I am so glad that I (Richard Bushey) have been able to connect with so many of my Christian brethren over the internet. Further, I am glad that my articles have spoken for me and proclaimed the message of the gospel even when I am away from my computer for a long period of time. This is a gospel oriented website, as I am a gospel oriented man.
To that end, I am currently pursuing a Bachelors In Religion. Many of my interests about which I write include atheism, philosophy of religion, and general apologetics. I strive to provide good answers to difficult questions for struggling Christians. While I have had some dialogues with atheists on this site, and know that I have impacted some atheists, in general, the goal of my apologetics ministry is to help struggling Christians.
Further, I am afraid that there is so little emphasis on doctrine. If I were to quiz a random member of a Christian congregation about essential Christian doctrine, how do you suppose they would do? Well, let me put it this way. Many Christian leaders form their childrens’ sermon in such a way that the adults may get something out of it. Our Bible studies are family oriented rather than adult oriented because the adults can only understand doctrine to the level of children. Thus, I strive to help adults understand basic Christian doctrine, the need to be born again and so forth.
Having said that, I suppose many of you are interested in knowing what beliefs this blog purports. Well, I am an evangelical Christian who attends a Southern Baptist university. The following are a few of the central beliefs defended by this blog.
All glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. God deserves all of the glory, everything in our lives needs to be a dedication to him. Those who give all the glory of the Father to Jesus (John 16:15), and those who honor Jesus just as they honor the Father (John 5:22-23) are of a kindred spirit. Thus, to be a Christian, one must affirm that Jesus is God (John 8:24). See article: Can A Christian Believe That Jesus Is Not God?
God Is A Trinity There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Father is God (Ephesians 1:3, 1 Peter 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:3), the Son is God (Hebrews 1:8), the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:34, 1 Corinthians 2:10). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons (Luke 23:46, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:13-17). Thus, there is one God who is eternally present in three persons. See article: Is The Trinity A Logical Model Of God? and Is Jesus God The Son?
Substitutionary Atonement When Jesus died on the cross, all of God’s wrath that we deserve was poured out upon him. Our unrighteousness was put upon him so that his righteousness could be put upon us. When he was murdered, he bore the sins of the world, and God the Father crushed him (Isaiah 53:10). See Article: What Does ‘Jesus Died For Our Sins’ Mean?
A Physical Resurrection As a fact of history, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead three days later. He rose in a physical body (Luke 24:39). This objective reality is a picture of our future resurrection and of God’s triumph over this dark and dying world. It is a glimmer of hope in a whirlpool of relativism and nihilism. See article: Was Jesus’ Resurrection Only Spiritual?
Grace Through Faith A person is saved the moment they put their trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins (Ephesians 2:8-9). See article: Does Salvation Come By Faith?
Being Born Again The one who puts their trust in Christ unto justification has been born again. He has been made a new creature by the power of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). They are able to say, as Paul said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives through me.” (Galatians 2:20). They bring forth the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) as an outward indicator that they have been born again. This is what Jesus meant when he said that we must be born again (John 3:3-5).
Water Baptism When people ask me if water baptism is necessary, I reply that it absolutely is. It is necessary, just as it is necessary to forego sin and live a righteous life. It is necessary, but it is not a prerequisite for salvation (Acts 10:47). As one theologian said, the world is full of unbaptized Christians and baptized non-Christians. See article: Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?
Scripture The 66 books of the Bible are the complete, inerrant, inspired and authoritative word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). That is not to say that God may not speak through men. But they must be measured by the word of God (Deuteronomy 18:22).
Eternal Security Otherwise styled as “once saved, always saved.” It is impossible for a Christian to lose their salvation. There is nothing, whether things present or things to come, that has the capacity to separate the elect from the love of God that is in Christ (Romans 8:38-39). Those who are truly saved will never depart from the faith. See article: 5 Reasons That It Is Impossible To Lose Salvation
Man’s Free Will In Salvation Man contributes nothing to his salvation. When a person is born again, they are born not of their free will but of the will of God (John 1:13). Salvation does not depend on the man who wills, but on God who has mercy (Romans 9:16). That is not to say that God brings man to him against our will, but rather that God changes mans’ will until he comes to him. As such, salvation is solely the work of God. What Does Romans 9 Teach About Election?
Note: This doctrinal statement is by no means all-inclusive. There are many important doctrines that I have not mentioned. My intention is to add biblical data to it as time goes on. But I would like to indicate that for those who have put their trust in God the Christ alone, by grace through faith, I fondly consider you my sister or brother in Christ and I would love to hear from you. Join my Theology Discussion Group!