EAF is committed to a clear, unequivocal, unambiguous articulation of faith convictions. If ever you want to know where we stand on an issue, all you need do is ask. We will do our best to respond in simple, precise language. There are a few issues about which questions are raised with some frequency. Here then, for your information and future reference, is our response to some of these questions.
Q: Does EAF believe in the inerrancy of Scripture?
A: Sometimes terms in a debate become so laden with misconception that they lose the power to enlighten. In some ways that is the case with the word "inerrancy." EAF believes that the Bible is the Word of God; every word in the Bible was breathed out by God. Thus the Bible bears the character of the God Who breathed it. What we believe about God, we also believe about His Word. God is absolutely holy, pure, just, and perfect in every way. So is His Word. There is no defect or flaw in Him. Nor is there in His Word. If that's the way you define inerrancy, then that's what we believe.
Q:Do we believe that personal faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, where all of God's righteous demands regarding human sin were satisfied, is the only way a human being can become rightly related to God?
Q: Do we believe that persons who die in their unbelief, having never come to faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, are condemned to spend eternity separated from the presence of God?
Q: Do we believe it is incumbent upon Christians to preach the gospel, both by life and by verbal testimony, and to invite unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord?
Q: Do we believe that, as disciples of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, Christians should eschew the elements of carnal warfare and pursue the ethic of love, peace and nonresistance in all human relationships?
Q: Do we believe that God has established definite and specific roles for men and women, both in the home and in the church?
A: Frankly, we don't have complete consensus on this point at this time, and thus we have not declared an official position. It would be accurate to state, however, that the majority of our members espouse the perspective advocated in the Danvers Statement, published by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. (If you are not familiar with this document, you may write our office to request a free copy.)
And finally . . .
Q: Do we believe that homosexual behavior (defined as genital sexual contact between members of the same sex) is abhorrent to the plan and purpose of God for human sexual expression and, as such, should not be engaged in by those who desire membership in an Anabaptist/Mennonite congregation?
A: Yes. Further, we take the same position regarding the other manifestations of social, sexual and moral sin which the Scriptures also condemn, such as premarital and extramarital sex, sexual and emotional abuse of every kind, all forms of exploitation, and every expression of selfishness, lust, and greed.
As God is our witness, this is where we stand on these crucial issues. If you are not already an EAF member, we invite you to consider taking a stand with us. We ask only that you share our commitment always to say what we mean and mean what we say.