We believe and accept the doctrines of the Seven Early Church Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Catholic Church.



Seven Ecumenical Councils





In early church history, an ecumenical council was a meeting of the bishops of the whole church convened to discuss and settle matters of Church doctrine and practice.





The Seven Ecumenical Councils


An ecumenical council (or oecumenical council also general council) is a conference of ecclesiastical dignitaries and theological experts convened to discuss and settle matters of Church doctrine and practice. The word "ecumenical" derives from the Greek language "οἰκουμένη", which literally means "the inhabited world", – a reference to the Roman Empire that later was extended to apply to the world in general. Due to schisms, only the two earliest councils can be considered to have included bishops of the entire Christian Church, as it existed before those schisms. Later councils included bishops of only parts of the Church as previously constituted, leading the Christians who do not belong to those parts to reject the actions of those councils.


Acceptance of these councils thus varies between different branches of Christianity. Disputes over christological questions have led certain branches to reject some of the councils that others accept.


We believe and accept the doctrines of the Seven Early Church Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Catholic Church.


For a more in-depth review of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, please click on the highlighted names of each Council listed below:


First Ecumenical Council - Nicaea, Asia Minor (325 A.D.) Formulated the First Part of the Creed and defining the divinity of the Son of God.


Second Ecumenical Council - Constantinople (381 A.D.) Formulated the Second Part of the Creed, defining the divinity of the Holy Spirit.


Third Ecumenical Council - Ephesus, Asia Minor (431 A.D.) Defined Christ as the Incarnate Word of God and Mary as Theotokos.


Fourth Ecumenical Council - Chalcedon, Asia Minor (451 A.D.) Defined Christ as Perfect God and Perfect Man in One Person.


Fifth Ecumenical Council - Constantinople II (553 A.D.) Reconfirmed the Doctrines of the Trinity and Christ.


Sixth Ecumenical Council - Constantinople III (680 A.D.) Affirmed the True Humanity of Jesus by insisting upon the reality of His Human will and action.


Seventh Ecumenical Council - Nicaea, Asia Minor (787 A.D.) Affirmed the propriety of icons as genuine expressions of the Christian Faith.


We base our belief statement on the first seven ecumenical (or oecumenical council also general council) councils of the Universal Church.


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