Mere Christian Convictions
Wheatstone isn't a church, and we aren't out to replace them. Instead, we work in unity with the churches that our students and staff attend, pointing them back to their local leadership.
1. On Christian Doctrine
The Nicene Creed
Why the creed?
The Nicene Creed allows Christians from many denominational backgrounds to gather together in their affirmation of the Trinity and God's work in the world.
Wheatstone does not take further public stances on doctrine. Instead, we encourage our staff and students to faithfully follow their creedal Christian traditions. We never proselytize fellow Christians.
We affirm the Nicene Creed in its Eastern or Western form. We affirm it as both true and factual in every point.
The creed says:
On the Father
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
On the Son
And we believe 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 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 for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. On the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.
On the Holy Spirit
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, 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.
On the Church
And we believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church, we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
2. On Submission to Scripture
Scripture and Christ
Since the whole Bible comes from God, it is properly known as the Word of God and has a special relationship to Jesus Christ, the Word by whom all things were made. The Bible, the Word of God, always reveals Jesus, the Word, and represents him. Jesus has the words of life, and the Spirit who reveals and glorifies him lives in the Bible, as in believers.
Scripture and the Spirit
We believe that the whole Bible is inspired for us by the Holy Spirit, who also continuously lives and acts in it. The Spirit does not err. His gifts to us are perfect for us, so Scripture is perfect for us. We believe all Scripture was inspired and written for the revelation and glory of God, and for the edification of his people throughout time.
Scripture and us
We affirm the Bible entirely and submit ourselves to it. We affirm that the lives of Christians must be characterized by a devotion to exploring and discussing Scripture, with an active submission to its injunctions for life.
3. On The Christian Life
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify Christians in the image of Christ. All discussion of Christian behavior, therefore, begins with a recognition that it is the Spirit who works in Christians to apply the Word of God to their lives. The Spirit convicts and guides in the Word and in the community of faith.
We believe that the Spirit’s work of sanctification is sure for every Christian. No matter how sinful or mistaken a Christian is at any given moment, the Spirit will, in the end, complete every Christian’s sanctification.
Prayer and holiness
We believe Christians are called to cooperate as the Spirit applies the Word of God to their lives, making them holy as Christ is holy. We must fervently seek that Christlikeness.
We further believe that we cannot separate Christian behavior—the pursuit of Spirit-led, Christlike holiness—from prayer, because prayer is the practice of our relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our living must find its source in that relationship.
Likewise, we believe that we cannot separate Christian behavior from Christian community, that is, from the practice of our relationship with Christ’s body, the church.
We believe that the practical foundation for Christian holiness is reading Scripture and praying individually, but also, essentially, in community as members of one body.
4. On Being Above Reproach
Who we hire
The three above–right doctrine, the authority of Scripture, and a Spirit-guided, Christ-centered, Church-grounded Christian life—are the essential indicators by which Wheatstone Ministries identifies Christians and Christian churches. Everyone we hire must affirm and demonstrate them.
Additionally, we have a number of more specific, concrete applications and interpretations of Christian life and doctrine that inform our hiring practices. These ensure a pure, safe, and rich environment in which our students—many of whom are legal minors—may pursue Christian adulthood.
We hold our staff to high behavioral standards, calling them to live clear Christian lives as it relates to their souls, to their bodies, to their families, to their churches, and to their societies.