The Doctrinal Statement
of Utopia Baptist Church
As adopted on May 8, 2013
The Bible Inspired. We believe in the inspiration of
the Bible as found in its sixty six books from Genesis to Revelation, which has
“God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of
error for its matter”. We believe the Bible is preserved for all generations
and use only the King James (1611). (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Psalm
Salvation. We believe that because of the total
depravity of man, salvation by grace alone is the central and unifying theme
around which all the Scripture is to be understood and interpreted. We
believe that the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord is the only way into
fellowship with God, the only way of deliverance from eternal destruction
and the only way to eternal bliss in heaven. (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16-18,
John 5:24, Acts 4:12, I John 5:10-13). We believe that salvation is to
whosoever will. (John 1:12, 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 John 2:2; Revelation
The Holy Trinity. We believe that God who is
omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient is the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Ghost who are three separate persons in one Eternal Godhead. (Deuteronomy
6:4-5, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Luke 1:35, John 1:14). We believe
in the deity of Jesus Christ that He is very eternal Creator God. (John
1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Isaiah 9:6). We reject the teachings of evolution and
believe that God created all things. (Genesis chapters 1 & 2; Exodus 20:11).
The Resurrection of Christ. We believe that at the
time of His birth through the Virgin Mary, the eternal Son of God, Jesus
Christ our Lord, assumed a perfect sinless humanity. God the Son became
flesh and lived a sinless life, died for our sins, was buried and arose
bodily from the dead, qualifying as the only Savior of mankind. (Acts 2:32, I
Corinthians 15:1-4, Matthew 27:66, Luke 24:36-43, John 1:14, 20:27-28,
Hebrews 7:26). We believe Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is seated at
the Father’s right hand and is the only Mediator between God and men. (Acts
1:9-11, Romans 8:34, 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 1:3, 8:1).
Mankind. We believe that man, as the crowning work,
was created in the image of God by a special act of creation. Being created
in innocence, man chose sin and severed himself from God, qualifying himself
for eternal destruction in the lake of fire. (Genesis 1:26, 3:1-24, 1
Corinthians 2:27, Revelation 20:11-15).
A Personal Devil. We believe that the devil and his
angels are personal beings who are enemies of God, the believer, the church,
and all mankind. Satan and his demons will experience ultimate defeat in the
lake that burns with fire and brimstone. (1 Peter 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 3:5,
Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 12:9-10, Revelation 20:10).
The Church. We believe that all born-again Christians
are members of the church which is the body of Christ, and that the Word of
God teaches that every Christian is to serve in the local church. (Ephesians
1:22-23, 5:23-32). We believe there are two ordinances observed by the
church, which are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 3:13-17;
Romans 6:3-6; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Baptism is by
immersion only and shall be administered in the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19). We believe the command of Christ to the
church is the Great Commission to preach the gospel to all men everywhere.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
The Pre-millennial Return of our Lord. We believe
there are two stages of the Second Coming. First, there is the Rapture of
the church at the imminent return of our Lord before the tribulation.
Secondly, there is the Revelation of Christ at the close of the tribulation
when Christ returns with His church. The unrighteous will be judged at the
time of the great white throne judgment after the Millennial. (Acts 2:22-24,
1 Corinthians 15:4-8, 50-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Daniel 12:2, John
5:25-29, Revelation 19:11-16, 20:4-5, 11-15).
The Task, Ministry, and Discipline of the New Testament
Church. We believe that outreach, by personal soul winning and public
evangelism and missions, both home and foreign, is the essential task of New
Testament churches. The church is to send forth and support missionaries. (Matthew 28:19-20, John 20:19-21, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4). The church is to educate,
teach, comfort, rebuke, exhort, edify, and encourage the saints. (Matthew
28:19, 1 Corinthians 14:3, 2 Timothy 4:1-4). We believe the church has the
authority to judge and discipline sin and those who walk contrary to its
by-laws and statement of faith. All attempts must be made to bring about
reconciliation before any member is brought under church discipline. (Matthew
18:15-18, Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, Titus 3:10-11).
Heaven and Hell. We believe in the everlasting reward
of the saved righteous and the everlasting punishment of the wicked. (Matthew
25:46, Luke 16:19-25, Revelation 20:14-15). All lost souls and wicked sinners
will live in hell eternally. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10,
Galatians 5:19-21, Revelation 21:8).
Loyalty to Distinctive Baptist Doctrines. We believe
that Baptists stand for vital and distinctive truths to which other
denominations do not adhere. We cannot compromise these truths without
disloyalty to the Scriptures and our Lord. We are an independent Baptist
church and shall remain so.
The Sanctity of the Home and Marriage. We
believe that God ordained the home and marriage and that marriage consists
only between one man and one woman. The word “marriage” means only a legal
union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word
“spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband and
wife. We adhere to Bible truths that sodomites are an abomination to God and
all mankind. Therefore we reject the sodomite (homosexual) lifestyle.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Leviticus 18:2; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; 1 Kings
14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:22-33; Romans
1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9, Hebrews 13:4).
We reject such sins and lifestyles as sodomy, homosexual,
lesbian, same sex marriage, bestiality (Leviticus 18:23; 20:15), incest
(Leviticus 20:12; Deuteronomy 27:22), cross-dressing, transgender,
transvestites (Deuteronomy 22:5), pedophiles, polygamy, bi-sexual, sex and
or gender changes, before or after birth, pornography, and x-rated material
in any form; we reject all such practices and consider them a sin against
God and His Holy Bible. Those who practice these sins and lifestyles cannot
be a member of Utopia Baptist Church. Any member who practices these
lifestyles shall be brought under church discipline and removed from
membership unless they repent and renounce these sins. We believe any sexual
activity in any form or fashion outside of the marriage union, holy
matrimony, which we believe consists between one man and one woman is a sin
against God and a sin against the beliefs and practices of Utopia Baptist
Same sex marriages will not be performed by the Pastor, present or future, or any preacher of Utopia Baptist Church. Same sex
marriages will not be allowed to take place in the church or within any of
its facilities or properties by any person under any circumstances. Only
marriages between one man and one woman who are natural born male and
natural born female who are becoming husband and wife as defined by the
words “marriage” and “spouse’ in this statement of faith will be allowed at
Utopia Baptist Church.