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Introducing The Master’s University

Doctrinal Statement

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We teach that the Bible is God's written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy

Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13),

verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-

breathed. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture, which affirms the belief that the

opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17), describe the special

creation of man and woman (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:5-25), and define marriage as between one man and one woman

(Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5). Scripture elsewhere dictates that any sexual activity outside of marriage is an abomination

before the Lord (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 5:27-32, 19:1-9; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 6:9-10; 1 Thessalonians

4:1-7).

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18, 24:35; John 10:35, 16:12-

13, 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the

human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded

God's Word to man (2 Peter 1:20-21) without error in whole or in part (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16).

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true

interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method

of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17, 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20). It

is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper

application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in

judgment of it.

GOD

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-

knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son,

and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.

God the Father.

We teach that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according

to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31;

Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and

redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His

relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers

(Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He

continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11).

In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He abridge the

accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He

would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as

His own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:15;

Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).