What I Believe
“I don’t know what you believe anymore”.
I used to upset folks because I was a a Calvinist, now the Calvinists think I’m not Calvinistic enough.
I don’t fully subscribe to any groups doctrinal statement …though I wish I could for the sake of company and companionship.
On the other hand, I treasure the freedom to learn from and commune with any who will have me at their table.
At this point in my journey this is the best I can do.
I believe in justification by faith through grace alone.
I also believe God willingly saves and loves those whose confessions call that doctrine a damnable heresy.
I am equally convinced of both propositions.
I’m not really a five point Calvinist.
Calvin would have despised having his thought and theology boiled down to five points without nuance or qualification…and so do I.
I believe that God is spiritually present in the elements of communion and that those elements are a means of grace…a sacrament .
It’s ok with me if you don’t, but I think you’re missing something wondrous….but, you’ll get home anyway.
I believe in the pre-wrath rapture of the church.
However, the amills have a lot of truth we need to hear…and I’m more worried about His work, than His itinerary.
The kingdom has come, though not in it’s fullness.
I still believe that Calvin and Packer are the last word in theology.
However, N.T. Wright, some liberals and some pagans have taught me a lot in the last two years.
I believe the Bible is true…the Word of God.
I’m just not sure I know what those terms mean anymore…
I believe in the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement.
But that isn’t all that Christ accomplished on the cross.
I believe God created the heavens and the earth and all that dwells in them.
How He did that and how long it took is beyond me. He spoke, it happened, I’m done.
I believe in a historical Adam and Eve.
Jesus did, so who am I to argue?
I’m pretty theologically conservative.
But “liberals” like Brueggemann, Berry, and Buechner have opened up visions of God for me that doctrinal propositions alone cannot give.
I believe in the historic creeds and confessions of the church as the test for orthodoxy.
Much of the rest is like God’s buffet table…He’s too big to be contained in one set of propositions.
I believe in mystery.
I know much less than I used to…and I’m ok with that. Some things don’t have answers on this side.
I believe in unity.
We can disagree without damning each other.
I want to be right, but I’m not afraid to be wrong…let’s talk.
I believe in the birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and future return of Christ.
Completely and without reservation.
Now you know what I believe…