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Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith

  • We believe that there is only one God, Creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally in three equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit without error in the words of the original documents and providentially preserved as the supreme authority for faith and life.

  • We believe that human beings were specially created by God to be perfect bearers of His image, but that through sin they alienated themselves from Him. Consequently, they have inherited a nature incapable of pleasing God and have incurred the certainty of physical death and the prospect of eternal punishment.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and second person of the Godhead, is the Word made flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is therefore fully divine and fully human.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ, being without sin, died as the substitute for sinful humanity, and that His death is sufficient both to satisfy the justice of an offended holy God and to reconcile sinners to Him. We believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead bodily and ascended in that form into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father, and is presently interceding for His own as High Priest and Advocate.

  • We believe that sinners are justified by faith alone, forgiven, reconciled to God, kept by Him, and granted eternal life as a gift of His grace, which they receive by faith alone in the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe that all who trust Him are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God.

  • We believe that the Church is the body of Christ inaugurated by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and consists solely of those who have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. We believe that its members are indwelt by the Holy Spirit from the moment of conversion and are enabled by Him to glorify the Lord Jesus by living godly lives, strengthening one another, and making disciples throughout all nations.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth personally and physically to receive His people into His presence, to bring judgment on an unbelieving world, and to establish His sovereign rule of righteousness and peace over the earth. We believe His coming could occur at any time.

  • We believe that both believers and unbelievers will be raised from the dead bodily, believers to conscious eternal blessedness in God’s presence and unbelievers to conscious eternal punishment and separation from Him.


Statement on Human Sexuality

Cairn University is a Christian university community, embracing both the authority of the Old and New Testament scriptures as God’s Word, and the historic orthodox Christian understanding of marriage and human sexuality. As such, we hold that the behavioral expression of human sexuality is intended only to take place within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. We also believe that gender is part of the order of God’s creation from the beginning and that humans are created male and female and that both are very good in God’s eyes. We seek to honor God by cultivating a community that reflects these biblical commitments and upholds biblical standards related to gender and sexual behavior.

Our foundational biblical commitments are:

  1. Human beings – male and female – are created as gendered beings. The goodness of these distinctions is explicitly affirmed by God (Gen 1:27, 1:31). 
  2. Marriage between a man and a woman is a gift from God, with many benefits and with great spiritual significance. Sexual intimacy is to take place only within the marriage covenant, made between a man and a woman. This is affirmed throughout the Bible, and reaffirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ (Gen 2:18, 21-24; Matt 19:4-9; Eph 5:32; Hebrews 13:4). 
  3. Followers of Jesus Christ are to remain celibate outside the bonds of marriage (1 Cor 6:13, 18-20; Heb 13:4). 
  4. Scripture expressly forbids certain sexual behaviors, including, but not limited to: fornication, adultery, incest, and homosexual acts (Ex 20:14; Lev 18:7-23, 20:10-21; Matt 5:27-28; Rom 1:20-27; 1 Cor 6:9; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:17-19; Col 3:5). 


Cairn University is committed to following the Lord Jesus Christ in all areas of community life. This means that, in addition to pledging ourselves to the preceding biblical principles of sexual fidelity, we also are committed to being a community governed by love of all people, a community of grace, and a place that allows for repentance and redemption

Community Life Covenant

Cairn University is an academic community of Christian students, faculty, and staff. As such, and in keeping with the mission and vision of the University, members of the Cairn community are to exhibit biblical wisdom and Christian maturity regarding their personal conduct and behavior toward others. They should be sensitive regarding the testimony of their personal lives in representing the Lord Jesus Christ, His Church, and the University. Members of the University community should live according to 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Christian community involves covenantal responsibility and mutual obligation to one another as members of one body living together before a righteous and holy God. Therefore, members of the University community are to be guided by biblical admonitions to demonstrate Christian love and concern for others, honesty, fairness, justice, kindness, forgiveness, mutual edification, self-control, deference, respect, and social responsibility toward one another and all people.

Because Christian community exists in social and cultural context, members must be careful to demonstrate civility and respect for those with whom they disagree, while exercising wisdom in evaluating the ideas and activities of others. Christians living in harmony share a deep concern for the Body of Christ, defer to one another, reason together, and express genuine Christian love, as outlined in Romans chapter fourteen.

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