Details on modifications to ACCC statement of faith.
The Staff's ROD
a Review of Doctrines held at Mission Bible Church
Last week, we cited the 11 fundamental beliefs of our church, which we adopted from the American Council of Christian Churches, on whose executive board Pas. Joe serves. Perhaps you noticed there were four slight modifications to the following statements:
1. The verbal, plenary divine inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life;
5. His substitutionary, propitiatory death, in that He gave His life "a ransom for many";
9. The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting torment of the wicked in hell;
In statement 1., we added verbal as well as and preservation. Let's review what the key technical terms mean.
- Verbal = God spoke and it was written down. Every word is put exactly as God wanted it.
- Plenary = All of scripture is the Bible. All we need is there. Not one of God's intended Words are missing.
- Inspiration = The Bible is God-breathed (God-spoken), and divinely authoritative.
- Preserved = The Bible in its original tongue (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) has been transmitted intact down to the jot and tittle.
If we omit verbal, then the unit of communication is no longer the divinely transmitted Word, but could be a dream or a voice from God, which no longer occurs today. Though implied by later phrases, the ancient church often testified to the verbal plenary inspiration of scriptures. Its absence could raise a flag.
The matter of preservation is a hot topic today, and is actively debated between faithful fundamental seminary professors and (sadly) their numerous liberal colleagues in the Reformed camp. While nearly all claim to hold to inerrancy, what most Pastors and professors mean is that only the parchment on which Paul wrote is inerrant, not what we have today. Why? Look here next week for more on this hot topic!
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Overview of our 11 fundamental beliefs.
The Staff's ROD
a Review Of Doctrines held at Mission Bible Church
Pas. Joe and Bro. Vince met recently to discuss posting a doctrinal statement of faith on our website. This week, we begin to both present those statements to you, and provide further explanation.
The church's statement of faith is broken into three sections:
a list of our 11 fundamental beliefs (meaning, foundational and never negotiable); a list of 13 emphatic beliefs(meaning, doctrines we particularly emphasize); and a short list of helpful confessions noting the exceptions we take. Due to space limitation, we only present the first 11 fundamental beliefs. Next week, we will explore the nuances.
"Among other equally biblical truths, we believe and maintain the following:
- The verbal, plenary divine inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life;
- The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- The essential, absolute, eternal deity, and the real and proper, but sinless, humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- His birth of the Virgin Mary;
- His substitutionary, propitiatory death, in that He gave His life "a ransom for many";
- His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified, and the second coming of this same Jesus in power and great glory;
- The total depravity of man through the Fall;
- Salvation, the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, not by works, but by grace through faith;
- The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting torment of the wicked in hell;
- The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood;
- The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the Church in doctrine and life."
Adopted and slightly modified, from the American Council of Christian Churches.
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