Statements of Faith

The Salt & Light Speech and Debate Club professes the following:

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Salt & Light Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. The Holy Bible, as our sole written source of truth, is complete and altogether sufficient for Christian faith (belief) and practice (behavior). We believe that it is the only trustworthy testimony of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

  2. We believe in the Trinity - that there is one and only one God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are not only one in purpose but also one in essence (Is. 43:10-11; John 1: 1-2, 10:30, 37-38).

  3. We believe in the full deity and the true humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9), the Son of God and God the Son, Who, although eternally pre- and co-existent with the Father and the Spirit, took on Himself a human nature (although remaining sinless) through the virgin birth for the purpose of redeeming lost sinners through His death on the cross. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no person comes to God the Father but by Him [Christ] (John 14:6). Further, there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). We also believe in Christ’s literal bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory (Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 11:25; Acts 1:11; Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:25; Rev. 19:11-16).

  4. We believe that all people are sinners, beginning with Adam, (1 Cor. 15:22) and have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23; Rom 3:19 Is. 59:2), and that the wages of sin are death (Rom 6:23) and eternity in hell (II Thess. 1:8-9). Salvation was purchased by Christ’s vicarious and atoning death through His innocent shed blood (Eph. 1:7). Christ is therefore our only mediator (1 Tim 2:5). We believe that we are saved from the guilt and penalty for sins by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ as personal Savior (John 3:3-6, 16-19; John 5:24; Rom 10:9, 13; 2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation is a free gift, wholly granted by Divine grace alone. There is nothing we can do to become worthy of or add to this all-sufficient gift; any and all of man’s works are ineffectual for salvation (Titus 3:5-6, Eph 2:8-9).

  5. We believe that God lives in us, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, whereby the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (Gal 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19-20).

  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved, unto eternal life with God in a resurrected, perfected body, and they who are lost unto eternal punishment, in hell (John 5:28-29; Rev. 14:11).