Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute
Anchor Points
Statement of Faith

This Association accepts and acknowledges the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament as the revealed Word of God and as the only sufficient and infallible rule and standard of faith and practice. The Bible, including both Old and New Testaments as originally given, is the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God and is free from error in the whole and in the part, and is therefore the final authoritative guide for faith and conduct.

The Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute accepts and confesses not only the three oldest Symbols - the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, but also the unaltered Augsburg Confession as a brief but true exposition of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.

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Our Emphasis

The Word of God is the focus of our worship services, the textbook for our teaching, and the foundation of our daily lives. Whether we are learning, teaching, singing, talking, or playing we want to be people of the Word.

We want the Good News of God’s grace to us in Jesus Christ to be the centerpiece of our mission together. All people need the Gospel. God’s children need to hear it again and again. The Good News is God’s power, which saves us, draws us together and motivates us for service.

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Philosophy of Christian Lifestyle

Being a Christian is not about trying to be good. It’s not about rules – “do this, don’t do that!” No, it is much more exciting and life giving. Being a Christian is all about knowing by experience the grace of God in Jesus Christ, following Him, and allowing His life to transform and shape us from the inside out.

Many people see Bible School as a place where a certain type of behaviour is expected. While this is true, behaviour alone is not what God or we at CLBI are after. We are interested in transformation.

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Position on Doctrine Concerning Human Sexuality

We Affirm

CLBI affirms the following statements on human sexuality, marriage and gender issues; which are based upon the traditional understanding of God’s Word and the overwhelming consensus of Christian churches for the last two thousand years:

1. Jesus Christ, quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, declared, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female,’  and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matt.19:4, Mark 10:6-7) The apostle Paul, addressing husbands and wives, quoted the same passage in his letter to the church at Ephesus (5:31). We believe these to be a clear summary of the Biblical basis of human sexuality and marriage.

2. According to the Bible, God made humans as male and female, so differences between the two genders are God-given and must be valued and protected.

3. We believe and confess that the marriage of male and female is an institution created and blessed by God. From marriage, God forms families to serve as the building blocks of human civilization and community, for it was God who commanded our first parents to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen.1:28) We teach and practice that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the Biblical boundaries of a faithful marriage between one man and one woman. When sex is the expression of married love, it seeks the mutual fulfillment and joy of both husband and wife.

4. Living in a fallen world, tainted by sin, leads to brokenness in human sexuality, marriage and family life. In that context, we believe that sex before marriage, any form of sexual abuse, adultery, divorce, homosexual behavior and other sins against the order of creation strike at the heart of God’s purpose for humanity. These are serious, as are all forms of sin, but for all who cry out for God’s mercy, forgiveness awaits.

5. Historically, some Christian churches and their members have distorted the Bible’s instruction on sexuality and marriage and have condemned the broken sinner rather than offering forgiveness and new life to the repentant through the Gospel. This is wrong and we do not desire to be numbered with such. Where we have erred, we too seek to repent and receive God’s forgiveness in Christ.

6. CLBI seeks to be a place where healing can be experienced through the Word of God, in the context of Christian community; where sin is confronted and grace in Jesus Christ offered in abundance.

CLBI is in accord with statements made by many other Christian organizations. Some of those statements can be found below:

 
Campus Policies and Regulations

Students are expected to respect the following institutional guidelines while at CLBI. Failure to comply may result in the student being asked to withdraw.

  1. Students will be committed to abstain from practices that Scripture speaks against. Scripture identifies as wrong such specific acts as drunkenness, gossip, occult practices and sexual sins. These include premarital sex, prostitution, pornographic involvement, adultery and homosexual behaviour. Forms of dress or adornment that imply endorsement of such behaviours are similarly to be avoided. Scripture also requires that such attitudes as greed, jealousy, envy, lust, bitterness, gossip, unrestrained anger and an unforgiving spirit not be found in Christian community.
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