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-We are located just off Route 15 at mile marker 34.4.
-You turn right onto Carroll Drive from Route 15 going North or turn left onto Carroll driving from Route 15 going South near to the GIANT shopping center. Then turn left onto Chestnut Grove Road after a half a mile.
-In less than a quarter mile you will see Cedar Hill Baptist Church on your left.
Cedar Hill Baptist Church began as Covenant Baptist Church in August of 1980. The church originally began at the former Rocky Sprigs Bible Camp and quickly bought 20 acres on Chestnut Grove Road and built our current sanctuary. In the mid 1990’s the church name changed to Cedar Hill to better clarify our doctrinal position. In 2005 Wes Gunther was called to be the Pastor. Since February 2005 attendance has grown steadily and in 2010 the church was able to put on a building addition and pay for it within the year. In 2014, the church began to make plans for a new sanctuary with attendance averaging near 160. The sanctuary with seating of 285 was completed in the Fall of 2016.
Cedar Hill Baptist Church is non-denominational, Fundamental in doctrine, and Christ-Centered in preaching. We stand unashamedly upon the Word of God. In addition, we are Baptistic in our philosophy and traditional in our worship.
- We believe that the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God. We believe that the Bible is plenarily and verbally inspired. We will use the King James Version* in all of our worship and Bible Study.(*KJV position clarified at the bottom of this page)
- We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that mankind is a sinner in need of a Saviour who alone is Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that baptism is by immersion and is an outward sign of the inward change
- We believe that there is one infinite and changeless God who is in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the church has two ordinances: Baptism and Communion.
- We believe that there will be a rapture of the church before the tribulation period and before the millenium age.
Cedar Hill Baptist Church and Pastor Wes Gunther agree with the following statement concerning the text/version issue from Ambassador Baptist College:
Textual Position of ABC
What We Believe About the Bible
by Dr. Charles L. Surrett, Academic Dean
An often-debated issue in Fundamentalist circles these days is the matter of Bible translations and textual differences. This has forced all of us to become some kind of “textual critics,” in order to define and defend the positions we take. This article is intended to clarify the position of Ambassador Baptist College regarding the text of the Scriptures. There is not room here to offer proof of all of our conclusions, but we certainly want to make them clear. The following is a list of six assertions about the Bible that we have distributed to our faculty, staff, and students, in an attempt to avoid the “pendulum swings” of extremism without compromising our beliefs:
- …that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments were “God-breathed,” or given by the inspiration of God, resulting in a product that was inerrant and infallible in the original autographs.
- …that God has fulfilled His promise to preserve His Word for every generation of human history, through copies and translations of those original writings.
- …that inspiration applied only to the autographs, but that their words have been accurately retained through God’s preservation.
- …that God has preserved His Word in the Masoretic Hebrew Text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus Greek Text of the New Testament.
- …that the King James Version of the Bible is the best English translation available, not only because it is an excellent translation, but because it is a translation of the best Hebrew and Greek texts.
- …that consistency in position demands that we use only the above-mentioned Hebrew and Greek texts and the KJV translation in our classrooms and chapel services.
These six statements essentially explain the position of Ambassador Baptist College. For the sake of further clarity, some of them will be expanded here. Regarding the preservation of Scripture, some institutions that are considered Fundamentalist have disavowed that God has even promised to preserve His Word. Ambassador’s thinking is that this view is negated by Psalm 33:11; 100:5; 111:7-8; 117:2; 119:89-90, 144, 152, 160; Isaiah 40:8; 59:21; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Luke 21:33; John 10:35; Acts 7:38; and I Peter 1:25. Since it is our desire to see the Bible as the only authority for faith and practice, we do not see how all of these passages can be “explained away” by those who reject the fact that God has promised to preserve His Word.
Regarding the choice of the Textus Receptus for the Greek New Testament, Ambassador rejects the Westcott-Hort theory of textual transmission, although we appreciate those editors honestly acknowledging their own uncertainty by the frequent usage of terms like “conjecture,” “probabilities,” “presumptions,” “ambiguity,” “suppositions,” etc., in their explanatory notes. We have chosen to accept, rather, that which has been available to the largest number of believers for the greatest period of time in church history, which is the stream of texts represented by the Textus Receptus. More specifically, we use the text published by the Trinitarian Bible Society, which follows Beza’s 1598 edition and Scrivener’s edition of 1894.
Regarding the usage of the King James Version, we believe that it was very well-translated, but that the English language has undergone some changes in the past, as is partially reflected in the fact that the KJV in widespread use today is not, in fact, the 1611 version. Since English is a living language, the modern-day connotations of words such as “conversation,” “charity,” and (sadly) “gay,” is much different from their 1611 meanings. Therefore, it is wisest to consult the original languages, where the Divine intent is unchanged. This will not refute the KJV, but will keep us from changing the meanings of Old English words to conform to modern usages.