Statement of Faith

Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association

hcma

Statement of Faith

 

Holy Scriptures: We believe the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed; the final authority concerning truth, morality, and proper conduct for all mankind; it is the sole and final source for all we believe.
 God: We believe there is one true and living God, eternally existing in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each having divine attributes and perfection equal in power and glory. God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace.
 Jesus Christ: We believe Jesus became a man without ceasing to be God. We believe Jesus was virgin-born, and accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious sacrifice. The believer’s justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, as our high priest and advocate.
Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person of the Godhead, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit is the supernatural agent in regeneration, who baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, and also indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption.
Fall of Man: We believe all people were created in the image of God. In Adam’s sin the race fell and inherited a sinful nature, becoming alienated from God. As a result, no one is able to remedy his or her lost condition without the divine work of God.
Salvation: We believe salvation is the eternal gift of God brought to mankind only by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Church: We believe the Church is the people of God called out of the world and called to gather both organizationally and organically in every age both locally and universally—now called the Body of Christ—whose members become so by new birth (inwardly) and confession (outwardly), whose faith rests in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is received by faith alone, who celebrate through baptism and the Lord’s Supper union with Christ, who alone is head of the Church.
Satan: We believe Satan is a fallen angel. He is the declared enemy of God and all humanity, and will be eternally punished in the lake of fire.
Second Advent: We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eternal State: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all persons, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of HCMA as a Christian organization, and to provide a biblical role model to HCMA members and the community it serves, it is imperative that all persons employed by HCMA in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers or Independent Contractors (Chaplains), agree to and abide by this Statement of Faith.