What are the Essentials for Christianity? A Test of Unity and Diversity

I thought this was a fun test that was posted back in Nov from the team over at reclaming the mind website you can view some of the responses there just click this link :

Before you do, take the test for yourself and see how you faired against the other respondents.

C Michael Patton ~

I want to give you all a test. Let’s try to get as many people to take this as we can. It will be fun, challenging, and helpful—I promise.
We have quit a few readers to this blog and many of you are from different traditions. I want to test our audience’s unity and diversity. What are the essentials and non-essentials for Christianity in your opinion?
Here are the rules:
I am going to give a list of doctrinal issues. I want you all to rank them 1-6. Think hard about them. In your answer, give your tradition to which you identify most (e.g. Evangelical, Baptist, Brethern, Catholic, Orthodox, etc.). This way we can test the unity and diversity of those who call themselves Christian.
Here is a list of the ranks:
Essential for Salvation (1). Those doctrinal issues which rank as a 1 will only be those that you believe are absolutely essential for the Christian to believe in order to be Christian. In other words, if one were to deny this doctrine or issue, they could not be saved.
Essential for Orthodoxy (2). Those doctrinal issues which you rank as 2 will consist of those that you believe are part of the historic Christian faith. Ranking them as a 2 means that you believe that a denial of this doctrine, while not disqualifying someone from salvation, does disqualify them from orthodoxy. Obviously, if you rank something an 1 it will also be a 2, so there is no need to rank it with both a 1 and 2.
Important, but not essential (3). These doctrinal issues are those which you believe are very important for the Christian faith, yet do not qualify as a 1 or 2.
Not important (4). These doctrinal issues are those about which you believe that a person may have a strong opinion but you do not believe have any bearing on a person’s salvation or orthodoxy and are not important in any way for the Christian faith.
Pure speculation (5). These doctrinal issues are those that you believe are pure speculation. In other words, not only do they not qualify for 1-4, but you do not believe that anyone can or should have any legitimate conviction at all.
Wrong (6). These are doctrinal issues that you don’t believe.
Here are the doctrinal issues:
1. Belief in the full deity of Christ
2. Belief in sola fide (belief that salvation is by faith alone, without the addition of any works)
3. Belief in the existence of God
4. Belief in the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church
5. Belief that the witch of Endor saw the Spirit of Samuel, not a demonic representation (1 Sam. 28:15)
6. Belief in inerrancy (that the Bible does not have any errors in doctrine, history, or science
7. Belief that believers, upon death, go to directly into the presence of Christ, not into a state of spiritual unconsciousness until the resurrection (i.e. you deny soul-sleep)
8. Belief that Christ is fully God and fully Man
9. Belief that the book of 2 Peter should be part of the New Testament canon
10. Belief that the Gospel of John should be part of the New Testament canon
11. Belief that the doctrine of purgatory is false
12. Belief in the doctrine of the Trinity (i.e. there is one God who eternally exist in three distinct persons, all of which are fully God, all of which are equal)
13. Belief in the inspiration of Scripture
14. Beliefs about the age of the earth
15. Belief that Adam and Eve were real people, not simply symbolic of mankind
16. Belief in the eternal security of the believer/perseverance of the saints (i.e. that a true believe can never lose their salvation)
17. Belief that Jesus will come again
18. Belief that Jesus rose bodily from the grave
19. Belief in imputed sin (i.e. that we are held guilty by God for the sin of Adam)
20. Belief in personal sin (i.e. that all people have sinned)
21. Belief in the penal substitutionary view of the atonement (i.e. that Christ death on the cross was a substitute penalty required by God for payment for your sins)
22. Belief in monotheism (i.e. there is only one God)
23. Belief in sola Scriptura (i.e. that the Scripture is our ultimate and and only infallible authority and that no council or pope is infallible)
24. Belief that homosexuality is a sin
25. Belief that abortion is a sin

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