Statements and Positions of Reformation Charlotte

HUMAN LIFE:

We believe that all human beings are created in the Image of God (Imago Dei) (Genesis 1:27), and that God formed all people in the womb (Psalm 139:13). We believe that all human life, including that of the pre-born, is equally valuable and should be equally protected. There is no condition, disease, illness, deformity, financial situation, or personal need that would elevate the value of the life of the born above the life of the unborn (Psalm 139:13-16).

ABORTION:

We believe that abortion is sin—it is a direct attack upon the image of God—and the only solution to sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that if there is to be true and lasting social justice, it will be among those so regenerated in Christ. Murder is the unjust and unlawful taking of human life. We believe that God’s law is the highest law and transcends the unjust laws in place in the governments around the world (Acts 5:29). We believe that the act of abortion is murder and should be treated as such under civil law as well as by the Church.

THE GOSPEL:

We believe that it is the gospel alone that has the power to save and regenerate hearts. First and foremost, we boldly proclaim full gospel, that is law and grace, to those who seek abortions or support the crime. We do not practice cunning but openly proclaim to those seeking abortions that they are in sin (2 Corinthians 4:2) and need the forgiveness that can only be found at the cross of Jesus Christ (Acts 14:12, John 14:6, etc.). While saving the lives of unborn children is a great thing, our top priority is to give the gospel to those in order to save the lives of the spiritually dead.

THE LOCAL CHURCH:

We believe that the institution of the local church is the called out assembly that God has ordained to carry out The Great Commission. We have an abundant love for the Bride of Christ and will not engage in any mistreatment of the Church. While we believe that much of the Church is in need of repentance of her apathy toward abortion, we believe that every bible-believing church should be treated with the utmost respect. Each church member is accountable to their own local church elders and all Reformation Charlotte members should be an active member in good standing of their own local church.

PREACHING AND PROCLAMATION:

We believe that the primary method of evangelism is through the public proclamation of the full counsel of God. While other methods can be biblical and acceptable, both the Old Testament and the New Testament are replete with examples of those apostles, prophets, and evangelists that boldly and loudly preach to public audiences the truth of sin and our need for forgiveness found only at the cross of Christ. Reformation Charlotte practices the method of open-air preaching and calling sinners to repentance. (Luke 9:5-7, Matthew 3:1-2, Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Jonah 3:1-5, Isaiah 5:29, Amos 5:10, etc.)

PRAGMATISM:

We firmly believe that the gospel is the power to save in a lost and dying world (Romans 1:16). We believe that the use of pragmatism, that is, extra-biblical coaxing or watering down of the truth, is an unacceptable practice in evangelism. While we acknowledge that there are many ministries that employ other methodologies, such as the promotion of adoption, crisis pregnancy centers, etc., we believe the primary goal of evangelism is to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). While we acknowledge that these things can be used for the glory of God, the promotion of these things shall not be used as a replacement for the bold and open proclamation of the unadulterated truth (2 Corinthians 4).

ENGAGEMENT AND CONDUCT:

We believe that since we have received the grace of Jesus Christ, that we should in all circumstances extend that grace to those who we engage. We believe that at all times we should present ourselves in humility to those who are lost. We do not revile when reviled (1 Peter 2:23). We remember that we were once where they are, and only because of the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are we being sanctified and are no longer in bondage to sin (1 Corinthians 6:11). Therefore we do not engage in any corrupt talk or immature quarrelling (Ephesians 4:29) or physical altercation. We understand the gospel to be offensive (1 Peter 2:8) and must be prepared to turn the other cheek when mocked or scorned.