ORDERS and ADVICE
OF OLD REGULAR
THE CHURCH OF
1893 to 1989
OLD REGULAR BAPTIST
ORDERS AND ADVICE
SARDIS ASSOCIATION OF OLD REGULAR
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
1893 to 1989
In humble obedience to an Order of the Sardis Association,
Saturday's session, Article 20, in the year of 1989, and with all
humility to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who makes be able, I set
forth hereinafter all of the Orders that are still in effect of our
beloved Sardis Association from its organization in the year of 1893 to
the year of 1989, as found in the Annual Minutes thereof.
The word "Advice" was added by me for the sake of
completeness because, in my opinion, all of the Items set forth in the
Minutes may not properly be classified as an "Order". Whenever possible,
exact quotations are shown.
Amendments to the Constitution, Articles of Faith and Rules
of Decorum are not shown. Orders that have been reprinted are shown in
the year first printed. Orders that have been amended or changed are
shown in the year of latest change.
Ralph W. E. Varney, Jr.
August 5, 1893
Church W.W. Fields,
P.D. Bevins, Clerk
RECORD OF THE
Organized in the
year 1893 upon the following Faith, to wit:
Churches of Jesus Christ of Regular Baptist, are constituted on the
believe in only one true and living God, the Creator of the heavens and
earth and all things that are therein contained.
believe in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, who is Head and King of
believe in the Holy Ghost, the sealer and applier of the redemption
purchased by Christ.
believe in the Father; Son and Holy Ghost and these three are One.
believe the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible
Word of God and take it for our only rule of faith and practice and
nothing is to be added to it or taken from it.
believe in the free atonement of Jesus Christ and that He tasted death
for every man and that salvation is offered to all men and women upon
the terms of the Gospel.
believe that repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are necessary
previous to baptism, and that by immersion is the only right way of
administering the ordinance.
believe that Christ has but one true Gospel Church and that it will
finally persevere through grace to eternal glory.
believe in the Communion of the Lord's Supper, that is, taking of the
bread and wine, by the Church of Jesus Christ in commemoration of the
death and suffering of the Son of God until His Second Coming.
10th: We believe that feet washing is an ordinance of
Jesus Christ and ought to be observed and kept up by His Church until
His Second Coming.
11th: We believe that Jesus Christ is the first
resurrection from the dead and that He lives forever.
12th: We believe in the resurrection of the just and
13th: We believe in the final punishment of the wicked
and in the eternal happiness of the righteous.
We, the Regular Baptist Churches of Jesus
Christ, composed of duly authorized delegates and members from the
Brushy Fork, Sardis and Big Branch Churches, convened with the Brushy
Fork Church on August 5, 1893 and organized by electing W.W. Fields,
Moderator; and P.D. Bevins, Clerk.
Upon motion, the Moderator appointed Brothers
G.W. Maynard and W.L. Smith as Committee to report the order of
business for this day. The report of said Committee was read, approved
and the Committee discharged.
Upon motion and second, the Association
declared the following to be the reasons for founding a new Association
and they, in like manner, adopted the annexed Constitution and Articles
We, the Regular Baptist Church of Jesus
Christ, convened with the Brushy Fork Church and composed as a working
body for the transaction of business of duly authorized delegates from
the Big Branch, Sardis and Brushy Fork Churches, deeming it necessary on
account of a material difference of opinion existing between ourselves
and other Brethren of the Mates Creek Churches to organize an
Association separate and apart from our differing and yet highly
esteemed Brethren in which we may live in harmony and perfect unison
with each other.
NOW, BE IT KNOWN, in the presence of these
witnesses and before Almighty God, the Supreme Judge of the World and
all our actions:
First: That we do not object to the outline of Doctrine
as we understand it to have been written in the different Constitutions
of the Churches composing the Mates Creek Association.
Second: That while we believe no one independent of God's
Almighty Power can be instrumental in the salvation of his soul, we do
believe that man is responsible for his deeds, which thing we understand
our Mates Creek Brethren to deny.
Third: That we object to the Doctrine held by our Mates
Creek Brethren that man as a created being is compelled by God Eternal
in all things to do just as he does, whether it be good or evil.
Fourth: We believe that man in the Creation was given
limited power and that good and evil were set before him with the
possibility of his choosing either. Therefore, we believe that when Adam
partook of evil he did so not by compulsion but by choice, which thing
we also understand our Mates Creek Brethren to deny.
Therefore, these things being essential in
regard to the prosperity of the Church, and as members holding these
different views cannot possibly live in true Brotherly love within the
same Association, we thought it better both for our Absolute
Predestination Brethren and ourselves that we organize a separate
Association. Not that we object to the original Doctrine of the Mates
Creek Association but that we believe that our Predestination Brethren
have departed from these same Doctrines.
But to them and all others be it understood,
with God as our Judge, that it is with malice toward none that we
withdraw from the Mates Creek Association and adopt the following
Constitution for our Church government, together with the foregoing
Articles of Faith for each of the Churches composing our Body:
long series of experience we, the Churches of Jesus Christ, being
regularly baptized upon our profession of Faith in Jesus Christ, are
convinced of the necessity of the combination of Churches in order to
perpetuate a Union and Communion among us and to preserve, maintain and
keep the Rules and Orders of an Association according to the following
plan or form of Government:
Article 1: The Association shall be composed of members
chosen by the different Churches and duly sent to represent them in the
Association who shall be members whom they shall think best qualified
for that purpose and, producing Letters from their respective Churches
certifying this appointment, shall be entitled to a seat.
Article 2: The Letters from the different Churches shall
express their number in full fellowship, their baptized, received by
Letter, restored, dismissed, excommunicated and dead since the last
Article 3: The members thus chosen and convened shall
have no power to Lord it over God's heritage; nor shall they have any
Clerical Power over the Churches; nor shall they infringe on the
internal rights of any Church in the Union.
Article 4: The Association, when convened, shall be
governed by a regular and proper Decorum.
Article 5: The Association shall have a Moderator and a
Clerk who shall be chosen by the suffrage of the members present.
Article 6: New Churches shall be admitted into
our Union who shall petition by Letter and Delegates and, if found upon
examination to be orthodox and orderly, shall be received by the
Association and manifested by the Moderator giving the right hand of
Article 7: Every Church in the Union shall be entitled to
a representation in the Association.
Article 8: Every Query presented by any Church to the
Association, being first debated in their own Church, shall be taken up
by the Association.
Article 9: Every motion made and seconded shall be taken
up by the Association except it be withdrawn by the member who made it.
Article 10: The Association shall endeavor to furnish the
Churches with Minutes of the Association.
Article 11: The Churches shall send money by the
Delegates of each Church for printing the Minutes of the Association.
Article 12: There shall be a record book kept wherein the
proceedings of each Association shall be regularly recorded by a
Secretary approved for that purpose.
Article 13: The Minutes of the Association
shall be read and corrected, if need be, and signed by the Moderator and
Clerk before the Association arises.
Article 14: Amendments to this Plan and Form may be made
at anytime by a majority of the Union when they deem it necessary.
Article 15: All matters coming before the Association
shall be decided by the will of the majority; and receiving new Churches
and correspondence with other Associations shall be done by a majority.
Article 16: The Association shall have power: (1) to
provide for the general Union of the Churches; (2) to preserve
inviolable a chain of communication among the Churches; (3) to give the
Churches all necessary advice in matters of difficulty; (4) to inquire
into the cause why the Churches fail to represent themselves in the
Association; (5) to appoint any member or members, by and with their
consent, to transact any business which they may think necessary; (6)
the Association shall have power to withdraw from any Church in this
Union which shall violate the Rules of this Association or deviate from
the orthodox principles of religion; (7) to admit any orderly Minister
of our order to a seat with us in the Association; (8) the Association
shall have power to adjourn themselves to any future time or place most
convenient to the Churches in our Union; and, (9) no Minister shall be
ordained unless forwarded by a Church, and it shall require two or more
Ordained Ministers to compose a Presbytery for that purpose.
RULES OF DECORUM
Memo: The original, handwritten Minutes do not list a
Rules of Decorum but the reconstructed Minutes as approved by the
Association in the year of 1930 shows the following:
Article 1: The Association to be opened and closed by
Article 2: A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the
suffrage of the members present.
Article 3: Only one member shall speak at a time and he
shall rise from his seat and address the Moderator when he is about to
make a speech.
Article 4: The person thus speaking shall not be
interrupted in his speech, except by the Moderator; until he is done
speaking and shall strictly adhere to the subject and in no wise reflect
on the person who spoke before or make remarks on mishaps, failures or
imperfections but shall fairly state the case and matter as nearly as he
can so as to convey his light and idea.
Article 5: No person shall rise and speak more than three
times on one subject without consent of the Association.
Article 6: No person shall abruptly break off or
absent himself from the Association without liberty obtained from it.
Article 7: No member of this Association shall have the
liberty of laughing during the sittings nor whispering in time of public
Article 8: No member of this Association shall address
another by any other term or appellation but the title of Brother.
Article 9: The Moderator shall not interrupt a member or
prohibit him from speaking until he gives his light upon the subject,
except when he breaks the Rules of Decorum.
Article 10: The names of the several members of the
Association shall be enrolled by the Clerk and called over as often as
the Moderator requires.
Article 11: The Moderator shall be entitled to the same
privileges as another member; provided the Chair be filled, but shall
have no vote unless the Association be equally divided.
Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break
any of the Rules shall be reproved by the Association as they think
Article 13: But three members shall take a seat in this
Association from each Church.
Article 14: These Rules of Decorum shall be read by the
Clerk at the commencement of every Association.
Article 15: No person shall speak more than five minutes
at the same time without liberty obtained from the Association.
2nd HISTORY OF OLD REGULAR BAPTIST
TRACING BACK THE OLD REGULAR BAPTIST CHURCH
The Apostle John was with Christ on the Mount where the church was
Polycarp was baptized by John on the 25th of December, 95 A.D.
Polycarp organized the Partus
Church at the foot of the Iiber, 150 A.U. and Tortullon was a member of
Tortullon from the Puttee Church organized the Turan Church at Turan,
Italy, 237 A.D.
Telesman, a member of the Partus
Church organized the Pontifossi Church at the foot of the Alps in
France, 398 A.D.
Adromicus came from the Pontifossi
Church and organized the Sarethea Church in Asia Minor, 671 A.D.
Archer Flavin from the Daretnea Church organizes the Timeo Church, 738
Balcola, from the Timto Church in
Asia Minor, organized the Lima Piedmont Church. 812 A.D.
Aaron Arlington was ordained in 940 A.D. by the Lima Piedmont Church.
Aaron Arlington organized the Hillcliff Church, 987 A.D.
The Hillcliff Church, located in Wales, shows in its
records that members of the
came to America and later became members of the
Dr. John Clark, from the Church of Wales, came to America
with four others and
first Baptist Church in this country at
Newport, Rhode Island, 1638
The Church of Rhode Island helped organize the first
Baptist Association, the
Philadelphia Association in 1707.
The Philadelphia Association organized the Katockton Association in
Virginia in 1766.
The Katockton Association organized the Hosten Association in North
Carolina in 1783.
The Hosten Association organized the South Elkhorn Association in
Kentucky in 1784.
The South Elkhorn Association organized the South
Kentucky Association in 1787, which
became the South District and North
District of United Baptist in 1801.
The North District organized the Burning Springs Association in 1813.
The Burning Springs Association organized the New Salem
Association in 1825 and the
Paint Union in 1837. These too were called
The New Salem Association, mother church of The Old
Regular Baptists, organized the Mate's
Creek Association in
1849 and the Union Association in 1859. The
Union Association played a
crucial role in the final
evolution of the Old Regular
The Old Regular Churches today trace their development
from the New Salem and Union
Associations. The Doctrine that was established in
relatively intact today with very
few changes in the "old