The Doctrine of Scripture
The Doctrine of God
WE AFFIRM that abolitionism is rooted in the truth of Scripture. We believe that the Scriptures, of both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Bible is the complete, written revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the ultimate authority on all issues of life, faith, and practice of the Christian religion. We affirm that the Scriptures carry with them the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and thus stand as the supreme and final authority over every domain of knowledge to which they speak, and that they are sufficient for all that God requires the Christian and the church to believe and do. We also affirm that the gospel of Jesus Christ unifies the Scriptures, their purpose and interpretation, from beginning to end. Therefore, the Scriptures must remain central to the teaching ministry of the church, the formation and preservation of sound doctrine, and the proclamation and spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Scriptures must remain central to the mission of abolitionism, the formation and preservation of sound doctrine, and the proclamation and spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
WE DENY that abolitionism is rooted in vain human philosophies or ideals. As the heavens and all of creation declare the glory of God and display his handiwork, evidences and secular argumentation can be helpful at times, however, they do not convict the heart and all truth must ultimately be based on God’s Word. We deny any Marcion form of heresy which asserts that any part or all of the Old or New Testaments are not the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. We deny that Holy Scripture is the only possible authority in life, though we maintain that it is the ultimate authority.
Psalms 19:1-3; Proverbs 22:19-21; Romans 2:14-20, 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:25
The Imago Dei
WE AFFIRM one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinite, perfect, eternally existing in three co-equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We affirm that the One living and true God, being infinite, can not be comprehended by any other than himself, but only truly known as he has revealed himself to his creatures. He is a most pure spirit, immutable, omnipresent, eternal, omnipotent, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute, self-sufficient, independent, with nothing for him is contingent or uncertain. The Living God has sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, according to the counsel of his good pleasure. God subsists in three persons, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided: the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son. God is sovereign in his power and purpose and has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for himself and to make all things new for his own glory.
WE DENY any doctrine that rejects or diminishes God’s holiness, immutability, omniscience, triune nature, sovereignty, or justice. We deny any form of ontological subordination. We deny that there is any other God besides the one and true Living God. We deny that the three persons of the Holy Trinity are three distinct Gods. We deny that the Living God is but one person with three modes or functions. We deny that the sovereign plans of God or the knowledge of God are conditional upon the will of man.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 11:7-9; Jeremiah 10:10; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 1:1-16; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 5:7
The Deity and Incarnation of Christ
WE AFFIRM that God created male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures and the world. We affirm that all image-bearers of God, regardless of ability, means of conception, gender, ethnicity, or age are valuable, have dignity, and are due justice according to the impartial Law of God. We affirm that male and female are image-bearers at the very moment of fertilization. Violence or oppression of innocents is not only a sin against man, but also a sin against God.
WE DENY that any God-ordained distinctions among image-bearers diminishes or negates any value that individuals or groups have as image-bearers of God. We deny that the image of God is ever diminished or negated by biological, political, or socioeconomic realities or perceived realities. We deny that humans attain the image of God at birth or any other point other than at fertilization.
Genesis 1:26-30, 2:18-22, 9:6; Colossians 3:10-11
WE AFFIRM that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, truly God and truly man, one Person in two natures. We affirm that Jesus is equal to the Father in his divinity and less than the Father in his humanity. He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We affirm that Jesus was incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Christ, in his work of mediation, acted according to both natures and by each nature doing that which is proper to itself. He lived a sinless life, heralded the kingdom of God, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our Prophet, High Priest, and King.
WE DENY any doctrine that rejects or diminishes the deity, humanity, or sovereignty of Jesus Christ. We deny that Jesus was created. Though Jesus was tempted, we deny that he ever sinned.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 22-23; John 1:14, 8:58, 10:30; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:19, Philippians 2:6-11; Titus 2:12-13; Hebrews 7:26