It is my honor and privilege to write about Faith Theological Seminary, its stand for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ, and the position and importance of FTS in 21st century theological education.
Every person is a “believer”, and everybody believes in “something”. People are divided in their beliefs as much as they are divided by national boundaries, color, politics, culture, language, ideologies, ethnicity, caste and tribe. Religions compete with one another, encouraging people to believe in their particular faith, and employ different methods to win souls to their ideologies. Questions such as, “Who am I?”, “What am I doing here?”, and “Where am I going?” are being answered differently, resulting in chaos and in confusion. In the midst of this chaos and darkness, the voice of Jesus Christ thunders with authority: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in His Great Commission said to His disciples, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
In order to preach and teach, testify and proclaim Jesus Christ, the man of God must be taught and trained in the Holy Scriptures. Theological Seminary education is communicating God’s Word in order to make disciples who shall be able to teach others also. Faith Theological Seminary is fulfilling this command of our Lord since 1937. It stands “for the faith, by faith” and in its commitment to the Bible as the only infallible rule of faith and practice, it not only emphasizes the faith which is the inerrant, infallible Holy Scripture with all its content, but also the rule of practice.
Jesus clearly told His disciples about the Holy Ghost and His role as teacher and illuminator of the Word of God, before He ascended to Heaven. He said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
The disciples of Jesus obeyed His command by preaching the Gospel, baptizing believers, and teaching them to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded. But today’s so-called disciples of Jesus Christ and theological teachers are not teaching what Jesus had commanded. There are conflicts in doctrine among theologians. What has gone wrong? Why do these discrepancies exist? Christians, instead of relying upon the Holy Spirit for illumination and interpretation of God’s Word, used their own reasoning, feelings, and speculations, and substitute man-made doctrines and creeds. These creeds and doctrines gained importance and insidiously replaced the Word of God. Countless denominations arose with different theological persuasions, passionately preaching and promoting their own “biblical truth”, while opposing other positions, calling them “satanic”. Sadly, this is the story of Christian denominations, both in America and in the world today. These denominations provide their own theological seminaries where they tend to spoon-feed their theological views to their students and these graduates, eventually fill their church pulpits.
There are two main theological divisions in evangelical Christianity today in America – Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology – and the gap is growing wider. Thousands of books have been written to defend these positions while attacking the opposite position. Faith Theological Seminary is not under any denominational or man-made theological pressure. Our seminary stands to uphold the Master’s command. FTS teaches the inerrant, infallible Word of God plainly, systematically, and effectively from Genesis to Revelation. We teach the history and content of both covenant and dispensational theologies, so that the student is apprised of the different Theological denominational environments. These views are weighed for truth, using the Bible, as the scale. Students are challenged to search the Scriptures inductively, relying upon the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word, the Bible, is the ONLY authority in matters of faith and practice. We believe that the Bible alone is our guideline in everything we teach and do at Faith Theological Seminary as Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” And this is our position in theological education.
Rev. Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, one of Faith’s noted graduates put it this way and we quote, “Faith Seminary is a grand school, one the Lord has raised up to fill a specific need, and which by His grace is filling it. Many of us have had our confidence in one college and seminary after another swept away, but thank God we can say to the young men and women who follow us without hesitation, ‘Go to Faith’.”
Come to Faith; study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. God bless you!
Norman J. Manohar, Th.D., D.D.