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Theologically Reformed

What is “Reformed Theology”?

I don’t know.

Reformed Theology seems to elicit all sorts of reactions from people that I hadn’t quite expected. It is true that “words mean things”, and I might not know what I’m talking about when I throw labels about.

I can’t recite a defense of pre-destination, and I couldn’t tell you what Calvin’s “Institutes” are about….so instead of giving a wiki-answer, I will say what I mean when I describe myself as “Theologically Reformed”. If someone can explain that I’m misapplying the label, I will be happy to change it:

  • I hold to the 5 “Solas” of the Protestant Reformation: Salvation is by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone. Glory is worthy of God Alone, and Scripture Alone is the only source of divinely inspired, inerrant Christian Doctrine.
  • I believe that Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a perfect, sinless life, so that He could become our perfect sacrifice.
  • I believe that Christ took on our sins and died in our place, so that those who believe may receive His imputed, perfect righteousness.
  • I believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, who was raised for our justification, defeating the power of death.
  • I believe in the future bodily resurrection of the dead.
  • I believe that man is utterly depraved by nature, and unable and unwilling to choose God apart from His grace.
  • I believe that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8 )
  • I believe that Christians are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of their redemption.
  • I believe in the doctrine of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit: One God, three Persons.

In other words, you could say I’m a good old-fashioned Protestant…but that word has come to mean “anything but Catholic” in today’s world, which is why I’ve chosen the more specific label “Reformed”.

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