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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

 

The following is a brief statement of faith to which the ministry of Department of Christian Defense embraces as biblical truth

   

 

THE WORD OF GOD:

 

We believe that Scripture alone (sola Scriptura) is the sole infallible rule of faith for the church fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. Scripture is sufficient above all things, hence the ultimate authority and starting point for spiritual life and all theology. All truth necessary for salvation is taught implicitly or explicitly in Scripture alone (John 8:31-32; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 3:16). 

 

THE TRINITY:

 

We believe that there is one true, living, and immutable God eternally existing in three distinct Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of the three Persons are coequal, coeternal, and coexistent sharing the nature or essence of the one true God. Being distinct in Person, but by virtue of their distinguishing offices, function together in harmony in the works of creation, providence, and redemption (Jer. 10:10-11; Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-3; Rom. 1:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; 4:5-6; Col. 1:15-20; Titus 3:5-7; Jude 1:20-12; Rev. 5:13-14).      

 

 GOD THE FATHER:

 

We believe God the Father is eternal, infinite, perfect in judgment and holiness. He is the ultimate Cause of all things. He is personal and exists as purely spirit—without body parts. He is personal and concerned of every detail and affair of man; answering the prayers of His people. The Father justifies, that is, He “declares” righteous all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ saving them from their sins and thus adopting them as sons of God (Exod. 15:11; 2 Chron. 6:18; 20:21; Nahum 1:2; Rev. 15:4; Hos. 11:9; John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17; John 3:16-18; 6:27; Rom. 5:1; 8:33; 1 Pet. 1:3; John 1:13; Rom. 8:15-17; Rev. 1:6; 5:9-10).

 

 JESUS CHRIST:

 

We believe in Jesus Christ is the unique, only begotten, Son of God second Person of the holy Trinity. He is eternal God yet distinct from God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is the unchangeable Creator and was worshiped as God. He is fully man and fully God being conceived by agency of the the Holy Spirit through the virgin birth. He lived a sinless life. We believe in His substitutionary life and substitutionary atonement on the cross. He physically resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven and now sits at the Right Hand (in terms of authority) of God the Father. He continuously intercedes and advocates for His people for whom He died and will return bodily to earth (John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 8:58; 10:30; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; 1 Cor. 2:8; Phil. 2:6-11; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:3, 8; 2 Pet. 1:1; 1 John 5:20; Rev. 22:13; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:4; John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:10-12 Dan 7-9-14; Matt. 14:33; Rev. 5:13-14; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; Heb. 7:25; ; 1 Pet. 2:21-23; Mark 10:45; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:28; John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 1:11).

  

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

 

We believe in the distinct Person of the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal, and coexistent with God the Father and God the Son. He convicts the world of sin righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, that is, makes alive, all those whom God foreknew and predestined to the Spirit’s effectual calling. He indwells all believers and sanctifies and empowers them for works of service perpetually interceding on their behalf as their advocate (Matt. 28:19; John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-8, 13-14; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:9, 29-30; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 5:22-26; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 3:7; 10:15-18).  

  

SALVATION:

 

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby suffered physical, spiritual, and eternal death being alienated from God.  As a result of the original sin, all human beings are born with a sinful nature being unregenerate, radically depraved and thus incapable of saving themselves; they are spiritually dead with no ability to please or submit to God, therefore, they are under divine condemnation.

 

All those who put their trust/faith in Christ as Lord and resurrected Savior repenting of their sins, God justifies and grants them eternal life. These God has sovereignly elected and predestined to an inward effectual call, which resulted in their coming to Christ. Faith is the result, not the cause, of regeneration or the new birth. 

 

They are "declared" righteousness, not because of any righteousness of their own. Rather, the very ground of justification is the vicarious substitutionary atoning work of Christ in His perfect life (His active-perceptive obedience) and sacrificial death on the cross (His passive-penal obedience), which has been imputed to the believer's account through faith alone, not infused as the false Roman Catholic Church believes or imparted, but imputed or credited. This imputed righteousness that believers possess is a totally foreign or alien righteousness (extra nos), not of or in the sinner, but is in heaven with God.    

Those that are justified
have become new creatures, being adopted into God’s family, and delivered from the condemnation of His wrath, thus, receiving eternal life. They will persevere to the end in communion with Christ, with assurance of their salvation. We believe that Jesus’ substitutionary atoning work sacrifice on the cross fully satisfied/paid the debt of sin. The atoning cross-work of God the Son was not a vague non-specific universal work for which no one is actually saved (only made savable), but rather it was a definite atonement and according His perfect sovereignty and pleasure of His own will.

 
Salvation is solely by God’s grace alone
 through faith alone and by Christ alone—apart from any meritorious works. Man can never merit or add to his justification. Justification is the work of God alone. All those who are justified will be sanctified, set-apart, unto good works,—which the evidence of actual justification; thus, works are the fruit, not the cause, of salvation (Gen. 1:26;
2:17; 3:19; Jer, 17:9; Eccl. 2:11; Jer. 17:9; John 3:14-16, 19; 6:44; 8:12, 47; 10:26-28; Rom. 9:21-22; Rev. 19:3, 20; 20:10; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:7-8; John 6:47; Acts 2:38; Rom. 4:4-8; 5:1, 8:33; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 2:2; 5:12; John 6:37-39; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:23; Eph. 1:4-5; 2 Thess. 2:13; John 1:13; 3:36; Rom. 5:8-10; 8:15-16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Mark 10:45; John 1:29; 5:24; 10:28; Rom. 8:29-39; Acts 5:31; 13:48; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5-7; Eph. 2:8-10; James 2:14-26).         

 

 

THE CHURCH:

 

We believe in the universal church, a real living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head and all who are regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, which consists of true professing believers in Christ who baptized on a profession of faith, and accompanying worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has commissioned the members of the local church the primary task of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost for the glory of God. The members of these churches are called saints because they have been called by God and because they make known and give evidence of their obedience of their calling by their profession of doctrine and they behavior (Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; 2:42; Heb. 10:23-25; Gen. 17:10; 1 Pet. 1:13-16).

 

  

THE ORDINANCES:

 

We believe that the ordinances (or sacraments) are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace to be to be administered to the church until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are only two ordinances expressed in the NT, which are mandated by the Lord Jesus to the church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). These are to be dispensed by the minister of the Word who is ordained or qualified to perform such duties.

We believe that Christian baptism is with water into the name of the Triune God is sign and seal of the covenant of grace signifying union and fellowship with God and His engrafting believers into Christ the Lord. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death, containing His spiritual presence. These ordinances are to be administrated to all professing Christians, thus, not to be administrated to the unregenerate lest they fall under God’s judgment (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-26)

 

MARRIAGE:

We believe that God instituted marriage between man and woman. Same sex marriage (or same sex relationships) is an abomination before the Lord (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10--see The Biblical Position on Homosexuality)

 

 

 

Athanasius 


If any new heresy has risen since the Arian, let them tell us the positions, which it has devised, and who are its inventors? . . .  for divine Scripture is sufficient above all things; but if a Council be needed on the point, there are the proceedings of the Fathers, for the Nicene Bishops did not neglect this matter, but stated the doctrine so exactly, that persons reading their words honestly, cannot but be reminded by them of the religion towards Christ announced in divine Scripture (
Athanasius De Synodis 6).