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Doctrinal Statements

I’ve read a lot of doctrinal statements. I’ve helped out with a lot of different organizations and visited a lot of churches.

Basically all doctrinal statements I’ve read 1
start out with something like “We believe the Bible to be the
INSPIRED WORD OF GOD and its teachings as binding upon mankind.”2

Not that I disagree with that so much. It just seems a strange place to start. The bible calls Jesus the Founder and Perfecter of our faith.3
The Creed begins “I believe in God…”

You would think that any organization that deviates from the creed in their doctrinal statement (whether to expound, or change) yet still claims christianity would remember their own name. For christianity starts with Christ.

I’m not trying to argue that it’s wrong to declare one’s adherence to scripture. I’m not even trying to argue against sola scriptura. I just find it weird that we declare the first thing in our faith to be Holy Scriptures instead of their author.

I guess that I had to declare publicly what I believe, my doctrinal statement would look like this:


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended to heaven

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.5


1. [Admittedly mostly protestant. My limited experience with non-protestant christians organizations has been different.

2. [Taken from Outreach International’s Doctrinal Statement.
http://oionline.org/?page_id=2, Emphasis theirs.]2

3. [Hebrews 12:2]3

4. [Speaking of the apostle’s creed found here or the Nicene Creed found here.]4

5. [© 1987, CRC Publications, Grand Rapids MI. www.crcna.org. Reprinted with permission.]5

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