Personal Statement of Faith
This is a brief summary of what I hold to be true as a Reformed Christian. First and foremost, the Bible is the only authority of God’s revelation. All doctrinal statements, creeds, and confessions must be rooted in Scripture. The Reformed doctrines are an attempt to stay within the bounds defined by the the early church and the Reformation. Though these are written by fallible men, they provide guardrails to prevent one from wandering into heresy.
I adhere to the early church statements of faith that were put together by godly men of that age: Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, Creed of Chalcedon, and Athanasian Creed. I affirm an Orthodox Christian faith as described in all or in part of the doctrines that came out of the Reformation and the consensus of the historic Reformed confessions namely, The Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity (Canons of Dort, Belgic Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism).
The Bible is the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God; it is divine revelation that carries the full weight of God’s authority and to which we are obliged to submit. I affirm that God providentially protects His Word through the ages and in translations. I prefer modern word for word translations: NIV, NASB, RSV, ESV, etc. and shy away from paraphrased translations: NLT, TLB, MSG, etc. (2 Tim. 3:16, Heb. 4:12). It’s best to understand the original languages when determining faithful translations.
Within the Godhead there is a unity of three distinct yet fully divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory (Matt. 28:19, John 14:26). Though a difficult doctrine to master, it is a distinguishing point from many world religions such as Judaism, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. God is fully omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is divinely Sovereign and is under no obligation or influence to anyone outside of His being. All things exist by Him, through Him, and most certainly for Him (Isaiah 44:6, Rom. 1:20).
Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, having two natures inseparably united in one divine person without confusion, mixture, separation, or division. Each nature retains its own attributes. In the incarnation, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, He lived a perfect life among us, was crucified, died, and buried, rose on the third day, ascended to heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again in glory and judgment (Acts 4:12, John 1:14).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. He eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He dwells in the hearts of believers, being the Agent of regeneration and the Helper in the working out of a believer’s sanctification (Rom. 8:26, 1 Cor. 6:19).
God created mankind, both male and female, in His own image, but because Adam sinned and woefully failed in his responsibility, he and his posterity entered into a state of moral corruption and became estranged from their Creator, thus deserving death as the punishment for sin (Job 4:17, Gen. 1:27).
Because all have sinned, atonement must be made in order for man to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for His people through His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. He imputes His righteousness to all believers securing us full redemption for all who repent of their sin and trust in Him alone for salvation (Rom. 8:29-30, Titus 3:5).
I believe in the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the final authority of Scripture and lordship of Jesus Christ, and are committed to the implementation of God’s commandments through programs for the well-being of man and the environment. I support those organizations which condemn the murder of defenseless human beings at the earliest stages of their development and that reject unbiblical definitions of gender, sexuality, and marriage (Rom. 12:2, John 15:19)