What We Believe
Someone once said, “Our doctrine determines our destiny.” The way we understand and believe Scripture will greatly impact our life on earth, as well as our eternity. We at Zion Christian University are steadfastly dedicated to preaching the clear and pure truth of the Word of God. Therefore, we hold to the following statements of faith:
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the Maker and Preserver of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ: that Jesus existed eternally with the Father, became Man by the miracle of the incarnation, in no degree ceasing to be God. He is co-Creator of the world and man, the only Savior, and coming Judge.
We believe the whole canon of Scripture (both Old and New Testaments), as originally given, to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God, of supreme and final authority in all that it teaches and declares.
We believe that all men are lost apart from the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; that sin is cleansed only through personal repentance and faith in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; that water baptism by immersion should follow receiving Christ as Lord and Savior.
We believe that God is well able to preserve us and keep us from falling and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory. However, we can still choose our ways rather than God’s and reject the grace of God, losing our eternal salvation. We must continue to walk in the truth.
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the body as well as for the mind, soul, and spirit of man. Christ has an answer for every problem of man, physical or spiritual. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that miracles and the gifts of the Spirit are available to the Church today for the edifying and perfecting of its members. We believe that God will visit His Church in the last days and bring multitudes into the Kingdom, preparing us for Christ’s Second Coming. We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in other tongues according to Acts 2:4, is promised to all who desire it, ask for it, and obey God.
We believe that everyone will be resurrected (saved and unsaved) and will give an account to the great Judge, whose judgment is final and eternal.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage as a holy institution set forth by God in His Word. Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union for life, and it is to be a representation of the relationship between Christ and His Church. Any other definition of marriage is contrary to Scripture and to the will of God (Gen. 1:27; Heb. 13:4). We believe that marriage is a covenant relationship established by God. We believe that whether the parties are saved or unsaved at the time of marriage, the only situation where it is right to remarry is when one’s former spouse has passed away (Rom. 7:2-3). In all other situations, divorce and remarriage to another person is contrary to God’s will and purposes.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s biological sex or to otherwise act upon any disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. We believe that man should live according to the moral standards set forth in Scripture. This includes: living a holy life; being full of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Gal. 5:22-23). Therefore, we are opposed to: adultery, fornication, uncleanness (including sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, pornography, and other forms of moral impurity), lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders (including abortion and euthanasia), drunkenness, and revellings (Gal. 5: 19-21; 2 Tim. 3:1-6).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accordance with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Church.
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the Church; 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are governed by His Word.
We believe that God desires to plant an onward vision within His people, giving us focus and purpose in life. Our vision is reflected in our name – Zion. In the Bible, God spoke of Zion as His dwelling place (Psa. 132:13; Psa. 87:2). Therefore, going beyond having right doctrine, an upright life, ministry or good works, our ultimate goal is to have a wholehearted desire and love for the Lord. This will cause us to desire to seek Him, to behold His beauty, to learn to make His presence our home, to win Him and delight His heart (Psa. 24; Psa. 15; Rev. 14:1-5, Psa. 27:4, Php. 3:8). The vision for Zion is also a progressive vision — having an ever-increasing relationship with Christ, our Heavenly Bridegroom (Heb. 12:22). As we learn to make Christ our one and only desire, and obey Him in all things (Psa. 40:8), He changes us in our spiritual journey so that we qualify to dwell with Him in spiritual Zion.