I am an evangelical Christian, saved from the age of 14 at a Scripture Union schools camp. I was not brought up in any denominational or doctrinal tradition (in fact my parents were entirely non-Christian throughout my life), so I have largely formed my own opinions from the scripture I have read and my own personal walk with the Lord. I have found myself at odds so often with typical Northern Ireland (and wider) evangelical opinion, that I have decided to start this blog to record my thoughts, feelings and opinions. I shall, at all times, strive to be biblically based and guided by what I believe is my own effort to “rightly divide the word of God” (as is the clichéd expression).
I did spend three years at Bible College, so my knowledge of scripture should be reasonable (compared to most people). I do not set out to be controversial, though I do find myself quite naturally at loggerheads with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. My explanation for this is that too much of our upbringing and cultural baggage influences our faith. Our opinions, decisions and lifestyle choices should be based on scripture, and NOTHING ELSE! How much I keep to that myself may be challenged, as it is within all of us to wish to cling to that which has long been familiar and comforting to us. Tradition has its place; it can be both good and bad. Though it is reprehensible, in my humble opinion, when it supersedes the written commandments and instructions of our Lord Jesus Christ.