Statement of Faith

39 Articles of Religion

BCP 1928

Lambeth Quadrilateral

Affirmation of St. Louis

 

THE APOSTOLIC FAITH IN THE ANGLO-CATHOLIC TRADITION 

 

First and foremost: We firmly adhere to the old Church principle and rule of faith, laid down by St. Vincent of Lerins in these terms: „Id teneamus, quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est; hoc est etenim vere proprieque catholicum.“ (That let us hold fast, which has been believed everywhere, always and by all. For that is truly and properly „Catholic“.)

 

WE are Anglicans however Catholics. The word „Catholic" is often understood in opposition to the word „Protestant." However, in the early church, the word catholic stood in opposition to the word, „heretic." Those who held to the catholic or universal faith stood in opposition to those who rejected some essential aspect of that faith.

 

WE affirm that the Church of our fathers, sustained by the most Holy Trinity, lives yet, and that we, being moved by the Holy Spirit to walk only in that way, are determined to continue in the Catholic Faith, Apostolic Order, Orthodox Worship and Evangelical Witness of the Traditional Anglican Church.

 

WE repudiate all deviation or departure from the Faith, in whole or in part, and bear witness to these essential principles of Evangelical Truth and Apostolic Order.

 

THE Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the authentic record of God's revelation of himself, his saving activity, and moral demands; a revelation valid for all men and all time.

 

WE further affirm that no Church body may require as necessary for salvation anything that is not contained within Holy Scripture, nor may it require of its members allegiance to any doctrine, discipline, or practice that is contrary to the same.

 

 

PRINCIPLES OF DOCTRINE

 

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

True religion is revealed to man by God. We cannot decide what is truth, but rather (in obedience) ought to receive, accept, cherish, defend and teach what God has given us. The Church is created by God, and is beyond the ultimate control of man.

 

HOLY SCRIPTURE

The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (are) the authentic record of God's revelation of Himself, His saving activity, and moral demands - a revelation valid for all men and all time.

 

 INCOMPETENCE OF CHURCH BODIES TO ALTER TRUTH

We disclaim any right or competence to suppress, alter or amend any of the ancient Ecumenical Creeds and definitions of Faith, to set aside or depart from Holy Scripture, or to alter or deviate from the essential pre-requisites of any Sacrament.

 

 

PRINCIPLES OF MORALITY

 

MAN’S DUTY TO GOD

All people are bound by the dictates of the Natural Law and by the revealed Will of God, insofar as they can discern them.

 

FAMILY LIFE

The God-given sacramental bond in marriage between one man and one woman is God's loving provision for procreation and family life.

 

CHRISTIAN’S DUTY TO BE MORAL

We believe, therefore, it is the duty of the Church and her members to bear witness to Christian Morality, to follow it in their lives, and to reject the false standards of the world.

(Excerpts from the Affirmation of St Louis)

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