Three-Self Patriotic Movement Beliefs
How does one get saved?
Sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.
Who gets baptized and why?
Saved people get baptized as a public demonstration of their new lives.
How should baptism be done?
Baptism should be by sprinkling or immersion.
What is the trinity?
The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?
No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?
No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?
No, the dead cannot be baptized.
How many church ordinances/sacraments are there?
The church has two ordinances: Baptism and Holy Communion.
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?
Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.
How should a church be structured?
Every church congregation should be governed by its members and the Chinese Communist Party.
What day of the week should Christians worship?
Christians worship on Sunday.
How does God's revelation come to us today?
Sola scriptura: The Bible is the only infallible source of God's revelation, sufficient for all faith and practice.
How many books are in the Bible?
There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.
What is marriage?
Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.
Is sex permissible outside marriage?
No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.
Should Christians fight in wars?
Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.