What we stand for
From the Founders
First of all, I want to start by clearing away any preconceived notions that could be there surrounding a Biblical Worldview ministry. We don’t believe that we arrived at some lofty spiritual mountain of knowledge.
No, quite the contrary. There are moments in our lives where we will turn to each other and say, “Man, I really wasn’t living out the Christian worldview here when I meditate on this Scripture passage.” Sometimes it can be that we realized we weren’t taking care of our bodies for months by giving them proper rest and nutrition. We’ll then realize that we’re dishonoring the temple God gave us. (1 Cor. 6:9)
Or, we’ll realize that righteous anger simmered into a long term bitterness that needs to be brought to God. We’ll then understand more fully that we weren’t viewing the situation as Jesus would if He were walking this earth. So please know that we know we haven’t arrived.
We’re still learning and growing and realizing throughout the years what it means to look through the lens of a Christian worldview. We hope you join us on this journey of the Christian life at Valor Media to understand more of a full-orbed perspective of what it means to live the Christian life.
These are the positions we stand for:
We believe the Bible is the infallible living Word of God. It’s the foundation by which our faith derives and where we turn to know how we perceive the world.
We believe God is one in essence, three in person. The Trinity is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We oppose the doctrine of modalism which says, “The Trinity represents only three modes or aspects of the divine revelation, not distinct and coexisting persons in the divine nature.”
God Created the Universe and it was Perfect
We believe our sentiments for feeling like life is unfair stems from the contrasting origins of perfection in Eden. God created the entire universe from Mercury to Pluto (are we settled on whether Pluto is a planet or not, by the way?) and it was good.
Man was Created in the Image of God
We believe the Trinity existed before the foundations of the earth were formed. It is in this communal love relationship that man was created in the image of and it is for this reason that God said the one and only thing that was bad before the fall was that man was alone.
We also believe that believers and unbelievers alike hold intrinsic worth and value because we are all image-bearers of the Most High God. This stands in contrast to other worldviews such as naturalism which does not have a foundation for man’s worth and value.
We believe that mankind fell and that thereafter, there was a chasm in man’s relationship with God. Man needed a Savior to bridge the gap and make a way to fulfill the wrath of God and save humanity from their sins. The Father saw this need and sent His Son.
Jesus, Our Redemption
We believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, fully man, yet fully God. He lived a perfect sinless life, fulfilling the Law like no one ever could in the past and like no one superseding Him could ever attain. It’s because of His sinless state that He was able to make the perfect blood sacrifice that ended all sacrifices.
He took on the sins of man to free the captives like you and me. We believe that the Spirit raised Christ Jesus from the grave and it is this same Spirit that is able to live inside anyone who believes in Him, repents of their sins, and receives the grace extended to them. We believe the Christian Worldview is very different from others in that, “We are saved by grace through faith.” Many world religions have a continual striving where man has to climb their way to God to receive what they perceive as salvation. Christianity is the opposite. It says man is not able to reach salvation and heaven without the grace of Christ.
We believe that there is a message that is omitted from many Christian teachings and it is that of the Kingdom. When Jesus came to this earth, He inaugurated a change and initiated His Kingdom. It says in Matthew 10:7 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
We believe that Christians will continually be growing in the sanctification process through the work of the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we haven’t arrived and we are continuously seeking God to convict us and transform us. This sanctification process should be ongoing until the day we meet God in eternity.
We believe that anyone who believes in Christ’s death and resurrection, puts their faith in Him as their Savior and turns away from their sin will enter into the presence of Christ forever where there will be no more sorrow. This perfection is the hope we have to look forward to in the new heaven and new earth. (Rev 21:1)
Unity Without Compromise
We believe in unifying the Church together as Jesus prayed in John 17 “May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.” We believe in unifying on the essentials with believers and expressing love towards each other so that the unbelieving world may see our example and know that Jesus is the way, truth, and the life.
“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity”
“The saying of Rupertus Meldenius strikes the right balance. It calls for unity on the essential things, the core of truth in our union with Christ. In non-essentials (not the unimportant, but those things that if lacking do not prevent our union with Christ), it calls for liberty so that all might follow their consciences under the Word and Spirit. In all things, however, there must be love (‘charity’ from the Latin caritas, or ‘love’), ‘which binds everything together in perfect harmony'” (Col. 3:14). –Mark E. Ross, Ligonier Ministries
Before anyone accuses us of creating a hippy version of Christinaity, we do believe in church discipline that could look unloving, but is in actuality, a way of protecting others and ourselves from toxic behaviors. Modern psychology compliments the Bible in this area by encouraging people to create healthy boundaries.
Cultivating Safe Church Environments
We believe that no church will ever be perfect. The only perfect church is heaven. With that said, we still feel like, through Scripture, it’s healthy to construct appropriate church discipline and measures to protect churchgoers. We believe in principles in the vein of The Emotionally Healthy Church.
We believe one reason why people leave the church is because an emotionally and spiritually healthy church environment has not been a prominent focus. People leave more bruised and battered after walking away from the church than when they entered. This should never be the case.
“The overall health of any church or ministry depends primarily on the
emotional and spiritual health of its leadership.” -Pete Scazzero
Caring for the Whole Person
We believe that the Bible talks about reaching the whole person, so that’s what we aim for as well and why it’s in Valor Media’s mission statement.
The soul or heart is often talked about as what we want to reach in the church, but are we even reaching the heart or soul if we don’t sit with someone in their brokenness? So many times, we like to slap on a Christian Bible verse to someone as they’re enduring an unbearable trial. While there’s an appropriate scenario with suffering to dispense Bible verses, we should also be trying to embody Jesus incarnate and listening to people’s stories and ministering to them in their brokenness. For far too long in the church, we’ve dismissed people’s pain for the sake of “strengthening them in the faith.”
We also believe the mind is an often forgotten area that isn’t of concern in many churches. Both of us growing up wanted to know that Christianity had a solid reason behind it, yet we were faced with teaching that lacked substance, or Christians that didn’t have a reason for the hope that was within them.
We believe that the pursuit of Scripture and knowledge should not only be studied to edify ourselves, but it should also be done in love for a hurting world who may turn away from Christianity because of the seeming irrationality behind it.
We believe the body is also an often forgotten part of the person, but we know it was very important to Jesus. This is a part that hits home with us because of what we’ve both endured with chronic health issues.
Here’s Jesus’ words on the importance of the body:
“‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me…’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or without clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick…’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Rights and a Voice for All
We believe that other worldviews should have a right to have their voices heard. That’s what our digital outpost events will be conducted for–allowing other worldview voices to be heard and conducting digital events that would interest believers and unbelievers alike. If Christianity is true–and we truly believe it is–Christians can confidently allow other voices to be heard that are outside of our own in the marketplace of ideas because we know the truth will stand.
We believe that revival is possible but only through the work of the Holy Spirit and not through the manufactured attempts of man. But we also believe that we need to first have a revival of the Spirit inside of us coupled with fasting and praying for our nation and globe to turn to God en masse. It needs to be said that we also believe Christians should be fulfilling the Great Commission and sharing their faith for revival to happen. Many of us aren’t sharing our hope in Christ, but many of us also haven’t been equipped to share our faith with both confidence and love.
We believe that part of the reason we’re witnessing an increase in division and chaos in our culture because the faithful have remained faithful only in private.
We as believers have receded from the culture and allowed our salt and light to remain at home. So many of us aren’t equipped to know how to navigate the world around us or how to infuse the goodness of Christ into our everyday lives and into the culture at large. This is one of our main missions at Valor Media, to equip believers with what they need to find their niche and calling while keeping the Word at the forefront, then, to go out share their faith in valor and make culture.
To clarify, we are not talking about a theocracy where Christians dominate others. We’re talking about reviving the times where Christians began hospitals, created art that moved the soul, and uncovered scientific truths that were discovered by believers who were in awe of God’s design.
“Nietzsche among bothers argued, that there will be inevitable consequences if a society rejects the Christian faith that has been its inspiration and foundation. Both Greece and Rome withered from the inside, and so also will the West as it loses its animating faith…What changes the world is not a fully developed Christian worldview, but a worldview actually lived.” -OS GUINNESS
“From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.” –Acts 17:26
May you live in valor in your appointed time in history,