Position Statement

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA (RESTORATION MOVEMENT)

1. Marriage: Marriage is a lifelong covenant relationship between one MAN and one WOMAN to the exclusion of all others. It is a lifetime relationship in the eyes of God. We believe in the covenant faithfulness of each man and women in marriage before Jesus Christ;
2. Family: The family is to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care for its members as it enables them to serve God, groups of people, and creation. Family is the foundation to Canadian society;
3. Homosexuality: Homosexuality is a sinful and unacceptable lifestyle and behavior before God, and the church of Jesus Christ. The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) will NEVER accept or bless same-sex unions of any kind. We believe that homosexual behavior is "inconsistent with New Testament Christianity." We believe that God can fully deliver a person from the practice and the inclination of homosexuality;
4. Common-law living: In The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) does NOT accept fornication among single couples as an excuse for living together. We support chastity and purity in relationships outside the marriage bond;
5. Abortion: Abortion is the murder of innocent children and it is not a form of birth control. We oppose abortion except in rare pregnancies where the life of the mother is at risk, only after Godly counsel. We encourage all people to raise your voice against the killing of children or the elderly;
6. Abolition Movement: We are a historic anti-slavery group that feels that many Africans and other groups of people are experiencing slavery around the world. We continue to show our opposition against any treatment that shackles many in the sex trade war that holds people captive against their wills;
7. Water Baptism: We believe that baptism is one of two ordinances enjoined upon believers by the Lord Jesus Christ. We baptize in name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit;
8. The Lord's Supper: We believe that this is the most blessed bond between the body of believers and the risen Lord, and between one another, as it is experienced in the sacrament of Communion;
9. Death and Burial Funeral practices: differ in various parts of Canada and the United States. Along with this, there is increasing divergence in conducting final rites at the time of death. The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) offers this to the public. Our traditional approach is: Organ Meditation, Scripture, Hymns, Obituary and Word of Tribute, Meditation and Prayer, and Benediction. The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) accepts the traditional and spiritual burial of the body. We also accept cremation ashes of the body;
10. Poverty & Homelessness: Poverty and Homelessness are complex issues that defy a single, simple solution. Homelessness and poverty include family breakdown and violence, unemployment, recent immigration, release from prison, substance abuse and addiction, mental and physical illness and shortage of affordable housing;
11. Substance Abuse: We recognize that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it should be treated with great respect. We are opposed to the illegal production, sale, purchase and abuse of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, narcotics, and other harmful drugs; including the abuse of prescription drugs. We believe that people can seek and find freedom from these vices without being controlled by them, but in the case of drinking or smoking, it should always be in moderation;
12. War: We do not support war, but we strive in every means to find peace among all nations of the world and common enemies. We do not accept military involvement in a country unless it is for peacekeeping assignments, or a country is threatened by a common enemy;
13. Women in Ministry: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) accepts women in ministry and believes that the call of God is upon all those who hear and respond to it. We support men and women in all areas and positions in ministry;
14. Creation: The three creative acts of God are recorded in Genesis: 1. the heavens and the earth; 2. animal life; 3. human life. The 6-day creative act refers to the dateless past, and gives scope for all the geologic ages, and we believe in the fall of man in sin as oppose to evolution;
15. Godhead (Trinity): We believe in the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as one true God. We also believe that salvation is only through Jesus Jesus Christ who is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life;
16. Bible: We believe in the infallibility and inerrancy of the scriptures as originally given by (verbal) inspiration of God in both Old and New Testaments. We also believe that it is the sole and final authority on all matters of faith, life and every area it touches. We are opposed to religious error that holds people captive against their freedom in Christ. However, although tradition, creeds and councils does not rule our interpretation of scripture, it does guide it. If, upon reading a particular passage, we come up with an interpretation that has escaped the notice of every other Christian for two thousand years, or has been championed by universally recognized heretics, chances are pretty good that we had better abandon our interpretation;
17. Heaven and Hell: We believe in a literal eternal Heaven and Hell. Heaven is for the blood cleansed, born again saints of God; and Hell is for those who are unsaved and reject Jesus Christ as their personal Savior;
18. Body of Christ: We believe that every believer today is the true Church of Christ's body and bride, and we also believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ no matter the Christian denomination;
19. Gifts of the Holy Spirit: We believe that each believer is given a spiritual enablement by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and given a capacity for specific service in the church. No believer is destitute of such gifts. For by one Spirit we are baptized into one body. The issue over tongues and fivefold ministry gifts of the church are only in the power and the control of the Holy Spirit. It is our responsibility to judge the working of the Spirit with prayerful discernment by walking in the gift that God has given you;
20. Creeds or Confessions: Our only creed is the Bible and Jesus Christ, and do we do not believe that creeds or confessions of faith are equal in authority with scripture. We also accept the reform position within the Restoration Movement, and also doctrines of the Armenian Faith;
21. Environment: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) believes that the earth is the Lord's and it is the responsibility and the purpose of every Christian and non-Christian to clean up the environment within their communities in the North American region and in all nations around the world. We also believe that the events taking place with the weather around the world is according to end-time prophecy;
22. Diversity: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) does not expect their ministers to follow a certain dress code or a certain way of worshiping God. We do not have a certain mode of preaching or practices in keeping with certain feast days. We do not indicate what Bible translation our ministers must read and preach from. Diversity of ministry and race are accepted within The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement);
23. Denominationalism: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) does not believe in denominational walls that separate believers in the Spirit of Christian unity. We believe that all Christians are one in the body of Christ. We also enjoy fellowship together within all Christian denominations, and all Christians in the love of Christ;
24. Stewardship: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) believes in the biblical principle of stewardship as commanded and practiced by Christ;
25. Ecumenicalism: The Evangelical Christian Church of North America (Restoration Movement) does not believe nor support in those churches or denominations that are seeking to unite as an one world religion.
26. Grace of God: We believe in the finished work of the cross, (that the Christian is highly favored, greatly blessed and deeply loved), and the blood of Jesus cleanses all believers from sin