Friends, recently I’ve had a few emails stating that
And by the way, some bloggers think you are way off on your doctrine of God besides me.
If these bloggers would stand up, I sure would appreciate it. I do not believe in doctrinal development, progression, or otherwise moving past the simpleness stated in the New Testament. I take it that the Apostles knew exactly what they were saying, and said everything we needed – it is very much the Faith once for all delivered and the pattern of Paul’s words which I attempt to use. For my doctrine, I try to remain within their writings as best as possible, ignoring anything else. Granted, this might put me at odds with more than a few others to which certain labels matters, such as Trinitarian. Then again, what the same people fall to realize is that labels were rarely applied in the New Testament. Also, if we judged each other on labels, well, how many will escape?
Frankly, I have to agree with what John Calvin said –
undoubted as the proper essentials of religion: for instance, that God is one, that Christ is God, and the Son of God, that our salvation depends on the mercy of God, and the like. (Institutes 4.1.12)
I wasn’t always this way, but the more I try to grow, the more that it comes down to few things. I agree with Calvin here, that God is one, that Christ is God and the very Son of God, and that our salvation is not something we can earn or merit, but only comes from the Grace of God. From there, we can start and in many ways, finish.
Granted, in the biblioblogosphere, we have a wide range of doctrinal positions, and even positions which take no doctrinal stands whatsoever. Of course, I am led to believe that ‘some bloggers’ simply think I am way off.
Before anyone suggests that labels and theological concepts developed over centuries are essential to salvation, be prepared to show me in the bible those same things. For me, I find great theological solace in Tertullian, Athanasius, Marcellus, and the 3rd century bishop of Rome.
Now, if those ‘bloggers’ who think that I am ‘way off’ and further, that it matters that much, would please stand up and stop emailing or otherwise gossiping behind my back, I sure would appreciate it – I mean, if there is really that many of you.