The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 2 million members worshiping in over 26,000 local congregations in 156 world areas.
These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:
We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by perfect inspiration, contain all the truth necessary for faith and Christian living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is inclined to sin always.
We believe that the unrepentant are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the death of Jesus Christ was for the whole human race; and that whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ is forgiven and saved from the power of sin.
We believe that believers are to be purified through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth in believers, and also purifies those believers.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
1. We Are a Christian People:
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creed statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
2. We Are a Holiness People:
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit" - cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
3. We Are a Missional People:
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
Church of the Nazarene website: www.nazarene.org
Church of the Nazarene Board of General Superintendents
Statement on Same-sex marriage
(released after the US Supreme Court decision 2015)
Societies across the globe are engaged in conversations to redefine
marriage. Media debates, election-day balloting, and governmental court
rulings have provided the platform for this redefinition. We believe a biblical
view of marriage involves a monogamous, covenantal relationship between
a man and a woman. Jesus said, "At the beginning the Creator 'made them
male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and
mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'. So they
are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let
no one separate" (Matthew 19:4-6 NIV).
Today the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision of Obergefell v.
Hodges, legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. We remind our people
that while the civil law of yet another country has changed, divine truth has
not changed. We will learn how this civil definition functions within the
context of our constitutional and religious freedoms. Our commitment to the
orthodox biblical Christian faith remains the same. We continue to call
Nazarenes around the world to a life of holiness, characterized by holy love
and expressed through the most rigorous and consistent lifestyle of sexual
purity. We further call our people to a generosity and graciousness of spirit
that extends kindness to those who do not share our belief. We pray that
God will help us be examples of His truth in a world that needs to see God's
love demonstrated in word and deed more than ever.
Jerry D. Porter J.K. Warrick Eugenio R. Duarte
David W. Graves David A. Busic Gustavo A. Crocker
Board of General Superintendents, Church of the Nazarene