...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 hold to the historic Baptist distinctive doctrines (sole authority of the scriptures, separation of church & state, autonomy of the local church, priesthood of the believer, 2 offices and 2 ordinances only (elder & deacon, baptism & the Lord's supper), and a regenerated church membership. We believe true salvation results in transformation, ; 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 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, 2 Cor. 5:17; Heb. 9:12 & 10:9-14, etc.
We believe in the literal, bodily, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth in power and glory, to commence His personal reign and rule as King over all the earth for one thousand years. We further believe as taught in Matthew 24:29-31, 2 Thes. 2:1-8 etc. that the saints will be gathered together to Christ at His glorious return "immediately after the tribulation of those days," and not before.
Our church contends earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, and is therefore quite distinct from most other churches in this theological dark age of gross apostasy. We use only the Authorized King James Bible, the perfectly preserved Word of God, and that without apology. We see the production of other modern "Bible" (per)-versions, drawn from the corrupted Wescott-Hort text (including the NIV, NASV, NKJV, ESV, etc.), as an attack on the Word of God by Satan and his forces.
We still praise the Lord with the great old hymns of the faith using the old hymnal with real music, and reject most contemporary “CCM” as theologically bankrupt, musically degraded, and worldly.
As was practiced by the apostolic churches, we include a pot-luck fellowship dinner as an important part of every meeting, after our Sunday-school prayer meeting and before our preaching hour.
Because the Lord Jesus is "head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22, Col. 1:18, etc.), we hold that the state has no authority whatsoever over church affairs. We are therefore a non-501c3, non-incorporated, unregistered, true New Testament church under the sole headship of the Lord Jesus and the sole authority of His word, as preserved in the Authorized King James Bible.
We keep the family together during our meetings.