FFBC Positions

Biblical Positions

We believe the following to be essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith; the inspiration of the Scriptures; the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ; the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; the Vicarious Death of Jesus Christ; the Bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastical Separation

We believe that it is imperative to the testimony of the Lord and our Fellowship that each church associated with the F.F.B.C. stand firmly and boldly against all ungodliness, apostasy, false teaching and fanatical cults.

We therefore shall not knowingly cooperate with nor encourage organizations or individuals that do not hold to the fundamentals of the faith as set forth in the Word of God, or that refuse to separate themselves from organizations that harbor modernism or support the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, or other such organizations.

The Charismatic Movement

We believe the sign gifts of the Spirit, in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, to be miraculous gifts, sovereignly bestowed by the Holy Spirit for a limited time and for specific circumstances. These gifts are all transitory in nature and limited in operation. By transitory in nature we mean, that by the time the New Testament Canon closed, these gifts had gradually come to an end, with none of them being operative past the end of the first century. By limited in operation we mean that these were not gifts which were continually exercised by an individual over an extended period of time; and that the purpose of the usage determined the exercise of the gift.

The purpose for which the Holy Spirit gave these gifts were: (1) as signs to unbelievers until the completion of the cannon: (2) for authentication of the gospel; (3) as the seal of divine approval upon the Church; (4) of revelatory significance to the believers. All of these purposes were and are served with completed Word of God.

Therefore we are convinced that these gifts which were operative in the early Church were discontinued by the time of the close of the New Testament Canon and are not to be sought nor to be exercised in our day. The completion of the New Testament assured accessibility through the Word of God to knowledge and power adequate for the life and service of all believers. Therefore, to seek the transitory gifts is a denial of the efficacy of the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

No minister of the F.F.B.C. shall allow himself to become involved with any group, movement, or organization which fosters or tolerates the Charismatic Movement in any of its various forms. By this action, we can assure the continued propagation of the gospel through our Fellowship, as we rightly divide the Word of Truth.

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that marriage is a divine and sacred institution uniting one man and one woman in a life-long bond. Our Lord declares that “a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6) By God’s design the marriage bond is only to be dissolved by death.

We also believe it is contrary to the teaching of the Scriptures for any person who is divorced to remarry while the other party of the marriage contract is still living.

Believing that such a union would be detrimental to an individual’s effectiveness in full-time ministry, we will not recommend to the ministry anyone who violates this statement nor anyone who will perform a marriage ceremony uniting such divorced people.

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