My personal Statement of Faith
I am not sure that I am capable of writing a complete and full Statement of Faith that explains all that I believe and
understand of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and all that His word teaches on the life of the believer. This paper
only briefly touches on many of my personal beliefs and practice of faith.
I consider myself conservative in theology, by that I mean that I take the bible literally and believe that what it says is
what it means. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20
I am not however a strict traditionalist and believe that man has the freedom to worship God in a variety of ways.
I believe in sound doctrine and sound biblical teaching. Titus 1:9, 13 2:1
I hold a Reformed/Augustinian view of doctrine.
I believe in the One God of the Bible, the triune Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is not three Gods but
one God manifest in three persons, and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in
power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties; God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy
God the Father; Creator and sustainer
Man’s knowledge of God is limited by our ability to comprehend His divine being. What we do and can know of
God comes from two distinct sources.
1. Innate or inborn; Each man is born with a sense of God, not knowledge of God
(Mk 4:26-270 but an innate sense that a grater being has caused the universe to be.
2. Revelation; God reveals Himself by general and special revelation.
General revelation is common to all man as he sees the handiwork of God around him.
Special Revelation is seen in God’s redemptive work addressed to man whom God has chosen from eternity.
The Father reveals Himself in His divine word, The Holy Scriptures.
God the Son, Jesus; Savior, Redeemer, Co-creator
The only begotten son, not made nor crated but begotten of the Father.
Fully God and fully human, united in one person. God divine who did not change or adopt, but assumed a
human nature which did not develop into an independent personality, but became personal in the person of
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As the Only begotten Son of the Father Jesus holds these offices as; Mediator, High Priest , King, Prophet
God the Holy Spirit,
The third person of the Trinity Holy Spirit is proceeds from the Father and the Son
Proceeds from the Father and the Son. Jn 15:26.
Given by the Father, Jn 14:16, by Christ, Isa 61:3,
Through Christ’s intercession, Jn 14:16
Sent in the name of Christ, Jn 14:26,
Sent by Christ from the Father. Jn 15:26; 16:7.
The Bible is the authoritative inspired, infallible, inerrant word of God. It contains all that people in any age need to
know for their salvation, and all that one needs to know to have and maintain right relationships with God and with
others. The bible is completely accurate in everything it intends to teach. It’s accurate in its history, geography,
anthropology, cosmology and theology. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 3:16
Sin is the nature of fallen mankind and is rooted in the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Man in his fallen
condition is prone to and addicted to sin and cannot of himself choose good. Though man may do good things, man
himself is depraved and unable to choose outside his fallen nature. 1 John 2:16 tells us “For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the
world.” I believe all sin can be traced back to these 3 fundamental conditions of man’s heart. (It is interesting to note
in the Genesis account of Eve’s seduction these are the very traits the serpent used against her. Read Genesis 3:1-
Repentance is mandatory for salvation . Luke 13:3, 5
Repentance from sin is only possible in Jesus Christ. Acts 30-31
Repentance means to change one’s life, based on complete change of attitude and thought concerning sin and
righteousness, (also called regeneration) Acts 3:19
Only the repentant will be saved. Luke 5:31-32, Acts 17:30-31
Jesus Christ is the sole author of salvation. It is only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as messiah that one
gains salvation. John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Works are a response (or effect) to faith and not the cause of salvation. Eph 2:8
Once saved it is God who establishes and holds onto us and will never forsake us.
"This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I
Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (NASB95)
I am Reformed in doctrine and believe that the 5 points of Calvinism are an accurate representation of God’s
relationship of grace with mankind. To describe this I subscribe to the acronym TULIP and the more recently used
My position on some current issues facing the Body of Christ
Creation and evolution
God is the creator of the universe and all it contains. As image-bearers of Himself, God created mankind as the
crowning of all creation and human life is more sacred and consecrated than that of all other forms of life, animal or
plant. Genesis 2:7 tells us “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being” This
alone sets man apart from all of God’s other creation. Humans are the only creature in all of creation for which God
breathed the spirit of life. Mankind was also given charge over all creation, the only creature for which this is even
possible. Our human lineage of existence extends only from Adam and Eve, God’s first couple.
Abortion is an abomination to the Lord who is creator and sanctifies all human life. As image-bearers of our creator,
abortion at any stage of life including birth control that allows for the fertilization of the egg with subsequent rejection
of the fertilized egg is an abomination to the Lord.
The long term effects of abortion should be an area of great concern for the Body of Christ. It is the responsibility of
every believer to show Christian love and compassion and to offer support to those experiencing unwanted
pregnancies as well as to those who have undergone abortions.
Homosexuality is a distorted view of sexuality and is the result of the sinful and fallen nature of mankind. Those in
the church who are actively involved in homosexual activity or relationships are to be disciplined accordingly. 1
Corinthians 5:1 We must accept the repentant and non practicing homosexuals into our congregation with love and
acceptance, ministering God’s love and forgiveness. Homosexuality is a sin, not more or less acceptable than any
other. 1 Corinthians 6:9 1Timothy 1:10 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10, Romans 1
Co-habitation of non-married couples
Co-habitation has left its lasting effect on our culture and today more than 50% of couples live together prior to
marriage. This practice is not only common practice but seems to be acceptable in many congregations. Co-
habitation is a sinful life style. As a pastor and congregation I believe we must be dedicated to correcting the lie of
co-habitation as an acceptable life style.
Cohabiting couples with children are a particular concern. The parent-child relationship is of utmost importance to
the healthy growth of the child. However the answer is not to co-habitat but the couple should be asked to secure
separate housing until such a time as marriage is possible. The man should be responsible to provide completely for
the mother and children during this period. I believe marriage should be the intended goal of counseling.
I advise college students and young people that co-habitation, even in monogamous relationships, is very
dangerous and often leads to sinful behaviors and therefore should be avoided.
Mark 7:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:3
Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce is a sin and the result of mankind’s fallen nature. Divorce is a plague on our culture that ruins lives and has
the potential to destroy everything and everyone it comes in contact with. Divorce is a result of our own weakness,
and God never gives us a right to divorce, but because of our weakness He does make concessions, and gives us
clear situations and circumstances when divorce may be sought. (Matt 5:31-32, 19:3-9 Mark 10:2-11)
I believe we must be careful not to raise divorce to the level of the second unpardonable sin. There are many good
and Godly men and women who have been divorced who are actively serving Christ in every aspect of the kingdom.
I believe that if a person is divorced and the divorce was because of infidelity or because the person who filed for
divorce was an unbeliever who choose not to live with his or her believing spouse (1 Cor 7:12-17) then I would not
be opposed to the remarriage of the believing spouse. If the person who is seeking remarriage was an unbeliever at
the time of the divorce whether or not they were the person initiating the divorce, and they have since become a
believer I would not be opposed to remarriage.
Alcohol and drugs
All mind altering substance should be held in high suspicion by the Body of Christ. Alcohol is not condemned by the
bible but we are reminded to remain sober and not to be drunkards. Eph 5:18, Romans 14:21, 1 John 2:10
According to Scripture, all Christians must avoid drunkenness. The church should provide pastoral care and
guidance for alcoholic church members and their families, including intervention and discipline when necessary.
Drugs and medications of all kinds have the possibility of doing either great good or great harm to God’s people.
While prescription drugs are seen as acceptable and illegal drugs are not, the fact is that they all have similar
effects on mind and body. Prescription drugs are the leading cause of suicide and accidental overdose deaths in
America today and are not always an aid to the person taking them. Anyone taking drugs of any kind should only do
so under the direct supervision and guidance of a physician and should take personal responsibility to follow all
dosing guidelines carefully and to understand the impact and implication of all medications being taken. Drugs or
medications taken for reasons of vanity such as weight loss, hair restoration or sexual prowess, etc. have few
redeeming qualities and can be dangerous and even life threatening and therefore are best avoided.
As with alcoholism the church should provide pastoral care and guidance for church members and their families who
suffer from drug abuse, including intervention and discipline when necessary.
1 Timothy 3:8, Titus 2:3
Women in ordained ministry in the Church.
I believe the role of Pastor and Elder is the responsibility of men within the assembled church. While I recognize that
this is an emotional issue for many in the Church today and there are good and Godly men and women on both
sides of this issue. ,And while it is true that we find many instances of women in pastoral and elder positions
throughout the world, I cannot find that there is any evidence of this model instituted by Christ or His Apostles, nor
do I find any evidence for nearly 2000 years of church history following the apostolic period.
Women should be encouraged to use all the gifts and talents that God has given them to minister both within the
local church and the Body of Christ within the framework of scripture.
Finally I must say something about the issue of equality because many of the egalitarian camp make equality the
main issue. I however do not believe this is an equality issue. The bible is very clear that men and women are of
equal value. In fact we find this truth throughout the bible beginning on the very first page of Genesis and continuing
thorough out the Old and New Testament to which the following verses attest.
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
(NASB95) Genesis 5:2, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:16-18, Galatians 3:28
I believe this is an issue or role and responsibility, men are given the solemn responsibility of leading their homes
and the church in Godly wisdom and understanding and doctrine. In 1Timothy 3, the Apostle clearly places the
responsibility of leading the assembled congregation squarely on the shoulders of the men.
The role of women is not subordinate to men, however it is different.
Wayne Grudem in his book “Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth” has a very clear understanding of this issue.
Music, Evangelism and outreach
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all that I might win more of them. To the Jews I
became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being
myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law
(not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I
became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I
do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (ESV NT Rev. Int.)
When it comes to music and evangelism and outreach ministry I tend to be very diverse. I believe the underlying
principle is to worship and glorify God, and that there is a difference between personal preference and biblical
doctrine. What I like to call Principle verses Technique.
The principle is to worship God in all we do. (1 Corinthians 10:23-31) The technique is how we do that. I do not
believe that a particular genre of music is more Holy or more Godly than another. They are expressions of personal
preference. To this truth we must also add timing. There is a proper place and time for the different expressions of
praise and worship, and we must always consider the intended audience of our ministry.
There is a lot of controversy over the use of what many call the spiritual gifts. Over the years there have been many
who have used the gifts inappropriately. This I believe has caused a great misunderstanding on both sides of the
issue. I believe the proper use of the Spiritual gifts is as the Apostle Paul said, and they are a sign to believer and
unbeliever alike and must be used with great wisdom and understanding and should never be taken lightly or
irreverently. See 1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14
J.I. Packer in his book “Keeping in Step with the Spirit” seems to have the best take on this that I have read.
Of all the current issues that stand before us this has been by far the most troublesome for me.
It would seem from scripture that governments are neither obligated to; nor forbidden from the practice of capital
To be sure there are some crimes for which it seems justice demands the most severe form of punishment available.
I feel the totality of the circumstances must lead me to believe that capital punishment, though not sinful on behalf of
the government, is the least preferable of all possible penalties and should not be sought on the part of the
Christian who’s right for justice is out weighed by his or her call to witness for the repentance and salvation of the
Some of my favorite authors and theologians are;
Wm. Barclay, Wayne Grudem, Louis Brekhof, J.I. Packer, John Calvin, Ravi Zacharias, Georg Barna, Norman
Geisler, and John Piper.
In His Service Rev. Chris Kostelansky