Statement of Faith

If I had to label myself, I guess I would go with “Semi-Reformed* Southern Baptist”. While there are a few points I would tweak for clarity, the BFM 2000 represents my beliefs fairly accurately.

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*”Semi-Reformed” isn’t an official theological school of thought. It’s just a little term I created to describe where I fall on the spectrum of Calvinism. All it means is that, while I lean strongly Reformed, I do not agree with every single doctrine of Calvinism 100%. I would say I’m about 90% Reformed. I’ve written more about this here and here.

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9 thoughts on “Statement of Faith”

  1. Do you have the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues? thanks.

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    • Hi Sueann- Yes, like every genuinely regenerated beliver, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. Speaking in tongues, as it is currently practiced, is a man-made invention and is not evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so, no, I do not partake in glossolalia. I also do not speak in any known foreign languages as a sign gift since this sign gift has ceased.

      If you’d like to learn more about the biblical view of tongues, click here and here for some excellent resources.

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  2. I was always taught that tongues are still important today and that God gives out the gift of tongues, and also that everyone filled with the spirit speaks in tongues as a result to this day I’m reading my bible and praying for a full understanding of it.

    What about 1 cor 14 it mentions tongues and verses 4-5. Whats your take on that chapter?

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  3. Do you support the belief that Gods children are elected onto salvation? Meaning some are damned to hell from birth; while others are destined for salvation?

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    • Hi Hayley-

      The Bible is clear (ex. Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:3-5) that God predestines people for salvation. It is also clear (ex. Ezekiel 33:11, 2 Peter 3:9) that He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that His heart is for people to repent and know Christ as Savior. I believe both of those things because the Bible says both of those things.

      It is difficult for us to understand how both of those things could be true at the same time because we are finite human beings and those things are mysteries hidden in the mind of an infinite God. I don’t spend time worrying about how it all plays out. That’s God’s business, not mine, because His thoughts and ways are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9) and because the secret things belong to the Lord, but the revealed things belong to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). I do know that however God works all those things out, He is perfectly right, good, just, and merciful. No one will ever stand before Him in judgment and be able to rightly accuse Him of unfairly sentencing them to an eternity in Hell. God is perfect in all His ways (Psalm 18:30).

      I like to be about the business of the Great Commission and let God sort out the rest. That’s the assignment He has given us: to proclaim the gospel wherever we go, and to disciple the saved.

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  4. MrsPrince said:

    I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! I thank God for you.

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