Article 8

The Statement of Principles of the Holy Celtic Church

The Holy Celtic Church ( from here referred to as the H.C.C. ) firmly embraces and accepts each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the First Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.), and the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.); and we further recognize the spirit of the Councils known as Chalcedon (451 A.D.), II Constantinople (553 A.D.), III Constantinople (680 A.D.) and II Nicaea (787 A.D.). Furthermore, the H.C.C. firmly adheres to the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers as the only necessary commentary on Sacred Scripture, and affirms that these writings are a sure and sound guide, second only to the Holy Bible itself, in ecclesial function, tradition, liturgy and theological standards. The H.C.C. maintains that the doctrines of our faith were handed down to us from the Apostles of Our Lord through the Ante-Nicene Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same purport. Therefore, we reject entirely the belief that doctrine changes and evolves from that which was given to the church by the Apostles of Christ. As a result the H.C.C. must reject much of the theology and practices of the Roman Catholic Church as these were arrived at through human speculation, mystical experience and in some cases a heretical assumption of teaching authority. In particular we see this evidenced by the heresy of Papal Infallibilty and in all of these bodies a proclivity toward human tradition over and against the witness of Sacred Scripture and the guidance of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. The H.C.C. condemns every error, according to which, in place of the Divine Deposit which has been given to the church to be carefully guarded by her, there is put any philosophical or theological system that is purely the work of human speculative thought, mystical experience, or will continue to develop indefinetly. In this the H.C.C also rejects much of the theology and practices of the Protestant and Evangelical bodies as well. We acknowledge the dedication to Sacred Scripture which the Reformers certainly demonstrated and the debt owed them for bringing the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to light once more. But we also see the logical end of some of their teachings, since they too did not find their guidance in the Ante-Nicene Fathers but relied on their own private interpretations of Scripture, as leading many elements of the church into heresy. The H.C.C. entirely rejects as heretical: Charismatic Thelogy, Pentecostal Oneness Theology, Liberation Theology, Shepherding Theology, Word/Faith Theology, Positive Confession Theology, Latter Rain Theology, Mystical Theology, Americanist Theology, Divine Potential Theology, Dominion Theology, Historical Criticism, Vineyard Theology, Modernist Ecumenical Theology and any derivitives, sects or branches of these schools of thought. However, we do not maintain that everyone involved in these churches is a heretic and non-Christian. We recognize their salvation experience as fully valid and that they are indeed truly Christians. As such, all baptized believers are welcome to fellowship with us and receive the sacraments in full communion. We welcome each and every Christian, regardless of denomination, as our brother and sister in Christ Jesus. We realize that many of our brothers and sisters involved in these types of movements are sincere in their desire to serve our Lord and Savior. The H.C.C. also rejects as heretical any theological systems derived from or influenced by Hinduism, Theosophy, Buddhism, Paganism, Wicca, Panentheism, Rosecruciansim, the New Age Movement and any eastern mystical tradition or religion. These are all anathema and stand condemned by Sacred Scripture and the witness of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. The H.C.C. stands firmly opposed to the organised forces of Naturalism and it's attendent anti-Christ theory of Evolution, and it's replacement for worship of our Creator known as Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism is condemned as the glorification of the self and humanity as a whole, and denial of the Creator of human life; and along with Evolution, is by nature counter-productive to the natural God given sense of ethics and morality, which are also of Divine origin. Against the heresy of Evolution the H.C.C. supports the conclusions of Scientific Creationism. We testify that God, the Origin and End of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the evidence of the created world (Rom.1:90), that is from the visible works of creation, as a cause from it's effects, and that, therefore, His existence is clearly demonstrated. In this we are in perfect accord with the ancient Celtic Church and it's respect for the natural world as an evidence of the Glory of the Creator. The H.C.C. also stands opposed to homosexuality, bisexuality and lesbianism as being outside the laws of nature, an affront to human dignity, a direct contravention of the commandment to procreate, and clearly against the expressed will of God for human relations. Sacred Scripture testifies to these facts. The H.C.C. firmly believes the Holy Bible to be the infallible and divinely inspired Word of God and that it contains all of the teachings which constitute the basis of our faith. These teachings are to be believed and followed in their entirety. We consider the alteration, revision or gross reinterpretation of scripture to be a major heresy. We accept the books contained in the Apocrypha as fully legitimate scripture and affirm their validity. These books were contained in the early Jewish texts prior to the Birth of Our Lord and were referred to but considered holy books of lesser importance. The early church accepted them and quoted from them numerous times. The frivalous accusations made against them during the Reformation period were invalid and unjust. The H.C.C. believes with firm conviction that the church, the sole guardian and teacher of the revealed will of God, was personally instituted by the real and historically verifiable Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, when he lived among us; and that the church is built upon the solid rock and cornerstone, being Our Savior Himself. And we believe that He instituted the Apostolic Succession to ensure continual existence of divinely appointed authority, and to a lesser degree a visible mark of purity of doctrine. We embrace and accept the Apostles Creed as the expression of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian religion which must be believed literally. We also accept the Didache as an historically valid and useful authoritative document for basic church function. The H.C.C. adheres to the traditions of the ancient Celtic church, which was instituted by Messianic Jewish followers of Jesus who came to the Celtic peoples as missionaries and to escape persecution in the Holy Land. We witness that tradition which does not implicitly or explicitly contradict Sacred Scripture or the guidance of the Ante-Nicene Fathers is acceptable. Any traditions which arose as a result of the forced amalgamation of the Celtic church with Roman Catholic ritual or theology are rejected as not being truly consistent with the ancient Celtic church, but more an expression of Papal domination and lust for power. Adhering as we do to the ancient Celtic church and it's traditions, we are the ribirth of a singularly beautiful and valid Christian tradition which was unjustly surpressed and persecuted. And so we can say with historical and theological veracity that we are the only true Holy Celtic Church in existence. We maintain that there is no intercessor between man and God other than Jesus Christ. We find no evidence in Scripture of any Archangel, Angel or Saint in a postion to intercede for man with God. The first commandement does not permit veneration, worship or prayer directed to anyone accept Our Lord alone. To do otherwise is heresy. We maintain that there are two sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ, namely the Eucharist and Baptism. All clerics, presbyters, bishops, abbots, abesses, brothers and sisters shall keep these principles in their entirety faithfully and sincerely and guard them inviolate, in no way deviating from them in teaching or action. Any who do violate these principles stand condemned by Sacred Scripture and the witness of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, and automatically forfeits any and all right of authority either to preach, teach or administer the sacraments without any need of formal proclamation by the Presiding Bishop and are disfellowshipped until repentance is made clear. The faithful are encouraged to avoid such a person.

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