An Official Statement of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada


(Also contained in the Local Church Constitution and the Constitution for Developing Churches)


1. There is one God,1 who is infinitely perfect,2 existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.3

2. Jesus Christ is true God and true man.4 He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.5 He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. 6 He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest.7 He will come again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace.8

3. The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell,9 guide, teach, and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.10

4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.11

5. Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God,12 fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.13 The destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss.14

6. Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified, and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God.15


1 Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-6
2 Matthew 5:48; Deuteronomy 32:4
3 Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19
4 Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 2:14-18; Colossians 2:9
5 Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35
6 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 2:2; Acts 13:39
7 Hebrews 4:14-15; 9:24-28
8 Matthew 25:31-34; Acts 1:11
9 John 14:16-17
10 John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12
11 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
12 Genesis 1:27
13 Romans 8:8; 1 John 2:2
14 Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
15 Titus 3:5-7; Acts 2:38; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11