Primitive Baptists identify themselves with the faithful followers of Christ through history back to the apostles and Jesus Christ, their Head.
Primitive Baptists differ from most of the other Baptists in that they do not have any denominational headquarters nor any organizational hierarchy and each congregation answers to the Lord for its faith and practice. Primitive Baptists subscribe to the original doctrines of the Baptists as outlined in the London Baptist Confession of Faiths of 1643 and 1689 and the Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith of 1742.
In the 1830’s, a division occurred among the Baptists over the doctrine of the atonement and the inventions of many modern practices. Those who maintained the original beliefs of the Baptists were designated as “Old School” or “Primitive” Baptists.
Primitive Baptists believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures and that they are our only rule of faith and practice. Primitive Baptists believe in the Trinity, and that God is sovereign, ruling according to His will in heaven and on earth. Primitive Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and that He completed the work He came to do. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Primitive Baptists believe that Christ bodily rose from the dead for the justification of His people and that He is alive in heaven and will return to the earth to judge the righteous and the unrighteous.
Primitive Baptists believe that man fell in Adam and thereby became totally unable to recover himself from this condition and that he can only be declared righteous by the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ imputed to him. Only the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit, operating immediately on the heart (soul) of man, can cause a man to be born again. Primitive Baptists believe that those who are born again will walk in obedience to Christ as evidence of the work of God in his heart. Primitive Baptists believe in the resurrection of the dead of the just and unjust. Primitive Baptists believe that the righteous will be resurrected unto glory to live with the Triune God forever and that the wicked will suffer everlastingly under the just penalty of God for their sins. Primitive Baptists believe that the ordinances of the congregation are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Primitive Baptists believe that these ordinances are only types (pictures) of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord and in no way confer grace nor are they sacramental. However, they are not to be taken lightly and every believer is commanded by the Lord to observe them. Primitive Baptists believe each member is to occupy the role of a servant. We are to serve the Lord Jesus Christ out of love, devotion, and gratitude for what He has done for us and to honor Him in every detail of our lives.