Statement of Doctrinal Unity
Statement 1 – Regarding the Scriptures.
We believe in the verbal and infallible inspiration of the sixty-six books of the Bible as written by each book's human author.
We believe that in passages where the human author is cited, the cited author wrote the entirety of what is attributed to that author. This includes, but is not limited to:
· Moses wrote the entirety of the five books known as the Pentateuch, including Deuteronomy 31:24 to the end of Deuteronomy 34.
· Isaiah of Jerusalem wrote the entirety of the book of Isaiah; Daniel wrote the entirety of the book of Daniel.
· Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written by eye-witnesses of the works of Jesus; Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11 are authentic passages. The source Q (a supposed document from which Matthew, Mark and Luke derived their material) is rejected.
Clarification 1: The Majority Text is preferred, but we will engage discussion on textual criticism matters.
Clarification 2: We believe the Johannine comma of 1 John 5:7 to be a forgery, but we will engage discussion.
Clarification 3: Our hermeneutic is sometimes called historical-grammatical, whereby we interpret literally where its weight will bear, recognizing that idioms and figures of speech are are necessary. For example, we do not claim that Peter literally saw the wind. Rather we comprehend that passage as saying that Peter saw evidence that the wind was treacherous. We will engage discussion of the hermeneutic as long as the discusser understands that a symbolic passage is symbolic of something.