Four Fragile Freedoms
 
The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1 that “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” At Pleasant Hill Baptist we live out our faith by understanding four historically Baptist freedoms:
 
 
Bible Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, must be central in the life of the individual and church and that Christians, with the best and most scholarly tools of inquiry, are both free and obligated to study and obey the Scripture.
 
Soul Freedom is the historic affirmation of the inalienable right and responsibility of every person to deal with God without the imposition of creed, the interference of clergy, or the intervention of civil government.
 
Church Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that local churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry, male or female, and to participate in the larger body of Christ, of whose unity and mission Baptists are proudly a part.
 
Religious Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation of freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and freedom FROM religion insisting that Caesar is not Christ and Christ is not Caesar.
 
 
Additionally, a good point of reference for what we believe is outlined in the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. 
 

As individuals we may not agree on everything or have the same perspectives, but we hold to the admonition of St. Augustine:

“In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”