Florida Bible College Statement of Faith

  1. The Bible in its original documents is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content, and without error in its statements and is sufficient for life and godliness.
     
  2. There is one God who eternally exists in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, coequal in power and glory having precisely the same nature and attributes.
     
  3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth.  He was sinlessly perfect and gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice by shedding His blood and dying on the cross; He then rose from the dead.  This was to pay for all sins (past, present, and future) and everlasting life is given to all who believe in Him.
     
  4. God is absolutely sovereign and in His sovereignty gave man the ability to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided.  It is God's desire that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows, but does not predetermine any man to be condemned.  God permits man's destiny to depend upon man's choice. 
     
  5. Each member of the human race is born fallen, sinful, and lost. The moment a person believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior immediately the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, baptizes into the Body of Christ, and seal him until the day of redemption. 
     
  6. Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift.  Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have no meritorious value.  Salvation is based on the death and resurrection of Christ and nothing can be added to it. 

    [The Greek word for repent is metanoeo, which, translated into English is: to change ones mind.

    Many teach repentance for salvation incorrectly, by including some form or human effort or righteousness, such as willingness to turn from sin, or turning from sin.  It adds works to salvation and causes many to not understand Gods great gift.]

     
  7. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all believers.  By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into the one body of Christ.  Water baptism is not essential for salvation but is a testimony to the world.
     
  8. Every child of God possesses everlasting life and is, therefore, safe and secure for all eternity, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, and sealed by the Holy Spirit; he cannot lose his salvation.  However, a Christian can through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement.  Relationship is forever, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience.  
     
  9. A child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature.  The flesh is neither good nor righteous.  The Spiritual man does not commit any sin.  This results in warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord.  The flesh of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man.  
     
  10. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost; of the saved unto everlasting life, and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment.  These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years.
     
  11. We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  
     
  12. Satan is an actual being, the author of sin, and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. 
     
  13. God can heal but physical healing is not in the atonement.  God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so.  Healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of the atonement.  At times it is God's will for sickness not to be removed.  
     
  14. The sign gifts were a manifestation of the Holy Spirit's power solely for the demonstration of God's wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church. 
    
  15. The child of God is not under the Law but under grace; he is saved by grace and disciplined by grace.
     
  16. It is every Christian's privilege and duty to make clear God's plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be.