Each employee must be in agreement with the Articles of Faith below. Articles of Faith are usually
brief and cover the essential doctrines of the faith. The length of these articles does not
indicate that the ministry does not have a position on other areas. Occasionally, divisive
doctrinal issues are raised, and these issues are handled as they arise.
Pensacola Christian College takes a definite stand against the ecumenical movement, the charismatic
movement, and other movements that tend to cause confusion and division among those who support
the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith.
Every Christian has the responsibility of evangelizing the unsaved. It has been the observation
of Pensacola Christian College and affiliates that those who take a stand for Calvinism tend to
spend their time discussing these beliefs instead of accepting their responsibility of witnessing.
Therefore, we do not permit employees or students to promote Calvinistic beliefs.
Pensacola Christian College and affiliates are committed to the plenary, verbal inspiration of the
Bible, and it is our practice to use only the King James Version in the pulpit and in classroom
instruction. We believe the Textus Receptus is a superior text, and it is used for Greek instruction.
Articles of Faith
(from the Articles of
Incorporation of Pensacola Christian College)
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired and infallible, authoritative
Word of God and that God gave the words of Scripture by inspiration without error in the original
autographs. God promises that He will preserve His Word; Jesus said, “My words shall not
pass away” (Matt. 24:35). We believe that God has kept that promise by preserving His infallible
Word in the traditional Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and that the Authorized Version (KJV) is an
accurate English translation of the preserved Word of God.
We believe that there is one triune God, eternally existent in the persons of Father,
Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit; these three are one in essence, but distinct in person and
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, became for mankind
the physical manifestation of the Godhead. The earthly genealogy of Jesus may be traced through
Joseph’s line to Abraham (Matt. 1:1–16) and through Mary’s line to Adam (Luke 3:23–38).
We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His
shed blood, and His bodily resurrection.
We believe in the burial, bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and His
ascension into Heaven (1 Cor. 15:1–4).
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, the Agent of
conviction, regeneration, indwelling, baptism, sanctification, and illumination of all who are born
into God’s family through Jesus Christ. We are opposed to the charismatic movement and its
sign manifestations, such as speaking in tongues.
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days, and
that God created all life (Gen. 1). We reject the man-made theory of evolution occurring over
millions of years and believe that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old. We believe that
God created man in His own image, but man chose to sin. Hence, all persons inherit a depraved
nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.
We believe that God created man and woman in His image and instituted marriage
between one biological man and one biological woman (Gen. 2:18–24). Marriage is a sacred, exclusive
union between a man and woman and serves as a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church
(Matt. 19:3–12, Eph. 5:22–33). We believe that God has commanded that sexual activity be
exclusively reserved to a man and a woman who are legally married to each other; and that Scripture forbids
any form of sexual immorality including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and use
of pornography (Matt. 5:27–28, 15:18–20; 1 Cor. 6:9, 18, 7:1–5; Heb. 13:4).
We believe that Christ’s blood, shed on Calvary, is the only Atonement for man’s
sin (1 Pet. 1:18–19, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6). We believe that salvation is a free gift of God for “whosoever
will”; it is by grace, through faith, plus nothing, and believers are eternally secure. Salvation is
received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work. “Whosoever will”
may come to Christ; God does not pre-elect persons to heaven or hell.
We believe in the spiritual unity of the body of Christ, called the Church. It is composed of
all born-again believers who have by faith accepted Jesus Christ as Savior (Eph. 2:8–22, 3:1–21,
4:4–16, 5:23–32). God has ordained the local church for the perpetuation of His truth and work
in the world. The two ordinances of the local church are baptism by immersion and a regular observance of the
Lord’s Supper by believers.
We believe the Scripture regarding Satan, who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven
with a host of angels who followed him (Isa. 14:13–14). He introduced sin to Adam and Eve in the
garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1–13). He continues to turn people from truth and against God (1 Pet. 5:8).
Eternal hell was created for Satan, his demons, and people who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
for salvation (Rev. 20:15, Matt. 25:41, John 3:16).
We believe that the believer is called to a life of consecration which requires increasing
in the knowledge of Christ and growing in grace (Col. 1:10, 2 Pet. 3:18, John 15:4–5).
We believe that the will of God for all believers is to give evidence of sanctification
to the world through being honorable in all relations with others (Rom. 12:1–2,
1 Thess. 4:3, James 1:27).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: those that are saved unto the
resurrection of eternal life in heaven, and those that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation
in a literal lake of fire.
We believe in the imminent, pre-Tribulation return of Jesus Christ for all believers. The
Rapture of the saints will be followed by a seven-year Tribulation, after which Christ will return in glory
to judge the world and set up His millennial reign on earth.
These Articles of Faith do not exhaust the extent of beliefs or practices of Pensacola Christian College. The
Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, is the final authority of all that we believe concerning truth,
morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. For the purposes of the college’s doctrine, practice, policy,
and discipline, the Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for interpreting the meaning and application of