1. Orthodoxy, Doctrines, Theology, Essentials, Non-essentials

Orthodoxy is “right belief”. These Doctrines are the historic essentials of what defines a Christian to be a Christian. And no, not all agree. But historically, most “conservative” “orthodox” “evangelical” people, however you refer to them,… hold to some basics, these basics I would call the Essential Doctrines. Those are listed in our “Core Beliefs”.

Of course there are minor doctrines that become less important… and vary in interpretations within varying family streams of the Christian faith. For example, most all believe Jesus is coming back… but describe in various systems. Most believe in baptism, but might practice differently. How Polity (church governance) is practiced, varies.

This begins to move into the are of “Theology”. Which simply literally means… words about God. Or the study of God. So varying theologies exist within Orthodox Christianity. Calvinist, Arminians, Charismatics, Cessationists, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Preterist, Ammillenialist, Sovereignty, Free Will, etc. etc.

The lines of each can cross. I am very open to varying interpretations, and seek to exist within a diverse community. However, the reality is, i also have very particular views, and the more i study and teach, the more i try to support and develop my own views. Being the primary teacher, people will simply have to accept my minor teachings a little bit more readily, and maybe agreeing with a lot… or able to give me much grace. Yet i also don’t seek to make clones, nor require people to be a one size fits all within our community.

I’m vary tolerant of opposing opions, various streams of Christian thought, and i’m not fundamental in my expression in the day to day.
However… at the same time,… i would clasify myself as strongly Orthodox, Evangelical, Conservatinve, (knowing sometimes we don’t agree on what those mean, so just ask me.)

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