PRINCIPLES OF DOCTRINE, MORALITY AND FAITH

ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

Traditional Anglican Communion

A Member of the Traditional Anglican Communion

 

 

(Excerpts from the Affirmation of St Louis, a foundational document of the ACA)

 

PRINCIPLES OF DOCTRINE

The Nature of the Church: ... True religion is revealed to man by God. We cannot decide what is truth, but rather (in obedience) ought to receive, accept, cherish, defend and teach what God has given us. The Church is created by God, and is beyond the ultimate control of man.

Holy Scriptures : The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (are) the authentic record of God's revelation of Himself, His saving activity, and moral demands - a revelation valid for all men and all time.

Incompetence of Church Bodies to Alter Truth: We disclaim any right or competence to suppress, alter or amend any of the ancient Ecumenical Creeds and definitions of Faith, to set aside or depart from Holy Scripture, or to alter or deviate from the essential pre-requisites of any Sacrament.

PRINCIPLES OF MORALITY

Man's Duty to God: All people are bound by the dictates of the Natural Law and by the revealed Will of God, insofar as they can discern them.

Family Life: The God-given sacramental bond in marriage between one man and one woman is God's loving provision for procreation and family life, and sexual activity is to be practiced only within the bonds of Holy Matrimony.

Christian's Duty to be Moral: We believe, therefore, it is the duty of the Church and her members to bear witness to Christian Morality, to follow it in their lives, and to reject the false standards of the world.

The Apostolic Faith in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition

We affirm that the Church of our fathers, sustained by the most Holy Trinity, lives yet, and that we, being moved by the Holy Spirit to walk only in that way, are determined to continue in the Catholic Faith, Apostolic Order, Orthodox Worship and Evangelical Witness of the Traditional Anglican Church.

We repudiate all deviation or departure from the Faith, in whole or in part, and bear witness to these essential principles of Evangelical Truth and Apostolic Order.

The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the authentic record of God's revelation of himself, his saving activity, and moral demands; a revelation valid for all men and all time.

We further affirm that no Church body may require as necessary for salvation anything that is not contained within Holy Scripture, nor may it require of its members allegiance to any doctrine, discipline, or practice that is contrary to the same.