According to their website, they are accredited:
I could spend weeks going through The Cypress Bible Institute course descriptions. Here's info from their class on the gospels:Cypress Bible Institute is accredited by Shema Israel Christian Ministries International located in Riverside, California, and operates under their Federal Charter.
N-5. An in depth study of the life and miracles of Christ, the disciples, and parables are discussed. Also an in depth study of the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are discussed in detail.
As I've stated numerous times on this site, I'm the product of a rural education. I can confuse the hell out of some subject/verb agreement. But look at that last sentence, the one beginning with "Also an in depth study...."
What is the subject of that sentence? Is it "study" or "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John"? Which one(s) are discussed in detail? Sheesh !
This is from an academic course outline, right?
Here's the description of a course on Bible Standards:
S-39-A This course deals with Bible holiness, concepts of dress, jedwely, hair, the role of women in the church, ministrial authority, and legalism.
Two typos in one sentence. Perhaps they have a line of ministrial jedwely? For women who know their subservient role in the church?
Here's the course description from a class on the King James Bible:
Ph-93 This course was written by James Jackson and deals with the origin of the KJV Bible. It shows the superiority of the King James over the other Bible translations.
I wonder if the course covers the well-documented fact that King James was as gay as a barrel of monkeys on nitrous oxide? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
They have a class called "Predestination":
D-76-2 This course covers the subjects such as the definition of Predestination, Theological Determinism, Free Will in Theology, Calvinism & Predestination, Theological Fatalism, Fatalism, Providentialism, and Divine Providence.
If you fail the class on predestination, it is not a big deal. God meant for it to happen.
There is another course with the rather broad name "Ancient Historical Facts".
Here are three that could be interesting....One of the early problems faced by the early church was that the church wanted to retain the idea of one god. They also liked the idea of Jesus being divine. Jesus had also made some oblique references to a being called "The Comforter".
Preachers and Apostles argued for a while, and came up with the idea of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. All are equal, all are the same, all are distinct, and all are indivisble.) The idea was tossed around a lot in the third century, and became formal church doctrine after the Council Of Nicea in 325. The idea has been with us ever since.
But NOT at Cypress Bible College:
Trinity or Truth
T-19. This lesson shows the error of the Trinity doctrine and presents the truth of Monotheism. Many questions asked by Trinitarians are dealt with in this lesson.
The Truth of The Oneness Doctrine
T-20. This doctrinal course is a rebuttal to a major Trinitarian who has written a book indicating the oneness people are heresy.
Trinity Origin Research
D-46. This course is presented by Dr. Vestal on his research of the origin of the Trinity doctrine. Quotes from major Encyclopedias and Theologians show that the Trinity doctrine is in error. Dr. Vestal also rebuts in writing the theology of Calvin Beisner, and the late Dr. Walter Martin.
Dr. Vestal is probably onto something here, but the rest of Christian history, theology, and hymnology requires one long rebuttal if you throw out the Trinity with the holy water.
From a course on "God's Astronomy":
D-43. This course covers the true meaning of the 12 signs of the Zodiac . The lesson covers Psalms 19, the 12 signs of the Zodiac in relation to the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 months on the Hebrew calendar. The planets of our solar system are also discussed.
Then it gets weird.
You can go to Cypress and take a course called "UFO Research And The Bible":
D-48. This course deals with the UFO sightings and uses Scripture to prove their existence. This lesson covers the future UFO invasion of our earth, the cleansing of the 2nd heavens prior to the 2nd coming of Christ at Armageddon. This course is a great eye opener to our generation.
Doctor (sic) Thesis
S-65 A thesis is required of your own choosing, thesis must be at least 30 pages in length.
Dang. 30 pages? Is a Doctorate really worth that kind of effort?