Here is a article for determining which are essential Scriptural truths for salvation, Scriptures essential for other Christian traditions, and so on. It crosses most Christian traditions. The author holds a Zwinglianism position on many things, but generally does not insist on this view point here. Good chart.
by C Michael PattonMarch 11th, 2013
Here is a chart to help distinguish between those things that are essential (cardinal) and those things that are non-essential (non-cardinal). There is an explaination below. How to distinguish between essentials and non-essential is a very big question that is not covered here, but you can learn about that here.
Essential for salvation: These are the most essential doctrines of all essentials. This includes what every Christian should always be willing to die for. In essence, if someone does not believe the doctrines that are “essential for salvation,” they are not saved.
What I include:
- Belief in God (there is no such thing as an atheistic Christian)
Issues pertaining to the person and work of Christ:
- Belief in Christ’s deity and humanity (1 John 4:2-3; Rom. 10:9)
- Belief that you are a sinner in need of God’s mercy (1 John 1:10)
- Belief that Christ died on the cross and rose bodily from the grave (1 Cor 15:3-4)
- Belief that faith in Christ is necessary (John 3:16)
As with all of them, I am sure that there are some ancillary matters that could be included, but this gives you the key doctrines. Without these, you simply don’t have any sense of what it means to be a Christian present.
Essential for historic Christian orthodoxy: ……………
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