What Multnomah Believes: Beyond Rudderless Faith and Rigid Formulas

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Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, MU's Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture, answers the question: "Where does Multnomah University stand theologically?"

SeminaryStudentsWe live in a Christian culture so often shaped by extremes. The two extremes are rudderless faith and rigid doctrinal formulas apart from personal faith. At Multnomah University, we pursue rigorous orthodoxy that is grounded in Christian Scripture and centered in loving relationship with God's Son Jesus Christ through the Spirit.

We do not subscribe to any denominational heritage, but welcome Christ followers from every denomination and without denominational affiliation to join us to reflect faithfully on Scripture in service to Christ. Our engagement of a wide array of Evangelical traditions is a strength of our theological community, as we seek to engage charitably and constructively a variety of voices in conversation with the Bible.

Our doctrinal statement resonates with mainstream Evangelical Christianity in terms of its emphasis on the full truthfulness and sufficiency of Scripture for grounding our lives and doctrines in honor of our triune God. In keeping with our passionate allegiance to Christian Scripture, we champion the fundamentals of historic Christian faith such as the Trinity, Christ's deity, his virgin birth, full humanity, death, burial and bodily resurrection from the dead and bodily return, salvation from sin for life abundant by repentance and faith in his name, and his judgment of the living and the dead at the end of the age.

In view of Multnomah University's Biblicist heritage, we encourage students to engage openly with us in well-reasoned reflection on Scripture for faith and practice. In taking to heart the Protestant Reformation's emphases on faith and grace alone in Christ alone through Scripture alone, we promote unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and charity in all things.

We support the local church in its mission as Christ's kingdom community in contemporary culture to live and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and his just love for the world. We anticipate his coming again and the fullness of his kingdom's shalom.

Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D.
Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture
Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins
Multnomah Biblical Seminary/Multnomah University

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