Beliefs

Feel free to contact me if you think I could add to this list or clarify any of the points.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list or a detailed defense.  It is simply a way for you to know what I believe.  To see a more exhaustive overview of my beliefs, I hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

  • The traditional 66 books of the canon to be the infallible, inerrant Word of God as contained in their original autographs.
  • YHWH/Jehovah has revealed Himself through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  These are three eternally distinct persons who share in the divine identity of YHWH.
  • Salvation comes only through Jesus and His atoning work.  It is by faith alone (which necessarily includes repentance) in Jesus that results in eternal life.
  • Works are essential for the Christian in demonstrating that Christ has saved them.  However, it is not the works that save, but Christ’s atonement and imputed righteousness.
  • The Bible is the sole, infallible rule of faith for the church.
  • Jesus will return again physically to this earth and will establish His kingdom here.
  • There will also be a physical resurrection of the dead, just as Christ’s resurrection was physical.
  • I believe what is commonly referred to as “Reformed Soteriology.”  That is, God is fully sovereign and will accomplish salvation for all those for whom He intends.
  • God created all things in 6 solar days around 6,000 years ago.  Around 4,000 years ago, there was a global flood.  Therefore, I am quite skeptical of many of the claims made by darwinian evolutionists today; namely, common descent as accomplished through mutation and natural selection.
  • Matthew 24 found its full and complete fulfillment in the events leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
  • The New Covenant consists of both Jews and Gentiles.  Therefore, there is currently no distinct plan of salvation for the Jews.  Therefore, all Christians (whether ethnic Jew or Gentile) are “true Jews” and Abraham’s true descendants through faith in Christ.

13 thoughts on “Beliefs

    1. I agree with the trinty and I am Catholic… any time you want to talk about this contact me many issues I am looking forward to hearing back from you…

    1. Hello Michael, thanks for your question. Regarding Matthew 24, that’s the very thing in question isn’t it? In other words, was Jesus being asked about the end of the world or the destruction of the temple? To be fair, to the Jew, the destruction of the temple may have been equivalent to the “end of the world.” But whichever the case, Jesus’ answers following clears up the misunderstandings; namely, that the events leading up to the destruction of the temple were to happen in their lifetime. i.e. “this generation” (Matt. 24:34)

  1. Enjoyed you video and the spirit in which you approach Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since every doctrine which is unique/original to Watchtower religion is in fact extra-biblical, these are the teachings most effectively questioned. I noticed you did not mention your view of final punishment in your belief section. Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?

    1. Hello Rick,

      Thank you for your comments. There are many things that I didn’t mention in my list, and that’s why I linked to the 1689 London Baptist Confession. But to answer your question directly, I don’t prefer to use the phrase “immortality of the soul.” Rather, I would like to just say that i’m a dualist who believes that there is an immaterial component of man separate from his physical body that survives death and awaits judgment or eternal life.

  2. Hi again Michael,
    Interesting answer.
    I believe the scriptural position is:
    – God alone has immortality (I Timothy 6: 15-16)
    – Although we have eternal life/Jesus now, we seek immortality (Romans 2:7)
    – True believers will be raised immortal (I Corinthians 15: 53-54)

  3. Hi Michael
    Based on your full preterist understanding of Matthew 24, Jesus’ parousia occured in the first century. So how do you see history wrapping up without a future parousia?

    I believe that Jesus warned that the second coming would not happen during the siege and the aftermath, that unlike the destruction of Jerusalem, no man would know the timing, it would happen during normal times, no running would be necessary, the saints would be taken, it would be a snare on the whole earth rather than a local catastrophe. (Verse 36 on)

    1. Hi Rick-

      I still believe in a future parousia per the resurrection in 1 Cor. 15. But I don’t think that is necessarily the same parousia as mentioned in Matt. 24. I just don’t see any good reason to think that Matt. 24 has anything to do with the 2nd coming. Instead, I use other texts to establish the 2nd coming.

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