It's always helpful to
know the point of view of those we converse with in the Church.
It either promotes understanding, or else it confirms our
suspicions. Either way, we're better able to control
our urge to convert others to our point of view: "Oh, he's
one of those." So in keeping with our desire for peace if not unity, I embrace the five solas of the Reformation:
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone, standing on Scripture alone.
I'm a reformed
theologian. More than that, I'm a covenant
theologian, not a dispensationalist. There's a
subscribe to the Westminster
Confession of Faith with few reservations (there is no biblical
support for baptism and communion being administered only by a
"lawfully ordained Minister of the Word"). I'm a systematic
theologian. I use biblical theology (the context of the
parts) to further my understanding of the whole. It
would be wrong to force Scripture into a system, and yet God's
message of grace is completely logical and consistent; it is
systematic. But the "system" is determined by Scripture, not the other
I'm an amillennialist.
I gladly recommend
William Hendriksen's excellent work, More than
Conquerors, as a reasonable explication of the book of
Revelation. Even better is the Triumph of the Lamb, by Dennis E. Johnson.
I believe that the bible is
the inerrant word of God in its original autographs, and it is the
final source of authority in faith and practice. As such, I affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical
Inerrancy. I also affirm the Chicago Statements on Biblical
Hermeneutics and Biblical
I believe that baptism is an
outward sign of an inward change, a public demonstration of our
identification with Christ. It acknowledges and confirms our
covenant relationship with God. It does not save or cleanse. Christ
does that. Therefore, whether the sign is given by dunking or sprinkling, it serves its purpose.
believe that I cannot truly know Christ apart from actively
participating in a local church body, living life together. How can we
love one another if we don't associate with each other in a gracious,
loving, and ongoing relationship?
I am a firm believer in local ordination for elders. The laying on of
hands in that regard is taking responsibility for what has been
taught to the one being ordained; it carries with it the obligation
to call that person to account should he depart from what was taught
to him. Those who start a ministry
ought to submit to the oversight of a local
church body, and the local church body ought to be willing
to oversee that ministry.
But that's me...