Category Archives: Doctrines of the Faith

Why I’m A Baptist.

The following is the paper I wrote for the PH 305 Baptist Heritage class I just finished at the Antioch Bible Institute (ABI). I just finished my first semester (two classes) there and I believe I did quite well — thank God!

We just started the new semester this week and I am taking two classes again. Each class we are required to write a paper and turn it in with our course notebook on the last day of class. Here’s the paper I wrote for my Baptist Heritage course.

Why I’m A Baptist

Many people might say that I’m a Baptist by default. Being adopted into and raised in a Baptist home would definitely have an influence on which direction my faith would go. I was always taught about the fallacies of Catholicism, Lutheranism, Methodism, the Church of Christ, Hinduism, Mormonism – you name it and chances are I could tell you at least one reason why they were all false, or at least flawed, religions.

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Holidays: I don’t observe, so how do I deal?

Since there really aren’t any Scriptures that deal with this subject specifically, I’m going to share my opinions on it for the next few minutes.

Yesterday I posted a video about whether or not Christians should participate in Halloween.

My family never “celebrated” Halloween. We weren’t allowed to dress up as creepy goblins and witches. My brother and I weren’t allowed to go trick-or-treating with our friends. We never passed out candy either. When the kids started to walk around the neighborhood to collect their Halloween treasure, we shut all the drapes, closed the blinds, turned off all the lights in the house, and deactivated our motion-sensor porch light. In fact, I carved my first pumpkin when I was 23 (and it was the most awesome ninja turtle you’ve ever seen, I might add).

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Tithing: is it still relevant today?

Back in November 2011 I posted “to tithe or not to tithe?” on the blog. It drummed up a pretty good discussion, and even caused a few people at the church I used to attend to get a little self-defensive over the issue.

Old Testament.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:8-10

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God: boxes, boundaries, & rules.

I was reading a post over at Alise…Write! and found myself almost breaking out in hives over a couple of sentences in her post titled “It Is Good.(okay, maybe not “breaking out in hives”… but somewhat irritated.)

Overall, her post was actually pretty good. My beef was with the following bolded sentences:

“…these projects point to God. Not to a neat, tidy, polite God, but to a wildly creative being. A God that refuses boxes and boundaries and rules. A God that understands hurt and pain and hope and love; a God that understands what it is to be human.”

The idea that “God…refuses boxes and boundaries and rules” makes it sound like He embraces chaos, disorganization, haphazard efforts. The idea that God is not necessarily a “neat, tidy, polite God” makes it sound like He Who spoke the worlds into existence is a caveman of sorts and not a gentleman.

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Baptism: immersion, sprinkling, & infant baptism.

It has been argued for centuries, this matter of Baptism. Somewhere over the years the Biblical truth surrounding Baptism has been mixed up with church tradition and the teachings of men. What we have today is a mixture of denominations that believe a mixture of things about baptism.

  • Some denominations believe that baptism saves people.
  • Some denominations believe that baptism is required to complete salvation.
  • Some denominations believe it signifies identification with a certain “religious” group.
  • Some denominations believe that baptism is simply an act of obedience and testimony after salvation.

So let’s take a look at what the Bible says…

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The OSAS Doctrine: can I lose my salvation?

Can someone who has accepted Christ as their personal Savior lose their salvation?

That question can easily be answered by asking another question…

Is God a liar?

If you answered yes to either of those questions then you have very little knowledge of the Scriptures.

The correct answer to both of the above questions is a resounding “no.”

“God is not a man, that he should lie…” – Numbers 23:19 (KJV)

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