Friday, June 27, 2008

E.F.C.A. Statement of Faith Revision Passes

For the first time in 58 years after the creation of the Evangelical Free Church of America, the denomination voted to revise its statement of faith. Unlike so many revisions across the history of U.S. churches, this revision has NOT moved in any direction toward theological liberalism. In fact, the E.F.C.A. further clarifies its strong belief in the inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. It takes a firm stand on the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ and His premillennial return.. It raises a banner on the importance of the biblical commands to feed the hungry and care for the disenfranchised! It expresses belief in the supernatural forces that wage war against believers and the world around us and our need to combat these forces through the Holy Spirit's power. It also challenges every believer and church to be active in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Though I was unable to attend the national convention, I commend the people who put forward this statement (now nearly five years ago) and those who voted in favor of it on June 26, 2008! I pray this statement guides our young denomination for another 50 years as well as the original statement of faith. I am honored to be ordained into such a Christ-honoring fellowship.

To read the document check out the E.F.C.A. website:


Shane Vander Hart said...

Interesting. While they left premillenial in - which was something I thought they weren't going to do. I did notice they no longer have "imminent" in the new statement. I guess that will make post-trib & mid-trib views of the rapture a little less controversial.

Todd said...

The conference was excellent and (with one exception) everyone handled themselves with dignity during the discussion about the Statement of Faith. It was a proud moment to be a part of the EFCA.

Jack said...

I'm told the EFCA recognized various views on the Rapture since the a970s. Then-president Dr. McDill bestowed a novel, and wrong, meaning onto the word "imminent" as an attempt to shoehorn mid- and post-trib views into the existing SoF, without having to actually do what we just did (that is, actually revise the SoF). So this is another positive to the new SoF -- we're not playing around with the word "imminent" anymore, and thus the risk of that being done again with other, more important theological words, is lessened.