POSITION STATEMENTS 

The following statements are meant to offer clear and concise summaries of the positions of the podcast hosts on selected critical topics that are facing the church and culture.

 

Creeds and Confessions

In addition to our official statement of faith, a unifying expression of our faith can be found in the Nicene Creed. Although this creed does not have the same level of authority as Scripture, we believe that it provides a helpful and accurate summary of the core truths of the Christian faith. It also establishes critical boundaries for solid biblical teaching. We feature guests from all three streams of the Christian faith: Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic.

Apologetic Approaches

ATT recognizes that there are a diversity of approaches for defending the faith. We do not advocate any particular approach. In fact, we believe that this diversity may actually be a good thing as the strengths of each approach can be explored and expose the weaknesses of the other approaches. Because of this, you may find ATT guests and volunteers utilizing various approaches to defending the faith. Whatever approach is used, we believe apologetics ought to be marked with an attitude of gentleness and respect.

 

Women in Ministry

Women participate equally with men in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:4–5, 9–10). The hosts of ATT affirm and celebrate the impact that women can have in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19; John 4:39) as full disciples of Jesus (Luke 10:39).

Sincere Christians who hold to the infallibility of Scripture differ on the practice of the ordination of women into pastoral ministry, including the offices of deacons and elders. ATT has chosen to leave the decision about the ordination of women to the Spirit-guided consciences of particular congregations. For this reason, you may find ATT guests and volunteers on both sides of this discussion.

 

 

Sexuality

We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female (Gen. 2). Each of these sexes reflects the image of God (Gen. 1:26–27).

We believe marriage joins one man and one woman in an exclusive union and provides the sole God-ordained context for sexual intimacy.

 

We believe that all sexual relations outside of a committed heterosexual marriage constitute sin. This includes sexual sins such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and the use of pornography.

 

Our desire is to demonstrate God’s love for all people. The same redemption is available to those who struggle with sexual sins as it is for all sinners. We want to come alongside anyone who struggles with sexual sin, including those who struggle with porn addiction and gender identity discordant with their birth sex and encourage them to find healing, wholeness, and their true identity as a new creation in Jesus Christ.

 

 

Sanctity of Life

Procreation is a gift from God. A new human being enters the universe, created in the image of God, at the moment of conception. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.

Predestination and Free Will

One of the major controversies among Christians is the extent of predestination and free will. The Bible clearly affirms both. Because the Bible teaches both free will and predestination, you may find ATT guests and volunteers on both sides of this discussion.

 

 

Race Issues

All humans are created in the image of God, which forms the foundation for the dignity, value, and worth for members of all races.

The New Covenant invites people from every nation, tribe and tongue to create a new humanity through Jesus Christ. The church is God’s strategic agent in a fallen world to proclaim and embody the unity and diversity of God’s people that will be manifest in the new creation. (Ephesians 2:16; Revelation 21:1–4, 9–14)

 

The hosts of ATT are committed to racial equality. We understand that individuals of all races are capable of engaging in racist behavior. Christians should defend members of all races against race-based mistreatment.

 

 

Integration of Creation and Scripture

Sincere Christians who hold to the infallibility of Scripture differ on various issues related to the integration of Scripture and creation. For this reason, you may find ATT guests and volunteers on both sides of the discussion about the age of the earth and the interpretation of the length of “days” in Genesis 1.

However, there are certain critical issues at the core of our faith related to creation on which historic Christians can agree. These include the following:

  • God’s creative capacity includes the power to bring into existence that which did not previously exist (creation ex nihilo).

  • God’s authoritative revelation in Scripture consistently aligns with His revelation in the “book” of nature when the two revelations are rightly interpreted.

  • Within current knowledge of biological systems, which includes confirmation of microevolution, significant scientific challenges to macroevolution not only remain but also appear to be growing.

  • God created the first humans, male and female, as unique creatures bearing His image. The first human pair did not emerge by strictly natural processes from previously existing hominid (primate) species.

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