What We Believe

  • We believe that the whole Bible (Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21) is the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God and that it is the authority in all matters of belief and practice.
  • We hold the Authorized Version (KJV) as the standard for English and translations of the Masoretic Text (Hebrew O.T.) and Received Text (Greek N.T.) for other languages.
  • We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe Jesus Christ was born of Mary, who was a virgin, and that He died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood.
  • We believe that He rose from the grave the third day and that all believers today have access to God through the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the personal, premillennial return of Christ.
  • We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit happens at the moment of conversion. We do not believe that it is a separate experience from salvation or is evidenced by speaking in tongues.  We do not believe the spiritual gift of tongues is active in this age.
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith.
  • We believe that all men have the liberty to choose what he believes is right and is thus accountable for his choice.
  • We believe that baptism by immersion is the only scriptural mode of baptism and is for believers only.
  • We believe that the church is a body of baptized believers whose only mission is to make disciples of every nation.
  • We believe that churches are to be independent of affiliations with any denomination or ruling body. Churches are to be autonomous and self-governing.
  • We believe that churches are to be supported financially by the tithes and offerings freely given by the members. Churches are to be self-supporting.
  • We believe in the separation of church and state.
  • We believe that Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality. He is the adversary of Jesus Christ and all born-again believers.  His eternal destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
  • We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, premarital sex, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
  • We believe that human life begins at conception, and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is murder! We reject any teaching that abortion of pregnancies is acceptable due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother.
For a more information, or if you have any questions regarding our set of beliefs, please contact Pastor Adam. You can email him or call 718-640-8840. Thank you.
 

Why Baptist?

Baptists, unlike many other Christian groups or movements, do not trace their origins to an individual or event.  Through the centuries, several groups or movements became known for their strong stand on Bible doctrines such as salvation by grace through faith alone, the Trinity, the inerrancy of Scripture, the local church, and the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Table.

These groups of Bible-believers have borne many names throughout history. Some have been called by the names of their founders, such as the Hussites who followed John Huss. Others drew their names from geographic regions like the Lollards and Bogemiles. Sharing common convictions and doctrines, groups dating back to the first and second centuries passed their biblical heritage to those known as “Baptists” during the early seventeenth century in central and northern Europe. Baptist is a shortened version of “ana-pedo-baptist” meaning “against infant baptism” (“baptize” being a transliteration of the Greek word “to immerse”). These “Ana-Baptists” who refused to accept the baptism of infants received their name from their enemies. Those who later became known simply as “Baptists” came not only from the Ana-Baptists but from European groups including the Mennonites, Separatists and the free churches seen in Europe to this day.

Therefore, Baptists do not trace their heritage from the Protestant Reformation, but rather to separatist and free-church movements known for their uncompromising stand on pure Bible doctrine as free as possible from human tradition and ecclesiastical systems. While Protestant groups disassociated from Roman Catholicism, Baptist groups emerged principally from independent, separatist groups in existence since the first century, and therefore are

not to be classified as “Protestants.” In fact, Ana-Baptists and Baptists were fiercely persecuted by Protestants and Catholics alike.