Almost a year ago, I wrote a couple of articles about errors in doctrine I had come across that reinforce a truth that I have repeated on several occasions: If we get the doctrine of God wrong, all of our other doctrines will be in error to some degree. Recently, I heard a preacher make … Continue reading Errors in Doctrine 3
Adam, created perfectly and placed in a perfect environment, discovered that, when dependent upon his own free will, could not make a decision for righteousness. How then can fallen man living in a corrupt world be expected to do what Adam could not?
Recently, I had an extended though pleasant discussion about theology with a new friend from a Pentecostal background who asked me if I believed in "once saved, always saved."
When we think of the word repent, typically our next thought is of sin. We say or hear things like “Repent of your sin” or “If you want to go to heaven, you must repent of your sin” or “Salvation requires men to repent of their sins.” There are at least two problems with such an understanding of repentance.
Salvation is the means by which fallen humanity, separated from God by their sinful nature, are set free from the bondage of sin, reconciled to God the Father, and made qualified to serve in the ministry of the kingdom of God.
I received an interesting inquiry following my last article, “No Simple Salvation.” Not for the first time nor the last, my attempt to explain a truth actually clouded an issue that many people have thought settled for many years. This person commented that they were familiar with the ABCs of salvation, because preachers have used … Continue reading A Really Good Question
Have you ever heard anyone say something like this, “Becoming a Christian is easy; being a Christian – living the Christian life – is the tough part”? For anyone practicing the faith that God has instilled in them, the second part of this statement has been proven true on more than one occasion. However, I would like to take issue with the first part of the statement.
There are many opinions about who is a Christian, but what does God himself say about the issue?
When we are talking about becoming a Christian or being a Christian, we must not leave the Holy Spirit out of the discussion. In his gospel, the Apostle John speaks of the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation from the very beginning of the discussion.
In plain language, a profession of faith that is not supported by the practical application of that faith is not a profession of faith at all and is useless for purposes of salvation.