I often am asked to name my church affiliation. Very few who ask this appear content when I tell them that I am a member of the True Church, the Body of Christ. They are, I suppose, looking for me to name a particular denomination or sect. I tell them that I am a Christian. I do not consider myself to be a Calvinist or a member of a Reformed Church – or any denominational church or sect. For me it is sufficient to be a blood-bought follower of Jesus Christ.
I used to respond that I prefer to worship in a non-denominational church when home and with an Evangelical Free congregation when in Mexico. I don't mention a non-denominational affiliation any longer. Far too many of those assemblies calling themselves non-denominational that I have encountered recently appear to be nothing more than cults and the object of worship often seems to be a wonderfully entertaining self-called preacher.
Some folks press me for an answer by asking about my theological position. When I respond that I consider myself to be a Fundamentalist Christian, in the classical sense, some still are not satisfied and ask me what I believe.
My personal eschatology is Pre-Tribulation/Pre-Millennial. My personal soteriology is based on the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. I do not believe that my salvation has anything to do with tithing, what day I worship, what Bible version I use, whether I have been baptized, if I do or do not raise my hands when I pray, how I dress for worship, when I pray, etc.
FYI, I do not tithe. I prefer the NASB for personal study and meditation on the Scriptures, but use the KJV or some other version in my writing. I have been baptized; twice in fact: Once as a baby Catholic and once as a 50-year-old adult. I say small prayers every now and then throughout the day. I worship my Lord God in whatever clothes I happen to be wearing. I do and believe many other things in my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, God the Father and the Holy Spirit, but they really don't concern anyone but myself and my Trinitarian God.
I am convinced of my saved relationship with my Lord, whether someone else agrees or not. I have had many challenges to my assurance, based on whether or not I measure up to some artificial standard. In common with the Reformers,
I Believe . . .
That the Scriptures Alone are the Standard (Sola Scriptura)
Everything we need to know for salvation is contained in the Scripture, which is the standard against which all doctrine must be measured.
That Our Raison d'etre Is For the Glory of God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria)
The Scripture teaches us of the sovereignty of God over every aspect of the believer's life. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks,
That We Are Saved By Christ's Work Alone (Solo Christo)
Christ is the sole mediator between God and man.
That Salvation Is by Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)
I hold dear the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith; that our righteous standing before God is imputed to us by grace because of the work of Christ Jesus our Lord.
That Man Is Justified by Faith Alone (Sola Fide)
The "Material Principle" of the Reformation was justification by faith alone. As the Westminster Confession of Faith says,
If that is not sufficient ground for assurance, please tell me what more I must do to be saved.
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