We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit (not including what is known as the Apocrypha) constitute the inspired Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe that the Word of God is verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents*, infallible, and God-breathed.
*Please note that when we speak of the original documents we are referring to the actual parchments that the apostles and the prophets of the Bible penned under the leading and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To the world’s accumulated knowledge it is believed that none of these original documents are still in existence today, but technically they are still the only documents that can be said to be completely inerrant and infallible.
God is awesome enough and powerful enough to protect His Word. You can rest assured that the overwhelming majority of Bible translations available to us today are reliable and are indeed the very Word of God.
We believe that God spoke His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man without error in the whole or in part.
We believe that while there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal and grammatical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. The truth of Scripture always overrules any private interpretation of man.
No translation of Scripture from the original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) carries with it the same infallibility as the original manuscripts. While there are many excellent English translations of the Bible, the translations in themselves are not inspired by God, as some suggest is the case with the King James Version of the Bible.