Ethics: How Should We Then Live?

  • We must know and acknowledge God to be the only true God and worship and glorify him accordingly. We must not give that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.
  • We must observe all religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his word.
  • We must use God's names, titles, attributes, ordinances, word and works with holy reverence.
  • We must keep holy to God such set times as he has appointed in his word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy sabbath to God. The proper way to keep the Lord's Day holy is by participating in public worship, resting, spending time with family, caring for the needy, and works of necessity.
  • We must honor, and perform the duties we owe to those in authority in the family, the society, or the church.
  • We must endeavor to protect the life of others. We must not take the life of our neighbor unjustly. We must not hate others.
  • We must preserve our own and our neighbor's chastity, in heart, speech and behavior. We must avoid all unchaste thoughts, words and actions.
  • We must lawfully procure wealth. We must not unjustly hinder our neighbor's wealth or outward estate. We must pursue justice for the poor and the weakest members of society.
  • We must maintain truth between people, and protect our neighbor's good name. We must do nothing prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our neighbor's good name.
  • We must be content with our own condition. We must not envy or grieve at the good of our neighbor, or covet what belongs to him or her.