Membership Criterion

 

The goal of the ARTC is unity within the nuances of certain aspects of diversity while remaining adherent to the "Five Sola" doctrinal structure of the Reformation. The ARTC does not wish to micro-manage every nuance of every congregation such as the methodology of the sacraments, head coverings, liturgy, exclusive psalmody, and non-instrumentation within the worship. These will be left to the local session. The ARTC encourages all worship to be done soberly, in right order and regulated by Scripture.

 

Each congregation desiring to enter into fellowship with the ARTC should agree with one or more of the following doctrinal statements.

 

  1. Whereas, each congregation must hold to the soteriology of the Reformation’s Five Solas which includes the major tenants of the Christian faith; The total depravity of man, the doctrine of election, the doctrine of the literal 6 Day/24 hour Creation account, the virgin birth, and the deity of Christ, all of which are part and parcel of Reformation Theology.

  2. Whereas, each congregation is encuraged to subscribe to the eschatological doctrine of postmillennialism.

  3. Whereas, each congregation subscribes to the Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1:28-29.

  4. Whereas, while each church is free to adopt traditional Reformed statements the articles following are those around which we rally:The Westminster Standards with their catechisms, the Canons of Dort, The Savoy Declaration, The Marburg Articles, The Belgic Confession, The Hiedleburg Catechism, and The London Baptist Confession of either 1644 or 1646.

     

    Note:
    1. Postmillennialism and the cultural mandate are two of the pillars of our thought yet no reformed confession gives adequate attention to these areas.

     

    2. Differing reformed confessions do, at times, contradict one another in some ways.  For instance the WCF is the only full fledged "sabbatarian" document and it also comes with its own beliefs concerning the organization and structure of the visible church that directly contradict statements in the LBCF and Savoy declaration.  Similar problems deal with the sacraments.  The Helvetic confessions explicitly condemn postmillennialism as an explicitly "jewish error" which we repudiate out of hand.

     

  5. Whereas, each congregation subscribes and agrees with the Franschhoek Declaration.

  6. Wheareas, each congregation rejects the doctrinal error known as Federal Vision also known as The New Perspective on Paul.