Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What do Christians Today Believe?

When reading statements in the Heavenly Doctrines about what people in the Christian Church believe, I often wonder whether things have changed at all. With that question in mind it's interesting to read “An Evangelical Manifesto” ( Here's what it is:
An Evangelical Manifesto is an open declaration of who Evangelicals are and what they stand for. It has been drafted and published by a representative group of Evangelical leaders who do not claim to speak for all Evangelicals, but who invite all other Evangelicals to stand with them and help clarify what Evangelical means in light of “confusions within and the consternation without” the movement.
On the site there are PDFs of an executive summary of the manifesto (6 pages) and the manifesto itself (20 pages). The executive summary lists these as the beliefs that they place their emphasis on:
1. Jesus, fully divine and fully human, as the only full and complete revelation of God and therefore the only Savior.
2. The death of Jesus on the cross, in which he took the penalty for our sins and reconciled us to God.
3. Salvation as God’s gift grasped through faith. We contribute nothing to our salvation.
4. New life in the Holy Spirit, who brings us spiritual rebirth and power to live as Jesus did, reaching out to the poor, sick, and oppressed.
5. The Bible as God’s Word written, fully trustworthy as our final guide to faith and practice.
6. The future personal return of Jesus to establish the reign of God.
7. The importance of sharing these beliefs so that others may experience God’s salvation and may walk in Jesus’ way.
What do you think—have things changed or are they about the same as always?

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