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Friday June 23, 2017

Doctrinal Statement of the Free Presbyterian Church

Our subordinate standards

The statement of faith of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America and Geneva Reformed Seminary is contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism, along with the Declaratory and Explanatory Statements adopted by the North American Presbytery. The Westminster Standards set forth a detailed statement and exposition of the Reformed theology, which we believe the Bible teaches. The Declaratory and Explanatory Statements are meant as summary points of particular emphasis. For instance, they modify the Confession in that (1) they make room in the fellowship of the Free Presbyterian Church for those who hold differing interpretations regarding the mode and subjects of baptism, and (2) they allow divergent views of eschatology. Although the FPC is tolerant regarding the administration of baptism, it dogmatically repudiates the notion of baptismal regeneration. This openness regarding baptism does not equate to indifference regarding its importance as a Christ-instituted sacrament of the church. The differing views of eschatology are restricted to those historically associated with and compatible with Reformed and covenant theology and presuppositions rather than those associated with dispensational theology and presuppositions.