We believe that the Holy Scriptures in their entirety are the inspired and infallible Word of God and that they alone are the only source and standard of faith and life for the Christian. We believe that the Bible is complete and requires no additions from any other source and that it clearly reveals God's plan of salvation for mankind.
We believe that mankind was originally created holy by God but later rebelled against God and is now, by nature, spiritually dead and blind. Only when we are brought to faith by the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God are we saved from being forever separated from God. Faith is God's work-not man's-and comes only by hearing the Word of God or when the Word is joined with water in Baptism. Man is justified (made right) before God by faith alone and not by good deeds.
We believe that we are saved by grace alone and that man cannot earn his way into God's favor. Grace is the undeserved love and favor of God who sent His Son Jesus into the world to take our place under God's law and to suffer and die to pay the penalty for our sins. Victory was sealed by His resurrection on the first Easter morning. Whoever trusts in Jesus Christ will not perish but have everlasting life.
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The following is Resolution 11 that was adopted at the recent Ohio District convention.
TO COMMEND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR ITS STANCE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AND DEFENSE OF THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN
WHEREAS, God created human beings male and female as reflections of His own image (Gen. 1:27); and
WHEREAS, God's Word teaches that human life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16); and
WHEREAS, Through baptism into Christ Jesus we are reborn to eternal life as members of His body, the Holy Christian Church (Romans 6:4); and
WHEREAS, As citizens of the United States of America, the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the free exercise of our religious liberties; and
WHEREAS, The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that religious institutions, with only a narrow religious exception, must provide access to certain contraceptive benefits (including contraceptives that can function as abortifacients), even if the covered medications or procedures are contradictory to their beliefs; and
WHEREAS, Both The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and The Roman Catholic Church have publicly expressed their opposition to the mandates of the HHS concerning these contraceptive benefits, including the latter's willingness to help defend this common religious right in civil court; and
RESOLVED, That the Ohio District in Convention publicly express its gratitude to the Roman Catholic Church for defending religious freedoms and the rights of the unborn; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Ohio District continue to pray for the preservation of both the religious freedoms we enjoy as American citizens and the sanctity of human life as a gift of God.
June 19, 2012