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|Thanks for linking to me from your blogroll. I really appreciate it. This is my way of giving you cred.|
|I believe this is the current leader in this section. This is really subjective.|
|Um, you’ve been boxed. Check the column. How close am I?|
|?||I’m not sure where you stand. Maybe you could drop me a note and correct me?|
A blogroll is really just a “blogger’s list of hyperlinks to other blogs”. More often than not it quickly degenerates into a you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours rewards mechanism. I decided to drop it from my sidebar because I was concerned that by linking without prudence I’d give unfettered consent to views disparate from my own and I had a deep sense of discomfort with that thought.
Enter My Watchlist. These are the South African blogs monitored by my RSS feed. These are not blogs I necessarily always (or even ever) agree with, these are blogs purporting to be Christian which I subscribe to. To emphasize discernment I’ve categorised each of them according to criteria which I deem to be important. Of course the categorization is subjective and my perception may well be incorrect. If you become a casualty of my zealous endeavour I apologise, it is done without malice. Please correct me in the comments section below. As always I’d encourage you to excise discernment, amongst those listed are savage wolves seeking to draw away disciples after themselves.
It was my blogging friend Jenny Hillebrand who pointed out the need for me to lay down some of the guidelines to how the categorisation was done. The tables below are an attempt to make clear the thinking above. Most of the silly, dusty, Theological words are hyperlinks that you could press on to link to wikipedia articles giving you more information.
|Total depravity||Humans are naturally unable to make any effort towards salvation. No works of human effort can cause or contribute to salvation. Salvation is possible only by God’s grace, which cannot be merited.||God plans to redeem, restore, and transform all people through Christ. This is in conflict with the clear teachings of Scripture and is an apostate belief system.|
|Unconditional election||God’s election is conditional on faith in the sacrifice and Lordship of Jesus Christ.|
|Limited atonement||Christ’s atonement was made on behalf of all people.|
|Irresistible grace||God allows his grace to be resisted by those who freely reject Christ.|
|Perseverance of the saints||Believers are able to resist sin but are not beyond the possibility of falling from grace through persistent, unrepented-of sin.|
|It is my observation that Calvinists will view “To the Glory of God” as the preeminent theme running through Scripture.||I’d imagine that Arminianists would view “The scarlet-colored blood-red thread of God’s redemptive plan and purpose” as the chief end and purpose of the Biblical account?|
|The Big Picture|
|Dispensationalism||New Covanent Theology||Covenantalism|
|Dispensationalism is a Protestant evangelical tradition and theology based on a biblical hermeneutic that sees a series of chronologically successive “dispensations” or periods in history in which God relates to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants.||A middle-ground between a Reformed and Dispensationalist view of how the Old Testament, and in particular the Mosaic Covenant, apply to the Christian today.||Covenant theology (also known as Covenantalism or Federal theology or Federalism) is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall flow of the Bible. It uses the theological concept of covenant as an organizing principle for Christian theology.|
|Some Important Nitty Gritties|
|The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this.|
|The virgin birth of Christ.|
|The belief that Christ’s death was the atonement for sin.||Ransom view or the moral influence view|
|The bodily resurrection of Christ.|
|The historical reality of Christ’s miracles.|
|Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”).|
|Sola fide (“by faith alone”).|
|Sola gratia (“by grace alone”).|
|Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”).|
|Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”).|
|Creationism.||Evolution, Ruin-Restoration Creationism or Progressive Creationism.|
|Cessationism||Spiritualism (not to be confused with Spirituality) or Mysticism|
* Conservatism: I’ve chosen to adopt this word because in fairness Fundamentalism, the word I used originally, is too narrow in scope for what I wish to describe. Anyone I’m missing? Much to my own amusement I’ve just realized that neither Wayne Grudem nor John Piper would make it into the conservative column because they’re not Cessationists ?. I’m a bit double handed. Sorry.