I. Biblical Inerrancy
As a matter of doctrinal course, the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy expressly applies to the original autographs of the Biblical texts in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. As no extant editions of the original autographs exists today, it has been shown through credible scholarship that as little as 95% of both the Old and New Testaments have been verified as preserved by the earliest available manuscripts. As a function of historical accuracy, there is much archeological evidence that has come to light that has demonstrated the accuracy and reliability of the historical reality and truth of the Biblical narratives, with more evidence being uncovered annually.
II. Biblical Translations
As a matter of preference, wherever possible, we choose to utilize Bible translations that adhere to formal equivalency (word for word as much as possible). Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture references are sourced from the English Standard Version (ESV). Secondary preference is given to the New American Standard Version (NASB – 1995).
III. Biblical Sufficiency
The Scriptures as we have them in the Holy Bible are sufficient for all matters of faith. Any writings that are extant to the existing canon of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are not authoritative in matters of the Christian faith. While extant writings by Church fathers and the Apocrypha have literary and historical value, they do not fall under the heading of the authoritative canon of Scripture.
Additionally, we reject translations of the Bible that have been used to further doctrinal heresy, such as the New World Translation. We also reject any other books that claim any level of holy authority outside of the established Protestant canon.
We discourage the use of study Bibles that further a particular doctrinal position, even if we agree with said position. The Scriptures do not need assistance in order to stand on her own. All notes in study Bibles, commentaries, and other books from religious writers should be measured against the standard of Scripture itself. Where there is disagreement between the Bible and the writing, we will err on the side of Scripture.