I think that the wording used in the 2nd Nicene Creed is very wise so have used this as my Statement of Faith. It is also quickly recognisable so will save the reader time in navigating this site. However, since this Creed was laid down by Catholic Bishops in submission to the Roman Empire and its Emperor, for balance, I would like to mention the fact that the Anabaptists, as well as some other protestant groups, were wary of the creation of Creed’s which they considered to be merely the words of men. They preferred to go directly to the words of scripture for their doctrine instead. In some cases I think this was wise. I have also added “global” after “catholic” near the end, for the benefit of ex Catholics in particular, who may not appreciate the use of that term as not all will know that the use of a small “c” means "universal.” The Catholic Church also claims to be the universal church itself which could be confusing. I feel more comfortable with those small changes as I am convinced, in God, that many genuine followers of Jesus Christ will soon be leaving the Catholic denomination and moving away from the authority of the Pope as we enter the very end of the Last Days before the return of Jesus Christ:

 

                                                                             WE BELIEVE in one God,
                                                                             the Father, the Almighty,
                                                                             maker of heaven and earth,
                                                                             of all that is, seen and unseen.

                                                                             We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
                                                                             the only Son of God,
                                                                             eternally begotten of the Father,
                                                                             God from God, Light from Light,
                                                                             true God from true God,
                                                                             begotten, not made,
                                                                             of one Being with the Father.
                                                                             Through him all things were made.

                                                                             For us and for our salvation
                                                                             he came down from heaven:
                                                                             by the power of the Holy Spirit
                                                                             he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
                                                                             and was made man.

                                                                             For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
                                                                             he suffered death and was buried.
                                                                             On the third day he rose again
                                                                             in accordance with the Scriptures;
                                                                             he ascended into heaven
                                                                             and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                                                                             He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
                                                                             and his kingdom will have no end.


                                                                            We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
                                                                            who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
                                                                            With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
                                                                            He has spoken through the Prophets.
                                                                            We believe in one holy catholic, (i.e. global), and apostolic Church.
                                                                            We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
                                                                            We look for the resurrection of the dead,
                                                                            and the life of the world to come.

                                                                            Amen.

 

I would also like to point out, concerning the line in orange above, that whilst I believe the Holy Spirit is worshipped as God with the Father and Son, as the Nicene Creed states, I don’t agree with the unscriptural practice of actually directing our prayers, praise or worship to the Holy Spirit Himself. No one in the bible ever practiced this which should be warning enough. The well respect Pentecostal teacher, Derek Prince, warned us that this practice is unbiblical and will often lead to the manifestation of a false anointing or another spirit from the occult realms. As D. Prince taught we should always stick closely to the scriptural practice of the first Apostles. This is surely particularly important as we head into the time of great deception and apostasy that will soon flood upon churches in the western world. Here are two links that relate to this issue, D. Prince’s teaching and a prophecy. LINKS TO ADD LATER

 

Steve Dobbs, June 2015.