Statement of Faith
We align with a historical, protestant, and evangelical Christian faith in agreement with the Apostles' Creed, with the traditional Judeo-Christian concept of God confessed the Nicene Creed and Definition of Chalcedon, and with the five solas of the reformation: that our faith is based on the authority of scripture alone (sola scriptura), that the basis of salvation is grace alone (sola gratia), the means of salvation is faith alone (sola fide), the merit of salvation is Christ alone (solus Christus), and that our lives are to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria). We adopt the first ten articles of the International Church Council Project (ICCP) as our statement of faith. The following are partial quotations from the ICCP articles, providing a summary of these beliefs:
We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith. We affirm that the text of Scripture is to be interpreted by grammatico-historical exegesis, taking account of its literary forms and devices, and that Scripture is to interpret Scripture.
We affirm that there is only one living God who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, and absolutely distinct from His creation. We affirm that God’s moral character is infinitely, eternally, and immutably holy, righteous, and good, ensuring that His choices will always be holy, righteous, and good. We affirm that the ultimate source of authority is God. We affirm that God is the ultimate author of all truth.
We affirm that this one God exists eternally in three distinct Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), each of whom shares equally in all the divine attributes.
We affirm that man was created in God’s image and fell into a corrupted state because of his sin and becoming under the condemnation of God. We affirm that the sin of Adam brought moral guilt and corruption on the whole human race, so that all natural descendants of Adam are born both guilty before the judgment of God and with their wills enslaved to the sin in their own characters, so that all men freely but necessarily sin.
We affirm that as an affront to God’s righteousness, sin fully deserves the wrath of God, who imposes the just recompense and inescapable condemnation of death either upon sinners or upon an innocent Substitute who satisfies the justice of God in their place.
We affirm that only Christians will spend eternity with God in heaven and that all unbelievers will spend eternity in hell. We affirm that the suffering in the lake of fire is real, conscious and without end.
We affirm that Jesus Christ, the God-Man, by virtue of His perfect life, His substitutionary, atoning death, and His bodily resurrection, is the only Mediator between a Holy God and sinful man. We affirm that the reconciling work of Christ removes God’s enmity and alienation against sinners who believe in Christ by paying the prescribed penalty which rests upon their objective, legal guilt before God. We believe that God’s gift of salvation is supernaturally applied to those who believe by the gracious working of God the Holy Spirit.
We affirm that for the purposes of salvation, the Saviorhood of Christ and the Lordship of Christ cannot be separated. We affirm that, because the King demands obedience from His subjects and children, (a) repentance is necessary for citizenship in the Kingdom of God, and (b) genuine repentance is evidenced by deliberate and continuing choice to submit obediently to the lordship of Christ.
We affirm that there is no salvation for anyone apart from Christ’s atonement: neither for those who have heard, nor for those who have not heard the gospel. We further affirm that the benefits of Christ’s atonement can only be obtained during one’s present life on earth.
We believe that salvation is from the presence, power, and penalty of sin and to joyful obedience and service to God in His present and future kingdom.
We affirm that the New Testament teaches the inextricable relationship of justification and sanctification. The New Testament perspective on “salvation” is that justification will issue forth in a life of gradual growth in sanctification as the believer responds to the Lordship which was accepted and begun at the time of salvation.
We affirm that the Church has an absolute responsibility to obey the Great Commission, and the task of the Church is: (a) to herald Christ as King over all the earth and Judge of all mankind, who now commands all men everywhere to repent; (b) to proclaim the good news of salvation by grace through faith in the atoning blood of Christ; (c) to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all of God’s commands in the Bible that apply to us today.
We affirm that the primary purpose of the Church is to glorify God, and that her primary mission is to proclaim the gospel and disciple people of all cultures so that they in turn will be salt and light in the world, and work for cultural transformation that is in agreement with God’s purposes and principles, thus filling the earth with godly culture to the glory of God.
We affirm that the Kingdom task of making disciples of all nations requires us to hold forth the Bible as God’s standard and plumb line by which to measure the justice, morality, and practice of all human endeavors in all jurisdictions individual, voluntary association, family, church, and civil government. We affirm that the Kingdom of God transcends all national, political, and ethnic boundaries, uniting all believers in its King, Jesus Christ.
We affirm (a) that our primary citizenship is in heaven, though we are citizens of earthly nations as well; (b) that heaven is our true home and treasure; (c) that the Bible teaches us to be heavenly-minded and that only heavenly-minded men and women are useful for God on earth; (d) that we are seated in the heavenly places to rule in and with Christ; (e) that heaven is the pattern for earth; and (f) that we are to live in eager expectation of our being with the Lord in heaven and of Christ’s second coming in glory, when heaven shall come down to earth in fullness.
We believe that the purpose and meaning history is to bring praise and glory to God and abundant life to His children. We believe that the consummation of history is the final triumph of God over all death and evil and their consequences, and its ultimate goal is the manifestation of the glory of God.
To help integrate our faith with life, we align with the following statements of position regarding modern day theological, cultural and/ or ethical issues. We affirm the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministries, Inc. statement on Israel and these ICCP articles:
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