POSITION ON CHRISTIAN UNITY
Christian unity is rooted in the biblical teaching that the Church should be one body united by one Spirit, a common faith and one baptism.
Moreover, all believers who have a free, godly trained conscience, have the same hope in the same Messiah, and worship the only one God and Father.
As a Christian institution, Hawai’i On Line University is committed to biblical unity and Christ-honoring cooperation with all people and institutions of like mind and faith.
Therefore, our utmost dedicated effort is simply to follow the Bible, God’s instruction Book to mankind and “avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” Titus 3:9-11
To such effect, the only condition that, at presently, unites all Christians is the command given by the Founder of Christianity, who gave the only command to be strictly followed by all Christians: “One day an expert in the law stood up to test Him. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26“What is written in the Law? Jesus replied. “How do you read it?” 27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”…(Luke 10:26-27).
Minor differences in beliefs which prevails among our different Christian faiths should not separate nor cause a major rift between ourselves. For example, beliefs in a Godly Trinity, accepted by some and not by others, does not deter us from loving each and every one of our brothers, regardless of their philosophical or theological understanding of this matter.
Similarly, when it comes to the long held belief whether God will punish disobedient humans for ever on an fiery hell, or that instead of such cruel fate, disobedient humans will simply face death eternal (Ezekiel 18:20), does not deter us from the Love of Christ, and the love we have for one another. ““By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 and Romans 8:38-39
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of death (Hades) can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Thus, the university affirms the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ and the need to intentionally cultivate unity based on the essentials of the gospel, Christian fellowship and cooperation in basic works of compassion and Christian service. While Hawai’i On Line Universityis not a church, it exists in part to serve the church and is guided by a commitment to do so in ways that cultivate and deepen the Christian virtue of unity.