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DR Peter Hammond16 Apr 2021 at 11:19 PM #33663
CAPE TOWN DECLARATION
17 April 2021
STEADFAST IN THE STORM
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Professor Martin Luther’s historic “Here I Stand!” 18 April 1521, the Reformation 500 Conscience Captive to the Word of God Conference meeting in Cape Town and joined through livestream, by participants worldwide, affirmed the following:
The Bible is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of Almighty God. The Bible is the objective standard and rock-solid foundation for Church, community, country and continent. The Law of God is absolute, applying to all people, in all places, at all times. Truth is neither relative, nor subjective. God alone determines and defines good and evil, justice and injustice. All laws and ethics must be derived from the unchanging moral Law of God as revealed in the Bible and summarised in the Ten Commandments. Biblical ethics are absolute and objective. Therefore, we must oppose abortion as the murder of preborn babies and sexual perversions on the grounds that they are morally incompatible with the absolute, universal ethical teachings of the Word of Almighty God. The Scriptures are the sum total of the Revelations of God which were infallibly recorded in a God-breathed, written form, designed to be a permanent deposit of divine truth and the permanent Rule of faith and life for individuals, families, congregations, communities, countries and continents.
There is no further content to be added to the Biblical Revelation of Creation, Fall, Redemption and Consummation. We maintain the sufficiency of Scripture. Scripture contains all the Words of God intended for His people to have at every stage of redemptive history and it contains everything we need for Salvation, discipleship and for the fulfilment of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Men and women were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and are therefore equal in personhood, importance and dignity before God. There is one way of Salvation for all, both men and women (Galatians 3:28). God created men and women to have different and complementary roles. Men are to take leadership of the family, of congregations (1 Timothy 2:11-14; 3:2; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 14:33-38; Titus 1:6) and of the state. Leaders in the church must therefore be men who fulfil the Scriptural requirements for Deacons and Elders as specified in the pastoral epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Masculinity, femininity, marriage and the family were ordained by God at Creation (Genesis 1 and 2). The Word of God distinguishes between male and female, defines what constitutes a family, sets rules for who can marry whom, defines the roles and responsibilities of husbands, wives, parents and children and extended family members and limits the grounds for divorce and remarriage. Families need to learn, worship, fellowship and serve together. There are only two genders.
Education of children must be controlled by their parents, assisted by the Church, but independent of the state. God has delegated to parents the authority and responsibility to teach, instruct, train and discipline their own children, in accordance with the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 20-25; Proverbs 1:8; 4:1-4; Ephesians 6:1-4; Psalm 78). It is impossible for education to be religiously or ethically neutral. Education is either Christian or non-Christian, subject to the Law of Jesus Christ or not. Education needs to be Bible-based, Christ-centered, controlled by parents and include moral, ethical and character training.
Worship must be God-centered, Bible-based and Holy Spirit-led. It is dangerous for churches to adopt man-centered, entertainment orientated, or “seeker-friendly” (Romans 3:11) services. God must be worshipped in the manner that He prescribes in His written Word.
Creation: God created the entire universe out of nothing, in six literal, 24-hour days.
The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ are priorities which can never be suspended, or side-tracked. No government on earth has the authority to interfere with the priority of the Church in making disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).
This Declaration was adopted in Cape Town, 17 April 2021.
Anonymous16 Apr 2021 at 11:19 PM #34690
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