The "Institute" Statement of Faith

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  1. StefanM

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    We believe:


    1. The 66 Books of the Bible in their wording in the originals only are inspired and infallible or inerrant. Yet many versions or translations are thought to faithfully reproduce ,in the main, the ideas of the originals. These are quite ample for the knowledge of salvation and for Christian growth. The final authority over belief and practice , however, is not a translation, but is what is best evidenced to be the true text in the Biblical languages when correctly interpreted by a grammatical-historical method.

    2. There is only one GOD, who eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Persons are perfectly equal in nature, attributes, power, and glory. God is creator of man and the universe.

    3. The first man, Adam, transgressed, and in Adam's fall all are made sinners. Thus every man and woman is born with a sinful nature and is unable without grace to choose God.

    4. God the Father loves man so greatly that He gave His only Son to save man by the Son's vicarious, redeeming, and substitutionary death. The salvific merits of this death are applied to those who have reached an age of accountability when they believe and accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who die before reaching that age of accountability are thought to be among the saved.

    5. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who , by His virginal conception, became true man remains also true God. Christ has both a complete human nature which neither was affected by a sin nature nor committed an actual sin , and also has a complete divine nature which is equal to and one in essence with God the Father and the God Holy Spirit. Christ nevertheless exists as one Person without either a diminution of His deity or of His humanity. Nor is there a sharing or a blending of essence or powers or attributes between these two natures. Christ died a redeeming, substitutionary death for our sin , was bodily resurrected , ascended , now intercedes for us as our High Priest, and will personally and physically return to earth.

    6. God the the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and applies to individuals the salvation merited by the redeeming, substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

    7) Salvation is received through faith, not earned by works, by those subjects of God's grace-- which grace leads to repentance . This salvation, freely given in love by God , includes a new birth or a regeneration , a forgiveness of sins, a new nature, and a giftedness for service. These graces are accomplished by the Holy Spirit who indwells all Christians. By these works of the Spirit we are enabled to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God , and we are to be progressively sanctified as we yield to Him. Salvation also includes , at physical death, being in a literal place eternally in the presence of God Himself instead of in a literal place of eternal punishment and separation from God. That place of eternal separation from God is reserved for the devil, his angels, and the lost. Salvation also includes a resurrected and glorified body at the time of Christ's second coming .

    8. The Church is the body of Christ and members of local churches should be baptised in water by immersion , not to save, but because this is commanded by Christ and exemplified by the apostolic churches. Christians also should regularly participate in the Lord's Supper as a memory of His death and next coming. The local church has offices as elders (pastors, bishops) and deacons. The church exists to worship and glorify God, edify the saints, and reach the lost.

    9. Christians are to consistently grow in grace through prayer, worship, service, witnessing, learning Scripture, fellowship, and an increased surrender to God. We believe the Scriptures require a moral life of Christans. While we do not approve of the legalism of some, we do feel the need to condemn some practices in our society as abortion and marriage between those of the same gender.

    10. We recognize that indivuals connected with our Academy may hold beliefs which are more comprehensive and more particularized than are these.

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    This is the most recent version of the statement of faith, crafted by UZTHD and posted on the main thread about the academy.

    Is it safe to assume that all those involved with the academy are in agreement with the SOF as it stands?
     
  2. Plain Old Bill

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    As far as I know it is.
     
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    added to point 7 on justification page 10.
     
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    We believe:


    1. The 66 Books of the Bible in their wording in the originals only are inspired and infallible or inerrant. Yet many versions or translations are thought to faithfully reproduce ,in the main, the ideas of the originals. These are quite ample for the knowledge of salvation and for Christian growth. The final authority over belief and practice , however, is not a translation, but is what is best evidenced to be the true text in the Biblical languages when correctly interpreted by a grammatical-historical method.

    2. There is only one GOD, who eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Persons are perfectly equal in nature, attributes, power, and glory. God is creator of man and the universe.

    3. The first man, Adam, transgressed, and in Adam's fall all are made sinners. Thus every man and woman is born with a sinful nature and is unable without grace to choose God.

    4. God the Father loves man so greatly that He gave His only Son to save man by the Son's vicarious, redeeming, and substitutionary death. The salvific merits of this death are applied to those who have reached an age of accountability when they believe and accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who die before reaching that age of accountability are thought to be among the saved.

    5. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who , by His virginal conception, became true man remains also true God. Christ has both a complete human nature which neither was affected by a sin nature nor committed an actual sin , and also has a complete divine nature which is equal to and one in essence with God the Father and the God Holy Spirit. Christ nevertheless exists as one Person without either a diminution of His deity or of His humanity. Nor is there a sharing or a blending of essence or powers or attributes between these two natures. Christ died a redeeming, substitutionary death for our sin , was bodily resurrected , ascended , now intercedes for us as our High Priest, and will personally and physically return to earth.

    6. God the the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and applies to individuals the salvation merited by the redeeming, substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

    7) Salvation is received through faith, not earned by works, by those subjects of God's grace-- which grace leads to repentance . This salvation, freely given in love by God , includes a new birth or a regeneration, a justification wherein we are declared justified by the righteousness of Christ being imputed to us, a forgiveness of sins, a new nature, and a giftedness for service. These graces are accomplished by the Holy Spirit who indwells all Christians. By these works of the Spirit we are enabled to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God , and we are to be progressively sanctified as we yield to Him. Salvation also includes , at physical death, being in a literal place eternally in the presence of God Himself instead of in a literal place of eternal punishment and separation from God. That place of eternal separation from God is reserved for the devil, his angels, and the lost. Salvation also includes a resurrected and glorified body at the time of Christ's second coming .

    8. The Church is the body of Christ and members of local churches should be baptised in water by immersion , not to save, but because this is commanded by Christ and exemplified by the apostolic churches. Christians also should regularly participate in the Lord's Supper as a memory of His death and next coming. The local church has offices as elders (pastors, bishops) and deacons. The church exists to worship and glorify God, edify the saints, and reach the lost.

    9. Christians are to consistently grow in grace through prayer, worship, service, witnessing, learning Scripture, fellowship, and an increased surrender to God. We believe the Scriptures require a moral life of Christans. While we do not approve of the legalism of some, we do feel the need to condemn some practices in our society as abortion and marriage between those of the same gender.

    10. We recognize that indivuals connected with our Academy may hold beliefs which are more comprehensive and more particularized than are these.

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    Revised according to UZThD's addition. (Sorry I missed that!)
     
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    To all who have interest:

    This is the address of the State of Tennessee regulations for applying to start a new school program. I suggest all go there and look at it. It is very complicated, meticulous, and it will be time consuming. It will take a great deal of commitment from us all to get this thing up and running.

    It seems to me that we may have been looking at the shotgun from the wrong end. We may need to look seriously at what kind of program we want and where we want to locate it. Not so much the program contnet as what we want to call it.

    I am told that where the server is housed (what state), that is where the "degree," "diploma," or "certificate" (same state) will be the issuing state) will be the "location of record."

    http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1540/1540-01-02.pdf

    We really need to craft out "Statement of Purpose" or "Mission Statement" based upon what the particular state, where the program is housed, wants and/or needs for "authorization."

    The State of TN uses the word authorization I think she said. What we don't want, again based on what I was told by the office in Nashville, is to house the program in Oregon or Washington. They are two of the hardest to get the "License" or "Charter" or "Authorization" as it is called in other places.

    It is my strongly held belief that we really need to fast and pray for a day. We need to beg God to send us a pro bono lawyer to help us get from point A to B out of the malaise where we are.

    We may need to go back to the drawing board, set aside the SOF, and work on these other issues. Anyway, the SOF is just about done. I think?

    I have spent a great deal of time researching this morning. I believe this is the direction we need to go now rather than discussing minute points of theology. IMHO!!!

    Whatdayathink?

    sdg!

    rd
     
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    We believe:


    1. The 66 Books of the Bible in their wording in the originals only are inspired and infallible or inerrant. Yet many versions or translations are thought to faithfully reproduce, in the main, the ideas of the originals. These are quite ample for the knowledge of salvation and for Christian growth. The final authority over belief and practice, however, is not a translation, but is what is best evidenced to be the true text in the Biblical languages when correctly interpreted by a grammatical-historical method.

    2. There is only one GOD, who eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Persons are perfectly equal in nature, attributes, power, and glory. God is creator of man and the universe.

    3. The first man, Adam, transgressed, and in Adam's fall all are made sinners. Thus every man and woman is born with a sinful nature and is unable without grace to choose God.

    4. God the Father loves man so greatly that He gave His only Son to save man by the Son's vicarious, redeeming, and substitutionary death. The salvific merits of this death are applied to those who have reached an age of accountability when they believe and accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who die before reaching that age of accountability are thought to be among the saved.

    5. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by His virginal conception, became true man remains also true God. Christ has both a complete human nature which neither was affected by a sin nature nor committed an actual sin, and also has a complete divine nature which is equal to and one in essence with God the Father and the God Holy Spirit. Christ nevertheless exists as one Person without either a diminution of His deity or of His humanity. Nor is there a sharing or a blending of essence or powers or attributes between these two natures. Christ died a redeeming, substitutionary death for our sin, was bodily resurrected, ascended, now intercedes for us as our High Priest, and will personally and physically return to earth.

    6. God the the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and applies to individuals the salvation merited by the redeeming, substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

    7) Salvation is received through faith, not earned by works, by those subjects of God's grace-- which grace leads to repentance . This salvation, freely given in love by God, includes a new birth or a regeneration, a justification wherein we are declared justified by the righteousness of Christ being imputed to us, a forgiveness of sins, a new nature, and a giftedness for service. These graces are accomplished by the Holy Spirit who indwells all Christians. By these works of the Spirit we are enabled to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God, and we are to be progressively sanctified as we yield to Him. Salvation also includes , at physical death, being in a literal place eternally in the presence of God Himself instead of in a literal place of eternal punishment and separation from God. That place of eternal separation from God is reserved for the devil, his angels, and the lost. Salvation also includes a resurrected and glorified body at the time of Christ's second coming .

    8. The Church is the body of Christ and members of local churches should be baptised in water by immersion, not to save, but because this is commanded by Christ and exemplified by the apostolic churches. Christians also should regularly participate in the Lord's Supper as a memory of His death and next coming. The local church has offices as elders (pastors, bishops) and deacons. The church exists to worship and glorify God, edify the saints, and reach the lost.

    9. Christians are to consistently grow in grace through prayer, worship, service, witnessing, learning Scripture, fellowship, and an increased surrender to God. We believe the Scriptures require a moral life of Christans. While we do not approve of the legalism of some, we do feel the need to condemn some practices in our society as abortion and marriage between those of the same gender.

    10. We recognize that indivuals connected with our Academy may hold beliefs which are more comprehensive and more particularized than are these.

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    Revised to remove the additional spaces before commas.
     
  7. Plain Old Bill

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    Thankyou. Would you send this to James Bell so he can put it on our site.
    Thanks ,
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    Sent.
     
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    I have, upon request, condensed the material pertaining to the statement of faith on this thread and the main thread about the institute. I have saved this information as a Microsoft Word file (348 kb), that is available to anyone upon request. If you desire this file, PM me with your e-mail address, and I will e-mail the file to you.
     
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    Change 10 to read:

    We recognize that individuals connected with our Academy may hold beliefs which are more comprehensive and more particularized than are these.

    Individuals was not spelled correctly due to a typographical error.
     
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    I'm so sorry. #5 should be "God the Holy Spirit" not "the God HS." sorry!
     
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    I suggest deleting the "or" out of the first sentence, so that it would read "inspired, infallable, and inerrant."

    Or you could say "without historical or theological error."
     
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