Personal Sin

WE AFFIRM that Christ calls on all men to repent of sin. We affirm that repentance from sin is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true understanding of his sin, and an apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from sin to God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience in Christ. We affirm that the standard of the Almighty Living God is full and perfect repentance and obedience. We affirm that the Almighty God does not liken partial obedience or partial repentance as faithfulness, but rather as faithlessness. We affirm that the gospel message to repent and believe, which all who are in Christ are commanded to proclaim, carries with it the same standard and that believers should not lower the standards of God lest they replace God’s perfect standard with man’s own wicked creation. We affirm that a faithful call to repent is a call immediately to repent and obey Christ the King. We affirm that repentance is God’s gracious, inevitable, and continuous work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit and by Christ’s intercession before the Father.

WE DENY that a call to partially or incrementally repent is faithful. We deny that those who are in Christ are called to proclaim a standard of faith and obedience less than the standard given to us in the Word of God. We deny that repentance is solely the work of man. We deny that repentance can be found apart from Christ or the workings of the Spirit of God in man. We deny that any man can, based on his own merits, repent sufficiently to earn salvation from the just wrath of God. 

Joel 2:13; Mark 1:15; 16:15; Acts 2:37-38, 11:18, 17:30-31; 2 Corinthians 7:11

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John Reasnor
Covenantal/National Sin

WE AFFIRM that as Christ calls on all men to repent of sin, Christ also calls all families, institutions, and nations to repent and submit themselves to Christ and his commandments. We affirm that the standard of the Almighty Living God is full and perfect repentance and obedience. We affirm that the Almighty God does not liken partial obedience or partial repentance as faithfulness, but rather as faithlessness. We affirm that the gospel message to repent and believe, which all who are in Christ are commanded to proclaim, carries with it the same standard and that believers should apply those God-given standards to all of society lest we lower the standards of God and replace God’s perfect standard with man’s own wicked creation. We affirm that the rhetoric used in public support of civil decrees and the civil decrees themselves written and supported by legislators and civil magistrates should be judged according to the Word of God. We affirm that a covenantal willingness and participation in abject sin and injustice normatively brings about the judgment of God. We affirm that a faithful call to repent is a call immediately to repent and obey Christ the King. 

WE DENY that a call for families, institutions, or nations to partially or incrementally repent is faithful. We deny that those who are in Christ are called to proclaim a standard of faith and obedience less than the standard given to us in the Word of God. We deny that pragmatism, perceived utility, or political maneuvering is the standard of ethics given to the saints by the Word of God. We deny that rhetoric used in public support or active political support of civil decrees that fail to meet the standards of God is a faithful witness to the world or obedience to God.  We likewise deny that the civil decrees themselves written and supported by legislators and civil magistrates should not be judged according to the Word of God. We deny that political pragmatism and incremental legislation that seeks to regulate abortion as opposed to abolishing abortion will ultimately be effective for the establishment of justice.

Joshua 6:17-19; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Isaiah 3:8-9, 62:1-2; Jeremiah 31:9, 18-19, 33; 50:4-5; Ezekiel 36:25-29; Joel 2:13, 17; Amos 4:6-13; Hosea 2:14-16, 5:1-10, 6:1-2; Mark 1:15, 16:15; Acts 2:37-38, 11:18, 17:30-31; 2 Corinthians 7:11; 1 Peter 4:17

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John Reasnor