A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Houghton College Doctrinal Statement

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are fully inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority for faith and practice.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God created the entire universe, including human beings, by special operation of divine power.

We believe in the fall of Adam and Eve and the consequent sinful nature of all humanity which necessitates a divine atonement. We believe in Jesus Christ as truly God and truly man, and in His virgin birth, His matchless teachings, His vicarious death, His bodily resurrection, and His promised second coming.

We believe in justification by grace through faith and in regeneration by the Holy Spirit, who makes the penitent believer a new creature in Christ and commences His lifelong sanctifying work.

We believe that the Christian may be filled with the Holy Spirit, or sanctified wholly, as a definite act of divine grace wrought in the heart of the believer to take full possession, cleanse, and equip for service on condition of total surrender and obedient faith.

We believe in the personal existence of Satan.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead—of the saved to everlasting blessedness and of the lost to everlasting punishment.