LUKEWARM Initiative’s 12 Articles of
Christian Family Faith
By adopting the challenge put forth by The LUKEWARM Initiative (Every Church, One Life, Every Year), we as a family of Christian believers (and I as an active member of the Body of Christ) have fully read, believe and are committing, before God and with God as our/my Witness and Strength, to actively support and live out the following Bible-based ‘12 Articles of Christian Family Faith’ in our/my family and in our/my daily life:
Christian families have a solid foundation in Christ Jesus and grow in their faith when they actively believe:
· There is one God. The one true God is the God of the Holy Bible. The unity of God exists in three persons: God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. God is infinite (God was, is, and always will be – God was not created – God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things both visible and invisible – Genesis 1:1), all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere. God is perfect in love, truth, justice, wisdom, holiness, righteousness, and goodness.
· The Holy Bible is God’s living Word. Jesus is the personification of that Word. (John 1:1). God’s written Word does not have errors and is God-breathed/divinely inspired (2 Timothy 3:16). It is God’s revelation of Himself to humankind. God inspired and equipped people to record His written Word, the Scriptures (66 books of the Old and New Testaments). Early copies of the original writings themselves have been translated under meticulous scrutiny, and we believe under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, to give us direct access to God’s Word through our current Bible in the languages of the world today.
· Religion that God accepts as true and undefiled is this: to care for orphans and widows in their time of need and to keep yourself/ourselves from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27) “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17) God “vomits out of His mouth” ‘lukewarm’ followers of Christ and wants us to be true followers of Jesus through obedient works/action.
Revelation 3:14-16, 22 says this: 14 These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth . . . 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
· All people have sinned and fall short of meeting God’s righteous and just requirements to enter into Heaven and no one can earn their way into God’s presence, but the free gift of God is eternal life (with God in Heaven) through what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. Jesus conquered sin and death once and for all and He set us free from the righteous judgment for our sins. (Romans 3:23)
· No one comes to God except through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
(John 14:6) When Jesus returns, every knee will bow to Him, including those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
· Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved and adopted into the family of God (The Body of Christ) through Him. (John 3:17) And, as many as receive Him, to them He gives the right to become children of God, to those who believe in Him. (John 1:12)
Christian families and churches stand firm in their Bible-based convictions related to family and adoption when they commit to proclaiming with words and actions:
· We will choose to actively care for orphans “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Ephesians 1:4-5)
· We will choose to be actively committed to live blamelessly before God. (Deuteronomy 8:13; Philippians 2:12-16; Romans 1:18-32)
· We will choose to have Christian marriages and teach Biblical truths and love to our children. God instituted marriage between a man and a woman to be an everlasting covenant together with God, and sin was not part of this covenant. (Genesis 2:18-24; Genesis 5:2; Matthew 19:3-8) (Genesis 18, 19; Ezekiel 16:49-50; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Jude 7) (Matthew 19:6, 9; Malachi 2:14-16; Ephesians 5:33; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16)
We are committed to raising Christian families, and to adoption, because:
· Our country and many parts of our world are turning away from God and it is up to Christians, not politicians, to heal our land, through humbling ourselves, praying, seeking God, and turning away from our sin and toward God, Who said, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
· Our battle is a spiritual battle, and our victory is a spiritual victory in Jesus, by the power of Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
· Our greatest goal is to point people toward Jesus. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) What better way to point people toward Jesus than to raise children in loving, patient, forgiving Christian homes?