Summary: The Charismatic Episcopal Church holds to the San Clemente Declaration of 1999 as the minimum standard of catholicity, and seeks for theology to be not only an intellectual assent, but also a living experience with the Holy Trinity and the Church. The Church affirms the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
1. The ICCEC believes that the 66 universally accepted books of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God containing all things necessary unto salvation. With regard to those several works commonly referred to as the Apocrypha or Deutro-Canonical Books, we further reaffirm the position, that while beneficial for education and teaching, they are not considered part of the Canon of Holy Scripture. They may, therefore, be read in public worship, but not used to establish dogma for doctrine.
2. Bible Version: We hold that Bible translations that are translations of the original Greek and Hebrew are valid for church readings and study. Bible versions that add to or subtract from the original text are not authorized for CEC worship.
3. We hold the Authority of Holy Scriptures.
a. The Charismatic Episcopal Church recognizes the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
b. The Holy Scriptures serve as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
c. Scripture is to be understood in light of apostolic tradition and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
d. Where Scripture does not speak, we defer to apostolic tradition.
4. We hold the San Clemente Declaration of 1999.
a. In earnest anticipation for a future revelation of the fullness of the unity of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church adheres to these articles of unity exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first eleven centuries:
b. The Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the written Word of God, the chief witness to apostolic teaching, the source of the Church’s nourishment and strength.
c. The Apostles’ Creed as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
d. The Seven Sacraments of the Church, including: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession/Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, Healing/Unction.
e. The historic episcopate in Apostolic Succession, the gift of Christ’s authority to the Church and the trustee of the Church’s fidelity to apostolic teaching.
5. We hold the spirit of the Family.
a. That all life is sacred.
b. That marriage is between a man and a woman: that it is a covenantal relationship between a man and a woman and God.
c. That marriage is a sacrament ordained by God.
d. That marriage is a divine picture of the relationship between Christ and his Bride, the Church.
e. That all children are a blessing from God.
6. We hold the Spirit of Theology.
a. The Charismatic Episcopal Church recognizes that doctrine is not only intellectual assent, but a living relationship with Almighty God and His Church.
b. It is incumbent upon the leadership of the Charismatic Episcopal Church to develop and maintain an atmosphere for growth and understanding in theology and doctrine. We adhere to the classical statement of ecumenicity: “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity.” While celebrating the diversity within orthodoxy, we also strive to avoid a schismatic spirit which would elevate nonessential or nonconsensual beliefs and practices above the Father's will that there be a spiritual and visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.