Statement of Faith

Applied Biblical Christian Worldview, Faith & Education–

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I align myself essentially with the Reformed Faith as identified in the great Creeds such as the Westminster Confession of Faith in every major point, except perhaps forms of relational government, in which I adopt the view of the American Pilgrim.  The American tradition refines many aspects of the Reformed faith with respect to relational government, particularly with respect to reciprocal authority, self-restraint, brotherly love and Christian care, Christian liberty, and the application of all life’s resources and spheres of activity to the Great Commission.

I believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, uniquely capable as man’s rule of faith and practice.

The Creator is One God manifest in the Three Persons of the Godhead, transcendent, immanent, omnipotent, omniscient, eternally self-existent, and completely just and good.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father left His eternal throne to become man.  He retained His Deity without intermixing the two natures, yet in perfect union.  He died a vicarious death for the sins of those men called to receive the grace of Salvation and resurrection.  He now rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father until His enemies are made His footstool and He returns for the final Resurrection.  Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit, lived a sinless life, performed miracles and preached the truth of salvation as related in the New Testament.

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, whose role is the convicting of sin and the empowering of men by His might to believe, act and persevere in Christ.  The power of the Holy Spirit is the means by which the Law of the Gospel is fulfilled in our hearts to be freed from the bondage of sin and to govern ourselves among men.

Everything in the created universe reflects God’s infinity, God’s diversity, and God’s individuality.  God created distinct individualities and, at once, maintains the identity and purpose of, and relationships between each, while He relates all into one purposeful whole.  God created man in His own image.

Man rejected God’s original provision for man’s wholeness predicated upon a total and self-conscious dependence upon Him.  This rejection through self-conscious disobedience led to the exceeding sinfulness of man’s nature and his fallen state.  Thus, men all live according to their deluded pride that personal judgment and self-will are supreme.  Thus by nature, they live in slavery to sin and death.

God has provided for man’s salvation, making man fit (justified) for restored relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ.  I believe in the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and only by God’s grace, through faith, are we saved and made new creatures by the Spirit.

Those not saved will fill their cup of wickedness in this life and, upon the just judgment of God, finally receive the absolute separation from God they always sought—a living death of torment, being eternally separated from God, which is to say, from everything good. We cannot understand God’s judgments, but we accept them, as both just and merciful.

Upon the work of the cross (“It is finished”), Christ has established His Kingdom among men.  “All power and authority in heaven and on the earth are given to the Son.”  This Kingdom is manifest through the children of faith as the cumulative effect of the power of God to salvation of many increases understanding.  Thus, we come to an ever more true knowledge of the truth of the Word of God in spirit and practice.  Nonetheless, the struggle against sin will never be complete until He restores all things.  This is the doctrine of Providence in history.

Called and saved by grace, men continue in grace as God sanctifies, prepares for eternity and gives works to walk in.  Man’s role, upon the empowering of God is to act and to persevere in faith, a fruit of Salvation.

The Gospel planted in men’s hearts is the seed of every good work of God through men.  The purpose of this work is both for the further spreading of the Gospel and, for building Christian character.  The influence of Christian character is God’s means of conserving the human institutions, which facilitate the continuing ability to spread the Gospel–stewardship of our resources is an essential part of the plan of God.

One extremely important aspect of my faith is the understanding of the need for the balance and self-correction through a systematic approach to repentance–a willingness to abide in fellowship with Jesus and learn from Him, and a willingness to stick to the narrow path that leads to life.  As to balance, for example, we labor in faith, but God brings the increase.  We have liberty in Christ, but we restrain it so as not to sin presumptuously.  The Law is good, if used lawfully–the Law is for the lawless.  Thus we discipline ourselves and children (undertake practice under the right level of government) in anticipation of Christian liberty and mastery, but never discipline for control’s sake.  Every human endeavor ought self-consciously spring from the Two Commandments of Christ in both philosophy and practice, leading to wholeness, liberty and grace.

Covenants, which are essentially commitments based in love before God, represent the essential principle of relationship among men.  The highest expression of the faith is love–that is the voluntary and sacrificial union of the saints one to another.  This expression finds itself institutionalized, as the Lord’s ways become practice, practice habit, and habit institution.


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