As children of the Reformation, our convictions are deeply rooted in the teachings of the Reformers. As such, our desire is to be consistently faithful to the principle of Sola Scriptura, while neither being extremely rationalistic nor overtly experiential in our approach to the Word of God and the Christian life. Thus, our way to understanding God's Word is by employing the hermeneutic of Scripture Interprets Scripture as we embrace the whole counsel of God.
In addition, our theological ethos could be best described by the slogan "In Essentials, Unity; In Non-Essentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity." We are, therefore, committed to speaking the truth in love and carefully balancing theological conviction with Christ-like humility. Because of these distinctives, Southern Reformed adheres to a broad spectrum of Reformed articulations and practices. The following are some of our heroes:
Jonathan Edwards, a New Light Puritan pastor-theologian who penned Religious Affections during the First Great Awakening, inspiring all his future admirers to strive like him to embrace both manifestations of the Spirit's power and biblical knowledge.
George Whitefield, an Anglican minister, who co-founded the Methodist movement with the Wesley brothers during the revivals of the Great Awakening by setting an exemplary life of walking in unity for the sake of the gospel while holding firmly to his Reformed theological convictions.
Charles Spurgeon, a Reformed Baptist preacher of the 19th Century who strove for the ideal that is often elusive for many, that is, being both intellectually accomplished and open to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, Southern Reformed believes that being truly Reformed entails, "Always Reforming" (Semper Reformanda) by biblically applying the Word in today's context by creating, engaging, redeeming, and transforming culture without accommodating unredeemed or unredeemable worldly practices and philosophies. In order to do this, we are committed to warm, friendly dialogue with all ecclesiastical stance and theological systems within the wider evangelical community.
Southern Reformed College and Seminary holds Applicant Status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, (407) 207-0808. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within five years.