|Quotes from Calvin, Wesley, Arminius, Chafer
and others on issues in Systematic Theology and Bible Exposition|
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What is Orthodox Protestant Theology?
If one were to look in a dictionary, one would find many definitions of
"orthodoxy." For the purposes of this web site, however, I consider
Orthodox Protestantism to include belief in the following:
God is Triune (i.e, a Trinity), which implies the Deity of Jesus Christ as
well as the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was literally, and physically, resurrected from death.
The Bible is the Word of God, inspired and
inerrant (although "inerrancy" is defined in various ways) in its original
A person's salvation is entirely by God's grace, through that person's faith
in Jesus Christ, and is not based on any works of righteousness, religious
or otherwise, on the part of the individual.
There are, however, differences of opinion in certain doctrines which,
although still important, would not put a system outside of the umbrella
of orthodoxy. Such doctrines include the following:
Election: Did God elect whom He would save from the foundation of the world (Calvin,
Chafer), or does man have a free will in the matter (Arminius, Wesley)?
Limited Atonement or Particular Redemption: Was Jesus' death only for the
elect (Spurgeon), or was it for the sins of all
mankind (Chafer)? Note that this question only pertains if one has accepted
God's sovereign election of individuals who will be saved.
Baptism: What is the proper mode of baptism?
The Millennium: When Jesus returns, will He reign for a literal 1000 years
in the eternal state (pre-millennialism)?
Israel vs. the Church: Is Israel still God's chosen people, and does God have
a separate program
for them and another for the Church (Dispensationalism), or is the Church the
On this web site, I will present arguments for both those doctrines which
are essential to orthodoxy, and for some of the doctrines in which great
orthodox thinkers have differed. I will use quotations from the Bible
and from well-known
authors as much as possible.
In addition to quotes related to different systems of Theology, this site
has quotes related to the exposition of certain passages, and other Biblical
I will also include other items which may be of interest to those who enjoy
studying God's word.
I sincerely hope that the issues presented on this site will stimulate, not
confusion or argument, but diligent study of the Bible.
Quotations used on this web site are for purposes of review, demonstrating
an author's views, and/or encouraging readers
to procure their own copies of these works.
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