As a university owned by and organized for the purposes of The Wesleyan Church, Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) shares a common understanding of doctrine and God’s revealed will as described in the Church’s “Articles of Religion,” “Membership Commitments,” and “Elementary Principles.” Every member of the university’s faculty and administrative staff is expected to accept “in good faith the Articles of Religion of The Wesleyan Church with fidelity in teaching and example in the fulfillment of their principles.” The full text of the relevant doctrinal and lifestyle statements is distributed to faculty and key administrative staff prior to their employment. Applicants for positions at the university are asked to affirm agreement with and sincere respect for the doctrines and practices set forth. Before signing initial or subsequent contracts (instructional staff) or employment letter (non-instructional staff), all employees are asked to reaffirm their acceptance of these commitments. The following is a summary of the doctrine set forth in the Articles of Religion, but the statement is not intended to replace or in any way supersede the more explicit affirmations found in the most current version of The Discipline of the Wesleyan Church.
We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, suffered in our place on the cross, that He died but rose again, that He now sits at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge all men at the last day.
We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
We believe that by the grace of God every person has the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong and that those who repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith.
We believe that God not only counts the believer as righteous but that He also makes him righteous, freeing him of sin’s dominion at conversion, purifying his heart by faith and perfecting him in love at entire sanctification, and providing for his growth in grace in every stage of his spiritual life, enabling him through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious life.