Solomon’s Porch Christian Community is a reformed church, meaning we agree and align ourselves doctrinally with the men of the reformation era. We believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith 1648 and the Belgic Confession 1618 are the best examples of Christian doctrinal standards from the reformation era and therefore pastors, teaching elders, and ruling elders at Solomon’s Porch use one of those two as the basis for their ministerial vows. Their ministerial examination will therefore be based on one of these confessions.
We Are a Hybrid Congregation
Solomon’s Porch Christian Community is however a hybrid congregation. We will practice, based on the head of household’s conviction either paedobaptism (infant baptism) or credobaptism (baptizing a confessing person). Further, a credobaptist may even be placed in a position of leadership in the body as an elder or deacon. They may take their ministerial vows if elected as an elder to the Westminster Confession by asking for a written exception to the language in the confession around infant baptism and affirming a pre-written statement regarding credobaptism pre-produced by the eldership.
At Solomon’s Porch one may be a member and not subscribe to the tenets of the reformation era church. We do ask that our members be able to affirm all the tenets of the Nicene Creed as an accurate summation of essential Christian truth before they are admitted to membership and pastoral care.
We also believe that it is necessary for the church to give a further testimony in regards to biblical marriage, sexual ethics, social justice, abortion, medical ethics, and female conscription. As other moral dilemmas arise in our culture we will emit further testimonies in writing. These occasional testimonies, once they appear on our site have been fully approved by our elders and are now a part of our constitutional work.
The following occasional testimonies have been ratified by the elders of Solomon’s Porch Christian Community and therefore have been adopted into our Constitution and are a part of our public testimony.