Statement of Faith


July 1, 1846 in Constantinople, Turkey

(Abbreviated Version)

  1. We believe in the existence of one only living and true God, the creator, preserver, and governor of the universe.
  2. We believe that the one God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are a revelation of His will to men, and the sufficient and only rule of faith and practice.
  4. We believe that mankind, in their natural state, are destitute of holiness, under the power of sin, and worthy of the wrath of God.
  5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only saviour of sinners, and that by His perfect obedience, sufferings, and death, He made full atonement as the only sacrifice for sin, so that all who believe in Him will surely be saved.
  6. We believe that due to the pervasive sinfulness of man, all must be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be saved.
  7. We believe that we are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone, through faith, and not by any deeds of our own; and that while good works are inseparable from a true and living faith, they can never be the meritorious ground of salvation before God.
  8. We believe that holiness of life, and love for God, for our fellowmen, and for ourselves, are essential evidences of the Christian character.
  9. We believe that, besides God, no other being is to be worshiped and adored, and that all three persons of the sacred Trinity are worthy of our worship, which, to be acceptable, must be offered through no other mediation than that of Jesus Christ.
  10. We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a day of judgment; and that the happiness of the righteous, and the punishment of the wicked, commence at death, and continue forever.
  11. We believe that any number of true Christians, duly organized, constitute a Church of Christ, of which Christ is the only Head; and that the sacraments of the Church are baptism and communion.
  12. We believe that Christ appointed the preaching of the gospel for the conversion of men and for the instruction of His people, and that it is the duty of His church to carry into effect the Saviour’s command, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to everyone.”

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