Belief Statement

Trinity: God is a triunity of three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in one infinite, eternal, and uncreated essence, having infallible foreknowledge of all future events. The Trinity is understood here as it was expressed in the historic orthodox Nicene, Chalcedonian, and Athanasian Creeds. (Comment: The reference to the creeds is limited to those statements that clarify the doctrine of the Trinity.* )

Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, possessing two distinct natures which are co-joined in one person; that He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless and miraculous life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious substitutionary death on the Cross, was physically resurrected in the same body that was buried in the tomb by the power of the Holy Spirit; that Christ physically ascended back to the right hand of God the Father in heaven, and ever lives to make intercession for us.**

Bible: The sixty-six books of the Bible alone are the infallible and inerrant Word of God in the autographic text. This doctrine is understood as the one expressed by the Framers of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy in its “Chicago Statement” and as interpreted by the official ICBI Commentary on it.*

Salvation: Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone based on the finished work of Christ alone, apart from any good works on the part of human beings.

ISWA does not hold an official position on non-essential doctrines. We do not consider them to be a test for orthodoxy or salvation, and our members have many different views on them. Our only requirement for being a member of ISWA is agreement with the above essential tenets of our doctrinal statement. When dealing with secondary issues we seek to approach those topics in a balanced way and in the spirit of charity and liberty, allowing the members to form their own perspective. ISWA asks that when speaking on non-essentials to an audience, our apologists clarify that their position on the topic is theirs alone, and does not represent an accepted belief of ISWA in any way.***

“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.” ~ Meldenius

 

*Used with permission by ISCA. (http://www.isca-apologetics.org/)

**Used with permission by VES. (http://veritasseminary.com/edu/)

***For more on this issue, please check out Conviction Without Compromise, By Drs. Geisler and Rhodes.