What We Believe

As a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church we adopt the following affirmations and denials:

Scripture

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God without error in all that it teaches.
We believe Christ is the Son of God. We believe God the Father gave His Son to save us from our sins. We believe that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us through the Holy Scripture which is the Word of God written. While we do not have the original autographs as evidence, we believe on faith that God’s Word in its entirety was accurately recorded by the original writers through divine inspiration and reliably transmitted to us. We affirm that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone.

Historicity of Adam

We affirm that Adam and Eve were special, unique direct creations of God, created in His image, with Adam being formed from the dust of the ground and Eve being made from his side; as such, they were real human beings and the first man and woman;

We affirm that the account of the creation of Adam and Eve as found in Genesis 1 and 2 is history;

We deny any teaching that claims that the account of creation of Adam and Eve, as found in Genesis 1 and 2, is mythology;

We deny any theory that teaches that Adam and Eve descended from other biological life forms and that such a theory can be reasonably reconciled with either the Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church or Holy Scripture.

Marriage

We affirm the Biblical standard for marriage, one man and one woman.

Women in the Life of the Church

Everywhere there are winds of change in modern culture and society.  In the secular world, time-honored role patterns for men and women have undergone considerable change as women have begun to fill roles which were traditionally reserved for men.  The church has not been isolated from these changes and, because of this, the church is faced with both a danger and an opportunity.  On the one hand, the church faces the ever-present temptation to conform to the dictates of modern culture.  This must be resisted if God’s Word is to continue to speak with full authority to us.  On the other hand, the church has the opportunity to reexamine issues that were long thought, perhaps wrongly, to have been settled.  Through such reexamination, teachings of Scripture that have been hidden or distorted may be recovered and speak to us with a new power.  This report will examine the role of women in the life of the church and the question of women serving in ordained church office.

Download the Women in the Church position paper (PDF).

 Abortion

We believe that the Scriptures clearly and plainly testifies to the infinite worth of human life by virtue of man having been created in the image and likeness of God, and that decisions about life and death are God’s prerogatives and not man’s, and that even in the case of rare exceptions such as judgments by medical personnel about highly technical medical problems, human judgment should always stand in submission to the divine judgment and wisdom of God.

We also believe the Scriptures point up a unique relationship between God the Creator and the unborn child. And, therefore, regarding the divine mysteries of the conception and development of human life, we dare make no other inference than the conclusion that it is not for men basically to be the determiners of life and death, even for the unborn child. Therefore, in all instances, one should seek to preserve the life of the unborn child.

Homosexuality

For all conditions of men and women, the renewing grace and changing power of Jesus Christ are freely offered. To those enslaved in the bonds of any sinful practice or thought pattern, Jesus Christ can bring freedom and release.

Today, many seem to be caught in the web of homosexual practices and thought-patterns. In Christian love we declare that God’s Word clearly forbids homosexual practice as a sin against God. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ we affirm our obligation to show Christian love and concern for homosexuals, and call them to repentance, cleansing, and deliverance in the saving power of Jesus Christ.

We also uphold as truth the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Catechisms Larger and Shorter.  Download copies of these documents using the link below.

http://arpchurch.org/documents/standards/