Founded in 1952, we’re a fundamental baptist church located on Allentown Road not far from Joint Base Andrews. Capitol Allentown Baptist of Allentown was formed by the merger of Allentown Baptist and Capitol Baptist churches. The two churches had worked together in the ministry for years before merging. We meet at the Allentown Baptist Church location.
What we believe
What we believe as a church is defined in our doctrinal Statement of Faith and reflects the broad, conservative tradition of Capitol Allentown Baptist Church which is consistent with the teachings of the Bible and which has stood the test of time and experience. We believe the Bible is the literal translation of God’s Word and as such should be taken in whole. Learn more about what we believe below.
We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the “God-breathed” (2 Tim 3:16) Word of God and is according to 2 Timothy 3:15 profitable for doctrine (teaching), reproof (evidence), correction and righteous instruction. The Bible, as it agrees with the original autographs, is infallible and inerrant. 1 Peter 1:20-21 states that the Bible is the direct work of God’s Spirit and did not come to us by the “will of man.” As such, it is to be the FINAL authority for faith and practice in the life of one who believes and follows our Lord Jesus Christ.leo.
We believe the Bible declares in Deuteronomy 6:4 that there is only ONE God, which according to 1 John 5:1-7 is revealed in THREE distinct persons. There is ONE Divine nature existing eternally in three persons, the Father, The Word (the Son / our Lord Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. God is eternally self-existent as revealed in Exodus 3:14, 1 Timothy 2:5 and 1 Corinthians 8:6. God is unchanging in Divine Nature and Character according to Malachi 3:6 and James 5:17
We believe the Bible declares that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” According to the Genesis account, this creation was accomplished in six LITERAL days (24 hour periods) and includes all earthly creatures as well as the creation of mankind. The Bible inherently denies the theory of evolution (Genesis chapters 1&2 & Romans chapter 1:18-21) and declares that ONLY mankind was created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26)
We believe the Bible states that Satan, also known as Lucifer and the Devil, is a created angel, in particular one of the Cherubim. (Ezekiel 28:13-19). Lucifer sinned against God because his heart was “lifted up” (he was filled with pride and believed he was greater than God) according to Ezekiel chapter 28. Satan came as a serpent in the Garden and tempted Eve with promises she could be like God according to Genesis chapter 3. He is the Father of lies, a murderer, and full of lusts according to Jesus. (John 8:44). He is the unholy “god” of this age who blinds the minds of people so they do not see the glorious Good News of God according to 2 Corinthians 4:4. He appears as an “angel of light” as recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:14. He is the “accuser of the brethren” according to Revelation 12:10 and is the adversary of every follower of Jesus who “moves about like a roaring lion, raging about seeking who he may devour” according to 1 Peter 5:8. Satan is destined to judgment, 1000 years of bondage (Revelation 20:1-3) and eternal punishment in the “lake of fire” according to Revelation 20:10.
We believe the definition of Biblical (and thus spiritual) Salvation: Salvation is the rescue of mankind from God’s wrath and eternal punishment for sin. Salvation is provided wholly and only by God and is not based upon any personal merit or effort on mankind’s part. Salvation is freely offered as a gift to ANY who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and once received provides a restored relationship with God and the promise of eternal fellowship with God. The only requirement for a person to be saved is to trust on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who died in your place and for your sins. (Romans 10:9-13)
The church exists at the express choice and will of our Lord Jesus Christ to carry out several distinct purposes here on earth. More…
1. The Believer’s Two Principles (natures)
Romans chapter seven teaches that every person who chooses to become a follower of Jesus Christ has two “principles” or laws that war against each other. This is also referred to as having “two natures.” The Bible simply teaches that sin remains in our physical bodies and wars against the “law” of our mind and Holy Spirit who lives within us. The apostle Paul is clear that this is a battle for the mind (thinking) in the believer and that how a believer thinks will directly result in how they act. Romans chapter eight teaches that if we yield to the flesh (body) then the principle of death (the wages of sin=death) wins. If we yield to the Holy Spirit, then God’s purpose and the principle of life wins. (Romans 8:1-8). The Bible is clear that there is a war, but that the believer is directly responsible to renew their thinking so that God’s truth wins that war. (Romans 12:1; Romans chapter 8).
2. The Matter of Holiness
(Separation from Being Like Unbelievers)
God’s Word clearly teaches that all followers of Jesus are to separate themselves from the world with regard to the way sinful people act and think. 1 Peter 1:13-16 teaches that we are to be “holy” (separated) as God Himself is Holy. This life of holiness is directly contrasted to the way we used to live before we became followers of Jesus.
3. Marriage, Family and the Home
The Bible teaches that the only permissible sexual relationship between a man and a woman is within the context of Marriage. In Matthew 19 we read:
“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’
5 And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.
God’s perfect plan for a family is one man and one woman coming together and in their loving relationship producing and raising children. God has clearly revealed in His Word in Leviticus 10:10-21; Romans 1:24-27 and Ephesians 5:3 that He is opposed to all forms of sexual immorality, including same-sex relationships.
Children are to be raised in a spiritually and emotionally stable home where the teachings of Christ and the Holiness of God are consistently taught and lived. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21)
4. In Regards to Civil Government
The Bible clearly teaches that civil government exists to protect the citizens. We are to obey the government as citizens so that we will not be punished and so we will have a good testimony. We are to recognize that no government authority (even evil ones) exist without God’s permission. We are to pay taxes, as individual citizens. We are to give honor and respect to government officials. (Romans 13:1-7)
The Bible does teach that the authority for both the local Church and civil government extend from Him (Matthew 18:20-21; Romans 13:1-7). The local Church and the civil government are both ordained by God’s authority; however, their spheres of control are separate and unique. The local Church (that is the assembly) is headed by Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18) and is not subject to civil authority. Christ extends His authority to his followers to carry out His commands without regard to the territory or authority of any one civil government, though on and individual basis His followers are to obey civil government. Only when civil government forbids freedom to worship and preach the gospel should the individual or collective group of believers openly reject and refuse to obey civil government (Acts 4:1-21; 14:5; 16:37-40; 19).
Civil Government is granted authority to exist by God, but derives it’s earthly authority from its own citizens and / or leaders and as such only properly exercises that control only over its own citizens and territories. (Romans 13:1-7).
The Bible teaches the literal and personal return of Jesus
for his saints as taught in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The Scriptures
declare, as stated in Daniel 12:1-2, that there is a resurrection unto
eternal life (for those who trust Christ) and a resurrection unto
eternal shame and contempt (judgment and punishment) for those who
ignore God’s command to believe. The Bible states that Jesus’ return in
the air for his church (as mentioned in Acts chapter 1) will proceed the
“tribulation period” (mentioned in Daniel 9-11 and Matthew 24 and
taught in Revelation chapters 4-18) and that the world will undergo
seven years of intense judgment by God where an “anti-Christ” controlled
by Satan will rule this planet (Revelation chapter 13). The Bible
teaches that Jesus will rule and reign over the nation of Israel and the
earth for a thousand years (Revelation chapters 19:1-20:6) and then
there will be a final judgment of Satan and all those who have rejected
Christ Revelation 20:7-15). After this God will create a new heaven and a
new earth where there will be eternal worship and the removal of
sickness, suffering and death. (Revelation 21:1-22:5) The Lord Jesus
taught in John 10:16 that the true believers of all ages of mankind will
be brought together and combined into one “flock” who is nurtured and
led by the Master Shepherd, Jesus Christ