RemedyLIVE has no denominational affiliation or complex theological covenant, except the basic tenant that we believe in the following:
1. There is one Creator God who exists in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. 2. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, is the only Son of God and has died on the cross to provide atonement for all mankind through personal relationship with Him. Living as He lived must be the goal for anyone who calls himself or herself a Christ-follower.
3. The Holy Bible is the Word of God, inerrant in it’s entirety, and is the foundation for living one’s life on purpose and not by accident. It is alive and active, and if applied, can transform anyone who’s willing.
4. The church has no boundaries and is made up of all those who follow Jesus Christ, no matter race, age, or gender, and is the best way to celebrate community.
5. Prayer is the greatest personal and corporate way a person can be a part of helping others. Through prayer, we lift up the needs of others and seek God on what He desires for us to do next.
Our Statement of Faith
Society today is godless. Religion is looked at as divisive and often affiliated with terrorism and hate. If it’s tolerated at all it’s generally limited to recreational religion, something that’s kept personal and practiced at a church or faith gathering – but not something that should intersect with the way one exists amidst others in society. This includes the tradition of the Christian faith, often looked at as a foundational belief system for the United States, but now observed in distain, as a sub-group of society that is stereotyped more for what Christians are against then what they are for. The separation of church and state is causing each passing generation to become more and more convinced that there is no God and that organized faith, especially Christianity, is like participating in a fairy tale, meant to make us feel better but with no foundational evidence or eternal difference. This provides us at RemedyLIVE with great opportunities but also real challenges. How do we, as a faith based organization, make a Kingdom difference in a world that is saturated with proclamation ministries that have been muted by a majority of society? How can we be different?
To answer that question we must first recognize that God has called us at RemedyLIVE to use a ministry wineskin that was hardly ever used for spiritual dialogue in the 20th Century – digital chat. This platform is generally anonymous, faceless, safe, and transparent. It allows free dialogue, back and forth, and if done in love and compassion, can be a great way to build a bridge of trust to a spiritual dialogue. In order to do that the Christian in the chat must understand that the person they’re chatting with has value and deserves to be asked about their story, their struggle, and their understanding of self in the context of their one and only life. This allows the Christian to truly hear from the person’s heart and with each keystroke back and forth, a brick in the bridge of trust is built. This is not so different from some evangelism training that we’ve seen over the past 30 years, but a significant difference lies in the ability for the Christian to trust God for the events during and after the conversation- that the Holy Spirit is the one who convicts the soul, and that the great commandment in scripture must be lived out digitally during the conversation back and forth – to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).
Loving God means to keep His commands (John 14:15) and saturate ourselves in the freedom Jesus paid for on the cross rather than be enslaved by the world empty opinions (Galatians 5:1). God is calling us to be holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16) and is calling us to live in relationship with Him and His Word in obedience (2 Tim 3:16) so that it can train us to live our lives the best way possible for God’s glory and those around us.
While we live different than the world (1 Thes 5:22) we also see Jesus actively pursuing the lost of the world in Matthew 9 while commissioned us to do the same- “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (Matthew 9:12,13)” At RemedyLIVE we believe that love is best extended when one values all people and cares about them enough to spend time with them and hear their story amidst struggle. Isaiah 61:1 says “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” This can give us confidence that God’s spirit is upon us to chat with people who come to us through the technology they trust and we use. They confess their struggle and hopelessness (James 5:16) and as we pray God unleashes His power to convict (John 16:8) so we have the privilege to love them through providing a Biblical worldview on their situation, even without using direct references to chapter and verse. Hebrews 4 says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” We believe that God is active amidst the people that come to RemedyLIVE regardless of their spiritual temperature since we are 1)praying while we minister 2)using a Biblical worldview as we share 3)and loving the person where they’re at instead of casting judgement on their life situation. Once that bridge of trust is built we will have the privilege to share with them that a relationship with Jesus is possible and would change everything for their future earthly and eternal life.
This approach is similar to what we see from Paul in Acts 17:16-34. As he approached the people of Athens we observed the state of the culture their and the lies that they believed that formed their worldview. Rather than come with a pre-packaged presentation of the Gospel Paul considered the language of the local people and how they “reasoned”. By doing so he was able to present a Biblical worldview that engaged the idolatrous people in a conversation that concluded with an invitation for Paul to be heard again! (Acts 17:32).
At RemedyLIVE we wish to have this same type of influence on our clients. We want them to think different about themselves, their situation, and their future by taking this unique approach to earn their trust and share Biblical truth- without referring to the chapter and verse of a Bible text that could alienate them from being open to share.
Rather than be about proclamation, RemedyLIVE is about listening. Our clients come to us through search engines, events we partner with, and word of mouth. A majority of our clients are in deep pain and find themselves in a struggle where they are searching and open to a remedy to their problem. We don’t approach our clients, they come to us – and our agenda is not to argue with them but rather to influence them into seeing their one and only life in the context of a worldview that is ultimately futile without the hope that Jesus brings. Ironically, society provides multiple examples of what hopelessness and escapism looks like so a conversation or series of conversations often provides many opportunities to learn about the client and through the right questions
Society bombards youth on a daily basis with the message that truth is relative and therefore opinion on various issues, including religion, are in the eye of the beholder rather than a Holy God. We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and is applicable in every situation of life. Our desire is to help youth discover how God sees them so they would choose to live their lives in Him to live their life on purpose and not by accident. Below is a list of issues that often come up in the chat conversations and our statement of belief in regards to these issues.
The Importance of a Relationship with God
We are saved from an eternity away from God if we confess Jesus as our Lord and have faith that He has authority over all circumstances (Romans 10:9). As seen in John 15:5-8 and Romans 12:1 & 2, we believe that this live is lived to the full when we are connected to Christ by way of a personal relationship with Him. In having this relationship with Him we are set apart; in the world but not of it, and the love of Christ should be seen through our actions day to day. A Christian’s actions are a reflection of their walk with God and while we emphasize forgiveness there should still be obvious and regular fruits of their relationship as outlined in Galatians 5:22 thru 26. We believe the Christian lifestyle should speak of true faith and obedience without the need for words.
Mental Illness is a real issue that requires patience and understanding. To be mentally ill is to have a sickness of the mind that does not always allow a person to think straight, act normally, or communicate logically. As with any other topic RemedyLIVE strives to be a place that meets the client where they are at in their struggle and encourage them to hope and healing from their affliction. We will not demonize mental health, since we believe that mental illness is similar to any illness of the body, but we will pray and ask God to intervene and provide healing, hope, and peace for the person afflicted by illness. We emphasize that we are here to help but that we are not counselors and can not diagnose mental illness. In love, we will communicate to the client that we are present to provide someone to chat with and encourage the client to seek counseling and other professional help for their mental illness. If the client is repeatedly hurtful to our staff, and has been spoken to in love about their actions, the client may be blocked from RemedyLIVE’s chat center.
Substance Abuse: Drugs, Alcohol Etc.
Being mastered by anything other than the God who made us is to sell ourselves to a slow destruction- we are to not have any other gods other than Jehovah. Any substance that we would use to escape reality or pain is an admission that we are in need of something to save us, since we are using a substance to help us achieve a state we can not achieve alone. If we are a Christian Galatians 5 reminds us that while we have been given freedom in Christ that we should not indulge the flesh. In Ephesians 5:17-19 Paul tells us to not be drunk because it leads to debauchery, foolishness and is not of God. John 6:35 tells us that Jesus satisfies the hunger we crave at the core of our being. Substance abuse is a slippery slope that can lead to addiction which can hinder ones relationship with God and the people around us. RemedyLIVE also acknowledges that substance abuse and addiction of any kind is often a symptom of a bigger problem and may include the need for professional help.
Sexual Immorality: Heterosexuality and Homosexuality
The Bible is clear in saying that sexual pleasure is reserved for marriage (Hebrews 13:4) and meant as an expression of worship between a man and woman in a holy marital covenant, for the celebration of the relationship bond and for the procreation of the family. Outside of marriage, sexual activity is a selfish sin act. In 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 we’re told that sexual sin is against our own body, as if sexual selfishness conditions us to believe that sex is for us to feel good rather than to honor God. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 acknowledges the struggle and tells us to control our bodies rather than letting the urges control us. Living outside of God’s desire for us is called immorality. When a person chooses to live out their sexual self without following God’s desire for their life, that’s called sexual immorality – both for the heterosexual and the homosexual.
Regarding homosexuality, the Bible is very clear. In Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9-10 homosexuality is identified as a sin against God and our own bodies just like any other sexual sin which requires repentance and forgiveness.
We recognize that our society is godless and saturated with sexual content, therefore many of our non-believing clients will have situations that include sexual immorality. Our desire to hear the client’s confession of their struggle and love them by framing questions that create a conversation encased in a Biblical definition of sex. Our desire is that the client, through conviction of the Holy Spirit, would admit that their pursuit of sexual immorality has caused them to gather pain through out their life. RemedyLIVE emphasizes confession, repentance, community, and accountability in the area of sexual sin with the goal of living our lives the way our Creator created us to live.
From creation God planned marriage to be between one man and one woman. In Genesis 2 he created Adam and Eve specifically for each other. He created gender differences to complement each other in a balance of cooperation, teamwork and leadership within the Biblical family. This is affirmed again by the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6 – “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Just as God granted us forgiveness RemedyLIVE believes that we are called to forgive others. God is a God of second chances and grants us forgiveness when we repent and turn from our sinful ways. Matthew 18:21-35, Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 9:22.