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Aims and Beliefs

The New Areopagus is an educational blog dedicated to bringing glory to God through the explanation and demonstration of presuppositional/Covenantal apologetics; the analysis of contemporary social issues in the light of Christian ethics; and the casting down of all philosophies and objections raised against the knowledge of God ─ "bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:35). In apologetic posts, we encourage visitors here to examine the articles posted and to consider their own worldview in order to evaluate whether it accounts for their experiences.

We implore all visitors to take a moment and read the Gospel message.

The author of the New Areopagus considers it important to profess our basic beliefs and make a firm statement of our biblical faith. The need is exacerbated by the fact that we are living in an age of doctrinal confusion and increasingly widespread offence at the very inkling of Bible-based Christianity. The time is ripe for authentic soldiers of Christ to boldly stand up for biblical truth in the public square. May it please God to put a new song of hope and victory into the hearts of all who, like the children of Issachar, “understand the times and know what they should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). 

Having explored the purpose of the blog and the significance of public profession, we come to our statement of faith.

We believe in the true and living God, one being within which there exists three coequal, co-eternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; whose subsistence is in and of himself, infinite in being and perfection; whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself; a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, immortal, dwelling in unapproachable light; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and most just and terrible in his judgements, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

We believe in the doctrine of Sola Scriptura: that Almighty God has revealed all that is necessary and sufficient for faith and practice in the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture, which are the Word of God. All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is the final arbiter in all disputes. Its authority is derived from its Author and not from the opinions of men.

We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for His own glory did elect a great multitude of men and women to eternal life as an act of free and sovereign grace. This election was in no way dependent upon His foresight of human faith, decision, works or merit. 

We believe that God created the earth and all things visible and invisible; out of nothing, in six literal days, and it was all very good.

We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright, in His image. He was appointed representative and head of the human race, thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his obedience or disobedience to God’s commands.

We believe that Adam fell from his original righteousness into sin and brought upon himself and all his offspring death, condemnation, and a totally depraved nature.

We believe it is utterly beyond the power of fallen man to love God, to keep His laws, to understand the gospel, to repent of sin or to trust in Christ.

We believe that God sent His Son into the world, conceived of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, both fully God and fully man, born under the law, to live a perfect life of righteousness on behalf of His elect people.

We believe that the Son of God, Christ Jesus, died at Calvary to effect propitiation, reconciliation, redemption and atonement for His elect people. God bore testimony to His acceptance of His Son’s work by raising Him bodily from the dead.

We believe that God’s Son ascended to the right hand of His Father and is enthroned in glory, where He intercedes on behalf of His people and rules over all things for their sake.

We believe that God the Son has poured out the Holy Spirit to work alongside the preached Word. The Spirit of God regenerates elect sinners and draws them irresistibly to faith in Christ the Savior. We believe that same Spirit illuminates, guides, and equips believers for their Christ-like life and service.

We believe the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, which is received by faith alone.

We believe that all who are regenerated, called and justified shall persevere in holiness and never finally fall away. In the Spirit, they are baptised into union with Christ and adopted as joint heirs in the family of God.

We believe it is the calling of every local church to participate in fulfilling the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Christ has commanded us.

We believe that the local church is under the ultimate authority of Christ alone. In His providence, He has appointed men to be elders to represent Him as they care for His body. Deacons also serve Christ as His ministers of mercy. Furthermore, the communion of saints requires the recognition of and fellowship with other Bible-believing (Reformed, Protestant, or Evangelical) churches ─ whilst avoiding Christian fellowship with those theological cults that profess damnable heresies, including the Jehovah's Witnesses and Rome.

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s supper are obligatory ordinances given to the local church as a means of grace.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come again to raise the dead bodily, both righteous and unrighteous, and that the righteous shall enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.

The Gospel message.


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