Remove not the ancient


Proverbs 22:28





Meridian Missionary Baptist Church stands by its Landmark Baptist doctrine, practice, and linage. Christ started His church during His personal ministry (Matthew 16:18). As one on His local New Testament churches we are commanded to keep all things (doctrines) Christ taught (Matthew 28:19-20). This includes not just testifying and teaching but practicing and carrying out His doctrines.


Doctrinal Beliefs

1. We believe that love one for another as Jesus Christ loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as a New Testament church. Love is therefore the greatest commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent. (Matthew 22:35-40; John 13:34-35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Revelation 2:4-5)


2. We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration and preservation of the whole Bible, which is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. Today it is preserved in the Authorized King James Bible. The Bible is our sole rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


3. We believe in one God Who is eternally existent in three distinct persons (Trinity); the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in divine perfection. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:20; Genesis 1:26)


4. We believe in the Genesis account of Creation. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)


5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of the world and that his destiny is in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10)


6. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22)


7. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19)


8. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches. (Luke 24:49; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:13; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:4-5, 8)


9. We believe that miraculous, spiritual, manifestation gifts were used to confirm the preached word and were done away when the Bible was completed. Only three spiritual gifts remain: faith, hope and love. (Mark 16:19-20; 1 Corinthians 13:3-14; James 1:23-24; Ephesians 4:7-14)


10. We believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are now sinners. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12)


11. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe. We reject Calvinism and Arminianism. (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2)


12. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. The resurrection of the saved will be unto "life" and the unsaved will be unto "judgment" and everlasting damnation. (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 5:28-29)


13. We believe in the premillennial, personal bodily return of Jesus Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous and the marriage of Christ to His glorious Bride, the faithful of His church. The Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous into eternal punishment in the lake of fire, and the righteous shall enter into the heaven age. (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:1-21; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15; Revelation 21:8)


14. We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that the prerequisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9) We further believe the Holy Spirit convicts, guides, regenerates, seals, secures and indwells every believer. (John 3:6; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5)


15. We believe all that trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure, will persevere in Him and shall not perish. (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5)


16. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient. (Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:14-23; John 1:12; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Revelation 22:12)


17. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His personal ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). Each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over one another. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the great commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised perpetuity of His churches. (Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:15-20; Ephesians 3:21)


18. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by bishops through the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The purpose is a public declaration that one is saved and dedicating to serve the Lord. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church overseeing the ordinance. Its elements are: fruit juice of the vine and unleavened bread. The Supper was given the local church to observe. It is unscriptural for a church to authorize any group of members to observe the ordinance outside of church capacity; this includes mission work. (Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 34-38; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 5:6-13; 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, 20-34)


19. We believe that there remain two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled only by men whose meet God’s qualifications. (1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-7)


20. We believe the Great Commission was given to a local, visible church only, and that in kingdom activities the church is the only unit in associational work and all cooperation bodies (associations, committees, etc.), are under control of churches. Also each church should exercise equal authority and should meet her responsibilities according to her several abilities. (Matthew 20:24-28; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 6:1-6)


21. We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government by separating the church and state. We affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15; Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:28-29; Matthew 22:17-22)


22. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 19:5, 13, Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 5:28; Romans 1:24-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)  


23. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in covenant relationship. We reject any attempt to redefine marriage as a union between people of the same sex or as between more than one man and one woman. We believe God hates divorce and intends for marriage to last until one of the spouses die. Although divorced and remarried persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God, they are disqualified for the offices of pastor or deacon.  (Genesis 2:18-25; Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:2-12; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12)


24. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortion of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental wellbeing of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16, 31:15; Psalm 139:14-16; Proverbs 6:16-17; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)


What We Believe