Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement

I. The Scriptures.  We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments were written by men, verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original autographs, and are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. We believe in the full historicity of the biblical record.

 

II. God.  We believe that God is one in nature and three in Person--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe that all three persons, though distinct, share in the divine nature and thereby possess the same attributes and perfections.  We believe in the providence of God, but not that he approves sin or destroys human responsibility. We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials.

 

III. Jesus Christ.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, born of a virgin; that He is true God and true man, having two distinct natures co-joined in one Person; that He died for our sins, was buried, was bodily raised on the third day, and has ascended to the right hand of the Father.

 

IV. Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and that He regenerates, seals, and baptizes believers into the body of Christ.

 

V. Humanity.  We believe that humanity was created in the image of God.  Adam and Eve, the first humans, fell as a result of sin thereby incurring death for all and a curse on the created order.

 

VI. Salvation.  We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone and not of works, and that all who believe are eternally secure in Him.

 

VII. Return of Christ.  We believe in the literal, visible, and personal return of Jesus Christ. We believe in the final judgment of the unsaved, who will be sent away into eternal punishment with Satan in Hell, and the final justification of the saved, who will enter into eternal life with the Lord in Heaven.

 

VIII. The Church.  We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide. New Testament churches promote God's work by cooperating for missions and many other joint efforts. Churches celebrate two ordinances, believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Table. We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest.

Position Statements

Based upon the Institution’s interpretation of Scripture, the following specific issues are affirmed further.

 

Creation

We affirm that the universe, visible and invisible, is a result of God’s special creative work. He sustains all things through His power and providence.

 

Last Things

We affirm the premillennial view that the Lord will return prior to the establishment of his 1000-year earthly reign.

 

Marriage

We affirm marriage is a covenant relationship between a male and female. Sexual relations outside of marriage are contrary to biblical principles.

 

Affiliation

Where consistent with the doctrinal and position statements, Luther Rice is committed to the Baptist Faith and Message.  However, the right of each student to affiliate with another evangelical denomination is respected.