Inspiration: I believe that Biblical inspiration is a technical term referring to the miraculous event by which God used prophets and apostles to record His Words in the original manuscripts. I believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of Scripture, meaning that every word of Scripture penned by these men represented the exact word of God. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21
Canonicity: I believe that the word canon means the standard or the rule of Scripture. I believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books New Testament represent a closed cannon.
Preservation: I believe that God through His sovereign oversight has kept the integrity and purity of His word in the original languages. Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33
- God’s character and the nature of God’s Word demand Biblical preservation.
Infallibility: I believe that God’s word is pure, reliable, and accurate not only in issues of faith and practice, but also in every other issue it addresses, including issues of science, prophecy, and history. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 19:7; Psalm 119:140; Psalm 119:142; Proverbs 30:5; Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; John 17:17; John 10:35; Romans 7:12; Luke 1:1; John 14:26; John 16:13; Revelation 22:18, 19
Sufficiency: I believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the sole and sufficient authority for faith and practice. Psalm 19:7-14; II Timothy 3:15-17; Romans 10:17; Psalm 119:9-11; John 17:17; I Peter 2:2
llumination: I believe in the necessary work of illumination whereby the Holy Spirit exposes or causes men to understand the spiritual significance of the Word of God.
- The nature of man’s depravity makes illumination a necessity: Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-11; II Corinthians 4:4-6
- The spiritual nature of God’s Word makes illumination a necessity: I Corinthians 2:11-14
- For the unbeliever: It is the Spirit’s work of drawing an unbeliever to receive the gospel: John 16:8
- For the believer: It is the Spirit’s work of opening the eyes of the believer to understand the significance of spiritual truth for growth in sanctification: Psalm 119:18
Translation: I believe that translation is the means by which a believer can read God’s Word in his native tongue. While the Greek and Hebrew texts serve as the ultimate source of authority, a good translation is sufficient for all matters of faith and practice, and therefore can and should be trusted and viewed as the Word of God. The essential factors in a good translation are accuracy, text base, and translation philosophy (formal).
- I believe that the Scriptures are always to be interpreted carefully according to the normal, literal, grammatical, and historical method.
- I believe that a correct understanding of Scripture will lead men to recognize dispensational distinction.