Receiving by faith the Lord Jesus Christ and relying wholly on Him for salvation, believing the Bible to be the divinely inspired, plenary, infallible, and authoritative Word of God; and the King James Bible (1611. 1769 Cambridge edition) as our infallible authority for English-speaking people; accepting Biblical Baptistic principles; and knowing that all things should be done decently and in order; we do voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of immersed believers and adopt this constitution as a declaration of our faith and practice.
This Constitution is neither a substitute for, nor a supplement to, the Word of God. It is simply a review of the doctrines as they apply to practical matters concerning the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. It is a guide to aid in the application of biblical principles to fellowship polity. The Word of God shall be the first and final authority on all fellowship matters, and any issue whereon this Constitution is silent shall be governed by the clear statement of the Word of God.
Article I: Name & Association
This fellowship is Bible Believers Fellowship of Worthington, Ohio, and is a local fellowship of the Church of Jesus Christ.
This fellowship shall be an independent and sovereign organization and as such, unrelated to any other organization or movement, but in fellowship with New Testament Bible believing Christians everywhere. It shall exist to serve them.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of Bible Believers Fellowship shall be the preaching of the Gospel of Christ as a soul-saving institution, the edification of born-again believers, through the teaching of the Holy Bible with emphasis on verse-by-verse expository teaching, the promotion of worship of God, the worldwide proclamation of God’s saving grace, administering the ordinances, licensing and ordaining qualified men of like faith to the Gospel ministry, establishing other independent, fundamental Baptist churches, and exposing religious error and apostasy. A further purpose is to be a regular church with the authority to operate and maintain a children’s home, Christian school, and any other necessary co-related ministries needed to accomplish the Lord’s work.
Article III: Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following.
We engage, therefore, as the Holy Spirit directs us, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, to contribute regularly and cheerfully to support this ministry, the church expenses, the missionary work, and the relief of the poor.
We also seek to maintain family and secret devotions; to spiritually train our children; to seek salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements; and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling and backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the abuse of intoxicating drink as a beverage (drunkenness), and from the abuse non-prescribed and/or prescribed drugs; and to zealously promote the cause of Christ in every aspect of our lives.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other Bible believing local church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Article V: Membership
Section 1. Reception of Members:
Any person professing faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who gives evidence of having been born again, may, by the vote of the church, be received into membership of the Bible Believers Fellowship after baptism, provided they will subscribe to the Constitution and Bylaws set forth herein.
By restoration, if having been excluded from this church, and upon confession of his/her errors, giving evidence of repentance.
Section 2. Dismission of Members:
Article VI: Meetings –
Section 1. Regular Services:
Section 2. Business Meetings
Section 3. Quorum
In all business meetings, twenty percent (51%) of all voting members shall constitute a quorum.
Article VII: Officers
Since officers are in positions of respect, it is expected they meet up to a faithful Christian walk and to meet spiritual standards set forth in Scripture. I Timothy 3; Titus 1.
Section 1. Pastor:
Section 2. Staff:
The pastor has liberty to fill salaried and unsalaried positions with qualified personnel in areas such as church secretaries, music directors, youth directors, etc. The pastor has responsibility of dismissing staff members who violate expected conduct..
Section 3. Elder-Deacons:
Section 4. Other Officers:
The pastor has the discretionary right to appoint or request the election or hiring of such officers as church clerk, treasurer, financial records secretary, and Sunday School Superintendent, etc.
Section 5. Committees:
The pastor has the discretionary right to appoint church members to function on whatever church committees may be deemed necessary.
Article VIII: Ministries
All ministries are subservient parts of the church, and under no circumstances shall they be considered separate from the church.
Section 1. Christian School:
In the event Bible Believers Fellowship shall have a day school, kindergarten, elementary and high school, it shall be operated as a branch of the overall church program. The school’s board of directors shall be approved by the deacons and the church, and its chairman shall be the pastor of Bible Believers Fellowship..
Section 2. Other Ministries
Other ministries such as bus ministries, radio or television ministries, etc. shall be added as the Holy Spirit leads. Lay ministries can be established by members of Bible Believers Fellowship as God leads and directs them. Every believer is a minister for Jesus Christ. These ministries must maintain doctrinal agreement with the church and be united in purpose with Bible Believers Fellowship. (Visitation, Small Group Bible Studies, Children Bible Clubs, Tape Ministry, Hospital Visitation, etc.)
Ministry is a lifestyle, not an occupation.
Article IX: AUTONOMY AND ASSOCIATION
This church shall be completely autonomous and non-affiliated and remain an independent local Church. It shall not, as a church, become a member of any convention or denomination. Any association and fellowship with other organizations or religious alliances will be those voluntary associations that do not violate the independence and autonomy of this local church. Under no circumstance will any organization ever be given authority over this local church or the pastoral leadership of Bible Believers Fellowship.
Article X: LITERATURE
Only literature that is fundamental and true to the Scripture will be used at Bible Believers Fellowship for instructional purposes or outreach. Only literature that uses (without correction) the Authorized King James Bible will be used for instruction and outreach. Other materials such as cult publications, corrupt Bible versions, secular sources, etc., can be kept and made available for either teacher reference or educational purposes in the designated church library but will not be promoted or distributed for any other purpose.
Article XI: FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND POLICY
Tithes, offerings and love gifts shall be the only plan of finances.
The church shall not be supported by door-to-door solicitation, raffles, bingo or any other sort of solicitation of non-believers or "game-of-chance" gambling.
Budgets: The annual budget shall be observed for financial allocations. Major changes may be made in advance if approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the congregation at a regular business meeting.
Article XII: LICENSING AND ORDINATION
Any male giving evidence of a divine call to the gospel ministry and accepting the Articles of Faith of Bible Believers Fellowship may be licensed to preach by recommendation from the pastor and a majority vote of members present. An ordination council composed of ordained ministers whom the pastor considers wise to invite shall thoroughly examine the candidate for ordination with regard to his doctrinal, moral and personal soundness. After examination, he shall be recommended and ordained to the gospel ministry at a duly called service.
Article XIII: PROPERTY, BUILDINGS AND EQUIPMENT
Decisions relative to the acquisition or sale of property shall require a majority vote of the members at a business meeting announced in advance. All buildings, property and equipment shall be used only by permission of the pastor. They shall be used principally for church functions and related activities. When the pastor is not available (for health reasons) to approve use of facilities or property, an elder-deacon can approve such use as in keeping with this statement and any precedence of pastoral approval for such uses.
Article XIV: MISCELLANEOUS
We are opposed to the following movements in the "Christian" society:
Article XV: ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT
Section 1. Adoption:
Adoption of this constitution, including the Statement of Faith, was instituted by the founding pastor with approval and adoption by unanimous consent of the charter members, June 6, 2007.
Section 2. Amendments:
This document may be amended so long as the proposed amendment is consistent with the teaching of the Word of God, and it does not violate the purpose for which Bible Believers Fellowship was founded. Any amendment that would be added will be done at a business meeting announced beforehand and must be approved by a three-fourths (3/4) vote.
Article XVI: DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of Bible Believers Fellowship, as a non-profit organization the assets shall be given and paid over to a non-profit corporation of like faith and order which would satisfy the remaining membership.
Article XVII: NON-INUREMENT PROVISION
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, or officer of the organization or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the organization), and no member, trustee, officer of the organization or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the assets on dissolution of the organization.
Article XVII: RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION PROVISION
No substantial part of the activities of Bible Believers Fellowship shall be carrying on partisan political propaganda, or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. We reserve the right to discuss "politics" as it is addressed in Scripture or has implications for our daily lives, our local church and/or Bible prophecy. Bible Believers Fellowship is not affiliated with nor does this organization serve or endorse any political party.
This is our authority for faith and practice.
Statement On Marriage
We unequivocally acknowledge and state that God ordained marriage in the Holy Bible as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage existed before any law, constitution or government: we agree with the position taken by other religious leaders that to go against God’s word can and will bring judgement upon our Nation: we state herein the historical evidence that the destruction of major empires occurs when homosexual behavior becomes rampant: we reject any form of marriage not in conformity to the Biblical model of "one biological male, one biological female for life" and acknowledge that neither the Supreme Court of the United State, nor any other court (international or local), has the power or the authority to change God’s word.
Biblical Marriage: One man, one woman for life.
Statement On Vaccines
Bible Believers Fellowship is not opposed to vaccinations. We are:
We support your right to being vaccinated.,
We also support the right to NOT be vaccinated.
It is our sincerely held religious belief that injecting toxic substances (such as mercury), products of eugenic-styled use of aborted fetus cell lines and other known toxic "adjuvants" into our body is a violation of God's word: We believe it is an established fact that modern vaccines are derived from and developed by the use of cell lines from murdered unborn children.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. "
And while we allow this as a matter of personal liberty and do not require members to avoid all vaccinations (or prove that they are not vaccinated, as we have been falsely accused of doing), we support those who choose not to be vaccinated and will provide a signed statement to that effect to any member who needs documentation for a religious exemption at school, in the workplace, etc.