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.
Six-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. Our name comes from our adherence to the foundational principles of Christ listed in Hebrews 6:1-2 ......
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine (teaching) of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity); not *laying again (not disrupting) the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal (eonian) judgment."* (Note: Greek kataballo, casting down or overthrow. It means, do not cast down or destroy the foundation already laid of the 6 fundamental principles.)
Therefore, building on these foundational principles (doctrines),
"let us go on to perfection ... and this will we do, if God permit."
(Hebrews 6:1, 3)
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, upon the basis of those great fundamental truths in which all should agree. With them we confess our belief in one God, whose nature is love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace. We believe that Jesus came in the flesh, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Affirming now our belief that those who thus hold to these fundamental truths together constitute the one universal Church, the several households of which, though called by different names, are the one body of Christ, and that these members of his body are sacredly bound to keep "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,"we declare that we will cooperate with all who hold these truths.
We believe that, beyond these fundamental truths, there can be unity in diversity and diversity in unity in other particulars of faith within the body of Christ.