Euharlee Primitive Baptist Association Minutes
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ARTICLES OF FAITH AND THEIR SCRIPTURAL PROOF

1st. We believe in the one, true and living God and that there is a trinity of persons in the God-head -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
          St. John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. First John 5:7, for there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.
2nd. We believe that the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments are the words of God and the only rule of faith and practice.
          2nd Peter, 1:21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
          2nd Timothy, 3:16-17. All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
3rd. We believe in the fall of Adam and the imputation of sin to his posterity, in the corruption of human nature and the impotency of man to recover himself of his own free will and ability.
          Romans, 5-12. Whereof as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.
          Psalms, 51-5. Behold I was shapen in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.
4th. We believe in the everlasting love of God to His people, and the election of a definite number of the human race to grace and glory; and that there was a covenant of grace, redemption between the Father and the Son before the world began in which their salvation is secure and that they in particular are saved.
          Jeremiah, 31-3. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, "yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee."
          2nd Samuel, 23 :5. Altho my house be not so with God, He hath made with me an everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure for this is all my salvation and all my desire although He make it not to grow.
          1st Peter 1:2. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through sanctification of the spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, grace unto you and peace be multiplied.
5th. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them.
          Romans 5:1-9. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Much more than being now justified by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
6th. We believe all those who are chosen in Christ will be effectually called, regenerated, converted, sanctified, and supported by the spirit and power of God, so that they will be preserved in grace and not one of them will be finally lost.
          St. John 10:27 -28. My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me and I will give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Jude 1:1. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and the brother of James to them that are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ and called.
7th. We believe that good works are the fruits of faith and follow after justification and are evidence of our gracious state.
          James 2-21-22. Was not Abraham our Father justified by work when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect.
8th. We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a general judgment and the punishment of the wicked be everlasting, but the happiness of the righteous be eternal.
          1st Cor. 15:42-43-44. So also is the resurrection of the dead it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body.
          Matt. 25:46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal.
9th. We believe that no minister has the right to administration of the ordinances, only such as the regular called and come under the imposition of hands by the Presbytery.
          Acts 13 :2-3. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted the Holy Ghost said separate me Barnebas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them and when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them they sent them away.
          1st Timothy 4:14. Neglect not the gift that is in thee which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of hands of the presbytery.

AND AS FOR GOSPEL ORDER

1. We believe that the visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful persons who gained Christian fellowship with each other and have given themselves up to the Lord and to one another and have agreed to keep up a Godly discipline agreeable to the rules of the Gospel.
2. That Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and the only law giver and the government is with the body and is the privilege with each individual; and that the discipline of the church is intended for reclaiming to those Christian who may be disorderly, either in principle or practice and must be faithfully kept up for God's Glory and the peace and unity of churches.
3. That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordained of the Gospel to be continued. until the Lord's second coming and to be administered only by orderly Baptist minsters regularly ordained.
4. That true believers in Christ Jesus are the only subjects of baptism and that burial (in water) is the mode.
5. That none but regular baptized church members have a right to commune at the Lord's Supper.
          That it is the duty of every Heaven-born soul to become a member of the visible church to make a profession of their faith, to be legally baptized, so as to have a right to, and partake of the Lord's Supper and the washing of the Saint's feet at every legal opportunity during life.

THE DECORUM

1. The Association shall be composed of members chosen from different churches in our Union and duly sent to represent them in this Association, who shall be members whom they judge to be the best qualified for the purpose and producing letters from their respective churches, certifying their appointments, shall be entitled to seats.
2. In the letters from different churches shall be expressed their numbers in full membership, Sundays of meetings, months of communion, minute fund, contribution fund, names and addresses of ministers and clerks, those baptized, received by letter, restored, confession of faith, dismissed, excommunicated and dead since the last association.
3. The members chosen and convened shall be denominated the Euharlee Primitive Baptist Association.
4. The Association shall have no power to Lord over God's heritage nor by which they can infringe upon the eternal rights of the churches.
5. The Association shall have a Moderator and Clerk who shall be chosen by the members present who shall be of the body, and who shall hold their office until re-elected.
6. If new churches desire to be admitted into the Union, they shall petition by letter and delegates upon examination found orthodox and orderly, shall be received by the Association and manifested by the Moderator giving the delegates the right hand of fellowship.
7. No church in the Union shall have more than two delegates until they have exceeded one hundred members and then they shall have a right to an additional delegate for every fifty members after the first hundred.
8. Every query sent to the association by any church in the Union shall be read and put to a vote by the Moderator whether it shall be debated or not, and if there be a majority for it, shall be taken up and investigated; but if not it shall be withdrawn, provided, always that these be first considered which affects the union of churches.
9. Every motion made and seconded shall come under the observation of the Association except it be withdrawn by the members who made it.
10. Every person who speaks in debate must rise from his seat and address the Moderator, and shall not be interrupted while speaking except he depart from his subject.
11. No person shall speak more than three times on the same subject without leave from the Association.
12. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing during the sitting of the same, nor whisper in time of public speech, nor casting reflection on the speaker; he shall strictly adhere to the subject and in no wise cast reflection on the person who spoke before so as to make remarks on his imperfections but shall fairly state the case and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey his light or idea.
13. No person shall abruptly break or absent himself from the Association without leave from it.
14. The several names of the Association shall be enrolled by the Clerk called over as often as the Association may require.
15. The Moderator shall be entitled to the same privilege of speech as any other member provided the chair is filled-and he shall have no voice except the Association be equally divided.
16. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a regular record of the proceedings of the Association.
18. Amendment to this form of government may be made at any time by a majority of the Union, when it is necessary.
19. The Rules of Decorum to be read as the first item of business of the Association.
20. The Association shall not cut loose, drop or suspend correspondence with any Association until the churches have had time to investigate and recommend such action.
21. The Association shall have power to provide for:

1. The general union of churches.
2. To preserve inviolable chain of communications among the churches.
3. To give the churches all the necessary advice in matter of difficulty.
4. To inquire into the cause why the churches fail to represent themselves at any time in the Association.
5. To correspond with other Associations.
6. The Association shall have the power to exclude any church in the Union which shall violate the rules of this Association or depart from the orthodox principles of religion.
7. To admit any of the distant brethren in the ministry as assistants who may be present at the time of setting when they shall judge necessary.
8. The Association may have the power to adjourn themselves to any future time and place they may think convenient to the churches of the Union.
9. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break any of these rules shall be reproved by the Association as they think proper.
The Association shall be opened and closed with prayer.
10. The Association shall receive correspondence from other Associations by the Moderator extending to their delegates the right hand of fellowship.

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