Warning: Preserved Word Baptist Church in Valaparasio, IN preaches false New IFB teaching

A new church is starting this month in Valaparasio, Indiana, pastored by Eric Ford. The doctrinal statement on their website gives small hints of their false teaching, but not much:

  • We believe that the King James Bible is the divinely inspired and preserved Word of God without error.
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith without works. 
  • We believe in the eternal security of the believers (once saved, always saved) and people can never lose their salvation after they are truly saved. 
  • We believe in a triune God which is made up of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. 
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross, and was bodily risen from the dead three days later. 
  • We believe in a literal hell where the unsaved will be punished and tormented for eternity.
  • We believe that the rapture (or the Second Coming) is after the tribulation, but before God pours out His wrath on the Earth. We reject the pre-tribulational rapture and the imminent return of Christ. 
  • We believe that God created the universe in six literal days. We reject the gap-theory, the day-age theory, and theistic evolution. 
  • We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and any sexual activities outside of marriage is a sin. We believe that sodomy (homosexuality) is an abomination and is punishable by death penalty.
  • We believe that every Christian should go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as stated in the Great Commission. We reject all 5 points of Calvinism. 
  • We believe that the earth is a sphere. We reject the Flat Earth Model. 

The church is listed in the New IFB directory as seen below.

The false teaching that can be expected at this church is everything that is part of the New IFB movement.

The new church plant is announced with this video:

Ford identifies himself with the New IFB movement in this video below, for example:

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and baby daughter am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Comparative Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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