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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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THE COLLEGE

Man

We teach that man was directly and immediately

created by God in His image and likeness. Man was

created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence,

volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility

to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9). Man was also

created by God as either male or female, biologically

defined and distinct sexes (Genesis 1:27; 2:5-23; 1

Corinthians 11:11-15; Romans 1:26-27) set by God

for each individual (Psalm 119:13-14). Confusion

between the two is an abomination to Him (Leviticus

8:22; Deuteronomy 22:5; Romans 1:26-27; 1

Corinthians 6:9).

We teach that God’s intention in the creation of

man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s

fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by

this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world

(Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).

We teach that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to

the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his

innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and

physical death; became subject to the wrath of God;

and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable

of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God

apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers

to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly

lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s

grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus

Christ (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans

3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1

Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).

We teach that because all men were in Adam, a nature

corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted

to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only

exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by

choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3;

Jeremiah17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).

Salvation

We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on

the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit

of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human

merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1

Peter 1:18-19).

Regeneration.

We teach that regeneration is a

supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the

divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7;

Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished

solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the

instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24),

when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy

Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of

salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by

fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in

righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will

be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19-

20; Ephesians 2:10), and will be experienced to the

extent that the believer submits to the control of the

Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to

the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians

2:12b; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10). This obedi­

ence causes the believer to be increasingly conformed

to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians

3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s

glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:17; 2 Peter

1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).

Election.

We teach that election is the act of God by

which, before the foundation of the world, He chose

in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates,

saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians

1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1

Peter 1:1-2).

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict

or negate the responsibility of man to repent and

trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23,

32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-

23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17).

Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the

means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the

gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God

determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself

will come in faith and all who come in faith the Father

will receive (John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).

We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to

totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative

of their own part nor to God’s anticipation of what

they might do by their own will, but is solely of His

sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus

3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2).

We teach that election should not be looked upon

as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is

truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in