I'm a sinner like everyone else. I don't pretend to know everything, and I've been accused of thinking that I'm somehow better than others (you know, holier than thou). I'm a Christian and it is my duty to share the good news with everyone who will listen. I am painfully aware of the fact that I do not always live up to what I know is right and true according to the Bible and even my own conscience. Perfection eludes me, but is is something to strive for, not that I think that it is even possible to achieve. But despite my imperfections, I will continue to share what I believe to be true. I don't expect anyone to take my word for anything, but to investigate everything I say as if your life depends on it, because whether you believe it or not, it really does.
I'm on a mission. First, I must know the One True God for my own sake, and for the sake of my family. Second, I must share what I know with my Christian family first, then to everyone else who will listen. God has revealed to me the work, which He had prepared in advance for me to do. Part of that work is here in these pages. He has shown me that some of my Christian brothers and sisters are being led astray and misled by doctrine that has no basis in Scripture. He is continually showing me new truths by revealing the true meaning of the Scriptures. He has given me discernment, to know who can be trusted with His Word, and who cannot. So I must examine the Scriptures daily so that I won't be deceived and I must also encourage others to do the same so that they will not be deceived either.
It is my hope that my articles, resulting from my own personal study of the Scriptures, and interaction with anyone who reads these pages, will cause knowledge of the truth to increase, first for myself, second for my family, third for the Church, and fourth for the lost. If I write anything that is false or misleading, and I am found to be unwilling to repent, may God Himself silence me however He sees fit, because God forbid that I should be found guilty of that which I have come to despise so greatly, which is distortion of the Scriptures, which are able to save everyone who believes
(Eph. 1:11-14). So for my own sake I am seeking the truth, and as God has given me this overwhelming desire, I will share what He reveals to me through His Word, through others who preach and teach His Word, and through those who read what I write, who are able to convince me of my errors so that not only will I be corrected, but so that I will not mislead anyone.
What I Believe
I believe the Bible is God's Word without error or contradiction, His complete revelation to us for the salvation of all mankind, and for proper Christian living. I also believe that the Bible is the final authority on all spiritual matters. Whatever I write about concerning God and other social issues, is only through understanding the Scriptures that I base my opinions. I may not always be correct, and I challenge anyone to oppose what I write whenever appropriate, but please, in all sincerity, be respectful. Let your opinions be based on the reality that the Bible is God's Word, and make your arguments based on that fact. I appreciate any and all discussion related to my writings because it allows me to grow as a Christian as I learn more truth. I write so that you may grow, and I challenge you to show me where I'm in error so that I may grow.
I don’t have a statement of faith because I have found them to be ineffective in determining the beliefs of others. This is due to the fact that although people might use the same terms, those terms may have different meanings. As an example of this, it is entirely possible to consider the statement of faith on a Mormon web site as it relates to Jesus, to be in line with orthodox Christianity. Unfortunately, one must dig deeper into Mormon theology to find out that the Jesus they speak about is not the same Jesus of the Bible. I’m not necessarily opposed to statements of faith, but I just find them severely lacking.
Instead of a statement of faith, I will put on this page, certain ideas that I subscribe to such as:
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
The Colorado Statement on Biblical Sexual Morality - By the Council on Biblical Sexual Ethics
To educate every believer of the fact that the Bible is the Word of God; that it is complete and without error; that it is perfect for the salvation of everyone who believes; and it is perfect for instructing Christians about how to live a proper Christian life.
To provide every believer a means to identify ideas and philosophies that have been, and are being, perpetuated through the media and by misguided individuals that try to discredit the true God and especially His holy Word.
To supply every believer a means to identify and expose those who misrepresent God and Christ by attributing to them a nature that is inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible. Those people use the media such as radio, television, and newsprint, but especially disheartening, they even use the pulpits of our very own Churches.
To instill in every believer a desire to learn the truth about God by hearing His Word, but also reading and studying His Word daily and with purpose so that they will always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have.
To inspire every believer to earnestly contend for the faith because it seems that wherever we turn, someone is out there trying to tear it down.
To encourage every believer to be willing to question those who present questionable doctrine, even when it comes from your very own pastor.
To motivate every believer to be bold enough to stand alone if necessary, for the sake of truth rather than compromise truth for the sake of unity.
To equip every believer to be prepared to give good answers to the questions about the faith we posses, of sincere seekers and skeptics alike.
These objectives are meant to help believers to learn not to be deceived; to counter the attacks on their faith with truth which only comes from the Word of God; and to settle once and for all, myths and lies that have been cleverly disguised as truth for those that mistakenly believe in things that not only give them a false sense of eternal security, but those things also that might have the effect of condemning their very souls to eternal hell.