Not all Baptist churches prescribe to an articles of faith. Because Baptists generally adhere to the autonomy of the local church, several Baptist churches, even denominations, do not possess an articles of faith.
Many Baptist churches have an articles of faith to communicate what they believe about God and the Bible. This is especially helpful for visitors who are looking to join a church and who want to be a member of a church that believes the same things that they do.
Still, many Baptist churches do not view this kind of communication as a priority. Other Baptists may view an articles of faith as discouraging a diversity of beliefs that may be welcome in the church. Some Baptists believe that standardized statements of belief, such as an articles of faith, go beyond what the Bible teaches and can be legalistic and harmful.