International Churches of Christ' Doctrinal Positions*


Stated Beliefs/Profession

Practical Application/ Members' Understanding

Complete Inerrancy of Scripture      Affirms      Affirms
Triune Nature of God      Affirms      Varies from member to
Impeccability of Jesus1      Denies      Denies
Incarnation      Affirms      Affirms
Virgin Birth      Affirms      Affirms
Bodily Resurrection      Affirms      Affirms
Perpetuity of Spiritual Gifts      Denies      Denies
Original Sin      Denies      Denies
Atonement      Affirms      Affirms
Eternal Conscious Punishment      Affirms      Affirms
Literal Return of Jesus Christ      Affirms      Affirms
Immortality of the Soul      Affirms      Affirms
Ephesians 2:8-92      Affirms      Denies
Salvation Outside the Church      Denies      Varies from member to
Eternal Life in Heaven      Affirms      Affirms
Final Judgement      Affirms      Affirms
Perserverence of the Saints3      Denies      Denies
Continuity of the Church      Denies      Denies
Predestination      Denies      Denies
Amillennialism4      Affirms      Affirms
Church Autonomy      Denies      Denies
ICC Doctrinal Positions is based on information found in Prepared to Answer by Gordon Ferguson (1995); Disciples Handbook edited by Tom Jones  (1997); Justified by Gordon Ferguson (1994); Kip McKean. "Preach the Word" (Woburn, MA: Discipleship Publications International, August 1995, audiotape #10091, side two; Nick Young. Tulsa Reconstruction, August 1992, audiotape, side one; "From the Editor" by Steve Johnson. UpsideDown, Issues 4 & 5 (Jan. 1993), 6; The Mission, Randy and Kay McKean editors. Woburn, MA: Discipleship Publications International, 50, 60, 62; and personal conversations with current and former ICC members.

1 Inability of Jesus to sin.
2 Although Ephesians 2:8-9 is affirmed, in actuality, a works-based salvation is taught and practiced. Certain works are redefined as either conditions of acceptance for salvation (which they teach is occurs at baptism), or "works of faith."
3 Also known as eternal security.
4 Eschatological (pertaining to the last days) view which finds insufficient scriptural basis in the New Testament to support a thousand-year (millennial) reign of Jesus Christ on earth following the second advent. The Lord's second-coming precedes the destruction of the wicked and the final judgement.
Last updated 16 September 1998

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