To all Christ-Committed Followers throughout the CCF movement,
Grace and peace to you in the Name of Jesus!
It is with much joy that I share with all of you this paper containing CCF’s position on healing which was crafted through much prayer and discussion. This position paper expresses the CCF leadership’s key understanding regarding the matter of healing, taking into account the whole counsel of God as conveyed throughout the entire Bible, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.
For practical guidance, we have also included some specific points of pastoral counsel in relation to applying the principles in this paper. We will be sending answers to frequently-asked questions soon.
We acknowledge that not all people will agree with CCF’s position on certain theological issues. In leadership, we believe that it is imperative to keep an eye on the essentials and the “bottom line.” It helps us determine what really matters. This is especially crucial when there is a diversity of opinions among competent and well-intentioned servants of God. To address this matter, I want to share with you the four aspects of the bottom line which, like a four-legged stool, apply to any theological position CCF takes:
The Bottom Line of CCF Theological Positions:
- The Bottom Line of Diversity
We are all entitled to our opinions, so long as they are not heretical in what pertains to the doctrinal fundamentals of our common faith and they are not against the clear teachings of Scripture. Our CCF Statement of Faith enumerates these doctrinal fundamentals which we consider as essential and non-negotiable, like who Jesus is, how one can be saved, and the authority of God’s Word. We need to uphold the “major on the major” principle. In allowing different opinions, we celebrate the diversity of our faith. Leaders can agree to disagree and still co-labor together.
- The Bottom Line of Unity
Scripture tells God’s people to be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). It is completely possible for Christians to display unity even in the midst of diversity, and this happens when we distinguish between doctrinal essentials and non-essentials. If and when we say or do anything that purposely or inadvertently leads to division among believers, it dishonors God and goes directly against one of the most fervent prayers of Jesus — that His followers “may all be one as we are one” (John 17:21).
- The Bottom Line of Humility and Submission
One of CCF’s core values has to do with submission to God’s word and to God’s appointed authorities. More than anything else, this bottom line is a posture of humility and trust in God’s designated authorities (Hebrews 13:17). It is for our protection.
Hebrews 13:17 – Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
Even the 1st century church had impassioned discussions on certain theological issues. However, when the apostles and elders in Jerusalem prayerfully crafted and released a letter as to their decision on the matter, it brought renewed unity and focus to the early church (see Acts 15:1-35). Clearly, it takes humility to have such a mindset, but let us remember that an unbelieving world, and the enemy of our souls, are watching for an opportunity to criticize and even split the church for which our dear Savior gave His life.
- The Bottom Line of Love
In John 13:34-35, Jesus tells us, “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, … By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” Our love for one another is our testimony to the world. It will be love that will prevent us from having unproductive debates – and even breakdowns in relationships – over doctrinal non-essentials. At the same time, this very same love compels us to support and promote only those teachings that are clearly supported by the Bible. Like Jesus, we need to exhibit both grace and truth (John 1:14).
To reiterate, we can agree to disagree in non-essentials, but our disagreement should never cause division or cause others to stumble. Whatever we do, we must do all to glorify God. When we cause division, it will dishonor Christ’s name and will clearly not bring glory to God.
In the future, should you feel that CCF, or any of its pastors or leaders, is teaching something that is contrary to the clear teaching of the Bible, it is important that you raise this with your Area Pastor or Satellite Pastor/Lead Overseer. You may also raise this with the Board of Elders or with my office if you think nothing is being done to correct it.
If you have questions or comments, please course it through your Area Pastor or to any of our Executive Pastors like Ptr Ricky Sarthou, Ptr Jim Whelchel, and Ptr JP Masakayan.
May our good Lord expand our ministry in helping people become healthy spiritually and physically for God’s glory.