The United Brethren Confession of Faith contains the key beliefs which all members must accept. The Confession has never been changed since being adopted in 1815. For clarification purposes, the wording below has been revised slightly without changing any of the meaning.
THE TRIUNE GOD: We believe in the only true God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three are one – the Father in the Son, the Son in the father, and the Holy Ghost equal in essence or being with both. This triune God not only created the heavens and the Earth and everything in them, but sustains, governs, protects, and supports it all.
JESUS CHRIST THE SON: We believe that Jesus Christ is both God and man. He became a man by the power of the Holy Ghost in the Virgin Mary and was born of her. He is the Savior and mediator of the whole human race, if they accept with full faith in Christ the grace offered in him. We believe that Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us, was buried, arose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and now sits on the right hand of God interceding for us. He will come again at the last day to judge the living and the dead.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Ghost is equal in being with the Father and the Son. He comforts the faithful and guides them into all truth.
THE CHURCH: We believe in the Christian church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life.
THE HOLY BIBLE AND SALVATION: We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God. It contains the only true way of salvation. Every true Christian is bound to acknowledge and receive it, with the influence of the Spirit of God, as the only rule and guide. We believe that without faith in Jesus Christ, true repentance, forgiveness of sins, and following after Christ, no one can be a true Christian.
THE SALVATION MESSAGE: We also believe that what is contained in the Bible – the fall in Adam and redemption through Jesus Christ – should be preached throughout the world.
THE CHRISTIAN ORDINANCES: We believe that all Christian churches are to use and practice the ordinances – baptism, and the remembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ. We also believe God’s children are to practice these ordinances, but that the manner should always be left to the judgment and understanding of the individual. Whether or not to practice foot washing is also left to the individual. No minister should, either in public or in private, criticize any of his brethren whose judgment and understanding in these respects differs from his own. Whoever does shall be considered a traducer of his brethren, and shall be answerable for it.