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Statement of Principles...
By God’s grace, the Church of the Redeemer continues in its original calling –
To foster the clarity of belief concerning theology and morals which flows from acceptance of biblical revelation and the unchanging character of God;
To provide worship which reflects the sense of sacredness and awe in the presence of God, and the continuity of the faith throughout time and eternity;
And essential thereto, upholds these principles of faith and practice:
1. The Holy Bible is the Word of God written, and contains all doctrines required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”
2. Subject to Holy Scripture, the Faith is authoritatively defined in the Nicene, Apostles’, and Athanasian Creeds, the first four General Councils of the Church and the teaching of the Fathers of the same period; and in the doctrine, discipline and worship of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, together with the Ordinal, the Catechism, and the Articles of Religion (1801) published therein.
3. The authoritative ministry is the historic threefold order of bishops, priests and deacons consisting exclusively of men, in accordance with Christ’s Will and institution, the intent of the Prayer Book Ordinal, and the universal practice of the Church until late 20th century deviations.
4. Subject to the authority of the Holy Scripture, the sole standard of worship is the King James version of the Bible and the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, and in other lands the faithful 1662-1962 editions of the Book of Common Prayer.
5. In accordance with Biblical principle and long-established custom of the church, the vestry of the Church of the Redeemer consists of male adult communicant members of the parish, whose first responsibility, under the rector if there be one, is to further the spiritual welfare of the parish. +++
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