Beliefs

In the midst of theological discussion it has come to my attention that a statement of faith of sorts may be overdue for my readers or those passing through. Holding the view that there are three overarching areas of belief within the Christian Religion (Dogma, Doctrine, and Preference) I will be addressing my position on dogmatic issues as they are the absolute essentials that make Christianity what it is apart from other world religions or cults. Dogma are the non-negotiable bedrock truths and therefore those are the truths to which I will be presenting here.

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, charity.

– Rupertus Meldenius (1627)

God

The one and only living and true God, the Creator and sustainer of all things. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (commonly described as the term “Trinity”).

Jesus Christ

The eternal Son of God who is both fully God and fully Man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He lived a sinless life and suffered death on the cross, which made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead and showed his power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.

Man

Created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, they are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God and His word called “sin”. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. This sin has separated mankind from God. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.

Salvation

Is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. When we turn from our sins and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

In the 16th Century the Protestant Reformation took place and the Reformers summarized their theological convictions regarding the essentials of Christianity in the Five Solas, which are sufficient to add to the statement of faith here.

Sola Scriptura

(“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.

Sola Fide

(“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

Sola Gratia

(“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.

Souls Christus

 (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

Soli Deo Gloria

“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

More on The Five Solas

For questions regarding my personal doctrinal views leave a comment and I will reply when possible.