Doctrinal Statement

“Watch your life and doctrine closely.”

Bastion Books is a bastion of conservative, evangelical, protestant Christian thought.

By Christian, we mean first and foremost that we confess Jesus as both Lord and Christ. Secondarily, we agree with the propositions expressed in the early Greco-Roman Christian creeds:

Reference: The book Conviction Without Compromise by Norm Geisler and Ron Rhodes does a very good job of explaining the doctrines that are shared by all orthodox Christians of all times and making helpful divisions between doctrines that are essential versus non-essential, crucial versus critical, salvific versus non-salvific, non-negotiable and negotiable.

By Protestant we mean that we agree with the five solas of the Protestant Reformation:

  • sola scriptura (Scripture alone)
  • solus Christus (Christ alone)
  • sola fide (faith alone)
  • sola gratia (grace alone)
  • soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)

(References: The Cambridge Declaration, M.Barrett)

By evangelical we mean that we hold to the convictions and attitudes that permeated the Great Awakenings and the Revival movements among Bible-believing Christians:

  • Biblicism: the highest possible regard for the Bible as the infallible, inerrant, and ultimate source of authoritative information for faith and practice.
  • Crucicentrism: a focus on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of sinful humanity
  • Conversionism: the belief that an individual needs to make a personal decision to repent away from sin, idols, and false saviors, turn towards the living God, investing his or faith into the crucified-risen Lord Jesus alone for salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin and death. Lives need to be transformed in some kind of conversion experience and be followed by a life-long process of following Jesus.
  • Activism: based on thankfulness for the sacrifice of Christ in the past, the present power of the Holy Spirit to change and empower us, and the future return of Jesus to judge humanity, evangelicals want to change the world primarily through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, missionary work, and secondarily through some limited social reform. We don’t want to lose track of our primary mission on earth as Christ’s ambassadors but we also do not seek to be “so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good.”

By conservative we mean that we are conserving several of the convictions that all the noteworthy evangelicals of the First Great Awakening, Second Great Awakening, and basically all evangelicals up to 1948 held and which many “progressive evangelicals” and emergent church movement members do not share today. Towards this end, the authors at Bastion Books can be expected to give assent to most or all of the propositions in the following statements:

As most of the authors at Bastion Books have some affiliation with Norm Geisler, you can expect Bastion Books authors to have general agreement with these doctrinal statements that Norm partially authored:

As for the open-theism controversy, you can expect Bastion Book authors to be conservative with the traditional, historical, orthodox view of classical theism and not teach that God changes, that he is ever surprised, or that he doesn’t have full sovereignty over his creation.

Although not every author published by Bastion Books agrees with every point in it, you can expect to find Bastion Book authors agreeing on all the essential/crucial doctrines found in Norm Geisler’s Systematic Theology and probably having general agreement with Norm on most of the non-essential/critical doctrines he enumerates there.