Statement of Faith
1. The Absolute Authority and Divine Verbal Inspiration of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God.
2. There is but one living and true God, and in the Godhead, there are three Persons, equal in power and glory, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
3. The Eternal Sonship, Virgin Birth, and Deity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
4. The personality of God the Holy Spirit, and the absolute necessity of His work in Regeneration and Sanctification, and His Infilling of the Indwelt Believer for power to live and witness for Christ.
5. The Substitutionary Death of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Resurrection as the only way of Salvation through Faith.
6. God has appointed besides the Word and Prayer the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
6a. Baptism — The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, under Christ the Great King and Head of the Church, Realizing that bitter controversy raging around the mode and proper subjects of the ordinance of Christian baptism has divided the Body of Christ when that Body should have been united in Christian love and Holy Ghost power to stem the onslaughts and hell-inspired assaults of modernism, hereby affirms that each member of the Free Presbyterian Church shall have liberty to decide for himself which course to adopt on these controverted issues, each member giving due honour in love to the views held by differing brethren, but none espousing the error of baptismal regeneration.
6b. The Lord’s Supper — The Lord’s Supper has been appointed by our Lord for Remembrance of Him in His work as Saviour. Its purpose to the child of God is for strengthening, and putting a visible difference between the redeemed and the unregenerate. This Sacrament will be observed once each month in every Free Presbyterian Congregation, or more frequently as each local congregation shall decide.
7. The visible and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
8. These Articles, together with the Larger Catechism , the Shorter Catechism, and The Westminster Confession of Faith, form the Subordinate Standards of the Free Presbyterian Church.
Distinctives of the Free Presbyterian Church
REFORMED IN DOCTRINE, believing in the divine authority and verbal inspiration of the Bible and the great fundamental doctrines of grace it contains. In keeping with the position of the reformed confessions, the Free Presbyterian Church holds that the Scriptures alone are the supreme authority in matters of faith and practice. Believing it to be the most reliable translation, the Free Presbyterian Church uses only the Authorized Version (KJV) of the Bible. The Free Presbyterian Church subscribes the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Articles of Faith.
PROTESTANT IN CONVICTION, gladly taking its stand alongside the great Christian leaders of the Reformation in their militant witness against the antichristian system of the Papacy. The twin pillars of Protestantism, namely, a positive witness for Christ and a protest against all spiritual error, are cherished and defended.
SEPARATIST IN PRACTICE, believing in the Biblical doctrine of separation in the area of ecclesiastical and personal fellowship. In accordance with this, the Free Presbyterian Church has no association with the modern Ecumenical or Charismatic movements, nor will it fellowship with any church which has departed from the fundamental doctrines of the Word of God.
PRESBYTERIAN IN GOVERNMENT, being overseen by elders and deacons chosen by each congregation from its communicant membership. The Free Presbyterian Church stands for a born-again membership and seeks for men genuinely born-again by the Spirit of God and dedicated to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ, to be its ministers, elders, and deacons.
BIBLICAL IN WORSHIP, believing that worship must be reverent, God-glorifying and Christ-exalting. Therefore, we repudiate the modern trends towards minimizing the preaching of the Word, the incorporation of contemporary worship and song, dress that is immodest and inappropriate, and rejection of the head covering for women.
SANCTIFIED IN BEHAVIOUR, requiring its members to lead godly lives in obedience to the Scriptures which call on God’s people to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Testimonies of holiness and righteousness are vital to the life and witness of Christ’s Church in a world increasingly plagued by the pleasure crazes of this generation, such as drinking, dancing, and gambling.
EVANGELISTIC IN OUTREACH, in obedience to the great commission of Christ to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”. A vigorous programme of evangelistic preaching, missionary endeavour, and media ministry is actively pursued with the great objective of leading sinners to an experimental knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
What We Believe