Beliefs

First Baptist Church of Keeseville Worship Board

First Baptist Church of Keeseville Worship Board Ausable Town Historian Roby Scott, who is a member of the Keeseville Methodist Church, found this board in a downstairs church closet. Mrs. Scott doesn't know who put it there fand when for safekeeping.

Robin Michel Caudell/Photograph

No. 1 Opposed to Union of Church and State

ARTICLE 11--We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of his Church Leader and Commander.

 

No. 2 In favor of temperance

ARTICLE 12--We believe we ought to flee from every sin, abstain from every appearance of evil, abstain from the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage.

 

No. 3 To spread the Gospel to all nations

ARTICLE 13--We believe that true ministers of the word are such as are called of God, commission and sent forth by Jesus Christ for to teach all nations.

 

No. 4 To Aid in the Relief of the poor

ARTICLE 15--We believe that whosoever hath this world's goods and seeth brother in need and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him. Wherefore we believe we ought to look out men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost, and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

 

No. 5 Opposed to Slavery

ARTICLE 18--We believe to steal, buy or sell any of our fellow creatures as slaves is contrary to reason, Justice and nature, the principles of Good Laws and Government, the whole doctrine of the Gospel and the revealed Will of God, which enjoins us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to do unto all men as we would that they should do unto us; to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 

Source: A History of the First Baptist Church of Keeseville, N.Y. 1788-1968, Eleanor A. Spaulding, Under the Auspices of the Baptist Ladies Guild, January 1, 1959; History of Clinton and Franklin Counties, New York: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) 1n; Lewis, J. W. & Co. Philadelphia, 1880.
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