Service Schedule
9:30 am
Sunday School
10:30 am
11:30 am

Bible Study
7:00 pm

Al Malo
206 W Illinois
Oblong, IL 62449
(618) 480-1053
(618) 544-1823
(No business calls)

Church Address
P.O. Box 28
Oblong, IL 62449


Salem Missionary
Baptist Church

Doctrinal Statement

We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it shall never change, but remain the same forever, and that by it all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be judged.
II Timothy 3:16, I Peter 1:19-21

We believe that there is but one God who is in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Their purposes are one and their office and actions are completely harmonious. That He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor and praise.
Matthew 28:18-20; I John 5:7; II Peter 1:16-17; Psalms 150:1-6

We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression, fell from that holy state; in consequence of which ALL mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal hell, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:26, 3:1-24; Romans 5:12, 3: 9-23

We believe that salvation is wholly of grace, without any works on the part of the sinner; that repentance and faith are required of all men, yet inseperable graces, being wrought in our souls by the regenerating spirit of God; whereby being deeply convicted of our guilt of sin, and helplessness, we turn to God with broken and contrite hearts, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus as our only and all-sufficient savior. That works are not in order to obtain salvation, but evidence that one has been saved.
Acts 3:18-19, 4:10-12; Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:5; Romans 3:9-24

We accept as unchangeable truth, the statement of God's word that once having received Christ as our personal savior, "There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ" and that having received "Eternal Life" from God, there can be no possibility of ever being lost again.
Romans 8:1; John 3:15-18; I John 5:13; I Thessalonians 5:9

We believe that the church (the one Jesus set up while here on Earth) is the only organization Christ left behind with the authority to carry on His work in the world and that it is the duty of every true believer to unite with the local church (There is no such thing as a universal church) and to enthusiastically enter the task of faithful membership and to grow in the knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 5:15, 28:18-20; Acts 2:40-42; Ephesians 3:21; I Corinthians 12:13-27

We believe the church has two ordinances, namely Believer's Baptism and the Lord's Supper, which every member of the local church should observe; not because of and saving merit, but because baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord; and the unleavened bread pictures the broken body, and the wine pictures the shed blood in the Lord's Supper. It is commanded by the Lord for us to follow in these ordinances.
Matthew 26:24-28, 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-42; I Corinthians 11:18-34

We believe in the stewardship of our lives; that our minds, talents, time and money, our health, our loved ones, and all things belong to the Lord; that we will one day give an account of our management of them to the Lord. That the tenth of all our material wealth is His and should be brought each week on the Lord's day to the house of God. That no one can make an offering until they have paid the tithe and given above it from the nine tenths that remain. That any who do not use these blessings and gifts for God are unfaithful to Him in their service, and will not receive a full reward at the judgement seat of Christ.
I Corinthians 6:18-20; Malachi 3:8-10; Hebrews 7:1-22; I Timothy 3:15; Revelations 22:12-13; Romans 12:1-2, 6:4-18.

We believe there is a vasdt difference between religion and salvation; that one can be very religious yet without salvation. Salvation is the work of the Lord in us from Heaven and religion is what man does himself in the act of worship toward God. If a person is not truly saved, all he does is for self praise and self righteousness, with no working of the Holy Spirit within.
II Timothy 3:5-7; Titus 3:4-7; James 1:17, 25-27; Romans 3:24-31.

We believe that baptism is by immersion in water by the authority of the New Testament church set up by Jesus Christ himself, and that only believers in Christ as Savior are scriptural subjects for baptism.
Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:35-39, 16:23-33; Matthew 28:18-20.

We believe it to be the mission of the hurch to make disciples, baptize them, and to teach them to do all the things commanded by our Lord, the head of the church. We believe it the duty of the church (each member) to begin at home and go from there to the uttermost part of the Earth.
Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15.

We believe that our Lord is coming again to this earth to catch out his saints, those who are dead shall rise and we which are alive and remain shall be changed in a moment, this we are looking for at any moment. This is the rapture, then for a period of 7 years called "The Great Tribulation Period," which will be folowed by a literal return to the Earth of Jesus as Lord of Lords and King of Kings, you will then have the battle of Armageddon, the binding of Satan, the 1000 year reigh, the loosing of Satan for a short season, the battle of Gog and Magog, Satan's final defeat, then the Great White Throne of Judgement of the lost; also in the course of these events, there will be the marriage of the Lamb, and the judgment of the saved for their service while upon this earth. There will be the ultimate destruction of the Heaven and the Earth and a creating of a new heaven and a new Earth.
Mark 13:32-34; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 10:35-38; Revelations 4-22, and II Peter 3:1-14.

See Also Distinctive Doctrines of True New Testament Churches