We believe and proclaim the Scriptural teaching of God’s faithfulness. Faithfulness is an attribute defining trustworthiness and is declared in Scripture to be one of the defining attributes of God. He, unlike any other is completely faithful and is not capable of lies or deceit. Numbers 23:19 states God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Deuteronomy 7:9 declares concerning God’s faithfulness that we must Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
We also believe and proclaim that through God’s faithfulness He created all that is. Psalm 119:89-90 states For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. His faithfulness is declared to be inherent in His Word, which is settled forever.
We also believe and proclaim that His faithfulness is certain for His children. It has been in times past: And ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof (Joshua 23:14); is for us at present: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) (Hebrews 10:23); and will be for all eternity, especially concerning salvation and the gift of eternal life : In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (Titus 1:2).
We also believe and proclaim that His faithfulness is not dependent upon anything outside of Himself and though He requires faithfulness of His children: Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (1Corinthians 4:2), His faithfulness is not dependent on us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself (2Timothy 2:13).
We further believe and proclaim that the Lord is faithful consistently throughout the believer’s life. He will guide us through any trial or testing: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13), will always receive us back into close fellowship with Himself when we confess our sins: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), and will never fail us but will be faithful till He receives us to be with Him eternally: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
Therefore, we, the brethren of the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America, meeting June 22-24, 2021, at Grace Baptist Church, Attleboro, MA, confidently resolve ourselves to proclaim the faithfulness of the Lord, especially concerning His never failing faithfulness for this fellowship of believers these past 31 years. We commit to the Lord and agree with each other to Draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water and to Hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (Hebrews 10:22-23).
We further resolve to proclaim with the prophet Jeremiah: This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulnes (Lamentations 3:21-23).