DOCTRINAL POLICY

All faculty members are required to sign bi-annually and without reservation their agreement with the Dallas Bible Theological Institute doctrinal statement.

 

  1. The Godhead
    We believe that God eternally exist in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and that these three are one God (co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent) – having the precise same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of precisely the same honor, confidence, and obedience. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct from each other and have distinct roles. [Mt. 28:18-19; Mk. 12:29; Jn. 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6]
  2. God the Father
    We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity, who was appeased by His Son’s death and shedding of blood on the cross. The role of the Father is commanding, directing, and sending, which is the appropriate position of the Father, after whom all human fatherhood is pattern. In love and for our salvation, Jesus Christ (after his death, burial and resurrection) was exalted far above all rule, authority, power, dominion, and above every name. The Father has subjected all things to His Son and gave Him as head over all things to the church. [Jn. 12:49; 14:16; Eph. 1:20-21; 3:14-15; Rom. 3:24-25; Heb. 2:17; 1 Pet. 2:9-11; 1 Jn. 2:2]
  3. God the Son
    We believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is perfect in deity and humanity (Fully God and Fully Man). We believe that Jesus Christ became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Jesus Christ in concert with the God the Father and God the Spirit raised Himself from the dead. He is a propitiation for our sins and the whole world. We reject universal atonement. Christ will return for His church (the rapture) prior to the Tribulation and Great Tribulation period. After the completion of the Great Tribulation period, Christ will return with His saints (Second Coming) to establish the millennium kingdom on earth for 1000 years. [Ps. 2:7; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Micah 5:2; Mt. 1:18-25; 28:19; Jn. 1:1-3, 14, 18; Jn.10:17-18; Jn. 2:19;10:28; 14:2-3; Lk. 1:26-35; 2:52; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 1:1,4; Eph. 1:17-20; Col. 2:9; 1 Pet. 3:18 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev.19:14;20:2-7]
  4. God the Holy Spirit
    We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise. By His baptism, He unites all to Christ in one body and indwells every believer. As the indwelling One, He is the Source of all power, all acceptable worship and service, and all spiritual gifts. We believe that the foundational spiritual gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, and knowledge, as well as the role of apostleship and the function of signs, miracles and wonders, have ceased. [Jn. 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; 13:8-10: 31; Eph. 2:22; 2 Thess. 2:7]
  5. The Scriptures
    We believe that the Old and New Testament is inspired by God. This refers to the autographs as written by the prophets and apostles. Thus, the Bible is inerrant and without mistakes in the original. We believe Scripture reveals the mind of God to man, and points to the Lord Jesus Christ and the only way of Salvation through Christ. The Scriptures are the only infallible guide for our daily thought-life as well as our practical, moral, and spiritual instruction. The canon of Scripture is a closed collection of all and only those writings inspired by God. The 39 books of the Old Testament (or the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh) and the 27 books of the Greek New Testament comprise the whole canon of Scripture. Because Scripture is God’s only written revelation to men, it is the sole authoritative source of infallible guidance for faith and practice. The apocryphal books are not canonical. [Mk. 12:26, 36; 13:11; Mt. 5:17–18; Lk. 24:27, 44; Jn. 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3; 18:28; 26:22-23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Jude 3; Rev. 22:18–22]
  6. Salvation
    We believe that salvation is by grace through faith; it is a gift from God the Father; unmerited on our part; we are redeemed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is accomplished by Faith alone! Salvation is received by belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died to pay for the forgiveness of sins, who was buried, and who was raised from the dead. The believing one in Christ has eternal life. We reject the tenet of salvation by works. [Jn. 1:11-17; 3:16; 6:44-47; Rom. 3:28; 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:1–5; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9, Titus 2:11; Heb. 9:22; 1 Pet.1:18-19]
  7. Eternal Security
    We believe in the eternal security of the believer. Eternal security is the biblical teaching that those who have been genuinely saved by God’s grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone shall never be in danger of God’s condemnation or loss of their salvation, but they are kept forever saved and secure by God’s grace and power to the glory of God. The believer as soon as he is saved becomes absolutely complete in Christ and is in no way required by God to seek a second blessing or second work of grace. The believer is sealed until the day of redemption. [Jn. 10:27-29; 11:25-26; Rom. 5:10-11; 8:29-39; 2 Cor. 1:22; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Heb. 7:25]
  8. Body of Christ
    We believe that all those who believe in the Person and Work of Christ on the Cross are born again and are members of the Church as an organism, which is the Bride of Christ, regardless of membership in any local organized church or denominations. [Ezek. 34:26; Jn. 3:14; 5:24; Rom. 8:2-6; 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17, 21; Eph. 2:8, 4:30; 1 Pet. 1:3, 23]
  9. Sanctification
    We believe that the saved person retains his sin nature which is not removed in this life, but that he provision is made by the Spirit for daily victory over sin and may be appropriated and is effective to those who do so. The work of the Holy Spirit in this dispensation of Grace is reproving, convicting, sealing, baptizing, instructing, indwelling, and filling. The sanctification of the believer is in three realms. The believer is justified from the penalty of sin. Experiential sanctification delivers from the power of sin. Glorification delivers from the present of sin which is the final stage in the sanctification process. [Jn. 3:3-7, 31; Jn. Jn. 3:6; 7:37-39; Acts 11:15-17; Rom. 5:12-14, 7:14-17; 8:9-11; 12:22; 8:9-11; 2 Cor. 4:16; Gal. 5:16-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:4-5; 4:30; 5:18; 6:15-16; 8:9-11]
  10. Angels Fallen and Unfallen
    We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin (Garden of Eden) and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man [Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:1-6; Rom. 5:12-14]
  11. Dispensationalism
    We believe that the Bible presents the fact that God has not always dealt with mankind the same way in every age. According to Biblical terminology these distinct periods are called “administrations” in regard to the purpose of God or “stewardships” concerning the responsibility of man as originated from the New Testament usage of the Greek word, oikonomia. The essence of dispensationalism, then, is the distinction between Israel and the Church. This grows out of the dispensationalist consistent employment of normal or plain or historical-grammatical interpretation, and reflects an understanding of the basic purpose of God in all His dealings with mankind as that of glorifying Himself though salvation and other purposes as well. [Eph.1:10; 3:2, 9]
  12. Blessed Hope
    We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both his own who are alive and remain into His coming, and also who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and that this even is the blessed hope set before us in the Scripture, and for this we should be constantly looking. [Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes.4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14]
  13. Eternal State
    We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for his own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, no to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. [Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil.1:23; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15]
  14. Women in Ministry
    We believe that in the body of Christ men and women stand spiritually equal and constitute the Church universal. We believe women have had and will have their God-given gifts and role within this body. Accordingly, as the primary role of believing men is to be husbands and fathers, so the primary role of women is to be wives and mothers. But modern secular feminism has destroyed the importance of these positions and blurred the difference between men and women. DBTI encourages women to have personal ministries. But the Scriptures are clear that male leadership is called to the local church positions of deacon, elder, and pastor-teacher. No amount of debate can water down what the Bible says about individual and distinct calling of both sexes, in regard to gifts and positions. DBTI equally encourages women to pursue diplomas but the role of pastor-teacher is biblically reserved for men. [1 Tim. 2:9-15; Titus 2:2-5;1 Cor. 14:34]