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The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the writ-

ten record of His supernatural revelation of

Himself to man, absolute in its authority, com-

plete in its revelation, final in its content, and

without any errors in its teachings.

All men in their natural state are lost, alienated

from God, spiritually dead: “All have sinned,

and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

Salvation is only by grace, a free gift of God,

through faith in the Lord Jesus, who died for

our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Cor.

15:3). Those who thus receive Christ by faith

have their sins forgiven (Eph. 1:7), their hearts

cleansed (Acts 15:9), are born of the Spirit,

become children of God (Jn. 1:12, 13), and are

made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

God is One God, Who reveals Himself in three

Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus

Christ, as the Scriptures affirm, is the Son of

God and Son of man. He was born of a virgin

and is Himself very God. The Scriptures also

declare the deity and personality of the Holy


Our Lord Jesus rose from the dead in the same

body that was laid to rest in the tomb (Jn.

20:25-27). The bodies of all believers who die

will be raised from the dead, and they will

receive an incorruptible body like His glorious

body (1 Cor. 15:53; Phil. 3:21). All other men

shall be raised unto “the resurrection of judg-

ment” (Jn. 5:28, 29).

Christians, born of the Spirit, are to live the new

life in the present power of the Spirit. “If we live

by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk” (Gal.

5:16-25; Col. 2:6). The Christian’s responsibility

and his normal attitude of life is to yield himself

to God (Rom. 6:13), trusting God to keep him.

Christian “living” includes Christian service, the

winning of souls around us, and the preaching

of the gospel in the uttermost parts of the earth.

In carrying on this work there is needed the

supernatural power of the Holy Spirit which is

granted to every believer as he yields and trusts

(Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 3:20; Acts 5:32). In

all of this service, prayer is to have the central

place (Jn. 14:12-14; Eph. 6:18, 19).

Jesus Christ will come again to earth the sec-

ond time (Heb. 9:28), personally (Acts 1:11; 1

Thess. 4:16), bodily (Acts 1:11; Col. 2:9), and

visibly (Matt. 26:64; Rev. 1:7). His coming will

precede the age of universal peace and right-

eousness foretold in the Scriptures (Matt. 24:29,

30, 42; 2 Thess. 2:7, 8; Rev. 20:1-6).

(Candidates for graduation need not affirm the

premillennial position.)

Denominational Relationships

Although Columbia International University is

denominationally unaffiliated, it seeks to serve a

variety of evangelical denominations and inde-

pendent congregations. The faculty and student

body reflect church affiliations across a broad

spectrum of North American and non-North

American denominations and church fellowships.

Students find exposure to persons from various

ecclesiastical traditions, who are united in their

commitment to evangelical orthodoxy, an enrich-

ing and beneficial experience. CIU prepares its

students to return to the denomination or church

tradition that nurtured them. The following affilia-

tions are typically represented on campus:

African Methodist Episcopal

African Methodist Episcopal Zion

American Baptist

Assemblies of God

Associate Reformed Presbyterian

Christian and Missionary Alliance

Church of God in Christ

Church of the Nazarene

Conservative Baptist Association


Evangelical Free Church of America

Freewill Baptist

Independent Baptist Churches

Independent Churches

National Baptist Convention


Presbyterian Church in America

Presbyterian Church, various

Southern Baptist Convention

United Methodist Church

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