Statement of Faith
I affirm that there is a single, triune spiritual being, called God – eternal, necessary, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty; completely wise, just, and benevolent, and the overflowing source of all good.
God is known by two means. First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, since this universe can be read much like a book in which all creatures are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God, namely, his eternal power and his divinity. Second, he makes himself known to us more openly by Scripture which bears testimony to the supreme revelation of God in the divine person and atoning work of Jesus of Nazareth. Namely,
that Jesus died
by the means of crucifixion
at the order of Pontius Pilate
under the curse of God
for the propitiation of sins of his elect,
that he was buried, and that he resurrected from the dead in affirmation of his victory over the darkness of this present age.
I affirm the 5 Solae, namely, that salvation is
through faith alone
by grace alone
achieved & secured by Christ alone
according to the authority of Scripture alone
for the glory of God alone.
(The preceding text is an adapted amalgamation of the Belgic Confession and the Apostles Creed)
I think that Molinism is the best harmonization of the Scriptural witness to divine predestination and human freedom.
I think Scripture is not intended to provide an age of the universe. The best evidence today indicates that the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old and this planet is about 4.5 billion years old. I think the doctrine of “young-Earth creationism” is an effort that is not the best reading of Genesis and inadvertently creates unnecessary roadblocks to the Gospel message. While I have not made up my mind on the issue of theistic evolution, I think it is a consistent position and live option for conservative Christians.
I think the book of Revelation, while a confusing book, is best understood through the iterist (or idealist) approach; the view of amillennialism, while not perfect, is the strongest understanding of eschatology in general and Revelation 20 in particular.
I think the Hebrew Bible is properly understood when read as a product of the ancient Near East; thus, comparative studies with other contemporary Mesopotamian religions is a fruitful enterprise.