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I am a Christian...but you already knew that, if you've browsed around the site! The following are the theological distinctives that determine the shape of my faith. I have come to believe that Jesus is who He says that He is, and that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant revealed Word of God. All my views expressed here flow from these beliefs and my study of Scripture.
I present these here for Christians and non-Christians alike. It's my prayer that they will inspire some theological reflection among all my visitors. I welcome any discussion of the Christian faith or the items listed below. Feel free to email me.
I believe in the authority and sufficency of Scripture, that Christ's death on the Cross as a substitutionary Atonement is the only means of salvation, of the need for personal conversion, and in the need to preach the Gospel to all people.
I am not a Roman Catholic, but by catholicity I mean that I adhere to the Biblical forms of tradition and worship that the Church has observed since the beginning. I believe today's Church is sorely lacking in some of these areas, namely worship. I believe in Incarnational worship. The whole man, body and soul, gives worship to the Creator. Therefore those forms of liturgy that involve the body as well as the mind are desirable for true worship in "Spirit and Truth."
I believe that the Church of Rome fell into serious error in the Middle Ages and that the men who set out to reform the Church were correct in doing so. I hold that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ. I believe that Scripture alone, in Its totality, is the sole source of Authority in matters of doctrine. I also hold to the "five points" of Calvinism: that man is totally depraved, God's election of those He saves is unconditional, Christ's Atoning sacrifice is applied only to His people, the Holy Spirit's call is irresistable, and that God preserves His own from falling away.
I see the Anglican way as the best option for balancing Reformation thought with Catholic practice. Though the "official" branch of Anglicanism in the USA (the Episcopal Church) is apostate, the gigantic majority of Anglicans worldwide are orthodox, evangelical Bible-believers. As a member of the Reformed Episcopal Church, I live in solidarity with those bretheren as we reach out to the lost here at home.
I hold that the view of the "End Times" currently popular in certain books and movies is a fiction that cannot be found in the Bible. Rather, I believe Scripture when It teaches the victory of God's kingdom, initiated at the Ascension of the Lord Jesus, Who reigns now. I believe that in giving the Great Commission ("disciple the nations") Jesus expected the Church to succeed--in fact He promised to remain with us so that we can. His kingdom is steadily growing and will one day include the entire world, as the Gospel, the "sword of His mouth," is preached to all the nations. We are therefore living in the "millennium," that time of increasing peace and prosperity during which Christ reigns until all His enemies are subdued, at which time He will return to judge the world.
Religious questions and debates are ultimately a conflict of worldviews, those ultimate assumptions that a person holds which color every thought. Adequate defense of Christianity begins with the presupposition that the Bible is explicitly true in all that It teaches, and that the Biblical view alone makes any reasoning whatsoever possible. On unbelieving assumptions, there is no basis for the use of logic, reason, science, and so forth. The unbeliever must, if he is to use reason at all, take the God of Christianity for granted even as he argues against Him. Therefore in dialog with the unbeliever it is the falsehood of his presuppostions that must be demonstrated, and the "borrowed capital" upon which he reasons that must be pointed out, before any kind of logical argument or evidences can be asserted.
Christian ethics are only determined by the revealed Word of God. God's Law is the only concrete standard by which to govern all areas of life, including political life. The Theonomic position is that all laws and penal sanctions given in the Old Testament are ethically binding on men unless God Himself says otherwise by subsequent revelation. Therefore Christians are to work towards a government that follows God's commandments, rather than the statutes and dictates of sinful, self-proclaimed autonomous men.
Once again, let me remind those who are not Christians, and those Christians who aren't as caught up in theology, that these distinctives are not the litmus test for determining the authenticity of one's Christianity. Jesus Christ is. And the Biblical faith in Him is summed up thusly:
The Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.