves, thus exercising the mediatorial office of redemption.
Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3, 14 and Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:18; Titus 3:5-6; John 8:15-16; II
Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 13:8; Philippians 2:6; John 2:24; Matthew 28:20; Luke 1:35 and
2:7-14; I Timothy 2:5-6; Luke 19:10 and John 3:16.
3. GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT - We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is the third person set forth in
the Divine Trinity; that He is almighty, merciful and just; that He is holy, righteous and true;
that He is eternally existent, glorious in nature, possessing the attributes of omnipotence,
omniscience and omnipresence; that He restrains the world, the flesh and the devil; that He
witnesses to the Truth, convicts the lost, extols the Christ and testifies to the righteous
judgments of God; that He, in harmony with His divine office, comforts, teaches, testifies,
preaches, guides, regenerates, empowers, sanctifies and anoints, thus exercising the
quickening role in the works of saving the lost and the supervising role in the life of the
John 14:16-17 and 26; John 15:26; John 16:7-13; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 4:14; Isaiah 40:12-15;
I Corinthian 2:10-12; Psalm 139:7-12; II Thessalonians 2:6-7; John 3:6 and 8; Ephesians
1:13-14; Acts 1:8; I Peter 1:2 and Isaiah 61:1.
3. THE DEVIL
We believe that Satan is an actual person, and not an imaginary influence; that he once
enjoyed high heavenly honors and glorious heavenly privileges; that he, through pride,
ambition, and self-will attempted to betray the Almighty and brought down upon his head the
judgment of God; that he operates today as the god of this world and the prince of the power
of the air; that he is a diabolical inventor, an arch deceiver and the father of all lies; that he is
the greatest enemy, the mightiest tempter and the most relentless accuser of the saints; that
he shall one day be incarnated in the person of the Antichrist and in that role will finally meet
the Christ in the Battle of the Armageddon; that there "the seed of the woman shall bruise the
serpent's head" and that he shall eventually be cast into the lake of fire, the eternal place of
punishment, prepared for the devil and his angels.
Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-7; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-27 and Genesis 3:14; II Corinthians
4:4 and Ephesians 2:2; Matthew 24:11 and II Thessalonians 2:7-11 and John 8:44 and I Peter
5:8 and Genesis 3:1-6 and Revelation 12:10; Daniel 7:8 and Revelation 13:1-10 and Revelation
19:20; Genesis 3:15; II Corinthians 11:13-15; John 14:30; and Ephesians 2:2.
4. THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe that the Holy Bible is a supernatural book; that it is the very Word of God; that it is
the full, the final and the complete revelation of God's will to man; that it has God, the Holy
Spirit, for its author, salvation for its end and truth in the original without any admixture of
error for its matter; that it was written by holy men of old under the immediate and direct
dictation of the Holy Spirit; that it is verbally inspired and a perfect treasure of holy
instruction; and that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and is, therefore, the
true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed
and opinions shall be tried.
Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16-17; Revelation 22:18-19; John 17:17; John 3:32-34; II Peter
1:20-21; I Peter 1:10-12; Zephaniah 1:1; Psalm 19:7-11; Exodus 20:3-17; Psalm 1:2; and John
We believe that the Genesis record of creation is literal and not allegorical or figurative; that
God personally created the heaven and the earth; that He miraculously brought forth all
original matter out of nothing; that He actually fashioned all organic forms as specific
creations subject to limited changes within the specie; that He definitely ordained each specie
to bring forth after its kind; that He finally formed man out of the dust of the ground, not by
any process of evolution but by instant action and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life
and man became immediately a living soul; that He created man in the image and likeness of
God; that His every creative act was complete and perfect in itself; and that not one of His
creations was conditioned upon antecedent changes naturally wrought during interminable
periods of time.
Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1-3, 14 and Hebrews 11:3; Genesis 1:21, 24-27 and Genesis 2:7; and
6. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man, originally created in holiness and actually associated with God in
innocence under His law, did by voluntary transgression of the Lord's command, fall from the
high and happy state in which he was created and, as a consequence, became a sinner
alienated from God and brought upon himself and all mankind just condemnation; and that he
is now, by virtue of his fallen nature, utterly void of holiness, positively inclined to evil and
actually condemned to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:26-27 and Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 3:6; Genesis 3:23-24; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans
5:12 Romans 1:21-23 and Romans 3:10-18; and Revelation 21:8.
7. THE BLOOD ATONEMENT
We believe that the lost sinner is guilty and already under just condemnation; that he is by
nature alien to God and because of sin condemned to die; that atonement for sin was effected
through the mediatorial office of the Son, who by divine appointment freely took upon Himself
our nature, yet without sin; that He, through obedience during His earthly walk, personally
honored the divine law by keeping it, and, through His death on the cross, actually satisfied
the penalty of the offended law by suffering in the sinner's stead; that He, through His
obedience and sacrificial death, made full and vicarious atonement for all sin; that He died,
the just for the unjust, bearing our sins in His body on the tree; and that He, through the
shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary, evidenced eternal provision for cleansing, for
pardon, for peace and for rest.
Isaiah 53:6; Romans 6:7 and Romans 8:23; I Timothy 2:5-6 and Hebrews 2:17 and II
Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 5:17-18 and I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 10:10-12; I Peter 3:18;
Revelation 1:5; Isaiah 55:7; John 14:27; Matthew 11:28; I John 1:7; Ephesians 1:7; and
8. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn and inseparable prerequisites of salvation;
that they are inseparable graces wrought in the heart by the quickening Holy Spirit; that the
alien sinner, being deeply convicted of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come by the
personal ministry of the Holy Spirit, and by Him having his understanding enlightened so that
he can see the way of salvation through Christ, does actually repent, turning to God with
unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication and does actually believe, surrendering
himself wholeheartedly to the Lord Jesus, immediately receiving Him as personal and
all-sufficient Savior and opening confessing Him before all men.
Acts 20:21-22 and Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18 and Ephesians 2:8 and John 6:44; John 16:8-11;
Matthew 3:1-2, 8; Acts 3:19; Luke 13:3; and Luke 18:9-14; Acts 9:6 and Romans 10:10.
9. SALVATION BY GRACE
We believe that grace is elective and saving; that it embraces the personal triune and
redemptive ministry of God, the Father, and God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit; that it
comprehends all of the labors put forth by the Almighty in the interest of perfect
righteousness and the salvation of the lost souls; that it encompasses foreknowledge,
foreordination and predestination; that it and it alone, saves even unto the uttermost all who
repent toward God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; and that salvation thus wrought is
wholly by grace, "The free gift of God," requiring neither culture nor works in any form to
secure it or to keep it.
II Timothy 1:8-9 and Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7 and I Peter 1:2-5; Matthew 23:37; Romans
8:28-30; Hebrews 7:25 and Acts 20:21-21; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:6; Romans 5:20; Isaiah
1:18 and Isaiah 55:1.
We believe that in order to be saved lost sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that
regeneration is a recreative act, far beyond comprehension, wrought in the believer's heart
by the direct personal ministry of the Holy Spirit; that it is instantaneous, miraculous and
non-evolutionary or cultural; that it embraces the divine acts of cleansing the heart from all
inward sins and of pardoning the soul of all outward guilt, in connection with the work of
begetting a new creature in Christ Jesus; that the dead sinner is made to live through the new
birth, becoming thereby a regenerated spirit, possessing eternal life, the gift of God; that the
new birth comes after the Holy Spirit secures voluntary repentance and belief in the gospel;
that it is the actual impartation of the divine life, not a mere transformation of the human life;
and that the proper evidence of regeneration appears in the holy fruits of the obedient and
willing faith of the followers of the Lord Jesus.
John 3:3-5 and 7; II Corinthians 5:17; John 3:8 and John 3:16; John 1:12-13; Isaiah 1:18 and
Titus 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:1, 5 and Romans 6:23; John 16:8-11; Matthew 7:16-18 and James
We believe that justification is one of the great gospel blessings secured through Christ for all
who trust Him; that it is a legal and divine decree, declaring the believing sinner just; that it is
thus a state of being free from condemnation, including forgiveness for inward sins and
pardon for outward sins; that it secures through faith freedom from legal bondage, exemption
from the wrath of God and possession of peace which passes all understanding; that it is
bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely
upon the evidence of faith in God and the Redeemer's blood; and that it brings us into a state
of unchanging peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time
and for eternity.
Romans 3:24-25; Romans 3:28; Romans 8:33; Romans 8:1 and John 5:24 and Romans 4:3-8;
Romans 6:6; Romans 5:9; Romans 5:1 and Philippians 4:7; Romans 8:31-33; Genesis 15:6
and Hebrews 2:4.
12. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that salvation wrought by grace is everlasting; that the saved soul journeying
through the valley of the shad of death need fear no evil; that the Holy Spirit - begotten and
born are kept by the power of God; that the believer in Christ Jesus shall not be brought into
judgment; that no one can lay anything to the charge of God's elect; that they are securely
held in both the hand of the Father and the Son; and that the age-old Baptist doctrine. "Once
in grace, always in grace," is heavenly and gloriously true.
John 3:16; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 6; Psalm 23:4; Isaiah 37:23-24; Philippians 1:6 and I
Peter 3:5; John 5:24 and Romans 8:1; John 10:27-29 and Romans 8:31-33 and Romans
8:35-39 and II Timothy 1:12.
We believe that sanctification is a divine work of grace; that it is not a state of sinless
perfection attained through a "second blessing" or through a special "Baptism of the Holy
Ghost;" that it is an act of grace by which the believer is separated unto God and dedicated
unto His righteous purpose; that by it we enter into divinely appointed privileges and thus
become larger partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work, begun in regeneration
and carried on in the life of every believer by the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit
and the Word of God; and that it is nurtured only by Heaven's appointed means, especially by
the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and the saved through his self-examination, obedience,
self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
I Thessalonians 4:3 and I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 15:16 and Jeremiah 1:5; Proverbs
4:18 and John 17:17 and II Corinthians 3:18; I John 2:29 and Romans 8:5: I Timothy 4:5; Luke
9:23; Matthew 24:42 and Matthew 7:7-11.
14. THE LORD'S RETURN
We believe our Lord's coming is imminent and that He will come back suddenly, visibly and
bodily; that the order of events surrounding the second coming are these: The Rapture of the
Church, the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven, the Great Tribulation on Earth (these two
begin concurrently), Christ's coming back to Earth and setting up His throne upon the throne
of His father, David and reigning 1000 years.
Job 18:25-26 and Isaiah 9:6-7 and Zechariah 14:4 and Malachi 4:2 and Luke 1:31-33 and
Matthew 25:31-34; Revelation 19:11-21 and Acts 1:11 and I Thessalonians 4:16-17 and
Revelation 1:7; II Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 19:20 and Revelation 20:1-3 and
Revelation 20:10; Isaiah 9:7; I Corinthians 15:25-27; Psalm 2:9 and Revelation 12:5 and
Revelation 19:15; I John 3:8 and Psalm 72:1-20.
We believe that Christ Jesus arose bodily from the grave on the first day of the week, which
day we now observe as the Lord's Day, a day of worship; that His miraculous emergence
from the tomb forecasted a like bodily resurrection for every member of the Adamic race; that
the dead in Christ shall rise first and in glorified bodies like His; that they shall be caught up
to meet the Lord in the air; that the dead in trespasses and sins, or the dead out of Christ,
shall rise at the close of the millennium and that they shall be brought before the Great White
Throne Judgment and there face the Judge of the quick and dead.
Matthew 28:6; and Luke 24:1-12; I Corinthians 15:12-22; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation
20:5-6; Revelation 11:15; Daniel 12:3; I Samuel 2:6; Isaiah 26:19; Hosea 13:14 and Isaiah
16. INDIVIDUAL REWARDS
We believe that reward and salvation are not one and the same thing. We believe that the Lord
shall reward His own; that He Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout; that the dead
in Christ shall rise first; that a solemn separation shall take place; that the blood-washed and
Holy Spirit-begotten shall be caught up to meet Him in the air and there be rewarded
according to the deeds done in the body and that the place called the New Heaven and the
New Earth is ordained the everlasting dwelling place of the children of God. We believe that
the wicked are children of the devil; that they are rebels against God; that they reject the free
offer of salvation through Christ; that they ignore the wooings of the Holy Spirit and that they,
as a consequence, are hell bound, being under a death sentence; that they shall spend
eternity in the Lake of Fire which burneth with fire and brimstone where the Dragon, the Beast
and the False Prophet shall ever be.
I Corinthians 3:11-15; I Thessalonians 4:16-18 and Matthew 24:40-41 and Matthew 13:47-50; I
Corinthians 3:8 and Revelation 21:1-8; John 8:44; Romans 8:7; John 3:18; Revelation
20:10-15 and Romans 6:23.
17. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the
wicked. We believe that the righteous are they who believe in Christ Jesus, the justified by
faith, and the sanctified by the Holy Spirit and the Word; that the righteous are heirs of God
and joint-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ; and that eternal life, the gift of God, is the
matchless possession of the just. We believe that the wicked are they who do not believe in
Christ Jesus; the condemned because of unbelief and the corrupted by the god of this world;
that the unjust spurn the privileges of God's grace, choosing the life of sin and rebellion; and
that eternal damnation is the inescapable portion of the unjust.
Malachi 3:16-18 and John 3:6; Romans 3:22, 24 and Romans 4:3 and Romans 1:17; Romans
8:1-17 and Acts 20:32 and John 15:3; Romans 8:17; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 4:4;
Revelation 21:8 and Matthew 23:37 and Proverbs 29:1 and Matthew 25:41.
18. THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a New testament Church, according to divine purpose and plan, is a visible,
local, organized body; that it is composed of baptized believers associated together by a
covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel; that New Testament validity flows from strict
obedience to essential principles of New Testament Law; that it is a sovereign, independent,
democratic and militant body; that its ministry is gloriously blessed with the presence and
leadership of the Holy Spirit and the light and revelation of the written Word; that its work
should ever be from within to without and never from without to within; that it is a
self-governing body and is the sole judge, under the limitations of the Scriptures, of the
measure and method of co-operation; that it is the only ecclesiastical tribunal the Lord has on
earth; that its judgment concerning membership, missions, benevolence, co-operative
alignments and support is final; that it was personally founded by Christ Jesus during His
ministry on Earth; that it is subject to His laws and is the custodian of His ordinances; that the
perpetuity of our faith, our doctrines and practices, ordinances and ordinations, has been
effected through the Holy Spirit personally planting and preserving local Baptist churches of
like faith and order down through the centuries even until now.
Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 1:1-3; Acts 2:41-42; II Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 16:19 and
Matthew 18:15-17 and John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8 and Acts 1:8 and Acts 13:1-4; Matthew
18:17-18; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 26:26-29 and Matthew 28:19-20; I Timothy 3:15; Mark
3:13-14 and Luke 6:12-13.
We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances personally set in the Church of
the living God by the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Baptism is the burial of a believer in
water by the authority and instruction of the local Baptist Church; that it symbolizes the death
and the burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; that it also typifies the believer's
death to sin, the burial of his old nature and his resurrection unto a new life; and that it is
administered in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We believe the
Lord's Supper is a memorial spread and administered by the authority and instruction of the
local Baptist Church; that it symbolizes the broken body and the shed blood of the Son of
God; that its observance points backward to the crucified Lord on Calvary and forward to the
returning Lord in glory. We believe that these ordinances are not sacraments, but are sacred
symbols, pointing to the world's only Saviour and bidding the sons of men to look unto an
everlasting fellowship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords when He shall return to
take over the reins of all government.
Matthew 26:26-29 and Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5 and Matthew 16:19; Acts 10:47; I
Corinthians 11:23-24; I Corinthians 11:24-25; and I Corinthians 11:26.
20. CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
We believe that the Churches of God and the state should be kept completely separate; that
civil officers should be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; that diligence
should be had in seeking the will of God in all Church matters; that missionary endeavor
should ever be executed from within the local Church to without; that pastors and deacons,
the only divinely appointed Church officers, should be duly ordained and brought to
understand the sacred duties devolving upon them; that the Lord's day, the first day of the
week, should be honored both by saint and sinner; that Bible teachings should be constantly
and consistently fostered by local Church bodies; that members should be deliberately and
prayerfully voted into the fellowship of the local body; that unruly Church members should be
prayerfully and Scripturally disciplined by the local Church; and that Church letters should be
granted to sister local Churches of the same faith and practice.
Acts 1:8 and Acts 13:1-35; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 14:23 and Acts 6:1-6; Acts 2:42; Revelation
1:10; Matthew 16:19 and Acts 10:47; Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 15:19-27 and Acts 18:27 and
Romans 16:1-2 and Matthew 28:19-20.
21. CHURCH CO-OPERATION
We believe that it is the privilege and the right of local churches to co-operate with each other
in carrying out the commission of the Lord; that such co-operation is righteously effected
only when the principles of Christ are preserved in the work fostered and that all associated
endeavor of local Churches should be carried on in such a way as to preserve the sovereign
integrity of each local body in all matters of faith and practice.
II Corinthians 8:1-6, 16-24; II John 1-4; Matthew 16:18-19 and Acts 15:19-27.
22. THE LORD'S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day; that it is a Christian institution for
regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be
employed in exercise of worship and Spiritual devotion, both public and private and that it is a
resting from secular employment; works of necessity and mercy only excepted.
Mathew 28:1-6; John 20:1 and Acts 20:7.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Mathew 22:36-40