STANDING FAST IN BAPTIST FAITH. 271
written by men divinely inspired, and that it has
God for its author. We adopt the New Testament
as our guide, accepting all it teaches. We believe
that the act of baptism proper is immersion, and the
subject thereof proper is a believer in Jesus Christ—
" He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."
Moreover, we believe that baptized believers only
have a right to the Lord's table to participate in his
supper, for it was to them only that he said, " This
do in remembrance of me, for as often as ye do this
ye show forth my death until I come.'' Therefore
we claim that we are right, and we will stand fast
trusting in him who says, "If ye love me keep my
2. Because we have come through great conflict.
The Philippian Christians for the faith which they
held had suffered much affliction.
The apostle planted Christianity among them in
the midst of wild fires of persecution and hardship,
and as they accepted the faith which he represented
in the face of all opposition they necessarily became
participators with him in his afflictions; therefore
having an eye to their possible conflicts the apostle
bids them in this epistle to stand fast in the Lord,
that they might not be discouraged and become
again entangled with the yoke of sinful bondage.
We are able to sympathize with the Philippian
Christians, for our career in this country, especially