We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God (Matt 5:18; 2 Tim 3:16-17). We hold the Bible to be inerrant
- In the original writings, infallible, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Pet 1:20-21).
- We believe that the Scriptures, interpreted in their normal, literal sense, reveal divinely distinguishable economies in the outworking of God's purposes. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purposes. Three of these – the age of law, the age of the church, and the age of the millennial kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen 12:1-3; John 1:17; Rom 4:1-5; 2 Cor 3:7-18; Gal 3:13-25; Eph 1:10; Col 1:24-25; Heb 7:19; Rev 20:2-6).
We believe in one Triune God, Creator of all (Gen 1:2; Deut 6:4; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16), eternally existing in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14), yet one in being, essence, power, and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (John 10:30).
The Person and Work of Christ
- We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is very God, the express image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Matt 1:21; John 1:18; Col 1:15).
- We believe that God the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He is truly God and truly man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings and utterances are true (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:23).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind (1 John 2:2) as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice (Isa 53:5-6). We hold that His death is efficacious for all who believe (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Rom 5:9; Eph 1:7); and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matt 28:6; 1 Pet 1:3).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- We believe in the deity (Acts 5:3-4) and the personality of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Rom 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Cor 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father seals believers unto the day of redemption (Eph 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers' hearts and minds as they study the Holy Scriptures (1 Cor 2:9-12).
- We believe it is the duty and privilege of all the saved to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31). This filling is commanded (Eph 5:18). Conditions for being filled are yieldedness to the Spirit's control (Rom 8:14) and a dependent life (Gal 5:16). The results of filling are victory over sin, Christlike character, worship, submissiveness, and service (Gal 5:22-23).
- We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to each member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:11). The Son of God sovereignly assigns the place of the ministry of the gifts in the body, and the Father provides the energy in the outworking of the gifts (1 Cor 12:4-6). Each believer is to exercise his spiritual gift(s) for the common good to the building up of the body of Christ (Eph 4:11-16).
- We believe that the gift of speaking in tongues, which was a sign to the nation of Israel, and the other sign gifts gradually ceased as the New Testament was completed and its authority was established (1 Cor 13:8; 14:21-22; 2 Cor 12:12; Heb 2:4).
Angels, Good and Evil
- We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe that God created an innumerable company of these sinless, spiritual beings who were to be His messengers (Neh 9:6; Ps 148:2; Matt 24:31; Luke 1:19; Heb 1:14).
- We believe in the personality of Satan. He is a fallen angel who led a great company of angels into rebellion against God (Isa 14:12-17; Ezek 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and his angels are his agents in the prosecution of his unholy purposes. He shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:10).
We believe that man came into being by direct creation of God and that man is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27; 2:7).
We believe that the human race sinned in Adam (Rom 5:12), that sin is universal in man (Rom 3:23), and that it is exceedingly heinous to God (Ps 5:5). We believe that man inherited a sinful nature (Ps 51:5), that he became alienated from God (Col 1:21), that he became totally depraved, and that of himself, he is utterly unable to remedy his lost estate (Eph 2:1-5, 12). We believe that all men are guilty and in a lost condition apart from Christ (Rom 2:1; 3:10-18).
- We believe that salvation is a gift of God's grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Eph 2:8-9). Christ shed His blood to accomplish justification through faith, propitiation to God, redemption from sin, and reconciliation of man. "Christ died for us" (Rom 5:8-9) and "bore our sins in His own body on the tree" (1 Pet 2:24).
- We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 1 Pet 1:5; Jude 24).
- We believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word (Rom 8:16; 1 John 5:13). We also believe that Christian liberty should never serve as an occasion to the flesh (Gal 5:13).
- We believe that the Scriptures disclose several aspects of sanctification. In addition to God's work of bringing a sinner to Christ, he is set apart to God. This is positional sanctification and refers to his standing. He then undergoes a process whereby the Holy Spirit quickens his affections, desires, and attitudes, enabling him to respond in faith to live a life of victory over sin. This is progressive sanctification and refers to his state (2 Cor 3:18; 7:1; Gal 5:16-25; Eph 4:22-29; 5:25-27; Col 3:10). Some day his standing and his state will be brought into perfect accord. This is prospective, or ultimate sanctification (1 Thess 5:23; 1 John 3:2).
- We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, began at Pentecost and is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Acts 2:1-42; 11:15; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27).
- We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
- We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 28:28; Rom 16:1, 4; 1 Cor 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet 5:1-4).
- We believe in the ordinances of believer's water baptism by immersion as a testimony and the Lord's Supper as a remembrance in this age of Christ's death for the Church (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
- We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from religious apostasy, sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
- We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of the saved to witness, by word and life, to the truths of Holy Scripture. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:19-20). Converts are to be taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior in water baptism and to honor Christ by holy living and observance of the Lord's Supper (Matt 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-29).
Things to Come
- We believe in that "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13), the personal, imminent (Matt 24:42, 44; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; 4:5), pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial (Rev 19:11-20:10) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints and receive His Church unto Himself (1 Thess 4:13-18).
- We believe in the subsequent, visible return of Christ to the earth (Matt 24:29-31), with His saints, to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zech 14:4-11; 1 Thess 1:10; Rev 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
- We believe in the physical resurrection of all men, the saints to everlasting joy and bliss, the wicked to conscious and eternal torment (Matt 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev 20:5-6, 12-13).
- We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:4-6).
- We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Matt 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).
Expanded Statement Regarding Religious Freedom and Human Sexuality
The biblical and philosophical goal of Calvary Bible College and Calvary Theological Seminary is to develop students into mature, Christlike individuals. Of necessity, this involves Calvary’s understanding and belief of what qualities or characteristics exemplify a Christlike life (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18).
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God. Therefore, everything we say and do must be under the guidance and authority of the Scriptures. Our integrity depends on consistent application of our commonly understood biblical truths (2 Tim 3:16-17; Ps 19:7-11; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
- We uphold the sanctity of marriage as a God-ordained, special union between a man and a woman, where sexual relations are both honored and affirmed by God (Gen 1:27-28, 2:24-25). The Bible teaches that all sexual unions outside of marriage, as thus defined, are sinful (Heb 13:4). When dealing with sexual sins, we have no alternative but to follow the teachings of Scripture, as we understand them, and consistently apply those teachings to both heterosexual and homosexual situations (Prov 6:29; Eph 4:17-24).
- We understand the Bible to teach that we must oppose sexual sin while demonstrating compassion for those who fall victim to it, distinguishing between the value and identity of each person as an individual, and the behavioral choices which some individuals may make (Gal 5:19-25; 1 Cor 7:1-3). We understand the Bible to differentiate between recognition of personhood and rejection of those actions which it defines as immoral, while simultaneously extending forgiveness and healing to all who respond in believing faith to its universal offer of God’s grace (John 8:3-11; Luke 15:10).
As a member organization of the IFCA International, the president's cabinet of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary voted on July 8, 2015 to affirm full agreement with the 2015 IFCA International Statement on Biblical vs. Same-Sex Marriage, adopted by the IFCA International Board of Directors on June 27, 2015, and to adopt this statement as the official position of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary.
All students are expected to exhibit the Christlike qualities taught by Scripture and to refrain from activities or behavior that is contrary to those teachings. Therefore, Calvary retains the right to refuse enrollment to or to expel any student who engages in sexual immorality, including any student who professes to be homosexual/bisexual or who is a practicing homosexual/ bisexual, as well as any student who condones, supports, or otherwise promotes such practices (Lev 18:22; Rom 1:24-32; 1 Cor 6:9-20; 1 Tim 1:9-11).