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Introduction

My name is Robert P. Terry and I created this website in order to archive my writings and link to content that I think is useful. I have written my core beliefs below and have provided my testimony on my About page. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at robert@gospelguidebook.com.

If you have not yet believed in Jesus Christ for eternal life, I would recommend watching the videos The Gospel - Plain and Simple and What is the Gospel?

Disclaimer: This website contains my opinions and interpretations of the Bible and other related topics, as well as links to the opinions and interpretations of other people. I have been a student of the Bible for over 20 years, and have endeavored to provide accurate information, but it is never a good idea to blindly accept the teachings of anyone, so I encourage everyone to prayerfully read their Bibles and come to their own understanding of things.



Featured Articles

Fear of God Is the Beginning of Wisdom

YouTube Censoring Comments that Criticize AI, 5G, and Biotech

The Father Incarnated as a True Human Son by Caleb Purtscher

Justification of the Ungodly Man as an Ungodly Man

Worshipers of God

Confident in Christ by Robert N. Wilkin (link to ebook on Archive.org)



Core Beliefs

Faith alone

I believe that a person is justified at the moment of believing in Jesus Christ, apart from any works, repentance of sins, prayers, confessions, water baptism, or anything else (John 6:47), solely on the basis of the imputation of Christ's active and passive obedience. I believe in what is called penal substitutionary atonement. I also believe that justification and possession of eternal life does not depend on a transformed life.

I interpret the verb "believe" as "accepting or receiving something as being true." This would include the "believe that" expressions in John 8:24, John 20:31, and 1 John 5:1. I construe the expressions "believe in," "believe into," and "believe unto" as being essentially equivalent to "believe that" and interpret them as "accepting or receiving someone as being truthful." These expressions would include John 3:15, John 3:16, and Acts 16:31. In the case of Abraham in Romans 4:21, his "being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" basically equates to his "accepting the promise as being true and receiving God as being truthful." This understanding of the verb "believe" can be derived from passages such as John 3:11-12, 3:32-33, 12:47-48 (KJV), and 1 John 5:9-10. In particular, it should be noted how John 3:11-12 and 1 John 5:9-10 basically equate "receiving witness" to "believing." As for the noun "faith," this word usually means "belief" and is often used in the same context as the verb "believe," such as in Romans 1:16-17, 3:22, 4:5, 10:8-11, 10:16-17, Galatians 3:6-7, etc. For more information on this topic, please see my article Belief or Trust?

See the section on the Gospel for various articles and links about justification and related topics.


Modalistic Monarchianism

who believes that God (i.e., Jehovah) is numerically one in person, possesses aseity, being self-existent, self-attesting (serving as His own criterion for truth), and self-justifying, and reveals Himself and interacts with His creation in the three modes of Father (Creator), Son (Redeemer), and Holy Spirit (Regenerator) in order to accomplish His purposes in His creation all for His own glory and name's sake. See the section on God for links to various articles, books, and videos on this topic.


Sovereignty of God (aka Predestination)

I believe in predestination, absolutely speaking, and limited free will, relatively speaking. In other words, I believe that we live as possessing a limited amount of free will, but behind the scenes, God is directing all things in accordance with His will (Ephesians 1:11). Furthermore, I say "limited free will" because there are certainly many things in life that we cannot control with our wills, and everything is eventually subject to cause-and-effect relationships that shape every moment of our existence.

I don't plan on writing or linking to any material on the sovereignty of God, but I will say this: if you have believed in Jesus Christ for eternal life, it only happened because God caused you to be born at a time and place in history with access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just think of the countless billions of people who were born before the Gospel was available or born in a country without easy access to the Gospel. And even among people born in countries where Bibles are abundant, look at how few people actually believe. We should never think of ourselves as being more worthy or better than other people. The only reason we believe is because God chose us before the foundation of the world to become inheritors of His great salvation. It is God's gift to us, all for His name's sake and all for His glory. Praise Him!