"We have this hope
as an anchor for the
soul, firm and secure."
Our denomination, Six-Principle Baptists, sometimes referred to as the Old or General Six-Principle Baptists, traces its origin in America to the ministry of Roger Williams in the 1600's. Its first congregation gathered in 1652 at Providence, Rhode Island and, within a short period of time, Six-Principle churches were planted and conferences arose in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Soon, a General Six-Principle Baptist Association was formed which was the first Baptist association of any kind in America.
Statements of FaithSix-Principle Baptists have no ecclesiastically binding creed. They hold to the Bible as the supreme written authority for their faith and practice with liberty of conscience in matters of interpretation and worship. This does not mean that they are completely opposed to the use of creeds, but only that they do not require conformity to the exact words of any one theological creed for membership. Therefore, the following Statements of Faith and Principles of the Six-Principle Baptists beliefs are not used as a binding creed, but are summary testimonies of faith and of the spirit in which Six-Principle Baptists interpret the Holy Scriptures and doctrine.
"In essentials, Unity; in non-essentials, Liberty; in all things, Love."
Six-Principle Baptists hold to:
THE SIX PRINCIPLES (Heb. 6:1-2)
Today, the General Association of Six-Principle Baptist Churches, Inc. (denominational headquarters also known as the General Association of Six-Principle Baptists) continues those traditions by establishing and/or assisting ministers and churches to go on to maturity, building on the foundational principles of the teaching of Christ.
Recognizing the unity of the Church of Christ in all the world, and knowing that we are but one branch of Christ's people, while adhering to our particular faith and order, we extend to all believers the hand of Christian fellowship, . . . (Read more)
For more on why we are called "General Six-Principle Baptists," see the article, "Our Denomination."
For additional reading, see our Online Article Library.
The General Association of
Six-Principle Baptists (GASPB) DOES NOT assume any LEGAL responsibility for its
ministers. Neither the GASPB nor the individual minister is an agent for or of
the other. However, each minister IS answerable to the GASPB and does come under
the Episcopal oversight of the General Council. If an investigation finds
serious violations of Christian ethics, morals, and values have indeed been
committed, certain sanctions can and may be applied, up to and including,
removal and/or revocation of the minister's credentials.