About me

This blog at first (the one on blogspot that I originally started especially) was at first a way to make public to friends and family how my theological views have changed radicially in just the past year.  It was easier than having the same conversation with several friends separately.  I’ve since considered that blogs like this are generally in demand by people who, like myself, are suddenly coming to the conclusion that they’ve been listening for years to teachers who have created doctrine out of thin air with no foundation from scripture.  Luther, Calvin and other reformers had such discussions as part of the Reformation.  They didn’t originally plan to break away from the church as it stood but were struggling to create reforms within the church.  (I’m convinced that if Luther and Calvin had lived in the 21st century, they would have certainly had a blog.)

Today’s church, especially the most visible church, the church on display in Christian book stores and multi-site churches (which are what most smaller churches look to for their own direction) has strayed as much as the medeival Roman Catholic church.  The average protestant doesn’t know what protestant means and has no idea what was protested in the first place to cause them to be called “protestant”.  I want to send a call out there for those who are protestant to have the courage to be protestant, to hold to the tenants of the Reformers of the 15th and 16th centuries: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solo Christo and Solo Deo Gloria. (By scripture alone, by faith alone, by grace alone, through Christ alone, to the Glory of God alone.)

Though the wandering may differ from the radical departure displayed by medeival Roman Catholics, who wandered far from the faith “once for all delivered to the Saints” (Jude 3), I believe that the visible church has wandered just as far from these five tenets and have become, much like the Roman Catholics of old, a very… big… business.   Since those in power of what gets published are not likely to attack their own bread and butter, the blogosphere will probably be one of the few forums where voices against the mainstream may get heard, so there you go.  Enjoy.  I homeschool four children, so sometimes my ability to get posts out there may vary, but every once in awhile, the pressure builds, and I have to get what’s bugging me out there, and I stay up until one in the morning in order to post, so forgive any typos please.  Most of what I publish will probably only get out there because I have stayed up late. 🙂

Oh, to let you know more about me and where I’m coming from.  I grew up in the LCA Lutheran Church, confessional but beginning to wander to the liberal side.  I got catechized, but barely.  I then wandered to a “Bible Church” then became Southern Baptist, where I met and married my husband.  I stayed for a while at a different SBC church than the one to which I now belong that had many members who were charismatic and others who held to the ideas of the New Monastacism.  A real mixed bag.  Needless to say, there was no tight watch on the doctrine of the members and no heavy doctrine preached from the pulpit, so we attracted all sorts.  I belong to a smaller SBC church now.   I am still Southern Baptist because the only church for miles that actually preaches from God’s word is also Southern Baptist.  So there I stayed and I actually have no issue with the doctrine held by the Baptist Church… historically speaking (see the London Baptist Confession).  I have come to love the doctrines held to by confessional Lutherans, the more conservative sort found in the LCMS, so you may hear Luther quoted quite a bit in this blog.  On the Reformed side, I will also probably quote much Machen (J. Gresham Machen, first president of Westminster Theological Seminary).  I also find myself listening to many great teachers who are Reformed Presbyterian and just plain Reformed (haven’t figured out that one yet) and also the teaching of Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The views represented by these people and denominations agree on much more than they disagree, and where they disagree, I have not settled upon whom to agree with and there is no hurry, apparently, for me to do so since I do not belong to a confessional church.  I most certainly can assert that I am in agreement with the confessions of the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.  If you see me departing from any of these, feel free to sharply rebuke me.  Well, comment any time, even if you don’t agree with me or these confessions.  I welcome conversation in the comments section. (All creeds referred to can be found at this link, and many great historic documents of the conessional churches along with it.)

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14 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Donnie Cook said:

    Cindy

    Donnie here.

    I’ve been reading your stuff and like it very much. I think you are heading in a good direction … or have arrived at a good place. As I have little objectivity about myself and what I say and teach, I believe what I hear you saying in the macro echoes some things I have attempted to get people to think about and embrace for quite some time. Take ownership. Get revelation on your own and not merely from others (and be very careful who those “others” are) Look at your life and understanding through the lens of scripture… not the other way around. Carefully analyze your beliefs and make sure denominational preferences or dogmas have not leaked over into the realm of doctrine and truth. Jesus is not just your Savior… he is your teacher. He is not to merely be admired and agreed with… He is to be obeyed.

    Perhaps I fall into that loose bunch of New Monastics to which you refer, having given an ear to Willard and Foster and the like 😉

    I’ll bet we could have some lively chats…. perhaps we ought to sometime.

    dc

    • Hey, Donnie! It’s wonderful to know that someone I actually know personally reads the blog. 🙂 I have some readers even in Germany and Australia, but the ones I care about are much closer to home. I want to respond to this more extensively later. I have to get going with our school day here so I can’t right now.but I wanted to say “hi” for now.

      Talk to you later.
      Cindy

  2. I find your position interesting. I too grew up Lutheran (Missouri Synod), but never felt as though I was taught that one could have a personal relationship with Christ or the doctrine of salvation. I was saved while attending a Presbyterian church – although it had nothing to do with the church. I actually felt as though the Presbyterians were a little non-committal. I am at a SBC mega church now and I love it. I love that every week is something new and the message is totally Bible based. I love that the pastor prays from the heart and by the stirring of the Spirit….unlike churches who week after week repeat the same memorized prayers. I love that I am invited to pray for others, as a Christian, for the Holy Spirit to move in someone’s heart. I agree with the self-help problem you have. I don’t want a pastor to tell me how to make myself feel better, rather I want a pastor who tells me to humble myself before the Lord and stop worshipping myself. I think sacraments and rituals are too legalistic for today’s church. Today’s generation wants to feel that personal relationship with the Lord. They don’t want to “just go to church.” they want to go to church AND do something about what they learned. I love going to church, but I don’t think for all the same reasons you do. I love it because I get to praise & worship with fellow believers who are in battle with me.

    • Erin, your comment could have been me writing about 20 years ago. I grew up in a small LCA Lutheran Church and… well, you might be interested in this post: http://wp.me/p1H7DL-1P

      Strangely, I had similar objections to the church I grew up in and the things I objected to have now become the things I long for. There’s nothing in the Bible that suggests that God values creativity or originality in worship. (Just look what happened to Aaron’s sons in the Old Testament.) The default of our flesh leans towards legalism, heresy, superstition. Once we start inserting our own ideas, it’s amazing how quickly you can go astray, and even can find proof texts to support your position. By the way, I’m curious and wonder if you don’t mind me asking what church you attend. My interest is piqued. 🙂

  3. Hi – thanks for your response. We currently attend Prestonwood Baptist Church.

    I originally had similar objections to a mega church, but have completely been amazed at what takes place. For this season, it is where we are to be. God will let us know differently if/when it’s time.

    Many blessings to you!

    • Erin, I actually can picture the outside of that church in my mind. 🙂 I grew up in Carrollton, and I think I had some friends in school that went to that church.

  4. It is interesting how many of us are leaving Dispensationalism in the last few years. If I were still a Dispensationalist, I would say that the knowledge is indeed increasing in these latter days (Daniel 12)… but it is an interesting “coincidence” indeed!

    • I hope that’s true. It seems like that to me too sometimes, but other times I get discouraged at the many thousands who flood into the seats of churches listening to false teaching and it causes me to wonder wonder. It might be like when I got a blue mini-van and, all of the sudden, I saw many of the same type of van wherever I went. Were there actually suddenly more blue mini-vans? Or was it that my awareness had become heightened? It really wasn’t that long ago I didn’t even KNOW the word “amillenial”. Many books pushing he dispensational view don’t even give it a spot in their chart of altering views of the end times. I wish I knew more non-dispensationalists locally, but I don’t. Most who I know are through the internet or if I’ve met them personally, it’s because one of us traveled quite a long way. (about 1000 miles) So I boast few acquaintances outside of the Internet among the amillennial set. (Though we recently started attending an LCMS Lutheran church, so maybe my local acquaintances will increase. The amillenial position is actually the official doctrinal position of the LCMS regarding end times theology, which I find impressive since many denominations won’t even take a stand one way or another on this issue.)

      • I am Croatian. I live in Croatia, and I am a pastor of a Church plant here in Croatia. I was raised on Dispensationalism, went to a good dispensational seminary here in Croatia (it is still a good seminary, and it is only mildly dispensational and profoundly biblical and Calvinistic!) In the last few years, I started questioning my eschatology, and with time I started drifting away from classic Dispen. via Progressive Dispensationalism, until I landed into Covenant theology, where I’m not trying to understand all the implications and checking the Scriptures “if it is so” like a good Berean. I am still a Baptist though. Reformed Baptist.
        I don’t know much about the Lutheran church in the States, but I thought that they are mostly liberal. Maybe it is not so, but I would rather stay in a good dispensational church then attend a liberal Lutheran church only because of eschatology. But that’s me. 🙂 And I hope the church you attend is good.
        I lived in Split for 5 years.

      • Well, many Lutherans in America are certainly liberal. But most denominations seem to have their splits that they’ve gone through in the last few decades. I grew up in the Lutheran Church (LCA). Most branches of the Lutheran church here melded together into the ELCA, which is most certainly liberal! (To a frightening degree.) The Lutheran church we go to is Missouri Synod, who did not join the ELCA but remained separate. They are quite conservative and consider the ELCA apostate and would more readily worship side by side with a Southern Baptist than a Lutheran from the ELCA. And I agree.. a dispensational church that has held onto the gospel and is confessional and reformed in its teaching would be preferable to a liberal church who holds to the amillenial position.

        There are those, though, that think that what you believe about the end times doesn’t matter as much as other points of doctrine. But I’ve heard Kim Riddlebarger point out that in order to hold to a Dispensational view, you have to allow yourself to take liberties with Scripture that would eventually allow for slippage in other areas of doctrine. Sadly, many people are Dispensationalist because they never heard any other point of view. They have been told that the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel are mysterious and difficult and should be left to the experts, so they accept what they are fed from the pulpit and assume it’s SUPPOSED to be confusing!

    • And I notice you are Croatian, or at least live there. I’ve actually set foot in Croatia, though only for a few hours. Friends of ours paid for us to accompany them on a Mediterranean cruise and one of the stops was Split. I wish we could have seen more. The biggest attraction near where they dropped us into town was the palace of Emperor Diocletian, who was no friend to Christians. And there was this huge statue of himself that makes me think he had a rather high opinion of himself much like Nebuchadnezzar.

  5. Wow, what a blessing to find another sister in Christ defending the faith and loving the brethren! A friend sent me to your blog to read your article on Chris Pringle. I was about to and now am completely distracted by all the other great articles. Okay, back to Pastrix Chris…

    • Thank you for your comments on my articles! I am growing as I write them, or as I wrote. So some of the earlier ones slightly theology home now but not very much. I am a full-blown now. Anyway, that is beside. I hope to get back to writing. I have surgery
      Hopefully will fix the problem that keeps me from being able to sit. You would be surprised at how much sitting is needed to type for a long time on the computer!

  6. Josh Atkinson said:

    Hi 🙂 my name is Josh and I am from the UK. It always a morale boost to find other who love God’s word and stand on it’s teachings.

    I am originally Baptist before I moved to Surrey, now attend a Anglican Church (recently gotten confirmation). However, which I am increasely (is that a word?) getting concerned about it though in many ways,one of which is, Liberalism. Right now, I am looking at going to other, more Bible-believing, Christ-centred Churches. There are two Baptist Churches in my area I could go too, as well as another Anglican Church which is more Evangelical in Claygate I think. Anyway sorry if I have rambled 😛 and I look forward to more from this site/blog in the future 🙂

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