Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; God in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the new birth in Christ alone; baptism by immersion for believers only; the eternal security of the believer; the Lord’s Supper as a memorial; six creation days of twenty-four hours each; the bodily resurrection of Christ and His bodily ascension into heaven where He now intercedes for believers; the pretribulation rapture of all believers; the premillennial return and millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ; the judgment; the reality of heaven and hell; the local church as God’s institution to carry out the Great Commission; and the obligation of every believer to live a holy life and witness to the lost, of the saving power of Christ.
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College has enlarged this doctrinal statement for Seminary purposes. Students are not required to be in complete agreement with this statement, but should understand that this is the basis on which all teaching in the Seminary is grounded.
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally, plenarily inspired Word of God and are inerrant in the original writings (1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Rev. 22:18-19; Matt. 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 17:17). The Bible is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice (Isa. 8:20; Matt. 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). We practice a dispensational hermeneutic, based on a progressive unfolding of revelation from God which results in various dispensations or distinguishable economies of God’s revealed truth (Rom. 16:25; 1 Cor. 4:1; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-4; Col. 1:25-27; Heb. 1:1). This hermeneutic recognizes a fundamental distinction between Israel and the Church in origin, purposes, and destiny (1 Cor. 10:32).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes in the one Triune God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:21-22), eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 1:18; 3:17; 12:32; 28:19; John 4:21, 23; 5:44; Rom. 1:3-4; 15:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Jude 20-21), of one essence but distinct in persons, and equal in perfection and attributes (2 Sam. 23:2-3; John 5:23; 6:27; 16:15; Acts 5:3-4; Eph. 2:18; Heb. 1:8; 9:14). We believe that the Trinity created the physical universe, including all life forms, in six successive solar days, and the spiritual universe of angels (Gen. 1-2; Exod. 20:11; Ps. 19:1-6; 33:6, 9; 90:2; Isa. 40:28; 1 Cor. 8:6; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:9-11). We oppose the evolutionary hypothesis of origins, whether theistic or atheistic.
God the Father
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes in God the Father, the First Person of the eternal Trinity (John 17:5; Rom. 16:26). The Father is the ultimate source of all things, the sustainer of all things ,and the controller of all things (Neh. 9:6; Ps. 103:19; 104:19-22; 148:8; Prov. 19:21; 1 Cor. 8:6; 10:13; John 5:17; Eph. 3:9).
God the Son
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (Isa. 9:6; Matt. 16:16; John 10:36; 17:5), who in His incarnation became man while remaining God (Matt. 20:28; John 1:1; 8:40; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 2:5; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; 1 John 5:20). We believe in His virgin conception and birth (Matt. 1:18-25), His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice (Isa. 53:1-12; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2),His bodily resurrection from the tomb (Matt. 28:5-7; Luke 24:1-7; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rev. 1:18),and His ascension into heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:2, 9-11) as the believer’s High Priest and Advocate before the throne of God (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:3; 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1; Rev. 3:21).
God the Holy Spirit
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead (John 16:7-8; 1 Cor. 3:16; Heb. 9:14). He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8-11), imparts spiritual life in regeneration (John 3:3, 5; Titus 3:5),permanently indwells believers (John 7:37-39; 14:16; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16), becomes the seal of divine ownership and earnest that guarantees the final salvation of the believer (2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30), and fills and empowers believers as they yield to the Word (Acts 2:4; Rom. 6:13; 12:1-2; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 4:30).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7-25; 1 Cor. 11:7; Jas. 3:9) in righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24; Col 3:9-10). Man freely transgressed God’s commandment (Gen. 3:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:14), and because of the sin of Adam all humans are now condemned and are sinners by nature and by choice (Gen. 8:21; 1 Kings 8:46; Isa. 53:6; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10, 12, 23; 1 John 1:8, 10).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that salvation has been provided by the substitutionary death of Christ for all sinners, is given to man by grace, and is received by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:4-12; John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24). All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5). Salvation results in justification (Rom. 4:1-5, 25; 5:1, 18-19), forgiveness of sin (Acts 10:43; Eph. 1:7; 4:32; Col. 1:14; 2:13; 1 John 2:12), adoption (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5), sanctification (1 Cor. 1:2, 30; 6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14),and glorification (Rom. 8:30). We believe that sanctification has three aspects. First, in positional sanctification the believer is given a perfect standing before God (Acts 26:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10, 14). Second, in present sanctification the believer is cleansed of the daily defilement of sin and is in the process of being brought into conformity to the image of Christ (John 13:10; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Thess. 5:23).Third, in final sanctification the believer will be fully conformed to the image of Christ, and sin will be eliminated forever from his experience (Phil. 3:21; 1 Thess. 3:12-13; Heb. 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College affirms and values God’s gift of marriage between man and woman that God created in His own image. Genesis 1.27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.” As Emet Global Theological Seminary and College is committed to providing our students with a biblical worldview, Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes and practices what the Bible says about marriage and operates by faith according to that faith commitment. Emet Global Theological Seminary and College abides by Jesus’ teaching on marriage when he said in Matthew 19.4b-6, “…Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” The definition of marriage provided by Jesus includes several important truths that Emet Global Theological Seminary and College expects all board members, faculty members, students, and staff to value and abide by. Firstly, marriage is a covenant designed by God (Matthew 19.4b).
Secondly, His biblical definition of marriage is not conditioned by cultural or personal perspective but decided by God from the beginning and expected to continue until eternity (Matthew 19.4b-6). Thirdly, marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman as God biologically created them male and female at birth (Matthew 19.4b). Hence, any other proposals for marriage are outside of God’s intended design (see Leviticus 18.22; 20:13-16; Romans 1.26- 27; 1 Corinthians 6.9-11; and 1Timothy 1.9-10). Fourthly, the marriage covenant is sealed through sexual intercourse which should be reserved for one husband and one wife after they have entered the holy covenant of marriage (Matthew 19.5) Therefore, Emet Global Theological Seminary and College defines marriage as a divinely designed biblical covenant between one man and one woman and God that is intended to represent the relationship of Christ and the Church. This view of marriage is affirmed by the authorized King James Bible in both its Old and New Testaments. (See Genesis 1.27; 2.23-24; Malachi 2.14; Song of Solomon 2.7, 16; 1 Corinthians 7.1-16; Ephesians 5.22-33; Hebrews 13.4).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that the church is God’s institution for spiritual ministry and activity in this age. The Head of the church is Christ, and the members are believers in Jesus Christ, who have been immersed upon their confession of faith and who share a common body of truth (Acts 2:42; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:11-22; 5:23; Col. 1:18, 24; 2 Thess. 3:6; Jude 3). The church is the center of a Christian’s worship, work, and fellowship. The church assembles for the preaching of the Word, the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the discipleship of the members (Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:4-5, 12; 6:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:6; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 3:15; Jude 3; Rev. 2-3). The ordinances for the church are water baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; 10:47-48; Rom. 6:3-5) and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-32). The church is independent and autonomous, free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The church is responsible for the spread of the Gospel to the world (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2: 41-42; 10:47-48). The Great Commission and the practice of the early church require churches and believers to proclaim the Gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes an adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people. Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists. (Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.)
Fellowship and Separation
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes that true spiritual fellowship is the result of a common faith. While unity is preferable and sought after (John 17:20-23), personal separation is required from a brother who refuses to live a lifestyle in accord with the teaching of Scripture, and ecclesiastical separation is necessary from a church which holds to divisive doctrinal error (Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15). The worldview of the believer is dictated by Scripture, rather than by the world, and is motivated by love for God, fellow believers, and the lost (Rom. 12:1-2; 14; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Titus 3:10; 1 John 2:15-17; 4:1; 2 John 10-11).
Emet Global Theological Seminary and College believes in the personal, bodily, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, first to take His saints home to be with him at the rapture of the living and resurrection of the dead (Matt. 24:44; John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:4-18; Titus 2:11-13), and second to establish His earthly kingdom (Dan. 7:9-14; Zech. 14:1-4; Mal. 3:1-2; Matt. 24:29-30; Acts 1:11; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 1:7). We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).