Driving to work tonight at Christian Horizons I got thinking about the complex person that I've become. You certainly can't accuse me of being stuck in a rut. I'm in a continual state of flux. Always changing...or, hopefully, maturing in my faith walk.
I'll share some of my thinking and then dare you to fit me in to one of the theological slots.
Here's where I've docked my ship at the present time. Maybe tomorrow I'll set sail again.
Theologically, I believe that the Scriptures are inerrant in the original autographs and are
our sole guide and authority for faith and practice. I believe in the sovereignty of God, human responsibility, the deity of Christ, the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life.
I don't believe that speaking in tongues in the initial evidence of the filling or baptism of the Holy Spirit. I don't believe that physical healing was guaranteed when Christ atoned for our sins. I believe that believers can have the Spirit of God resident within but not president. In other words He can inhabit the Christian but not be invited to fill and control the believer.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the only One who can provide salvation from our sins. I believe in the eternal security of the believer. As of today, August 13th, 2006, I still hold to a pre-tribulational, premillenial form of eschatology.
Regarding forms of worship, I'm most comfortable with the original Open Brethren style of communion...a Spirit-led, reverent gathering where Jesus Christ is the central figure. I enjoy the weekly partaking of the bread and wine. I don't care for the pre-planned service. The priesthood of all believers is a precious principle to me. The old hymns are my preferred musical taste. Although I have never been involved in a liturgical type fellowship of believers, I often long for the reverence and quietness that usually accompanies such forms of worship. I believe that when a Christian takes his/her seat in our sanctuaries and meeting places that all conversation with fellow congregants should cease and we should quietly prepare our hearts to worship the King, our Host.
I enjoy writers who are Calvinistic and those who take an Arminian stance. I'm still confused as to which side of the fence I pitch my tent. Rather than declaring myself a TULIP Calvinist, I choose to worship and adore the ROSE OF SHARON and refrain from theological debates on this ongoing topic.
I believe that living by faith and trusting God to supply my needs is both scriptural and scary. I adhere to the truth of Hebrews 11:1.
I believe in the value and necessity of world missions. I also wonder about the negative impact on missionaries' children when they are sent off to a Missions School hundreds of miles away from their parents.
Regarding the non-essentials...or the do's and don'ts that became extra baggage for Christians during my formative years...I still think it's wrong for ME (maybe not others) to drink any alcoholic beverages. Smoking is out of the question. I've never danced and never had the desire to. Even attending movies is still uncomfortable for me and I'm rarely in a movie theatre unless it's to watch a kid's flick with my sons. I don't even know to play cards. What a boring existence! On the contrary, my life is full, wierd, busy, unpredictable and often frustrating but it IS abundant!
Getting back to some other matters theological (???) I think it's completely within the realm of Christian orthodoxy to be contemplative and to seek "spiritual direction" and desire "spiritual formation". We have much to learn from some of the practices of others who differ from us theologically. Busy as I am, I long for solitude and quiet. I've seen the barrenness of a busy life and I long for a more contemplative lifestyle.
I could go on and on but I've shared just a few things with you.
Go ahead and try to pigeon hole me. I'll bet that if twenty of my readers (I thought I only had 10) took advantage of this exercise, I'd be slotted in different "pigeon holes" even though I've articulated some of my beliefs and preferences.
Just something to think about. I had to get this off my chest and onto my blog.
Called me mixed up if you wish.
I love you all!