What we are
Let’s start by offering a couple key points of faith that are generally shared among Christians.
- We believe in both the full Divinity and the full humanity of Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is the one God of heaven and Earth.
- We believe that the Sacred Scriptures are works of Divine inspiration and full of His Divine presence.
- We believe that a life of faith is essential to a happy healthy life both in this world and to enter heaven in the after life.
What we’re not
Having said that I would like to be upfront and say we are not a traditional Christian community. We find the process and part of the result of the Council of Nicea (AD 325) disturbing [Wikipedia article on Council of Nicea]. Much of the creed that comes out of council of Nicea is great, but there are a few fundamentally flawed premises that unintentionally end up sidelining Jesus and His significant role as God of heaven and earth (see Matthew 28:18). Sidelining Jesus was probably not intentional, because the council of Nicea was convened to rescue the Divinity of Jesus. However, questioning even part of the council of Nicea puts our faith outside the umbrella of most doctrinal fact checkers. If you just want to check a box, go ahead and dismiss us. But I hope you are curious rather than dismissive.
Statement of faith
Here is an official statement of faith for the curious:
The Lord from eternity, who is Jehovah, came into the world to gain control over the hells and to glorify His own human nature. If he had not done this, not one mortal could have been saved; those who believe in Him are saved. . . .
It is universal to the faith to believe that God is one in essence and in person, to believe that in God there is a divine Trinity, and to believe that the Lord God the Savior Jesus Christ is God. It is universal to the faith to believe that if the Lord had not come into the world not one mortal could have been saved. It is universal to the faith to believe that the Lord came into the world to separate hell from the human race, and that He accomplished this by repeatedly doing battle with hell and conquering it. In this way He gained control over it, forced it back into the divine design, and made it obey Him. It is universal to the faith to believe that he came into the world to glorify the human nature He took on in the world, that is, to unite it to its Divine source. This is how He keeps hell eternally in its place and in obedience to Himself. Since this could not have been accomplished except by allowing His human nature to be tested, including even the ultimate test, the suffering on the cross, therefore he underwent that experience.
For our part, it is universal to the faith that we believe in the Lord [God Jesus Christ], for our believing in Him gives us a partnership with Him, and through this partnership comes salvation. To believe in Him is to have confidence that He saves; and because only those who live good lives can have such confidence, this too is meant by believing in Him. In fact, the Lord says in John: “This is the will of the Father, that everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 6:39-40). And in another passage, “Those who believe in the Son have eternal life. But those who do not believe the Son will not see life; instead the anger of God remains on them” (John 3:36). (True Christianity, §2)
Origin of our beliefs
So why do we question Nicea? Where do we come from? Our beliefs are founded on a careful re-reading of the Bible that challenges and questions many of the traditional readings of that Great Book and some of the conventional Christian doctrine from that reading.
Our church’s beliefs find their origin and articulation in the 18th century scientist, philosopher, and theologian named Emanuel Swedenborg [wikapedia, denominational explanation]. He is the author of the official statement above.
Come and see
Whether you are disturbed or intrigued by these beliefs, please feel free to send us an email or stop by and join us for worship.