Statement of Faith

The Warner University Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole source of all that we believe. As the living Word, the Bible is the source of the transformed mind and worldview of the believer in Christ. For the purposes of institutional decisions regarding faith, doctrine, practice, and discipline, the University is guided by the statements below and by a grammatical-historical approach to the interpretation and application of the Biblical text {Romans 12:1–2; Psalm 19:7; Hebrews 4:12}.

Close Up of Student and Bible
Students Praying in Chapel

We Believe

We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired in every word, inerrant in the original documents, infallible, God-breathed and sufficient. We believe the Bible is the only rule of faith and practice for all believers. We believe in the literal grammatical-historical interpretation of this Bible, and we believe the final guide to interpretation of the Bible is the Bible itself {Genesis 1:1; 2 Timothy 3:16; Jeremiah 30:2; Revelation 21:5; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 17:17; Psalm 119:105}.

We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit {Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30}.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin—fully God, and fully man—in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His bloodshed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory {John 10:33; Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 4:15; John 2:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11}.

We believe that man was created directly and immediately by God in His image. All mankind, through Adam’s sin, are born sinners and must be born again by being re-created in God’s image through Jesus Christ {Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17}.

We believe in the sanctity of human life. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life {Psalm 139}.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God {Genesis 1:26–27}. All activities and policies of the University, including living arrangements and athletic participation, will reflect these beliefs in application.

We further believe that marriage, the Church, and righteous governments are the building blocks of human civilization, and that the Church and righteous governments should therefore recognize the Biblical design for marriage, which is one man and one woman in a monogamous relationship for life {Genesis 2:18–25; Matthew 19:4–6; Hebrews 13:4}.

Because we believe that the term marriage has only one meaning—the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture {Genesis 2:18-25}—we also believe that sexuality is a gift from God and that God intends sexual activity to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other {1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2–5}.

We further believe in sexual purity, and we believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, polyamory, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God {Matthew 15:18–20; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10}.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the University and to provide a biblical role model to the student body and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the University in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by these statements on marriage and sexuality {Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14–16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22}.

We believe that for the salvation of sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is provided by a gracious act of God and that humans respond through repentance and faith in Christ Jesus {John 3:16–19; John 5:24; Romans 5:8–9; Ephesians 2:8–10; Titus 3:5; Luke 24; Acts 20-21; Acts 2:38}.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is able to live the godly life {Romans 8: 13–14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18}.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of the condemned {John 5: 28–29}.

We believe in the Spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ {Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Galatians 3:26–28}.

We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, and exists to reach the lost, worship God, be in community as God’s family, and to serve others in Jesus’ name {1 Corinthians 4:1; Acts 20:28}.

We believe that all believers are under the mandate of Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to all the world {Matthew 28:19–20}.

Revised/Approved by Trustees 10-21-21