Statement of Faith

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If I had to label myself, I guess I would go with “Reformed Southern Baptist”. I hold to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith (Second London Baptist Confession) as well as the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (though there are a few points I would tweak for clarity). These documents represent my beliefs fairly accurately.

Though Calvinistic in my soteriology, most of the Southern Baptist churches I’ve been a member of have been Traditionalist (non-Calvinistic). I tend to hold a more nuanced view of Calvinism than many. I’ve written more about this here and here.

I also subscribe to: 
The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

and am a signatory to:
The Nashville Statement (on biblical sexuality)
The Dallas Statement (on social justice & the gospel)

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27 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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      • Hi Michelle! Could you please clarify what you believe concerning your first sentence in this reply? Do you believe God predestines some people for salvation or all people? Thank you.

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      • Some people. Sorry that was unclear. To say that God predestines all people to salvation, or that God saves all people (regardless of what one believes about predestination), is a heresy called universalism.

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      • Thank you for responding Michelle!

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      • You’re welcome. :0)

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      • Psalm Melzar said:

        Sorry I have to jump in here, why is it that doctrines have labels? If a doctrine is not of God, I see it as an unnecessary factor to insist on their given names.
        Anyone who questions a teaching only needs to know whether or not that teaching is of God. How its named or it came up is just detail especially since every new heresy will justify itself with an appealing title and the Scriptures are ever so simple when reproving
        heresy.

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      • Just to clarify, that’s a linguistics question, not a theological question. We have labels for particular doctrines for the same reason we have labels for everything else. For example, tomorrow I plan to mix sugar, flour, butter, and eggs, form them into discs, and place them into a 350 degree oven until they are golden brown and edible. But it’s much faster and easier to say that tomorrow I am baking cookies. We use labels because it’s a shorthand way to describe what we’re talking about so everybody’s on the same page. That’s how language works.

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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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  5. I am very thankful to have found this blog even though I do not consider myself reformed. It is actually something I am currently struggling with but that is for another day. I have also been struggling with the amount of false teaching that I am seeing, so reading your blog was a breath of fresh air for me.

    Thank you for doing what you are doing!

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  6. Really been a delight to come across your ministry as there are so few women that worshipping God with their minds and pursuing precise doctrinal clarity AND application of the great truths we hold dear. I wonder how few people would confuse the secondary effects of the gospel when hearts are changed with Gospel Mandates (the latest social justice manipulative mandates) if we had clarity on God’s call on our lives. I wonder how many often good authors would get away with misleading and misusing Scripture (whatever their motives might be) if we knew the Lord ourselves and measured things under Scripture and in light of the gospel and the man Jesus Christ if we didn’t depend so much on them “telling us what the Bible says”. It is a rare moment that I meet someone who doesn’t defend error in application by quoting a bible verse to contradict a clear command or principle. I am a bit suspicious when that happens. Anyway, thank you for being so encouraging in the truth and even though I may not hold your position on a couple secondary doctrines, I stand shoulder to shoulder on the essentials for the glory of God and the magnifying of His Great Name.

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  7. Everyone realizes that most every religion has some version of speaking in tongues…Actually Satanist speak in tongues and they aren’t filled ith Holy Spirit.

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  8. It is refreshing to read this blog! Our ladies group is floundering around with a lot of these famous lady teacher’s books and when I introduced “Gospel Treason” by Brad Bigney they really hated it. Every time we met they would tear the book and the author down saying he was too harsh and “who is HE to tell ME that I have IDOLS??” It was such a miserable time that my co-leader and I just resigned the study about half way through. Now they are on to a study by Priscilla Shirer entitled “Discerning the Voice of God” It really breaks my heart because I do love them very much.

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    • Karen, I wish I could say I don’t know how you feel, but, unfortunately, I do. I know it’s discouraging. I hope you find this blog to be a little oasis of encouragement. :0)

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  9. Linda Dietz said:

    I too have just discovered this blog. I listen to and am blessed by many who hold to the views or some combination of Calvinism & Arminianism. (Tim Challies, Nancy Guthrie, John Piper…) I cannot subscribe wholeheartedly to either. I am once again looking at both. God even created the angels with some semblance of free will and we see some of them deciding to follow Satan when given the choice. It is difficult for me to think that a Perfect Creator would take away all free will from His creatures. At any rate, I am thankful it is not an issue upon which our salvation depends. There will be many from both camps worshipping the Creator together in Heaven! Also wanted to mention that I have read with interest the many posts on False Teachers. I cringe each time I see an advertisement for Jesus Calling and worse, the myriads of people who love and follow Sarah Young. I pop in to say what I can say, but so many are so blind. Do you think it is because the Church today is basically Biblically illiterate and that Young’s “devos” are always sweet to the taste…never mentioning sin or repentance?
    I plan on referring a young Christian friend to your site for info on False Teachers. We need discernment now more than every before!

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    • Thank you so much, Linda! It is my pleasure to serve you in Christ.

      To answer your question, yes. Second Timothy 4:3-4 says it best: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

      Unfortunately, we are seeing this fulfilled right before our eyes.

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  10. My church is sponsoring a women’s bible study with Whitney Capps. I have never heard of her and I respect your knowledge in these matters. Do you know of or can you recommend her?

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    • Hi Linda- I’m not familiar with her either, but I did a quick Google search and one of the first things that popped up was that she is affiliated with Lysa TerKeurst’s Proverbs 31 Ministries (click the “Popular False Teachers” tab at the top of this page for more info.), so, no, I would not recommend her. This article may also help if you need to research her further.

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