Our Church History
Trinity Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, Kentucky was founded in 1983 by Pastor Eugene Owens. Pastor Owens started the church the same year he graduated from Hyles-Anderson Bible College. Trinity Baptist Church has been a “King James Only” Baptist church since it began. Brother Owens and his congregation stands without apology for the final authority of God’s Word and affirms its Divine preservation. See John 12:48; Psalms 12:6 7 All that God has done He has accomplished through His Word and Pastor Owens has tried to adhere to God’s law in building this church. The church met in the old State Theater on West Dixie Ave. for awhile. We moved to a store front building off of Strawberry Alley for a few years. The church was able to purchase property at 410 South Mulberry in 1987. Our current building and property was purchased in 2004 and there is a parsonage located on the property. Trinity Baptist Church was not started as a “satellite church”, nor does it have a “mother church” supporting it. It is a completely autonomous church, its only lifeline is the Saviour.
Our Church Character
One of the things that make Trinity Baptist Church different from other Baptist Churches is our acceptance of pastoral authority. We acknowledge that God has commissioned and equipped His men to make any or all decisions concerning the program of the local church (Amos 3:7; I Tim. 4:11; I Tim. 5:17). We acknowledge the command God gives us in (Hebrews 13:7, 17) to remember and obey the pastor and submit ourselves to him. This eliminates the politics, and unscriptural voting that takes place in most all churches. Our church family rejects majority rule or congregational rule in the house of God.
Another distinctive of ours is stated in our motto, “having the everlasting Gospel to preach”. This is taken from Revelation 14:6. We believe that all mankind must come to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This means that all men in all ages or dispensations must be saved by faith alone. That saving faith comes through hearing the Word of God. We believe that God is not a respecter of persons and that no one has ever been saved by their own merit. We believe that no one will ever be saved by their own merit (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5). We acknowledge that God has dealt with mankind differently over the course of history and in God’s equity He reveals His Gospel to each soul, never showing preference or special treatment to anyone. The message has always been the same, though stated in different ways throughout the Holy Bible. We reject the thought of other “gospels” or plans of salvation involving good works. We reject the notion of Old Testament saints being saved through the sacrifice of bulls and goats. Furthermore, we believe that when a man accepts Christ as his Saviour that he is eternally saved or sanctified by the power of God, not by his own holiness. The thought of losing one’s salvation implies that one must do something to keep himself saved, thus you have works salvation or legalism. We reject the thought of someone losing their salvation. Jesus has always been and always will be the answer for the sin problem of mankind. This is what is referred to as the “everlasting gospel” (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 10:43; Galatians 3:6-11).
One more thing that sets us apart, we do not pass an offering plate at Trinity Baptist Church nor do we take up “special” offerings. We have trouble locating such practices in Scripture. We do find in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ stated that His house “shall be called a house of prayer”. This is what the Saviour wanted all the heathen nations to perceive His House or His Church to be. See Isaiah 56:7. We believe that many preachers, some of good intentions, have over emphasized the command to tithe and offer up monetary gifts to God. Make no mistake, we believe in Scriptural tithing and giving of offerings. Anyone that is a born-again believer and not tithing is robbing God and they are not in good standing with God, their church or the lost. We acknowledge the Scripture in which Jesus disallowed and physically enforced that no “man should carry any vessel through the temple” (Mark 11:15-18). Furthermore, we remember the passage in which Paul admonished the church at Corinth to “lay by them in store what God hath prospered” them upon the first day of the week, “that there be no gatherings” when he came (I Corinthians 16:2). It seems that this idea of taking “special offerings” is not something new. We are simply trying to do things God’s way. We believe that the Church house and those who are saved truly belong to God. Doing things God’s way has never been popular or understood by the lost or by the religious hierarchy for that matter. Our practice of gathering the tithes and offerings at Trinity Baptist Church consists of placing a wooden box or chest at the exits and allowing the Holy Spirit to tell the folks when and what to give. See: 2 Kings 12:9.
Our Church Vision
Trinity Baptist Church is motivated to continue on in learning to do well and seeking out the old paths. We want to re-dig those wells of everlasting water from the reservoir of God’s Word. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming again and it may be today. On the other hand, the Saviour may tarry His coming for a number of years, decades or centuries. We see many “churches” changing with the times, trends and traditions of man. We would like to change in the opposite direction. We acknowledge the truth of mankind’s continuing journey away from God. We see this prevalent in the church as well. We will not be satisfied with the “status quo” that indulges most good Baptists. Trinity Baptist Church does not seek the approval of other denominations, fellowships or institutions, nor do we compare ourselves or our following with that of other pastors or churches; (2 Corinthians 10:12) “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
We stand as one of the most peculiar churches to be found on God’s green earth today, but we know we have a long way to go before we are the church God is coming back for, a church without spot or blemish. This type of vision and stand is not an easy one, but we are sure that God’s Word will not fail and that He will render to all their just reward. Make history with us by turning back to the old path, for it truly is a good way (See Jeremiah 6:16).
We, as a pastoral staff, would like to see our followers or parishioners get the vision that Christ had. This is the vision to see their neighbors, relatives and society as eternal souls living in jeopardy of the wages of sin. There is no greater vision needed on such an urgent scale. We do not seek to convert people into becoming mere church members or moral entities. We teach that when a person truly receives Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they obtain God’s Spirit within themselves. That Spirit of God brings in with Him a vision of concern for the lost and condemned. We teach that God’s Spirit brings with Him power and a burning desire to witness about the saving grace of God. Furthermore, being filled with God’s Spirit brings a holy boldness to witness, not a show or fleshly exhibition of one’s spirituality. There is no greater or more immediate vision for the people of God today.
Jesus is coming again and more news will be coming soon.