ChristianSource Free Software and Linux Users Group
  Statement of Faith

The Sakamuyan Declaration
The ChristianSource FSLUG Statement of Faith and Belief, from the Sakamuyo Christian Fellowship

Note: This statement differs from the official Sakamuyan Declaration concerning Article VII, of which we only require respect for those who hold this position, not agreement with it.

We, as members of the ChristianSource Free Software and Linux Users Group (CS-FSLUG), affirm the essentials of the faith expressed in the Apostle's and Nicene creeds. We also affirm the following points as the essentials of the Christian faith and as the minimum requirements to become a part of the earthly expression of the one true and holy church of Jesus Christ.

I. We affirm the one true God of the Bible, all powerful, all knowing and eternal; we affirm that God exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these three are one.

II. We affirm the Earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm His existence as God made flesh, both fully God and fully Man. We believe in his physical death and his physical resurrection after three days in the tomb.

III. We affirm the presence of the Holy Spirit in all believers as the divine comforter sent by God to provide support and guidance since the time of Pentecost.

IV. We affirm all humanity was made in the image of God, but through willful disobedience fell into a corrupt state of sin. In this fallen state we are totally depraved and unable to in anyway bring about our own salvation.

V. We affirm God, in His mercy and despite our depravity, chose to bestow completely unmerited grace upon anyone who would personally accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through repentance and faith. This is made possible through the vicarious atonement provided by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was sinless and innocent of the punishment bestowed on him for our sake. We believe that works after salvation show only the fruit of the Spirit and in no way are necessary to obtain or retain saving grace. A personal relationship with Jesus is the key to true membership in the Church.

VI. We affirm the Bible as the true, holy and divine revelation of God. We accept the universally accepted 27 books of the New Testament and the Jewish canon of 39 books as the inspired Word of God through which other revelations ought to be interpreted. While the full Truth of God is larger than the Bible, the Bible is wholly Truth. We affirm the validity of the scripture canon and believe the entirety of God's Word must be included in our theology. We believe between the front and back covers of the Bible in its original form, we find what God intended to have written.

VII. While ChristianSource affirms the following article of this declaration, we recognize that not all Christians agree on this assertion and therefore do not require acceptance of it but only respect for those who hold to this belief: We affirm Baptism and Communion as sacraments instituted by Christ for this age as outward signs of inward spiritual grace. Neither baptism nor communion are necessary for salvation nor the continued remission of sins.

VIII. We affirm all professing Christians ought make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

IX. We believe in the triumphant return of the Son at the end of the age, the judgment of all the people of the world, and the eternal sentence to bliss or condemnation.

X. We affirm all Christians, as members of the body of Christ, are called to follow the Great Commission given to us by our Lord before he ascended to Heaven. Christians, regardless of status as laity or clergy, should seek to make disciples and be instrumental in baptizing and teaching them the commandments of Christ to the very end of this age.

The Statement of Faith of the CS-FSLUG (RFC #003 v1.0, ratified 2005/09/13). Note: Our old statement is available here.

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