First, let me say that if you are looking for a friendship
or a good discussion
anything, you may message me. This means that even if you don't
agree with me on my beliefs
, you are welcome to have a
discussion or befriend me.
However, if you are looking for a dating partner or a future
spouse, then you must meet the following criteria:
1. You are a follower of Jesus
Christ, as He is found in the
(if you consider yourself to be Christian
, a trinitarian
someone that believes in the statements of faith
listed at the
bottom of the profile. (Please note that I am not Roman
nor am I Eastern Orthodox. The word "catholic" in the creeds simply
2. You do not adhere to the Prosperity Gospel/Word of Faith
teachings, or follow people such as: Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley,
Basically, if you think that it's God's job to give you
wealth, and prosperity in all things & that if you're not
prosperous in these things, you're sinning, than you and I
. I strongly oppose that belief
3.) You do not follow or admire any of the following people:
Bob Jones (for clarification I'm not referring to the Bob Jones
University Bob Jones -- but rather the guy who calls himself a
prophet and who stood behind Todd Bentley and teaches people to
take trips to "third heaven.")
or anyone on the Elijah List, or anyone who runs around in
the same circles as these people.
4.) If you DO agree with the following creeds
and statements of faith
(remember that the word "catholic" in these creeds means universal,
not Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox only)
1. I believe in God, the Father
almighty, creator of
2. I believe in Jesus Christ
, his only Son, our Lord
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and
5. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
10. the forgiveness of sins,
11. the resurrection of the body,
12. and life everlasting.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven
earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds (æons), Light of Light,
very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance
with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and
for our salvation
, came down from heaven, and
was incarnate by the Holy Ghost
of the Virgin Mary, and
was made man; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and
suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again,
according to the Scriptures
, and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall
come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose
kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of
life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and
Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the
In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one
baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resurrection
the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent,
people to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the
same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood;
truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and
body;consubstantial [co-essential] with the Father according to the
Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood;in all
things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the
Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us
and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,
according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only
begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly,
unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably;
the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by
union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and
concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided
into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten God
(μονογενῆ Θεὸν), the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ;
as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him,
and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of
the holy Fathers has handed down to us.
Statement of Faith (I attended Vineyard churches for six years, and
I really like their statement of faith
Obviously, most people will never have heard of this -- but people
have been asking me what this is, so I'm identifying it.)
1. God the King and the Holy Trinity
WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite,
unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness,
justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the
Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
2. God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting. From His
through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs
all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the
universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God
all things very good.
3. Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel,
against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out
God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule, established a
counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth.
4. The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall and the Doctrine of
WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and
female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the
Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from
, bringing sin,
sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the
fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good
creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of
. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God's judgment of
death and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness.
5. God's Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants
WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which
He continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring
established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In
the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel,
promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to
bless all the nations through them.
WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His
mighty acts from bondage in Egypt and established His
through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation
fulfill it. The law's purpose is to order our fallen race and
make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God's
Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God's righteous judgment
against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.
WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King,
God established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional
covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God's
kingdom reign over His people as Messiah
6. Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants
with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His
Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born
of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is
humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God's
Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God's
kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by
resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing
the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. Gathering His
disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His Church to be the
instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world,
Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the
covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life
Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the
cross He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve as
law-breakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the
demonic powers. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus'
birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious
resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present
rule at the right hand of the Father. As God's Son and David's
heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God's reign
throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth
7. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church
Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and
releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings
permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual
personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us
ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the
evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of
and doing the works of Jesus.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in
Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.
believe in the filling or the empowering of the Holy Spirit,
a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the
present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of
biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of
for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and for
and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve
8. The Sufficiency of Scripture
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy
Scripture so that the Bible is without error in the original
manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and
Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only
rule of faith and practice.
9. The Power of the Gospel
Over the Kingdom of Darkness
WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan
and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people
therefore are under God's just judgment. Through the preaching of
the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the
Holy Spirit, God regenerates
, adopts and sanctifies
through Jesus by the
Spirit all who repent
of their sins and trust in Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior
. By this they are released from
Satan's domain and enter into God's kingdom reign.
10. The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent
their sins and confess
Jesus as Lord and Savior are
the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is
the head and of which we are all members.
11. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the
Church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both are available to
12. The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of
Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in
glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ - His
to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will
about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and
the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the
blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of
wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His
and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new
recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in
which He will forever be worshiped.
To clear up confusion that several people have had:
1.) I am NOT Roman Catholic; I am Protestant
. Please see how I defined
"catholic" in these creeds
I say this because lots of people have assumed that I was Roman
and Roman Catholics both
hold to the creeds listed here. Some non-denominational Christians
might not be
aware of this or familiar with any creeds at all, and that is a
pity. If you belong to a non-denominational church, ask your pastor
about the creeds. Most would be in agreement with them.
I say this for the benefit of those who will not date a
non-Catholic as well as those who will not date a Catholic. Several
people have written to me messages like, "It's too bad that you are
Catholic. Otherwise I would be interested in you."
2.) I do NOT belong to an Eastern Orthodox church. I am
I say this because several people who have been Eastern Orthodox
have contacted me, assuming that I belonged to it. Again, Eastern
Orthodox churches and Protestants both hold to the creeds listed
here. Some non-denominational Christians might not be aware of this
or familiar with any creeds at all, and that is a pity. If you
belong to a non-denominational church, ask your pastor about the
creeds. Most would be in agreement with them.
As with the word "catholic," (lower case "c"), the word "orthodox
" with a lowercase
"o" has a different meaning than just referring to the Eastern
Orthodox churches. The way I am using it here means "right belief"
-- holding to the traditional Christian theology expressed in these
creeds. In apologetics it is used to distinguish from heresy.
I say this for the benefit of those who will not date outside of
their particular church.
2.) I am NOT a Calvinist -- I grew up in the United Methodist
, and I still hold to a more Wesleyan
view than Calvinist.
I say this because several Calvinists have contacted me, assuming
that because I quoted from the creeds that I held to Reformed
Theology. As with the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox
churches, all mainline Protestant churches uphold the creeds.
It is true that many of my favorite Christian authors are Reformed
in their theology. They are solid authors. I just don't read their
works that talk about Calvinist theology. On many things Calvinists
and non-Calvinists are not all that far apart on beliefs.
However, I state this for the benefit of those who refuse to date
someone who is not a Calvinist, or who believe that only Calvinists
are real Christians. If you believe this way, you probably do not
want to date me.
does not matter all
that much to me. Theology is much more important than
Currently I do belong to a mainline
denomination, but I also
attended non-denominational churches for awhile. I am adaptable in
this area. I think that there are pros and cons to both
denominational and non-denominational churches.
4.) I'm not really a fan of infant baptism, which may be a problem
for a lot of people in mainline denominations. This is a belief
that has been passed down in my family.