Who We Are:
We are a Christian couple, who are Christian Arminians, practicing the Christian faith of the early Church, specifically the first four centuries. What we believe lines up closest to Anglo-Methodist and Eastern Rite Anglicanism and is a return to primitive Christianity called Paleo-Orthodoxy (see below).
We were raised Baptist with Calvinist leanings and as we grew older and studied we realized that this is not what the Bible teaches. Over the years we have researched Christian History, Restorationism, the Hebrew Roots Movement, Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Methodism, non-denominationalism……the list goes on and on.
After a long journey of study and learning the Church Fathers, history and the sources of false doctrines, we found ourselves in the faith we practice today. We also home school our children. We are Xbox and PC gamers. We love music (including Christian metal music). We also love the early Church fathers and 18th century Minister, John Wesley.
While we prefer the ancient ways of Christianity over the modern, we are still fun people! Ancient Christianity does not equal stuffy, hateful, Christianity that we see in much of Christianity today! Christianity is a way of life in action and living as the Church – as opposed to living solely by an intellectual profession of faith, basic Bible study and the blind following of modern Christianity.
What is Paelo-Orthodoxy:
Paleo Orthodoxy is a semi-modern term used to denote the call for Protestants to go back to their roots in the early Church:
Paleo-orthodoxy (from Ancient Greek παλαιός “ancient” and Koine Greek ὀρθοδοξία “correct belief”) is a Protestant Christian theological movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries which focuses on the consensual understanding of the faith among the Ecumenical councils and Church Fathers. …….
Paleo-orthodoxy sees the essentials of Christian theology in the consensus of the old church before the schism between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church (the East-West Schism of 1054) and before the separation of Protestantism from the Catholic Church (the Protestant Reformation of 1517), described in the canon of Vincent of Lérins as “Quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus” (“What [is believed] everywhere, always and by everyone”). – Wikipedia
Technically, Paleo Orthodoxy can be traced back further to 18th century Anglican Priest and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. What Wesley handed down to many Protestants in Anglcianism and Methodism was primitive Christianity as described by the early Church fathers and as held still to this day by the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Only John Wesley did not add the additions that the Eastern Orthodox have to their faith today, such as the over zealous idolatry of icons beyond general reverence, exclusiveness and too much mysticism. Thus, we hope to help other Protestants discover the early Church fathers and how primitive Christianity is not so common among the offshoots of Historic Protestantism including Calvinism, along with non-denominations, Catholics and Orthodox as well who subscribe to foreign and false doctrines.
To inspire Christians to go back to earlier Christian belief and practice, specifically that of the early Church. Thus, we advocate Paleo Orthodoxy.
To teach against Calvinism, Zionism, modern Evangelicalism (not restorationism Evangelicals) and other false Christian beliefs that come well after early Church and are only a few hundred years old – if that. To not see doing good or seeking to live like Christ as “works righteousness”, but rather as the fruits of true faith.
To promote love, social justice, care for the environment, care for immigrants and care for the poor. We are pro-life, anti-war, anti-racism, anti-hate and pro-9/11 truth. We are not politically active however we voice these views as Christians and not at the ballot box. Thus we are neither Conservative or Liberal voters.
To teach against the evil of Political Nationalistic Christianity that has emerged in the last few hundred years and those who misconstrue Nationalism with Christian piety and tie God to Political parties, flags, or Countries.
Our allegiance is to Jesus’ Kingdom first and to the Church, in loving all no matter their country or background. As John Wesley stated to see the whole “world as [our] parish,”.
What we Believe:
We believe one must love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) and where there is love, sin cannot thrive.
We are not Zionists. We believe the Church is the only Israel that exists today. We believe that Muslims, Jews, and Atheists all need to hear the Gospel, as well as, so-called “Christians” who do not live as Jesus taught. We do not hold to the belief of supersessionism, but, rather, we believe in fulfillment theology. We are Amillinialists with Partial Preterist leanings. And, therefore, do not hold to a literal “thousand year reign” of Christ on Earth as we believe He is reigning with the Saints in Heaven. As such, we are not pre-millenialist/dispensational pre-millenialist.
Jesus is the divine son of God, begotten not created. Although, He is co equal with God, He is NOT God the father. We hold to what is known as the Monarchy of the Father as taught by the early Church and reject many modern misinterpretations of the Trinity which is often articulated today as Patripassianism or Sabellianism.
The Holy Spirit proceeds from God, following the original Nicene Creed and reject the Latin addition of the Filioque.
We hold to Prima Scriptura.
We believe in the infallibility of Scripture in the original text, however, many Bible versions may be fallible as they are translated with bias and away from the meaning of the original text. We use only the Greek to English OT versions, English NT versions. Specifically, we use the Septuagint (LXXE), at times the KJV NT, and the Complete Apostle’s Bible (CAB), Orthodox Study Bible and the EOB NT and ESV NT. The Hebrew version of the OT, we affirm, is fallible and is not the original word of God due to tampering and altering of prophecies of Jesus and rewording of verses, as well as its late creation in history (7th to 10th century A.D.).