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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by breakingcontact, May 7, 2015.
I go to an SBC church and it seems this is an increasing question.
I have been a member in the past of SBC fellowships, but there was not a distinctive Reformed Theology attached. There are some extreme differences which, while they certainly swayed me in my spiritual youth, did not either make me loyal to their teaching nor dissuade me from testing those views.
However, I think there are certain Reformed Doctrinal positions that are Biblically accurate, even if attempts to present them from Scripture can become unseemly, lol.
So I would have to say Reformed Theology has been influential, and both SBC and Independent Baptist fellowships have maintained aspects of Reformed Theology, I can't properly call myself Reformed (in the historical and Theological sense), but Reformed (in the Natural/Spiritual sense).
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I don't struggle with my faith but I do at times struggle with all 5 points of Calvinism.
Have to be going, but if you like, post the problems you have, and we can compare those with Scripture. There may be a good reason for the problem, whether it is not understanding the points themselves or that the points, as taught by some, do not represent the original intention of the point.
I have problems with some of the points from both perspectives, and if you follow some of the conversations about them you will see some have a different perspective than what I think the original points reflect.
I'll check in tomorrow, but have to get going for now.
Catholicism without as many errors?
Well I know a lot about the Catholics. My Dad was raised one but trusted Christ and became a believer. We (my siblings and I) were brought up Baptist, SBC first then Independent Baptist (not BBFI). My Grandmother and all her children remained Catholic as well as most of my dad's family. The pastor I grew up under was also saved out of the Catholic faith. So no not that reformed.
BTW I have never attended a reform school I wasn't a bad kid.
Some churches simplify what they believe by a confession of faith like this;
Look it over, look up the verses offered:thumbsup::thumbsup:
Visited a Methodist Church once out of curiosity and they basically implied transubstantiation during the Communion Service.
But the name does not always indicate the actual doctrine. My Dad went to a Baptist Church where they tried to teach how to speak in tongues. They told him, "Just clear your mind, and whatever pops in your head...speak it."
And I have visited a charismatic fellowship which was indistinguishable from most conservative fellowships I had attended.
As far as school...I had my moments, lol.
Catholicism without a Pope.
Only tangentally because the Reformers and I agree on some things. However, I am definitely not Reformed in the Lutheran tradition.
If by the question, the idea is which of the five points of the TULIP do you agree with, then I think it is an important question. Some folks think it is ok to join a fellowship while avoiding clearly indicating their beliefs. This behavior sounds pretty close to those who secretly introduce destructive heresies.
So to answer that question for myself, I believe in eternal security, once saved, always saved. That would make me a "one point Calvinist." Now I believe if a person is a 5 point or 4 point Calvinist, they should openly declare they are Calvinists. OTOH, I openly declare I am a non-Calvinist. And by the way, I am not an Arminian either. But I am more Arminian leaning than Calvinistic leaning. I believe Christ died for all mankind, becoming the propitiation or means of salvation for the whole world. And I believe we autonomously chose to trust in Christ or not, rather than being compelled by irresistible grace.