IDENTIFICATION OF MOVEMENTS
CONTRARY TO THE FAITH
(Movements are representative and not to be considered exhaustive)
Though there are levels of fellowship, personnel will not knowingly enter into relationships with churches, schools, or other organizations which might jeopardize the clarity of the Mission's testimony based upon this commitment.
We are responsible to identify false teaching and dangerous movements where they relate to the conduct of the Mission's ministries. Separation is required in those instances where people, groups, and organizations whose doctrinal position is the same as the Mission's engage in contradictory practices which compromise the faith.
We desire to be consistent in this difficult area of separation and emphasize that our concern is for the purity of our testimony and ministry. We seek to bring to bear upon the issues of our day the principles set forth in the Word of God while not becoming embroiled in controversy over personalities. It is our desire in this pursuit to maintain an attitude characterized by love and humility.
We seek to cooperate wherever possible with other missions, organizations and indigenous churches whose doctrine and policy are homogeneous with ours. It is the believer's responsibility to endeavor to maintain the unity of the faith while separating from apostasy and those who have deviated from biblical doctrine and behavior. Every proposed alliance must be considered in the light of our commitment to biblical separation. We will not cooperate with or endorse any movement, organization, or program, which is contrary to the faith whether in doctrine or practice.
Theological Liberalism is the movement that denies or questions doctrines of the faith (e.g. inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, creation of man by God, sinfulness of the human race, the judgment of God upon unredeemed humanity, the substitutionary death of Christ). This movement has at its foundation destructive higher criticism and an attempt to re-define or deny biblical terminology. It affirms that man's highest responsibility is the social welfare of his fellowman, spawning such movements as liberation theology, syncretism, universalism, etc. Its principal advocates are the National Council of Churches in the United States and the World Council of Churches internationally.
Ecumenism is the movement, which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity without regard to biblical truth. It seeks the creation of unequal yokes with theological liberals and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups for the propagation of "the gospel." It subjects cooperation in ministry to social and spiritual need through theological pragmatism rather than biblical authority. Its principal advocates are "neo-evangelicals" associated with the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States and the World Evangelical Alliance internationally.
Non-cessationism is a movement emphasizing the religious experiences of the "baptism in the Holy Spirit" accompanied by speaking in tongues, and the miraculous sign gifts at the expense of biblical authority and sound biblical interpretation. This movement also encourages ecumenism. Preoccupation with sign gifts has divided and destroyed churches, compromised vital and essential Bible doctrines, and dissipated the strength, motivation, and vision of many for true, biblical evangelism. Its historic demonstration has been through the efforts of the Pentecostals and the Charismatics. We do not accept or retain as members in our Mission anyone who participates in this movement or who privately practices speaking in tongues. Modern expressions of the above mentioned movements continuously surface. The Administration and/or Board will keep the mission family abreast of such expressions.