Core Beliefs

We accept the Apostle’s creed, which can be read here

and we believe in the 5 solas of the reformation:

Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard

Soli Deo Gloria! For the Glory of God Alone

Solo Christo! By Christ’s Work Alone are We Saved

Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone

Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone

We also have specific positions on these issues, grounded in the above essential beliefs, that make up the core of our mission in the world today and our contemporary culture.

The Mind and Scholarship

“To some, then, the learned life is a duty” -C.S. Lewis

The first calling of the disciple is as a learner, which is what a disciple is. With our minds, we engage in every human endeavour. The way we think, effects our every action. Scripture alone should be the basis of our thinking on all of life, and guides us to be disciples of Christ, with his mind as ours. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind, and this is our bodily act of worship. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Christian has the duty to learn the precepts of God, and to understand the world that we live in, to grow in wisdom and to transform every part of the mind to be a dynamic disciple in the world. Intellectual flabbiness is not a Christian virtue, and intellectually apathetic Christianity is dangerous.

“He who studies the Bible and only the Bible knows nothing about the Bible, nor anything else.” -Oswald Cambers

We must study the Bible and the world, and therefore be a Christian in flesh. To be in the world, but not of it.

The Family

The family is a sovereign entity, instituted by God, and the Christian must defends its structure as defined by scripture. We believe that parents should have the sole authority over the education and lives of their children. They have this right because of their God-given duty to share the faith with their children, and raise them in the fear and knowledge of God. This calling permeates all of life, and every intellectual endeavor. Every detail of education, then, represents a parent’s responsibility to raise their child in the knowledge of God, as a disciple of Christ. Marriage is between a man and a woman, as God created it to be. This is not a political statement as much as it is a fact of life. Its political implications are slightly more complex.

Abortion

The Christian is called to speak out against the oppressed, and work for justice. This calling is not an extra calling, or separate from the call to spread the gospel. The gospel is both active and physical, and requires a Christianity involved with the world. Abortion is the destruction of a human life, against God’s moral law, and life should be protected by state law. The church has a responsibility to care for mothers (morally, spiritually, and materially) in a situation where they may consider abortion, work towards the adoption of unwanted children, and seek political justice to protect unborn lives.

“Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.” -Mother Theresa

Social justice:

There is no such thing as social justice as far as a belief in economic and material equality is concerned. The Bible has very specific definitions of justice, that limit justice to being a maintenance of moral law, founded upon the 10 commandments for the protection of humans from each other. This sort of justice can not be maintained alongside a social justice, for a social justice requires economic redistribution which necessitates breaking moral law to steal from the rich to give to the poor. This is not to lose sight of the Christian’s responsibility to society, social issues, and the poor. God’s commandments on the matter are clear. This is simply a position held to protect against false justice, and misuse of the state. Working for the poor is not an issue of justice, but an issue of charity. Those two things must remain separate for either of them to be maintained. As soon as charity becomes justice or justice becomes charity, both are perverted and lost.

The State

The state is instituted by God as a ministry of justice, and has the responsibility of punishing wrong actions in order to protect humans from each other’s sinful whims. Christians have a responsibility in seeking and maintaining justice in the state’s actions, based upon God’s moral law.

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