June 21, 2005

Out enjoying the weather, and look what happens...

Oops, all my content has been archived, leaving a huge white space on the screen.

Here's my theological worldview, based on an online quiz I've seen at several blogs, most recently at Susan B's Lilac Rose.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

75%

Reformed Evangelical

68%

Neo orthodox

64%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

64%

Emergent/Postmodern

54%

Fundamentalist

50%

Roman Catholic

36%

Classical Liberal

32%

Modern Liberal

25%

What's your theological worldview?
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Some comments on the results: I'm undecided on the issue of whether we're predestined regarding our faith. I definitely believe God calls those who will be saved, and recognize there are some He put on earth to "serve as a warning to others", such as Pharoah (OT) and Judas (NT). While I recognize God's sovereignty, I also believe in free will, and I just accept it as a paradox that God gets His way, but we have to believe in Jesus and repent in order to be saved. So I'm basically of the belief that we're called to believe in Him for our salvation, and if anyone doesn't do that, they won't have eternal life (John 3:36). If God's sovereignty is what dictates what we believe, I'm fine with that, but that's not what saving faith looks like to the believer, who sees himself making a decision to believe or to doubt.

I have some minor doctrinal disagreements with the Catholic Church, but I respect it as a defender of orthodoxy, and they are in my prayers when I pray for the Church. I've commented recently on the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and my opinions are similar to those expressed in a recent issue of Touchstone magazine. I respect the statements expressed by the Pope, a man of God, who has attained his position after a long period of devoted study, discipline, and faith.

And I also like lively worship, even though I attend a quieter, traditional church, though one that is well-known and active in our community. I have friends who attend a Methodist church where they sing loudly, raise their hands, dance, and when they pray, they pray for miracles and see them. I'm in a small home group with them, and if I lived on the other side of the Delaware River, I'd probably call that my church home (both my church in Hightstown, and the other church, in Washington's Crossing, are in my blogroll on the left). One belief my wife and I have is that church is not just for Sunday mornings, and for that reason, we looked for a church in the community where we live. Did we "settle"? Well, maybe, in the sense that I'd like to see more of what I described at the Washington Crossing Church. But I also believe we're called to be ministers where we are, so I'm active in my church, making myself available to God to bring those traits over here.

Posted by Joel Fuhrmann at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)