Theology is the foundation of our faith, which is why I’ve chosen “Theology First” as the name for this website. For a great explanation of why theology must be “first,” I invite you to read the following article by gotquestions.com: What is the Definition of Theology?
Not everything that is taught in the Christian community is accurate. Some of it is outright false teaching. Sound teaching must begin with the Lord Jesus Christ, who said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life….” (John 14:6). Jesus is central in Scripture. Therefore, in order to interpret Scripture accurately, we must have a Christocentric hermeneutic. Accordingly, a proper understanding of the New Testament is necessary in order to understand the Old Testament, for it’s the New Testament that reveals Christ and His people.
A proper hermeneutic always begins and ends with Christ and the New Testament. If we don’t start there, mass confusion will be the result when trying to understand the Old Testament. From Genesis to Revelation, Christ and His Church are always in view. Therefore, that must always be kept in mind when studying God’s Word. In that context, I talk a lot about Dispensationalism, particularly, Dispensational Premillennialism (DP). As a former proponent of that theology — and now an amillennialist, as well as a proponent of Baptist Covenant Theology — a comparison must be made and the shortcomings of DP must be pointed out. Otherwise, you’re not getting the whole picture. Keep in mind when reading, that it’s the theology I have an issue with, not my brothers and sisters in Christ who follow it. I was a DP for most of my long Christian life, so I understand, been there.
However, I sincerely believe DP is leading the Church astray, because the idea of millennial kingdom (where Christ reigns over it) and a completed plan for the nation of Israel upon the return of Christ is no small matter. This is a major teaching that needs to be addressed. I do that at length on this website. I get the idea that most Christians consider this a secondary issue, but we’re talking about the return of Christ, the most major event to come in God’s plan for His people—so how can this be a secondary issue?
While theology may be first, and while that is the primary focus of this website, that’s not all you’ll find here. There’s also an emphasis on application. While knowledge and understanding is important, the goal is to grow in our faith and in our relationship with Christ. Therefore we must apply what we learn. I seek to do that here. I’ve written commentaries on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Revelation. However, since I was Arminian in my theology when I wrote them, I have to go through each one and bring them into alignment with what I believe now. As I complete each one, I’ll add it to the website. I have no idea when I’ll be able to get to that. My commentary on Revelation is already posted.
Grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the studies.