The Bible

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant (that is, without error or failure of basic content and meaning in the original manuscripts). They are the unique, full, and the final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.