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Founding Purpose

This institution was founded for the purpose of restoring the revitalizing knowledge of the Bible, the Scriptures, the Word of God to the people of God for their personal wisdom and strength; and thereby reactivating in them the great principles of the Word of God, for demonstrating to all of society that superior wisdom, knowledge and understanding which has distinguished Western Civilization from its beginning, and made it the envy of all the world.

Accordingly the College and Graduate School are dedicated to providing the richest possible education of the Scriptures by way of the Scriptures themselves, in order to infuse their students with the greatest possible amount of knowledge and understanding from the Bible.

According to the testimonies of the greatest personalities of Western Civilization, the Bible constitutes the one reliable and indestructible foundation for all true progress of humanity; seeing that it's origin is of God our Creator, and its supreme theme is Jesus Christ His Son (II Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 10:7): of whom the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, "In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge"; and again, "You are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:3,10).

The paramount objective then of this institution is to fill the abysmal gap of Bible knowledge which prevails throughout America, by reintroducing the knowledge of the Bible through all academic levels of higher education: for the purpose of reeducating the Christian ministry both for the pastorate and the professorship, providing sound Biblical learning for the work of the professional in any field, and showing to the layman that greater wisdom, skill, spiritual strength and practical guidance so greatly needed by all.

Priceless Wisdom And Understanding

King David, the preeminently successful and beloved king of Biblical history said, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do His commandments" (Psalm 111:10); and his wise son Solomon wrote, "Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).

Those who "fear the LORD" and "do His commandments" find for themselves true wisdom and understanding. Those who do not are described by the Prophet Jeremiah -- "The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the Word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?" But Moses said to Israel regarding God's law, "This shall be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of all the nations." And this wisdom and understanding is both spiritual and practical for every occupation in which we engage.

Personal Resurrection

Three times in the Scriptures the once familiar statement is given by Moses and quoted by Christ -- "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God does man live" (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). Also the Psalm writer said, I will never forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me (Psalm 119:50, 93).

This quickening of the human condition by God's precepts, that is, His Word, is a reviving of our inner man, a personal resurrection of spiritual life: which is first created by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God in our hearts (called the "new birth," or "born again"), and then maintained and continually revitalized by that same Word of God through daily reading and meditating therein (John 3:3; I Peter 1:23; 2:2). And Paul the Apostle wrote, If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you (Romans 8:11).

The life that comes from God's Word brings us to a plateau far higher than any merely human experience, and into a dimension of spritual awareness and perception far greater than mere human intellect, enlightening us also to all of the practical skill needed for our personal life and our gainful employment.

Food And Drink

Our Creator designed it this way, that we who are made in His image may possess His life; as Jesus said concerning His sheep, I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and again, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10,28).

This life is spiritual, and is maintained by spiritual food — Jesus Christ Himself: who said, I am the bread of life; he that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst; and further said, The Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life; and again, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the Scripture has said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. (This spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive....) Those who believe on God's only begotten Son in a daily way need not experience the famished spirit of those who know nothing of "the Bread of Life" and "the Water of Life" (Isaiah 58:11; John 6:35,63; 7:37-39).

Eating And Drinking

Eating and drinking of Christ from the Scriptures is the way this abundant life is maintained and renewed in us, to our great satisfaction and reviving. Jeremiah wrote regarding God's Word, Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart (Jeremiah 15:16). Job said, I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food (Job 23:12). And Psalm One describes the "blessed man" as one whose "delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law does he meditate day and night"; of whom the Psalm writer further says, "....He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which brings forth his fruit in his season. His leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper" (Psalm 1:1-3).

It is this practice of daily "meditating in" or reading His Word, that imparts this life, guidance and satisfaction which He has promised, as well as all the wisdom, knowledge and understanding belonging to those who seek it from God.

The Word of Christ

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom," wrote Paul, "teaching one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" (Colossians 3:16). Not only the Psalms of the Bible, but the whole of the Bible reveals Christ: as Jesus said after His resurrection, "These are the words which I spake unto you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me," (Luke 24:44). The words of Christ and all the truth about Christ throughout the Holy Scrpitures produce life and learning which are indispensable for God's people.

"Education" means "to lead out" of the darkness of ignorance and its devastating consequences: as the Prophet Hosea wrote, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge," (Hosea 4:6). Only this knowledge of Christ, whose name is called THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:11-16), is sufficient to lead us from Satan's destruction to God's healthful purpose. He who has made man and planned for him a total perfect life experience, by faith in God and His Son, is revealed only in the Scriptures; and by the power of His Spirit enters man's personal life by the incorruptible seed of His Word in the "new birth," and by that daily revitalizing knowledge of the Word of God renewing and refreshing his "inner man' (II Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16-17; 4:23; Colossians 3:10).

A Famine In The Land

The time in which we live is characterized by "spiritual exhaustion," a people in a demoralized condition of weakness, unwilling to do what is right, which leads to great frustrtion and dissatisfaction. The Prophet Amos prophesied concerning the future of God's people after their neglect of His law,

Behold the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amos 8:11-13

The Answer To The Famine

When mankind loses its will to do what is right, through fear, lethargy and discouragement, the strength for rising again to meet the challenge is found in the "food and drink" of the Scriptures. And this revitalization, this life, this reviving of spirit, is available to all those who will partake of this wonderful bread of life, Jesus Christ. He was sent to be "the power of God and the wisdom of God" in our lives, both by the "new birth" of reconciliation with God, and by the daily "eating and drinking" of the Scriptures. It is by this eating and drinking of the Scriptures that we find the ability to see beyond all discouragement, through the vision given by the Holy Spirit, and to overcome every obstacle which keeps us from the true success which our Creator designed for our great blessing (Jeremiah 15:16; Ephesians 5:3-17; I Corinthians 1:22-25; II Peter 1:1-4; Psalm 1:1-3).

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