about god

Following the decree of the Council of Nicea (325 AD) we believe that there is one divine essence which is named God and truly is God.  But there are three persons in the same one essence, equally powerful, equally eternal; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are one divine essence, eternal, undivided, unending, of immeasurable power, wisdom, and goodness, the creator and preserver of all visible and invisible things.  What is understood by the word "person" is not a part nor a quality in another but that which exists by itself, as the Fathers once used the word concerning this issue.

about sin

Furthermore, it is taught among us that since the fall of Adam, all human beings who are born in the natural way are conceived and born in sin.  This means that from birth they are full of evil, lust, and inclination and cannot by nature possess true fear of God and true faith in God.  Moreover, this same innate disease and original sin is truly sin and condemns to God's eternal wrath all who are not in turn born anew through baptism and the Holy Spirit.