Statement Of Faith
These statements sum up our major beliefs:
The Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of textual reliability, we exclusively use the King James Version. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21)
There is one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; I Jn 5:7).
Man and his Sin
Man was created in God's image, but fell due to sin, bringing physical and spiritual death, and eternal separation from God. Now, all mankind exists as a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature that causes us to be at enmity with God and headed towards a literal hell. (Gen. 2:16-17; Rom. 3:10-23; 6:23; Rev. 20:12-15).
Is the eternal Son of God who: became man, without ceasing to be God; was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the virgin Mary; His death on the cross is the only sufficient payment for the sins of the world; He arose from the grave on the third day and later ascended into heaven where He now sits on the right hand of God, the Father. (Matt. 1:23; I Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:9)
The most important issue for anyone is that they be “saved”. Being saved means to have “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). When a person believes upon the Lord Jesus Christ, they are eternally saved. (Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8-9; Jn. 3:16).
It is the power of God that keeps men eternally secure. That means once a person receives the gift of salvation from God, it can never be taken away or lost. A person cannot gain salvation by his works, neither can he lose it because of his works. (II Tim. 1:12; Jn. 10:28).
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6)
Baptism (immersion in water) identifies a believer with Jesus Christ. It is only for believers. It does not save, but is a symbol of salvation. (Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:4-5).
The church is a local group of baptized believers who are called to worship God, encourage one another, and evangelize the world. (Heb. 10: 25; Mt. 28:19-20).
Christians are called to separate from worldly, sinful practices, and to dedicate themselves to Christ for useful service. (Rom. 12:1,2; II Cor. 6:17)
Baptists and their forerunners can be traced all the way back to the New Testament churches. We are Baptists not because all Baptists have been inerrant throughout history, but because the Historic Baptist position most faithfully adheres to the Scriptures.
*Royal View is an Independent Baptist Church that operates autonomously without any denominational hierarchy, yet under the authority of the Bible. We are connected by fellowship with thousands of other Independent Baptist Churches across the world.