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STATEMENT OF FAITH

This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that this Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon the administration and faculty of this institution. All educational programs or courses of instruction are taught and presented in full accord with this Statement of Faith.

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The Great Commandment

We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).

 

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible was verbally and plenary inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, is true without any mixture of error for its content. The Bible is the God-breathed book. We believed that God preserved the content of the inspired manuscripts in the Received Text. We further believe the King James Version to be the preserved Word of God for the English language, holding the King James exclusively for all English language use in the Emmaus Baptist College (1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Mark 13:31; 1 Peter 1:25).

God the Father

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. The unity of the Godhead is in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distant but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Ex. 20:2-3; Deut. 6:4; John 4:24; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:5; 2 Cor. 13:14).

God the Son

We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was divine as no other man can be, being God of very God, existing from all eternity, and co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. His humanity did not consist in laying aside His deity. As a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-2; 1 John 5:20; Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38; Phil. 2:5-8). We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19).

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. He was active in creation, and in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the agent in the new birth. He indwells, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. The gifts of tongues and healing were “sign-gifts” until the Scriptures were completed. The gifts ceased at that time (John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; John 16:7-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3;5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Rom. 8:14, 16, 26-27; 15:19; Heb. 2:4; 1 Cor. 13:8; 12:13).
 

The Devil or Satan

We believe that Satan is a created Cherub that originally was perfect but fell through pride and rebellion against God. We believe in the personality of Satan that he is the prince of this world and the ruler of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to be chained and cast into the bottomless pit for the one thousand -year millennial kingdom and released to eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Ezek. 28:11-19; Is. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10; John 12:31; 14:20; Rev. 12:9; 20:1-3).

Creation

We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process. Man, spirit, soul, and body, were created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life. All people are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race (Gen. 1 and 2; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:3).

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence in the image and likeness of God under the law of his maker. By voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and blessed state, and, because of this all people are born in sin, and thus are totally depraved and partakers of Adam’s fallen nature. Everyone is a sinner by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12; 1:18, 32; Eph. 2:1-3).

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin. He was the only and perfect sacrifice for man’s sin. By the shedding of His blood in His death, Christ fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin. His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. Having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven. Christ is in every way qualified to be the substitute, a compassionate and all-sufficient Savior. We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith (Jonah 2:9; Eph. 2; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:12-14, 22; 1 Peter 21:24).

Resurrection and Priesthood

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, in His ascension into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us (Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24: 2-6; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Tim. 2:4; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; 5: 9-10).

Justification

We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ. It is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of the righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood (Rom. 3:24; 4:4; 5:1, 9; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9; Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Titus 3:5; Rom. 8:1).

Grace and the New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, and is instantaneous and not a process. In the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and received eternal life, the free gift of God. Also the new birth is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. Its evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; John 3:16; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1, 5: 2 Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8).

Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God, which is accomplished in a threefold manner. First, it is an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior. Second, it is a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life. Third, it is the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return (Heb. 10:10-14; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5: 25-27; 1 Thess. 4:3-4; 5:23-24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24-25; Rev. 22:11; 2 Cor. 1:10).

Adoption

We believe that adoption is the act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of adult sons, in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefits of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord (Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:1-7; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1-2).

Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. This assurance of eternal life is founded solely on the testimony of God in His written Word. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in this assurance which, however, forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Phil. 1: 6; John 10:28-29; 6:67; Rom. 8:35-39; 1 John 5:13; Jude 1; Rom. 8:12-17; 13:13; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

The Church

We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised perpetuity of His churches. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy (Matt. 4:18-20, 16:18, 28:19-20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51).

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a solemn, memorial ordinance, with scriptural restrictions of the members observing the ordinance with their local church (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1-2, 17-20, 26).

Separation

We believe in obedience to the biblical commands to separate entirely from worldliness unto God. This includes separation from churches or other groups which adhere to unbiblical doctrine (2 Cor. 6:14, 7:1; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; Rom. 16:17; 2 John 9:11).

Governments

A. Civil Order
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good of human society. The magistrates are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things, except when the laws and order of that government run contrary to the Word of God, and are opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of kings (Rom. 13:1-7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18).
 
B. Church Order
We believe that the government of the local church is vested in the body of the believers of which it is composed. In keeping with historic Baptist faith, the government of local churches should be democratic in operation, remaining independent as it assumes sole responsibility for its actions and decisions (Matt. 18:15-17; Acts 15:3-4, 6-7, 22).

C. Family Order
We believe that marriage and family units are ordained of God and are basic to the social order of the human race. We believe in the Biblical definition of the institution of marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. We furthermore accept the biblical prohibitions of sexual union and cohabitation outside of marriage, and the biblical directives concerning husband and wife and family as fully applicable to believers in our time (Gen. 2:24; Ex. 20:14; Prov. 6:24-30; Matt. 19:4-10; 5:27-28; Heb. 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-8).

Last Things

A. The Translation of the Saints
We believe in the imminent, premillennial return of Christ for His church, and at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seventieth week of Daniel (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-54; Phil. 3:20; Rev. 3:10).

B. The Tribulation
We believe that the rapture of the saints will be followed by a seven-year period called the Tribulation or Daniel’s Seventieth Week. The saved will be in heaven during these years, during which time believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. The last three and a half years of the Tribulation is called the Great Tribulation or Jacob’s Trouble, a time of severe judgments upon the whole earth (Dan. 9:27; Jer. 30:7; Matt 24:15-21; Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 16:1-21).

C. The Millennial Kingdom
We believe the Tribulation will be terminated by Christ’s coming in judgment to establish the Millennial Kingdom, during which time He will fulfill the promises to Israel concerning their earthly kingdom. We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the land of Palestine as promised in the Abrahamic Covenant and will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ (Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Ezek. 37; Isa. 65:17-25; Rev. 20:3; Jer. 31:31-34).

D.  The Judgment of the Wicked
We believe the Millennial Kingdom will terminate with the release of Satan from the bottomless pit, who will lead an insurrection against the Son of God and will be eternally defeated by God. This will be followed by the Great White Throne Judgment, where all unbelievers will be judges and sentenced, but will be in conscious torment forever (2 Thess. 1:7-9; Mark 9:42-48; Rev. 20:2-3, 7-10).

E. The New Heaven and the New Earth
We believe in the new heaven and the new earth, wherein dwells righteousness, and which will be the abiding place of the redeemed for all eternity, where Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 21:1-27; 22:3; 19:16)