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
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
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 saved.
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
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 12:48.
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 Colossians 1:16.
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 Hebrews 9:22.
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 2:17-20.
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 25:6-8.
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