Faith Statement and tradition

While there is no single Statement of Faith for the thousands of Independent Christian Churches around the world, an early expression of the movement is still used by many:

Where the Scriptures speak, we speak;

and where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.

In essentials unity, in opinions liberty, and in all things love.

No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible,

no plea but the gospel, and no name but the divine.


Basic tenets of the Faith that would be common among these churches, and which CHLF embraces, include:

The unity of Believers.

The authority of the Scriptures.

The deity and physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Triune God--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Salvation is a gift from God through His Son, Jesus; not through works.

Complete obedience includes submission to the Father through baptism by immersion.

Confidence in the return of the Son, and of an eternity with our heavenly Father.