...where the Lord Jesus is "Head over all things to the Church" (Eph. 1:22)
Independence Baptist Church
Independence Baptist Church is an unregistered, non-incorporated, non-501(c)3, local, Historic Baptist Church
meeting in Ocala, Florida, which contends for the apostolic doctrines once delivered to the saints and faithfully preserved
in the King James Version of the Holy Bible (KJV).
We believe in the literal, bodily return of our Lord to this earth in power and glory, to commence His personal reign and rule as King over all the earth for one thousand years. Rev. 20:1-6; Matt. 24:29-31; 2 Tim. 4:1; Isaiah 9:6-7 & 2:1-4, 1 Thes. 1:10, 4:13-18; Php. 3:20-21, etc.
We further believe as taught in Matt. 24:29-31, 2 Thes. 2:1-8, 1 Cor. 15:51-52, etc. that the saints will be gathered together to Christ at His coming "immediately after the tribulation of those days," and not before. We therefore also believe that the saints are to be on guard and prepared to resist the rising antichrist world system.
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we are commanded, and therefore have every right and duty under God, to go into all the world to preach the gospel and to make disciples of all men. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 5:29; 1 Cor. 9:16.
The state has no authority to support or enforce, nor to oppose or limit, the free exercise of any religion that causes no common law harm to other men. Because the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice in the church, extra-biblical statute law has no authority in the church. Acts 5:29; 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Rom. 13:1-4; Matt. 18:15-18
The Lord Jesus is "head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22, Col. 1:18, etc.); therefore the state has no authority whatsoever over church affairs. Eph. 1:22 & 5:23; Col. 1:18; Matt. 16:18; Acts 17:7.
When we receive Christ as Savior and are truly "born-again" (John 3:3-8), we become the immediate recipients of eternal life; we are immediately justified (Rom. 3:24-25), adopted (Rom 8:15-17), sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13, 4:30), and regenerated (given new life and empowered with a new nature); we are therefore forever "kept by the power of God" to an eternal inheritance that cannot be "lost," as it is "incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you." 1 Pet. 1:3-5, John 5:24, 2 Cor. 5:17; John 10:25-29, Heb. 9:12 & 10:9-14, etc.
God's Word, as given through the prophets and apostles and perfectly preserved in the King James Bible, alone and in its entirety is to be the Sole Authority for faith and practice in the Church. 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Deut. 4:2, Prov. 30:5, Rev. 22:18-19
...including the virgin birth and full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; the triune nature of the Godhead; justification by grace through faith apart from any works or ritual; and the future literal, bodily return of Christ for His own. Salvation is available through faith alone in Christ's substitutionary, atoning death on the cross of Calvary, and in His bodily resurrection 3 days thereafter.