Our Doctrine

Fallsburg Baptist Church is…

  • independent – we are not part of any denominational association
  • fundamental – we teach the fundamental teachings of the Word of God
  • Baptist – we hold to the historic baptist doctrines

Our Basic Doctrine

Bible Authority

We use the Bible (King James Version) as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.  This means our message never changes because God’s Word never changes.

Autonomy of the Local Church

Our local church is not run by a denominational association.  Our church is governed by corporate act of its members under the authority of God’s Word.

Priesthood of the Believer

For the believer in Christ, he is made a priest before the Lord and can come directly before the Lord in prayer without the need for a human intercessor.

Two Ordinances

We practice believer’s baptism (immersion) for the saved and communion (the Lord’s supper) for the church member.    These are the only two ordinances we practice.

Individual Soul Liberty

Every individual has the privilege and the responsibility to choose Jesus Christ as their Savior and practice their faith.  No one can be coerced or forced into making a profession of faith.  No one can choose for another faith in Christ (i.e. parents for their children; living for the dead).

Saved, Baptized Church Membership

In order to be a member of our church you must first have received Jesus Christ as your Savior (been saved).  Being saved is the acknowledgement of your sinful condition before a holy God and your complete reliance on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the atonement of your sin.  After salvation, the first step of obedience for the believer is baptism by immersion.

Two Offices

The Biblical offices within a local church are simple – the bishop (pastor) and deacons (servants).   The bishop is the overseer and bears the ultimate accountability before the Lord.  The deacon is a servant who ministers to the daily needs of the church.

Separation of Church and State

The church and state are two separate institutions ordained by God.  The duty of the state is to punish law-breakers and reward the righteous.  The duty of the church is to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world.  While the state should protect the rights of the church to carry out its mission and the church should influence the state for good, neither institution should take up the duties of the other.