Statement of Faith: Old Paths Baptist Church

In honor of those who risked everything to preserve the truth.

Psalm 11:3

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Where does Old Paths Baptist Church Stand?

Here’s our Statement of Faith. It’s a description of the doctrines we hold here at Old Paths Baptist Church of Dubuque.

This statement doesn’t take precedence over the Bible because it is subject to the Bible. And remember that if you have any questions regarding anything you find here, we invite you to Contact Us.

Statement of Faith:


We believe that The Holy Bible was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit without any mixture of error, and therefore is, and shall remain unto the end of the age, the only complete and final Revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. We believe this revelation of God to man is the only means of understanding the plan, purpose and perfection of a Holy God. There are no longer any more revelations of God in this dispensation. All other revelations, including prophesy, tongues, and visions shall not preclude the Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Romans 15:4; Psalm 19:7-11)

By the Holy Bible we mean the sixty-six books from Genesis through Revelation. This Holy Bible not only contains and conveys the Word of God, but is the very Word of God. (I Thessalonians 2:13)

By Inspiration we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or will be inspired. We also mean that God inspired his Word verbally and plenarily, so that not only the thoughts of the Bible are inspired, but each and every word itself is God-breathed. (Acts 1:6; 28:25; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 10:35; II Timothy 3:16-17)

We believe that God has faithfully preserved His Word forever without error in doctrine and recording. We believe the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament to be the preserved line of manuscripts. We accept and believe the King James Version (otherwise known as the Authorized Version), as being a careful and correct translation, to be the preserved, inspired Word of God.

The King James Version shall be the only English translation used in the ministries of Old Paths Baptist Church. No other English translations, versions, or paraphrases shall be used in preaching, instruction, or memorization. (Psalm 119:89; I Peter 1:23; Matthew 5:18) We believe that the Word of God remains inspired through preservation. We do not believe in double inspiration or in the position of the inspiration of the originals only. What God had breathed shall forever remain inspired. (Psalm 12:5-7; Isaiah 40:6; Malachi 3:6)


We believe in one triune God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are separate in person, but one in nature and essence. (Genesis 1:26, 3:22, Luke 3:22) Each is co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Corinthians 13:14)

A. GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power (John 10:29). We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men (II Peter 3:9), that He hears and answers prayer (James 4:2), and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ His Son. (John 1:12)

B. GOD THE SON: We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, Who became man without ceasing to be God, (John 1:2), begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin (Matthew 1:18), sinless in His nature and life (I Peter 3:18), infallible in His teaching, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross (Isaiah 53:6). We believe in His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6), His ascension into Heaven (Mark 16:19), His perpetual intercession for His people (Romans 8:34), and His glorious Second Advent according to His promise (John 14:1-4).

We believe that the promise of the second coming includes: first, the Blessed Hope of the believer, namely the personal, pre-millennial and pre-tribulation return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to rapture His Church according to I Thessalonians 4:13-18; second, His return later to Earth with His saints to set up His millennial reign. (Revelation 20:4-6)

C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit, a person come from God to convince and convict the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment (John 16:7-11); that He is the Supernatural Agent in regenerating, sanctifying, indwelling, comforting, and empowering all those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16, 26; Romans 8:5-17)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who assists the believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved persons to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18, 5:18; I John 2:20, 27)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing 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. (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 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. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. 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. (I Corinthians 1:22, 13:8; 14:21-22)

We DO NOT believe in the following philosophies or religions that deny the existence of God or regulate Him to man-like attributes and qualities. Atheism denies the existence of God. (Psalm 10:4, 14:1, 53:1 and Ecclesiastes 3:11) Materialism denies the existence or need of anything other than matter. It essentially teaches that man has no spirit. (Ecclesiastes 12:7) Rationalism rejects the supernatural revelation of God. Man is governed by his own reason. Self and reason become the standard of right and wrong. Faith is denied. (Daniel 4:35; Hebrews 11:6) Agnosticism teaches knowledge cannot be certain. God may exist but one must determine truth for himself. (Job 19:25; Psalm 19; Romans 1:19-20; I John 3:2, 5:13-14) Pantheism teaches that all is God and God is in everything; leading men to worship all creatures, objects, and nature. (Deuteronomy 10:17; Galatians 4:8-9) Polytheism teaches a plurality of finite gods. (Exodus 20:2-5)


We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). He was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary and willful transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, incurring not only physical death (Genesis 2:17), but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Revelation 21:8). We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature (Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12), and are sinners in thought and deed by choice. We believe that God decrees or permits all things that come to pass, directs and governs events, but not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of the intelligent individual.



We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honor; but through pride and ambition to be like the Almighty he fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be manís great tempter, the enemy of God and Jesus Christ, the chief power of the present apostasy, and the author of all powers of darkness; that he is destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God, and to the judgment of eternal justice in the Lake of Fire, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 20:10; I Corinthians 14:33)


We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a sincere, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel (Ephesians 2:8-9I Timothy 1:15; John 3:36). We believe that there is no salvation apart from the new birth; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process. In Salvation, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. The new creation is brought about, not by the will of man, but by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the Word of God, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that salvation invariably results in a changed life and a desire to please God. (John 1:12-13; John 3:3; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:8-11)


We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the Divine law by His personal obedience and made vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. We believe in the absolute necessity of the blood of Jesus Christ being shed on Calvary to atone for the sins of man. (Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16; I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:22)


We believe in justification by faith; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. We further believe that those who have been regenerated and justified are also sanctified by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all true saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in voluntary obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Acts 13:39; Romans 8:1; 5:1, 9; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 9:22)


We believe that repentance and faith are obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Holy Spirit of God, whereby, being convicted of our guilt, our sinful nature, and danger of Hell and being made aware of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ only, we turn to God with godly sorrow and confession, believing whole-heartedly in the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our Lord and Savior. (Acts 20:21; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:13; Mark 1:15)


We believe that salvation is an eternal standing; that a saved person cannot lose his salvation, since the believer is kept by the power of God and not by his own works. (John 10:28-30; I Peter 1:3-5)


We believe that Heaven and Hell are real, literal, physical places. Heaven is the temporal dwelling place for the saved, followed by the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem. Hell is a place of punishment for the lost and total separation from God, followed by eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Daniel 7:10; Isaiah 22:14; Matthew 13:42; Mark 9:41; Revelation 14:10, 20:14-15)


We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever or can ever be born of woman, and that He is the Son of God, and God the Son. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14, 5:20)


We believe that a true church is a congregation of born-again, baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the Word of God and the ordinances of Christ and governed by His laws. The officers of ordination are the Pastors, as overseers, and Deacons, as helpers, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in I Timothy 3:1-13. We believe the true mission of the Church is found in the Great Commission; first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church with baptized converts; third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any group of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Head is Jesus Christ the Lord. We believe that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. We believe that all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline and of benevolence must be determined by the local church as it follows the Word of God. We believe the local New Testament church to be the visible representation of the Body and Bride of Christ. (Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-12; I Peter 5:1-4)


We believe that the Christian’s baptism is immersion in water, baptizing the believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of faith the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin, burial with Christ and resurrection to a new life. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39)


We believe that in the Lordís Supper, by the sacred use of bread and fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic beverage), we commemorate together the dying love of Christ and His coming again, preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that all who participate in the Lord’s Supper must be saved and baptized. (Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-28)


We believe the command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel is clear and unmistakable. This Commission was given to the New Testament church, to be carried out by the witness of the local church, by the sending out of missionaries as they are called of God, and the financial support of missions around the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15)


We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon this subject at their face and full value.

A. THE RESURRECTION: We believe that Christ rose bodily on the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended to the right hand of the throne of God: that He alone is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. (Matthew 28:6-7; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Hebrews 2:17, 12:2)


We believe this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven – bodily, personally and visibly. (Acts 1:9-11) We believe that Jesus Christ will descend from Heaven and call the church (all born-again believers) unto Himself and we will meet Him in the air. This includes not only the living saints but also the bodies of all born-again believers who have died. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We believe there will be a seven year period during which the saints will be in Heaven for the Judgment Seat of Christ and all unsaved will be left on the earth to undergo the Tribulation. (Matthew 24)

We believe that at the end of the seven years, Jesus Christ will return with the saints and will overthrow Satan and his armies; that He will then set up His Kingdom; and that from Jerusalem He will reign over this earth, from the Throne of David, for one thousand years. (Matthew 24; Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:11-20)

We believe that after the thousand year reign, Satan will be tried and cast into The Lake of Fire for eternity and that the unsaved from all ages will be raised, judged at the Great White Throne, and committed to the eternal Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:7-15)


We believe in the literal account of Creation as described in Genesis; that it was a direct act of God; it was instantaneous and miraculous; and the events of Creation transpired in six literal days of evening and morning. We believe man was formed in the image of God, by a direct act and not through any process of evolution. We believe that since Creation, all creatures reproduce after their kind. (Genesis 1; Colossians 1:17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:3)


We believe that every saved person should manifest the Christian life by a consistent walk in the Holy Spirit, living a separated life not conforming to this world. We believe God’s provision for holy living is in the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ, the indwelling Person of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God and the fellowship of the local church. (John 17:17; Acts 17:26; Romans 6:1-14; 12:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:13; 3:1-4; II Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-7:1; Titus 2:14; I Peter 1:14-16; II Peter 3:18; Hebrews 4:12; 10:1, 14, 23-25; James 4:1-4; I John 2:15-17)


We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church and the civil government. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all 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 civil government are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically
assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)


We believe that God has provided for intimate sexual relations between a man and a woman within the covenant of marriage; sexual relations engaged outside the bonds of marriage are sin. Furthermore we believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of marital relations, are against the will of God, are attacks on the family unit, and are sin. We believe that God disapproves and forbids any attempt to alter one’s
gender through medical procedures or by appearance. We further believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5, 13; 8-9; Leviticus 18:1- 30; Romans 1:26-29, 7:2; I Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)


We believe marriage was ordained by God as one man and one woman becoming one flesh. We believe it was God’s design that a man and a woman enter the marriage union for life. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God. However, God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (Pastor and deacons) of the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18;
I Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 12) We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord and parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through training them in the Word of God, the example of consistent Christian living, appropriate discipline, and Scriptural corporal correction. Children are to correctly respond to their parents with obedience and honor. (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7)


We believe that God disapproves and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Matthew 2:14-17, 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)


We believe that human life begins at conception and that an unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching which proposes that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental wellbeing of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)


We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. We therefore believe that euthanasia, suicide, assisted suicide, and the like are acts of murder. However, discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment. (Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28)


We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek fair compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)


We believe that every Christian, as the steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made. We believe the tithe to be ten percent of an individual’s gross income. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18; I John 3:17)


Men and women were both equally created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27). However, God has appointed different roles and responsibilities for men and women in the church and in the home.

A. In the home, the husband is to be the self-sacrificing head and the wife to be the submissive respondent. (I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:18-19)

B. In the church, both men and women can serve. However certain offices have been identified as the responsibility of men, e.g. pastors and deacons. (I Timothy 3:1-13)

C. The role of men in church ministries:

i. Because Scripture has assigned the responsibility for exercising spiritual authority to men, they should be encouraged to fill positions of leadership within the local church. (I Timothy 2:8; 11-15; 3:4-5; I Corinthians 11:3)

ii. This leadership role should be marked by self-sacrificing love, a servant’s heart, and a shepherd’s attitude of pastoral care. (I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17)

iii. Men have the primary responsibility for teaching the Bible or doctrine in church services or church-related meetings. (I Corinthians 14:33-35; I Timothy 2:11-15; 3:2; Titus 1:9)

iv. In some situations, women may minister side by side with men; however the relationship should be marked by the male taking the initiative and the female working under his authority. (Acts 18:24-28)

D. The specific ministry of women may include the following:

i. The teaching of the Bible to children and other women in church services or church related meetings, i.e.: Sunday School, VBS, and Bible classes. (Titus 2:4-5; Proverbs 31:26)

ii. Women are not permitted to teach the Bible to men in church services, however they may teach when necessary in nonpublic situations. (Acts 18:24-28; I Corinthians 14:33-35; I Timothy 2:11-15)


We believe in total and complete separation as taught in the Word of God from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy. In regard to false teachers, we believe the Scriptures teach that we are to: 1. Try them; 2. Mark them; 3. Rebuke them; 4. Have no fellowship with them; 5. Withdraw from them; 6. Receive them not; 7. Have no company with them; 8. Reject them; 9. Separate from them. (I John 4:1; II John 10-11; Romans 16:17; Titus 1:13; 3:10; Ephesians 5:11; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1)


Old Paths Baptist Church is holding tenaciously to the cardinal doctrines of the faith and is opposed to any kind of compromise with error. It is our position to reject and avoid the following trends:

A. The making of concessions to unsaved intellectuals

B. The willingness to accept theistic evolution and other theories that are contrary to Genesis 1-11

C. The acceptance of the ecumenical movement or the emerging church

D. The willingness to reconsider biblical inspiration and preservation

E. The acceptance of worldly, secular methods in the worship of Jesus Christ, including contemporary music, pop psychology, teachings designed not to offend the unsaved, and the neglect of biblical preaching

F. The willingness to cooperate beyond proper doctrinal lines for the sake of evangelism, social change, or improved family relationships

G. A compromising attitude toward worldly practices such as social drinking, smoking, dancing, theater attendance, gambling, and membership in secret orders; and a critical attitude toward those who oppose worldliness among believers

H. Old Paths Baptist Church is opposed to Liberal Theology, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism, and the Charismatic movement. Old Paths Baptist Church is an Independent Bible-Believing Baptist Church. We believe that the Word of God has been given to Christians and the Church to know how to govern their lives. We base all doctrine, principles, teachings, convictions, and code of ethics on it. Old Paths Baptist Church rejects the following false doctrines and teachings: the Charismatic movement, Baptist Bride teachings, Lordship Salvation, Salvation by works, Calvinism, New Age doctrine, Catholicism, and all or any other teachings contrary to the Word of God.

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