Our Statement of Faith

PATH-23 Statement of Faith

Because of the spiritual unity of believers; by our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; individual doctrinal differences should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators.  At the same time, we desire a statement of faith that is specific enough to exclude those who belong to groups generally regarded as cults.  Without apology, PATH-23 espouses a creationist approach.  Paragraphs 3 and 4 are included, therefore, not as a test of whether the subscriber is a Christian, but for consistency of approach in all coursework endorsed by PATH-23.

1. We believe there is but one eternal triune God, the Creator of the universe, who has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons: the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:1-3, 14; John 14:6-18; Revelation 1:8)

2. We believe the Bible is the only divinely inspired revelation of the Creator to man; infallible and completely authoritative in all matters. (II Timothy 3:16; Revelation 22:18-19)  [Note 1]

3. We believe all things in the universe were created and made by God as described in Genesis 1:1-2:3 and that the Biblical record of history in Genesis 1-11 is fully historical and factual.  (Exodus 20:8-11; Job 38:1-11)

4. We believe all things, which now exist, continue to be sustained by their Creator who has instructed mankind to exercise dominion over all other created organisms, and over the earth itself (an implicit mandate for true science, technology, commerce, fine art, and education.)  (Genesis 1:27-31; 2:4-23; Job 38 - 41)

5. We believe that Jesus Christ is God come in human flesh, born of a virgin, being both fully God and fully man, except without sin.  (Matthew 1; Luke 1:26-35; Luke 3:21-38; John 1:1-3, 14)

6. We believe in the historic fact of Jesus' death and bodily resurrection.  (Matthew 27-28; Mark 15-16; Luke 23-24; John 19-20; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28)

7. We believe that fallen man is by nature sinful and is inherently in need of salvation.  Salvation is the free gift of God given to the sinner by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 3:22-24; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9).

8. We believe in the necessity and sufficiency of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ as the only atonement for our sins. (Isaiah 53, Acts 4:10-12; Romans 3:25-26; Hebrews 9: 11-15; Hebrews 10:10, 12; Galatians 2:20)

9. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict sinners of their need of salvation, and to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.  (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8; Acts 9:31; Ephesians 1:13)

10. We expectantly await the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ--he himself and not another--coming with power and great glory as King to judge both the living and the dead.  (Luke 21:27-28; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-5; Revelation 22:12

11. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

Note 1: We acknowledge that each translation of the Bible may introduce minor errors because we do not have the original text, nor do we have a fully accurate understanding of the ancient languages, nor do the ancient languages fully map word for word into our modern language.  We reject, however, all translations which attempt to diminish the truths stated in this Statement of Faith as well as any translation that imposes a cultural standard, such as the gender-neutral translations.

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