WHAT WE BELIEVE
Worldwide Military Baptist Missions is
an Independent, Fundamental,
Baptist Church Missions Agency
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration, and the infallibility of the Scripture (I Pet. 1:19-21; II Tim. 3:15-17). We believe that the Word of God has been divinely preserved without contradiction or error (Ps. 12:6-7, 138:2, Matt. 25:18; John 12:48), and is our authority for Christian faith and conduct. The King James Bible (Authorized Version) is the official translation of the Bible to be used by missionaries associated with WMBM ministries.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each coeternal in being, coidentical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4-5; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26; John 15:16-17,26; Eph. 4:6. I Tim 1:17;).
God the Father: We reject the ecumenical teaching that God is the Father of all, and that all are brothers. We believe that He is the Spiritual Father of those who have been born again. (John 3:3; 1:12; Eph. 4:6, Phil. 1:2)
God the Son: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14). We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27). We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12). We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
Creation was not a matter of evolution nor evolutionary change of species nor development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms, but rather by the direct act of God (Gen. 1:1, 2:1-4; John 1:3; Heb. 3:4). We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
We believe that by voluntary transgression man fell from his sinless and happy estate. The consequences of which all mankind are now sinners by nature and not by constraint, but by choice, and therefore under the condemnation of God without defense or excuse (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19, 5:12,19).
We believe that Satan is a created angel, who enjoyed heavenly honors, but fell through pride and ambition to be like the Almighty, drawing after him a host of angels. He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the god of this world system. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; I Pet. 5:8; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek 28:14-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. He freely took upon Himself our sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His substitutionary death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (John 3:16; Rom. 3:24,25; Eph. 2:8,9; I Pet. 3:18,19). Election is by the foreknowledge of God and the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel that is received by faith. Man's unbelief merits the just condemnation of a holy God (John 3:18,36; Rom. 8:29,30). All who believe in Him are justified from all things and His righteousness is imputed to us, including the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life bestowed not because of any works of ours but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood (Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17, 3:24, 5:1).
We believe sanctification is three-fold: (1) Positively, God sets apart the believer in Christ at the time of salvation (Rom. 5:8,9; I Cor. 6:11, 12:13; Heb.10:10); (2) Practically, sanctification is experienced by degrees as the believer yields himself to God and grows in wisdom, knowledge, experience, and grace. (Eph. 4:24; I Thess. 4:3-4; II Pet. 3:18; (3) Potentially, the believer is separate from the presence of sin in his glorification in Heaven (I Thess. 3:13, 5:23; Phil. 3:20,21; I John 3:2). Practical sanctification manifests itself in both personal and ecclesiastical separation. Personal separation involves separation unto God in holiness and separation from the world and ungodliness. (II Cor. 7:1; I John 2:15-17; Rom. 12:1,2). Ecclesiastical separation involves the separation of the believer from apostasy, liberalism, modernism, neo-evangelicalism, Pseudo-fundamentalism and any movements or organizations that practice or sanction Biblical compromise (Rom. 16:17; II Cor. 6:14, 11:4; Gal. 1:8,9; Eph. 5:11; I Tim 6:3-6; II Tim. 2:16-18; Titus 3:10; II John 9-11).
We believe the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God and thus secured in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; I Pet. 1:5). The saved should rejoice with a personal confidence of a present salvation that rests in the manifestation of the indwelling Christ and the veracity of the Word of God (I John 5:11-13).
We believe that the local church is the body and espoused bride of Christ and is made up solely of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel (II Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. We believe the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from any interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that its only Head is the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41-42; 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom 16:1-4; I Cor 3:9; 5:4-7; I Pet 5:1-4; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:18). The mission of the local church is to fulfill the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19,20) to make disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them as Christ commanded (Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Cor 11:23-26).
We believe the Scriptural mode of baptism is immersion. It is the outward sign of an inward belief, identifying the convert with the Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-6). The Lord's Supper commemorates our Lord's death until He comes and is open to all baptized believers living in obedience to Jesus Christ (I Cor. 11:23-32). The ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ordinances given to the local church and are to be administered by the local church.
RETURN OF CHRIST:
We believe the Rapture (or "Blessed Hope") is the personal, imminent pre-tribulation, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones (I Thes. 4:13-17); the Revelation is His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom (Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6; I Thess 1:10).
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)
We believe that God has given the local church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to our Jerusalems, Judaeas, Samarias and to the foreign nations of the world and not wait for them to come to us. As a missionary sponsoring agency, WMBM unites with like-faith local churches who send and sponsor their missionaries for the purpose of evangelizing the military forces of the world. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2
Worldwide Military Evangelism To The Armed Forces of the World