What Do We Believe? ManWe believe that man was created by the special act of God, in His own image and as the crowning work of His Creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherited a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
The individual, because he is created in the image of God, is responsible for his moral and religious decisions. He is competent under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to make his own response to God's call in the gospel of Christ, to commune with God, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. With his competence is linked the responsibility to seek the truth and, having found it, to act upon it and to share it with others.
Each person is competent under God to make his own moral and religious decisions and is responsible to God in all matters of moral and religious duty.
He is free under God in all matters of conscience and has the right to embrace or reject religion and to witness to his religious beliefs, always with proper regards for the rights of other persons. Such religious liberty is cherished not as a privilege to be granted, denied, or merely tolerated - either by the state or by any religious body - but as a right under God.
The Bible also reveals that Christ died for all men. The fact that man was created in the image of God and that Christ died for him is the source of his worth and dignity. He has the God-given right to be recognized and accepted as an individual regardless of race, color, creed, or culture; to belong with dignity and respect to his community; and to have the full opportunity to achieve his potentiality. Therefore, every man is worthy of respect and Christian love.
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