On December 30, 2013, I purchased the domain name youngpreachersofamerica.com with a vision to build a website that would be used to encourage the next generation of preachers. On June 1, 2014, we officially launched Young Preachers of America as a ministry of Lincoln Baptist Church. In the nearly 18-month lifespan of this site, we have made several advances and gained many frequent readers some of which were not even Baptist.
This does not bother me; I appreciate the opportunity we have to influence anyone who will read the articles and posts on this site. I have also had some frequent readers leave our site, and unsubscribe from our mailing list because we were putting too much emphasis on Baptist doctrine, which is in fact Bible doctrine. Some have believed that we would have very few readers if we continued to take such a hard stand on Baptist doctrine or continue to publish what some would call “controversial” authors. However, we will continue to publish “controversial” authors that are truly great men of God who have been gracious enough to allow myself and our readers to glean off of their wisdom. We average around 600 page views a week, with almost 120 subscribers to our mailing list, I contest that we have more than very few readers. God has been good to our ministry.
I am going to take this opportunity to clarify once again our position, and my position as the editor of this site. I am a Baptist! This site is the ministry of a local Baptist church! This is a Baptist website! I will sooner shut this site down than water down the doctrines to suit more readers or gain a bigger audience!
What exactly does a Baptist believe?
A Baptist believes in...
The Verbal Inspiration of the Scriptures – I believe in the infallible, inspired Word of God. I accept the Textus Receptus manuscript as the foundational material from which we derive the King James Bible 1611. The Old and New Testament Scriptures were written by human authors divinely inspired and edited by the Holy Spirit, preserved, unbroken, and passed down to us today.
(I Tim. 3:16; John 10:35; I Peter 1:19; II Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 119:89)
TheTrinity - I believe God is a person, eternally existing. There is one true God existing in the unity of the Godhead. There are three eternal and coequal persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance but distinct in subsistence. There is one Godhead made up of three who are the same in attributes, power, characteristics, and desires.
(Rom. 1:7; Heb. 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Matt. 28:19; I Co. 8:6)
The Diety of Christ - I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God because of His character, His miracles, His influence, His power to forgive sins and set people free from Satan and because He claimed to be and died making this claim, and arose victorious over death.
(Mark 12:6; John 5:22,23; Matt.26:63,66; John 14:9; John 1:1;Heb.1:8; John 20:28)
The Virgin Birth - I believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and was in a miraculous manner born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person has ever been born or can ever be born of women. He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:30-35; Is.7:14)
The Substitutionary Death of Christ - Jesus took the saved sinner’s place, bore his sins, and met the penalty through His substitutionary death for all men. Jesus satisfied the law, becoming our accepted substitute. His righteousness, or His right doing, is imputed to us by faith. Therefore, we have through Him kept the law. Instead of merely covering the sins of man, the blood of Christ cleanses man's sins.
(Is. 53;5; Acts 20:28; II Co. 5:21; Heb. 9:28; I Peter 3:18; Matt. 26:28)
Salvation by Grace Through Faith Alone - The sacrifice made by Jesus is the only basis of salvation, the only means of reconciliation, and the only ground of justification. I believe that no man cometh to God except through Jesus Christ. We hold and believe many important truths, but the most important to every individual is the personal salvation of his own soul. God's order is salvation and then works.
(Acts 4:12; I Th. 5:9; Heb. 5:9; John 12:46; John 20:31; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:9,10; Titus 3:5-8)
Heaven and Hell - I believe that Heaven and Hell are real, literal, and physical places. Heaven is a place of indescribable beauty and glory, just as Hell is a place of indescribable torment and punishment. Throughout all eternity, Heaven is the final eternal dwelling place of the saved, and Hell is the final eternal dwelling place of punishment of the lost including total separation from God.
(Matt. 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Dan. 7:10; Is. 33:14; Matt. 13:42; Mark 9:41; Rev. 14:10)
The Depravity of Man - By nature, man is wicked and corrupt. All are under sin. Romans 3:10 proves that all are alike under sin in an unregenerate condition.
(Gen. 6:5; Job 15:16; Ps. 14:3; Is. 1:6; Jeremiah 16:12; Matt. 23:27; Mark 9:41; Rom. 1:24; II Peter 2:12)
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is not the author of confusion concerning the tongues movement of this church age. The Holy Spirit ministers to the Christian. He regenerates (not with water), indwells, seals, and fills the believing sinner. The believer does not get more of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit more of the believer. Therefore, these ministries of the Holy Spirit happen instantaneously to the believing sinner. They all occur by faith and are not the least dependent upon one's personal emotional feelings at the time.
(I Cor. 14:33; Titus 3:5; Rom. 5:3-4; Acts 2:2-4; I Cor.6:14-18; II Cor. 1:22)
Separation from the World - I believe that all are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. A person, once he has accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and should live a holy consecrated life. He should separate himself and all its lust in obedience to the command of God.
(Rom. 12:1,2; I John 2:15-17; II Co. 6:14-18; Col. 2:6; I Peter 2:9; II Co. 5:17; II Tim. 2:19)
The Rapture and Second Coming - The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, is coming in the air at any moment to catch up as many as receive Him as Saviour. The saved of all ages will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ and enjoy the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. I believe in the personal, bodily, visible, premillennial return (second coming) of Christ. Those left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ, Himself, shall return to the earth, visible in body, to set up His kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever while believers spend eternity in the fullness and joy of Heaven.
(Acts 1:11; I Th. 4:16-18; Rev. 19:11; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 24:42; Matt. 25:31-34)
Baptism and the Lord's Supper- I believe there are two ordinances of the local church. They are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of the believer's in water, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, administered by the authority of a New Testament Church and is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance of the local church members according to the individual examinations and teaching of I Co. 11:17-34, The unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, grape juice, are to commemorate the dying love of Christ. This is a local church ordinance. Non-church members do not participate.
(Acts 8:38; Mark 1:9-10)
The Devil or Satan - I believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the god of this world, blinding the eyes of them, which believe not, and the author of all the power of darkness. We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors. But, through pride and ambition, to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels. Satan is the author of all false religions, the chief power of darkness-destined, however to judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(Matt. 4:1-3; Rev. 20:1-3; II Co. 4:3,4; Rev. 20:10, I Peter 5:8 Is. 14:12-15; Ez. 28:14-17)
The Resurrection - I believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He arose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures" from the tomb ascended bodily into the heavens, and through His resurrection, a sure hope of immortality and everlasting life is given to all who have been saved by his grace. He is at the right hand of God as our "Mediator, merciful and faithful High Priest, and advocate."
(John 20; Heb. 9:24; I Co. 15:12-28; Luke 24:1-7; Rom. 4:25)
The Eternal Security of the Saved – I believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person is born again, they have everlasting life, which never ends, and cannot be taken away from them. Saved forever, God's children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption.
(John 10:27-30; I Pet. 1:5; Eph. 4:30; Rom. 8:35-39; John 5:24)
Soul Winning and Missions - I believe that the Great Commission to evangelize the world was given to the church by our risen Lord and that this evangelization is the mission of the church. The Great Commission was given to the local church who was commanded to, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Christ commanded His church to, "Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
(Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)
Sanctification - I believe that sanctification is a personal separation from things that are unclean to things that are holy, clean, and sacred. Sanctification is a progressive work that is begun in regeneration and carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The sanctification of the believer will be complete of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, and only then, will we have entire sanctification or be sanctified wholly, body, soul, and spirit. (I Th. 4:1-10, 5:23; I Co 6:11; II Pe. 3:18; II Co. 3:18; II Th. 2:13; Rom. 8:5)
The Local Church - We believe that a scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth to this present day. This church is a self-governed independent body having Christ as the head, the Holy Spirit for its guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. The only scriptural officers of the church are bishop (or pastor) and deacons. The two ordinances of the local church are baptism and Lord's Supper. On all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, or benevolence, etc., the will of the local church is final.
(Mark 16:15; Eph. 1:22,23
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley