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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The following are the typical positions of those who call themselves Fundamentalists:

Being born again

Biblical inerrancy

Bodily resurrection of Christ

Bodily resurrection of the just

Creation: Literally six, twenty-four hour days

Flesh does not mundanely evolve creating new species


Divinity of Jesus

Historicity (authenticity) of Biblical miracles

Jesus is Yahveh

One baptism for the remission of sin

Second coming of Christ

Sinless life of Jesus


Sola fide : Faith alone (no works)

Sola gratia : Grace alone

Sola scriptura : Scripture alone

Soli Deo Gloria : Glory to God alone

Solus Christus : Salvation only through Christ

Substitutionary atonement of Christ

Trinity: Father, Son, and the third person (personality) that is the Holy Spirit as co-equals and one at the same time

Virgin birth of Christ

What do we say?

On being born again:

People, souls, will be born again into spirit infused flesh.

On Biblical inerrancy:

The Bible brings out the truth that the prophets argued over the true nature of God and gods and what is best and right to believe and to do.

On the bodily resurrection of Christ:

The very flesh of Christ was resurrected.

On the bodily resurrection of the just:

The flesh of the just will be resurrected and made whole (eternally incorruptible) by virtue of their soft heartedness.

On the creation: Literally six, twenty-four hour days:

The notion of six, twenty-four hour days of creation is a failure to think contextually.

On the flesh not mundanely evolving creating new species:

This is error. The flesh mutates mundanely. Sufficient mutation will result in speciation.

On dispensationalism:

There have been, and continue to be, pre-historical and historical ages. There is historicism that is to say, God's plan is unfolding in history and will be fulfilled despite, and on account of, the rebellious and the naysayers and for the sake's of the repentant, atoning, faithful.

On the divinity of Jesus:

Jesus was, and is, divine. This is understood semantically, contextually.

On the historicity (authenticity) of Biblical miracles:

Miraculous things did happen and will happen yet. Some things described in The Bible are better understood as a combination of literal and figurative descriptions. Where the exact line is drawn and the exact degree to which events lean to the mundanely understood literal versus figurative, are things we will have to wait to find out.

On Jesus is Yahveh:

Jesus has a God who is our Father with whom Jesus is one in spirit. He is his, our, Father in as much as he does what our Father does. The same goes for all of us.

On one baptism for the remission of sin:

Jesus said we will be baptized with the purging baptism of fire (metaphorical but exactly apt).

On the second coming of Christ:

The Son of man will return in all his glory, which is the glory of God the Father—all credit always going to God the Father.

That Son of man is the spiritual Jesus Christ.

On the sinless life of Jesus:

Jesus said only one is good who is God the Father in heaven. Jesus never said he, Jesus, never committed an error, an offense. His humility would preclude it. This is not to say he did commit error.

If we call him good, we must mean he is one with God and sinless.

We know of no sin of Jesus.

Did he fall to earth? No. He was sent to save the lost and fallen, to save the world from sin that is error.

On the Solas:

Sola fide: Faith alone (no works):

It takes faith and works. The real faith and real words are inseparable.

Sola gratia: Grace alone:

Grace and faith and real deeds all go hand in hand. God would never turn his back on the faithful servant, child, friend bringing forth righteousness out of his or her heart.

Sola scriptura: Scripture alone:

Scripture and the Holy Spirit are both necessary. The Holy Spirit is the word. Scripture documents the unfolding.

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God alone:

It is true that all glory is God's. Jesus gave all credit to God the Father, the Holy Spirit. All the glory given to Jesus passes to God the Father. That's as Jesus would have it and rightly so.

Solus Christus: Salvation only through Christ:

Jesus was sent to show us the strait gate and narrow way to God. No one else was sent as the Messiah, that exact messenger foretold in the prophets. Jesus's teachings and example together are the one and only way.

On the substitutionary atonement of Christ:

Jesus definitely atoned for us. However, that does not remove our obligation to be Christlike, and Christ is Godlike so much so as to be one in spirit with God the Father who himself is spirit, the Holy Spirit.

On the Trinity: Father, Son, and the third person (personality) that is the Holy Spirit as co-equals and one at the same time:

The Holy Spirit is God the Father. The Father is spirit, as Jesus said. The Father is one. The Father and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. Jesus is the son of the Holy Spirit. Jesus lives in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit lives in Jesus.

Jesus calls everyone to join that oneness of spirit, that wholesomeness, eternal incorruptibility.

On the virgin birth of Christ:

All things are possible with God. God certainly could impregnate Mary with the male genetic line of David and without the aid of any human intermediary.

Whom do you trust, or do you reserve judgment on this issue?

Is it a necessary article of faith to believe in the virgin birth of Jesus? Let the Holy Spirit be your guide.


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