The Society of Evangelical Arminians
The Society of Evangelical Arminians' Statement of Faith, their aims and goals are supported and signed-up to by the EdenPromise Community of Called Out Believers, as such, The EdenPromise Community of Called Out Believers International is a member of the Society of Evangelical Arminians.
The Statement of Faith
1. We believe the Scriptures as originally given by God, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who possesses perfect and exhaustive knowledge of the past, present, and future, and who preserves, regulates, governs and directs all things so that nothing in the world happens without either his causation or permission. God is the author of good but not of evil. Yet even evil is governed by God in that God limits it and directs it to an end fitting with his overall plan and purpose.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for all sinners. He arose bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return personally and visibly at the end of the age to fully establish God’s Kingdom.
4. We believe that part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict sinners, enable them to believe, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
5. We believe that humanity was created in the image of God but fell from its original sinless state through wilful disobedience and Satan’s deception, resulting in eternal condemnation and separation from God. In and of themselves and apart from the grace of God human beings can neither think, will, nor do anything good, including believe. But the prevenient grace of God prepares and enables sinners to receive the free gift of salvation offered in Christ and his gospel. Only through the grace of God can sinners believe and so be regenerated by the Holy Spirit unto salvation and spiritual life. It is also the grace of God that enables believers to continue in faith as well as good in thought, will, and deed, so that all good deeds or movements that can be conceived must be ascribed to the grace of God.
6. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his resurrection were provided for the salvation of all people, but are effective only for those who believe. Christ’s death and resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation, and only those who believe in Jesus Christ become born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
7. We believe that God’s saving grace is resistible, that election unto salvation is conditional on faith in Christ, and that persevering in faith is necessary for final salvation.
8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of believers to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; and of unbelievers to judgement and eternal punishment.
About the Society Evangelical Arminians
The Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA) is an association of evangelical scholars and laymen who adhere to Arminian theology and are united in order to glorify God, edify his people, protect them from error, and foster the proper representation of our magnificent God to the world by lovingly and respectfully (1) promoting and advancing sound, biblical Arminian theology, and (2) refuting Calvinism and diminishing the number of its adherents, through the concerted, strategic effort of Arminians networked through the society for the accomplishment of these goals as well as (3) mutual encouragement, support, and growth in the truth of God’s word. Our constitution may be found here. Despite stark differences, SEA generally accepts Calvinists as fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord who adhere to a reasonable but seriously flawed biblical theology. As an association of evangelicals, we are committed to a high view of Scripture as the word of God, which we therefore consider to be the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Indeed, it is because we trust in the Bible as the word of God that we are Arminians, for we are convinced that Arminianism most accurately reflects the teaching of the Bible. Our evangelical identity also comes to expression in our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which offers salvation by grace through faith for all who believe. It is an exciting and profound message of good news from a good God who loves the world and has provided for the salvation of all in the death of his Son, though only those who believe will receive the salvation that God wants to give them. Such good news–salvation, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life offered to us by God as a free gift at the greatest cost to himself–the life of his own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord! The society’s vision is long-ranging and relatively comprehensive for advancing Arminian theology and refuting Calvinistic theology. We hope to direct people to the best Arminian material as well as to produce quality, exegetically-oriented material. The group is open to both what one might call 4 point Arminians (those who believe that true believers cannot stop believing and so forfeit their salvation) and 5 point Arminians (those who believe that true believers can stop believing and perish), though its basic orientation is 5 point (understanding that Arminianism accepts total depravity, but differs with Calvinism about its implications) in that members of the group are free to argue for the fifth point while arguing against it does not fall within the purview of the group’s activity. The society’s statement of faith does not address the issue of the possibility of apostasy from genuine saving faith, but it does insist that perseverance in faith is necessary for final salvation. Anyone who joins the group must affirm the statement of faith and the goals of the society, and continue to do so to remain a member.