“Divine inspiration in Scripture is the fundamental and the foundational doctrine of Christianity. Without it, the events in Scripture would only be a heap of fabricated myths conjured from the imaginations and wishful thoughts of man. Make the Bible un-supernatural in origin and the instructions therein would only be opinionated dogmas of religious fanatics. Without inspiration, Scripture would no longer speak of truth and would cease to be a plumb line that tests the veracity of any doctrine. Monotheism or polytheism would pass as legitimate beliefs. Resurrection or a dead Messiah would make no difference. ‘Heresy’ would be an outlandish term, and ‘orthodoxy’ only a hollow slogan. In fact, if the Bible was not written through the work of the Holy Spirit, the very term ‘Christianity’ would no longer have any consequence. Anyone would be able to interpret the scriptures to their liking. Thus, the role that the doctrine of inspiration plays in understanding and practicing orthodox Christianity is of paramount importance. Hence, inspiration must be correctly understood and accurate interpretation fiercely sought.” (Taken from EBCSV Membership Syllabus, “The Doctrine of Scripture.”)
Our entire ministry stands or falls based on our view of Scripture. We hold fast to the fact that the Holy Bible (39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament), was originally given by God. Verbally inspired by God, it is free from any defect and is a complete revelation of His will for salvation. The Holy Bible is sufficient both for the rule and practice of Christian faith, and is the sole and ultimate source of God’s authority for men.
The following are the essential doctrines of the Historic Christian Faith to which we hold fast. These are not exhaustive, nor are they the only doctrines we hold as authoritative. Rather, they are the foundational doctrines that are non-negotiable for orthodox Christianity.
Doctrine of God There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, co-equal in nature, attributes and perfections (Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6).
Doctrine of Christ Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He existed from all eternity and came into the world that He might manifest God to man, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, took upon Himself perfect humanity, yet retained His deity (Matthew 1:18, 22-23; John 1:1-14, 18; Luke 1:30-35; Acts 20:28; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-5).
Work of Christ Jesus Christ lived a perfect sinless life on earth and then He voluntarily took upon the cross as the substitutionary sacrifice for sinners, thus becoming the Savior of the world. All who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His death. According to the Scriptures, He arose from the dead in the same body in which He had been crucified. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our High Priest and ceaselessly intercedes over those who are His (John 1:29; Romans 3:25-26; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 Peter 3:18; John 20:20; Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1; Matthew 20:28; 1 Peter 2:22).
Second Coming of Christ He will come again to judge the world to establish His millennial kingdom of righteousness and peace, bind Satan and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10; Matthew 24:29-31; Titus 2:11-14; Zechariah 14:1-21).
State of Man Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, but fell through disobedience, reaping both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature and thus separated from the life of God. They can only be saved through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26,3:6; Romans 3:10-12; 1 Timothy 5:6; 1 John 3:8; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1, 5)
Salvation Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ who atones for the sins of men; no human merit can add in the least degree to the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who repent and believe in Him are born again through the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16, 3:13, 6:15; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1.18-19, 23; Romans 1:16-17).
Eternal State The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving exists forever in a literal place filled with conscious torment; the believer, in a literal place filled with everlasting joy and bliss (John 14:2-6; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 21:11-15).