Rev. Doug Minton
Rev. Doug Minton was born on May 19, 1977, in Clarksville, TN. He was raised in the non-denominational Church of Christ. He attended college at Freed-Hardeman University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Computing Sciences (Programming). He was baptized on January 31, 1988. He was accepted into the communicant membership of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 2001. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2007 and was placed at Trinity for his first call.
He and his wife, Renee, are very active in the community. They have been involved with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Plum Creek Soccer Association, Murray County Junior Olympics and many activities at Murray County Central.
Statement of Faith
Romans 3:21-26 says: “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
- Righteousness is being right in God’s eyes. Being considered as perfect. No one can be perfect. One must be declared perfect by God. Righteousness is not a creation of the human will. Righteousness is the declaration of God that your sins have been forgiven. That you are perfect in His eyes. That your sins are no longer counted against you.
- manifested apart from the Law: Many people believe that religion is nothing more than a list of do’s and don’ts. That’s because there are only two religions in the world: the religion of the Law and the religion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- The religion of the Law forces us to make ourselves worthy of God’s attention by doing enough good deeds. This religion’s afterlife is given as a reward to those whose good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. Whether there is a measuring stick or weight scale or not, one who adheres to the religion of the Law can never be certain that he or she has done enough to merit the promised reward for a good life.
- The true religion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only place to truly receive God’s righteousness. Heaven is not given because one has done more good works than bad. Heaven is given because Jesus Christ, true Son of God born of the Virgin Mary, has given it to those who believe in His sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sins. In the Gospel, Baptism is not a one time event but a lifelong process that we live in every day of our lives.
- The greatest satanic attack against the Church of Jesus Christ is that Christian teachers seek to combine the two religions into one. One example is that Baptism (pure Gospel) only forgives original sin and all actual sins must be worked off through satisfactions (Roman Catholic). Non-denominational congregations and many strains of Baptists have a similar view of Baptism, but they refuse the doctrine of original sin. They believe that Baptism only forgives the sins committed previous to the Baptism. Forgiveness of sins committed afterward must be sought through prayer and re-dedication (or even rebaptism). These ideas are truly satanic twistings of God’s pure and gracious Gospel.
- the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it: The greatest thing about Jesus’ Gospel is how it is demonstrated throughout the Old Testament Scriptures. “The Law and the Prophets” refers to the Old Testament. The Old Testament shows the righteousness that comes through faith from the very beginning of human history:
God’s respect for Abel’s offering was solely by grace (Genesis 4:4).
Abraham “believed the LORD, and He counted it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).
Moses was born and considered “a fine [NKJV: beautiful] child” so that he might lead God’s people out of slavery (Exodus 2:2).
God kept a descendant of David upon Judah’s throne even after the split because of His covenant with David (1 Kings 11:13).
“The righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).
- all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God: Every human being, born from the union of a man and a woman, is completely and totally depraved. We are completely corrupted by sin. Sin inherited from our parents, going all the way back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Everyone has sinned and continues to sin daily. Even our best works are nothing but filthy menstrual rags (Isaiah 64:6). We cannot please God perfectly. We seek to be righteous and perfect, but we continue to fall short of our goal.
- justified by His grace as a gift: Reconciliation with God comes only as a gift through His grace. He has reconciled Himself to the world through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. He gives this freely to everyone who believes in Him and His grace. No one merits reconciliation with God. It is completely His gift to those who believe that He has done everything to justify and reconcile sinners to a holy God.
- through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Jesus’ death on the cross is the only vehicle through which the world’s redemption is delivered. There is no salvation without Jesus (Acts 4:12). His death and resurrection have redeemed all flesh, but it is only received through faith (Romans 3:25).