“The Ancient Continuing Faith Network” (ACFN)TM
An Ancient Faith- “Classical Christianity”
What is the Ancient Faith… Orthodox Christianity is the Ancient Christian Faith. It’s Orthodox, but not Jewish. It’s Catholic, but not Roman. It’s Evangelical, but not Protestant. It’s not denominational, it’s pre-denominational. It means we are the body of Christ to be lived in holy communion with each other. First, in the 21st century we see that many denominations have changed their views about God, family, marriage and gender: how “God” made us in his image. These changes were made because of America’s political correctness and “Cultural Influences.” This has been the downfall of every Nation that has not “Obeyed” God’s Laws and followed the Holy Scriptures. The ICCEC Communion has and remains faithful to biblical worship and Scripture. We love our brothers and sisters, but remain faithful to God and his Scripture. That said…if you are still reading this, you believe that the Scripture once delivered has never changed. Like St Lerin’s you would be at home here at Emmaus Abbey Church in Knoxville and a part of our world-wide ICCEC Communion of churches. This is why we are An Ancient Continuing Faith Network of ICCEC Churches.
Emmaus Abbey Church is considered an independent Orthodox Christian “Communion” of CEC churches. We do not claim to be Roman Catholic or Protestant. We have not added or taken away from scripture or tradition. Our worship is joyful and visitors say all the time…We love your worship and singing, we love the beauty of your worship. In fact, its theology is deeply rooted in classical Christianity. We are an independent Christian Communion and not apart of any other Anglican church body. We love those who have become mis-directed, but we are not a part of the Episcopal Church USA or Church of England. We do not add doctrine, nor subtract from doctrine, nor deny the authority of Scripture as some denominations or Churches have done, nor are we bound by unmovable traditions of the church. We know that tradition has changed over the centuries, but the Bible does not! We seek to know God through his “Spirit, Word, and Sacrament.”
As a Christian church, we intentionally cross denominational lines and have no religious ethnic or cultural hangups about being Greek, Russian, Filipino, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Italian, German, or any other Nationality. We believe God died for every ones sins and everyone is welcome to worship with us, John 3:16. We are a mixed group of Christians coming from many Christian backgrounds such as, Baptist, Lutheran,Methodist, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Pentecostal, Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian faiths. Many denominations have fallen away from the faith and are coming home to the Charismatic Episcopal Church, a conservative Bible believing communion of churches.
When Jesus called his twelve disciples, he laid hands on them, ordaining them into the gospel ministry. “The Great Commission.” This is the affirmation of the early churches episcopal accountability of its deacons, presbyters and bishops (1 Tim). That’s why we have episcopal in our name, because we have Bishops, Priests and Deacons who are overseers of our churches, we are accountable too under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Emmaus Abbey is a part of the International Communion of Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC) a world-wide communion of orthodox evangelical churches. We are overseas in many countries. Our churches in America are under the Charismatic Episcopal Church North America (CECNA). Our Bishops have full Apostolic succession and we are fully an Ancient Faith Future Church maintaining the teachings of the early church called classical Christianity.
An Orthodox Evangelical Christian is a disciple of Christ who seeks to base all of his/her religious beliefs and practices upon the Holy Scripture itself. Those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, are baptized and join the body of Christ can partake in holy communion and live in holy community with us. In order to be an Ancient Future Church, the church, must embrace the teachings of the the New Testament and the Lord Jesus Christ. He or she is neither Catholic nor Protestant and rejects any and all Catholic and Protestant traditions that are inconsistent with or contrary to the New Testament, no matter how deeply-entrenched these traditions may have become. His or her overriding goal is to be true to Christ, his Word and true to the New Testament teachings.