Who are you?
We are an independent, Baptist ministry. Founded in 2012 as the Fundamental Baptist Report, we began printing the monthly newsletter. Later, we became Doctor Cod’s Publishing, and the newsletter remained the Fundamental Baptist Report. In 2015, we went online, and now recently (in 2016) we began offering the newsletter electronically
Since then we’ve produced more products, and now offer, in addition to the newsletter, books, tracts, and, beginning in 2015, DVDs and CDs. Many of these items are available in our Bookstore
What do you believe about…
The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. “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” (2 Peter 1:21). God inspired approximately forty authors, over a total of about 1,600 years to write down what He told them to write (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Written in Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New, faithful Christians made accurate copies of the original text for centuries. Then, in 1611 A.D., God blessed and guided the translators of the King James Bible, which is the only Bible in English for us today. There are no contradictions or errors in the true Bible, whether in English or any other language.
God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1)
. God is three Persons and yet one (1 John 5:7). These include and are
limited to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. These three Persons began a program about 6,000 years ago, and have been personally involved ever since (Genesis chapters 6-9; Exodus chapters 3 & 20; Daniel chapter 3 and Matthew 1-28 to name a few). God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, because there was no other way for man to be saved, came to this earth about 2,000 years ago, was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23); lived a perfect, sinless life, died, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Forty days later, He ascended back into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11). Now, as He waits for those who will be saved to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), He intercedes for us in the presence of God the Father (Hebrews 7:25).
The Bible states very clearly that God made everything in six days (Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:13-17). They were literal, 24-hour days, about six thousand years ago. This would include Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:11-19). There was no gap (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:14). Evolution is scientifically inaccurate
Man was created in the image of God on day six (Genesis 9:6, 1:26-28). God made one man, Adam, put him in the Garden of Eden, told him to dress and keep the garden, to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and employed Adam in naming all of the animals (Genesis 2:8, 15-25). After naming all of the animals, God caused Adam to go to sleep (Gen. 2:21), took one of Adam’s ribs and formed Eve, the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20). God ordained marriage between one man and one woman
, who would become one flesh (Matthew 19:3-6).
After Satan, who is a real and living entity, fell, he tempted man, who ate of the tree and fell into sin (Genesis 3). Death came into the world at this point and mankind has had a sin nature ever since (the flesh; Galatians 5:17; see also Romans 7:21 and Romans 5:12). Because of sin we are separated from God and cannot go to Heaven to be with Him unless we are perfect. Since we cannot save ourselves (Romans 3:10-18, 23), Jesus came down to die in our place (1 John 2:1-2). Mortal man is comprised of body, soul, and spirit
(1 Thessalonians 5:23), and must look only to God for salvation.
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for man, something man could not do or work for (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-5). Man must look to this sacrifice and this sacrifice alone (John 14:6) for salvation. There is no other way for mankind to be saved. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. By admitting we are sinners (Romans 5:12), being willing to turn to God from sin (repent; Luke 13:3), and confessing and believing that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (Romans 10:9-10), we can be eternally saved. Once we are truly saved
, we will be justified and become children of God (John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14-16), and can never lose
our salvation (Ephesians 4:30).
Baptism is defined in Scripture as a public witness of our faith in Christ. Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12 make it very clear that baptism is to be done by immersion (“buried by baptism”; “buried with him by baptism”). Acts 8:37 shows us that infant baptism is unscriptural, as infants cannot believe. Never once in Scripture is baptism said to represent the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
We are in the world but not of it (1 John 4:4-6). Therefore, we should live as God directs (Romans 6:1-2; Romans 8:12), that “we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28; see also 2 Peter 3:1-14). We are kings and priests unto God (Revelation 1:5b-6), and joint-heirs of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). We believe in the separation of Church and State; the State should not control the Church, the Church should not control the state. We are not a 501(c)(3) organization for this reason.
God picked a man called Abram (Genesis 12), told him to move to the land of Canaan, changed his name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5), and promised to give him all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession
(Genesis 17:7-8). Genesis records the events from the birth of Isaac to the entering in of Israel into Egypt. 430 years later, under the hand of Moses, God led the children of Israel out and brought them into the land of Canaan under Joshua about 42 years after exiting Egypt. There God used them and kept them and was their God
until their sin required them to be taken to Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11-12; Daniel 9:2). God brought them back under Ezra and Nehemiah. Then, over 400 years later, after Jesus accomplished His atoning work, Israel was scattered
in 70 A.D. to the four corners of the earth. About 2,000 years later, in 1948, God restored the nation of Israel and has been preparing them for their role in the Great Tribulation, a period of seven years.
We believe in the Pre-Tribulational view of the Rapture
, based on the clear teachings of Scripture
. Views such as Post-Tribulationalism
, Amillennialism, Pre-Wrath
and Mid-Tribulationalism do not fit the plain meaning of God’s Word. The Bible teaches that the Rapture will occur (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), after which there shall be a seven year Tribulation, also called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; see also Daniel 9:27). During this time the little horn of Daniel 11 will solve all of the world’s problems and settle the Middle East dispute. Then, three and a half years into this period, he will enter the temple and declare himself to be God (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12). He will rule as the world dictator for three and a half years (42 months; Revelation 13:5). During this time he will demand worship, and those who will not worship him nor take his mark will be beheaded (Revelation 13:15-18; 20:4). At the end of this time, all the world will be gathered against Jerusalem to battle. The city will be taken (Zechariah 14:1-2), and then the armies of Heaven will crack the skies and fight for Jerusalem (Revelation 19:11-16; Zechariah 14:3; Joel 2:1-11). The Millennial Reign of Christ will begin (Revelation 20:1-4). Afterwards, Satan will be loosed a little season (Revelation 20:7-8), the final battle will be fought (Revelation 20:9); Satan will be pitched into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10); the Great White Throne Judgment will occur (Revelation 20:11-15); and the New Heavens and the New Earth will begin (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1-4). Let us, therefore, “give diligence to be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Peter 1:12).
What about the Baptists?
Baptists came from the Anabaptists, so named by the Catholics, meaning “re-baptizers”. Sadly, however, many of those who call themselves Baptists are no different from the world in their dress, their music, their lifestyle, and other things. Another sad fact is many Baptists are patriotic
. But real Baptists come from the Anabaptists and have retained all the doctrine.
What about the Mennonites?
Mennonites date back to the 1500s, beginning with the Swiss Brethren, with George Blaurock, Felix Manz, and Conrad Grebel. These men began a movement on January 21st, 1525. They baptized each other and separated from Ulrich Zwingli. Most Mennonites trace their history to this date. About nine or ten years later, Menno Simons appeared, whose followers became Mennonites. These include many branches, ranging from very conservative to fairly liberal. Most of the conservative Mennonites wear a large white covering on their head, the liberal ones wear absolutely nothing; another version, the Holdemans, wear the little black caps (except on Sunday; then they wear a veil in addition to their cap). Most Mennonites do not use musical instruments, believing they are unscriptural or at least spiritually dangerous. Most Mennonite churches have split seating, requiring the women to sit on one side and the men on the other. The children are split this way when they reach a certain age. Mennonites have a somewhat complicated salvation, but if one examines closely, it is discovered that they have a faith-based salvation, but they really like semantics. Most Mennonites do not believe in Eternal Security, but believe that they must keep their salvation by holy living.
What about the Amish?
The Amish descended from the Mennonites and were “born” between the mid-1600s to the mid-1700s. Jakob Amman is credited as founding the Amish due to what he felt was lack of spiritual concern and lack of discipline on the part of some Mennonites. Amish today are known for their plain dress and their horse-and-buggy transportation. Most (though not all) Amish refuse to use commercial electricity, cars, tractors, or anything else they deem as worldly, including the avoidance of musical instruments. Amish often meet in barns and houses, rather than in a designated building like their Mennonite cousins. Amish also have segregated seating. The Amish are similar to the Mennonites in the salvation department, though maybe just a little closer to works than their Mennonite cousins. Amish also believe you can lose your salvation, just like the Mennonites.
What about Charity Ministries?
Charity Ministries began in about 1982. It was an attempt at a religious revival in the Amish and other churches. Their doctrine “is similar to that of the conservative Mennonites with a slight Baptist, Amish, and Pentecostal flavor” (Charity Ministries and the Remnant Movement
, by David W. Cloud). During my research, I had contact with several members, from whom I learned the following things:
#1: They believe in a variation of a works-based salvation. According to Charity, “Obedience is synonymous with belief.”
#2: Charity renounces Eternal Security. They require all members to denounce this “Calvinistic” belief before joining.
#3: They are rather confused about Israel. Some believe they are Israel; some do not.
#4: They know absolutely nothing about eschatology, nor do they seem to care, just as long as you’re not one of those wicked people who believe in a Pre-Tribulational Rapture. Many, if not most, mock the Pre-Tribulational Rapture position.
#5: They aren’t too sure about baptism; some believe in immersion; some pouring; others sprinkling, and some don’t really know what they think. I guess it’s just their personal preference.
#6: They believe (at least most of them do) in a “devotional covering”, and will ardently defend this theory. Women must wear this veil or else.
#7: Like the Amish and Mennonites, some of the Charity members do not believe in using musical instruments; some don’t mind it.
#8: Charity members are wimps when it comes to contending for the faith or debates; they would much rather string out false charges (like the Post-Tribbers) when it is obvious that they lost. They also do not like anyone who sounds just slightly dogmatic or who might appear to know more than they do; especially someone younger than them. And don’t sound like you know what you’re talking about; that’s called “pride”.
#9: Charity Ministries is a cult. Their “elders” hold absolute control over the beliefs of the congregation. One member told me: “Our elder, Gerald N., said he spoke with you last week and answered your questions.” I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a cult leader to me. These elders have dictator-like authority in these churches.
What about the Anabaptists?
Anabaptists date all the way back to day one: when Christianity began. Though known by many other names, the Catholics loved to call Bible-believing Christians Anabaptists
, or “re-baptizers”, because, according to Rome, these heretics were baptized twice: once when they were infants in the Catholic Church (which is not Scriptural
), and then again when they were truly baptized after they were saved. For many centuries Rome persecuted the Anabaptists as heretics. Finally, in 1688 in England, the Ana-
part was dropped and we were legally called Baptists. Mennonites came out of the Anabaptists and followed Menno Simons, while the Baptists retained the true Biblical doctrine, and today all doctrines held by true, Bible-believing Baptists came directly from the Anabaptists, which in turn, came directly from God and His Word.