1) Of Faith In The Holy Trinity
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness, the maker and preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons of one substance, power and eternity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
2) Of The Word, Or The Son Of God, Who Was Made Man
The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin: so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, God and man, who truly suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried, to reconcile us to God, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men.
3) Of The Resurrection Of Christ
Christ truly rose again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things pertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven, and there sits until He returns to judge all men at the last day.
4) Of The Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, the eternal God.
5) The Sufficiency Of The Holy Scriptures For Salvation
The Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary to salvation; so whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man to be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scriptures, we do understand those canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority there is no doubt.
The names of the canonical books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, the First Book of Samuel, the Second Book of Samuel, the First Book of Chronicles, the Second Book of Chronicles, the First Book of Kings, the Second Book of Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, the Psalms, the Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Four Prophets the Greater, Twelve Prophets the Less; all the books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive and account canonical.
6) Of The Old Testament
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New, for in both the Old and New Testament, everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man, being both God and man. Although, the law given from God by Moses as touching ceremonies and rites does not bind Christians, no Christian is free from obedience of the commandments.
7) Of Original Sin
Original sin is the corruption of the nature of every man that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; man is far from original righteousness and of his own nature is inclined to evil.
8) Of Free Will
The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and works, to faith and calling upon God; wherefore, we have no power to do good works, pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ enabling us.
9) Of Justification
We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works. That we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine and full of comfort.
10) Of Sanctification
Sanctification is the setting apart of the regenerated person by the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) received through faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood of atonement cleanses from all sin; whereby we are not only delivered from the guilt of sin, but are washed from its pollution, saved from its power. It is also the continuing of God's grace by which the Christian may constantly grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
11) Of Good Works
Although good works, which are the fruits of faith, cannot put away our sins, yet they are pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ; by them a lively faith may be as evidently known as a tree is discerned by its fruit.
12) Of Works Of Supererogation
Voluntary works over and above God's commandments, which are called works of supererogation, cannot be taught without arrogance. By them, men declare that they not only render unto God as much as is required, but that they do more for His sake than duty requires; whereas, Christ says plainly, "When ye have done all that is commanded of you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants.'"
13) Of Sin After Justification
Not every sin willingly committed after justification is the sin against the Holy Ghost and unpardonable. Therefore, repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after justification. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given and fall into sin, and by grace of God rise again and amend our lives. Therefore, they are to be condemned who say they can no more sin as long as they live here; or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.
14) Of The Church
The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful people in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the ordinances duly administered according to Christ's command.
15) Of Purgatory
The doctrine of Catholicism concerning purgatory, pardon, worshiping and adoration, as well as of images, of relics, and invocation of saints, is vainly invented and grounded upon no warrant of Scripture.
16) Of Speaking
It is plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and to the custom of the primitive church, to have the prayer in the church, or to administer the ordinances, in a tongue not understood by the people.
17) Of The Ordinances
Ordinances of Christ are not only badges or tokens of the Christian's profession, but they are also signs of grace and God's good-will towards us. There are two ordinances of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord.
18) Of Baptism
Baptism by Immersion is the Christian's sign of profession of regeneration or the new birth. It is not to be considered the door into the Fundamental Methodist Church. The dedication of young children may be retained, but they are not to be baptized into the church.
19) Of The Lord's Supper
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather is an ordinance of our redemption by Christ's death, to such is worthily and with faith receive the same; the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ, and the cup of blessing is the partaking of the blood of Christ. The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only after a heavenly and spiritual manner. And the means whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is faith.
20) Of Both Kinds
The cup of the Lord is not to be denied to the lay people, for both parts of the Lord's Supper by Christ's ordinance and commandment ought to be administered to all Christians alike.
21) Of The One Obligation Of Christ Finished On The Cross
The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of masses, in which it is commonly said that the priest offers Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, is a blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit.
22) Of The Resurrection Of The Dead
There shall be two resurrections of the dead, one of the just and the other of the unjust, at which time the souls and bodies will be reunited to receive a just retribution for the deeds done in this life. These resurrections shall be a thousand years apart, according to the Scriptures. (I Thess. 4:16, 17 & Rev. 20:5)
23) Of The Judgements
There will be a judgement of the saints following the first resurrection at the judgement seat of Christ; then there will be the judgement of the wicked at the great White Throne judgement to assign them to everlasting punishment suited for the demerit of their sins. (II Cor. 5:10 & Rev. 20:1, 15)
24) Of The Marriage Of And By Ministers
The ministers of Christ are not commanded by God's law either to vow the state of single life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore, it is lawful for them, as for all Christians, to marry in accordance with the Biblical one man-one woman instruction, to "leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh." Ministers are not to perform marriage ceremonies of non-traditional couples, specifically same-sex marriages.
25) Of The Rites And Ceremonies Of Churches
It is not necessary that rites and ceremonies should in all places be the same, or exactly alike; for they have been always different, and may be changed according to the diversity of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against God's Word. Whosoever, through his private judgement, willingly and purposely doth openly break the rites and ceremonies of the Church to which he belongs, ought to be rebuked openly (that others may fear to do the same), as one that offends against the common order of the Church, and wounds the consciences of weak brethren.
26) Of The Rules Of The United States Of America
The President, the Congress, the General Assemblies, the Government and the Councils of State, as the division of power made to them by the Constitution of the United States, and by the Constitution of their respective states. The said states are a sovereign and independent nation, and should not be subject to any foreign jurisdiction.
27) Of Christian Men's Goods
The riches and goods of Christians are not common, as to the right, title and possession of the same. Not withstanding, every man ought, of such things as he possesses, liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
28) Of A Christian Man's Oath
We confess that vain and rash swearing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James His Apostle, but Christian religion does not prohibit a man from swearing or affirming when the magistrate requires.
Having given ourselves to God the Father by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and having adopted the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.
We promise by the grace of God to love and obey Him in all things, to abstain from all appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy things of the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating beverages, and to provide things honest in the sight of all men.
We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to study of the Scriptures, secret and family prayer; and, by self-denial, faith and good works, to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We will not forget the assembling of ourselves together for church conferences, public worship, and the observance of the ordinances of the gospel, nor fail to pay according to our ability for the support of the church, of its poor and all its benevolent work.
We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, to be careful of one another's happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and promote the success of the church and of the gospel.
We promise to uphold the sanctity of human life. Life begins at conception. To terminate the life of a human embryo is an act against God's plan of replenishing the earth.
We agree to uphold the institution of marriage as defined by Scripture. God, in the beginning, declared, "for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh." Thus, the coming together of one man and one woman is the Biblical definition of marriage.
We will always hold Christian principles sacred, and Christian obligations and enterprises supreme; constantly praying and toiling that the Kingdom and cause of Christ may be advanced, and His will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.
To this end, we agree to labor for the salvation of the lost and the promotion of the church. And may the God of peace sanctify us wholly and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.