What We Believe
West Lynchburg Baptist Church follows a conservative view of the Bible in accordance to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as well as the Southern Baptist Convention. Below is a declaration of faith regarding our church and a link will follow to our official church constitution and bylaws. WLBC is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Lynchburg Baptist Association.
I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are the only authoritative standard of religious faith and practice. But in order to secure a more perfect understanding among ourselves respecting the great doctrines therein revealed and to distinguish ourselves from those who, in our judgment, pervert the gospel or its ordinances, we also profess our belief in the following as among the most important truths taught in the Bible, viz.:
II. The True God
We believe in the existence of one God, infinite in every natural and moral perfection, who has revealed himself as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
III. The Fall of Man
We believe that man, being originally created free from sin, has fallen from that state into a state of moral depravity consisting in a wicked love of sin and aversion to God; that all men are sinners, guilty and condemned; and that there is no recovery but in the way that God has appointed.
IV. The Way of Salvation
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, eternally pre-existent with the Father, who by the Holy Spirit was born of the Virgin Mary, took upon himself human nature, obeyed the law, suffered death as a sacrifice for sin, rose from the dead, ascended on high, lives to make intercession and is thus qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour.
V. Freeness of Salvation
We believe that salvation is freely offered to all and that it is the duty of all to accept it; but it becomes effectual to none but those who repent of sin and believe on Jesus Christ.
VI. Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance consists in a sincere sorrow for sin as committed against God and in forsaking all known sin. We believe that faith in Christ consists in a cordial acquiescence in the way of salvation provided by Him, in renouncing every other ground of justification before God and taking Him as the Saviour, the Teacher and Ruler of the soul.
We believe that such is the native opposition of the human heart to God, that none do savingly believe in Christ until the heart be renewed. We believe that this regeneration is effected by the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the truth and is always followed by holy affections and a godly life.
VIII. The Christian Church
We believe that a Christian Church is a company of baptized believers voluntarily associated in one place to observe the worship and ordinances enjoined by Christ, its sole Head and Lawgiver. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. We believe that the officers, appointed by Christ for the Church, are Pastors and Deacons.
IX. The Resurrection
We believe that Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, fill the earth with His glory and power and that there will be a resurrection both of the just and of the unjust, when the wicked will be sentenced to endless punishment, and the righteous welcomed to endless joy, on principle of perfect righteousness.