By God's grace, I am... (roughly in order of importance)
Trinitarian - I affirm that God, as revealed in Scripture consists of 3 distinct persons sharing the same essence, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though they all share the same attributes of divinity, they have differing roles and relationships to one another.
Evangelical - I hold to the 5 solas (alones) of the Reformation, affirming that Scripture reveals that salvation is through faith, by grace, in Christ, and all for the glory of God.
Reformed - I hold to the 5 points of the Doctrines of Grace (also known as Calvinism), affirming that man is by nature utterly unable move towards God, but it is God who selects, dies for, regenerates, and preserves man holiness. I also hold to what I would like to call the zeroth point of Calvinism - God is completely and absolutely sovereign over every molecule, thought, and action in all of creation.
Inerrantist - I affirm that the entirity of Scripture is inspired by God and thus infallible and without error in all that it says, be it history or faith.
Covenantal - I affirm that the people of God are set apart by means of a covenant. Ethnic Israel under the Old Covenant, and the Christian church (true Israel) under the New Covenant. Baptism and the Lord's Supper have replaced circumcision and Passover as covenantal sacraments.
Paedobaptist - I affirm that not only are professing believers members of the New Covenant, but their children as well, and are worthy of the covenantal sign of baptism. (I'm also considering Douglas Wilson's position of covenant communion, but that's secondary)
Presbyterian - I affirm that the body of Christ requires formal organization and is led by a plurality of elders who are in charge of the spiritiual direction of the church. While I accept other forms of church government as within the bounds of Scripture, I feel like the call for Christian unity requires denominational accountability rather than independence.
Complementarian - I affirm that God created male and female to complement one another in different roles rather that co-equals. I affirm that the husband is to be the head of the wife and that a man should be in the pulpit of the church. I affirm that just like Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are all of the same worth but different in role, the husband and wife are of the same worth but different in role.
Continuationist (sort of) - I affirm that God continues to work miracles today, and actively gives gifts like prayer, healing, tongues and prophecy. I deny that what modern charismatics call tongues (private prayer language, babbling) and prophecy (leadings and hunches) are actually tongues and prophecy as described in the Bible.
Presuppositional - I affirm that when reasoning with unbelievers, a Christian ought not to affirm unbelief and try to reason to God, but rather must affirm God, and reason against unbelief.
Less convinced or maybe not as important, but still things that I believe:
Postmillenial (leaning) - I affirm that the promises of God for us today are better than the promises of God to Moses, with direct and clear ramifications for this age and the age to come. I affirm that when God tells Abraham that his sons will be like the stars and the sand God really means that it's going to be everywhere, and not just a remnant lasting for a very long time.
Young Earth Creationist - I affirm that a straightforward reading of Scripture leads one to conclude that the earth (and the universe) was created in 6 literal days.
Supralapsarian - I affirm that God has planned the end from the beginning. That creation happened with the intent that the fall would happen, and the fall happened with the intent that the resurrection would happen, all to the praise of His Name.
Not a teetoler - I couldn't think of a good word=p. I affirm that God gives wine for us to enjoy and while it is entirely possible for someone to mess up God's gift, that's no reason to not use it and thank Him for it.
Theonomist (in a limited sense) - I affirm that the government (as with all of creation) must also be subject to the law of Christ, and there are consequences for disobedience in their duty to reward good and punish evil. I actually do not know what the main tenants of theonomy is, but other people have described that position as theonomist, so I figure if it quacks like a duck...
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