Statement of Faith

Because of its commitment to the Word of God as the foundational standard of education, Whitefield College desires to interpret it in line with the faith of the Reformation. Such Reformers as Luther, Beza, Bucer, Calvin, Knox, and Zwingli sought to reform the church and society according to the Word of God and stressed the principles of sola scriptura (from the Scriptures alone), soli Deo gloria (to God’s glory alone), sola gratia (by God’s grace alone), solo Christo (through Christ alone), and sola fide (by faith alone).

In more recent history, men such as Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and others have believed and taught these same doctrines of grace. These principles distinguish counterfeits from consistent biblical Christianity, the central concept of which is the sovereignty of the Triune God in creation, in the Fall, and in redemption.

Whitefield College maintains that the Holy Scriptures are the inerrant and authoritative Word of God. Additionally, Whitefield holds to the Westminster Standards (Westminster Confession of Faith [1647] and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms) as subordinate to the Scriptures, yet as an accurate expression of biblical teachings concerning the Christian life, faith, and practice. The interpretation of the Bible by the Reformers, and the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformation, continue to help us interpret the Bible today. We recognize also the Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Canons of Dordt and Heidelberg Catechism), the Second Helvetic Confession, and other Reformed confessional standards.

Whitefield College accepts students from various denominations and independent churches. A student need not be in complete agreement with the college’s doctrinal standards to be admitted as a student at Whitefield College.

Among the theological beliefs to which we are committed are the inerrancy of the Bible, the Trinity, the sovereignty of God, creation in six literal twenty-four hour days, man as created in the image of God, providence, God’s covenant with man, the imputation of Adam’s sin, total depravity, the abiding significance of the law, the substitutionary satisfaction of Christ on the cross for His people, regeneration, justification by faith, progressive sanctification, the church as the body of Christ, the preservation of the saints, and the final victory of the kingdom of Christ.

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