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Canon Eight — Doctrine
The CCIA adheres to the doctrinal unity exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first eleven centuries of its existence.
- The Authority of Holy Scriptures
a. The CCIA recognizes the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God.
b. The Holy Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition serve as the authority on all matters of faith and practice.
a. The essentials for Catholicity are:
b. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God are the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
c. The Apostles’ Creed as the Baptismal Profession and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
d. An Episcopate that must be able to trace its Apostolic Succession back to the Apostles.
e. The seven Sacraments of the historic Catholic Church are affirmed and practiced.
- The Spirit of Theology
a. There is a fine line between maintaining a strict adherence to traditional doctrine and polemic and losing sight of the spirit of the law. In light of the modern trends towards liberal theological interpretation, the CCIA takes a stand for traditional theological exegesis. As a people of God we stand with the Church historic in recognizing the bible as the inspired Word of God. We reject any biblical interpretation that suggests the words of Holy Scripture are nothing more that the words of men.
b. The CCIA recognizes that doctrine is not only intellectual assent but also, a living relationship with Almighty God and His Church.
c. It is incumbent upon the leadership of the CCIA to develop and maintain an atmosphere for growth and understanding in theology and doctrine, especially in the areas of human sexuality that are confronting modern culture to the point of impacting other mainline denominational churches.
d. We adhere to the classical statement of ecumenicity. “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” While celebrating the diversity within orthodoxy, we also strive to avoid a schismatic spirit which would elevate non-essentials or non-consensual beliefs and practices above the Father’s will that there be a spiritual and visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
e. See the Appendices for additional clarification on theological and doctrinal position statements.