Most people hates boxes. They require everyone to fit someone’s narrow view of reality and thought. We find this true in Christianity also. Thank God for sound theology and boundaries of historical thought concerning the person and work of Christ. However, the enemy seeks to divide believers by using self-appointed ‘heresy hunters’ who cause divisions while claiming to protect evangelical orthodoxy.
The Lord calls us to freedom in Christ, freedom in worship, freedom in the power of the Holy Spirit. As a free Christian, we are at liberty to worship God free from the narrow thoughts of man as long as our doctrine and practices are within the boundaries of the Holy Scripture. What does a “Free Christian” believe. It can vary, depending on one’s level of study, influences, or maturity. One thing for sure, the Scriptures will have the final say on all matters of faith and practice. For me, here is my confession.
- In Salvation, I am Evangelical (Matt. 28:20)
- In Sacraments, I am Baptist (Matt. 28:19; 1Cor. 11:23-26)
- In Sovereignty, I am Reformed (Psa. 103:19)
- In Free Will, I am Wesleyan (Rev. 22:17)
- In Church Government, I am Presbyterian (1Tim. 5:17)
- In Worship, I am Charismatic (Eph. 5:18-21)
- In Holiness, I am Keswick (1Thes. 5:23)
- In Scriptures, I am Conservative (2Pet. 1:20-21)
- In Justification, I am Lutheran (Rom. 1:17)
- In Spiritual Gifts, I am Continuationist (Heb. 13:8)
- In Church Planting, I am Simple (Matt. 18:20)
- In Evangelism, I am Now (Matt. 4:19)
Over the years, especially since blogging since 2011, some young Calvinists and Arminians have written me and attempted to toss the heresy title and accusations my way. Maybe, these young pups will grow up one day and see the spirit of division and pride that drives them. I pray they do not forfeit their usefulness by creating division between dear saints.
“It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.” (Jude 19)
God’s Word is the final authority in all my beliefs, and it gives me the liberty to walk under His Lordship and grants freedom from the expectations of man. In short, the various boxes that men insist upon are not large enough to contain the uniqueness of Christ. Because of this, I sure have enjoyed fellowship with some precious brothers from various theological backgrounds and doctrinal persuasions. Yes, I am a free Christian!