A Glossary of Theological Terms

Pastor John Sneed

Lighthouse Baptist Church

The following is a continual work in progress...It is good to have a place to find simple definitions for terms.

Agape  A type of love discussed in the Bible wherein the one showing love puts the happiness and well being of the object being love about his or her own happiness and well being even to the point of sacrificing oneself and doing it no matter what the object being loved does in return (if anything).
Alpha and Omega  From the Greek alphabet, the first and last letters. The beginning and the end.
Amen  A Hebrew word meaning "May it be so."
Amillennialism  "A" meaning 'no" and "mille" meaning "1000." This teaching says there is no 1000 year reign of Jesus on earth.
Amyraldian  One who believes that Jesus died effectually for every human being and that God only applied the benefits of Jesus' death in a saving way to God's elect people.
Anabaptist  A re-baptizer. At the time of the Reformation, most churches baptized babies. The Anabaptists re-baptized believers on the profession of the believer's faith, thus instituting credobaptism.
Annihilationism  Teaching that the wicked dead go to hell and are burned up and cease to exist. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in a hell so they believe the wicked dead cease to exist immediately when they die.
Anthropocentric  Man (Human) centered.
Anthropomorphism  Ascribing human characteristics to God.
Anthropopathism  To ascribe human feelings and emotions to God.
Antinomianism  Living without a law (or The Law). Living a lawless life without rules or boundaries.
Antinomy  Two "seeming" contradictory statements which are both demonstrably true.
Apocrypha  Seven books added to the Old Testament by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Protestant reformers believed the books were of a lesser quality than the inspired books and also that they taught doctrine that contradicted other portions of Holy Scripture. Additionally, Jewish groups of the day did not accept the seven books as inspired or equal to Scripture. Thus, they are not found in the Protestant Canon of Scripture. 
Apologist  A person who can argue for the Christian faith. "Apologetics" is the study of how to defend the Christian faith against critics and opponents.
Apostasy  The act of once professing the truth then later refuting or renouncing that truth.
Apostolic  Having to do with the Apostles.
Arianism  A position that teaches that Jesus is more than a man but less than God. He is the first creation of God.
Armageddon  In the study of the end times, this is to be the final battle of mankind  which is brought to an end by the sudden appearing of Jesus Christ to take up his throne on the earth. The word is derived from the name of the Valley of Meggido called Har Meggido.
Arminianism  The teaching that man is born totally depraved and that God gives each person a measure of prevenient grace to overcome that depravity. Salvation comes by cooperating with the grace God has given.
Auricular Confession  The Roman Catholic practice of confessing their known sins to a priest or other "confessor."
Backsliding  When a Christian falls into sin.
Baptism  A church ordinance in which a new Christian is lowered (immersed) in water as an act of identification with Christ in the New Convenant, as a rite of initiation into the local church, as a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and as a testimony of a living faith in Jesus as God and Savior.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit  This event happens at the conversion of a sinner to a child of God. In it, the Holy Spirit comes to live in the new Christian and at the same time, absorbs him or her into the universal Body of Christ.
Baptismal Regeneration  The false teaching that one's sins are washed away in the baptistry waters. That one is "born again" in the act of baptism.
Benediction  A blessing usually given at the time of parting.
Blasphemy  A statement that directly attacks or insults the Person of God.
Born Again  Also called the "new birth." See "Regeneration."
Calvinism  The teaching that God sovereignly chooses  who He will save and accomplishes all the meritorious work to accomplish that salvation. God then calls people to respond to what He has done for them and empowers them to do so.
Canon  The recognized list of books of the Bible. For Protestants, this means the 66 books of the Bible, 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books.
Carnal Christian  See "Sandemandianisn." A person who believes that taking Jesus as Savior and as Lord and God are two different things, so that one can claim to be saved from God's wrath, and yet live in willful disobedience to God. This person, claiming to be saved and living in disobedience is supposed to be a carnal christian. This is not a small error. Such a person completely misunderstands what salvation is about.
Catechism  A study of the teachings of a particular church or denomination. Most often it is in the form of a question and answer format. For example, from the Westminster Catechism ...
Catholic  Latin for "universal." When spelled with a small "c" it denotes the universal Church which is comprised of all genuine believers in Jesus Christ from all times, nations, peoples, and languages. When it is spelled with a capital "C" it generally denotes the Roman Catholic Church or a member of that Church. 
Cats and Dogs  Furry creatures brought to us by God that teach us how to give and receive unconditional love and to bring joy and happiness into our lives. I had to toss this in as a cat and dog lover. Shoot me.
Cessationism  The teaching that miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, for example ... speaking in tongues and healing, passed off the earth at the end of the Apostolic age.
Charismatic  A type of Christianity forming in denominational churches which manifests certain miraculous occurrences similar to Pentecostalism.
Christian  A person who believes that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the God-man, the Messiah of Israel, who lived a sinless life and died as a personal substitute for the sinner's sins. 
Christocentric  Christ centered.
Christophany  A pre-incarnate appearance of Christ on the earth.
Church  This word is used in two ways. First, the universal (catholic) Church is the Mystical Body of Christ comprised of all genuine believers both living and dead from all over the world. The local church is a gathering together of like minded believers for the purpose of worship, teaching, fellowship, prayer, charitable works, and the carrying of gospel to the ends of the earth.
Church Discipline  The procedure for trying to recall a church member who has fallen into open and unrepentant sin back to full fellowship with the church body and the universal church.
Church Fathers  Those who were the disciples of the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Clergy  The part of the Body of Christ that ministers the word of God to the people and who care for the souls of the flock of Christ.
Common Grace  The teaching that God's Spirit is active in the world among all men accomplishing God's purposes.
Confession  A longer statement of faith covering all the major doctrinal areas believed by a person, group, church, or denomination. In some places also called a "Statement of Faith."
Confession of Sin  Agreement with God about the saints inherent sinfulness and his or her constant need for grace, saving faith, and God's mercy. 
Consubstantiation  The Lutheran teaching that when the minister blesses the bread and wine in the Lord's Supper, that the true body and blood of Jesus are mixed with the bread and wine in the Communion elements.
Continuationist  A person who believes that miraculous operations of the Holy Spirit, such as those listed in 1 Corinthians 12, are still operating in the present day.
Contrition  Sincere remorse.
Conversion  The moment when a sinner exercises saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and God and is saved, being passed from spiritual death to spiritual life.
Coram Deo  Latin for "Before the face of God."
Covenant  A contract. The word "Testament" also means covenant. A covenantal Christian is one who views history through the filter of the covenants God has made with mankind. 
Creationism  The teaching that God created the universe and all that is in it in six literal days.
Creationism (dealing with the soul)  The teaching that the soul is supernaturally created by God and put into the infant's body at the time of ensoulment.
Credobaptist  A person who believes one should be baptized after making a credible profession of faith in Jesus as God and Savior.
Creed  A short statement of what the writer's believe the Bible teaches. Two famous creeds are the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed.
Deacon  A servant to the congregation. Deacons often help the pastors in the work of the ministry and to see that all members of the congregation are taken care of equally and fairly.
Death  Separation. When a person's spirit separates from their body they are physically dead. When a person's spirit is separated from God they are spiritually dead.
Decalogue  The Ten Commandments. Exodus 20
Demon  A fallen angel, one who worshiped Lucifer as though he was God when he demanded it of them. They exist now to do Satan's (Lucifer's) will and make war on the saints.
Denomination  A subset of Christianity. Some denominations are Baptists, Churches of Christ, Assemblies of God, The Church of God in Christ, Episcopal, Methodists and Presbyterians. 
Disciple  One who patterns his or her life after another person's. A student of a particular person's teaching.
Disfellowshipment  To be removed by discipline from the membership of a local church body.
Dispensationalism  A teaching that divides human history into 7 time periods culminating in the restoration of Israel to it's prominence among the nations and the reinstitution of Old Testament animal sacrifices in the last Temple in Jerusalem.
Doctrine  A teaching.
Dualism  The false teaching that God and Satan are equally powerful beings fighting for control and rulership over the universe. 
Duty Faith  The teaching that all men everywhere have a duty to believe the gospel. 
Eisogesis  Adding meanings into the Bible text that are not in the text being considered. 
Election  To choose out of a group. In theology, the teaching that God has chosen which people out of the human race that He has given to the Son and  will show grace to and bring to salvation.
Emergent (Church)  A modern approach to operating and teaching in churches built around post-modern philosophy.
Ensoulment  The time at which a person's soul enters their body.
Epistle  A letter.
Eschatology  The study of the end times.
Eschatology  The study of  the things dealing with the end of time and the future eternal state.
Evangelism  Carrying to gospel to those who need it. Also a Christian sharing the gospel with a non-Christian in a effort to invite the non-Christian to confess for themselves the truths of the gospel message.
Ex Nihilo  Latin meaning "from nothing." 
Exclusivity of Christ  The doctrine that there is no other way to peace with God except through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Excommunication  See Disfellowshipment.
Exegesis  Correct interpretation of the Bible text. Correctly explaining the Bible text. See "expository preaching."
Exogesis  Deleting plainly found meanings from the Bible text under consideration.
Expiation  The carrying away of the penalty for sin. To relieve or cleanse from guilt.
Expository Preaching  The proclamation of the word of God as it is opened and explained in it's correct context and meaning by the preacher.
Federal Headship  The teaching that a group of people share the identity of the group's head. For example, all humans are under Adam's federal headship and thus share in his guilt and the consequences of that guilt for his sin in the Garden of Eden.
Free Moral Agency  The ability to chose freely from among the choices available. 
Free Will  Also called "Libertarian Free Will," the ability to chose even those things that are not among one's available choices.
Gap Theory  A theory of the earth's origins that teaches that Genesis 1
Gnosticism  A teaching that the flesh and spirit are opposed to each other. Gnostics believe one can live in debauchery and yet be holy in spirit. Also they teach that Jesus was not God but was a man on whom God's "Christ spirit" lived in. They believe when Jesus died on the cross God took away the "Christ spirit" and that Jesus died as any other man.
Gospel  The Hebrew  word meaning "Good News." Also called "the Evangel" in Greek. It is the good news of the redemption of sinners to God through the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace  God's decision to and act of show(ing) mercy to sinners.
Heresy  A teaching, that by holding it, separates a person from the historic Christian church.
Historia Salutis  The playing out of the order of salvation (ordo salutis) in actual time. A Latin phrase.
Hypercalvinism  A heresy that carries biblical Calvinism beyond what the Bible says. It essentially holds that God works without means. It is noted by some or all of these teachings, a denial of common grace, a denial of duty faith, a denial of the need for evangelism, a desire to find the elect and to preach the gospel to them only. These are a few hypercalvinist teachings, but is not exhaustive.
Hypostatic Union  The joining together of the divine and human natures in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Idol  Anything that holds a higher place in a person's mind and affections than the One True God does.
Imago Dei  Latin for "The image of God."
Immaculate Conception  Often mistaken for the teaching of the Virgin Birth, this Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that Mary was conceived without the sin nature (see Original Sin) humans inherit through their parents. Therefore, according to Roman Catholic theologians, Mary was sinless as Christ was sinless.
Imputed Righteousness  The works of Jesus Christ being counted to a person's account.
Incarnation  God becoming a human being. 
Indulgence  The granting of the either partial or full forgiveness of the consequences of sin given in return for the performance of some action of penance or piety. A Roman Catholic teaching.
Inerrant  Without mistakes.
Infallible  Without error in the teachings.
Infralapsarianism  The teaching that God decreed to create humans and knowing they would fall into sin, chose to save some of those humans.
Infused Grace  The Roman Catholic teaching that God makes person just and righteous. The Catholic cooperates with God through the sacraments of the Church in order to become just, hoping that, at the end of life, they will be just enough for God to allow into heaven.
Irresistible Grace  The doctrine that God draws all those He has chosen to save to Himself by changing the sinner's will and revealing, by the Holy Spirit, a person's helplessness in sin and need for a savior, then showing Christ to the sinner. This work of the Holy Spirit always results in the conversion of sinners to Christ.
Justification  The declaration of God that the demands of the law against the sinner have been satisfied. God makes this declaration based on the work of Jesus Christ on the sinner's behalf, thus Christ satisfies the law's demands as the sinner's substitute.
King James Onlyism  Believing that the King James Version of the Bible is the only inspired version of the Bible in English.
Laity  The part of the church body that is not clergy. A clergyman is called a minister. One of the laity is called a layman (or laywoman).
Lapsarianism  Dealing with the order of the decrees of God.
Limited Atonement  Another name for Particular Redemption.
Lord's Day  The first day of the week. This is the traditional day of worship for the Christian Church in celebration of the day Jesus rose from the grave. 
Lord's Supper  Also called "Communion." This is the church ordinance where believers of like faith partake of the grape juice and unleavened bread after a period of self examination to proclaim the truths of the gospel message (to be reminded that one body and blood was given for many and that the many form the One Mystical Body of Christ).
Lordship Salvation  The teaching that when one is converted to Christ that Jesus is not only that person's Savior but also his Lord and that to be a Christian means being a follower (disciple) of Jesus. Being saved means, not only being saved from God's wrath against sin but also means being set apart to be a disciple of Christ. The two go together. This is the opposite of Sandemandianism.
Marcionism  A teaching that the Bible presents two gods, a mean Old Testament god and a nice and kind New Testament one. Also, that the only parts of the Bible that are scripture for Christians are the gospel of Luke, the book of Acts and the letters of Paul. 
Marriage  A covenantal relationship instituted by God between a man and woman for the procreation and raising of children, the stability of society and the happiness of the married partners.
Martyr  One who suffers terribly, sacrifices greatly, or dies for their faith.
Millennialism  Having to do with the 1000 year reign of Christ.
Miracle  An event that takes place outside the normal operating laws of the physical universe.
Missionary  One who carries the gospel message to people who need to hear it.
Modalism  A heresy that teaches that only Jesus is God and he works in different modes at different times. So, in the Old Testament Jesus was the Father. During the gospel times, He was Jesus, and now He is the Holy Spirit. People who hold this heresy will say "He manifests himself in different modes." 
Monotheist  A person who believes in only one God.
Mortify  To kill something.
Natural Revelation  The knowledge of God that can be obtained through the natural world.
Normative Principle of Worship (NPW)  The idea that what is not forbidden in scripture is acceptable for worship. 
Object of Faith  Christ alone, his Person and completed work.
Open Theism  A teaching that claims that God knows everything that can be known but does not know what does not exist to be known. Therefore God does not the decisions of His free will creatures and thus, the future is open and unknown to God. One open theist writer suggests we call God "omnicompetent" instead of "omnipotent."
Ordo Salutis  Latin for the Order of Salvation. The sequence of events in a sinner's conversion to Christ.
Original Sin  The teaching that the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden is passed on to all humans who come after him. This sin nature is passed from father to child from generation to generation.
Paedobaptist  One who baptizes infants.
Parable  A story that teaches a lesson.
Particular Redemption  The teaching that Jesus died on the cross to actually secure the salvation of an innumerable band of people that have been given to him by the Father. 
Pastor  The leader appointed by God to lead a local congregation. The call of God to leadership is affirmed by a vote of the congregation. Two other terms used for pastors are "elders" and "bishops." Elders are those who are mature in the faith. Bishops are the overseers of the congregation and pastors are the shepherds or caretakers of the congregation. See also "clergy."
Pelagianism  The teaching that humans are born neutral towards God and learn to become sinners by being raised by people who are sinners. Pelagius taught Jesus lived a sinless life to give people a sinless example to follow and humans can save themselves by following the example Jesus gave us.
Pentecostal  A branch of Christianity that traces it's roots back to the Azuza Street revival in the first years of the 1900s.
Perfectionism  The teaching that a Christian, after conversion, can learn to become sinless.
Perseverance of the Saints in God  The doctrine that God continues His work in a person, even though the person may fall into sin from time to time, until the person is ultimately glorified in heaven with Christ their savior.
Polytheist  A person who believes in more than one god. 
Postmillennialism  Believing that Jesus returns to the earth at the end of a 1000 period of peace brought on by the reign of Christ's Church over the earth.
Postmodernism  A philosophy that teaches that there are no universal truths and that truth is true for an individual but not for all people. Also, if there are things that are truly true then they are not knowable with any degree of certainty.
Predestination  The doctrine that God, before time, set the ultimate end of every human's life.
Premillennialism  Believing that Jesus returns physically to the earth at the beginning of a 1000 year period when he will reign personally and physically over the earth.
Prevenient grace  Grace given by God to every human to overcome the depravity of men's souls and their slavery to their sin nature. 
Priesthood of the Believer  Each believer is his or her own priest. They don't need any other person to stand between them and God.
Process Theology  The teaching that God is like humankind, He grows and learns and makes mistakes and learns from his mistakes. The name comes from the phrase that God is "in process."
Prophet  A person who speaks God's words. In modern usage, a person who preaches against the sins of our present age. More generally, although loosely applied, any biblical preacher.
Propitiation  Satisfaction.
Protestant  A Christian from one of the sects that trace their history to church leaders who broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century. Any member or descendant of the Lutheran, Calvinist, or Anabaptist Reformed traditions.
Providence  God's hand guiding the history of the earth and the humans who inhabit it according to the pleasure of His will.
Pseudepigrapha  Books not included in the sixty six books of the Bible or the apocrypha that claim to be biblical in character.
Puritans  English Protestants who hold, almost unanimously to Calvinistic theology. The pilgrims who came to America were puritans.
Question 1  "What is the chief end of man?" Answer
Quicken  To make alive.
Rapture  The teaching that Jesus will come back to the earth to gather his people off the earth to himself. Folks who hold to the rapture believe that a time is coming when God is going to pour out his wrath against the earth during a seven year time period. This is called the Tribulation. Rapture believers are divided as to when the rapture will happen, but all tie it to the seven year tribulation. Some are Pretrib, meaning the rapture will happen before the tribulation. Some are posttrib, meaning the rapture will happen after or at the end of the tribulation. Some are midtrib believing the rapture happens at the mid point of the tribulation.
Reconciliation  To change from an enemy to a friend.
Reformed  Having to do with the teaching of the Reformers who broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century. See the definition of Calvinism.
Regeneration  The New Birth. This is the sovereign act of God in bringing  the spiritually dead sinner to spiritual life. It is the first act in the process of conversion. Also called the "second birth."
Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW)  The principle that the only acceptable acts of worship are what are explicitly commanded in the Bible.
Relic  A physical item associated with Jesus, the Apostles, or other Christian leader.
Repentance  A change of mind that results in a change in action. In salvation, turning from one's own works of righteousness and putting one's saving faith in the works of Jesus Christ on the person's behalf.
Reprobate  One who dies lost and apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Reverend  A title of respect for a member of the clergy. A title for one who ministers in the Name of God among the people of God.
Revival  A movement of God among His people through which He stirs a weak or dying or backslidden faith back to full life. It has been defined by one writer as a "people saturated with God."
Righteousness  Right covering, right clothing. In theology, it is the works we do to make ourselves acceptable to God. The Bible says that our righteousness are like filthy (putrid) rags. Jesus Christ, with his sinless life, imputes his works to our account in our conversion. (See "imputed righteousness").
Sabbath  The seventh day of the week. Generally Saturday, but more accurately it is from sundown Friday night till sundown Saturday evening.
Sacrament  A outward act which, when performed, confers inward grace to the one performing the act.
Saint  A person who has been set apart by the Holy Spirit through Christ for God the Father. Any saved person. See "Christian."
Salvation  The state of being rescued from God's wrath in the future judgment by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ personally for the sinner.
Sanctification  To be set apart. In Christian theology, sanctification is the process of the Christian life by which the disciple moves closer towards Jesus, becoming like Him and moving farther from the world and it's ways and values. Related topics include holiness, sanctified, saint, etc.
Sandemandianism  A heretical teaching that one can accept Jesus as savior and accept Jesus as Lord another time. This teaching separates being a believer in Jesus from being a follower of Jesus. It is also called "Non-lordship theology."
Satan  Once called "Lucifer," he was an angel that became full of pride and demanded the other angels worship him as though he were God. One third of the angelic host did and these are now called "demons" though they are fallen angels.
Schism  Separation. Division.
Seeker Sensitive  An approach to planning churches and church activities built around the professed needs of "seekers" (lost people who might be open to church things). 
Seminary  A school for the training of pastors, educators and theologians.
Serpent Seed Doctrine  A heretical teaching that Satan (as the serpent) has sex with Eve (Adam's wife) and produced Cain (who killed Abel) and that the physical descendants of Cain are children of the Devil. Many white supremacist groups hold that these children of Satan can be seen in that they are not born white and use this doctrine as a basis for their racism.
Sh'ma  (Pronounced Shema) This is the pronouncement among the Hebrews "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One." This is a belief also held among all Christians. 
Socinianism  A denial of any supernatural element in the Bible. A denial of anything miraculous.
Sola  Latin for Alone, Only.
Sola Fide  Latin for "faith alone," Martin Luther developed this idea to show that the Bible teaches that a Christian is justified by faith alone in what Christ has already done for them at the cross and not by what they do to please God. 
Sola Scriptura  Latin for "scripture alone." It is the teaching that Holy Scripture is the sole rule (the only judge) of acceptable doctrine and manner of life for the Christian.
Soli Deo Gloria  The fifth "sola" of the Reformation. It is Latin for "To the glory of God alone."
Soul Liberty  The teaching that each person is competent for themselves to determine what is acceptable worship of God for them, so long as nothing they do violates scripture.
Soul Sleep  A doctrine, most often found in cults, that teaches that when a Christian dies, the soul is sleeping in the grave until the day of final judgment ... then the soul goes to be with the Lord in heaven. A teaching that there is no conscious existence for the Christian after death until the day of final judgment.
Speaking in tongues  A teaching that God miraculously gives some believers (some groups believe all believers) a "heavenly" language during which the person is able to receive direct revelation from God. Related is a "Private Prayer Language (PPL)" an alleged heavenly language given to a believer for the purpose of prayer. These teachings are prominent among Pentecostal, Charismatic, and other groups, but are not believed in, or practiced by all.
Special Revelation  The knowledge of God that be obtained by the things that God tells us through His word.
Supralapsarianism  The teaching that God chose His elect people then put them into sinful humanity even before God had decreed to create the human race.
T.U.L.I.P.  The acrostic for the (so called) 5 points of Calvinism, also called the Canons of Dordt. They stand for (T)otal depravity
Tetragrammaton  The name given to the four letters used in Hebrew to represent the Name of God. "YHWH" which is often pronounced "Yahweh" but is pronounced "Jehovah" in the modern English. It is derived from Hebrew for the words "I AM."
The Five Solas of the Reformation  The pillars or foundational ideas on which all Reformed Protestant doctrine was developed. In order they are sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria. They are remembered in English like this, "According to scripture alone, we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone."
The Formal Principle of the Reformation  Sola Scriptura (scripture alone). 
The Golden Rule  "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them
The Gospels  The first four books of the New Testament.
The Great Commandment  "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like unto the first, that thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Mark 12
The Great Commission  "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
The Hound of Heaven  A Puritan name given to the Holy Spirit.
The Material Principle of the Reformation  Sola Fide (faith alone).
The Second Death  Eternal separation from God of the reprobate in the eternal lake of fire.
Theist  A person who believes in a god.
Theistic Evolution  A teaching that God created all things and evolution was His means to do it.
Theocentric  God centered.
Theodicy  The theological question of the existence of evil in light of the fact that God is good and holy.
Theology  The study of the things of God.
Theophany  An appearance of God on earth.
Torah  The first five books of the Bible.
Total Depravity  The teaching that every part of a human being (his total being) that is, his or her mind, will, emotions, body, intellect and so on, are infected by sin and therefore, not able to contribute to the salvation of the sinner in the sight of a holy and righteous God.
Traducianism  The teaching that the soul is naturally generated by the parents of a child.
Transubstantiation  The Roman Catholic teaching that when the priest blesses the bread and wine in the Lord's Supper, that they actually become the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and is no longer bread and wine.
Tribulation  Any period of great suffering. In eschatology, it is the teaching that God will pour out His wrath against sinful humanity in a seven year time period. The culmination of this seven years is called "The Great Tribulation." The end of the Tribulation time period is supposed to usher in the millennial reign of Christ on earth.
Trinity  The Godhead. The three Persons of God, the Father, the Eternal Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each one is completely God, yet together they are the One True God.
Truth  What agrees with reality.
Unconditional Election  See "Election." The doctrine that God chose who He will save before the foundation of the world, without any conditions on the part of the person. 
Unitarianism  The attempt to combine all religions into one religion that takes the "best" parts of every religion.
Universal Atonement  The teaching that Jesus died on the cross for every human being who ever lived, is living or ever will live. In so doing, he made salvation possible for every person but did not actually secure the salvation of anyone.
Universalism  The teaching that everyone will eventually go to heaven.
Virgin Birth  Relating to Christ, the fact that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived.
Warrant of Faith  The command of God to repent and believe in the gospel message.
Word-faith Theology  A teaching that God's plan for every Christian is that they be healthy, wealthy and happy. Certain teaching of word/faith theology make this teaching a heresy and not just an error. 
Young Earth Creationism  The teaching that God created the world and all that is in it in six literal twenty four hours days not long ago in history. Young earthers argue that the earth is not less than seven thousand years old and not more than (perhaps) fifteen thousand years old.

 

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