Our Purpose Statement

Charity Bible Church worships God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit by proclaiming Jesus Christ as the only living Savior, by fellowshipping with believers and by providing a biblical foundation for ministry.

PROCLAIMING JESUS AS THE ONLY LIVING SAVIOR
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus is the only living Savior because He was sent from God down to earth to pay the penalty for our sins. Our sin is what separates us from a holy and perfect God. In order to restore man's relationship to God, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for you and me and to pay the penalty for our sin. Because the penalty has been paid, we can have a relationship directly with God. It takes an individual response to receive it though. To accept Jesus into your heart you have to acknowledge that:
You are a sinner:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
You must repent of your sin and believe on Jesus
"That if you confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
You must call on Jesus to save you
"For whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved." Romans 10:13

PROVIDING A BIBLICAL FOUNDATION FOR MINISTRY:
Pulpit Ministry:
Our Pastor is committed to a ministry of teaching and preaching which is based on the belief that the Bible came from God, not man. We also hold that God's word is completely reliable and is our primary source of truth in a world looking for truth. Our Pastor desires to be an instrument through which God can communicate His truth to people today.

Our Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement: What We Believe ...
ABOUT GOD
We believe there is but one living and true God (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite intelligent Spirit (Jn. 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, in one essence but eternally existing, and subsistent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Ps. 139:8; 2 Cor. 13:14), each equally deserving the same in worship and obedience. (Acts 17:24-29; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 19:10)
God the Father
We believe in God the Father – the first person of the Trinity is the Creator and ruler of the universe. He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ and He relates Himself to His own as their Father (Luke 3:38, John 1:12-18; Eph. 1:3-6; Heb. 4:13).
God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ – the second person of the Trinity possesses all the Divine excellencies, and thus He is co-equal with the Father, and He is co-substantial and co-eternal with him (Jn 10:27-30; Jn. 14:9). Jesus was virgin-born (Is 7:14; Mt. 1:25; Lk. 1:26-35), was God incarnate (John 1:13; 14-18; 1 John 1:3) lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, eternal, possessing all the divine excellencies, and that in these, He is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and is co-substantial with them (Acts 5:3-4). He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily (2 Cor. 3:17, Rom. 8:9; Eph. 5:18; 1 Jn. 2:20,27). He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved; speaking in tongues (unlearned languages) and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Heb. 2:1-4; 1 Thes. 5:11).

ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is the written revelation of God, and the 66 books of the Bible constitute the complete Word by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:7-14). It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16). It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living (Mt. 5:18; Mt. 24:34; Jn. 10:35). Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error (Is. 30:8). There may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, but there is but one true interpretation, and it is to be found as one diligently applies the grammatical-historical-contextual method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 7:17; Jn. 16:12-15; 1Cor. 2:7-15; 1 Jn. 2:20).
At Charity, we teach using the New King James Version of the Bible.

CONCERNING MAN
We believe man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. The purpose of man’s creation was to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish His purpose for man in the world (Gen. 1:26-30; Is. 43:7; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11). He was created free from sin with a rational nature, intelligence, free will, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God. Because of Adam’s sin of disobedience, he lost his innocence and incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death. He and all people of all ages are hopelessly lost, apart from the salvation, which is in the redemptive work of Jesus. All men, thus, are sinners by divine declaration, by nature, and by choice (Ps. 14:1-3; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-20; Jam. 2:10).

ABOUT SALVATION
We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works (Jn. 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty (Rom. 6:23). When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. God declares as righteous those who believe in Christ (Rom. 8:33). This righteousness is through faith alone and only through the merit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are, thus, secure in Christ forever (Jn. 5:24; 6:37-50; 19:27-30, Jn. 19:29). The grace and power of God, not the self-effort of the Christian, maintain salvation. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security (2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). We are also sealed by the Holy Spirit of God until we see Jesus. (Ephesians 4:30)

ABOUT ETERNITY
We believe people were created to live forever. We will either live eternally separated from God by our sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be separated from God is to be in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are literal, real places of eternal existence. (Jn. 3:16; Jn. 14; Rm. 6:23, 8:17-18; Rev. 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9).

ABOUT ANGELS
We believe that angels are created beings, and therefore are not to be worshipped, Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they were created to serve God and to worship Him (Lk. 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Rev. 8:11). The bible teaches the literal existence of Satan (a created angel and the author of sin), as an evil and powerful adversary, who acts as personal tempter and accuser, and his current and future defeat at the hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

ABOUT THE AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24)

God has ordained the church to practice two visible symbols as reminders of Christ’s death (ordinances); Taking part in the Lord’s Supper, and Believers Baptism.

  • Taking Part in the Lord’s Supper is a simple reminder of what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. (1 Cor. 11:23-26) It is to be partaken of by those who are saved. (Mark 14: 22-26) The Lord’s Supper offers the believer time of self-examination, confession, recommitment, and restoring fellowship with the Lord. The Lord’s Supper is not to be taken lightly or ritually, but to be remembered.
  • We believe that baptism by immersion (Mat 3:16, John 3:23, Acts 8:39) is an outward sign (public identification) of an inward relationship. Christ commands believers (those who have trusted Christ as their personal savior) to follow in believers baptism as a first act of obedience. (Matt. 28:19-20) Baptism does not contribute to one’s salvation, but identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:4, 5)

God has ordained the church to hold two scriptural offices in the church. These offices are those of the Pastor(s), and Deacon (s).

  • Pastor(s) are the shepherd(s), and overseer(s) of the local church. Under the Lord Jesus Christ the Pastor(s) role is to prepare God’ people for the work of the ministry, and to watch over the church, that the body of Christ might be built up. (Ephesians 4:11, 12; 1 Peter 5:1, 2; 1 Timothy 4:11-16)
  • Deacons (s) are chosen to serve allowing the Pastor(s) freedom for preaching, teaching, and praying. Deacon(s) will therefore aid and assist the Pastor as he cares for the church. (Acts 6:1-7; I Timothy 3:8-13)

ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD
We believe the Biblical record as stated in Genesis, including the literal six-day creation of the universe and everything in it, Adam and Eve as the parents of all human life, the literal Fall and its resultant curse on creation, and the worldwide Flood and its cataclysmic effect (Genesis 1,2). (Genesis 1, 2)

ABOUT FUTURE THINGS
We believe that physical death involves no loss of consciousness (Rev. 6:9-11; Mt. 10:28), that the soul of the saved passes immediately into the presence of Christ, that there is a separation of soul and body, and that such separation will continue until the resurrection (I Thes. 4:13-15, Rev. 20:4-6). The bible teaches the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan. 12:2; Rev. 20:11-15; Jn. 5:28-29; Rev. 20:6, 13-15). The bible teaches that the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into torment, where they are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Lk. 16:19-26; Rev. 20:1-15). We teach the visible, personal, and premillennial return of our Lord to translate His church from this earth (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1Thes. 4:15-5:11), and to reward them according to their works (Rm. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10), with sufficient time elapsing between this event and His glorious return with His church to allow for the judgment of believer’s works. This period includes the Tribulation (Dan. 9:24-27; Mt. 24:15-31; 25:31-46).

ABOUT MISSIONS
In accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the Articles of Faith derived from them, the focus of missions of Charity Bible Church will be to assist Pastors in establishing and/or strengthening Indigenous Bible believing churches throughout the world.
About Our Pastor

Pastor Curtis Fitts
Curtis was the only son born of George W. Fitts in 1964 on an Air Force Base in Madrid, Spain. He has three sisters and his parents were from small towns in southern Virginia, Victoria and Chase City. As a son, in a military family, he moved almost every three years. Curtis lived in Germany for 9 years, and the rest of the tours of duty were in the southeastern United States. His mother married several times and his Dad died on active duty in Texas when Curtis was just four years old.

The story of Curtis’ family is full of pain and tragedy, not much of what the world sees as good, But God had a plan….Early after his mother’s second marriage she saw fit to put her children on a bus. That bus brought them to church and that was the first time Curtis remembers hearing that God loved or that God even was, though the house/trailer the family lived in was a place of unspeakable horrors and little support.

Per Curtis, “As I grew, so did a heart of rebellion. I fought against all things good and evil. But God had a plan….at 14 years of age, I dropped out of school. I had only made it to the 6th grade. I started work as a floor installer helper. I have had that profession, by the Grace of God for 30 years. At the age of 25, as the Lord would have it, I was touched again by Him through the hand of Pastor Ronnie Laland in Deridder, Louisiana. This man taught me to read, so the first real book I ever read was God’s word. This is the time I truly understood of His Grace, Mercy and Salvation. This was the start of my life and from that time until now Christ has chastened and molded me into a man and then into a servant and tool in the hand of God.”

In 2001, Curtis and his wife started attending Open Door Baptist Church in Churchville, N.Y. They were taught the Word of God, truly loved by the pastors and the people, and Curtis completed a three year study at the Bible Institute. He also led Men’s Bible Study groups and Sunday school at Open Door while serving an extended time as a Deacon.

Pastor Curtis and his wife Debi live in the Village of Caledonia. They have 5 sons and 9 grandchildren. They believe they have been called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the town of Caledonia. They believe we are to love God first and then His people. Charity Bible Church was established for the purpose of loving the people of Caledonia and teaching them God’s Holy Word. The first Sunday service was held on February 6, 2011.