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  Kuai Mu Institute Statement of Faith

We are a Christian organization that seeks to make the best orthodox Christian thinking on culture and faith available to people around the world. Our goals are partly evangelical — to bring thoughtful unbelievers to faith, and partly educational — to help Christians understand how the Gospel relates to world cultures and religions.

Our theological viewpoint is what C. S. Lewis called "Mere Christianity," grounded in the central tradition of the faith, from the apostles, to early Church fathers like Justin Martyr and St. Augustine, to Christians of all churches in the modern world who hold to that faith. We work with faithful Christians of many denominations and mission and educational organizations. For that reason, as a fellowship we usually avoid taking stands on issues that we see as secondary or potentially divisive within the Body of Christ.

We believe that God is One, the Creator of all things, Who has made man and woman in His image, is Author of the moral law, Judge over all creation, and calls us to know Him, and learn His ways.

We acknowledge the sinful and broken condition of humanity, and recognize God's calling on His people to reconcile people to Him, and to one another.

We believe in Jesus, the Messiah and unique Son of God. He lived in Palestine two thousand years ago, as the Gospels say, taught his disciples and the Jewish people about the Kingdom of God, healed the sick, and raised the dead. He was crucified for the sins of mankind, and rose again from the dead the third day, as had been foretold in the Scriptures.

We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We recognize that His guidance most often comes through the Scriptures, through other believers, and through the intellectual and moral capacities which God has given to us. We do not rule out His ability to guide us in other ways as well, in accordance with Scriptural principles.

St. Paul writes, "All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be well-fitted and adequately equipped for all good work." We find this to be an accurate description of how God guides believers through Scripture.

It is, the Gospels teach, the duty of man to "love God, and love your neighbor as yourself." Christians therefore are called to help others however we can. As a ministry, our primary calling is to strengthen the faith of Christians, and to work with missionaries, teachers, and other believers to persuade the world that the Gospel is true, and the fulfillment of the deepest needs of mankind as expressed in world cultures. Being called to act as the "light of the world," it is a Christian's duty, we believe, to conduct our ministry as well with integrity and compassion, treating both fellow believers and unbelievers with respect and honesty.

   
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