We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social and spiritual unit created by God. In it, the child gradually learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship to the Creator and Savior (Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20). The family also provides protection from over-extensive government and over-stimulating social involvements.
We understand family to mean a married man and a woman, with one or more children, all related by blood (Genesis 1:26-28), though we recognize the exceptions of a single parent, adopted children, and children related by marriage (James 1:27).
We reject homosexual marriage or homosexual orientation because it is contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in creation (Romans 1:18-32), and we believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the idea of family. We also reject co-habitation relationships as being in violation of God's laws and incapable of providing the long term nurturing and instruction needed by children as commanded by God (Proverbs 1:8-9; 2:1-11; Colossians 3:2; Ephesians 6:4). In view of this, no homosexual or co-habitating parents are eligible for membership.
PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN EDUCATION
We believe the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:1-25; 4:1-4). We believe this is an inalienable right given by God, which the State cannot create, destroy, or alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the control and supervision of parents.
NATURE OF EDUCATION
We believe that all education is religious in nature, since one's view of the world and life is involved in teaching (Proverbs 2:1-8; 3:1-2; 6:20-23; Matthew 28:18-20); that every discipline of knowledge (whether it be a subject such as mathematics, science or history) will have as its final reference point a theistic or humanistic view of reality (Colossians 1:15-20; 2:8-15), and that there are not neutral academic disciplines.
We reject anti-Christian tenets including but not limited to secular humanism, the general theory of evolution, one world government, government mandated sex education; government mandated parenting classes, modern feminist ideology and abortion. (Rom 12:2)
Thus, we believe that all social, physical and cognitive knowledge should have at its beginning, the fear of God, and as its end the glory of God (Proverbs 1:7; Romans 11:33-36).
ESSENTIAL TENETS OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
We affirm these ESSENTIAL tenets of Christian theology:
- The Bible is the verbally inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God, inerrant in the original autographs (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- God is one Being Who eternally exists as three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; all of the Persons are equal in power and glory (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
- Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man (John 1:1,14), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18), sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15), He died vicariously on the cross as a substitute for sinful men (Hebrew 9:15), He rose bodily from the grave (John 20:1-9; 24-31; Acts 2-24), and now reigns with the Father (Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 24:30).
- All humans are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23; 5:12) and can only be forgiven by the expression of trust in Jesus as Savior (John 3:16), brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-7).
- We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian can live a godly life (Romans 8:1-17).
This statement of faith is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of doctrinal issues, but a succinct statement of the basics of our common Biblical Christian faith that unites us as Christian Homeschoolers. However, under no circumstance will UTCH accept a statement of faith that has been altered. Neither text nor scripture may be added to or deleted from this document. We ask that at a minimum one parent be able to agree with and sign this document in good conscience. For the protection of your homeschool it is prudent to have both signatures. Please contact UTCH in writing or by e-mail if you have any questions concerning this statement.