"Unless the Lord builds the house, they who labor, labor in vain." (Ps. 127:1)
Poised at the brink of the third millennium since the incarnation of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the assembled delegates at the International Conference on Biblical Reformation and Christian Culture, convening in Lusaka, Zambia, at the Pamodzi Conference Center, the 26-28th of June, in the year of our Lord, 1997, unanimously adopt the following concord:
Whereas the first commandment is to have no other God, but the living and true God, and all of life must be submitted to His authority (Ex. 20:3); and whereas Christ Jesus has declared that all authority has been given unto Him, and that He is the reigning King of kings and Lord of lords (Jd. 24-25); and whereas all of the Holy Scriptures are infallibly and inerrantly inspired by God and given to direct every area of live (2 Tim. 3:16-17); and whereas there can be no neutrality in religion, ethics, science, economics, art, civil government or indeed any other area of life, and that an authentic Christian Faith requires the subordination of every sphere of government (personal, family, church and state) to the Lordship of Christ as revealed in the Bible (Lk. 11:23);
Therefore, we unreservedly commit ourselves afresh to the comprehensive fulfillment of the Great Commission to disciple the nations, teaching them to observe everything that the Lord Jesus has commanded (Mt. 28:19-20), specifically requiring:
A genuine and heartfelt repentance for the sin of failing to teach the whole counsel of God, substituting for a world-conquering Faith an escapist theology of defeat and thereby surrendering our nations to the world, the flesh and the devil (2 Chr. 7:14);
And that parents must reclaim their God-given responsibility for the education and admonition of their children, recognizing that a consistent Biblical education is crucial to the development and advancement of Christian civilization (Eph. 6:1ff, Dt. 6:4ff , Ps. 78, etc.);
And that the primary role of civil government is to act as God's minister of justice to punish lawbreakers and to protect law-abiders (as defined by the Word of God) and that its usurpation of education and social welfare is destructive of the family, business, church, and therefore the nation (Rom. 13:1ff, 1 Pet. 2:13-14);
And that the church, as the whole assembly of God's people, must reclaim their responsibility to live self-governed lives under God's Law and to heed Christ's commands to minister God's grace to the needy and oppressed (Is. 1:17).
We eagerly anticipate and pledge to work for that Day in which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father Almighty.
"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our Law giver, the Lord is our King; He will save us" (Is. 33:22).