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Articles of Faith of the Green River Association
Adopted at her constitution at the Sinking Creek Meeting House,
Warren County, Ky., June 1800

1. We believe in one only True and Living God, and that there are a trinity of persons in the God Head, the Father, Son., and Holy Ghost, and yet that there are not three Gods, but one God.

2. We believe that the scripture of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice.

3. We believe in the fall of Adam, and the imputation of his sin to his posterity, the corruption of human nature, and the impotency of man to recover himself by his own free will ability. 4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, and that good works are the fruit of faith, and follow after justification, and only justify us in the sight of men and angels, and are evidences of our gracious state.

5. We believe that the saints shall persevere in Grace, and that not one of them shall finally be lost.

6. We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a general or universal judgment, and that the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be eternal.

Respecting the Gospel order -

7. We believe that the visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful persons, who have obtained fellowship with each other and have given themselves up to the Lord and one another, having agreed to keep up a Godly discipline according to the rules of the Gospel.

8. We believe that Jesus Christ is the great Head of the Church, and that the government thereof is with the body.

9. We believe that water baptism and the Lords Supper are ordinances of the Lord, and to be continued by his church til His second corning.

10. We believe that true believers are the only subject of baptism, and that dipping is the only mode.

11. We believe that none but regularly baptized church members have a right to commune at the Lords Table.

(Copied from the 1800 minutes of the Green River Association at the Library of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. These 11 Articles of Faith also appear in the records of three of the oldest churches in South-Central Kentucky: Mill Creek Baptist Church, Monroe County; Clear Fork Baptist Church, Clinton County; Casey's Fork Baptist Church, Cumberland County.)

[From Cawton and Warnell, Pioneer Baptist Church Records of South-Central Kentucky and the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee, 1799-1899, rpt. 1987. Jim Duvall]



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