Bethany Divinity College & Seminary
2573 Hodgesville Rd.
Dothan, AL 36301
Tel: 334-793-3189
Fax: 334-793-4344

 

 

Doctrinal Statement

In a day when the trend is to depart from the fundamentals of the faith, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary lifts up a voice. Bethany endorses the following doctrinal truths:

We accept the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments as the verbally inspired Word of God. We believe they are the Supreme and final authority for faith and practice. We accept the Authorized Version (King James) of the Bible to be the preserved Word of God and use no other translation in our classroom. Furthermore, we accept the Bible as being infallible and free from error of any sort in all matters with which it deals, both scientific and historical as well as moral and theological. (Ex. 4:10-15; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:13; II Peter 1:20-21)

We believe in the tri-unity of God; Who is transcendent and omnipotent. This eternal God manifests Himself in three persons: (1) God the Father - Who is sovereign, eternal, unchangeable in all attributes, worthy of honor, adoration, and obedience, (2) God the Son - Who was incarnated and virgin born, lived a sinless life which provided a sufficient and substitutional death on the cross for the sins of the whole world, Who was resurrected from the dead and ascended to heaven, (3) God the Holy Spirit - Who is the third person of the Godhead, Who convicts, regenerates, indwells, and seals all believers in Christ. The Holy Spirit also gives spiritual gifts to all believers (however, the manifestation of any particular gift is not required as evidence of either salvation or filling by the Spirit.) (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; II Cor. 13:14; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)

We believe in the existence of a personal being called Satan, who is malicious and acts as a tempter and accuser of the brethren. For him, the literal place of eternal punishment was prepared, which is the Lake of Fire, and all who die without accepting Christ as their personal Saviour shall be confined with him in conscious torment for eternity. (Gen. 3:4; Job 1:6-12; Matt. 4:1-11, 25:14; I Thess. 3:5; I Cor. 7:5)

We believe in the creation of the universe and all living things by a direct act of God, apart from any so-called evolutionary process. We also believe that this creation process took place in the six literal (24 hour period) days as recorded in Scripture. (Gen. 1:1-2:3; John 1:3; Heb. 11:3)

We believe in the fall of man and the subsequent depravity and sinfulness of the whole human race, making man incapable of personal salvation and good works before God, thus needing a Saviour. (Gen. 3:15, 6:5; Psa. 14; Rom. 3:10-23)

We believe that both repentance and faith are involved in a persons salvation: repentance in that man turns to God from sin; and by faith a person is saved by putting their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him as their Lord and Saviour. We believe that a person is saved by grace through faith, that it is a gift of God, (Eph. 2:8-9; John 3:16; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 6:23).

We believe that men are justified by faith alone and that they are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ; that personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin is provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Christ, to be received only through personal faith in His person and work. (Rom. 3:20-24; 5:1-11; Gal. 2:16, 3:26; I John 3:2)

We believe in Christ's pre-tribulation bodily return in the air to catch away His bride, the Church, and His return to earth to set up His millennial kingdom after the tribulation period. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers to everlasting life and fellowship with God, and of all non-believers to everlasting torment and punishment in Hell fire. We believe in the Judgment Seat of Christ for all believers and the Great White Throne Judgment for all unbelievers. (II Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-47; Psa. 96:13; Acts 17:31; Rev. 20:15)

We believe that God's plan for this present age involves the evangelization of the world through the witness of every believer in Jesus Christ and the establishing of local churches as a means of accomplishing His purpose. (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)

We believe in loyalty to God, and to country and government. (I Tim.2:1; Rom.13:1-2,7;I Peter. 2:13)