As stated in the founding Charter, “The system of doctrine contained in the Scriptures, and expounded in the historic Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, shall form the basis of the instruction. True piety is to be nurtured, and an attitude of devotion and constant prayerfulness inculcated.
Believing the system of doctrine contained in the Scriptures we maintain the following Doctrinal Statement:
- We believe in the divine inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. By this is meant a miraculous guidance of the Holy Spirit in their original writing, extending to all parts of the Scriptures equally, applying even to the choice of words, so the result is the very Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Moreover, it is our conviction that God has exercised such singular care and providence through the ages in preserving the written Word, that the Scriptures as we now have them are essentially as originally given and contain all things necessary for salvation.
- We believe in one God, revealed as existing in three equal persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are One God, the same in substance and equal in power and glory. We believe in the Holy Spirit as a divine Person, a personality distinct from the Father and the Son.
- We believe that God created out of nothing, by the power of his word, the existing space-time universe in six (24-hour) days.
- We believe that, as through Adam and Eve’s temptation and deception by the created, angelic being named Satan (the adversary, devil, destroyer), sin entered into the world, and death through sin, so death passed upon all men, for that all sinned.
- We believe in the death of Jesus Christ as a true substitute, and that His death was a sufficient expiation for the guilt of all men. We believe that those who receive Christ by faith have been given new life from God. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only for the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the visible, personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, and then with His redeemed to establish a worldwide Kingdom of righteousness and peace in the new creation. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the conscious punishment of the lost.
- We believe it to be the supreme responsibility of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to make His Gospel known to all men.
The purpose of Faith Theological Seminary is to train Christian leaders. This training is to be conducted on the highest possible academic level, including the mastery of the original languages of Scripture. This purpose (adapted from the Seminary Charter):
The said corporation is formed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Theological Seminary of high educational efficiency and absolute loyalty to the Christian religion as taught in the Old and New Testaments, and for religious, educational, and charitable purposes, without profit to any of its members. Faith Theological Seminary is to train thoroughly furnished and consecrated leadership for the Church. In every phase of its work, the highest possible standards of scholarship are to be maintained. Its graduates are to be well-fitted to defend the full truthfulness of the Word of God against all modern unbelief, and to interpret it in the light of careful and accurate study of its words in the original languages.
The charter states these purposes as follows:
The Seminary shall never be subject to the dictates of any ecclesiastical body. It is to oppose ecclesiastical autocracy wherever found, making no compromise with those who would substitute the ideas of fallible men for the divinely given teachings of the Word of God. It is to train men who shall humbly seek the will of God, as expressed in His Word, and who shall then follow that will despite any opposition that may come. The Seminary is to show forth in the lives of its directors and faculty and to inculcate in its students, an attitude of deep consecration to the things of God, of constant dependence upon prayer, and of unceasing devotion to the task of spreading the knowledge of the saving power of Christ throughout the world.
The situation in the church world today calls for a clear proclamation and demonstration of biblical truth. The Seminary seeks to inculcate this conviction in the hearts and lives of all the students.
This purpose is also emphasized in the seminary charter, as follows:
In the teaching of the Seminary, Christian doctrine is never to be divorced from Christian life. . . . The Seminary is to test all things by the Word of God, as carefully and prayerfully studied. It is to stress those matters that the Bible clearly and repeatedly presents, and to avoid giving undue importance to matters of doubtful interpretation. It is to maintain fellowship with all who are loyal to the Scriptures, but to avoid compromise with any who reject its clear teachings.
Biblical Distinctives Between Males and Females
Faith Theological Seminary affirms and agrees with The Danvers Statement by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
- To train consecrated Christian leaders for the Church of Jesus Christ.
- To maintain a theological seminary of high educational efficiency.
- To encourage loyalty to the Christian faith as taught in the Old and New Testaments.
- To hold every phase of its work to the highest possible standards of scholarship.
- To defend the full truthfulness of the Scripture against all forms of unbelief, including philosophical naturalism and determinism, postmodernist relativism, historical-critical hermeneutics, and all such that undermine confidence in the Bible as the revelation of God and his purposes.
The graduates of Faith Theological Seminary will demonstrate:
- Biblical and theological knowledge, recognizing the inerrant Word of God as the ultimate authority for life and godliness.
- The ability to interpret scripture adequately and faithfully, and to develop critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
- The ability to effectively communicate the whole gospel to a culturally diverse society.
- The ability to exhibit academic excellence in their field of study.
- Adequate preparation for Christian ministry in education, the pastorate, missions, worship leadership, and all forms of public service and God-honoring vocations.