The ICCEC stands squarely on the historic, undisputed teachings of orthodox Christianity as taught by Jesus, spread by the Apostles, defended by the Patriarchs of the Early Church, expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first millennium of its existence. We believe that all these things together contain the substantial deposit of Christian Faith and Order delivered to the Church. Theologically we stand in union with all churches who profess the necessary tenets of Faith as outlined in our San Clemente Declaration of 1999, included at the end of this booklet.
The ICCEC is a church that was founded in the pro-life movement. We believe that all life is sacred from conception to natural death, and that abortion and euthanasia are the taking of human life and contrary to God's Word.
We believe in the sanctity of holy matrimony. Marriage is represented solely in the life-long union of one man and one woman. Divorce is contrary to God's plan, but we also recognize that in our frail humanity divorce is a fact of life.
Divorced persons, and those who are divorced and remarried, are welcome to receive Holy Communion in the ICCEC.
We maintain the validity of God's grace imparted through the seven traditional sacraments of the Church (i.e., Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession & Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Healing/Unction).
Since the ICCEC occupies a unique place between the protestant and catholic formulations of faith, our basic beliefs hold in common the essentials of orthodoxy (i.e., "that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all") found in Eastern Orthodoxy, Western Catholicism, and the Reformed traditions. Accordingly, we cannot walk in fellowship with those who deny the essentials of faith; those who would "move an ancient boundary stone" (Proverbs 22:28).
Among those beliefs we would underscore and commend the following:
- The Holy Bible is the Word of God. We believe Holy Scripture and affirm the critical importance of preaching, public reading of the Word, and personal Bible study;
- The Sacraments impart the grace of God, particularly baptism and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist;
- A high view of the Church in affirming Cyprian's claim that, "he who has not the Church for his mother, has not God for his Father;"
- The doctrine of saving grace by faith as reinforced by both the Reformers and the Council of Trent;
- The real and present work of the Holy Spirit through gifts and signs as imparted to believers for service and witness as rediscovered during this century by the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements.
In this sense the ICCEC is wholly orthodox, wholly evangelical, wholly sacramental, and wholly charismatic.