A mile-high view looking west with Diamond Lake in foreground from San Jacinto Mountains. - IC News photo
Here at InterChurch News, we hold to the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith:*
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Note: Numerous non-denominational associations or congregations, not listed in the NAE denominational, such as Calvary Chapels, Cornerstone, The Grove, Rock Church, Sandals Church, etc., are recognized as Evangelical like-minded. InterChurch News respects and considers friends of the faith Protestant denominations of Amish, Christian Churches, Churches of Christ, Mennonite, Seventh-day Adventists, Southern Baptist Convention, and like-minded others.
Editorial Position Regarding Restoration of a Pastor Who Commits Adultery or Criminal Activity
"How have the mighty fallen!" - 2 Samuel 1:19
The InterChurch News editorial position is biblically conservative regarding the practice of restoring a repentant pastor to the pulpit who committed adultery or criminal activity while serving as a pastor. We believe a pastor (bishop, overseer) "must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable ... gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money ... one who manages his own household well" (1 Tim. 3:2 -5), "he must have a good reputation with those outside the church" (1 Tim. 3:7), and be "self-controlled" (2 Tim. 1:6-7).
Therefore, based on these Scriptures, we believe a pastor who has committed adultery or criminal activity -- either while serving as a pastor or in their walk of faith prior to serving as a pastor -- is disqualified to hold the office of pastor.
There is no New Testament evidence -- either in Scripture or in outside historical references -- of the Lord Jesus Christ, an apostle, bishop or overseer in the New Testament committing a sexual sin or being arrested for criminal activity (outside of preaching the gospel). King David, often used as an example for restoration, was a king, not a priest. Although referred to as a prophet, David was not called to the office of a prophet in the sense of a Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah or Hosea.
InterChurch News maintains the Bible teaches that faith in Jesus Christ means repentance -- and by God's grace and mercy a believer works out his or her salvation abstaining from all appearances of evil. Therefore, a pastor who truly repents of the sin of adultery or has been released from jail or prison for criminal offense (does not include arrest for non-violent protest, free speech, etc.) may become an integral member of a congregation in serving Christ, but not as a "pastor."
InterChurch News believes to do so -- to continue to work under the title of pastor -- is unscriptural, taints the integrity of the office, causes believers to stumble and the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme God (1 Samuel 12:14).
"Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting today for costly grace." - "The Cost of Discipleship," Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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