Affirmations & Denials
The Imago Dei
We believe all people are made in the image and likeness of God. In all of creation, there is only one entity – the human race – that is created in the image of God. As image bearers of the divine, each human being is endowed with inestimable worth and value.
Therefore, we reject and renounce any ideology that promotes a culture or gender as superior to another.
We believe that cultural reconciliation is inherent to the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is only through the gospel that reconciliation between cultures is possible. There is no power other than the power of the cross of Christ that is able to destroy historic cultural divisions and bring unity and peace.
Therefore, we reject and renounce any “supposed gospel” that divides people across cultures, genders or Christian denominations.
Oneness in Christ
We believe that our identity as brothers and sisters united together in Christ across cultures, genders, and denominations, as expressed in the Word of God, supersedes any public, private, or personal ideology, race, gender, religion, political affiliation, culture, or creed.
Therefore, we reject and renounce any philosophy that exalts any human affiliation above our shared oneness and identity in Christ.
We believe the Church of Jesus Christ must take responsibility to lead in the effort to see unity exalted and racism destroyed in this generation so that the other spheres of culture and subsequent generations may stand in the blessing of reconciliation.
Therefore, we reject and renounce passive acceptance of social norms that lend toward disunity and division.
We believe it is God’s will as expressed throughout the scriptures that unity across cultures, genders, and denominations is to be a hallmark of the Christian faith. This unity when embraced and expressed by the Church of Jesus Christ will be a testimony to the world of the authentic, transformational power of the gospel.
Therefore, we reject and renounce complicity with disunity knowing that the witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake.
Affirmations & Denials adopted from http://theatlantacovenant.com/