Statement of Belief
Essential BeliefsThe college charter states that no sectarian tests or statement of belief are to be imposed on any student. It also specifies that anyone serving as a trustee, officer, or member of the faculty and staff must subscribe to the Statement of Belief, which appears below. The College's religious position and control, educational philosophy, and community life standards are consequential outcomes of the Statement of Belief.
The College, as an evangelical Christian community, endeavors to create an atmosphere in which personal commitment to Christ and Christian standards of behavior will be forthcoming. Trustees, administrative officers, and faculty affirm annually their faith and commitment by subscribing to the Statement of Belief.
- that the holy Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is of final and supreme authority in faith and life, and, being inspired by God, is inerrant in the original writings;
- in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, this Trinity being one God, eternally existing in three persons;
- in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ; that He was born of the virgin Mary and begotten of the Holy Spirit;
- that the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis; that he was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death;
- that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are in need of a Savior for their reconciliation to God;
- that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior, that He was crucified for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a voluntary representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him and confess Him before men are justified on the grounds of His shed blood;
- in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus, in His ascension into Heaven, and in "that blessed hope," the personal return to this earth of Jesus Christ, and He shall reign forever; and
- in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgment to come, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.